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Good morning, everybody and welcome to F p C.
Radio live It is Monday, December the 13th.
It is the Monday after divisional round weekend championship Sunday is set.
The 40 Niners will host the Green Bay Packers for the NFC title game, and the Kansas City Chiefs will be hosting the Tennessee Titans this Sunday to determine who will face off in Super Bowl 54.
And to help me break this all down react, respond Vent cuts a little bit.
He is Mr Rhode Island.
He is Mr Michael Bay.
He is on the other line.
Mike, How we doing today? No, no, no.
Uh, doing well, my friend.
You wanted to say the Kansas City Chefs, didn't I? No, I didn't know You wanted to say the chefs.
I kind of screwed that up.
Yeah, I could tell by the hesitation.
I knew you wanted to say The chefs now look amazing weekend for NFL fans just, you know, expect the unexpected on Saturday.
And then again, expect the unexpected on Sunday.
Especially after way the way some of these games started, Uh, NFL football.
We're down to the ER.
We're down to the nitty gritty.
We're down to the finals and, well, we'll see what happens from here on in.
But it's amazing.
Now from 32 teams, we've whittled our way down to four possible contenders for a Super Bowl title this year.
Yeah, and the amazing part about it all is the Ravens are not one of them.
And and that's just one, you know, sitting here thinking about right before we go into the air, you know, you where we're gonna start today.
And I'm thinking I'm going through everything.
And the last thing that came to mind was the Ravens losing, which is absurd, considering their 14 and two.
And you know, this heavy favorites, according to them, you know, if you were to ask them and are all Thomas, they you know, they were just waiting to go to the Super Bowl.
And now now they can Now they can go to the Pro Bowl, too, because I got 12 players participating, so there'll be plenty of opportunity for them to do so.
But, you know, I gotta and I have to start in Kansas City because you know, I Okay, look, I I was one of the only idiots that decided to take Houston because somehow I drink some sort of elixir to make me believe that Bill O'Brien was actually different from the Bill O'Brien that we've seen for every year since.
He's been the Texan's head coach.
And you know, if anyone watched F p c NFL live last night here on SportsCastr, you know, I was venting about pillow prying then, and it really hasn't calm down sense, because, I mean, what what kind of boneheaded thought process goes through your mind to sit there and say We're up 24 to 7? And we are going to risk giving a very explosive offense a very short field and give them a chance? An opportunity to get back in the game? And that fake punt call was was one of the dumbest.
Ah, the stupidest most ah, nonsense, aggressive call.
You like it? It's just nonsensical in my mind to go for it.
And I hear people Oh, you you don't want to give Kansas City, and that's exactly what he did.
He opened up the floodgates.
He put his defense in a very vulnerable position, short field and then immediately, of course, thistles.
How things work on the very next kick off with the Titans are Texans were expecting the ball back.
They fumbled, and that was it.
I mean, that was the end of the game.
There's no chance.
If they staged the ferocious come back, it would have fallen short because there's no way there's no opportunity that you win that game in a game that like, Look, you know, they hadn't even Kansas City hadn't really found her groove. Get on offense.
I think it was inevitable.
Eventually, they were going to score, score some points.
But we also know that this team isn't.
You know this chief's team isn't as easily explosive as it was last year.
Last year, it was just a matter of a couple couple flicks of the Reston, and that was it in this team was off to the races.
This team has struggled at times to find more offense, so this was a perfect, perfect, perfect, perfect opportunity for the Texans to really grab a stranglehold and surprise a lot of people and get an opportunity to host to host an A F C championship game against a team that you're probably more familiar with than all these other teams that have struggled with the Titans.
And if I'm a Texans fan, I am absolutely irate.
And and I'm ready for you to completely pull the plug on this whole Bill O'Brien experience because I feel like this, this whole coaching staff and this whole regime is gonna waste Shawn Watson, who had, by all accounts a very good game and really did everything in his, you know, in his repertoire to try to, uh, just overcome this terribly awful mistake.
And, um, yeah, that's that's where I'm at with that.
I put 100% of the blame on Bill O'Brien, I think hit he.
Knowing that he has a defense that isn't quite to the level of some of these other competitors, he continually put them in a awful position.
He put them in a position to fail, um, consistently this whole night and, uh, yeah, so I put 120% of the blame on Bill O'Brien for this loss.
I mean, you're on your own 31 yard line.
I mean you You call for a fake punt.
It's such a risky proposition in a situation like that, and I completely echo your points.
I mean, if you're a Texans fan, you look at that and you say, in my opinion, I think that's where they gave away the game.
I understand that you have to put points on the board.
You have to capitalize.
But what that did was it proved to Kansas City at that point that these guys are going to be able to go coach themselves.
They're gonna make mistakes.
They're not where they're not a well oiled machine.
It let them smell blood in the water.
And when you have a team that's as talented as the Kansas City Chiefs is on offense, despite their struggles to maybe we find their groove at times.
You know that if that team does happened to find its groove and it happens to click and it happened yesterday, they're capable of putting a ton of points up in a very short amount of time.
That's a very high profile, very high powered, very quick offense and they were able to capitalize on it.
So you know, you take a look at that and especially the way the Houston Texans began.
I mean, Kansas City blowing coverage on the Kenny Stills opening possession.
It just walked into the end zone.
You know, on offense, you know, you see the Kansas City Chiefs? They were wasting timeouts.
They dropped passes.
I mean, this was having a heavyweight fighter on the ropes and essentially lending a glove to him when he's down and saying, you know what? Yeah, you know what? You're down.
But we want to pick you back up because you know what? We're gonna knock you down, and I want to throw this trick Punch to show everybody what I can do.
It's a situation of trying to get cute when you can't take that risk.
And Bill O'Brien, again, a student of the New England Patriots, you know, organization and what they've done and how he's been able to coach that team.
That's something that I don't believe he picked up in New England.
New England will get cute at times when they absolutely have no other alternative, or when they feel it can be made to the best of their advantage.
They're not going to do it for the sake of it.
And I think that's what O'Brien did yesterday.
Maybe his argument will be that he was trying to step on the jugular, But that is not the way to do it.
