There are a lot of things to like about the NFL Network, but possibly my favorite is the increased availability of gameday sideline audio. They use it in their Sound FX show (which only seems to be on at the oddest times) and cut throughout their enhanced-and-condense game replays, and every time I watch it I feel like I understand the people around the game a little better.
Take this installment, from this week’s Redskins/Dallas game: this is a much different, much more fiery Mike Shanahan than we’ve seen; it’s also our first chance to actually see his interaction with son/offensive coordinator Kyle on the sidelines, to see him work the officials, and to see him address the team in the postgame locker room.
In short, it’s worth watching. (The one downside is a 0:20 commercial. Just be patient.)
Dan Steinberg transcribes things at a speed that few humans can match, so he’s already got the text version up at the DC Sports Bog. You should go read it there, but I did want to repeat and amplify one point that he makes:
The most revealing part of the video, and the part I’d most be interested in following up on, is London Fletcher’s reaction from the very end. Here’s Steinberg’s recounting of it:
“That was my fault for making it that close,” Fletcher said when Shanahan tried to congratulate him on the field right after the game ended.
“Ohhhhh no,” Shanahan scoffed, seemingly incredulous.
“I busted coverage on Austin,” Fletcher said.
“No,” Shanahan said. “I’m so proud of you.”
Really, it’s another argument in favor of slapping a microphone on every player in the game. Because every time I hear Fletcher talk during a game — his pregame speeches, sideline stuff, this — I become just a little bit more impressed with the guy. And he’s pretty impressive right from the jump.
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