Good morning, everybody.
It is Tuesday, November the fifth.
Yes, that is right. November the fifth.
We're almost through to 2019 but yes, this is a Tuesday edition of full press coverage.
I am in Glendon and I am joined, as always by my man, Mr Rhode Island himself.
He is the full press coverage.
Patriots managing editor.
He is Mike Debate Mike, How are you today? No, no, no, no, Nobody.
It is actually Tuesday and I'll get it right this time.
I'm, like, last week.
We had no idea what day it was, but this is a red letter date in the history of science.
November 5th, 1955 64 years ago today, Dr Emmett L.
Brown invented time travel and the world has never been the same since I thought you were going to say it was our friend Chris Black his birthday on on that day.
But I I'm mistaken and I I like him.
I like to poke fun, fit it at his age because there's very few people that I associate with that I can do that.
So you are one of them.
You are older than me.
So? So thank you for being my my elder Mike.
And same to Chris.
But, yes, that is a fantastic anniversary.
Uh, that is a fantastic anniversary.
We're actually gonna celebrate a couple fantastic anniversaries that have nothing to do with sports this week.
And we'll get into that a little bit later.
But Tuesday, it's Ah, it's a fun day here on full press covered trading alive.
It's our second day simulcasting on SportsCastr Mike still has not got his computer set up.
So shame on him.
People are still gonna have to doubt your existence for at least one more day.
Well, you know what? It creates the mystery of cleats.
It creates the allure of having to two million and finding out.
Is this the day or is not the day I'm keeping everybody in suspense, my friend.
You know, there's a method to my madness, more madness than method.
But, you know, let's that's beside the point.
Well, people are gonna be shocked when they find out.
Use the voice box that change your voice.
You're actually a high talker.
High pitch Mike.
Hey, Someone used that name before.
I don't know. I don't remember.
But I I don't know.
I I don't remember it.
It's been a while since I've heard that, but I think I've heard it somewhere along.
Yeah, some some random radio show.
Sometimes it's at some point in time, but, um, look, it's Tuesday.
We're gonna have a lot of fun today.
We're gonna give our power rankings, which I think for the first time since we started doing this show, is actually going to change a little bit at the top.
So be grudgingly.
I have to make a change so that that will happen.
We're also gonna talk about some coaches that may or may not be back next season.
That that should be fun.
That's always exciting, I guess.
You know, for people t guess to see who's gonna be canned first.
I mean, not exciting for them.
Let's you know, let's pretend like they aren't human beings for a moment and you know they're losing their jobs.
But look, that's the nature of the NFL.
Um, it's just it's just how it is.
I mean, it's ah, you get paid a lot of money to deal with certain things, and this is one of them.
And, uh, you know, I think there's several coaches that may not see the light of 2020 with their current team.
So, um, before we get into Monday Night Football, something a little bit of, I guess, ah, closer to what we Ah, we enjoy.
And that's Ah, J. D.
Martinez decided to not opt out of his contract with the Red Sox yesterday, which was, I don't want to say it was a surprise, but I think a lot of people were anticipating he was going to opt out.
Ah, he will have an option to do that after the 2020 season, However, for, ah, for all intents, purposes he is with the Red Sox for on paper the next three years.
So I'm pretty excited about that because I think the Red Sox would have been foolish to let him go as well as you know, the impending situation.
But you know, that's that's a story for another day.
So Ah, just your quick thoughts on that because obviously we hold the Red Sox near and dear to our hearts.
I think a lot of what this was what I was.
Ah, lot of Red Sox fans to thinking that this is comfort, your comfort level with the team and what not And I do believe that that factors into the decision.
But by remaining with Socks, JD can make 62.
5 million over the next three years.
He's do 23.75 million for 2020.
These do, Ah, a little over 19 for both 2021 2022.
So he does have the option. Opt out.
I think by doing this, what it does is it kicks that in and it allows him to make a max, you know, money deal this year.
So I think money wise, it was a smart move, I think logistic wise.
I think it was a very smart move her into and he's comfortable with in this lineup and I do believe he will be ah force in this lineup now what this means for Mookie.
That's a lot of people are thinking This either means Oh, Mookie's definitely coming back as these two guys were really close or it means that the team is going to have to commit significant money to Martinez maybe more than they had anticipated.
And that may mean that mochi needs to be shipped out.
If that's the case, it is gonna disappoint Red Sox Nation.
D. Martinez is a solid slugger. It's good to have him in the lineup.
You'd rather have him and not have him.
But I don't think you can read a lot into the tea leaves right now about what this is gonna do for mochi.
Um, you know, as you know, we're having ties to this area like we both.
D'oh! There's nobody I want to see back in this lineup more than Mookie Betts.
I just love him is a league player on dhe.
To see him leave.
Boston would truly be something that would not make me happy and the rest of Red Sox Nation as well.
But I think it's dangerous to read into the tea leaves about whether or not this means he's gonna be here or not.
The year I think there's still some other shoes and still some other dominoes that need to fall before we find out exactly what's gonna happen with Mookie Betts this year.
Yeah, and and again, it's far too early in the off season to ah, really have an idea what exactly is gonna happen, especially with the new management's, you know, in place there in Boston.
Obviously no more Dave Dombrowski.
So and who knows? Maybe that has something to do with it because he had a very specific way of how he handled things.
And, ah, you know, we're going to see what happens moving forward.
But I I think it would be incredibly foolish to let a guy that you know when, whether you believe in them or not.
But if you look at every we're just about every advanced ****ytic out there for baseball.
You know Mike Trout is number one, number two.
You know most of those cases is Mookie Betts.
So you're talking about, you know, a guy that you know.
No, he's not Mike Trout.
I, you know, don't relax, people.
Um, but he's the closest consistency wise over the last few years, as you can get especially, you know, consider how greatest defense is on some of the, you know, impactful moments he's had over the last few years, and that's a guy you just can't let goes, toe.
Hopefully this is the step in the right direction Where the where the team realizes.
