October 22, 2013, 7:57 pm
Mark Malone spent nine years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and New York Jets and he has spent the past six years as an NFL analyst for Westwood One Sports. He joined Chad on Flight 750 Tuesday to talk about everything he’s seen from the first seven weeks of the NFL season.Malone first discussed Josh Freeman’s debut for the Minnesota Vikings. To put it mildly, he was less than impressed.
“He overthrew by five or more yards, 16 different targets or receivers he threw to in that game. That’s not an NFL performance by any standard.”
Malone also says that he’s not very optimistic that Freeman is going to be able to figure it out for the Vikings by season’s end.
“When you get man coverage, you’re not reading coverages, you’re picking out a guy. You’re throwing an out, an in, a post, a flag whatever it might be – The same routes you’ve thrown your entire life. When you miss a guy by seven, eight, ten yards not once, not twice, but 16 times, it makes you just wonder – Is it a mechanical thing? Is his footwork not good? Was he trying too hard? I don’t know, but I think it casts him in a negative light.”
And finally he gave his opinion on which team looks like the best team in football at this point in the season.
“The most complete football team I’ve seen this year is probably the Seattle Seahawks. They’ve got the best defense – along with Kansas City – in the league. They can run the ball. I like the mobility factor that Russell Wilson brings to the table. And they’ve managed to go on the road and win a lot of games despite the fact that that offensive line has just been a wreck.”
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure tune into 750thegame for Thursday Night Football to get more of Malone’s expert breakdown on the game.