MJD was a damn good player back in the day.
Three Pro Bowls, two All-Pro selections, 11,000 scrimmage yards and 79 touchdowns. The Jags were crap back then, but he wasn’t.
His TV punditry does not seem to match his on-field excellence, at least judging from this clip below, where he gives the Minnesota Vikings the “edge” in every category while not really offering much explanation:
Yea, it’s not exactly a lengthy, round-table discussion, but whatever. It’s a quick-hitting segment. The producer was probably in someone’s ear yelling, “WRAP! WRAP!”
But I transcribed part of the exchange for you:
Maurice Jones-Drew: “You know, this is going to be a great balance of power, because this crown that I have from earlier in the show is.. I feel like we could do this without touching the screen. Let’s start with the rush offense though. I get LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, those guys have been doing a great job. But Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray have been doing an awesome job.
Elliot Harrison: “It’s pretty even.”
MJD: “Yea, it is pretty even. But with that being said, I feel like the Vikings are more committed to the run, and they want to run the ball, so we’re gonna give this to (them). But before we do, don’t touch it, we’re all going to do the Skol clap together. Ready? 1, 2, 3, Skol! Oh it worked, oh my goodness (arrow appears next to Minnesota).
MJD went ahead and gave the Vikings the edge in passing because of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The rush defense wins for being “phenomenal” and he just names a bunch of guys to explain why the pass defense is better (it is).
As far as coaching, it sounded like he was about to give credit to future NFL Coach of the Year Doug Pederson, before the other guy sort of cut him off and said, “you’ve got to go with Mike Zimmer.”
No, you don’t have to go with Mike Zimmer. You can choose whomever you want. It’s a free country.
Tell ’em, Colleen.