Good morning, everybody.
And welcome to the Thursday edition of full press coverage.
We're just flying through this week.
That is championship matchup Championship Sunday, coming up this weekend.
So without further ado, I would like to bring in my co host.
He is Mr Mr Rhode Island, coined by me and only me.
But I'm gonna make it.
Ah, thing here across the country, everyone will know a mess that but without further due Mr Mike debate.
How we doing today? No, no, no.
Well, my friend. Thursday morning. Absolutely.
A lot of different stuff going on in the world of sports.
Always allowed to talk about.
Let's get right into it.
Yes, we had some very UN championship like technical difficulties.
So we're starting a little late today, so I will, uh, I will get I'll get right to the point.
So, obviously, yesterday we took a a long look at, um, the NFC championship game.
We brought on Kyle Center, our PC packers and fantasy football managing editor, and we talked a lot about that Well listed.
Our top five players in the game talked about some of the matchups coming into it.
We will do the same today, but only this time for the f c side of things.
So we're gonna talk, tightens and chiefs with ah R F P C Chiefs, managing editor Braid and Hollis check who will be joining us here shortly.
Um, we're hoping to get him on around 8 20 or so and we will, ah, kind of jump right into that.
But of course, as we do every day, we kind of we can talk about some of the news and headlines around the around the NFL And, um, you know, the ah, it is the one place that you wanna start real quick.
Just Ah, brief mention of it is, um, you know, we obviously anyone who knows us personally or at least listens to the show to to some extent knows that we're wrestling fans.
So, um, sad news yesterday was Rocky Johnson at age 75 passed away, and, uh, if he if you aren't familiar of wrestling and you hear that name you like Oh, a kind of sounds familiar.
Well, he is Thea Father off.
Mr Dwayne Johnson, as we all know as the Rock and one of the biggest movie stars out there now, so, you know, sad news I didn't see it seemed like it was kind of, uh apparently it came on quickly.
Um, you know, he was sick for about a week.
They didn't say what exactly was the cause of death, but it seemed like he was under the weather, and then it just kind of, unfortunately took his life.
And, you know, it's sad because he was a He was certainly a pirate.
He obviously has a famous son.
But before his son was famous, I mean, he was famous, and he was, you know, he was kind of the man.
He was part of one of the first, uh, African American tag team WWF champions.
Um, the first, actually eso going back with the Tony Atlas in 1983.
So, you know, this was ah, you know, this guy was a legend in the wrestling world and community, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
So sad news from the wrestling world.
Very sad news from the wrestling world and, uh, you know, most people like you, said he, and they're going to remember Johnson as Dwayne's dad as the rocks father.
But the legendary career that he had in W. W. E.
And, of course, WWF back then was truly amazing.
He was a part of the first African American tag team champions with Tony Atlas.
These are things that people don't forget and anybody that grew up during that era.
That was before my time.
Yes, folks, there actually was something that was before my time.
But that was a little bit before I did a lot of storing Stanley Cup.
But uh um, basically, when it comes to his legacy and his own his own career and then things that he did, he truly was a pioneer and in the world of wrestling in the world of sports entertainment.
So it's a big loss.
Obviously, our condolences go out to doing in his family everybody that's feeling the loss today on a personal level, that new rocking and loved him.
They're feeling it, obviously the hardest, and it's a there's never a good time or never and easy timeto lose the ones you love, let alone a parent I feel for him this morning.
Ah, you know, I lost my debt over 10 years ago, and it still hurts every single day.
So to you know, to hear something like that and to see the kind words that he put out and the, um just the sentiments that are pouring in.
It does, if you identify with it, you sympathize with it.
But at the same time, you celebrate the man's life, and he really did have a ah remarkable career and a remarkable life.
So he rest in peace and again, our condolences to the family without any question.
I mean, if there's if there's a silver lining here, and this is something that obviously is talked about for those who follow wrestling pretty closely and especially, you know, the stars of yesteryear and and how short a lot of their lives have been.
I mean, we, you know, we play Randy macho man clips all the time, but, you know, he's one of many wrestlers who have died at such a young age.
So, you know, for, you know, obviously a sad as it is, it's it's nice to know that Ah, you know, a man that did this profession and what did it back in the day, you know, lived Ah, fairly long life, Um, as opposed to some of the other.
Ah, you know, folks that obviously suffered for many other things and lost their lives for various different reasons.
Um, at such a young age, I'm talking in their forties, you know, may begin to 50.
So, um, you know, if you want to take a positive spin to this all, you know, the thing is, is he was able to stay around and he lived a fairly healthy life.
It seems so, um no sad news and and certainly the wrestling community will continue to mourn it, So Ah, one of the other bits of news that came out yesterday was, Ah, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Um, yes, that's right.
Great White Buffalo, Larry, Larry Fitzgerald.
And if a if anyone doesn't understand the reference, it's basically the one that got away.
And as the both of us are Patriots fans Ah, his His link to that team has this felt like it's been there for 10 years.
It just obviously never has come to fruition and doesn't look like it will now, but he will be playing for a 17 season, and he's excited to be back.
Signed a one year deal yesterday to return to the Cardinals, and he expressed his excitement and his how much joy he had in the rebuilding process.