Not that early in the game, not from the position that he had. Inexcusable.
If you're a Texans fan, if you're achieves fan, yeah, you can probably sense a little anger in the voices of Eddie and myself this morning.
We're not right.
I look very right for 15 minutes, and I was I was You have to take my victory lap and I'm glad I held back, but yeah, it was probably a good idea to do that, but, you know, credit Kansas City.
I mean, there are certain things that you can give them, and there's certain things that you can't.
They weren't gifted.
The points. Yes, they were gifted some opportunities.
But you still have to put points on the board and they prove that that offense can score with anybody.
So going to be a very, very interesting NFC championship game.
I don't think anybody when the playoffs began would have thought it would have been Kansas City and Tennessee in Kansas City for the A F C championship.
I think most people were believing that the Ravens were gonna be there.
Not so much a shock that maybe the chief's could have made it.
I think a lot of people are surprised that the Tennessee Titans should have.
But when you look at how they close the second half of the season and you know this better than anybody, my friend, you've been touting that drum for quite a while.
People really shouldn't be surprised.
Tennessee was one of the best second half teams in football this year, well, and that's an example of a team that not only went for the jugular, and then they continued to step on the jugular against the Ravens.
And real quick back to your point about Bill O'Brien about, you know, saying that Oh, you know, maybe you were going to try to put the game away.
Well, then you should've went for it on fourth down deep into their zone instead of kicking a field goal.
If that was the mentality that you had, you make that decision on that play and not Roy Ah, foolish, foolish point attempt.
When, When again, You know, Kansas City really hadn't moved the ball consistently at that point, they got they got nice field position on the kick return.
Ah, that led to that first touchdown.
And then the Texans, feeling you know, a bit scared, apparently decided like, Oh, just because we we didn't score on this drive, you know, we're screwed.
And the exact opposite was happened.
They could have pointed that ball away.
They could have let them try to drive down the field, kill some time, and then keep that momentum.
Instead, you literally opened.
I mean, I know this is an overused expression, but he literally opened the floodgates because the second you made that decision in three minutes, that lead evaporated and there was zero chance that you were gonna win the game.
Yes, I technically understand there was two almost almost two and 1/2 quarters left at that point.
But at that point, you you've lost that game mentally, and it and it showed really in the players and a lot of the players, you could see them.
You know, every mistake that was made, it was finger pointing turning and like, Okay, you're supposed to be here.
No, you were supposed to be here.
Okay, What are we supposed to do? And to me, that that has coaching, lack of coaching ability plastered all over and again for the sake of the Texans and Shawn Watson and this regime of players, the skill, this group of talented players, I think you need a new voice in that mix.
So, uh, you know, but getting back to the Ravens and the Titans, the Titans just came out and played their game, and they caught a team that was, you know, in my opinion, a combination of several things.
One I I think there are a little bit rusty given the two weeks off two, I think there are a little bit too into what they were doing.
And, you know, the Titans team, you know, carries a lot of the same characteristics as the Patriots team.
In terms of they remember these comments.
They know these comments.
They remember Earl Thomas sitting there saying, Yeah, whoever comes and plays us in the Super Bowl several weeks back and how? And that's why you know, making proclamation like that.
It's a people say, Oh, what are you supposed to say? Well, you know, you're supposed to just kind of just say nothing without, you know, sitting there and proclaiming yourselves on Super Bowl champions.
And, you know, this is something we kind of knocked on the Ravens all year because, you know, we remember after they beat the Patriots, they acted like they won the Super Bowl.
Same with, you know, same with the Texans.
It was they won the Super Bowl.
The Chiefs, for the most part, did the same thing.
But at least they're still in the mix.
Same with the Titans, you know.
And at least for the Titans, you know, they beat him in the playoffs, you know? So there is something to actually brag about in that sense, so Ah, but for the Ravens, I think this was an example of a team that kind of really bought into their own hype at the very worst possible moment.
Ah, they just decided not to show up.
And, you know, I've always kind of thought that John Harbaugh is a little overrated because, you know, every so often the Ravens kind of heat up and they start playing good football, and all of a sudden it's John Harbaugh.
It's like he's aggressive. He doesn't.
You know he does this. He does that.
He has the special teams back ground.
I think he's a bit overrated.
I think the whole hard by name is a bit overrated.
Um, so again, this whole idea that this team was not prepared mentally is not a surprise to me.
It was certainly a possibility.
I thought they were going to overcome it, But again, I right off the bat, you could tell right away that this team was not engaged.
They were not prepared for this game, and at the very least, they just weren't able to get over their own hype in.
And that was a big problem, especially with a team full of these type of personalities.
And and look, I took a lot of pleasure and a lot of ah enjoyment out of, um, you know, I can't remember who it was, but they mocked the Mark Ingram introduction toe toe Lamar Jackson, which which again kind of speaks to the mentality of this team, and it can you know to fans that aren't fans of the Ravens who follow that team closely.
That could be very insufferable.
It's like, Okay, relax, guys.
You haven't won anything yet.
You know, try toe, try to get to the Super Bowl first before you start talking.
Although this bravado.
So in that sense, I enjoyed that a little bit. I'm not gonna lie.
Uh, but, you know, this should be a big, humble, uh, rude awakening for this Ravens team.
And look, the least of their problems was Lamar Jackson.
I'm not going to sit here and say, Ah, look, Lamar couldn't do the note like Lamar was, too.
And just about everything possible he could to help this team win it just it from a total team standpoint, this was this was an epic failure.
And, ah, you know, one of those, uh, you know, on par with, you know, we talked about the Patriots a lot will bring up a negative Patriots moment that the 2010 Patriots team who went 14 into and looked like brain busters and all of a sudden they got rolled in the first round of the playoffs, and that was that.
So Ah, big loss of the Ravens.
I think this is a.
This is a devastating blow for their confidence, and probably that might be a good thing moving forward if they can regain it.
Yeah, I mean, it's I agree with you about Harbaugh.
To a certain extent.
I think ex isn't a wise and on the field, I think he's a fairly decent coach, and I think he's a fairly good coach.
