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NFL Network apologizes for Josh McDaniels expletive

Matthew Stafford showed how awesome a mic’d up segment can be this week.

And NFL Network just showed on Thursday Night Football why it’s good to edit material before putting it on the air.

After the Broncos committed three false starts in one red zone trip, NFL Network showed Broncos coach Josh McDaniels addressing his team on the sideline. (UPDATE: An earlier version of this story said McDaniels was wearing a wire.  He was not.)

“All we’re trying to do is win a motherf–king game!” McDaniels screamed before the audio was cut off.

The Broncos kicked a field goal, and NFL Network’s Bob Papa apologized for the “F” bomb faux pas when the game returned after a break.

I’ve been a huge fan of the network’s programming since Day One and I think they do incredible work on the whole.  (I can’t imagine not having access to it.)  But NFL Network has endured a brutal stretch of technical problems during games this season.

The network has often been at its worst during game broadcasts, when it has the most at stake.  And when the most NFL owners are watching.

I wonder how many of them will remember moments like tonight when the next Thursday night television package is up for bid.

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  1. chunky soupy sales says: Nov 26, 2009 9:31 PM

    he talks just the way his mother likes it. Rough.

  2. Palmer09 says: Nov 26, 2009 9:34 PM

    Good thing they apologized. there’s no chance that the majority of people watching football on Thursday night could be GROWN MEN.

  3. Twiz says: Nov 26, 2009 9:35 PM

    It is called a 5 second delay…..NFL Network needs to learn how to use it!

  4. Adept says: Nov 26, 2009 9:36 PM

    There were at least 3 more f-bombs after the first one. They muted the audio a bit but you could still hear more wholesomeness. =)

  5. Turd Furguson says: Nov 26, 2009 9:36 PM

    Just another example of why the NFL network has the worst broadcast in the business. It’s like watching the village idiot try to paint a masterpiece.

  6. Barack Obama says: Nov 26, 2009 9:42 PM

    He was yelling at his offensive line; his line had 3 false starts inside the red zone on the drive. To be honest, as a fan that is the kind of audio i love to hear. I love it when a coach goes apesh!t on his players.

  7. Bongemi says: Nov 26, 2009 9:44 PM

    No worse than watching the end of the American Music Awards a few days ago.

  8. filthymcnasty says: Nov 26, 2009 9:45 PM

    Florio, gotta disagree here, I’m a broke ass college kid…NFL network sucks!

  9. Turd Furguson says: Nov 26, 2009 9:47 PM

    Apparently Rosenthal likes watching back to back to back to back to back reruns of NFL Total Access. The only good thing about the NFL channel is America’s Game the Superbowl and the actual games, everything else is pretty lame, but then again so is Rosenthal so that makes sense i guess. Anyone remember the Bryant Gumble project???? Yea NFL network makes great decisions.

  10. Raider Pride says: Nov 26, 2009 9:51 PM

    All he really said was…….
    “We are trying to win your fathers game.”

  11. Brain Mac says: Nov 26, 2009 9:53 PM

    Josh McDaniels latest sideline behavior confirms again that he is an arrogant, immature punk who has no business being a head coach in the NFL….

  12. promin1 says: Nov 26, 2009 9:53 PM

    Oh my little baby Jesus in heaven. I have never heard the F word before. I am so offended. I am going to sue the network for such vulgarity and Josh a bar of soap.
    ridiculous

  13. Twiz says: Nov 26, 2009 9:56 PM

    # Turd Furguson says: November 26, 2009 9:36 PM
    Just another example of why the NFL network has the worst broadcast in the business. It’s like watching the village idiot try to paint a masterpiece.
    _______________________________
    Lord Florio is a painter also?

  14. CodyO'Dea says: Nov 26, 2009 9:57 PM

    I wonder if he learned that from Bill?

  15. GoBrowns19 says: Nov 26, 2009 9:59 PM

    So what? Anyone who heard the “f word” had already heard it 7250 times. The only people offended are the ones trying not to offend anyone.