That was on going with, um, the Cardinals this past season.
And we've talked about it before, about obviously, the complete 1 80 from what they were Ah, a year ago versus what they are now in terms of where they're heading with their future, because it looked like they were lost last year.
Now it kind of looks like they're, you know, they look like they're good to go and they're going to improve every year, and Larry Fitz wants to be a part of that.
So I'm excited to see him back.
It's just, you know, again, every time I think about him like him and the what ifs what? What? What could have been I would have been when you know you talk about the what ifs and we talk about, you know, hypotheticals and one night and it's fun for us to be ableto break that down.
But when you look at a talent like Larry Fitzgerald pairing him with Tom Brady.
I can't even imagine what that would have been like, especially if it was over a sustained period for a number of years.
And having him here in New England would have been an amazing thing.
That type of outside threat that people have said that the Patriots have an ad since Randy Moss left would definitely not have been a concern.
So there's always the what if game.
I think that I don't think there's anybody that looks at that match up between the two and said, Oh, I don't think that would have worked out so well or maybe the Patriots let her off.
Now you can add a talent like that. You are better off.
That would have been prolific, but unfortunately, we never got a chance to see it, and I don't believe we will get a chance to see it.
I know there was some, you know, those big eye emojis that went around yesterday on Twitter when they said that he was coming back.
It's like, Oh, okay, well, can they enticed? Aye, aye, resulted A.
Maybe, you know, trade him to New England I don't think that's happening, folks.
I think there's a lot of logistics that would prevent that from happening.
But, you know, congratulations to, you know, Larry on a great career, and it's good that he's coming back.
I still think he's got a lot to offer.
That young team and his abilities are only going to heightened guys like Kyle and worrying and some of the young receivers and some of the young players on offense that they're gonna bring in.
So not only will he make an impact on the field, but I think he'll make it in tight on the sidelines and in the locker room.
And it's only good news for the Arizona Cardinals.
Yeah, I'd be thrilled if I was a Cardinals fan, obviously, not only for the potential that this team has moving forward, but, you know, you get Larry Fitz back, he's he's, I'd say the equivalent of you know, if you're a Patriots fan, maybe Tom Brady or ah, you know, really, Tom Brady's considering the amount of time that that he has spent with this organization.
So to me, I I'd be thrilled if I was a Cardinals fan.
You know, getting, ah, getting a chance to see Larry Fitzgerald for another year and and look, I mean, do we have any realistic expectations that they want a Super Bowl? Probably not.
I mean again, things can change overnight.
And look, the San Francisco 40 Niners were four and 12 year ago.
So, you know, obviously, things can change very quickly in the NFL, but, um, you know, that's the one thing he will always be chasing.
That that'll be his great white Buffalo is the Super Bowl championship.
But at least you'll have ah, played a very long and and an accomplished career when it's all said and done, and we're just lucky we can take it another year out of it.
So real briefly before we end up pulling braid and I'm here and talking some chiefs and Titans.
We talked yesterday at some length about the whole the MLB scandals from Houston to Boston to, um, you know, potentially now Carlos Beltran being in the crosshairs.
Obviously, we talked about Alex Corby and fired lashed yesterday.
Hinch and Jeff flew now have already gone out of out of the Astros organization and the only other player that was prominently mentioned that it Excuse me, Apologize has probably prominently mentioned.
And Ah, still ahead.
Coach are at least still a manager Is Carlos Beltran now? He hasn't managed a single game for the Mets. However.
Ah, I would say there is a very strong likelihood that he never will.
And I think people are just kind of right now waiting on pins and needles just to find out what what eventually is gonna happen to him.
And my gut tells me he will not be managing the Mets for too much longer.
Michael, are we there? Mike? No, Mike.
Okay, well, we cut out here for a second.
So let me get, um I'm gonna try to get braid in on here so you can ah, talk some talk some chiefs and talk some titans because we have a great matchup coming on.
Ah, coming up here, uh, this Sunday between those two teams for a right to go to Super Bowl.
Um, Super Bowl 54 which were flying through the fifties almost halfway through them already.
So, um, it's gonna be interesting to see how the Titans are able to um how are they? Are they going to be able to, ah, combat this high power chiefsoffense? And that's really the key for me is like, What are they going to be able to do to stop Patrick Holmes? What are they going to be able to do to slow down, Tyree kill and win and all that? So it's gonna be interesting, and ah, we will certainly, Um, we will certainly find out at some point.
So Ah, we are experiencing a couple technical difficulties where I'm gonna try to get Mike back here on the phone.
So I guess we're going to hear the stay, Mike. There we go.
Yes, I have returned.
And by the way, I do agree with you on Beltran.
D'oh! We're going to be bringing in braiding in just a moment.
But I I completely agree with you, and I think again we talk about more shoes to drop.
I still think there's more after this.
I think this is going to be one of those stories that keeps just getting layers pulled back.
And you're gonna Seymour and Maur emerge in this, so yeah, keep a sharp eye, folks, because we'll definitely be doing it.
This is gonna be probably the dominant story in major league baseball for at least the next month. It's not beyond.
Oh, yeah, I mean it.
