Stephen A. Smith Gets Blasted for His Latest Inexplicable NFL Blunder: Referencing a Coach from 1999


When your job is to talk on national television for hours a day, mistakes are bound to happen.

But for Stephen A. Smith, host of ESPN’s “First Take,” the blunders have been noticeable and frequent enough that fans have started to speculate: How much does the preeminent hot-take artist of our time really know about sports?

Last December, Smith did a 30-second preview of a Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game in which he highlighted an injured running back and a free agent as players to watch and incorrectly identified the Chargers as from San Diego.

In March, he claimed that a punter had started a game at quarterback for the Washington Redskins last season.

During the NFL offseason, he also said a team that already has one of the league’s best running backs should sign Le’Veon Bell.

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On Monday, Smith may have found a way to top all the previous gaffes.

While breaking down the Dallas Cowboys’ recent success on offense, Smith praised the team’s new offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore. No problems there.

But what seemed like astute analysis quickly went careening off the rails when Smith declared Moore to be “clearly an upgrade from Chan Gailey.”

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Chan Gailey hasn’t coached for the Cowboys since 1999, when he served as head coach. In fact, he hasn’t even been in the NFL at all since 2016, when he was offensive coordinator for the New York Jets.

Predictably, the Twitter world jumped all over Stephen A.’s latest error.

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This might be Stephen A. Smith’s first big mistake of the NFL season, but it’s probably safe to say it won’t be his last.

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Jake Harp has been with The Western Journal since 2014. His writing primarily focuses on sports and their intersection with politics, culture, and religion.
Jake Harp joined Liftable Media in 2014 after graduating from Grove City College. Since then he has worked in several roles, mostly focusing on social media and story assignment. Jake lives in Western New York where, in a shocking display of poor parenting, he tries to pass down his Buffalo sports fandom to his daughter.
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