Published: August 20th, 2011 | Tags: Cover Two Podcast, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Blaine Gabbert, Bucky Brooks, Cam Newton, Cleveland Browns, D. Orlando Ledbetter, David Garrard, Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars, John Harbaugh, Steve Wyche, Terrelle Pryor
Carolina’s top pick Cam Newton made his first start of the preseason Friday and even though he didn’t exactly light it up against the Dolphins, it’s his job to lose. At least according to Bucky Brooks and me on our latest Cover Two Podcast.
Will Jaguars rookie QB Blaine Gabbert join him in the starting lineup Week 1? We asked Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio, who was non-committal. He did offer up this riveting compliment of veteran David Garrard‘s performance Friday against Atlanta: “He was okay.” That was pretty much it. Del Rio did have some promising things to say about his defense, which is something he couldn’t say about his last few defenses. In fact, you might get a kick out of what he did say.
D. Orlando Ledbetter, the Falcons’ beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also joined us on Cover Two and kept it real about the offensive line’s play against the Jags. If you’ve never had the pleasure of dealing with D-Led, you will when one of the NFL media’s most colorful journalists breaks it all down, including his take on his favorite team from childhood — the Cleveland Browns.
Brooks is riled up about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell transferring Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor‘s five-game suspension by the NFL. I also have some pretty zesty thoughts on Baltimore coach John Harbaugh somewhat apologizing for adding a late touchdown in a preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs. There was no need to, especially since coaches are always telling us about how much the preseason doesn’t matter.
And if you’re still reeling about the recent news coming from “The U,” you won’t believe who we might have spotted in one of the pictures of alleged debauchery.