And again, this is warm people every, ah, every day that, um you know that we talked about this, you know, Glass houses, my friends, you know, relax.
You You might want to not, you know, talk too much before you know all the information, Because again, you know, you never know what team's gonna be. No next.
So, um, I again, I buy my percentage that that, uh, that Beltran gets fired.
It's probably like 100 that I don't see how they can just justify keeping them based on the actions of the other team.
So do you think there's even a slight chance that he return? Herb begins his career as metsmanager? No, I don't believe so.
I just don't see any way that it's possible not knowing all the information, the connections, that he's ad and the way that everything else has happened.
It's look at you know what happened with the Astros and take a look at what happened with the Red Sox. and Cora.
I just can't see the Mets allowing this season to begin with Beltran at the helm.
So now I think this is gonna be a very short lived 10 year for college.
Beltran in New York.
And look, I mean, this is gonna be looked at as kind of Ah, you know, I mean, again, we don't really know the endgame toe all this.
Like what? Eventually is going to come of it.
How many people are gonna lose their jobs? How many teams had similar situations and all that stuff is, you know, we assume is going to come to, like, over the next several weeks or so.
So, um, you know, we'll figure that out and well, obviously keep updating it throughout the, you know, the investigations and all the breaking news and all that stuff.
So But in the meantime, Ah, we do want to welcome in our first our only guest today.
And that is Mr Breed and Holly.
Check R f P C Chiefs managing editor braid.
And how we doing this morning? I'm doing good.
Are you guys not too bad? Not too bad.
I think I think Mike's still here Mike.
No, no. We lost Mike Sea Air.
Sometimes when we connect with the guest, um, Mike cuts out.
So sometimes you hear, sometimes it's not.
So I'm gonna get him back on the line here.
But obviously, we're bringing on braid.
And because our ah big matchup this weekend, we got the Chiefs who got the Italians for the right to go to Super Bowl 54 1st off, congratulations.
I was hoping for a ah different match up, but I'm over it.
I'm not gonna bring it up.
Patriots are enjoying their off season and getting ready to go back to Super Bowl 55 next year in Tampa, right in my neck of the woods down here.
So, um, braid in real quick.
Um, obviously, I think the chief's come in as heavy favorites.
Um and rightfully so.
I think the times have obviously caught a lot of people by surprise.
Um, what is your biggest concern? As someone who follows the chiefs, Uh, what is your biggest concern about the Titans and what they can potentially do to upset the Chiefs? I think the biggest thing is probably Derrick Henry in the run game overall, but It's not just probably the running game, but I think it's their team as a whole day.
They really fighting all 60 minutes.
So it's gonna take, um, of full of full of, you know, very determined game and a very concentrated beam to ah, take out Tennessee.
I mean, the first time these teams met, Kansas City had the game won.
And then, you know, you have the last couple minutes he let, uh, you know, some bad play, calling her a couple other things slip away.
And then next thing you know, you Ah, you lose that game in Nashville.
So it's gonna It's a cold three minutes, and that's kind of the biggest Satan I'm looking towards.
Yeah, Obviously, one of the biggest differences from that game to this game is the quarterbacks on both sides.
I mean, at the time, it was Alex Smith and and, uh, Marcus Mariota.
I'm assuming started that game, you know, because he was the last Chiefs quarterback in and buy those rumblings on Excuse me on the other side of mike, I know my Manda mike is back in the mix.
So how you doing? Like Okay. Okay.
Have resurrected Yeah, yeah, yeah, they Thanks for joining us this morning, buddy.
Yeah, thanks for having me.
So I I don't I don't know what Ah, what you caught of this? Ah.
Started the conversation here, but ah, Braiding was talking about Derrick Henry and obviously the Russian attack against the Chiefs.
And, um, I just started bringing up the fact that the quarterback to different the last time these two teams met in the playoffs and, ah, they did meet this season, however, and, uh, obviously again, Ah, I believe this was another game that Patrick Mahomes missed.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong because I don't have a lot to me.
Ah, that was actually his first game back from injury. Okay.
All right, that's that's what I thought.
So 30 ally should just looked.
It's well, 35 30 32.
So it was a high scoring game? Certainly not something you'd expect from ah, the Titans.
Especially considering what we've seen the last two weeks in the playoffs where it's been, you know, run the ball, run the ball, throw, you know, at a bare minimum.
But those throws air generally pretty effective.
And of course, you know the ability for for Tannehill to to pick up long yardage on third and long or whatever on his legs is also a possibility.
So, um what What What are the Chiefs have to do differently? Because again, I mean, you obviously studied and watch that game and and, you know, from afar, you're thinking, How does this Titans team outscore the chief's 35 32? It just It doesn't make sense, especially from what we've seen recently.
How you know what happened in the came and what do the Chiefs have to do differently.
I think it's honestly just basic fundamentals.
The Chiefs, I think, had two fumbles in that game offensively that they lost.
And then, uh, you know, I think the biggest thing was defensively was just not making enough.
Uh, sure, Tackles.
So you're gonna have to limit the Miss tactic ALS and make sure you game tackle somebody like Derrick Henry or especially Ryan Tannehill.
