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Boomer Esiason: Teams ‘hate’ Johnny Manziel, Steelers would ‘kick his ass’

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeJohnny Manziel is not looking to make many friends at the NFL level. He made that clear on Monday night when he flipped off the Washington Redskins sideline after one or two players apparently told Johnny Football that he’s not in college anymore. Because of the way Manziel carries himself, Boomer Esiason believes he is in for quite the beating from opponents this season.

During his radio show on WFAN Tuesday morning, Esiason said Manziel is nowhere close to being ready to start at the NFL level. He also said teams already despise the Heisman Trophy winner.

“I’m telling you right now, he is not even remotely close to being ready,” Boomer said. “If he opened as the starting quarterback in Pittsburgh in Week 1, he would get his ass kicked. And his ass would be driven into the ground. Because I’m telling you, other teams hate this guy. Hate him.”

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It’s possible that the Browns agree. Mike Pettine has yet to commit to a starting quarterback for Week 1, and there have already been reports that Cleveland is nervous about the potential of Manziel facing the Steelers in Pittsburgh for his first NFL start.

“I saw it from the Detroit Lions. I saw it last night from the Washington Redskins,” Esiason continued. “And I’m telling you, those linebackers for the Pittsburgh Steelers are just praying to God that he plays in Week 1. And if I were Mike Pettine, I would have to have my head examined to put that kid on the field. He is not even close to being ready.

“Whether or not you can handle it is going to be determined by your maturity level. And right now, this kid is a baby.”

Pettine would not say whether Manziel’s inappropriate gesture would factor into the decision to pick a starting quarterback, but it might. It should also be noted that Manziel completed just 6-of-17 passes against the Redskins, so it’s not as if he is playing particularly well.

No one at the NFL level fears Johnny Football, that’s for sure. Most of the Redskins players thought it was hilarious that Manziel flipped them off because it meant they were getting under his skin. Manziel has always used the “haters” at motivation, but that will mean nothing if he can’t outrun NFL defenders and doesn’t put in the work he needs to learn the playbook.

Boomer Esiason apologizes for Daniel Murphy C-section comments

Daniel-Murphy-MetsNew York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has found himself at the center of a hot topic of debate in the opening part of the MLB season. Murphy missed New York’s first two games to be with his wife, who was giving birth to the couple’s first child. Boomer Esiason and a boatload of other people thought that was an unacceptable excuse for missing work.

Earlier this week, Esiason said on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show that Murphy’s wife should have had a C-section before the season began so he could be with his team. Esiason was joking, but he was blasted for it. He issued a lengthy apology at the start of Friday’s show.

“I just want to say again on this radio show that in no way, shape or form was I advocating anything for anybody to do,” Boomer said, via CBS New York. “I was not telling women what to do with their bodies. I would never do that. That’s their decision, that’s their life and they know their bodies better than I do. And the other thing, too, that I really felt bad about is that Daniel Murphy and Tori Murphy were dragged into a conversation, and their whole life was exposed. And it shouldn’t have been.

“And that is my fault. That is my fault for uttering the word ‘C-section’ on this radio station. And it all of a sudden put their lives under a spotlight, and for that I truly apologize.”

Esiason certainly wasn’t the only one. Mike Francesa was equally critical of Murphy.

“I don’t know why you need three days off, I’m gonna be honest,” Francesa said. “I mean, you see the birth and you get back.”

Murphy missed the first two games of a 162-game season. He didn’t miss the playoffs and he didn’t call out of work because he had a hangnail. As this MLB pitcher could tell you, fans and writers can be irrational sometimes. Kudos to Boomer for admitting that he was wrong.

Charles Barkley swears he has more money than Boomer Esiason (Video)

Charles Barkley was in peak, peak form during halftime of the Florida-UCLA NCAA Tournament game on CBS Thursday night. He seriously had me laughing so hard my neighbors were wondering what was going on.

It all started before the game when CBS showed a picture of Barkley at Auburn in 1984. Chuck joked that he remembered that year well because it was the last time he was poor. So when they returned for more analysis at the half, CBS shared a list of other now-famous people who hadn’t “made” it in 1984. Chuck, of course, proceeded to dish on each person on the list, but he was quite confused when they showed Boomer Esiason.

Charles Barkley made it

Chuck swore he had more money than Boomer and his reasoning was great.

But the fun didn’t end there!

CBS then shared the “tweet of the night,” which came from Shaq. That led Chuck to rip on his “Inside the NBA” partner in hilarious form:

By the way, looks like Chuck was right:

Shannon Sharpe rips on QBs without rings in front of Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason

Dan-MarinoDan Marino is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. Boomer Esiason wasn’t bad, either. The one knock on Marino is that he was never able to win a Super Bowl, and the same is true for Esiason. During the CBS pregame show before the Denver Broncos took on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Shannon Sharpe reminded his colleagues of that.

The panel was discussing whether or not Super Bowl championships validate greatness. Perhaps forgetting that he was sitting beside a Hall of Famer who never won a ring, Sharpe chimed in.

“For a quarterback, at the end of the day, you don’t even get to enter this discussion if you don’t have a championship,” Sharpe stated emphatically. “I’m sorry, that’s just the way it is.”

