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ESPN analyst compares 1 college QB to Aaron Rodgers

Dan Orlovsky on set

Bryce Young is expected by many to be the first player taken in the 2023 NFL Draft, and one ESPN analyst clearly believes the quarterback is deserving of the honor.

Orlovsky had high praise for Young during ESPN’s broadcast of the Cheez-It Bowl between Oklahoma and Florida State on Thursday night. He described the Alabama star as “the closest guy that we have since Aaron Rodgers came out of the draft when it comes to just the natural talent.”

You can’t pay a much higher compliment than that.

The comparison makes sense in that both Rodgers and Young are mobile quarterbacks who are also excellent in the pocket. Both can also deliver accurate passes on the run. Those are the type of traits that excite NFL scouts.

Young had some injury scares this season, but he has still managed to throw for 3,007 yards, 27 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions. He has another four scores on the ground.

There was talk of Young potentially not playing in the Sugar Bowl against Kansas State to protect his health, but the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner is planning to suit up.

ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky has surprising early-season MVP vote

Dan Orlovsky on set

The Seattle Seahawks have been arguably the most surprising team in the NFL this season, and the steady play they have gotten from Geno Smith is a big reason for that. One prominent ESPN analyst feels the quarterback has been arguably the best player in the NFL.

Dan Orlovsky said on ESPN’s “Get Up” Monday morning that if the season ended today, he would consider Smith the NFL MVP. The former quarterback pointed to the fact that Smith has been one of the most accurate passers in the league in addition to leading his team to a 5-3 record.

“There is no quarterback that has more perfect throws in every game than Geno Smith. … There’s one quarterback in the NFL this season with less than 10 percent of his throws off-target, the only person is Geno Smith,” Orlovsky said. “That’s why he’s right in the MVP race. He has more perfect throws than any guy in the league right now.”

Smith has thrown for 1,924 yards, 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions through eight games. While most of his stats don’t line up with quarterbacks like Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes, his 107.2 passer rating is third-best in the NFL.

As Orlovsky mentioned, Seahawks wide receivers have struggled with drops this season. Tyler Lockett dropped what would have been an easy 33-yard touchdown late in the third quarter of Sunday’s 27-13 win over the New York Giants. Smith put the ball right on the money.

Smith probably is not going to win MVP. The odds are stacked against him, especially because he plays in an offense that is unlikely to put up big enough numbers. That said, he certainly deserves more credit than he has gotten. It is nice to see someone like Orlovsky giving it to him.

Dan Orlovsky gets brutally clowned by popular streaming service

Dan Orlovsky on set

One popular streaming service put the “L” in “Orlovsky” this week.

Former NFL quarterback-turned-ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky, who is in London to cover the upcoming Denver Broncos-Jacksonville Jaguars game, had a funny online moment Thursday. Orlovsky asked his Twitter followers how he would be able to watch “Thursday Night Football” on Amazon Prime while overseas. When one user suggested that Orlovsky watch it streaming on Twitch, Orlovsky replied, “Wth is twitch.”

Word apparently made it back to Twitch headquarters, and the person running the official Twitch Twitter page came right for Orlovsky’s neck.

“wth is this?” Twitch wrote back, including a picture of Orlovsky’s infamous blooper during his NFL days when he lost track of where he was and stepped out in the back of the end zone for an automatic safety.

Orlovsky, whose NFL career may forever be associated with that notorious moment, does not really mind when it is brought up. In fact, he embraced the memes just last month when another QB committed a very similar gaffe.

As for Twitch, we are used to seeing athletes throw shade on their platform. But it turns out that Twitch themselves can throw some shade right back at those very same athletes (here, a retired one).

Dan Orlovsky has amazing reaction to Jimmy Garoppolo blunder

Dan Orlovsky steps out of bounds

Jimmy Garoppolo committed a big blunder on Sunday night against the Denver Broncos, and nobody was happier about it than Dan Orlovsky.

