ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter joined Warren Sapp and Brian Jones this week on the latest edition of BetUS Unfiltered, pulling back the curtain on one of the most unique and challenging professions in all of sports — one that requires two phones (at least) to get the job done.
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Right off, it became clear the relationship between Schefter and his former NFL Network colleague Sapp was special.
“I remember once, we went to do Thursday night football in Jacksonville, then (had to) fly to Dallas to do the last game in the stadium, a day after my birthday,” Sapp recalled of the 2008 season spent alongside Schefter. “And then we fly all the way to California and do Sunday gameday morning, and neither one of us slept on any leg of any flight. That’s when we really connected, because we just talked. We just talked the whole way.”
And there was plenty of great conversation to go around this time, too, as Schefter looked back on his 30-plus year career during a segment called “An Insider’s Life.”
“You try to do right by people, you try to be honest with people, you try to treat them the right way, and you hope that you’re able to build some meaningful relationships along the way,” Schefter said when asked about his journey. However, that doesn’t mean he’s been able to get by without making a few enemies with the right scoop at the wrong time.
“I’m sure I’ve alienated or upset some people along the way, but if you do something for 30 years — anybody who does something for 30 years is going to build up relationships over time … and you’re going to have people who are willing to work with you on certain things,” Schefter said. “I do think that the older you get, hopefully the wiser you get, and the wiser you get, the less those instances occur.”
Ant Man’s Doppelganger
Later in the segment, Schefter shared a hilarious story about the benefits of having a celebrity doppelganger — hint: he was great in “Clueless” — and gave tips on how to find success not only in sports, but in life.
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“Whether you want to do something like I do, or like you do, Brian, or like Warren does, I believe the fundamentals are the same for every industry and every job,” Schefter said. “You’ve got to work very hard, you’ve got to be prepared, you’ve got to … do the things other people aren’t willing to do.
“I spent my formative adult years working weekends, holidays, nights, days, whatever it took to get the job done,” Schefter continued. “You’ve got to do all that. You’ve got to work real hard, treat people right, you’ve got to be honest, have integrity. You can’t do nefarious things. You’ve just got to be above-board, work your butt off, be honest, treat people right, make people indispensable, and then you can do anything you want to do.”
Of course, there was plenty of football to discuss, as well, and during the Huddle Up segment, Schefter, Sapp, and Jones all weighed in on Tua Tagovailoa being named starting quarterback in Miami, as well as the NFL’s three remaining undefeated teams: the Titans, the Steelers, and the Seahawks.
“I think they’re all dangerous and (formidable) in their own ways,” Schefter said. “But here’s the advantage the Seahawks and Steelers don’t have: Usually the 12th Man is daunting. Usually the crowd in Pittsburgh is intimidating. That’s not the case this year, so if you have to go on the road in the playoffs – well, you could win in Seattle, you could win in Pittsburgh. Those teams are great, but I don’t think home-field advantage is going to mean anything this year.”
Kenyon Rasheed & The Blitz
Following the Schefter interview, former New York Giants running back Kenyon Rasheed joined the program for The Blitz, where he broke down early struggles for a handful of teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, who currently lead the NFC East at 2-4 but dropped a 38-10 decision to Arizona over the weekend.
“When teams are struggling, people have this misconception of what head coaches do and their job responsibilities,” Rasheed said when asked about Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys. “Most head coaches are like CEOs. They delegate power, they delegate teaching, they (say), ‘Hey, do your job, and if I hire you on my staff, I expect your position group to play up to the level that I expect every gameday.’
“It seems to be a disconnect somewhere between the head coach, the staff and the players that causes discontent,” Rasheed continued, “and what I saw (on Sunday) was a football team that didn’t play.”
From there, the analysts gave their takes and picks on this weekend’s top matchups — including a battle of unbeatens in Titans-Steelers and the “Sapper Bowl” between Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — before closing with 99 Seconds with Sapp that included a powerful “personal message” for Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
“You’re supposed to be the best?” Sapp said, in part. “Well, let me see it all the time.”