Amazon made a pair of huge splash hirings for their Thursday Night Football coverage, bringing Kirk Herbstreit and the legendary Al Michaels on board. But one criticism of Herbstreit getting the job has Dan Patrick rolling his eyes.
On his most recent edition of The Dan Patrick Show, Patrick dismissed the criticism that Herbstreit doesn't deserve the job because he lacks NFL playing experience. He pointed out that many broadcasters didn't play in the NFL - including Herbstreit's own partner, Al Michaels.
Patrick pointed out that Herbstreit has seen everyone in the NFL play in college. He feels that's an incredible resource for an NFL broadcast to have.
“I don’t buy into this ‘Well, Kirk never played in the NFL.’ Can we stop with that?” Patrick ranted on his radio show. “Al Michaels didn’t either. And there are guys that played in the NFL who can’t broadcast an NFL game. Plus, Herbie is gonna see all of these players when they’re in college. That’s a great resource to have.”
It's not like Kirk Herbstreit hasn't done NFL broadcast work before. He was widely praised for his performance in 2020 during the Week 1 Monday Night Football double-header.
Plenty of people who have played in the NFL have tried their hands at broadcasting and failed to impress. Herbstreit has a strong history of calling games in college. Lacking experience with the NFL specifically doesn't mean he'll do poorly.
If the argument against Herbstreit is that the job at Amazon should have gone to someone who hasn't gotten opportunities before, then that's a separate argument.
But experience and talent won't be the factors that keep Herbstreit from doing well.