  16. Diegocarrera says: Nov 26, 2009 9:59 PM

    Is anyone watching the online version of the Thursday Night Game? They arent even showing that much of the game. They keep interrupting the game with reports from the sideline literally as the game is in play. Hardly any game coverage. Seriously. The sideline reporter was interviewing the horse mascot as you could see the play taking place in the background. Its a total ripoff. I finally stopped watching online. They should fire the guy that decided not to show the game in its entirety. Inexcusable business decision.

  17. CodyO'Dea says: Nov 26, 2009 10:06 PM

    Which is worse. Josh throwing out F Bombs or getting a shot at Hester’s A**? Football has never been so scandalous…

  18. Facts Domino says: Nov 26, 2009 10:09 PM

    It’s football. Love the un-altered access. Would love more of it.

  19. MasterShake says: Nov 26, 2009 10:09 PM

    People blow themselves up for religion, or fly planes into buildings, drive trucks fully loaded with explosives into civilian areas and we’re worried about vulagrity. But hey, let’s keep it real with mic’d up, editing included.

  20. rbais2 says: Nov 26, 2009 10:11 PM

    Rosenthal!!!
    You’re an idiot!!!
    The Network has been great when airing games!!!
    It’s better than watching Kornheiser, Gruden, Tirico, or any other idiot that does Monday Night Football on ESPN!!!

  21. csloan99 says: Nov 26, 2009 10:21 PM

    I’m calling my local Congressman first thing in the morning. There needs to be many days of Congressional hearings to figure out what went wrong and to make someone pay for it!

  22. Nation 86 says: Nov 26, 2009 10:21 PM

    McDaniels, the little tyrant has been exposed.
    Screw him and his donkeys.

  23. Mactator says: Nov 26, 2009 10:25 PM

    I predicted that this was going to make it on here! LOL. It didn’t even take 1 hour!

  24. FumbleNuts says: Nov 26, 2009 10:48 PM

    Gruden would be proud of McCussYouOut.

  25. Farves sweet Hair says: Nov 26, 2009 10:55 PM

    I would say that Josh is a Douche Bag.

  26. carriebell says: Nov 26, 2009 11:09 PM

    You know die hard dads are trying to teach the tradition to their kids. “Potty mouth” should not be part of it. They should be tought 3rd and goal.
    Just my opinion.

  27. carriebell says: Nov 26, 2009 11:18 PM

    It is sad that dads are trying to teach the Thanksgiving tridition of football and some coach says one of the “potty words”. sHAME ON HIM!!

  28. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Nov 26, 2009 11:21 PM

    Outmotherfkingstanding.

  29. Turd Furguson says: Nov 26, 2009 11:21 PM

    Nation 96
    Are you a Raiders fan? You’re stupid like a Raiders fan but that doesn’t always mean your a Raiders fan…

  30. TMI says: Nov 26, 2009 11:22 PM

    Again.
    Trying to watch an NFL game with my 9-yr old son. Why do I even try??
    LJ got run out of KC for tweeting FAG.
    It’s much easier explaining FAG (a general jackass) than it is explaining MFer.
    THIS is why the NFL will lose the next generation of fans. Dads can’t watch a game with their sons anymore.

  31. Pastabelly says: Nov 26, 2009 11:26 PM

    The only good thing NFLN does is the Red Zone Channel on Sundays. The announcing sucks and the channel is a waste of time. They took a significant hit losing Schefter and all you see are former players who can’t make the ESPN bench.
    McDaniels is not the first coach to toss out expletives from the sidelines. Anyone who thinks he is a punk for doing that is probably wearing a skirt that doesn’t fit or panties that are too tight.

  32. tatum32 says: Nov 26, 2009 11:28 PM

    “Good thing they apologized. there’s no chance that the majority of people watching football on Thursday night could be GROWN MEN.”
    Since you never probably played football, you dont know what passion and anger does while trying address your team..
    save the GROWN MEN comment for church….he’s trying to win the mother%6king game. Probably the best audio you’ll EVER here – were talking men’s passion.

  33. scrapdawg12 says: Nov 26, 2009 11:34 PM

    I see no problem with it. I actually would like a microphone put on the sidelines so I can hear what is actually being said. Its called Just keeping it real. Who cares, I love it and would like to hear more sideline rants and raves.

  34. tatum32 says: Nov 26, 2009 11:35 PM

    Just another example of why the NFL network has the worst broadcast in the business. It’s like watching the village idiot try to paint a masterpiece.
    =================================
    Then why are YOU watching it?

