NFL Nation: Stephen A. Smith
April, 10, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
The guy who I think is the most entertaining player in the NFC South got some national air time Wednesday and he didn’t disappoint.
Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White joined "First Take" and had some pretty strong comments about the state of the Falcons.
“We know it’s now Super Bowl or bust,’’ White said. “Anything short of that is not a good season for us right now.’’
Check out the attached video for White’s entire interview with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. But I’ll share one other nugget with you here.
Bayless said he’s not completely sold on Matt Ryan and said he’s not sure the quarterback can get the Falcons to the Super Bowl. White came back with a strong defense of Ryan.
“I think Matt’s an excellent quarterback,’’ White said. “He makes a lot of plays for our team. In that situation, it takes so much more than just Matt Ryan to finish plays, especially down the stretch. You can’t just put it on the quarterback and say, 'You have to make this one play to get over the hump.' It has to be me. It has to be Julio [Jones]. It has to be Tony [Gonzalez]. We have to go out there and make those plays to make it easier on Matt Ryan.’’
October, 24, 2012
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon said there’s a troubling racial undertone to the criticism of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.
“I heard somebody compare him to Vince Young,’’ Moon told Yahoo! Sports. “It’s the same old crap -- it’s always a comparison of one black to another black. I get tired of it.’’
Moon also said it’s wrong to suggest the second-year quarterback is a bust.
"I think a lot of this is because so many people want to say, 'I told you so' about him but couldn't because he was so good last year," Moon said. “I think people are overreacting. How can he be a bust? He just had one of the great years a rookie has ever had, and now he can't play? Come on."
Take a look and listen as Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss Moon’s comments.
July, 31, 2012
By James Walker | ESPN.com
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith has been one of Tim Tebow's harshest critics. Smith and "First Take" colleague Skip Bayless have been playing "bad cop" and "good cop" on the Tebow phenomenon for months and months.
But Smith seems to be coming around on Tebow – sort of.
"Up here in the land of nowhere, where all things green and white seem to revolve around a backup quarterback with rock-star appeal, the only thing newsworthy is that Tim Tebow appears to deserve it. His cordiality and decency are beyond comprehension. Apparently, so is the veneer of his soul. So much so that you find yourself wishing he played any position other than quarterback -- simply so he would never have to throw the football. Except, Tim Tebow has had to throw the football. Quite often, as the New York Jets entered their fourth day of training camp. And while doing so -- despite evidence that he knows how to win football games and is clearly in possession of an "it" factor few have been blessed with -- all the former Florida All-American has done is force anyone with two eyes to echo unflattering sentiments in unison, no matter how much it pains them to do so: Tebow simply cannot throw the football.”
Everyone has an opinion Tebow. Mine happen to be more in line with Smith: Tebow is a solid, all-around football player, but you don't want him as your starting quarterback.
There are many who disagree with that assessment. But for now this is Mark Sanchez's team unless he struggles. Then, it could be Tebow time.
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