They let him, uh, run loose and even run over a couple defenders in bad game.
So I think it's really the basic fundamentals, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
And like they were you gonna say some? Sorry, E.
I heard rumblings, and I wasn't sure if that was my headset just freaking out.
O R a Ah, you know, a quick pause in an attempt to say something.
So, you know, I've actually have to have just kind of been sitting back.
Good to know we're willing to give you the floor, you know that.
It's an opportunity to talk here, a brain.
I think, you know, great stuff.
And we talk about a lot about how much this Kansas City offense is so prolific, and they can strike so easily.
And they can really make things difficult on opposing defense.
The Tennessee Titans defense is playing at an elite level.
Their front seven and their linebackers have been excellent and coverage so far in the 1st 2 games.
We've seen them in the playoffs, and their secondary is played at an elite level.
Logan Ryan is one of those guys that Ian and I know very well from his time here in New England.
His playoff province and experience is so big and being able to keep a quarterback off balance.
The thing is, with Patrick Mahomes, you keep him off balance.
It almost works to his advantage When you do that to a Emma's Well, because he's so athletic and so prolific.
When you look at the matchup for this Tennessee Titans defense, what worries you the most on offense with Kansas City about being able to match up and some of the matchups that they may see who on this Tennessee defense worries you? And where do you think the they confined holds to be exploited and get scores quickly on this team? I think it's gotta be Tennessee's front seven, specifically probably peddled Landry off the edge and then just Jeffrey Simmons and drill Casey in the middle.
You know, there's been times this year where there's certain games where the offensive line gets a little lax up front for Kansas City.
So again, China, Like I said earlier, it's gonna It's gonna take all 60 minutes just to be focused in.
So, um, you know, Mahomes did a good job last week of extending employees, but, um, if he has a cleaner pocket, I think that's where the offense really gets going and takes off.
So it's gonna be it's gonna be something where, um we're probably going to see some extra lineman at times or some chips with Tell us here or even the running back.
So that's kind of where I'm looking right now, actually, and I'm glad you mentioned the running backs up.
I'm gonna mention the running back from Cannes, Kansas City.
Um, he had three touchdown, because again, it is, you know, he's a good running back.
Just, you know, when you when you're talking about the hierarchy of the chiefsoffense of weapons, he's probably at the very bottom of the list, so no one's really thinking about it.
Do you expect that type of, ah success for him on the ground to continue against? Ah, again, Mike mentioned the front seven.
You mentioned the front seven of the Times.
Do you expect that type of success on the ground? Can he be a big difference maker for this Chiefsoffense who again is obviously loaded with weapons? So But sometimes it's the unheard of guy that's gonna make the big impact.
Honestly, I think if ah, he has a big impact that maybe more from the receiving game, that's kind of what we've seen most in the playoffs.
the last two years.
And I think I saw you as like, uh, seven of his a career touchdowns in the postseason or in the last two years.
So just using him or in the in the passing game, I think is actually gonna be just as impactful.
Definitely, the Chiefs have struggled this year running the ball, But, um, you know, Williams has looked more healthy this year lately than he was earlier in the year.
So again, if the Chiefs tried to run the ball more, Um, Williams looks determined to do it right now, But yeah, I think it's just gonna be more of a dual threat ability for Williams.
Now I got I gotta ask you last week.
It's what, two minutes into the second quarter, 20 for nothing.
What? What do you think? Like what's going through your mind as obviously, someone who not only covers the chiefs and it does very, very professional, of course you know.
But it is also a fan of the team.
You know what, What? What was going through your mind? I can tell you what was going through my mind, and that was never trust the text.
I mean, just no matter what, Never trust the Texans.
So, um, I wasn't quite willing to go out, and I was I was making my jokes, but I wasn't quite willing to put myself out there.
So what were you thinking during that, uh, during that rally or right before the rally? And were there very obvious things that you saw that needed to happen for the Chiefs in terms of what they could do not necessarily breaks, obviously.
But like things they had to change to make that come back because it's impressive.
No matter how you slice it, I, uh, once the event started to make stops, I, um, like once a drum, my biggest thing was thinking, you know, if they can just get to the fourth quarter and make it close toe, they'll have a chance.
So I didn't expect 28 points in the second quarter right there.
Especially type quickly, But just just get it close to the fourth quarter.
I think they'll have a chance with this offense.
And, um but yeah, I mean, you talk about the fake punt stopped by dance or in cinnamon, obviously a kick return by Houston of all popping right out.
I mean, just so much happened so quickly.
Like you said, uh, you didn't see it coming, but, um, just as long as they could get going offensively, I thought they'd be okay.
Yeah, that that actually reminded.
And Mike, I'm sure we'll remember this game as well.
Um, there's a game the Patriots played against Miami back in 2010 and actually happen to be ready. Monsters.
Last game in that game, they scored in every way conceivable like that you could possibly score in a football game.
And at one point, it happened at, like such quick succession.
I mean, it was a punt return.
It was a block returns, you know? So I'm sitting here washing that, like, this is exactly what happened in that game.
Now the big difference was the Patriots weren't down 24. Nothing.
So it was more of a just Ah, just ah, scoring party.