We you know, we got ah, cornerstone pieces to a a potentially fantastic line up for the rest of the, you know, their careers are at least a majority of them.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, to get something like that. Done.
And look, I'm excited.
This the first step I love J.
I you know, again, it's always good when you have a big slugger like that in a lineup, especially one that that clearly doesn't let Thea the Boston Meteor, that Boston atmosphere get to him like we've seen in the past with certain guys like Carl Crawford, who came in with big money.
Ah, contracts and, uh, failed miserably.
So when you get a guy like J.
Martinez who clearly thrives in this type of environment, you gotta hold on to him.
And I think this is a good first step in a good indication that, you know, look, it doesn't mean that he loves this city so much that he's going to stay here, no matter what it does mean that he does like the city.
I mean, he would be.
I mean, yeah, it's It's money.
And you'd be giving up a lot of money, but he make a fair amount on the open market.
Oh, I mean, you gotta at least like the environment that you're in.
So hopefully that's a positive and and and you know me.
We talked on your podcast show.
So you locked on patriots? I'm Mr Positivity.
I like to be positive.
I'm a glass half.
Ah, half full type of person.
Um, there's someone Someone said something yesterday, and I I can't even Ah, I think it might have been Jamis. Winston.
Um, he said he was talking about 1/2 glass full and he said It's always full because it's at least full of air.
And I'm like, wait a minute.
Doing the math and like that doesn't really make sense.
If you're full of air, like okay.
Never. Never mind. Never mind.
I'm not I'm not gonna dive to it too much into it.
I am ah, victim of that as well.
I fumble over my words.
I say, stupid things.
And ah, I refused to go back and listen because if I don't hear it, it didn't happen.
Just like in football.
If a penalty occurs and the refs don't see it, according Cris Collinsworth, it didn't happen or it's legal.
So yeah, exactly.
But no, no, no, that's it.
I just say, you know, a quick little ah loose affiliation with that.
So before we, uh, move on to our football heavy topics, there was something else.
And this is something that, in a way does relate back to Boston, but in a rivalry sense.
And I got a kick out of Anthony Davis yesterday, and I'm trying to get our man snowman in the morning.
Brian Snow on for a little crossover later.
Maybe we can get him today.
If not, we can get him tomorrow because I want to ask him about this because I know I know he's probably loving this right now is someone who, uh, is not the biggest fan of the Lakers and LeBron James.
But Anthony Davis goes, and he does this Ah, you know, event With the Boys and Girls Club in his hometown of Chicago.
And he gets asked the question about playing in Chicago and he makes.
He alludes to the fact that he yes, he is a free agent.
He has the ability to opt out of his contract next year.
So, yes, he's, you know, the power to become a free agent of solely in his hands.
Um, and he said he called Chicago the mecca of basketball.
And you know, you never know so to me.
I I let I mean, I'm not gonna read to too much into it and say, like, you know, look, this guy's angling to get out of Los Angeles after six games.
I just think, especially nowadays, I feel like athletes have to be more self aware about what they're saying.
Like, I don't you know, I'm not gonna sit here and blame him, because I understand that every athlete isn't, you know, the most prepared to go up and speak publicly whether it's asking toe are entering tough questions or, you know, not everyone has that patriots speaking them, you know, and something that we've become used to following the Patriots very closely.
But I get a kick out of this because you know what's gonna happen, especially in a a media storm.
Like it is in L A. All the time.
What? How this is gonna be portrayed by guys like, especially guys like Skip Bayless.
So again, I get a little joy listening to him Brandt about LeBron James because, ah, the very basic.
Ah, uh, I guess base of his argument I agree with.
But then he goes off in, like, complete, you know, nutjob land and takes it like, 10 steps.
Stent 10 steps further, and I can't go with it, but I know he's gonna roll with this.
I kind of want to get your thoughts.
I know basketball isn't.
You know, if we were if we were to rank the sports I know given your vertically challenged this I'm sure basketball isn't quite your thing.
Uh, but I do want to get your thoughts on this because I know we both hate the Lakers, and I do kind of find it.
I do kind of find this funny.
See what I mean? I stumbled my words all the time.
Well, I'll pick up the thank you.
I assure you I will definitely fumble is well, so you know what? That's the whole thing.
In a nutshell, we'll just we fumble through, we pick it up and we keep going and we play until the whistle blows.
But in any case, baby feels great, baby.
I mean, I I completely agree with you about athletes needing to be more self aware.
I mean, you have to know that things like this are going to get out there, gonna be utilized and they're going to go viral, and they're gonna go viral in minutes.
And that's the advent of social media, knowing that people have the ability to take video posted instantly.
And then it just circulates.
Look, there probably is an element of truth to the fact that Anthony Davis was playing to the crowd he was speaking to.
Don't forget, it's It's hometown folks.
He was bred there. This is where he is.
You know, this is where his his familial ties are, and he still has an affinity to the city.
If you looked at the video and I did watch the video and you see the way he spoke about calling Chicago the mecca of basketball, you can see that this is the team.
He grew up as a fan off, and there's always a part of you.
I'm sure you know that There are parts of, you know, players that have grown up in certain cities that say, I would love to wear that uniform.
I grew up idolizing that uniform, but you become a part of a team that you are essentially contractually obligated to play for first of all, but second of all, you become a part of a team and a part of a city and a part of something special.
When you really start enjoying playing, look, it's six games into Anthony Davis's Lakers 10 year, Um, he's had the reputation of being someone that might just essentially be a mercenary and someone that really will just go to wherever he needs to to be either happy or be ableto win.
And you can't expect.
I hate to say it, but in professional sports today, you can't expect ah lot of loyalty to the city or the team that you play for, and that's not a necked that's not a knock to any of these athletes.
It's just not the way the business of professional sports is done nowadays.
You've seen that before.
You're not going to see it again.
And a lot of what you've seen before.
By the way, folks, it's not.
