If you haven't heard by now, perhaps you were at the game, Josh McDaniels dropped a F-Bomb, or, more specifically, a M-F-Bomb during the 1st Quarter of the Broncos 26-6 win over the Giants. Before going on, let me just say, in no way, shape or form do I blame Josh McDaniels for this. If anyone does they are 100% wrong and I won't waste my time with any other argument. This is his job, a job where he deals with men in an emotional environment. He is getting filmed in this element. It is the responsibility of the NFL Network to catch and bleep it out.
Now, if you don't know what I am talking about, here is the situation. After the offense committed 3 procedure penalties inside the Red Zone, forcing the Broncos to settle for yet another FG inside the 10, the NFL Network came back from a commercial to a scene involving McDaniels discussing the previous drive with his offense. During this discussion, McDaniels let his offense know, "We are trying to win a m*****F****** Game....." He proceeded to describe how the offense is making that tough with their mistakes.
Of course, how NFL Network let this through is a mystery to me. We all know that nothing is really live any more - not after the 'equipment malfunction' a few seasons ago. Some people still felt it was live, figuring there was no way it would have slipped through the cracks. Well, it did.
In an interview with The Associated Press and the Denver Post, Eric Weinberger, executive producer of the NFL Network, apologized to viewers and McDaniels for the "terrible mistake."
"It was on delay. We wish we would have caught it and bleeped it," Weinberger said. "We apologize for ever airing anything like that, absolutely, especially on Thanksgiving."
Weinberger added, "Everyone (watching on TV) thought it was live because it was in live speed and it looked live. It came out of the truck. Honestly, we would never go live and raise audio levels on anyone live. On the sidelines, we would never do that. We came out of break and rolled it. It's a mistake. We are sorry."
Yes, it was recorded, yes it should have been caught, and, as Weinberger says, it wasn't.
"We're not in this business to do that," Weinberger said of the network's blunder. "We're in this business to show sports and to show the most emotion that we can show. And the guy is an incredibly emotional, passionate guy."
Perhaps even better was McDaniels reaction when asked about it after the game -
"It's the NFL Network," McDaniels said with a shrug and a smile. "Doesn't surprise me."
After hearing McDaniels say this, Rich Eisen, host of NFL Network's studio shows, again apologized and stated that it was in no way intentional - implying that he felt McDaniels thought it might have been. Eisen also apologized to McDaniels.
It is clear to me that McDaniels remembers full well how he was treated by NFL Network after the Jay Cutler trade. Inexplicably, "experts" like Jamie Dukes and Marshall Faulk crucified McDaniels for his decision. McDaniels remembers this, and likely feels not a bit of guilt regarding the tight spot the NFL Network may find itself in with the FCC.