CBS analyst James Lofton offered moronic advice to Kenny Pickett about sliding Sunday


It was a perfectly reasonable and orthodox football play from Kenny Pickett. With the Steelers driving at the end of the first half, the rookie passer scrambled out of bounds after a modest five-yard gain to avoid getting hit. The clock stopped, and a few plays later, the Steelers tacked on a field goal to widen their lead to 10 points.

But somehow, CBS analyst James Lofton had an issue with the play. He thought Pickett should’ve slid and tried to gain a few more yards.

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It was a strange issue to raise, especially during a game in which Pickett impressed.

Coincidentally, the Steelers’ 19-16 win Sunday over the Falcons came on the one-year anniversary of Pickett’s fake slide against Wake Forest in the ACC Championship. Pickett’s move froze the Demon Deacons’ defenders, and allowed him to burst forward for a 58-yard score.

The move is now outlawed in the NCAA, and Pickett wisely hasn’t attempted that sort of trickery in an NFL game.

Lofton didn’t reference Pickett’s fake slide Sunday, or offer anything of note about the Steelers. Instead, the ex-wideout and veteran commentator spouted weird phrases, such as saying Pickett was throwing to “every kid in the minivan.”

Lofton also determined that with five eligible receivers, a quarterback has a one-in-five chance of figuring out who will be open.

Of course, it doesn’t exactly work like that. Maybe Lofton should’ve slid his way out of the booth for somebody more useful.

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