And it just went off.
And, you know, again, the big thing out of that game was Randy Moss Cut, traded the next morning.
You are that Tuesday after, but that's the thing.
I I I went off a bit on Bill O'Brien earlier this week Because again, I thought the idea to punt it away O r to fade to run that fake point was was probably the stupidest decision of this entire NFL season because of the situation.
The opponent where you were at in that game, it's like you are.
You were still up 24 to 7.
It wasn't, you know, the wheels hadn't fallen off.
Yes, you gave up.
Ah, hefty kick return.
But, you know, look, they were gonna be able to score.
I actually commented.
I think that was the screen shot that you posted the other day about Patrick Holmes.
Throw which, you know, it was a It was a quote unquote rubber out and begin different terminology for different teams.
But ah, it was a quote unquote rub route.
But regardless, it was a beautiful throw.
The anticipation timing.
What not That was really a Kickstarter when you think about it, because it gave obviously the chief some confidence having to finally get on the scoreboard.
However, all the Texans had to do, and I'm not saying they still could have won this game.
This still could have dragged out throughout the entire game.
and the Chiefs could have returned.
And you know you know how to come back and won this game regardless.
Just the way it happened was just such a indictment on Bill O'Brien and this team in general.
But yeah, just to watch them make that decision and then immediately right after fumble to kick off.
I was like, Well, that's it.
I don't I don't care what happened in there.
They're losing this game.
There's not a chance in the world that the detective soon went and look, you've got to give credit to the Chiefs because again they made the place that that needed to happen.
And and as dumb as that fake punt decision was the play by Sorensen Thio make that tackle one on one was even bigger because, look, you know, we may be sitting here singing a different tune about that play because it was open.
I mean, it was there, but, you know, a Sorenson again made that split decision to ah to obviously, you know, attack the fake and he stopped and be on the line. And here we are.
You know, if the Texans are once again sitting home looking at another playoff disappointment.
So, um, I don't even need even know if I had a question in there somewhere.
If I planned on asking questions, just kind of went off and started thinking about Bill O'Brien again.
So, um, yesterday with ah with f p c Packers managing editor Kyle.
Senator, we did, are we? Well, it started five best players in this game, and it was a fun exercise, because we we kind of had, you know, some different opinions because we looked at this a little bit differently from different angles.
So, you know, we we added a little bit more stock into older players and so on and so forth.
But, um, we're gonna do that again here today.
And, uh, you know, Mike, I'm gonna put you on the spot because I need a break from talking for a second.
So I'm gonna put you on the spot, and I'm gonna have you go first.
And, you know, I screwed up yesterday, and I started with my top player.
Let's start number five and work our way down at a little suspense to this also, Mike, take it away, my friend.
All right, so at number five.
I have tight end Travis Kelsey.
You know you have to give it to Kelsey in terms of being one of the most prolific receivers in all of football.
He's capable of making plays in so many different ways.
His blocking game is always been the Achilles heel.
I think he's gotten better this year, and I will give credit where credit is due to Kelsey on that.
And I think he has been a little bit better in that department.
But in terms of being a weapon for Patrick Mahomes, definitely an amazing, amazing job by him this year.
You saw his ability to be able to take the game on his back last week with, you know, the connection that he has with my home.
So I go with number five.
I go with Travis Kelsey at number four.
I go with Tehran.
Matthew the Honey Badger.
I think he's been Grassley underrated this year.
I think really, I think snout of a Pro Bowl appearance and I think that he deserves to be in that category of being one of the better defensive backs in the league, you know, let's let's take a look 75 tackles, 12 passes, defended for interceptions, two sacks in its first season with the Chiefs.
I think he's helped this defense turn it around tremendously.
They have a new attitude, and I think it's a lot because of Tehran Matthew.
So I looked at him and I put him at my number four position at number three.
This was a tough one because it was so tough for me to pick out a guy on that Titans defense that really, really has stepped up.
I went with and I know this is a cop up, folks, but I went with Tennessee's front seven and being the best because they play as such a cohesive unit.
I don't think it's it's really it's possible to pick one guy out of that line up and say he's the reason why they play so well.
They've been attacking.
They've got after, you know Tom Brady.
They bet definitely beat the battles that they needed to win with the Patriots with their offensive line, the same thing in Baltimore.
So I look for them to continue to do that in Kansas City on Sunday and I think that may end up being what turns that died in this game one way or another.
And this is probably gonna anger brain a little bit.
I go with Patrick Holmes, uh, and that, I think, is probably a little bit of an eye opener.
Look, Mahomes is probably the most dynamic athlete in all of football right now.
You can't deny what this kid can do when you give him the ball and you allow in to make please and take the game over.
There's few, if any, that are better in football right now than Patrick bombs.
I think the only thing that gave me a little bit of reticence to put him in the number one position and you can probably guess folks where I went with the number one position is the fact that if that Tennessee Front seven can get pressure on Patrick and they can win the battles with the offensive line, which Braiding alluded to earlier that could possibly neutralize what he's able to d'oh at that point.
I look at Derrick Henry right now and I don't see too many, you know, holes in the, uh in the Indy armor right now.