I'm not sitting here getting on a soap box, and I'm not going to start going, you know, shank on you here And just, you know, in the back in the day, there was integrity.
There's no integrity today.
We'll know there was.
There's integrity today, and there was integrity back in the day.
A difference difference is the free agency.
Absolutely free agency is a different business.
There's a much faster, much different approach to the way athletes approach free agency.
So they're looking at it more from a selfish standpoint, and you can't blame them for that because there's so many entities out there willing to make money on your brand.
So before Laker fans start throwing in the towel on Anthony Davis and you know, kicking him out the door before he's even had a chance to prove himself, I would air on the side of caution.
Consider the source, consider where he was when he made those comments, and that's it.
If you're a Chicago Bulls fan.
Keep in mind he's under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers if they have a tremendous amount of success this year, and the Lakers can offer Anthony Davis the money that he wants and free agency, Probably not going anywhere.
So think about that from them. Perspective.
Use a little caution in your little temperance on both sides, and eventually I think virtual will lie in the middle and something we'll end up happening.
But I don't put a whole lot of stuck into those comments either way.
I don't think there were an indication as to what he's doing, but it is definitely good fodder for people all over the place to start speculating.
And anything that disrupts the Lakers is always a pretty good thing anyways. Exactly.
And for Bulls fans, you better hope that bleacher report does not put out a Photoshopped picture of Anthony Davis and a Bulls uniform because, you know you know that will be doomed from the right.
I'm sure it's already out there somewhere.
Wake up, please, your report.
But I think that's that's that's That's their That's their thing.
They tend to ruin things like Thea, like the ones that the picture of the Patriots receiving corps from week to it's Oh, yeah, Now they have this This so so so so So So So I'm not gonna say their names because I don't want to get up on it, rant on that.
But, um and then like, there's, like, one left and it's Julian Edelman.
So, um, but yeah, Look, I I just to your point more so that how things have changed.
I mean, obviously, salad, you know, salary caps and and and all that.
Ah, the nature of that part of the business has certainly changed, and the players have more power.
Um, players are far more aware of of the effects of the game on their health, and and it gives them the upper hand in negotiations.
You know, a couple that with the fact that you know leagues and and, ah, you know, entities that that run these leagues are far more concerned with public image and all that.
They're not going to push a player.
Obviously, there's a lot more stricter rules, too, you know, with team doctors keeping players out because of a concussion, all that stuff.
So so players have far more leverage and and bargaining power so they can do things like this and get away with it.
But it's, um, but then that that also leads to a lot of players switching teams because there's always greener pastures.
You know somewhere else, whether it's true or not, you know, you never know.
But it does seem like more, especially if you're a really good player.
You know, we're not.
We're not talking about, ah, middle of the pack middle of the You know, the rankings were talking about superstars and really good players, because obviously everyone gets treated a little bit different in that.
That's that's life like that's life.
It absolutely is.
And you know what? Eventually, it's all gonna come out in the wash anyway, folks.
So you know what? Keep a sharp eye as you always do, and see what happens, and we'll see what happens in free agency.
But right now, nd a season is very, very, very young.
Let season progress and let's see what what these teams can.
D'oh! All right, all right, Mike, I know you're getting a little impatient over there.
We're we're we're gonna get to Monday night football, and we're gonna do it right now.
So, uh, obviously and a week nine New York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys, the quote unquote America's team.
You know, we've talked a little bit about the Cowboys on this show, and, you know, they're a team that I think warrants a bit of skepticism because of the schedule.
And again, I have sat here and defended the Patriots schedule.
Uh, every single time it gets brought up and again, I'll reiterate that is because we know what the Patriots are.
We known what they've done the last few years.
We're not talking about 20 years ago.
We're not talking about 10 years ago.
We're talking about the immediate future.
So you know the Patriots get a little bit more slack.
The Cowboys have followed the script.
They ve beaten really good or really bad teams.
They've lost two good teams, and the Giants were one of those bad teams that they want, and they handed handled them.
So I think rightfully, there is some hesitation when you're when you're trying to talk about the Cowboys among some of the better teams in the league, particularly when you start talking about that Prescott Prescott as among some of the better in the league.
But I look, I'm starting to by a little bit more into what they're doing.
I tell me that he's not a good quarterback, but, you know, I look at the stats.
I look at what I see on film, and I see I see a pretty good quarterback.
I mean, I, you know, we haven't seen him in a situation in the playoffs.
Ah, yet where he's he's taken over and really ah, won a game for the Cowboys.
I mean, the opportunity just really haven't been there for him.
But I just look at a guy who just gets the job done, and I I really don't understand this.
This hatred outside of the fact that you know, he's he's just a cowboy.
So ah, were you impressed at all with the Cowboys win last night? Or is it just kind of more of the same with them? Just okay, they beat a bad team.
Let's let's see him take the next step now.
I was impressed by the Cowboys last night, and look, I thought they were gonna basically squeaked by in this game I ****ing giants, we're gonna be able to, you know, really hit them hard And originally it looked like that was a possibility.
Jack throws an interception and all of a sudden you're looking at and saying, Oh, here we go here, the same old cowboys.
But Prescott was able to shake that off and was put together.
I think a very good game.
And I agree with you.
I think he gets a lot of criticism that isn't necessarily warranted.
And, you know, it's hard to argue with the Cowboys success right now.
They're five and three.
Yes, they did sputter a little bit.
I think they've done a pretty good job of trying to right the ship the last couple of weeks, and I like what I see out of Dallas.
And right now I do think that they are positioning themselves to be the team in the NFC East.
Um, a lot of people say the Philadelphia Eagles are starting to make the Klima's well, so I think it's gonna be a good to team race here between the two of them.
Obviously, the Giants, at 217 are not going anywhere in this division.
We all know what their fate is.
That was sealed, basically the moment that they took the field in week one, unfortunately for this team, but I think this is shaping up to be a pretty good to team race, and I do like the way they've gone about doing things.
Ezekiel Elliott last night.
