Sam Darnold erased any fear and probably Jets’, Giants’ chances
After watching him perform up close Wednesday, I would be shocked if Darnold is not the No. 1 overall pick by the Browns. He is simply the cleanest prospect of the big four quarterbacks. He led the Trojans to a 20-4 record in two years as a starter. He can make every throw and has the temperament of a franchise quarterback. Yes, he had 22 turnovers in 2017, but a coach will believe they can coach that out of him.
All you had to do was look at Haslam, the Browns owner, sitting in the stands with Darnold’s parents, to get the feeling this is as close as the Jets and Giants are ever going to get to Darnold.
The Giants brass took Darnold to dinner Monday, followed by the Browns on Tuesday. Shurmur, VP of player evaluation Chris Mara, assistant GM Kevin Abrams and offensive coordinator Mike Shula led the Giants contingent here.
The Jets had Maccagnan, Bowles, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger and director of college scouting Matt Bazirgan on hand.
We don’t have a relationship, said Barkley, who won’t apologize.
This is why Barkley is the most legendary TV sports analyst since John Madden. Barkley actually respects his employer, showing loyalty to the place that pays him millions instead of providing dishonesty and being a shill for his fellow athletes.
This month, Barkley once again will be the center of attention during the NCAA Tournament coverage on his home network of Turner and CBS. He has been a broadcaster for nearly two decades and, at 55, plans on upsetting the fragile athlete egos for five more years, after which he will retire.
You can say nine great things about them, but if you say one bad thing about them, they or their agent call you, Barkley said. It’s crazy.
While Barkley may work for Turner, he watches a lot of ESPN, which is where his favorite analyst resides.
I think the best guy on television is Barry Melrose, Barkley said. I love Barry Melrose. He can say stuff. He reminds me of me without the negativity of the players. I guess hockey players are not sensitive. He is just a straight shooter.