Quick thinking has contributed to Charissa Thompson and Erin Andrews’ illustrious careers as NFL sideline reporters on Fox.
On the latest episode of their “Calm Down” podcast, the friends and colleagues exchanged stories about past reports they’d actually made up to spare NFL coaches from live television blunders.
“I was like ‘oh coach what adjustments are you gonna make at halftime?’ He goes, ‘that’s a great perfume you’re wearing.’ I was like ‘oh f–k, this isn’t gonna work.’ I’m not kidding, I made up a report,” Thompson said, referencing when she covered the Lions during their 0-16 run in 2008.
“I’ve done that too,” Andrews chimed in, explaining that it was “for a coach that I didn’t wanna throw under the bus because he was telling me all the wrong stuff!”
Thompson and Andrews didn’t go as far as to name names on the podcast episode, which featured former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
But a trip down Detroit memory lane will show that Rod Marinelli was in his third season as head coach of the Lions in the 2008 season.
Elsewhere in the episode, Andrews did a hilarious impression of Rams head coach Sean McVay.