  35. sven_ftw says: Nov 26, 2009 11:48 PM

    i love it! unedited football…
    it blows my mind that more people don’t laugh at mc daniel’s height. the guy is like yosemite sam, it’s awesome!

  36. Scoop says: Nov 27, 2009 12:04 AM

    I mean, come on…that was after a commercial and Papa led with something like “Check out Coach McD a few moments ago…”
    That was taped…they let it go…and it was clearly another attempt to make McD look bad. They aren’t just bad at analysis (the part about the promises that Denver would be lucky to win 3 this year), but they are also apparently vindictive.

  37. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 27, 2009 12:11 AM

    I’ve been a huge fan of the network’s programming since Day One and I think they do incredible work on the whole.
    The network has often been at its worst during game broadcasts, when it has the most at stake. And when the most NFL owners are watching.
    ——————-
    I’ll excuse your first comments praising the network assuming you want a free deal or have gotten one and need to hype it up in return.
    99% of people only watch the games and are therefore exposed to amateur broadcasting at it’s best/worst.
    NFL Network reminds me of the local TV station doing high school games. Only difference is NFLN has higher quality video.

  38. VoxVagina says: Nov 27, 2009 12:17 AM

    Big deal. I’m sure all the guys watching didn’t give a shit, young children probably never heard the word in their life, and the women probably don’t care either.

  39. Onderin says: Nov 27, 2009 12:41 AM

    1. If you’re offended by this, you need to walk outside more. Or listen to your high school coach curse in front of (or at) your son on the sidelines like any typical football team.
    2. I love unedited mic’ed up audio
    3. Josh McDaniels isn’t a tyrant, turd, jerk, asshole, douche, douchetwat, twat, or any other meant work because he cursed…but he is for the “We own you,” failure.
    4. NFL Network is great, but I don’t like their broadcast because they usually have crappy games on there…not because of the actual broadcast. All of the broadcast game sucked today, because ALL the games sucked. One-sided with nothing interesting at all.

  40. east96street says: Nov 27, 2009 12:45 AM

    TMI says: “THIS is why the NFL will lose the next generation of fans. Dads can’t watch a game with their sons anymore”
    Mute it and put on the radio broadcast or CC it and discuss it with your boy. It’s what I do with my 9 year old because there’s no way in hell I’m listening to Millen for three hours. As I explained to my boy, you really don’t want insight from the man that gave us 0-16.

  41. greenngld says: Nov 27, 2009 2:28 AM

    I think Roger Goodell should fine himself for this mistake. Fines are so in vogue this year, and it has to be a fine-able offense.

  42. ninjapleazee says: Nov 27, 2009 3:13 AM

    he should be fined 40 million

  43. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Nov 27, 2009 6:31 AM

    This is FOOTBALL, you freakin wimps!
    “I can’t watch it with my son”, what a pile of shit. If you really love the game, really love it with a passion, you appreciate moments like this, BECAUSE IT’S PART OF THE GAME, the game is filled with passion.
    You keep building that wall around your son and one day, when he’s 40 and you finally let him go out on his own, he’ll realize just how much of a wimp he is, thanks to mommy and daddy.
    What a joke.

  44. chapnasty says: Nov 27, 2009 6:32 AM

    Check out the article on ESPN, they arent missing an opportunity to bash a network that probably takes ratings away from them. Of course maybe if BSPN would just get rid of Keyshawn Johnson we would watch it again. Either way, who cares? We had to watch that America Idol guy make out with dudes and burry his head in a guys crotch the other night. I mean if they are going to let that happen on normal TV then who cares what happens on cable TV. Get over it.

  45. Elmagister says: Nov 27, 2009 6:48 AM

    Brain Mac says:
    November 26, 2009 9:53 PM
    Josh McDaniels latest sideline behavior confirms again that he is an arrogant, immature punk who has no business being a head coach in the NFL….
    Right. Because the other 31 coaches in the league wouldn’t dream of swearing at their players.

  46. Nuckinfutz says: Nov 27, 2009 7:17 AM

    Rosenthal: “The network has often been at its worst during game broadcasts, when it has the most at stake. And when the most NFL owners are watching.
    I wonder how many of them will remember moments like tonight when the next Thursday night television package is up for bid.”
    Keep in mind that the NFL Network is owned and operated by………..The NFL Owners.