I think a lot of that comes from his inability, I think, to maybe rain in the team a little bit.
This is a Ravens team that has always had the reputation of talking a little louder than maybe their bravado came back guarantee.
There've been some players on that team that have been able to back that up and they've won.
They've recently add some success, so you can't look at it and say, Oh, they're you know, they're talking from a new area of of of Noah, you know, without any type of validity behind it.
But this team hasn't won anything, is a collective group.
And for some of the bravado that they were talking early on in the season, especially after the win against the Patriots, we saw a lot of that come out from the Baltimore Ravens and we saw a lot of that.
Well, coasting and we're gonna be in Miami and this is when we get when we get to the Super Bowl, you have to be very careful talking like that.
That needs to come from the top.
Teams like the New England Patriots don't do that often.
I think you saw that a little bit, a little bit of chirping this year.
I think you're gonna see that.
Put a very, very tight lid on that in the win win next year, the Boogie Men and all that.
It sze a little bit different than what we've seen in New England.
I believe that's going to be stifled.
Look, Harbaugh has to regain control of this team.
He has to re corral this team and say, Look, there's a lot of talent on both sides of the ball here and there is in Baltimore.
They've got great offensive weapons.
They've got a very good budding defense that really showed.
I think, Ah, lot of signs of promise at the end of the year, maybe get a couple of veterans in here in there, that you know, these old, these grizzled type veterans that have been around league, they were really incapable of the B s.
That comes with buying into your own.
Maybe straightening these guys out a little bit and saying, You know what? You haven't won anything in this locker room yet.
Show me what you want.
Maybe someone with a Super Bowl ring that can come in and flashing and say, This is what you're playing for.
You haven't won it yet.
Until then Shut up and it needs to happen.
It has to come from the top.
That Ravens team lost this game because they were extremely undisciplined and they were extremely ill prepared.
Credit the Tennessee Titans.
Granted, I don't know if they would have, even if both of these teams were clicking on all.
It's not like the Ravens just walked up to him, ended them the victory and said you guys were gonna play like garbage.
But we're going to give you the victory because we're gonna play like even worst garbage.
Yeah, I think the Tennessee Titans, I believe, had a chance to win in that game.
Regardless, that's how good the game plan was.
But They definitely didn't make it any tougher on the Titans.
They made it a lot easier on them by essentially laying down and being very ill prepared.
Yeah, And, look, I mean, this is, you know, we're not saying the Ravens lost this game.
No, The Titans won this game 100%.
I mean, they came in with a game plan that came in with a mentality that, you know, look, there, their confidence level, it is the good confidence level.
This isn't a you know, we're winning some games in the regular season.
We're gonna we're gonna build our own confidence.
This is they've gone into New England.
They've got into Baltimore and they beaten those two teams on the road.
So what's to say that they can't win any game at this point? And look, um, one of the things that didn't affect our impact that chiefs as bad as it could have was the absence of Chris Jones in that milk.
Now, next week, they need Chris Jones in that medal.
Because if not, Derrick Henry just gonna go off.
The guy has three straight games of hunt over 100 80 yards rushing, 192 obviously last week against the Ravens or yesterday Saturday against the Ravens.
So Chief's need Chris Jones back even with him in there.
I think it's gonna be tough for this team to to come Pete against this defense, because again, this defense is a lot better than the Texans.
They're not going to give them as many open looks.
I mean, how many times, you know, was there a receiver that had what, five yards like radius? Yeah, that's such a good point.
And that is such a good point.
People think, you know, people think I'm gonna sit here and knock on Patrick home because everyone's like, Oh my God, you know, this is such a great performance and he had a really good game.
But let's not sit here and pretend like, you know, this was him willing this team to victory.
It was a collective team effort where again, you know, people knock on pretty.
It's funny because people sit there, knock on brain, say, Oh, he has all this healthy as Bill Belichick. He has this.
He has that he gets lucky here.
He gets lucky there and it's like, you know, I always try toe to use that same mentality.
And I encourage people to use that same mentality when you're looking at every other quarterback in the league because, you know, again, let's let's play the what if game and say Okay, if this was Brady, how would this performance be framed? Okay, well, it would be impressive.
You know, you throw five touchdowns for whatever it was.
It's impressive, but they would say a He was gifted opportunities because of the special teams.
He was bailed out his key word bailed out, bailed out by special teams.
Ford lined up offsides, and that negates everything else that happened in that game.
So to think that twice and back to back drives that the special teams can give you an opportunity to combined go what, 45 yards for two touchdowns? And, um, you know, pull up next to him stats.
And, you know, people called Tom Brady a dink and dunk pastor all you want.
Well, guess what.
80% of Patrick Holmes completions come from five yards and behind the line, you know, five yards and behind past the line of scrimmage.
So, you know this whole idea that people will sit here and rip Tom Brady use that same mentality when you judge every quarterback and you'd be surprised what conclusions you come two with That said, I'm not sitting here trying to diminish what he plays.
I'm just trying to put it.
You know how he played.
I'm just trying to put it in perspective.
He's a great young quarterback.
Let's let's relax on trying to two over.
Ah ah, honor him this early in his career because, look, ultimately, you're you've won one playoff game, two playoff games against the Colts and against the Texans.
And great, Awesome. Go ahead.
Like I've seen people say, Oh, this is the passing of the guard.
It's like how I mean, what happens if the Patriots of Tom Brady right back in the Super Bowl next year, which, which is, you know, in an entirely ah, perfect possibility that it could happen like that doesn't indicate a passing over guard, so people need to relax, pump the brakes a little bit, let these players with these kids grow, develop and win and stopped like, you know, elevators to the greatest this or the greatest that are the greatest one of the greatest games here.
Greatest games there.
It's like calm down.
I mean, I saw people ask the question, you know, is this Does this surpass Atlanta 28 to 3? And I'm just, like, what? Like, you know, calm down a little bit.
I mean, first of all, it's simple mathematics here, 25 is greater than three or 24.
Yet, of course, 25 grand in 3 25 is also greater than 24.
Which was the deficit here and again.
