Brady Quinn/Fox announcing was...not great Bob

Submitted by FGB on September 25th, 2017 at 1:43 AM

I was pretty unimpressed with the announcing team, and Brady Quinn in particular.

This isn't the standard "He went to Notre Dame, he flamed out in the NFL, he sucks" type of critique.  But it seemed like he did no research ahead of this game, and just generally is not very observant.  The short version is:

Not doing his research, and not picking up on little details throughout the game, you can see indications of why he was not a successful NFL QB.  He's still new at this, so maybe he'll improve but I thought this was pretty poor for what I assume is one of their top announcing teams.  Other folks' thoughts?


A few examples that stuck out:

-Amid the wondering why Ty Isaac wasn't getting more carries, they don't mention that he was injured last week until like the fifth time they drone on about his limited attempts.

-On the Speight injury, it takes like four replays for Brady to suggest that MAYBE it was the second hit that caused the injury, which I'm guessing basically everyone saw live or at worst on the first replay.

-Confusing Robbins for Nordin for two quarters.  Ok, they have the same number. Still, Hart has struggled, Robbins is the clear backup....again, a tiny bit of study of the teams you're covering would put you on notice for this change.

-On the ineligible man downfield, they correctly identified that it would have been bogus on Hill, but then just moved on, then later on show no replay when they finally suggest it was on someone else. Compare that to the diligence that happened on the garbage ineligible receiver call in the Florida game. 




September 25th, 2017 at 9:07 AM ^

Matt Millon seems to diagnose the play instantly, so actually provides decent analysis during the game.  Quinn seemed slower with his statements and didn't provide anything that was something beyond what the viewer is already seeing. Play by play guy seemed ok. We will see if Quinn can provide more as the season progresses. 

Mr Miggle

September 25th, 2017 at 9:34 AM ^

stupid and arrogant at times. Brady Quinn is new and it shows. I'm not sure what Brock Huard contributes and I don't like his pairing with Millen.

Trying to be objective, announcers generally seem worse when they are working Michigan's games. That's because I know more about the team and spot more of their mistakes. It's kind of like watching movies when you know too much about the subject.


September 25th, 2017 at 1:29 PM ^

Millen is clearly differant when he does a Michigan game, and when he does a OSU game. There is pretty huge contrast to how he is talking about the teams. Michigan held AF's tripple option to like 98 yards when he said something along the lines of " Michigan just can't figure out this triple option." Then later, he kept saying he was very impressed with the AF offense when Michigan helf them to the lowest production in 5 years.

Meanwhile, throughout the OSU game he was sluring all over OSU when they were playing against a bottom 10 FBS team. Moreover, he said OSU will only get better because they are younge, but never mentioned this the week before with Michigan, who is the youngest team in the country.


September 25th, 2017 at 9:10 AM ^

They were unremarkable, which is a win in my book. Talking for 3 hours unscripted about something happening live in front of you is hard, especially something with as many moving parts as football. If I can get through a game without wanting to reach through the screen and slap the announcers, I'm pretty happy.

The only thing that grated was the Robbins thing,especially when he did it right as the camera was clearly showing his name on the back of his jersey.

Other than that they were ok.


September 25th, 2017 at 2:04 AM ^

My problem with them was on the targeting call on the hit on Eubanks.  They keeps debating if it was or wasn't targeting and showing clips of the hit, but never discussed if Eubanks was OK.  After the shot of Eubanks on the ground with trainers around him, they didn't mention him or show any footage of him being treated or being taken off the field.


September 25th, 2017 at 2:20 AM ^

This was disgusting. But it's not on the empty suits. There should be an adult in their earpieces telling them what to do. The producer or whoever that is did a horrible job, and not only with that. They also failed to show the right replays at the right times throughout the game. If I were in charge of Fox, whoever has overarching responsibility for the production would be replaced going forward.


September 25th, 2017 at 5:28 AM ^

Jon06 is right, it was the entire production team, from producer to camera people to announcers. While Quinn didn't seem to have done his homework, repeating the basic things anyone reading a day of MGoBlog would know, the replays seemed random, and little that was said or done helped enhance what we saw.


September 25th, 2017 at 2:24 AM ^

I didn’t think he was bad. Don’t know how long he’s been doing it, but he filled any possible dead air spots well and has a good voice for broadcasting.

Marley Nowell

September 25th, 2017 at 2:26 AM ^

At one point he said Michigan had a good offensive right before they gave up a sack. He had zero clue about anything Michigan related, just made random comments on things as he saw them.

Indiana Blue

September 25th, 2017 at 8:59 AM ^

still be drunk.  Matt Millen is the worst football announcer EVER.  If he knew anything about football talent ... (see below)

"After his playing career, Millen was President and chief executive officer of the Detroit Lions from 2001 until week 4 of the 2008 NFL season. His eight-year tenure as head of the franchise led to the worst eight-year record in the history of the modern NFL".   nuff said .. 

Go Blue!


September 25th, 2017 at 10:04 AM ^

...because the ability to run the front office of an NFL franchise directly correlates with the ability to diagnose and analyze a play/provide color commentary... 

Matt Millen isn't that bad, he's not the greatest, but he gets a bad rap I think because so many of you guys are Lions fans. Brady Quinn however, was awful- he seemed like he didn't do any research and had a rhudementary understanding of what was going on.


September 25th, 2017 at 2:28 AM ^

Agreed he was bad for the reasons you stated. Seemed like they were pretty lax on preparing. However, they did actually talk about the bogus illegal man downfield call. The on-call ref, Pereira, said it was on Gentry and that was relayed by the announcers a play or 2 later. Guess you just missed it.

I'm also like 99 percent sure one of them called Speight "Spite" but only recall it once. Could have been a simple slip-up.