  47. Hail2ThaRedskins says: Nov 27, 2009 7:30 AM

    Up for bid? Isn’t NFL Network owned by the NFL???

  48. EdgarSnyder says: Nov 27, 2009 7:49 AM

    Oh my god a bad word?
    this country needs to grow up.

  49. drosen32 says: Nov 27, 2009 8:16 AM

    I’m an adult, for Pete’s sake (not trying to offend anyone out there). But remember, he was trying to win a motherf’ing game! Grown men plus football equals adult moments. Deal with it. Don’t treat me like a wimp.

  50. jerseypatriot says: Nov 27, 2009 8:33 AM

    Watching NFL Network is like watching your local access cable channel.

  51. pushing50 says: Nov 27, 2009 8:39 AM

    Since it was only on the NFL network and not a real national network, I doubt many people heard it. I keep waiting for the guys who pay the bills, namely the sponsors to tell the NFL get us more viewers or we want our money back.

  52. Bigbluefan says: Nov 27, 2009 8:40 AM

    It was bad enough watching my beloved Giants get there asses whiped watch a Pro Bowel D look like crap watching a SB MVP have a shitty game but to have to sit and listen to one of the worst men to ever run a team Matt M talk about how thing should be done was an insult this ass clown had a team ran a team right into the dirt.
    How do you have a guy who went 0-16 last year cast judgement on any game from peewee to pro is beyond me
    Emmit Smith could do a better job to listen to MM discribe the right and wrong way to do things was painfull
    Poor Bob P stuck in a booth with with the worst GM in the history of the NFL please please please get rid of Matt M he SUCKS the Lions good news has become the viewing publics worst nightmare
    And fire that asshole D C on the Giants or guys looked like shit

  53. Pack83 says: Nov 27, 2009 9:06 AM

    I get Time Warner Cable and applaud them for not caving into the NFL’s ridiculous demands to carry NFLN. NFLN is the most disappointing network ever. They should be showing an old game from the 60′s-90′s every single day. Instead, we get constant reruns of their cheerleading reality show or other garbage. NFLN is like the Charlie Weis of sports television. They think they’re the absolute shit, when in reality they’re just absolute shit.
    They should just start copying what MLB Network does.

  54. bucman says: Nov 27, 2009 9:13 AM

    Excellent, I would have said the same thing after my overpaid football players made the same dumbass mistake three times in a row. Its on cable anyway so fcc rules probably don’t apply. Besides what he said, must have been effective since his team won. lets get over all this politically correct garbage

  55. CKL says: Nov 27, 2009 9:26 AM

    I did laugh at NFLN apologizing for that when the networks see nothing wrong with advertising Viagra and its ilk in explicit terms during afternoon games and advertising Playboy magazine before 8 pm eastern on NFL Total Access. Those to me are far worse than a kid up at 9:15 pm hearing a cuss word that was ACCIDENTALLY broadcast.

  56. dcfan-1212450 says: Nov 27, 2009 9:34 AM

    Huge fan of NFL network? Really? You even point out how stupid that statement really is when you mention their major blunders this year. The network is amateurish. They hired Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin. Matt Millin does the friggin commentary. There are errors every single game. Its pathetic. And this article proves why.

  57. Buck Stallion says: Nov 27, 2009 9:39 AM

    They need to bring back Bryant Gumble. Now the anouncing just sucks. But with him you got the worst anouncer ever! That was great stuff. I sat there glued to the TV waiting for the next idiotic thing to come out of his mouth.

  58. the real deal says: Nov 27, 2009 10:37 AM

    wah wah wah
    stop crying and complaining losers! this is real life and it is what goes on in football..
    F*CK all you christians who can not handle real life, all he was trying to do was win a mitherf*cking game!

  59. SFrancis1680 says: Nov 27, 2009 11:08 AM

    MAYBE, the NFL Network should go back to a few weeks ago during the Bears-49ers game when there was NO AUDIO, they are so second rate to the MLB Network that it’s embarrassing, the MLB Network was so much better from day one

  60. SFrancis1680 says: Nov 27, 2009 11:30 AM

    the NFL Network did give us AMERICAS GAME, the one quality thing they put on, the programming is so LAZY, Cheerleader competitions, running TOTAL ACCESS back to back to back to back, they wonder WHY the cable companies are reluctant to charge customers for that garbage??? that, and having to listen to JAMIE DUKES…..