That's a big, big factor in the Cowboysoffense being able to run.
He ran 139 yards last night.
You got to give him a lot of credit.
You know, I think that, uh, time defense, I think they've looked good.
JaMarcus Lawrence had one of the Cowboys Cowboys sect.
You know, the Giants quarterbacks five times last night, so this is something to keep in mind.
They're starting to put together good, solid efforts on both sides of the ball, and they're doing it at a time where a team needs to gel.
This is the time of year where you're starting to see teams come together, and we're starting to see who's riel and who's not and who's going to push forward.
And I think the Cowboys made a good statement last night.
It's not a decisive win where you look at it and you say, Okay, now they're up in my top five power rankings, which you know will allude to a little bit later, like Whitey's that my friends, you know, we will will have some power rankings later in the show, folks.
So the Dallas Cowboys are not quite there for me yet, but they're gaining momentum, and it's hard to ignore what they're doing right now.
I'm you know, to be honest, I'm just kind of glad you've gotten to the point where you're teasing now.
That's actually safer work.
It was getting a little out of control before, and I don't want to loot to anything too inappropriate.
Well, you know, it's it's a family friendly show.
Yeah, I gotta go to keep things on an even keel just about Well, let's just say we've had to go through a lot of training behind the scenes to make sure that what might does on camera is is very appropriate for most of our viewers here.
So, uh, I guess it's a good job.
You're you're you're certainly we should play a game.
It's like, Is that Mike Live? Or is it a recording.
I can't tell you.
I almost thought I click that by accident, but I didn't.
Uh yeah. See, there you go.
Or it's It's like the Godfather or Dr Manifesto, one of the two.
That That's it. Godfather.
There we go. Yeah.
Look, I mean, I I was impressed with the Cowboys again.
I I'm not going to sit there and bet the house on him.
I mean, I still think there's a lot of, you know, a lot of teams that are better than them right now.
Although I I just like I said, I just don't feel like Thea criticism or the lack of praise that Dak Prescott gets is warranted.
I think he deserves a little bit more and and, look, I mean, he's not, you know, we might talk a little bit about I mean, I think the M V P race is kind of starting to really be clear at this point in the season, so I don't think he has a chance of getting into that.
But, I mean, he's not far off from some of these guys that other people are talking about, like Aaron Rodgers and all that stuff and in, yes, that was just a deliberate attempt to kind of take a shot at Aaron Rodgers.
And no, I will take every opportunity that I can't do that.
But, um, yeah, I just Like I said, I think they go very underappreciated.
I think they have a very solid triumvirate of, you know, you got running back the quarterback and the wide receiver, and you have some really nice other complementary parts around it. You have a good defense.
Um, you know, the offensive line is pretty good.
It's not the offensive line of three or four years ago where they were.
You know, this incredible unit.
I mean, obviously someone gotten older.
It's just how things go.
So look, I I thought this was a big win for him.
I mean, you put up 30 37 points on the road against division rival in a, uh, in a Monday night football game.
You know, I don't care who the opponent is that that's a big win.
So good for the Cowboys and I I think that's something that again they go a little bit underrated and it again.
Part of that is because I think NFC is so deep.
And, you know, if you were to ask me today where I would bring him in the NFC, Uh, I should have probably had an answer to this question that I just answered.
Asked myself, But maybe, why don't you tell me what I was trying to think? Um, no, I just I would say maybe what? The fourth best team in the NFC mean? Right up top my head.
I mean, saints, Seahawks.
State Seahawks, maybe the packers to me, and I don't You know, I'm not I'm not really that soul on the Packers.
You? Especially now, after this past week, for sure, but yeah, So, I mean, you're talking about 3rd 4th best team in the conference, and, you know, that's not really gonna change any time soon, In my opinion.
Yeah, I agree with you.
I think that that's probably solidified where they are at this moment.
You never know what could happen in the rest of the season.
I don't see anybody knocking off the 40 Niners and the saints from that top to tear.
I I just think those two teams air head and shoulders above the rest.
Seahawks could make a play for maybe you one of those top two.
I think they have a very, very good team.
Think they're there right now? Ah, probably the biggest challenged either the 40 Niners or the Saints if either team starts to sputter, it's a little bit of, Ah, snag here and there.
But those three teams to me have separated themselves so much from the rest of the pack.
But I believe the Packers are right there with the Cowboys and kind of, you know, niche ing at the heels of some of these teams now that you're going to see.
So it'll be interesting.
I love the way the NFC is set up, and I'm looking forward to some really good matchups down the down the line here because I think it's gonna make for some very, very interesting football.
Yeah, and I I apologize.
I completely forgot about the 40 Niners plant on the 40 Niners because clearly those air the three top teams, I think I said the Seahawks, the Saints, and then I just I kind of just went blank there, that forgetting about my fights on Jane over there? No.
But what? It doesn't feel good? No, but eight No Does Feels great, baby.
Yeah, I very much gonna get get a use out of that and, uh, on a side note too.
And this is something that, you know, I'm gonna I'm gonna I'm gonna get a little serious here.
And And speaking of quotes being taken and portrayed as something that they're not, um, whoever whoever decided to go in and and declare that that Tom Brady Oh, said a racial slur.
And then clearly, people just ran with it is absolutely absurd on so many levels.
And I'm so glad and I don't know if you saw it, but Ed Reed said no, he didn't say that and no, he didn't say It's amazing to me how many people took that and ran with it and, you know, because they wanted it so badly to be true.
It's again, my friend.
It's drinking this sand, any negativity, anything, any type of blemish on that uniform, whether it be Tom Brady personally, because the as his detractors independent of those that ate the Patriots with a purple passion, they'll go after him with everything.
They've got to make sure that they can tell that guy down, despite the fact that really he does everything the right way.
And that's what really ****es people off more than anything is that he does do everything the right way and they don't want to aid him.
But they still do, because he's so **** good getting back to the Patriots, too.
It's it's the same thing.
