Ben Maller: “What are the chances that Drew Brees turns out to be good as a football commentator? I’m setting the odds at +2000, which implies less than a 5% chance that Drew Brees turns out to be as good as some expect him to be. I am a ‘believe it when it happens’ type of person, so I am not expecting much… Clearly, Drew Brees earned his merit badge for citizenship in the community, but this is not going to help him in sportscasting. What makes a good commentator? To me, the ability to properly criticize. It doesn’t mean you always criticize but you have to be able to and have that in your toolbox. You have to have the skill set required that even though you’re part of the fraternal order of NFL players you still have to be willing to step on some toes. The gold standard for commentary is Charles Barkley. Charles Barkley unloads on NBA players all the time and is also one of the great players in NBA history. As a critic, it goes with the territory and he realizes that. Is Drew Brees going to be like that? Do you think Drew Brees is going to start unloading haymakers?? I would say NO.” (Full Audio Above)
Listen to Ben Maller explain why he doesn’t think the now-retired Drew Brees will have the same amount of success in the booth, as he did on the football field, as Maller thinks Brees might be too kind and cordial of a person to be able to hand out criticism during football broadcasts.
Check out the segment above.