  61. Nation 86 says: Nov 27, 2009 11:52 AM

    Nation 96
    Are you a Raiders fan? You’re stupid like a Raiders fan but that doesn’t always mean your a Raiders fan…
    Cowboys turd. Speaking of you I have to take a giant giant turd.
    Go Cowboys.
    Josh= Bully in Christmas story.

  62. mustbechris says: Nov 27, 2009 12:09 PM

    “I’ve been a huge fan of the network’s programming since Day One and I think they do incredible work on the whole. (I can’t imagine not having access to it.)”
    I don’t have access to it anymore. I mean, I used to, but you know, Comcast are assholes.

  63. PolegoJim says: Nov 27, 2009 12:31 PM

    I didn’t appreciate the broadcasted profanity… and yes I’ve heard it and used it before… you seered trash mouths and sex addicts.
    Just because you can’t hold an intelligent discussion without lacing it with expletives doesn’t make it right or appropriate for the NFL prime time venue.
    Keep youself tuned in to South Park and the American Music Awards, you’ll feel right at home with more trash TV.
    Now to Football:
    I’m not sold on McD, but at least he has a clue, so can get upset, just don’t broadcast it.
    He’s unlike at least half the current NFL Head Coaches… aka Sideline Spectators who are just as surpised after each down’s results as we are.

  64. Deb says: Nov 27, 2009 12:41 PM

    How about a compromise for dads and hardcore fans?
    When the NFL Network mics up coaches or players, use a tape delay like every other network so dads watching games with 8-year-olds don’t have to explain MF. Then later run “Coaches & Players Uncensored” specials so fans can get the feel of being in the huddle or on the sidelines. It would be another original programing alternative to 15 Total Access reruns.
    The NFL Network is subscriber-based cable programing, so the rigid broadcast standards and practices governing CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox don’t apply. The “Uncensored” specials shouldn’t be a problem.

  65. Turd Furguson says: Nov 27, 2009 12:41 PM

    Nation
    Is Wade Philips still cheering when the other team kicks game winning field goals against them, or did you explain that to him?

  66. Deb says: Nov 27, 2009 12:44 PM

    @mustbechris … Have you checked lately? Comcast brought it back.
    @the real deal … why the hostility toward Christians? They didn’t storm the network demanding an apology. The NFL network did that on its own. And if you think all it takes to handle the hardships of “real life” is being able to shout “F you” louder than the next moron, you’re going to have a rude awakening.

  67. Chad says: Nov 28, 2009 12:30 AM

    McDaniels cursed far worse in the previous 4 games and still lost. Some fans want to hear about how Josh’s Dad treat’s his mother and some do not. I would rather see him call a decent 3rd and short play.
    Having verbal excrement exit the coach’s oral orifice doesn’t make this a “passionate” game, it makes it a potty fest for you folks who can only use 1 of your IQ digits at a time. The broadcast does us a favor, we get to see how truly pathetic our “coach” is at this game. I understand the cheerleaders are spicing up their vocabulary since many of you meatheads thought the abuse was motiviating to grown men. FU FU FU , that should help us win a few games.
    The fans in the stands didn’t hear the broadcast because they were listening to the overhead announcement stating that foul language will not be tolerated and could result in being escorted from the stadium with the loss of priviledge to purchase tickets in the future.
    Get this filthy whacked-out punk out of the stadium and find a man who knows how to motivate players without bringing his personal intimacy with his wife into the game.
    It takes a man to control his mouth not a foul mouth to make you a man, silly sixth graders.

  68. the real deal says: Nov 28, 2009 9:09 PM

    @ DEB
    are you some fat cow in church who is divorced? which is hypocritical, to begin with?
    where did i say shouting f-bombs was a hardship of life?
    you must of been reading another post as your two litre slurpee was probably in your way of viewing my post correctly.
    stop crying over real life, McDaniels swore, accept it, you are a sea-pig accept it!

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