Is that deranged idiocy and look, I mean, there's a lot of it.
We deal with it on a weekly basis, sometimes a daily basis.
But this whole situation kind of even goes beyond that because now all of a sudden you're portraying someone to be something that's file, which is Ah ah, racist for um, which again is incredibly incredibly.
I just I don't I don't have the words for it.
I mean, it's just it's It's certainly something you have to have.
I don't care if you're an egg profile on Twitter.
Are a verified report.
You have to have some more, Ah, better judgment in that sense, and clearly it's not what he said.
I mean, there was.
There was literally a transcript on the screen for people to read, and they still ignored it.
And then you have dopes like, you know, sports talk, Barry, who go on there and pretend to be Ian Rappaport and and and put out this fake quote from Brady saying, Oh, I have quote unquote, I have a lot of black friends and in and that just goes off because, you know, dopes on Twitter and social media aren't gonna pay attention.
And they're gonna be like, I can't believe he said that.
And then guess what? Six months from now, you're gonna be like, Oh, yeah, well, you know Tom Brady with his ah, make America great again hat and his racist comment like it's you know how these things go and look, I'm not so worried about the public outcry as much as I am about the irresponsibility, um, of just throwing out a racial slur like that in accusing someone air, using that when you know full well what could happen in today's day and age, you know, and how you catch fire without much proof.
So, um, absolutely entered.
Someone's character in that way is really it's it's and and you mentioned.
You know, sports talk, Barry.
I mean, come on.
You want to talk about you want to talk about vile human beings? Look, a look back at some of the tweets.
This guy's put out this.
This is really this.
This is a This is a disgusting human being.
Folks, if you're listening to a word he says, I don't know what to tell you.
I mean, really, it's It's, it's it's sickening and and it's disgusting.
The amount of followers and the amount of stock people put into what this guy has to say.
It really it baffles me at every single turn.
We have our here with some of the media members, and Ian and I have mentioned some of these guys.
They're reputable human beings.
I mean, you know, you mentioned we've mentioned, you know, guys, and I'm not gonna go into names, but people on the phones boy, you know, morning shows that we are not going to name names, not off sings.
No, we will not do that.
But you know, these guys are reputable there.
Good human beings, you know, for the most part.
And I mean they're playing a role there trying to get a rise out of something.
But you know, these guys, for the most part, are honorable in terms of what they need to dio and I say, for the most part, because that's not a blanket statement.
But with when your primary job or your primary function in life is to be an Internet Twitter troll, you're probably doing something wrong in life, so I would yeah, so, you know, be very, very prudent.
Where you get your information from blue Checkmark is usually a good source.
It's not always a good source, but it's usually a good place to start.
But please put stock into what people are saying.
We cautioned you last week about you know, the the trade deadline.
Don't fall for fake accounts and what not.
That is especially true for something that has social implications, something that has societal implications.
Yeah, it's It's just that I'm so glad that you brought up that point, because that is something in our society that I think is so lacking right now in terms of being able to really see the forest from the trees in terms of what people's intentions are and how things could be taken so easily out of context so quickly.
And I'll end it at that because I I cannot topple you just said so I would I would only be bringing the quality of the show down if I kept speaking on the topic.
So we're going to naturally move on and shift back to a more happy topic and something that we, uh Well, actually, I don't know, because again, we're gonna change it up here.
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So, um We've talked a lot about coaches and, um, some of the the certain ones that that may be on the chopping block.
So we're gonna have a lot of little fun exercise here, and I'm gonna ask Mike, I'm gonna ask this question.
I'm going to say, actually, no, I'm not gonna ask a question.
I'm going to say a name, and I want you to give me a percentage that he will be back next year.
So that means he could be fired this year.
He could keep his job for next year.
Or he could be gone in the off season there.
There's all these options.
So So, Mike, he is that he is our resident statistician because I just named him that just just now, um, you are in charge of numbers.
You're well, Well, I I know.
Your struggle with days as in, like, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
That's right. Saturday comes after Friday.
Um, but I'm assuming you're pretty good with us.
Yes, yes, yes, Mike, it does.
Um, you might want Oh, yes.
Yeah, I know, right? It's It's nice.
Um, never too old to learn something, but why, man? But anyways, what was I talking about? Coaches, coaches, coaches, coaches. Okay.
Um, I'm gonna say a name, and I want you to give me a percentage that he will be back next season.
So, for example, we're going to start with Mike Vrabel, which I I know I'm not.
Might be getting a little ahead of myself, but Mike Vrabel is he gonna be back next year? Honestly, and it's gonna sound like a cop out answer right out of the bat. I think it's 50 50.
I really and truly believe that.
Yeah, I know it does.
It sounds like that, but I truly believe it is 50 50.
Look, I think the Titans right now are a team that is in a little bit of disarray when it comes to their quarterback position.
E, I don't know if Ryan Tannehill is gonna be the answer.
Marcus Mariota right now is not looking like someone they're ready to continue investing in.
There's a lot of talent on that defense, but they just haven't seen to be able to bring it all together.
The Titans are erratic.
They look like a pretty decent pretty solid team at times, and then there are times where they look like they're really, really struggling and just not buying into the system.
So I think it's gonna determine a lot how they play in the second half of the season if they continue to play strong, even if they're not racking up wins.
But they're having competitive games where there in these games, right to the end, then I like the Tennessee Titans chance of retaining my Grable and keeping him on staff.
But if they sputtered down the stretch and the's players start to check out, might be time for a change in Nashville.
Yeah, and then I look, I'm not going to say 50 50.
I think there's a there's a better chance that he does return.
But the reason I put him on this list was because, you know, despite how they started last year, and I think he had a lot of Ah lot of supporters last year.
Ah, it has been the exact opposite this year and now you have a question of who is your quarterback going forward? And that's not a good Russian tohave, especially for a coach.
That sentence they're going into his third year.
Generally, that's a question you hope to have maybe in your first year Or, you know, way down the line when you've already had a bunch of success.
