Shanks’ reference to Thompson’s “long-term” future is telling.
“Our No. 1 goal for ‘Fox NFL Kickoff’ this year is to get it to be No. 1,” Shanks told me at a presser for FS1’s new “First Things First.” “No network has ever been No. 1 at 11 and 12 on (NFL) Sundays. That is our No. 1 goal for the NFL this season. You’ve already seen us promote ‘Fox NFL Kickoff’ much more than we have in the past. It’s a show we believe in, adding Tony (Gonzalez) and Mike Vick and having Charissa there long-term.”
Shanks’ reference to Thompson’s “long-term” future is telling. With her contract set to expire after the 2017 NFL season, ESPN tried to woo Thompson back to ESPN to work on Mike Greenberg’s new solo morning show that launches Jan. 1, 2018 from New York City.
But Fox made a strong push to re-sign Thompson, who started her on-air career with Fox. With Thompson recently dropping her Hollywood reporting gig on “Extra,” her schedule is freeing up just in time for football season.
“Charissa is going to do more and more for us,” noted Shanks. “She announced she’s not doing ‘Extra’ any more. Which gives us more Charissa.”
Remember, they were so loaded on that side of the ball, they traded for Kony Ealy, then cut him last week just because they didn’t need him anymore. Rob Ninkovich retired, and as emotional as that farewell was, few thought they’d miss him that much.
They didn’t look like that kind of defense Thursday, not before they lost their best individual defensive player, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, early in the second half, and not after.
That doesn’t mean it won’t eventually. This defense, or at least last Cheap Jerseys Authentic year’s version of it, has turned it on at the right time before. The most obvious example — the Super Bowl Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys comeback against the Falcons — was hammered home in the pregame celebration that served up one more reminder of “28-3.”