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crazycoffey
01-01-2007, 11:06 PM
2006 All-Interview Team


By Vic Carucci
National Editor, NFL.com




(Jan. 1, 2007) -- Writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL evaluate players for everything they do on the field.

How they run. How they throw. How they catch. How they block. How they tackle.

We also routinely assess their performance in another area: How they talk about those runs, throws, catches, blocks, and tackles.

Although media cooperation is a basic requirement as spelled out in a standard league contract, some players are better at it than others. And we take note of it every bit as much as we recognize players who rise above the rest with their on-field performance.

For instance, San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson isn't merely one of the very best at his position -- and a lot of positions -- with what he does with a football in his hands. He is one of the very best at his position -- and a lot of positions -- when it comes to cooperating with the media.

"He listens to your questions and always tries to give you a little extra on each interview," says John Clayton of ESPN.


Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts not only sets the standard for quarterbacks with his prolific passing and exceptional game management that allows him to function as a virtual offensive coordinator in a helmet. He is equally impressive when he meets with reporters.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated sizes up Manning's media dealings this way: "Always candid, insightful, and available."

Players who excel in their media dealings are thoughtful, insightful, and even humorous at times. They have a knack for finding the right words for the right situation, whether the topic is a play, a game, or a season. They can handle the tough questions as easily as they do the soft ones.


Tiki Barber should make an easy transition into broadcasting.
"(Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle) Willie Anderson is the most thoughtful player in the league," says Jeff Chadiha of Sports Illustrated. "He is one of the few pro athletes who talks straight from his heart."

The people in our business call players such as Anderson "go-to" guys, and it rarely comes as a surprise when one of them lands a successful television broadcasting career at the end of his playing career. In other words, the path that the New York Giants' Tiki Barber plans to travel after he finishes running through defenses at the end of the postseason. As Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram points out, "We're losing one of the best in Barber."

For the sixth year, I have consulted with a panel of national NFL writers and broadcasters -- ones who regularly deal with a wide range of teams -- to assemble a list, by position, of the league's most cooperative players with the media.

Our 2006 NFL All-Interview team follows:


OFFENSE
Quarterbacks: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis; Drew Brees, New Orleans

Running backs: LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego; Tiki Barber, New York Giants

Wide receivers: Chad Johnson, Cincinnati; Hines Ward, Pittsburgh

Centers: Matt Birk, Minnesota; Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis

Guards: Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota; Brian Waters, Kansas City

Tackles: Willie Anderson, Cincinnati; Jon Jansen, Washington

Tight ends: Todd Heap, Baltimore; Antonio Gates, San Diego


DEFENSE
Ends: Jason Taylor, Miami; Richard Seymour, New England

Tackles: La'Roi Glover, Dallas; Bryant Young, San Francisco

Linebackers: Adalius Thomas, Baltimore; Shawne Merriman, San Diego

Cornerbacks: Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay; Champ Bailey, Denver

Safeties: John Lynch, Denver; Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia


SPECIAL TEAMS
Kicker: Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis; Morten Andersen, Atlanta

Punter: Brian Moorman, Buffalo; Brad Maynard, Chicago

Guru
01-01-2007, 11:12 PM
He may not be a n00b but Gryant Bumble belongs on this list.

crazycoffey
01-01-2007, 11:19 PM
He may not be a n00b but Gryant Bumble belongs on this list.


Oh, yeah, I digress. Gumble is a gigantic fumble at sportscasting. He freakin sucks.

Vic just became a #1 N00b in my book for this stupid ass all 2006 interview team.

What sportsfan really has an interest in who makes the reporters jobs easier. I think it was a lame attempt, a not very creative, last minute, suck ass report.

Vic sometimes has good reports, sometimes not, this time..... OH MY Goodness. RETARD.

crazycoffey
01-01-2007, 11:24 PM
Also to give some props to a sportscaster. Jaws usually does good, DV = good, Rich Gannon too.

Troy Aikmen, undecided overall, but to comment on his Rating scale - it is pretty darn good! It adds many different important values and variables on rating both sides of the ball. Makes sense and seems pretty dead on. At least much better the official NFL rating system.

crazycoffey
01-01-2007, 11:30 PM
Great, I made a dud thread, I guess I am just talking to myself. Please don't kill me for this, if you hate it just pass on by and go to the next thread. I have better material, I promise. It just didn't show up today.

Does anyone know if we made the playoffs?
what about an oakland trade LJ for Moss? OMFG, that's not even funny.

time for bed! Guess I shouldn't have mixed the Hydrocodone with my Scotch, oh well - live and learn.