Super Bowl timing, all that stuff, thank you.
Goes absolutely a big you know.
That's a big reason why that you know that the Patriots Super Bowl comeback was bigger because, look, you know, you can look the other comebacks in the playoffs.
That maybe had a wider margin.
The 31 point Tennessee come back, of course, rings.
You know, back in the day, you know, comes to mind So, um uh, s so again, let's relax a little bit.
Let's let's appreciate it as a really good game.
He's a good young quarterback to who I again will continue to say I I he still need.
There's still a lot of parts of his game's, a game that needs to develop, and a lot of it has to do with decision making.
When when things start to break down on him, you know, how often can you rely on those circus like plays to create things you know? Eventually, you're not gonna be able to do that every single time, are at great success, so you're gonna have to figure out other ways to win.
And that's what being a quarterback of being a great quarterback is about.
And I'm not saying he's not gonna do it.
If this is not a saying, Oh, Patrick Holmes can't do it.
It's just for all those out there who want to annoy him already.
Let's let's relax.
Let's appreciate what this team is doing because they're filled with talent.
They're well coached.
And, look, they they took it to the Texans.
I realized, OK, this is what we're going to do to get open and look, I mean again, how many times with these guys wide open ready to catch passes on big third down plays? I mean, like that.
That just doesn't happen.
Zone man, it doesn't matter.
It's just like, you know, we're not gonna get into the use of, you know, quote unquote the rub route Or, you know, depending on what team you want to talk about the pick play.
But okay, maybe I will bring the separate quick as I do chuckle every time I hear it.
Uh oh, what a great nice rubber out.
And then I'm thinking, OK, we'll switch.
Switch the teams put put blue, ah, white and silver on the jury's.
He's put Brady on the back foot Edelman on the back and say, Okay, now what's the play? Oh, it's it's It's a decisive pick play that they get away with all the time.
And so again, in that sense, I laugh because that that big ah, whatever that first touch now I can't remember who the first touchdown pass was, too.
But that was It was huge pick plate that wasn't called on Travis Kelsey, and that's kind of like, you know, that's how they run their offense, and it is what it is.
But, you know, that's that's portrayed as a um as they rub route.
You know, acute rubber out that that opens up a receiver when it comes to a certain team.
So again, impressive win by the Chiefs.
Let's you know, let's pump the brakes a little bit on annoying everything that the Chiefs do as the greatest this or the greatest ad.
And let's let's see if they can compete with the Titans because I have my questions.
And with that, my my short winded rants.
No, it's and I think you're absolutely right.
And let's not forget, let's not discount the fact that as impressive as it was and look, I am crediting Kansas City Chiefs, they put the points up on the board again.
But even Patrick Mahomes, in his postgame you know, comments alluded to the fact that everything was working.
The play calls were open.
Everybody was getting open against man coverage.
That's something Kansas City is at a lot of difficulty doing this year.
I think a lot of that came from the defensive breakdowns and maybe a little bit of an emotional letdown that the Houston Texans experienced by being essentially demoralized after being up big and expecting T to maintain that lead.
Their play calling prevent um that prevented them from being able to maintain that lead and credit.
They went in for the jugular, and they were able to find it.
But a lot of that was from def offensive breakdowns that were caused by, I think, a very big let down by the Houstons accents.
You hit the nail on the head, my friend.
I don't think they're gonna find those types of open looks and easy access that the Texans proferred by them.
This Tennessee Titans team is playing at a different level.
Do not sleep on them.
One of the things that I constantly preach last night was people saying, Oh, well, you know, Kansas City is already making their plans for Miami.
I think that's a dangerous proposition.
Tennessee is gonna come to play.
They're gonna have their hands full this weekend.
Yeah, that's secondary is, uh, leaps in about night and day compared to what the Texans secondary is.
And look, I mean, the patriots themselves have had a lot of matchups with detection, so we kind of know what the Texans are.
They they are a lot of lot of sizzle, but with with a lot of times no punch.
And that's kind of what this defense is and epitomizes because we see a very good one.
And we've seen this defense get shredded by Tom Brady and the offense.
We've seen it get shredded at times by teams that they just, you know, they beat up on bad teams.
That's that's kind of their thing.
They're really good against, you know, mediocre, too.
And when it comes down to it, thes big moment, especially the you know that.
No, those teams, you have to be in the playoffs toe win a Super Bowl.
They just don't and they come in and they get.
You know, we all look back at the Letterman jacket era, and that again, I know is a little bit different, different, different team, for the most part.
But it kind of just epitomizes the Texans in general.
As a franchise, that's who they are.
It's like they come out with a lot of snapping pizazz, a lot of tyre flips and all that.
But at the end of the day, it's they're going to get run over because they they play the same old tired zone defense with with players that just aren't capable of of playing that defense.
Well, so it's, it's it's the same repeat over and over again.
And it's like, That's why it was so important that you don't give Kansas City any sort of opportunity to gain confidence.
And that's exactly what they do.
They were Bobby Boucher looking to throw the football to 52 so he can go down the other field and score. He was.
Bill O'Brien was like, Okay, Patrick Marleau, Patrick Holmes.
There you go. Here's the ball.
Touched out like a, uh, frustrated.
You're like, I want to be right.
I wanted to brag.
I wanted to sit here and be like, Man, I picked the Texans.
I was the only one to pick the Texans.
And you know what? Gosh, darn it.
For 15 minutes, I looked like a smart man.
Yeah, I re absolutely and and, you know, And if they to maintain that, that could have been a much different game.
It would have been a much different game because Kansas City was not on their game and they were throwing.
There's my computer being a little delayed kids had tried to play that like two seconds ago, and it just wouldn't load.
So that's our Kate.
It already it already dropped in, and I think it was a perfect time for it anyway, so it breaks up in breakdown.
My ribs broke up my rant, but in any case, yeah, it is frustrating if you're a Texans fan or if you're someone that picked them or that had, you know, that type of ****ysis, it is.
It's really it's frustrating to watch because the Texans did have an opportunity to put this game away early, and they essentially did give it away.