When it comes to him against the Patriots.
They tried funneling him toward the middle.
Toward the end of the game.
They tried doing that in Baltimore and it didn't work and remained those adjustments.
I look at Henry and I look at this chief's defense, and I see him being able to take the game over in terms of running the football.
So that's why I went.
It's not necessarily that I believe that Henry is a better overall player than the homes.
I went with impact on this game, and I think Henry is the guy that's gonna have the biggest impact on whether his team succeeds or not.
I still think Kansas City canasta success, even if my home's isn't at 100%.
If Henry gets neutralized, that really, really limits what Tennessee can do offensively.
So that's why I went with Henry in the number one slide.
Yeah, I know that that that's an interesting taken again, that that's why we kind of left this kind of ***ue in terms of top five players because I think we all have a different interpretation because I can tell you right off the bat that my list is a little bit different, Slightly different.
Some same players.
I certainly didn't cop out like Mike did and and go for a whole defensive unit.
You know, that's that's not what I do.
I don't kind of cop out.
Okay, you know what? I I follow the example of my team that set the standard being introduced. Okay.
All right. All right.
Drake, There's no individuals here.
It's all about the team.
Failed to shame.
Look, I'm speechless.
I'm without speech right now, So without speech, I look, and I say that was great.
Come back. I'm not going to dispute that.
Especially when you get related somehow to the Patriots success.
You had me there.
So, um, you had me at being introduced as the team.
Let's just put it that way.
So without I'll go next.
And then I'll let braid in school us both because obviously he knows these teams, especially the chief's a lot better than we do.
So, huh, I and again, when it comes to importance and when it comes to ah impact on this game, I think this kind of weighs heavily on my number five Ah, player in this game and I went with defensive tackle Chris Jones.
And you know, this is a question I'm gonna you know, I'll let braid and elaborate on a little bit later because there's obviously some uncer*****y as to whether or not he's gonna be ableto play.
Obviously missed last week with the cat, I believe, is the calf issue.
So we're going to see if that, uh, you know, it is well enough for him to go this weekend.
But his impact on this game in particular and in particular and slowing down Derrick Henry ah is paramount for the chief success.
I don't think that they're gonna be able to slow him down significantly without a guy like Chris Jones clog and clogging up the middle of making plates.
So in this sense, I mean, look at the other day.
He's a great player anyways, but I think it is in terms of greatness and importance to this game.
Um, I had to put him.
I had to put him in this mix and, ah, you know, the hard thing for me on making this list was like, you know, I was thinking, Oh, should I keep it even? It's like But I was heavily pushed towards the Chiefs in this game and rightfully so.
I mean, they're they're they were the obvious favorite that the home team.
And, you know, they're littered with talent across the board, especially on offense and obviously, on some of defense.
Um, I did want to give the Titan some credit, though, and I like your selection of the honey badger.
And, you know, honestly, I agree with a lot of what you said.
I think he's had such a huge impact on the secondary.
Um, but my number four spot I went with a J.
Brown and this is this is a guy that, uh, you know, for those of you who follow the patriots like myself and Mike, he's, you know, he could potentially be You would talk about Larry Fitzgerald being the great white buffalo.
Brown might eventually be that guy.
Um, you know, New England guy grew up in the area.
Uh, obviously, I think a lot of fans were kind of pining for him.
Ah, you know, it didn't work out that way, but he's He's kind of set a really successful season over 1000 yards receiving, and you know he's become a pretty important piece of this offense.
Obviously, we talked about Derrick Henry a lot.
Ryan Tannehill, of course, but you know, A.
Brown has become a pretty, you know, big impact type of receiver.
And he's certainly guy, I think, is just just flying up the ranks in terms of the position ranking.
Brown, my guy number three Travis Kelsey.
We sit here, knocked him into and talk about you know how much, Um, you know he's not.
It's because is Gronk and and, you know, he's just kind of a big receiver and and it's not a knock.
I mean, he's great at what he does.
I mean, four straight 1000 yard seasons.
Ah, you know, obviously three touchdowns last week.
He always has an impact when he's on the field.
So number three for me has got to be Travis Kelsey.
Uh, number two Derrick Henry for a lot of the reasons Mike explained.
I mean, he just his 377 yards so far in the two playoff games that he's played.
He's been, you know, an important piece all season for the Titans led the league in rushing.
Um, obviously, it played a crucial role in Winds upset wins against New England and Baltimore.
Derrick Henry has to have, um, the biggest impact on this game from a Titan standpoint, and everything else kind of flows through him and what they do on offense along with A J.
Brown, obviously, Ryan Tannehill.
But you know, for the most part, Derrick Henry is probably the most important piece, especially again in this game, because the more you run the ball, the more you keep the number one guy out the field. That's right.
Matt Moore, number one player in this game. No, I'm joking.
Obviously, um, I have obviously, I've I've expressed how I felt about Patrick took my homes.
I think he's a very good young quarterback.
I do think there there's there.
Certain things he still has to learn in that comes with experience.
I'll be interested to see if the Titans can get a lot of consistent pressure on him and this, you know, they're they're able to hold the receivers on check.
