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Dr. Philly


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:10 pm    Post subject: Who is the Best Football Analyst? Reply with quote

In honor of who is the worst analyst, I created the topic of who is the best football analyst. To me its Brian Billick cause he's one of those coaches who knows what he's doing and explains it thoroughly and dumbs it down enough so the average viewer can understand.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When it comes to analysts I want ones who make me think and see new aspects of the game. Most analysts (including ones people like) are simple enablers who just validate general opinion that the masses with agree with and add nothing to the discussion (aka just there to validate consensus confirmation bias). As to the ones I do like:

Trent Dilfer tops my list. Always seems to have unique and intelligent insight to analysis. One of the few whose not a cliche regurgitator and whose not afraid to have an unpopular/contrarian opinion.

Close behind and catching up fast is Mike Mayock. His knowledge doesn't need any introduction. He started doing games recently and was surprisingly good and describing plays live. Still needs to work on describing the non-technical aspects a little better but that comes with time.

Billick is probably number three to me for the reasons you just stated. Still plays it a bit safe to me.

Collinsworth started off really well but has developed a bit too much ego and has started centering his analysis around showing how smart he is as opposed to adding insight.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike Mayock, Solomon Wilcots and Brian Baldinger from NFLN have both really impressed me with their knowledge of the game.

Dan Dierdorf, Daryl Johnston, Jon Gruden and Troy Aikman are probably my favorite color commentary guys in the NFL.

Also like Sterling Sharpe.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Baldinger, Mayock, Sharpe, Wilcots, Billick and Gruden are my favorite guys to watch.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Baldinger, Sharpe, and Billick are my top 3.

At the very bottom of the list, directly after "dead squirrel" and "rock" is Jamie Dukes.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ron Jaworski. Hands down.

Brian Billick and Jon Gruden are good.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Mike Mayock and Michael Lombardi.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah - Sterling Sharpe too, that guy isn't on the NFLN enough.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian Baldinger is the one who said Jamar Chaney is the best MIKE in the league after he played one game
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DontTazeMeBro wrote:
Ron Jaworski. Hands down.

Brian Billick and Jon Gruden are good.


This. I could listen to Jaws break down a fullback dive and eat up every word.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike Mayock always impresses me
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In terms of In-game analysis, I like Billick, Wilcots and Aikman

Many people hate on Aikman simply because of Joe Buck setting him up badly, but during Bucks absence due to the baseball playoffs, you can see that he really knows his stuff when Brenneman is doing the PBP

The biggest reason I like Aikman, is that he understands that he's an analyst and not a "constantly remind everyone that I used to be a great player" guy. He does tell some relevant facts about his own playing days like "When we used to prepare for the game after a bye week, we....." etc. but he doesn't mention some irrelevant factoids pumping up his career achievements like many other ex-players turned analysts. Deion Sanders is another one I respect due to this, that he seems genuinenly interested about todays generation of players, and doesn't seem to be the lame old guy who tries to relive his glory days.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DontTazeMeBro wrote:
Ron Jaworski. Hands down.

Brian Billick and Jon Gruden are good.


Jaws does the best game film analysis in the business. Sure, he's kind of annoying, but I think the way he he breaks down tape on NFL Matchup is unrivaled.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Trent Dilfer might actually be the best. He's really good. So is Mayock, also Baldinger.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike Mayock first of all, also Brian Baldinger and Sterling Sharpe.

Solomon Wilcots is pretty good aswell.
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