So I'll put it a little bit closer to 70 30.
Ah, 70% that he will return Just because I do think he warrants at least to start next year, even if things go horribly wrong the rest of this year.
So, um next coach and wow.
Voice cracked a little bit there.
Yeah, I swear, I'm I I'm an adult.
I'm not going through that.
Okay, that's that's gonna happen.
It's gonna happen to you.
So you're just gonna have to where you and I have to look.
Gonna start seeing some hair and some odd places, but, you know, it's all that. Trust me. It's all good.
Uh uh um, next coach and And this this is Ah, this is ah, little bit closer to your heart.
Um, well, Anthony Lynn return next year to coach the Los Angeles Chargers of London.
The Los Angeles Chargers just want, um and, um, not CV.
Here's where I say 70 30 and I believe it's 70 in favor of him returning.
Look, I think it's it.
Sounds stupid, folks I know about probably gonna catch some flak for this.
But that win over the Cowboys may have saved Anthony Lynn season.
It may have saved his job going after next year.
Now he may exactly against the Packers.
Don't forget to pack. The Packers lose.
We have toe mention it as often as possible.
Yes, the Packers Ross Now in Roger's, the L to Philip Rivers, we will.
We will definitely mention that, contractually, I am obligated to say that, but at this level, to me, that's one of the first complete games that I've seen.
The Chargers play this season, and I think Anthony Lynn has the buying of his players as players really do enjoy playing for him.
For some reason, I don't know.
It just hasn't clicked in Los Angeles yet with this team, but they put a solid effort out there, and this has been traditionally a second half team, uh, hot, like the Patriots, in some ways, not exactly like them, because they're the first ones to the absolutely horrendous Yeah, different.
You know that is.
I mean, the Chargers first half are absolutely abysmal.
The Patriots can sputter a times in the first half, and then they just turn it up the warp seven in the second.
Um, you know, the second half of the season, But the Chargers are typical late bloomers, so this will be interesting.
I want to see how they respond in the next couple of weeks.
Can they continue this mo mentum if they falter? All of a sudden, those percentages go down for him returning, and they go up for him leaving.
But right now, I put it in about 70 30 I think with some degree of confidence, I can say that Anthony Lynn should be that next year.
And I have to, you know, I tend to agree with you on that.
And look, you go back to a week before I mean there, Miss Field goal away from having won two in a row.
So, um, you know, I I think again, once again, the Chargers got bitten by the injury bug early and look it, you know, there's no real way to quantify it, but the fact that they're kind of like just a nomad team where I mean, yes, they technically are in Los Angeles, but do they really have a fan base in Los Angeles? It doesn't seem so.
And, uh, you know, I called them the, uh, like I said, the Los Angeles Angels, Angels, Los Angeles, charges of ah, London.
And there was a report that came out late last night early this morning That there is some that think moving the team to London would be an option.
Um, which Right.
I mean, look, I I've never understood how ah, having a team full time in London would work that it I don't know how would work without putting them at a significant disadvantage versus the rest of the league.
So I mean, I understand why because, you know, the game is is becoming more popular over in London and the Chargers really? Like I said, there are no mad team they don't have Ah, they don't have a home, you know, it says Los Angeles on their on their address on their on their mail, But it doesn't really mean that, you know, that's their home.
So, um, I don't know.
I think this has been a colossal mess from From the league and ownership standpoint.
I think they, uh we're really rushing to get two teams in Los Angeles without really thinking to Ah, too much ahead and really, pragmatically.
I mean, it just doesn't make sense to me.
And moving a team like the Chargers to London makes even less and less sense when you know they should have just built a new state him in San Diego.
So, uh, like I said, I mean, there's a lot of issues and we're not going to get into it because we are talking about coaches here.
But I did feel like I needed to bring that up because it's just to me.
It's It's It's foolish.
Yeah, I agree. I absolutely agree.
I don't know what I have never been a big proponent of moving the team to London.
I understand having the games.
They're they're a big hit.
Ah, there are some.
There's some fun to playing in Wembley and, you know, you see players and teams come back all the time and they talk about great experiences playing over there.
But when you're sustaining a 16 game season and you're playing eight games a year across the pond with a very lengthy flight.
A lot of international time differences.
I mean, there's there's ah lot of logistics that need to go into that thought process.
I'm not saying that minds that are better than mine when it comes to figure these things out have not already ****yzed this, and it's not feasible.
I just don't really see how it's practical.
And I think, Yeah, I just I'm I'm not a fan of that.
And selfishly, I don't want to see the charges that the team go over there anyway, so you know, we'll see what happens.
But no, it'll, uh, it will.
It'll all work out in the wash one way or another, and I wish I could take credit for this.
But I did see on Twitter someone say that that would be one hell of a drive for Philip Rivers Way.
All know, we all know the story of how he still commutes from San Diego to Los Angeles.
That is pretty good.
Yeah, that would be a hell of a commute.
Be able to do that.
I think you may see Philip Rivers toss the both decide if they didn't go over the pond.
I can't see him doing that.
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See? See how everything comes for full circle on this on this show? Um, it's really so speaking of full circle.
Ah, the next coach we're going to talk about and I have kind of switched up to ah switched it up to better fit that line into our daily routine.
And that's Freddie Kitchens.
And I'll start by.
I give him a big, fat 0% chance of returning next year.
And, um, I'd be curious to think, if you agree 0.
You know, I I once again screwed this up because I would have that would have been a perfect opportunity.
And as soon as I said it, I knew it. I knew it.
I could have had that sound bite ready to go.
And you know what? I you allowed me to have my moment in mind and the son and Now I get that.
I do. I agree. Mr.
Uh, no, definitely.
I I do not see any chance they retain, and that has been a disaster.
Um, and in a lot of ways, I do feel for Freddy in that case because I think he was put in an impossible situation and he was put in a position that he could never ever succeeded.
And that's unfortunate for him because he's pretty good football mind he's not.