I'll be interested to see what kind of offense he can create from his arm because again, if there's any knock on him or I don't even want to call it and knock.
But he's been afforded, Ah, nice ah, group of receivers that certainly helped his success.
And again, a lot of it has to do with his talent.
But I'm gonna be interested in see what what's gonna happen with the defense.
I could really lock down receivers and really get after the quarterback and create some havoc back there, because then you know when he's uncomfortable, that's that's when you're going to really learn a lot about him and and, uh, you know, see if he grows from it.
So it'll be interesting.
Sees a braid in school, is tell us where we're wrong and what Who are your top five? Um, so five.
I'm actually gonna go with Frank Clark.
He had three sacks last week, and, um, one player was he actually covered 42 yards.
So he's a guy that, you know.
I mean, there's still that deformed friend Clark compared person out there, but, I mean, the biggest thing is Frank Clark is a complete player, and the energy brings this defense fits perfectly with Tyrone Matthew and Steve Spagnola.
So I think if he's able to get a lot of pressure in this game, um, we saw against the page streets where sometimes retain, it'll have to roll out or face pressure.
He threw up some ducks.
So if he's able to get home in this game, I think he's gonna have a big impact.
I I think I gotta go to Travis Kelsey.
I almost wasn't gonna put him in the stop five.
But just thesis your itty blanket that he is from the homes.
Uh um, I think I just have to stick him in there again.
Three touchdowns last week.
Ah, there was someplace where, you know, just the anticipation from the homes.
Kelsey turned around.
I'm right for the ball last week, so I think we're going to see some of that again against Tennessee and zone coverage.
And then number three, I'm actually gonna say Derrick Henry.
So I mean, obviously he's the number one priority for the chief's defense to stop, but I'll say kind of more of a minute.
Well, I'm, uh, I'm putting them this low.
I think the biggest thing is with Henry obviously Islamist monstrous pace and the chief's defense.
If there's any knock on how they're playing right now, it's the run.
D you don't know maybe exactly what you're gonna get week in and week out.
So number two I'm gonna go with actually Patrick Mahomes and ah, I I, uh I don't really want to say a lot of my homes, I guess kind of.
The biggest thing is, I think whenever you have him, you're never out of the game.
Um, the guy I really want to talk about is Ryan Tannehill and I put him in number one just because if the Chiefs are able to slow down Henry to a degree and kind of, um, you know, force Tennessee to alter his game plan, it's gonna come down to what Ryan Tannehill can do with his arm.
He's not afraid to take chances on dhe throw into tight windows, but, um, it could be just a different feeling against Kansas City if he has to do that, you know, going up against secondary or the pass rush, especially if Chris Jones is back.
So, to me, I I think if Tennessee est alter plans, that's gonna be on the shoulders of Tannehill.
And, um, I'm really interested to see if that happens.
Yeah, that's that's interesting.
And who would have thought I was the only one who was gonna put bachelor number one? But, um, you know, it's funny when you when you when? How these work out.
But I actually considered I was like, you know, can I Can I put Ryan Tannehill in there? Because again, this isn't just ah, you know, he could co go off at any minute, and people point to like his little past totals the last couple weeks.
That wasn't out of, ah, lack of ability.
It was just That's how the game plan worked and, you know, good for them for committing to the game plan.
I mean, a lot of that give credit to Mike for Abel on the coaching staff or preparing them to do so.
But we know that Bryant and Health in Sling It Hey, has you know, the best passer rating in the entire year this year be based on, you know, playing just 12 games or whatever, but still, I mean, that's that's a significant chunk of the season that you maintain these numbers, so I don't think it was a fluke.
Um, I think he has some nice skill players around him.
I mentioned a deer brown in my top five.
So, um yeah, look, I can buy it, and and you're right with Patrick problems, you're never really out of it.
But at the same time, it's what's gonna happen if that that Tennessee defense plays the game.
They want to play.
And on offense, they can control the ball, and and and it's not just running, you know the ball.
To be able to control the clock like that means your quarterback has to make a couple big time third down throws or a couple Ah ah, second along, situation type throws where you have to make up those chunk yardage and then you can go back to running game.
So there is a lot on Ryan Tannehill shoulders and, uh, you know, if we know the chief's eventually they're gonna have the Titans.
They're gonna have to throw the ball.
Did match, you know, point for point or whatever.
So, uh, I think I made a great point that Ryan Tannehill is gonna be very important to the success, especially of Italians.
So I do want to go back to you and ask you real quick about the status of Chris Jones, because I should have brought it up before we did our top five players.
But ah, you know, obviously him being out of the game, I think, changes things drastically, and I think you would have to sit back and be like, Okay, how worried are you now that the Titans can really control the clock on offense? So what's the status with Jones now? And what's the, I guess, the projection of whether or not he's gonna be out there.
So he did not practice yesterday on Wednesday.
It's more of its not really a pain thing, is what the report is right now.
It's kind of just making sure if he is in a place where he can go on Sunday.
So it's kind of a weird thing where he may not even practice this week.
If he does play, it's just keeping his mind and his body right and and making sure that, um, you know, he's doing everything he can do, Ah, to play defensive tackle basically last week in, ah, warm ups.
He really didn't try to go that long.