Garoppolo stepped out of the back of the end zone while planting to make a throw on second down of his San Francisco 49ers’ game against the Broncos. The embarrassing move resulted in a safety and gave the ball back to the Broncos.

The reaction from NBC announcer Mike Tirico reflected the feelings of most football fans watching the game: Dan Orlovsky!

Tirico referenced the former Detroit Lions quarterback immediately because Orlovsky had committed the same mistake in a 2008 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Almost immediately after the play occurred, Orlovsky tweeted his reaction.


The “Braveheart” reference was too fitting.

Yes, Orlovsky had almost been imprisoned by the notorious play. It’s still what he’s most strongly associated with throughout his career. And at least he has some company.

Still, there are ways in which accidental safeties can be achieved. And the way Orlovsky did it was so much worse than Garoppolo.

Jimmy Garoppolo pulls a Dan Orlovsky against Broncos

Jimmy Garoppolo standing with a foot in the end zone

Jimmy Garoppolo committed a totally embarrassing move during Sunday night’s game between his San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos.

The Niners were leading the Broncos 7-3 and had a 1st-and-10 from their 2 early in the third quarter after Denver pinned them near the end zone. On first down, Jeff Wilson Jr. ran for no gain. On the following play, Garoppolo was under pressure and completely lost track of where he was.

Garoppolo inadvertently stepped out of the back of the end zone for a safety as he was planting his feet to throw.

Immediately, NBC announcer Mike Tirico pointed out that Garoppolo had pulled a Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky is notorious for running out the back of the end zone in a 2008 loss against the Vikings. The funny part about Orlovsky’s blunder was just how completely unaware he was, and how far back he was.

Garoppolo has now joined Orlovsky in infamy. His play wasn’t too harmful for San Francisco though, which appeared to be in bad shape backed up against their end zone.

Matt Rhule responds to ESPN analyst’s big claim about Panthers

Matt Rhule during a game

Aug 27, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers are off to an 0-2 start to the season, and ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky believes what he termed “coaching malpractice” is a big reason for that. Panthers head coach Matt Rhule does not see it that way.

During Thursday’s edition of “NFL Live,” Orlovsky shared what he is convinced is evidence that the Panthers were tipping plays in their 19-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. The former NFL quarterback said he went through the game film and noticed that the Panthers almost always ran a run play or a run-pass option when Christian McCaffrey was lined up a yard deeper in the backfield than Baker Mayfield. When McCaffrey was lined up at the same depth as Mayfield, Orlovsky says that meant Carolina had called a straight pass play.

You can see the full breakdown below:

Orlovsky sounded quite sure of himself, but Rhule says the analyst is wrong. Rhule responded to Orlovsky in detail on Friday and talked about all the different types of plays the Panthers run from the formations Orlovsky highlighted. The coach made a good point, which is that the Panthers ran for 146 yards and averaged more than 6.0 yards per carry.

If the Panthers were tipping plays, they certainly will not be in their Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Rhule is in his third year as the head coach of the Panthers. The team won just five games in each of his first two seasons. Whether Carolina is or is not tipping plays won’t matter for his future with the Panthers if the results do not improve quickly.

Dan Orlovsky has funny comment about his odd on-air blunder

Dan Orlovsky on set

Dan Orlovsky made a funny comment on Twitter about his odd broadcasting blunder on Monday night.

Orlovsky was part of a 3-man broadcasting crew that was used for the 2-game “Monday Night Football” in Week 2. He, Steve Levy and Louis Riddick called the Tennessee Titans-Buffalo Bills game.

While Bills quarterback Josh Allen was warming up ahead of the game, Orlovsky fumbled over some words and made a fart noise.

The bizarre gaffe drew attention online. Later in the evening, Orlovsky addressed matters over Twitter.

He seemed to make a buffalo wings bleu cheese dipping sauce joke since he was in Buffalo.

“Shoulda never tried to blue cheese,” he wrote, along with a shrugging emoji.

Probably not.

Maybe Orlovsky needs to stick to more film breakdowns and fewer bleu cheese farts.

