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Dan Fouts mispronounced 'Patriots' as soon as he hit the air, setting the tone for painful broadcast

Alex Reimer
October 21, 2018 - 5:35 pm

CBS’ Dan Fouts set the tone for Sunday’s broadcast as soon as he hit the air, when he mispronounced the word “Patriots.” The Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-motormouth TV analyst called them the “Pat-Tree-Uts” at the start of New England’s 38-31 win over the Bears Sunday. It set the tone for a long afternoon in which Fouts was more inaccurate than Mitchell Trubisky.

Anybody who lambasts Tony Romo for his excessive enthusiasm should be forced to watch Fouts on a weekly basis. He’s uninformed, ill-prepared and plain out wrong –– on matters both big and small. Perhaps the most embarrassing moment of the day for Fouts came in the fourth quarter, when he incorrectly stated the Bears received pressure from Derek Rivers. The sparingly used defensive end, of course, plays for the “Pat-Tree-Uts.”

Fouts’ incompetence really comes into focus when he tries to be an analyst and break down plays on the field. It’s amazing Fouts once played quarterback at a Hall of Fame level, because his read on the game is wrong almost all of the time. After Tom Brady’s interception intended for James Develin –– a play that any ex-QB should be able to dissect with some insight –– Fouts said it was a “dangerous throw.” There was no mention of the fact that the ball was actually in Develin’s hands, and safety Adrian Amos Jr. ripped it away from him.

Fouts’ commentary about the defensive side of the ball is just as bad. He called J.C. Jackson’s pass interference on Taylor Gabriel in the third quarter a “smart penalty, because Gabriel was going to La-La Land.” In reality, the ball wasn’t anywhere near Gabriel. It was overthrown. 

But at least Fouts offered opinions in those cases. Most of the time, he just describes the action we see for ourselves. On Jackson’s fourth quarter interception, Fouts told us the rookie corner “beat Bellamy to the ball –– just ripped it out of his hands.” He did not expand on either point. My eyes told me the same thing, without the obnoxious cadence (and yes, I do totally understand the irony of me picking on somebody for their intonation). 

Fouts’ penchant for narration also propped up earlier in the second half, when he said Malcolm Brown chased down Tarik Cohen on an eight-yard gain, while we were watching Malcolm Brown chase down Cohen on an eight-yard gain. Ian Eagle comes with the original call, and then Fouts follows up for those who might have missed it. You have to love the teamwork. 

This is Fouts' 30th year in TV. CBS put Phil Simms and Dan Dierdorf out to pasture in recent years, and at this rate, it’s easy to see Fouts following in their footsteps. Or at least, football fans can hope.