And you know, it's It's one of those things where Kansas City with his red for they were primed in front of the home crowd explosive offense and they proved that they can do it.
So ultimately it's going to be an exciting A F C championship game.
I think it's gonna be a very good game.
I think you're going to see two teams that are coming in playing the hottest right now in the NFL and the and the A f.
I should say, and I think that this is gonna be a ah, pretty good game this weekend.
And again, I caution Kansas City fans not to take a trip to Miami for granted.
This Tennessee team is not going to roll over.
They will not be intimidated by a narrow head or the you know, the yellow in the end of the gold in the end zone.
And you know they're not going to buy into that.
This Tennessee team is going to come in and they're going to say, You know what? Nobody's giving us a chance and we're going to take it.
And in a lot of ways, I think their eye opening a lot of people when it comes to what this team is capable of dealing and really credit.
A lot of credit to Ryan Tannehill.
I don't think is getting on having his numbers and not gonna light up the scoreboard.
They're not gonna overwhelm anybody.
But he has done a good job of keeping the offense in check and letting Derrick Henry do what Derrick Henry does.
And I think that's a big reason for their success as well.
So impressed by what Santa Ellis showed me and I can't believe I'm saying that in the postseason and the A F C championship game.
After what we've seen from him for Miami for so many years, it was almost like yell that sound in the world that just can't put it all together.
He's doing a fairly good job with that this year, and I think he's found his mission. Tennessee.
You know, I'm starting to suspect, you know, just that.
Just a hunch that perhaps maybe it was Miami that was the issue and not necessarily these players, because we've seen Gift.
Yeah, we've seen several could go on to, ah, succeed in more greener pastures.
But, you know, again, for Miami at least they have a different regime now, and hopefully that's that's that's looking to the positive.
So, um, we'll shift a little bit because, you know, we've jumped on the A F. C.
Aaron rightfully so because e I think that was the most ah, reactionary ah, set of games that we could have had all weekend was from the A F C from the NSC.
I think it was more business as usual.
I I did think that the 40 Niners game was gonna be a little bit closer than what it ultimately was.
But for the most part, I thought the 40 Niners were a better team.
They showed that on Sunday in a very dominating fashion.
And, ah, you know, I've gone on record at this point and said like Look, you know, obviously the Patriots are in it and they were my original Super Bowl pick.
So I'm riding with the 40 Niners here because I do think that they're the best team available.
Think they match up? Ah, well against any of the remaining teams.
So how were how impressed were you with the 40 Niners this weekend? Very I mean from, especially from a defense standpoint.
I mean, you look at a team like Minnesota coming in very, very hot, very uh, riding a pretty good wave when it comes to the era of good feelings.
But the 40 Niners defense, I think, really proved that they're an elite unit and they can, since they can take away what you'd be well, and that's something that teams need to be.
That's something that teams need to dio as they move toward the playoffs.
Anything well deep into the playoffs.
It's all about taking away what your team does best, and I thought they did that to Minnesota on Saturday.
I really liked the way that the offense, you know, came to play.
A lot of people looking at Jimmy Garoppolo is performance and calling it more of a game management.
There's probably an argument to be made about that.
But I think ultimately Jimmy as the confidence in all of the guys that line up with him that he's the type of guy that can take over the game, make a big play when you need to.
And I think that type of confidence is infectious.
Is he going to be the guy that's gonna go out there, strapped the team on his back and say Everybody else is playing like garbage around me? I can.
I can strap the team on my back and win.
Maybe he has that in him.
I actually do believe he does.
Having seen him and studied him for the last couple of years.
I think he has that capability in and I don't necessarily know if we'll see it, but I think he does have that ability.
But ultimately they have a very balanced attack, very trite.
Very tight running game.
Ah, tight end that really It's a me is the best tight end in the NFL.
And yeah, you can send all your hate mail to me. Kansas City.
I would take George Kittle over Travis Kelsey any day of the week, twice on Sunday.
But anyway, getting back to what I was saying, I believe that to be the case.
And in San Francisco, I think they established themselves is the best team in the NFC.
Anybody that was questioning that I think this is gonna be a tough team in a very tough team to compete with.
But they've got another tough team that they're gonna be facing this week.
Packers did show up to play yesterday.
Almost let the Seattle Seahawks back in it.
Which is why I think the San Francisco 40 they're still in the driver's seat that year, but definitely a team they can't overlook.
Yeah, look, I mean, I and we talked about it on the post game last night, and it's why I might.
My voice is struggling the way it is because this is part of a run of Ah, I don't know.
I I stopped counting, but I think something like 14 straight days where I have to get on here and talk sometimes twice a day.
The fight might.
My voice cuts out every once in a while.
But last night we talked about it and and to me, one of the biggest things.
He had a really good game.
But the biggest moments of the game he he delivered on two incredible throws.
First off that third in 8 39 play.
That's something that's not going to necessarily show up on the stat sheet.
And this is This is kind of further kind of proving how foolish looking at just raw statistics can be because there's no way to really measure Ah, that 13 8 throw by just looking at a box score and saying, Oh, they completed a 13 a throw? No, it was a beautiful throw on a very high pressure situation because again, like you said, the Seahawks were with threatening.
And this is something that the Packers have dealt with throughout the season, where you know they look really good on 1/2 and then kind of fall back to Earth in the second, and team slowly started to get in.
Sometimes they come back.
Sometimes they don't, but it's always, you know, always gives you with that.
It's like watching the Patriots.
It's like they come out and score 30 points in the first half.
But, you know, let a team on their way back into a game of the second half.
So you're a little uneasy.
How do I feel? Well, you know, the team look great for 2/4 but then they kind of let this team back in.
Well, fortunately for the Packers, you know Aaron Rodgers made to get to the biggest plays of the game by just completing those passes in such high pressure situations.
And, you know, I know after that third and eight throw, you had to they had to get another first down to win this game.
However, that was to me, the backbreaker there.
And that was the one that killed this.
Ah, the Seahawks rally because, you know, they had him back up third and 13th and long, and ah, you know that that was the money money shot right there.
And the great pass from Roger's big clutch moment from him.
And, ah, look, now they're on their way to the NFC championship game.