This'd not adult folks is not a guy.
They just dragged in off the street.
He has a distinguished resume.
You got the job for a reason because of that.
But he had no experience being able to build this team from scratch.
Maybe if they started off with a team that had very low expectation.
Aah! Team that he could build mold in his image.
Young players lack of devoid of Maybe, you know, big time superstars.
He might have had a chance to be able to make something into, you know, a contender in Cleveland in a few years.
But he inherited a team that had a lot of expectations shock full of superstars.
Not a lot of leadership, not a lot of accountability.
And it just hasn't worked and look, It's not all you know.
It's not all not his fault, folks.
He's the head coach.
He has to establish his team.
He has to make them play and make them buy in.
So there's a lot of blame pie that could be served on Freddie Kitchens plate.
But it's just been a disaster.
And I can't see this going any further and the further and further Cleveland falls, the worse the situation becomes for him Now.
You're starting to look at whether or not he might, you know, get a job next year elsewhere as a coordinator or whatever.
I mean, there's there's so many different ways that this could go.
But, uh, yeah, Cleveland needs a new voice, and then they need it.
It wouldn't shock me to see this happen before the end of the season, guys.
Yeah, I was just gonna say too.
I mean, I just because I give him a 0% chance to return next year means I give him I mean, maybe maybe a 60% chance of finishing the season out, you know, and just because I mean, I think teams are a little bit hesitant to pull the trigger after I mean, in this case would be less than one year.
So I think that's going to save him from getting fired this year.
But it wouldn't shock me at if you know, So they lose the next two games in convincing fashion and faulted to an eight.
I feel like the best move for that franchise is to is to, uh, cut your losses as quickly as possible because you're you're really starting to threaten losing threat.
You're starting to a risk losing that team all together.
And that would be just absolutely devastating for that franchise because they would be right back to square one, which we know for.
The Browns is, um, anywhere between two and four winds of season, which is is not good.
So moving on Chicago Bears. Matt.
Is he returning that here? Enough.
Uh, I would say 40 60 right now.
40 that he returned 60.
That he doesn't The bear's right now.
Are there losing close games? They're losing, you know, on and they're they're losing convincing games.
That's not a good sign for a team that add a ton of expectations put on them this year, and I believe it was warranted.
You know, I think that the Bears look solid on both sides of the football.
We're seeing now that Mitch Drabinsky may not be the answer that they were expecting at quarterback.
These things are always tell tale signs.
When you start to see teams struggle and you start to see teams, maybe you've been check out a little bit.
Um, the Bears could string together some wins here and save Matt Navy's job, and he may be back in Chicago without any question.
But as of right now, I think it's more likely that he does not return.
Is the second year now with the team, Uh, you know, a lot of expectations last year coming in, But you know, football is a weird type environment.
There's not a lot of patients when it comes to contending, and especially in a city like Chicago, where the page that way Excuse me where the, uh, always on the brain and I swear to God the team has always done the brain.
I'm always always one step ahead when it comes to that, I try to be, but especially.
And it's in a city like Chicago where the Bears air such an ingrained part of that, that city, that town and just everything that they do.
It's a part of it of Chicago's culture, much like the Bulls, and you see it up here.
That was essentially what I was leading into.
You see it up here in Boston all the time, where the Red Sox Bruins, Patriots, Celtics.
It's such a part of the in green culture up here in big cities in big markets, so this does not necessarily deserve all the blame for that.
I don't think so, but it's usually the coach that's gonna take the fall.
And if he doesn't right this ship and they don't start to string together some wins.
That seat's gonna get really hot in Chicago pretty quickly.
We'll see it and hear something.
I actually, I kind of ah, bit opposite of you.
I think there's about a 70% chance he returns and I think that is because I think they feel like Mitch Stravinsky might be the bigger problem and I feel like that might warrant giving Matt Meggie one more chance one more year if they can figure out a different quarterback situation, because I think a lot of us feel that this is this team is really a really good quarterback away from being a you're pretty legitimate contender.
And look, I would you know, maybe this is absolutely nuts, and then I'll hear about it.
But they might be better off building a offense next year.
That suits Eli Manning.
Um, yeah, I know, I know.
It's like, Oh, I Eli Manning's like, um you know who you know.
This that and the other is like, Look, Eli is incredibly limited in terms of some of the things that he does.
He is clearly not what he was when he was playing really well during certain regular seasons.
However, if you cater the office around him, that defense is good enough that I think you can.
You can be a far more successful with him under center than Mitch. True Boesky.
And you know, as much as I hate the Giants, I've never hated Eli Manning, and I feel like I do feel like he deserves a chance, you know, to to play you know some good football before he hangs them up.
Because, you know, I feel like he's been in just in an awful situation in New York from their personnel decisions from, you know, Ben McAdoo.
Ah, benching him to to stop his start stripping.
It's kind of ridiculous.
Look, I I'm not saying that they would be, Ah, top of the NFC, but I just feel like they beat almost in a better situation.
If they took a flyer in and and used a short window to try and win a Super Bowl.
Always compete for a Super Bowl with Eli Manning and a really good defense.
I mean, again, you would have to change how you do things on offense.
I mean, you can't throw him in the same exact situation that Mitch Robiskie is in because, um, that's just not the style of offense that he plays.
But if you're mad Maggie and you think you can design an offense to cater to him, then you do it.
It's not that hard, because the offense isn't gonna be that complicated.
It's more of a you know, efficient offense in and try to limit the turnovers.
And, you know, I feel like Eli Manning can accomplish a little bit more than what Strabinsky can, especially with the defense that they have.
So I give a little bit more.
Ah, stock to that.
So we've actually been running pretty pretty long on this, so we're gonna we're gonna speed this up for these last two.
I got 1st 1st 1 Miami, Adam are Miami, New York.
Is he Will he stay or will he go now? Uh, well, I need it.
You know, it's it's tough to say that you know, you're gonna cut ties with coach after year one unless it is a disaster.
