Cut back to the football field, where Coach Taylor sits in a director's chair next to Jason Street, getting interviewed for "NBC Sports." During the interview, we find out that Taylor's been coaching the Panthers for six years but has just been promoted to Head Coach. Taylor nods toward Street and tells the interviewer that "He's a good boy." The interview continues as Street exposits that Taylor has coached him since Pee Wee days, and when Coach Taylor talks about how fortunate he is to be able to be Head Coach during Street's senior year, he declares he feels fortunate because of Street's talent and "moral strength." Every time Taylor mentions Street's morality or strength of character, the camera cuts to Scott Porter who shows a deep trepidation in his face. It's like, if this were about his ability to throw a football, it'd be one thing, but it's clear it's about so much more, and that makes it all an entirely different story.
Meanwhile (and the music has cut out during the interview scene), up in the stands, a Notre Dame scout and Mr. and Mrs. Street discuss the future of the kid whose ability to throw a tight spiral is read by a whole town as a morality play about good and evil, values and principles. The Notre Dame scout tells the Streets that Jason is the best quarterback he's seen in twenty-seven years. Cut back to Taylor, who is speaking in perhaps more cautious tones than the Streets themselves, but who is also loading the poor kid up with more baggage than he could ever possibly carry: "We expect a lot out of him and he produces."
The sounds of photographs being snapped take us to the next interview. A black kid named Smash talks big about Heismans and Pasadena. Cut between the interview and slow motion shots of him running the ball on the field. The interviewer tries to ask him about his father, who passed away a few years ago. The open-faced Smash closes down, narrows his eyes, and says he won't talk about it. The interviewer switches to the topic of racism on the team. Smash says he keeps his blinders on and keeps moving because he's got things to do.