The former Bears quarterback has never been known as Mr. Personality.
While Fox Sports hiring Jay Cutler is not as risky as CBS Sports handing its No. 1 NFL TV analyst job to Tony Romo, it’s fair to wonder why Fox is gambling on another TV neophyte in the booth.
Especially when that person is Cutler.
The former Bears quarterback has never been known as Mr. Personality. Yet Fox announced Friday he’ll take over for new 49ers general manager John Lynch on its No. 2 NFL announce team, which includes play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, color commentator Charles Davis and sideline reporter Pam Oliver.
Mixon was not invited to the Combine due to the incident, and Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys he has been in damage control mode during his pre-draft visits. He has been apologetic in press conferences and interviews. But, even though Mixon avoided jail time via a plea deal — he was suspended for the 2014 college football season — the assault was captured on video. It will follow him throughout his NFL career and his life.
NFL teams want to avoid PR nightmares, and they don’t want to babysit a player whose character has been proven questionable. There’s a fine line when it comes to dealing with such cases, but those that involve domestic violence cross the line.
During my time with the Vikings and Titans, a player like Mixon would get a blue dot for character concerns next to his name on our draft boards. In most cases, I believe in second chances after people are punished for major mistakes. But in a case like this — a brutal assault on a woman — I would not draft the player. Mixon would be taken off our board completely.
Some teams are doing just that.