Schefter vs. Mort, Round One

Monday, January 26, 2009

There are really only three reporters who are in the running for the NFL's top stories each week and those are Jay Glazer of FOX, Chris Mortensen of ESPN and Adam Schefter of the NFL Network. Schefter was relatively quiet the past few years, but after owning Mortensen during the 2008 NFL Draft, he did some excellent reporting and probably slid into the two-spot in the hierarchy of "NFL Breaking News Reporters".

Well all last week, Mort was trumpeting the fact that he had a source saying that Mike Shanahan would be replacing Herm Edwards in Kansas City. While that seems like a great storyline, and a seemingly good replacement, Schefter is here to tell you that it's false....entirely false....

Despite rampant reports that the Chiefs are negotiating with former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan to replace Herm Edwards, they are not, sources said Friday.

The Chiefs never have made any contact with Shanahan — never. And there have been no contract negotiations.

So unless people I have known for years are blatantly lying to me, Shanahan will not be the next coach of the Chiefs. It’s not happening. People can keep talking as if it is, but it’s not. Shanahan will not be the coach of the Chiefs in 2009.
Obviously I've taken quite a few shots at Mort over the years, but when is the guy ever right? I mean seriously. If we're talking percentages here, Glazer is probably above 75-80% accurate when breaking news, Schefter is close to that as well, but Mort is probably under 30% with stories over the past year. As I've said before, if this was any other job, that kind of performance wouldn't be tolerated.

Glazer has already taken his shot(s) at Mort in the media, so it seems it's Schefter's turn now. Let's get this battle cooking guys, because I'm already bored with Media Week, and it hasn't even started.

Shanahan isn’t a candidate in Kansas City (


As a Chiefs fan, I'm actually psyched that Mort sucks at his job. Shanahan isn't much without #7 playing QB for him. Plus we've had enough giant egos in management positions in KC (bye bye Carl) - we don't need Shanahan's right now. Let's hope Haley will be on the sidelines at Arrowhead in '09.

14 STIX said...
Jan 26, 2009, 10:37:00 AM  

You would think that all of this negative pub would motivate Mort, yet he remains the same liar.

GMoney said...
Jan 26, 2009, 10:42:00 AM  

If you hear Mort break a particular sorty, 88% of the time he is wrong. When I look for breaking NFL news, I go to Glazer or Shaefter. For me, Mort is at the bottom of the list.

sportsfan25 said...
Jan 26, 2009, 12:09:00 PM  


sportsfan25 said...
Jan 26, 2009, 12:11:00 PM  

Jay Gazer is the only RELEVANT source!

Anonymous said...
Jan 26, 2009, 1:31:00 PM  

If I had to Rank this "Insiders" I would rank them this way. 1- Jay Glazer. 2- Adam Shefter. 3- Mort and the rest of the ESPN crew. Its amazing that even with all the miss repors Mort and the other clows that ESPN considers as "Insiders" give, they are still employed by the newtowrk. The ESPN crew has been more wrong than anyone out there. Even blogges beat the ESPN "Insideers" That's how bad they are.

sportsfan25 said...
Jan 26, 2009, 2:46:00 PM  

AA - The original report from Mort said - the Chiefs were TARGETING Shanahan... didn't say he would be the new head coach. The Chiefs contacted him, Shanahan said he wasn't interested.

But the original report wasn't that Shanahan would be the next head coach - it was that he was being targeted. That was true - and he wasn't interested.

So - please when you're going off on reporters for facts - get yours straight too.

Mad Hungarian said...
Jan 26, 2009, 3:12:00 PM  

Mort's story might have said that the Chiefs were "Targeting " Shannahn on ESPN.COM, but he went on ESPN TV and said that the Chiefs were in contract talks with Shannahn. That's different thatn Targeting Shannahn. And he didn't back off that report until Shefter when on NFL net and said that Shannahn wasn not going to coach KC. Mort needs to get better sources becasue the ones he has right now suck.

sportsfan25 said...
Jan 26, 2009, 4:21:00 PM  

Sounds like a repeat of Brett Favre. Whatever happened to journalists confirming information two to three times before going on air?

Steve Smith said...
Jan 26, 2009, 5:41:00 PM  

I could not agree more. This reporters need to do a better job conferming their stories with not one not two but three or more sources. But becasue they want to be the first ones to report that particular story,and they don't t checdk with their soruces multiple tiems they end up going on the air and reporting a story that should not be reported. And intern make themselved and their empoyer look like fools.

sportsfan25 said...
Jan 26, 2009, 10:53:00 PM  

Did my comment get deleted, or did I just never post it?

Morgan Wick said...
Jan 27, 2009, 8:57:00 PM  

Shaefter gets way too much credit. He tries to jump the competition and he will throw alot of crap at the wall at times. Just a few weeks ago he said Garrett was getting the job in STL.

Mort might be #3, but he comes off better on the radio. Adam sounds like db and Glazer sounded like he had a piece of chicken in his mouth.

Nelvis said...
Jan 28, 2009, 6:54:00 AM  

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