Oops. Marino then admitted that a Super Bowl trophy is the one thing he never captured, saying “I wish I had that feeling.” He also pointed out that Esiason walked off the field with a lead in Super Bowl 23 and would have won a championship if one of his Cincinnati Bengals teammates didn’t drop an interception. Sharpe then backpedaled.

“One more thing,” he interrupted. “Let’s not get carried away — there’s a lot of guys that have Super Bowl rings that are lesser quarterbacks than Dan Marino. So let’s not just say, ‘Oh, he won a Super Bowl…'”

Sharpe had a point. Championships are the ultimate measuring stick, especially when statistics vary so much from generation to generation (see: All the dudes who threw for over 4,000 yards the past two seasons). Sharpe just happened to make his point at an awkward moment, which made for extremely uncomfortable television.

Video via Awful Announcing

Lawrence Taylor: Boomer Esiason is a ‘d—head’

Lawrence-TaylorBoomer Esiason has been critical of former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor on several occasions. The two were in the NFL together from 1984 to 1993, and Boomer has never been shy about bashing LT for his off-field troubles. When Taylor found out that Esiason was interviewed for an upcoming Showtime documentary on him called “LT: The Life & Times,” he was furious.

“What the hell you got Boomer Esiason on something that — a piece you do of me?” Taylor told Sid Rosenberg of 640 WMEN, via the NY Post. “We can’t stand each other, he don’t know a f–k about me. What the hell’s he doing on it?”

In all likelihood, one of the main reasons Esiason was interviewed for the film is that he works for CBS, a Showtime affiliate. Plus, I’m sure it helps the cinema value of the documentary to have a little controversy. In the film, Esiason said that Taylor received special treatment from former Giants coach Bill Parcells despite his known troubles off the field.

“First of all, Boomer’s a d—head,” Taylor added. “Hey, listen, I remember when he was there running the streets, screwing all kind of hoes. Don’t give me that holier than thou s–t. I don’t wanna hear that s–t. … He gets off on it. He’s still talking about me. I ain’t talking about him.”

The film documents Taylor’s issues with drugs and women, so he’s not necessarily saying Boomer is lying. Instead, it sounds like LT wants Esiason to get off his high horse. As the Post pointed out, Esiason also ripped Taylor when “60 Minutes” ran a special on the Hall of Fame linebacker 10 years ago.

“[Taylor] talks about how he circumvented the NFL’s drug testing policy by using other players’ urine. That is an affront,” Esiason said at the time. “The fact that he shouldn’t even been playing because he would have failed the drug test in the first place … I have a 12-year-old at home. He wants to ask me about what is crack cocaine?”

Again, these two have a history. That’s exactly why the filmmakers chose to interview Esiason for the documentary. It makes for great television.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Tim Tebow in response to Boomer Esiason: ‘I wish him nothing but the best’

Boomer Esiason is not a Tim Tebow fan. Tebow has only two full NFL seasons under his belt and is going to be a mere 25 years old at the start of the upcoming season, but Boomer has already called for him to be cut twice. Last season, he said the Broncos should release him after Tebow had a bad game. He went on to lead Denver to the playoffs and reach the divisional round. On Monday, Esiason said the Jets should cut Tebow before the season begins because he has nothing to offer.

How did that make Tebow feel? Just fine. Or, at least, that’s how he’s playing it off.

“I’ve heard nothing but great things about Mr. Esiason,” Tebow said Monday when asked about the comments according to NFL.com. “I wish him nothing but the best in his announcing. God bless him.”

If he isn’t mad about Esiason saying he deserves to be cut, we have no choice but to assume that this guy literally doesn’t get angry. On a side note, Boomer and NY Daily News writer Manish Mehta got into a Twitter war on Monday over the remarks after Mehta said Tebow is already the best left-handed quarterback in Jets history. As you may know, Boomer was the Jets signal-caller for three seasons in the 90s.

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Boomer Esiason: the Jets should cut Tim Tebow

There is no shortage of people who feel as though the Jets made a mistake in trading for Tim Tebow, but Boomer Esiason may have offered the strongest opposition currently on record Monday morning. Boomer, who co-hosts the “Boomer & Carton” show on WFAN, held nothing back when discussing how the Jets should use Tebow this season. His solution? Don’t use him at all. In fact, get rid of him.

“I’m just telling you right now, I would (cut him), and I’ll tell you why I would,” Esiason said according to CBS New York. “It’s not in any way, shape or form — I think — benefiting this team.”

Esiason has never been a Tebow fan, and this is not the first time he has advised a team to cut him. After a poor game last season, Boomer said the Broncos should let Tebow go. The Jets claim they intend to make Tebow a signifcant part of the plan by using his in red zone situations and even throwing him on special teams, but Boomer feels he has absolutely no value to the team.

“All you have to do is watch him throw the ball,” he continued. “Just watch him. You can say whatever you want about Tim Tebow. He played some of the worst football that any quarterback has ever played in the history of the game last year at times.”

Esiason added that there’s a reason the Broncos dealt him and that John Elway knows “a little bit” about playing quarterback in the NFL. He also said the only reason Tebow is on the Jets is to solve a character issue. Boomer certainly isn’t alone in his opinion. Joe Namath called the Jets acquisition of Tebow a “major distraction” and Jim Kelly expressed similar thoughts during the offseason. By calling for the Jets to cut him, however, Boomer has become the president of the Anti-Tebow Association among former players and analysts.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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