And, ah, it was a total team effort from the Packers.
I just My first impression is is they're gonna fall a little bit short against the 40 Niners, and it's not because they're gonna play poorly.
It's just cause I think 40 Niners are that much better.
I think that's so well said, Credit the Packers.
I think the Packers have been really flying under the radar, and I've been saying that a lot about this team this year is that they are flying under the radar.
I know we've heard, you know, the worst 13 and 3 14 and three team.
I think that d I think that is, That's harsh.
Then I think we proved that last 14.
Tell me about it.
The birth in the NFC championship game.
Not a bad way to do this season, but well, when I was in Tennessee, the worst team entering the playoffs, you know? Oh, yeah, quite a record wise.
You know, Thea barely backing in and all that.
It doesn't you throw the records out the window when it comes to the postseason.
It's the team that plays the best, and they really, you know, you talk about and we'll get back to the Tennessee Titans in a minute.
But staying on the Packers? Uh, yeah, it was.
It was a total team effort.
They were able to hold off a, um they were able to hold off a ah rally there at the end by the by the Seattle Seahawks Credit the Green Bay Packers.
They got the first downs when they needed to at the end of the game, close it out and be able to move on to Levi Stadium and a big Apes and big NFC championship game coming up against the San Francisco 40 Niners.
But again, I do believe that San Francisco is just playing on another level right now.
And I think with both of these teams clicking on all cylinders, I definitely give the edge to San Francisco.
But if they come in and sputter it all, and Green Bay comes in with everything that they've got, this one could be a little more interesting than people think.
So I don't necessarily think it's a cakewalk for the 40 Niners.
This is gonna be a tough game, you know.
Green Bay's got a bad taste in their mouth from the last time.
These two teams this year.
I think they've got a lot to prove.
They want to come out and prove that they can hang with them.
I think they do that.
But ultimately, just the early ****ysis that I have on this game is that I like the way San Francisco matches up with this team.
And I think they do definitely have the edge here.
Yeah, it looks San Francisco got it.
Some great reinforcements this past week d four to return.
Kwon Alexander returns in line up and had a impact in that thing that you know when when Dee Ford and Nick boats are on the field at the same time.
24 sacks and 108.
Some odd steps when they're not on the field at same time.
24 sacks and 800 something snaps.
So you see the drastic difference and how much they can impact this team.
And this is something that I think from both teams standpoints is going to be key which which team can get the most pressure on there? The opposing quarterback? Because we know San Francisco could certainly do that.
And they have a secondary that can that can hold up to to any sort of, ah, pressure.
For the most part, I mean, you know, eventually you can only cover for so long.
But you know, San Francisco happens to have, you know something will wither smooth s****.
It's not playing that will happen to have a very strong secondary.
So I do expect San Francisco to be able to get to Aaron Rodgers.
And that's something that we've seen him struggle with throughout the season and really throughout his career, when he's hit a lot and you know he's forced to, you know, try toe.
That's when issues, you know, tend to pop up.
And I think this 40 Niners team well equipped and you know, on the flip side the Packers defense, the Smith Brothers, you know, and our friend Terence Biggs made a made a great made a great point yesterday.
They're not technically, you know, brothers.
But they're brothers.
You know what I'm saying? So you know, those are just a dominating force on the defensive line, a pair of sacks last night for the Packers.
And that's something that they need to have the 40 Niners congee it away with not getting a lot of pressure on the Packers.
The Packers need to get pressure on this offense because if you allow George Kittle, Emmanuel Sanders, Debo, say all those guys Thio make plays in the Open.
And you know that this game is going to not go the way the Packers plan to, and the 40 Niners will be well on their way to Miami to play in the Super Bowl.
So first impression, I do give the 40 Niners a huge edge again.
I have said it before and I'll say it again.
I'm picking to win the Super Bowl at this point, so I I will certainly be leading towards them.
I just I give them the matchbook advantage right off the bat.
Yeah, without question, and I do give them the matchup advantage off the bat when it comes to the A f c.
I'm not so sure I'm willing to give that match up EJ just yet.
I think that there is a lot to consider when it comes to the way both of these teams play.
I don't think this is a slam dunk that Kansas City fans.
They're thinking it's gonna be, uh, either that or maybe they just haven't look and really absorbed how well this Tennessee team is playing and the matchup problems that they can create for this team offensively.
So, uh, I would keep a sharp eye, folks, especially on the A F c and the lines and how that's gonna look this week.
Is this gonna be a good F C championship game? I think it's gonna be a very good NFC championship game.
We're facing too great games, I think, coming up as we head toward, ah, toward the next couple of weeks, there for a prep for Miami.
But this is going to be a good weekend for football coming up, no question.
And, um, you know, I that Tennessee Tennessee game, and that's something that you know just night and day from the Texans.
You know, they're they're so much better coached under Mike Vrabel that it it's not.
It's not even funny again.
I mean, we started the show kind of harping on Bill O'Brien and rightfully so, um, he deserves all the all the slack that he gets, because again he lost this game.
He put his team in a terrible position, and that's the exact opposite of what you want to do.
So it's gonna be interesting to see that vast difference in coaching.
Obviously, Andy Reid, you're probably gonna get the edge, too, of course.
But, um, you know, for Abel has proven he's no slouch, and this team is certainly certainly capable of beating anyone at this point.
So eso moving off these games real quick as we're going to spend a lot of time talking about these teams throughout the week.
I mean, we only have four teams to talk about now, so it's gonna get exhausting at times.
But we will certainly be able to do Ah, you know, try to work, inasmuch other stuff as possible into things that popped up today or this weekend, we're two elections to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Bill Coward and Jimmy Johnson both got elected in the as part of the Centennial Slate class, which is basically outside of the normal modern error selections that you know we all know and probably get the most coverage for.
But in this case to ah, fairly prominent coaches both on the field and now in media have been elected.
And I just want to get your thoughts because I I you know, obviously the big issue I think anyone has when it comes to electing some of these coaches is wise and Tom Floor is it.
