Doug Gottlieb On His Jim Mora Interview: "I Come Off More Snarky Than I Think"

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Following his disastrous interview with Jim Mora, Gottlieb joined 104.3 the Fan in Denver with Alfred Williams, D-Mac, and Mark Schlereth to talk about whether he started off the interview asking Jim Mora about Michael Vick, the notion that Jim Mora was angry before he came on for the interview and that he is in denial about Vick while they were both in Atlanta.

Whether he started off the interview asking Jim Mora about Michael Vick:
It was a couple of questions in but there was nothing before that I think would have led it to be negative. I've listened to it a couple of times now and I tried to figure what the deal was, and I am sure part of it was, it wasn't my show it was Colin's show. He doesn't know me, I don't know him, but I think the big thing was he didn't like the line of questioning, but sometimes maybe there was a misunderstanding. It ‘s just weird. What did you guys think set him off?

On the notion that Jim Mora was angry before he came on for the interview and that he is in denial about Vick while they were both in Atlanta:
That is actually how I started the interview and this maybe set him… I just asked him, we're taught up here guys to open with neutral questions… ‘What is your reaction to all of this happening so quickly?' Quickly, he sat on the bench last year; he was in jail for two years. I was like, ‘Yeah, did you think he was going to be the starting quarterback for the Eagles, and killing it, and League Offensive Player of the Month? In the first month of the season? I would say, I didn't. Then I thought, I tried to go retrospective. I don't know, I have used my past to learn from it and think of it, what could have been? I don't think there is anything to wrong to wonder… I look at Mike Vick, Alfred maybe this is where I think it brings in everybody into the conversation. I look at Mike Vick and think that we may end up seeing Muhammad Ali, where, how good would Muhammad Ali have been if he could have fought those three years that he wasn't allowed to fight? How good would Mike Tyson have been if Cus D' Amato hadn't died and been put in jail? How good would the Bulls have been if Jordan didn't walk away and go to baseball for two years? I think it is a far and valid question for a guy whose first professional job was completely linked to Mike Vick. Do you mean to tell me that there is not one time during the day that he watches Mike Vick on tape before the interview and says, ‘Now he buys in? If he would have bought in when I was coaching we'd still be killing things in Atlanta."

Whether he is in any kind of trouble:
No, my security badge, I think, still works… I just want to know if I can get some chili and some of that good protein powder.

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