Thursday, September 3, 2015

B-Mitch let go for criticizing 'Skins?

If you tuned in to WIP last week, you may have heard the familiar voice of ex-Eagle Brian Mitchell.

B-Mitch let go for criticizing 'Skins?

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If you tuned in to WIP last week, you may have heard the familiar voice of ex-Eagle Brian Mitchell.

In this morning's USA Today, Mitchell shed some light on why he lost his gig as a radio host in D.C.

He had been working for ESPN 980, a station owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder. The station said Mitchell was let go because of the economy, but he said his criticism of the franchise might have played a factor in the move.

"If you never discuss any money, or any changes in my money with me, then you already have your minds made up," Mitchell told USA Today. "This didn't have a damn thing to do with the economy."

Mitchell, who was making $150,000 according to the article, said he was willing to take a pay cut, but the station's executives never asked.

B-Mitch spent three seasons with the Birds, from 2000-2002. The first 10 seasons of his career were spent with the Redskins, and he played a year with the Giants in 2003.

Per the report, Mitchell is pursuing another broadcasting job. I'm currently trying to track down details of his situation with WIP and will hopefully have that information later.

In the meantime, some other links to pass along:

** CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco is continuing with his series of rankings. He's released his offensive tackle rankings, and Jason Peters comes in at No. 6:

He didn't play as well last season for the Bills following a holdout, but he remains one of the NFL's best. A new home and a new contract should rejuvenate him.

Andy Reid would disagree. When the Birds traded for Peters, Reid said he was the best tackle in the NFL.

Prisco also ranked defensive ends. Trent Cole got the No. 7 spot:

He's a speed rusher who plays bigger than his size. He's much more than a situational rusher.

** SI.com's Ross Tucker caught up with players at the league's Broadcast Boot Camp, and asked them who their favorite announcers are. Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody said Ron Jaworski.

"He is a student of the game," Woody told Tucker. "Some guys are very opinionated and there is nothing wrong about that as long as you do the homework. Jaws knows what is going on from a football perspective. If he is critical of a player or certain scheme, he shows you why. You can respect him because you know he does the work."

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