And it's a great question because, you know, when you look at a guy like Jimmie Johnson, yes, he was successful and you can talk about all the what ifs If if he and in the Joneses didn't have a falling out, you know, maybe they do win three Super Bowls.
Maybe they went for super doubles in a row. You don't know.
It's not how it played out.
What we do know is he won back to back Super Bowls with a Cowboys team that when he took them over, they were one of 15.
So I'm not saying Ah, you know.
However you look at Tom floors, look at his impact on this game.
Look at some of these other guys and you think OK, well, what is a Hall of Fame coach.
Like, you know, Jimmy Johnson has buried, you know, what is that? 80 and 64 records.
So, you know, the the wind total isn't necessarily eye popping.
Um, you know, obviously, back to back Super Bowls goes a long way.
But you know how How important is that? So first I want to get your thoughts on on Jimmy Johnson and then Bill Coward, who I think I could, you know, spend 15 years with Steelers, won the Super Bowl.
You know, year in, year out, they had one of the best defense is in the league.
Two guys that, you know, again, I'm not saying they don't deserve to get in.
I certainly do think that they do, especially considering the standards that the Hall of Fame has at the moment.
But, ah, what were your thoughts on these again? I think very both deserving selections.
I don't look at it and say, Oh, Jimmy Johnson doesn't really deserve it or what? You know, he doesn't have a long enough resume of success or, you know, little cower.
Obviously, you know, having the one Super Bowl.
But, you know, I do believe that both of these guys during the areas in which they coached coached teams that were that were dominant in their own right.
I mean, you can make the argument that maybe the Cowboys under Jimmy Johnson were a little bit more dominant in terms of how they went about their business than the Steelers.
Where but look, the Steelers had a sustained level of success for quite a while under Bill Cower.
I think these two are coaches that did a lot to revolutionize the game.
Maybe not radically revolutionize the game.
But usher in that new era, that bridge from the old school type coach to the modern coach that we see.
I think both of these guys held a pretty good hand in there.
Um, I think a lot of it, and I hate to say this and this is kind of sound like a knock both of these guys, and I don't mean it like this, but I think a lot of it is tthe e media coverage.
The, um the I think a lot of the sunshine that that shines on a lot of these guys.
Power is a great NFL ****yst done on CBS.
I think he does a great job in the, uh in the early art with the pregame and postgame.
I think Jimmy Johnson has become a pretty beloved figure on Fox, and he's done a pretty good job there.
So I think some of that can be attributed to maybe a little bit of hindsight being, you know, maybe 2020 and romanticized a little bit when it comes to these two coaches.
But ultimately, I don't have any problem with either one of them getting anything.
They're both deserving.
And I think, you know, ultimately it Paige the way for maybe different types of coaches and maybe a few more coaches that need to get in to get into the Hall of Fame.
But your point on Tom Flores? Absolutely.
I do not understand for the life of me how he isn't in.
I think it's a travesty that he's not, and I really think that something needs to be done to evaluate that and find out the reason for it, because, in my opinion, he's as deserving as any of these guys that currently are enshrining can.
Yeah, and and and that's the thing that's a year out every year that he's not in and the rest of the Centennial Slate class will be announced.
I believe this upcoming Wednesday, So I think it's, Ah, it's, Ah, 15 member class altogether.
And then you have the five modern error candidates of which we will learn the night before the Super Bowl.
So in a couple of weeks, we'll kind of have that old breakdown as to us to where, um, you know where that, uh, ultimately leads and who is getting in because again, you know, for us who are probably in our thirties approaching forties.
Ah, there's a lot of players that better starting the pop up.
Now, over the last few years that we've grown up watching and, you know, play their entire careers for the most part.
Um, so you know, it's interesting to see that and to continue to see those players start to get recognized when you know, you sit back and say, Oh, wow, you know, I remember rooting and cheering for this guy.
So absolutely watching your childhood heroes turn in the hall does that.
You're getting old, you know? Believe me, I'm already there.
I got a couple of years on you.
You're getting to that point.
I'm pretty much already there, especially when it comes to baseball.
You look at a lot of these guys get in and you're like, um and you know, these guys were rookies when I was in high school, and now they're being inducted into the hall of They're the old guys.
You're like, Wait about So they're old? Yeah, they're old.
Imagine what that means about me.
So yeah, it's it's It's tough, It really is.
It's it's a It's a tough thing to get over.
But you know what? You enjoy it and you remember the good times and you sit in a chair and just go back in my day.
This guy was good.
Uh, well, I'll be doing that, and I will fully commit to that once Tom Brady retires, because Tom Brady, still playing, is the last true linked to my childhood.
Really, because he's been playing Tom Brady's never gonna retire for just going to keep playing.
It's gonna be the bionic, bionic man, And he's just gonna, you know, roll over the league.
So you know, we can live in hope, right? Yeah, Well, you know what? Look away.
I can sit here, and I didn't say that.
That's not you know, that's not possible.
But with Tom Brady, anything is possible.
And ah, uh, I I like I laugh at a lot of these real quick.
You know, we got about 10 minutes left in the show, and I laugh at all of these predictions about where he could go.
Where's the best fit? Where is this? He could go here.
He could go to the charges.
He could go to the Colts, wash the Colts.
Guys, um, they're all full of it.
I mean, every single person that sits there and says, Oh, he could They're full of absolute deep, you know? They don't know.
I mean, I like and I've told people before, You know, if you if you want to listen to someone, listen a guy like Willie McGinnis who actually knows Tom personally, and if anything, he's not going to say things just to say it like, you know, I suspect a lot of these other people do like, you know, the people that get up on national TV and say, Oh, well, you know, he could go the Chargers.
I have I have no information t back that up, but he could go.
You don't know? But you never know mentality.
And it's it's so disingenuous to do that, especially at a national stage, a national platform, because again, people are gonna pick whatever side.
You know, given that type of opinion on the matter, you're gonna pick whatever side works for you, and that's that's essentially what you're doing here.
So, um, again, for those of you out there that, uh, Yuh are worrying that Tom Brady might go play for the the charters of all player of all teams relaxed, You know, this whole idea that Josh McDaniels is likely to return given the fact that he did not get the Cleveland gig only further cements that idea that this is all lining up for Tom Brady to return next year.