Couldn't really push off, um, of his stand.
So Ah, the biggest thing is just making sure that, you know, he's reached the point where the team deems that he's good to go.
So again, not really a pain thing, but just something that takes a lot of monitoring bursts from the training staff.
Yeah, and and again, I think cheese fans are certainly waiting.
Thio, you know, just kind of waiting to see if he's gonna be out there, cause he will certainly be a big boost to this defense.
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So, Mike, we're winding down on yet another day of f p c radio.
And, uh, this week has flown by.
Flown by it has it really has flown by.
And I mean, you take a look at what we anticipated was gonna be a long, arduous, difficult week for us has really been the opposite.
It's been actually, it's been pretty fun to be able to sit back and objectively look at these games, you know, not have a a dog in the hunt, so to speak eyes.
It's a weird feeling, but at the same time, I think it's a different perspective, something we haven't had in a while.
Friend Humble for absolutely, absolutely humble brag it all the time.
Not since 2011 have we gone into this weekend and, uh, anticipated seeing the Patriots play in this game, but two great teams, the Titans, the chief's.
This is gonna be a very good match up.
It's amazing to me that neither one of us had Tannehill in our top five on bread and put in this number one.
And you know what? It makes such sense.
You talk about the player that really had the biggest impact on turning this team around, meaning the Tennessee Titans.
It makes perfect sense that he would be right at the top of that list, and Tannehill is consistently under the radar.
I think that's been his M o.
All of his career.
I think he's finally in a spot where you can show it would not shock me to see him have a big game on Sunday.
Yeah, and that's the thing to It's like I everyone's kind of sleeping on him because he's thrown like 10 passes.
The last two cames and, uh, you know, it would be unwise to do so, because if if need be, he conduct the ball and throw the ball.
So it'll be interesting to see that.
No, you mentioned 2011 for the patriots the last time.
You know, they were not party.
We Ah, there is a certain And I know we talked about it briefly off there, and I know you mentioned you have yet to watch it, but I did sit down yesterday and watch the entire Aaron Hernandez do***entary and, um, real quick before we get off the air for any of you out there, I highly recommend it on Netflix.
Um, you know, I remember very vividly, you know, living through this and and following the the whole story as it kind of unfolded on the news.
And they obviously showed a lot of news clips and stuff like that.
And, you know, I brought back, you know, very vivid memories of watching this unfold on TV.
I mean, we're both It was 2013.
It wasn't that, um you know, it wasn't that long ago.
We're still, uh we were We were still Ah, you know, adults.
Let's just put it that way.
We won't give away our age.
But you know, we're still very much adults at the time.
And, ah, look, it's It's a fascinating look into just all the events that kind of led up to where, where we got to eventually with Aaron Hernandez.
And you know, the overall feel and reaction that I had was, you know, look, it was just it was sad on so many levels.
It was sad for the victims, of course, I mean first and foremost.
And this do***entary does a good job of reminding us about the victims and telling us about the vic Tums and letting us learn about Odin Lloyd.
And in the two gentlemen in Boston.
Um, so again, I mean, it's it's ah when do***entaries can can relatively show both sides of the story in a very professional manner, regardless of the subject.
I mean, you know, a do***entary supposed toe.
It's supposed to be about information, not about opinion, necessarily.
And, ah, you know, again, it could be some gruesome topic about ah, horrible human being.
Um, but you wanna learn about both sides of it and everything like that, and I think that do***entary doesn't really good job of it.
And again it, you know, it brings you back to, you know, again, Ah, time in place with the Patriots that that seemed like such a long time ago.
And, you know, it was fascinating.
So I highly recommended.
I know you mentioned you're gonna try to catch it this weekend, folks, if you if you have Netflix, it's about, you know, 3 to 4 hours, it's a three part do***entary.
I would sit down, relax and just watching and be fascinated like I was, because again, I think I think it's really started to capture the attention of a lot of people He truly has.
The reviews that it's getting are amazing in terms of the story that it tells you, mentioned the ability of the story to tell Odin Lloyd and then the two gentlemen that everybody that lost their lives as a result of this and everybody that was involved in this something to really, really keep an eye on and just been amazing to the an amazing character study.
And I think that's why this subject continues to be so compelling to so many people.
Well, I mean just just on the surface that the whole summary of the of the events is just astounding.
You know, professional football player, yada, yada, yada.
Um, you know, But then you get into the more intricate parts of it, and it's like obviously we all know that you know, his fiancee was the girlfriend of voted, you know, his fiancee sister was the girlfriend of Odin Lloyd.
So you had two sisters on opposite sides of the wood.
It's just it's such a fascinating just string of events that occurred at what happened, what felt like happened so quickly, But just over a span of a few years.
So maybe we'll dive into that a little bit more on Monday or Tuesday once we're done reacting to championship weekend.
What? You've watched it, and we can really, really dissect it from that standpoint.
But until then, we're gonna have to say goodbye to you all.
And uh oh, my God, No, I just said y'all Ah, all right, You know what? That's you know, that that freaks me out more than getting gray hairs and losing my hair is saying y'all I'm not from the south from the north.
So but no, seriously, we will see you all.
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