In addition to serving on ESPN’s No. 2 NFL announcing team, Orlovsky provides analysis for multiple ESPN shows, including “NFL Live,” “First Take” and “Get Up.”

ESPN analyst makes bold prediction about Chiefs

Andy Reid on the sideline

Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid against the New England Patriots during the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs faced a lot of questions about their offense after a major offseason trade of wide receiver Tyreek Hill. After just one week, one ESPN analyst is quite convinced by what he saw.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky said on “NFL Live” that the Chiefs will be more difficult to play against going forward, as Hill’s departure is allowing for more diversity on offense and more freedom for quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“It’s formation diversity now. I thought they would be more difficult to plan for. I think they’re more difficult to play against now after watching Week 1, because it allows them to do exactly what they want to do with Andy Reid.

“Patrick now gets to the line of scrimmage and the defense is really telling him where to throw the football to,” Orlovsky said. “I feel like in the past, it’s been ‘We start this play with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, and then you move on to somebody else. What happens if the defense is telling me something different?’ That’s truly what Andy Reid wants to be. A bunch of formation diversity and allow Patrick Mahomes to determine who’s the best matchup pre-snap.”

It’s far too soon to tell whether or not this take will hold up over the course of the season. The early returns are certainly promising, though. The Chiefs posted 44 points in their season opener against the Arizona Cardinals, with Mahomes going 30/39 for 360 yards and five touchdowns. Not every week will be that good, but the Chiefs certainly did not look worse off without Hill, even if some were not quite as impressed.

Mahomes did warn about this sort of approach before the season. It may be bad for fantasy football owners, but it certainly seems like it will be hugely beneficial for the team.

Report: Dan Orlovsky lands significant new position at ESPN

Dan Orlovsky on set

Dan Orlovsky has gained popularity at ESPN with his no-nonsense NFL analysis over the past several years, and he will have another platform to deliver it this upcoming season.

Orlovsky will join ESPN’s No. 2 NFL TV booth alongside Steve Levy and Louis Riddick, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports. The trio is set to call some “Monday Night Football” doubleheaders this season and then five games per season beginning in 2023.

Riddick and Levy also recently signed contract extensions with ESPN, according to Marchand.

Orlovsky is essentially replacing Brian Griese, who served as an analyst on ESPN’s top “Monday Night Football” broadcast team last season. The network has since hired Joe Buck and Troy Aikman away from FOX, and they will serve as the No. 1 duo.

Marchand reports that Orlovsky was also pursued by FOX before signing his extension with ESPN. He will continue to appear on “NFL Live,” “First Take” and “Get Up,” while also calling some college football games.

Orlovsky should do well as an analyst during NFL broadcasts. Though some may think he is overcritical at times, the former quarterback is very opinionated and knowledgeable about the game.

ESPN analyst makes ominous comment about 2022 QB Draft class

Dan Orlovsky on set

This year’s class of quarterback prospects available in the 2022 NFL Draft has not been too highly regarded. One ESPN NFL analyst put into perspective just how weak the class might be.

Dan Orlovsky was talking on “NFL Live” on Friday about the Panthers’ quarterback situation. Carolina has the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, plus a glaring need for a franchise quarterback. But Orlovsky doesn’t think they should take a quarterback in that spot.

Why? Orlovsky thinks the 2022 QB class is so weak that incumbent Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold is better than what is available.

That’s a pretty ominous sign.

Whether it was with the Jets or the Panthers, Darnold has been a mediocre-at-best quarterback during his four NFL seasons. He has 54 career touchdown passes and 52 career interceptions. That’s not franchise QB material.

So what does it say about the QBs in this year’s draft that Orlovsky doesn’t think any of them are worth a pick that high to replace Darnold? That’s not good. Orlovsky says the one quarterback who intrigues him is Malik Willis, but No. 6 is too high of a pick to use on him.

Carolina fans better get used to another season under Darnold possibly.

H/T Panthers Wire