Like Freddie kitchens.
I mean, this is nearing that level in New York.
I don't necessarily know if the ownership is going to side with Gates in this situation and start shipping some of these guys out of here that don't necessarily even want to play for him in the skies like Levi in Belgium, All Adam's obviously now feels unwanted in New York, Which is amazing to me when you have a talent like that and you're able t to alienate him.
But whatever that slows you didn't even want to go to New York before he signed with New York, even said it yourself.
So, Hee, I think the second we saw he signed in New York, I think that the first reaction was like, Oh, this won't end well.
And exactly so So in that vein, I don't necessarily know what they're planning on doing with ownership down in New York.
That is difficult to figure out as anybody.
Ah, in my opinion, I think they need a fresh start.
And I don't think Adam Gaze is the answer.
Um, I'm not saying that he doesn't deserve to be a head coach in this league, but I just think that Jets is a very, very poor fit for again.
Um, so I guess right now, I'd probably say I'd probably say 75 25 25 But he returned 75 that he's gone.
But you know, and I still think there's an outside chance that they retain him, maybe just ship some of these guys out.
It depends what's gonna happen this off season.
Never a dull moment in New York and never a dull moment with the Jets.
and they will always continue to make headlines for the wrong reasons.
Well, thanks for the short answer, Mike. I agree.
And we're gonna move on.
You were the last one before we get to our power rankings to close out the show because we're down to our last five minutes here, and I'm just messing with you.
Look, I love when you answer.
I love when you answer Dan quick.
Is he staying already going? Ah, I I actually think Dan Quinn is gonna stay.
I believe that, um, Atlantis had some issues this year.
I still like him sticking around.
I say, Ah, 60 40 that he's gonna be back? No. Perfect.
Actually, I I think because the team, you know, by all accounts, like some of us as a coach and I don't think Arthur Blank is someone who's going to overreact to something like this.
So I I do agree he's gonna be back.
I'd put it at almost 80 20 foot.
We'll say that means he's probably gonna be fired after next week and is keeping work.
So we're down to the last five minutes, which is perfect, because that we're gonna give you our top five.
So we're going to start. I'm going to say my 15.
Ah, and we're gonna work down from that way and my sa go, I'll say my 15 Michael say his fifth and so on and so forth.
So I don't know why I did that, because I actually do have a sound bite for that.
Um, so that was a complete waste of opportunity, but I am going to do it anyway.
So without further ado, team number five Okay, they went, like, a second longer than I expected.
Uh, Baltimore Ravens. Yes.
The Baltimore Ravens, who just upset the New England Patriots coming in at number five in my power rankings.
Mike, who do you got? Uh, number five.
I have the Seattle Seahawks coming in at nine.
Number five teams, so Ah, yeah.
Impressive victory this weekend.
Got back on track, and I think there are still a number five for me right now. Perfect.
So guess what? My number 14 Seattle Seahawks that were pretty close.
In that sense, I everything you just said I agree with.
I think they're really starting to hit their stride and Ah, it'll be interesting to see if their defense can start to tighten up a little bit because we know what their offense can d'oh! And ah, you know, adding Josh Gordon will be an interesting little tidbit.
So who's your number four team? Mike Number four? The Baltimore Ravens.
Ah, they really truth something to me in this Sunday night game.
Very, very formidable on offense.
That's a very tough offense to read defensively again.
A lot of guys back.
This is gonna be a big, big few stretch for them, so I have them in my number four.
They're moving up second best team in the A F C.
As far as I'm concerned. Yep.
And number three.
Ah, the New England Patriots.
Yes, they were our number one team for Theo.
Entirety of the season and rightfully so.
They're defending Super Bowl champions, you know, Obviously it We're not sitting here. We talked about it yesterday.
We're not jumping overboard over this loss.
I think that's just part of the script for the Patriots that these things happen.
I'm not too concerned, and I'm not sitting here saying that the Baltimore Ravens are better team that's that's foolish.
They lost the Browns, and they've had some stinkers in their season.
The patrons have have had far less stinkers, and they're still leading the league with a plus 1 71 point differential.
So they are my number three team.
Mike, do you agree? I actually do.
I had the number I have.
The New England Patriots is the number three team right now, and it hurt because I had them penciled in it.
I knew they were not gonna be at number one, but the Saints and the 40 Niners just were so impressive in there wins this week.
I had to give them the non objectively, but the Patriots are still far from being buried.
Folks and I went over that yesterday, so there's still a lot of talent.
Still a lot of season left to be played absolutely.
And, uh, for the number two team.
Of course, they did not play this past week, but again, by virtue of the Patriots losing, I had to drop them down and it didn't seem right to Ah ah, drop them and keep them at it, saying to have played really well.
So my number two team New Orleans Saints with Drew Brees and, Ah, seven and one, they'll be back in action this weekend.
Yes, New Orleans is also my number.
Two team would like to see some production out of wide receivers not named Michael Thomas There in New Orleans, however, Ah, you cannot argue with the offensive defense of success.
Very complete team right now.
And they're clicking on all cylinders at the right time.
Absolutely, and without further ado.
Our number one team, the San Francisco 40 Niners.
Mike already pretty much said it.
And there's really no doubt that who should be the top team? It's the only undefeated team.
A team that has a great defense seems to have an offense is starting to click, so they are our number one team after Week nine.
Mike, Do you agree? Absolutely.
If there's any question about the 40 Niners, it's that run defense.
You want to see a little bit more productivity there, but they are a deserving number one offense.
Defense feels good, Baby feels great, baby.
So Ah, that was that was a fantastic speed run through our power rankings considering our coaching.
Ah, segment took far longer than I anticipated, but that's that's That's what we do here. It's live radio.
It's live video, You know, we can't get me going on the Jets and out of case.
What can I say? You know, maybe maybe maybe clean your ears out when I say give me a short answer real quick.
Ah, yeah, I'm joking.
I'm joking. I'm I'm getting a little cranky.
I need some more coffee.
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