The summer months of the football season provide us all with a rare treat -- more transparency into the coaching approach and process. How? Well we'll get there in just a moment. But this week's edition of Studs & Duds is committed to celebrating the soundbites of the last week -- all courtesy of some of the biggest names in coaching. Whether the these bites are insightful, humorous or a meme waiting to happen, I gladly thrust these clips into the spotlight to let the internet do what it does best. Find the amusement in them.
Welcome to this week's edition of Studs & Duds.
STUD - Nick Saban's Indecisive Moment
Question: Who is the best Quarterback you've seen in college?
I find this so great because Saban is always so transparent at the podium. When he's mad, you know he's mad. When he's happy, you kno-- wait. Nick's never happy. Never mind.
I love the fact that Saban processes this question before eventually throwing out some of the names you might expect: Tom Brady. Dan Marino. Deshaun Watson. And Trevor Lawrence. But the real gift here? The memes and captions that have already started to trickle in. Saban's huff and hesitation have been hit with some hilarious captions already -- including "Do you remember the last time Tennessee beat you?"
Or this one. This one is my favorite.
DUD - Bill Belichick's "No"
Question: You put out a statement (on Josh Gordon) earlier today. Anything you'd like to add to that?
FOLKS. I'm dying, here. Here's why this is a dud -- it isn't for anything Belichick did or didn't say or do. It's peak Belichick. And in this case? It's hilarious.
Here is why this clip is a dud. What did you think Bill Belichick was going to say? Here's the extent of Belichick's statement on Josh Gordon, who was reinstated by the NFL this weekend.
"For the past eight months, Josh's situation has been entirely a league matter. When Josh returns to our program, we will evaluate the entire situation and do what we feel is best for Josh and the team."
Period. End of story. Were we hoping Bill -- on the sideline of a preseason game -- was going to fill us in on if they're cutting Josh? If they plan on keeping him (so snag him in those fantasy drafts this week!!!)? This is the equivalent of the skit from Family Guy where Peter stares down the "Do not push button" sign for 20 seconds before *pushing the button* and getting roundhouse kicked in the face.
STUD - Sean McVay's Live Action Breakdown
I like to tease Sean McVay a little bit -- given his status as a folk legend after just two years on the job with the Los Angeles Rams. He's become a darling for NFL coverage...and I get it. But the hiring process of chasing the next McVay this past winter induced a few eye-rolls. If you had lunch with Sean McVay one time, you were a head coaching candidate!
But. BUT! McVay reminded us all exactly why he is who he is -- the next big thing -- when he hopped onto the broadcast of the Rams' preseason contest against Dallas and broke down the defensive action live on the sideline.
Oh. And he did it for the offense, too.
The exposure here to an NFL sideline and McVay's insight to the action is an absolute treat -- and something we could only be so lucky to continue to get more of in the weeks and years to come.
DUD - Jerry Jones' Analogy To Dallas' Contract Situation
Jerry's not a coach. I know this. There is no soundbite of this statement. I know this. But if you haven't read this snippet, you'll soon understand why he had to be included in this week's edition of Studs & Duds. Here is what Jerry Jones had to say when asked about the Dallas Cowboys' looming contract negotiations with QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott and WR Amari Cooper.
“Picture you were a driver of a car and you had a wreck and your hand was almost severed off, but you didn't understand your anatomy. You look down. You're spurting blood. You open the door and run to the woods and either die bleeding to death or shock. The educated man looks down, knows his anatomy, squeezes and knows his best chance is to wait for help. That's because he's been there a lot and done that. So I'm squeezing and waiting for help."