It makes sense from both the players and the coach, and I've said this for it feels like months and weeks on end.
And and again, at the end of the day, I think people are gonna be sitting there and being like, Wow, I can't, you know, honestly, I said this months ago and I was like, they're going to sit back and be like, I can't believe we actually thought Tom Brady was gonna move on because those at the end of day it's going to seem foolish when he re signs with the Patriots for two years pushing that 13 and 1/2 1,000,000 to the final year.
And, you know, you play it off that and if if two years is all you got, there you go.
You're right at that 45 Mark, because he will finish his second year, Uh, at the age of 44 that will bring him up to 45.
So again, everything everything seems to line up for the for the patriots.
You know, putting this in perspective, Thio.
You know, kind of what we've seen them go through this year.
Some sort of the struggles.
Um, just look at how the other team like Baltimore was working against Tennessee.
The Patriots play Tennessee far better than Baltimore.
Dan in Baltimore was the 14 and two drug or not, the future dynasty of the NFL.
So, um, Tiu, you know, that's the one thing that the Titans game really put in perspective, at least for me and it in terms of looking at the Patriots.
It's like, Look, this wasn't as bad of a loss as you thought.
I mean again, they ran out of steam. It is what it is.
I think they've been three straight Super Bowls.
Eventually, you're not gonna go to 1/4 or fifth in a row.
I mean, it just happened like you don't go every single year.
Um, in the Patriots case, they just go every other year.
So that's why next year it wouldn't surprise me if they're right back in the mix right back in the A F C title.
You can't start a new streak now.
Obviously, Tom Brady is a little bit longer in the tooth, but, um, every indication in my mind, every sort of tea leaf you could read everything that's ever said, all pointing to the obvious.
And that is he will be back with the Patriots for the final year or two of his career, and he will leave as a member of the Patriots.
He won't be playing for San Diego.
He's not gonna be playing for for ah that the Colts.
He's not gonna You know what I mean? It's just not gonna happen.
And if I'm wrong, we'll you know, So be it.
But, uh, I'm feeling fairly confident that I'm not in this case and, uh, you know, to kind of tie it all together to something we're probably gonna talk about quite a bit this week.
Is the coaching hires Josh McDaniels Coming back is a huge deal, you know, just because of that continuity, I think he would have been fine with with a replacement, regardless.
But you know the idea that Josh McDaniels was back? I think it is a good thing for the Patriots, despite some Patriot fans.
Objection to that.
Yeah, No, I I agree with you.
I think I cautioned.
You know, people on Friday unlocked on Patriots, too.
Not equate Josh leaving with Tom leaving because, I mean, a lot of people would say, Oh, Josh leaves, That's it.
He's gonna learn, and he's gonna work with a new offensive coordinator.
Well, guess what if he leaves unless Josh's offensive coordinator and he went to Cleveland, he's gonna work with a new offensive coordinator anyway, I thought we thought that was kind of a lazy argument and a little bit of a disingenuous argument to think that these two guys were joined at the However, the fact that Josh is coming back, I think is much more of an indicator of Tom Brady possibly staying, that it would be Josh leaving an indicator of Tom leaving.
I think the continuity staying there is a draw for Tom.
And look, there is a very big part of them that loves working with Josh McDaniels, especially if you believe some of the information that's coming up at a Fox.
I've heard first end that time, like a little more say in the offensive play, falling in the way offense you know, works in New England and what he needs to dio.
I think he's reached the opportunity, and I think he's reached the point in his career where he is, I believe you know, willing to ah deserving of it.
I should say it's the question of whether or not the Patriots are gonna be willing to do that.
I can't imagine they wouldn't be.
I think Tom has a very good influence on Josh and how they run this offense.
I think the two of them can work very well together.
I think the Belichick recognizes that.
I think a lot of this all about Oh, it's Belichick's ego.
He would never allow that ballistics gonna do what's best for the team.
He's a pragmatist, folks.
He's not going to sit there and dig in his heels and be this stubborn, ornery, crotchety person and not give himself a chance to win.
I think that's always been one of the dumbest things I've ever read.
In terms of that, I think that's Ah lot of hot take machinery, but ultimately this, to me is a good thing for maybe they're getting the band back together again, Elwood Blues said in the Blues Brothers.
Maybe we'll see.
You know what you might be seeing that you might be seeing.
That terminology may be in a column on full press coverage that'll be submitting today.
Definitely keep a sharp eye out for that, folks.
You might be seeing getting the band back together a little bit in the later part of the day.
But I digress, my friend.
I agree with your point.
You're always a salesman by heart.
I mean, you always got to get that lead that give the customer that little bit of something that they want.
They come yearning back for and I like it.
I like the **** Foley school.
Yeah, you gotta love it.
I say cheap pop all the time and I'm pretty sure 98% of the people that I talk to say that to have no idea what I'm talking about.
What I say Cheap pop. That's what I mean.
I mean, **** Foley, cheap pop smile to the camera, thumbs up, holding his book.
That's a cheap pot. That's right.
That's keep up. Yeah.
No, that's that's that's perfect.
And incredibly well, times.
And, uh, wrapping we have are wrapping up here.
Sound like bobo.
Oh, man, I've done that twice today.
I don't know if you caught it earlier.
I caught myself the first time, but this time around it it just it he came out.
So we're wrapping up here and ah, the hat.
We're gonna wrap up the show because I've obviously gone off the rails here and started to lose my mind.
So I only have basically I have a certain amount of shelf life on air that I can I can actually keep myself together.
And then after that, it's all it's all awhile, then out of control.
But ah, you know this.
Obviously, we're gonna be here all week breaking down What's gonna be a great, really great championship Sunday? Um, you know, Well, hope hopefully get some with some expert opinion.
Some experts on each of these teams on the show this week will try to talk to them, get their opinions and then yes, with the NFL season kind of starting to wind down, we're finally going two of the direction of other sports because there's plenty of stuff to talk about, certainly around all the other sports leagues going on right now, and we will be eager to jump into that.
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