Roberto Garza lands sideline gig on Spanish TV broadcast
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter January 31, 2014 10:00PM
Roberto Garza will be a free agent but wants to return to the Bears. “They told me they want me back,” he said. | Getty Images
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:47PM
NEW YORK — Roberto Garza will make his television debut Sunday — in front of, oh, say, maybe 6 million viewers.
The Bears center will serve as a sideline reporter for Fox Deportes, which will air, for the first time, an original Spanish-language Super Bowl broadcast. The station can be seen in 6.6 million Hispanic households.
“It’s a great opportunity to get in that market and try my hand at it,” he said.
Garza never has called a game.
The television gig might make for a good post-football career, though the free-agent-to-be is not ready to walk away from the game — or the Bears — yet.
He hasn’t spoken with general manager Phil Emery since the Bears’ season-ending interviews last month.
“Obviously I want to be back there,” he said. “They told me they want me back, so we’ll see.”
He didn’t see much significance in the timeline thus far.
“It’s a long offseason, and obviously you want that done,” he said. “But it’s a matter of time, and we’ll see what happens.”
Moss on Bears
Alshon Jeffery thrived more with Josh McCown under center, former star wideout Randy Moss theorized this week.
“[Brandon] Marshall got a little bit lost because what he’s been used to with Jay Cutler … McCown spread the love,” said Moss, a Fox analyst. “The offense was moving. Collectively they did some great things.
“So my biggest thing about when Jay Cutler came back: Would he be able to pick up where McCown left off and be able to keep those guys in the game?
“He threw a few balls his way. This will give him a good offseason to know that he has a comfort zone in Brandon Marshall, and he also has a comfort in Alshon Jeffery, too.”
This and that
Broncos coach John Fox compared his Nov. 4 heart-valve replacement to “a sprained ankle” in that he returned in four weeks.
“What a stud,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
◆ Despite the league’s offensive explosion, the Super Bowl coaches are former defensive coordinators.
“It is an offensive era that we’re in, and with all the passing game it’s gone crazy,” Carroll said. “Maybe it’s fitting that we’ve been fighting our whole life trying to slow this thing down, and we get a chance to do it here on the biggest stage.”