Former Texan Sage Rosenfels Alludes to "Crazy" NFL Rumor, Breaks Twitter
This guy for Brian Hoyer? Doubtful.
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As if you needed another daily reminder with where we are in the realm of "breaking news," we got one on Wednesday afternoon.
Adam Schefter, Jay Glazer, Albert Breer.
These are the names we've become accustomed to hearing from when a free agent signs with a team, a head coach is fired, or Roger Goodell has handed down his most recent haphazard punishment for a violation of the personal conduct policy.
Guys like them have legitimate, journalistic "street cred" grounded in years of contact building and around-the-clock reporting.
However, we've all seen that Twitter has a funny way of deciding what exactly constitutes journalistic "street cred." To wit, yesterday, the Twitterverse decided that former Houston Texans quarterback, the now retired Sage Rosenfels was credible enough as a "news breaker" (even though, as best I can tell, he doesn't actually work for any news outlet) for all of us to run with this tweet.
Hearing a crazy #NFL rumor. If/when confirmed, it hugely affect two franchises.— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) August 13, 2014
(Just so you know, I'm making a sarcastic thumbs up sign as I say that "okeeeeeyyy," kind of like Nicholas Cage in The Rock after Sean Connery leaves him to go thwart Ed Harris, and tells him not to worry about anything.)
Now, if I'm not mistaken, I believe Rosenfels is trying to break into the media business. In fact, I believe I read somewhere that he was one of several retired players to attend a broadcasting boot camp of some sort.
So maybe this was Rosenfels' chumming the "hot takes" waters, and seeing if he could ruffle a few feathers in the sports radio community by getting us to discuss his tweet. If that was his goal, then it kind of worked, I guess.
With the aid of dozens of "random tweet guys," Rosenfels' faceless speculation somehow morphed into a "nearly done deal" trade between the Texans and the Browns that would see Andre Johnson get his ticket out of jail and the Texans upgrade their quarterback position by acquiring Brian Hoyer.
(Of course, calling a trade to Cleveland a "ticket out of jail" isn't entirely accurate. It's more like a transfer from Shawshank to Alcatraz. And calling Hoyer an upgrade over Fitzpatrick is like saying that a Hyundai has better pick up than a moped.)
Brian Hoyer to the Texans for Andre Johnson.— Careless Whisperer (@UncleChaps) August 13, 2014
V good article here. http://t.co/Zcc1GjkZLJ— Careless Whisperer (@UncleChaps) August 13, 2014
Rumor: Texans have robbed the Browns by trading Andre Johnson for Brian Hoyer— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) August 13, 2014
Hoyer to Texans makes a bunch of sense ... #Houston needs QB badly— Incarcerated Bob IBN (@incarceratedbob) August 13, 2014
Even a fake Adam Schefter picking it up.....
Now, I have no idea if Andre-Hoyer was the rumored trade Rosenfels was referring to, but that's what the Internet ran with. I was as guilty as anyone in that I actually discussed this deal hypothetically for a segment on our show (with the disclaimer that I thought there was a -1000 percent chance of it happening).
(For what it's worth, I needed a shower after the segment was over. I totally felt like part of the problem.)
At the end of the day, Andre Johnson was still a Texan, Brian Hoyer was still a Brown, and Sage Rosenfels first attempt at channeling his inner Glazer had no pay off.
Indeed, it would appear that Sage Rosenfels first foray into being an NFL Insider was the....
....of breaking news.
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