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Erin Andrews: Hearing Tom Brady’s INT meltdown highlighted ‘bizarre’ Week 1

Erin Andrews and the FOX Sports crew covering the Week 1 showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints were navigating uncharted territory given COVID-19 protocols that compromised their ability to cover the game as they would under normal circumstances.

What’s more, the eerie environment created by a Superdome devoid of boisterous Saints fans packing the stadium spawned an even more surreal scene, according to Andrews, who summarized the entire experience as “bizarre.”

Perhaps what most stood out to Andrews from her socially distanced spot somewhere near the sidelines is how she could hear a lot more on-field chatter than to what she’s obviously grown accustomed.

“Two things [Sunday], I never really knew how much (expletive)-talking there was until (Sunday),” Andrews said during an appearance this week on Kyle Brandt’s “10 Questions” Spotify podcast, as transcribed by the New York Post. “You could hear it so clear. And I can’t imagine if I was down there what that would have been like.”

Andrews went on to describe how strange it was to hear Tom Brady’s on-field reaction to his first interception of the game, a meltdown that evidently included a flurry of f-bombs.

“The other thing is after Tom threw the first interception. I mean, we all know, we’ve seen the video of him get so fired up, but again, it was silent in there and you just heard two F-bombs clear as day and you’re like, oh boy,” Andrews said. “This is what we’re going to hear all season. So it was interesting.”

The NFL and the networks that cover the action every week obviously are dealing with myriad issues and potential broadcast pitfalls that before the coronavirus pandemic never had to be confronted.

It stands to reason that the league and its broadcast partners will adjust on the fly to any obstacles, even ones that may leave Andrews again using the word “bizarre” to describe them.