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Good morning, everybody.
And welcome to F P C.
Radio live It is Tuesday, February the 4th 2000 and 20.
We are a day removed from Super Bowl 54.
Ah, the excitement has started tea to settle down a little bit.
The chiefs are on their way to their parade, and ah, the 2020 NFL season is just upon us were about 170 some odd days away, and it can't come soon enough.
But what were quicker to is me introducing my coast.
That's right, Mr Rhode Island.
Mr Universe will maybe not.
Universe is gonna hit the gym a little bit more to get to that point.
But, Mike, how we doing today? Way? No, no, no.
I feel you know what? It's almost like the introductions, man.
I gotta tell you, I'm really you're really, really bringing your a game when it comes to it.
You know, I feel like Apollo Creed and Rocky four, you know, all the master of disaster, the king of staying the Count of Monte Cristo.
You know, all that stuff, you know, actually, Monty Fist.
Oh, I'm saying correct myself, but but, you know, really? I mean, it's just it's such a great way to start the day.
Thank you, my friend.
I appreciate that.
I gotta work on Cem Cem salvos to throw your way as well.
Some positives was 30. A swell.
Actually, the name was Dumas.
Yes, that was that.
Was it? Anyone who knew God's shank redemption knows what I'm talking about. If don't.
Well, that's what I said, like an idiot. But it's okay.
These introductions, really just me practicing working up.
So I'm gonna give you the ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Children of all ages.
And, you know, it was that I'm working up to it.
That's just that's just a treat.
A little little little preview of what could be coming.
But no, I'm working on it.
I'm trying not to insult you too much either.
No, I appreciate that. You know that, Mr Universe.
Yeah, You've definitely, You know, ah, gotten a little bit better with a height joke.
So I do appreciate that.
That's that's very, uh, very heartwarming.
Well, you usually that that means my mind wanders and just kind of says whatever comes to mind.
So prepare yourself, folks.
And you never know when I may spontaneously break into a voice, folks.
So you know what? We gotta spill the time somehow.
You know, it's always always good.
No. Yeah, well, look, we're excited.
Obviously, you know, the NFL season, it's it's a it's a rush.
It doesn't ever really end for us.
We're always keeping our eye on what's to come.
The draft is just a few months away.
We have free agency coming up next month.
Ah, and we're gonna talk a little bit about that, because again, this is a free agent class that is highlighted by several veteran quarterbacks.
Something you we don't really see we're in a in an era are a time in the NFL.
Wher there's a changing of the guard and I'm not talking about Oh, you know, this guy is now better than this guy and bubble over.
But now this is more or less.
The D old early 2000 draft class group of quarterbacks are starting to go away.
You know, Brady's on his last couple years, Drew Brees could potentially be done already.
We don't know yet, but you know, he could be done in the next year or so if not this year.
Philip Rivers, Eli Manning's already retired.
All those guys that I just named are free agents to S o you know, again, this is gonna be an interesting off season.
Um, I think it's gonna be a little bit more interesting to those folks out there that kind of, ah let their imaginations run wild.
Because I don't know if you saw this last night, but I I thought this was really fun.
And I, you know, speaking specifically about Tom Brady, Um, I saw that that shin to you folks out there, uh, take rumors how you hear him lightly, because again, it's, um there's this This off season so far has just lend credence to this outrageous, like we're going to take whatever we see and just run with it of mentality.
And I thought those were funny.
It was, And you know, it reminds me of the old adage about how a lie can make it halfway around the world before the truth can even get off the ground, you know, and that's Ah, that's a quote that I absolutely love to year I love to use.
I try to apply it in the way I approach my job, and I know you do to my friend I think, you know, we try to keep our feet on the ground when it comes to matters like this.
But, you know, especially in journalism.
And I know there's a lot of people that are going to say, Oh, it was spread by fans was spread by people you can't.
But I mean, this this took off this.
They were reputable journalistic sites that were reporting this that were coming out with this information.
Ah, lot of people were retweeting it.
They were they were liking it.
They were supporting it.
They were saying all my inside sources tell me the same thing that he was walking through the classroom and he was very pleased with what he saw.
I mean, obviously, this is a complete load of garbage. Yes.
You know, I I think I've told this story before about a journalism course that I took very early on in my college course that, um that, uh, you know kind of wet my feet in terms of getting me into the business.
And it was a situation where we were a signs that we had to do a story on the president of the college, and our professor very wisely put out report on this story.
The story was that he was a Gold Glove boxer, so I mean, you take a look at them that it's an actual story that actually happened.
So you take a look at how things spread.
Rumors spread like wildfire, and the media is always the conduit to stuff like this.
So it still amazes me how stories like this can get off the ground, especially.
And then that Iran, Nala Ji today and everything being at the at your fingertips, being able to validate stories almost instantly, these things still work around.
It really does speak volumes as to what the public wants to consume and why they will believe it.
If they want to believe it, they'll believe it.
Using another ****ogy of another favorite ****ogy of mine is drinking the sand.
If you want to believe something, you'll believe it, whether you want to or not, or you'll eat it up with.
You want to or not? So it is.
It's it didn't surprise me yesterday, cause I mean, that rumor was debunked pretty quickly.
Later in the evening for a couple of hours last week, it looked like it was, you know, story one that would lead the news cycle for the next two weeks.
But ultimately, you know, here we are.
So yeah, it was funny, but ultimately, much ado about nothing, folks.
No breaking news on the Brady front.
I think it's going to stay like this for quite a while until free agency starts to approach.
And then you may hear some rumblings here and there.
But from now, it's probably just gonna be either mostly quiet or these outlandish stories when they come out. So just be careful.
It's not a lie, if you believe that.
That is right, George. Absolutely.
George Costanza's words of wisdom.
It's not a lie if you believe Well, and And I think you Ah, you kind of you brushed on this briefly and kind of looting to this.
But this is, you know, this just kind of speaks to the motivation of a lot of people out there, and it's about getting at first as opposed to getting it right, because you can always, you know, backtrack.
And, you know, two days later, no one's gonna remember that you said something stupid or said something horribly inaccurate.
So, like you said, all these people, they said, Oh, no, I got I got sources that confirmed that he was there.
This that and the other.
It's just the whole bunch of B s.
Let's just put it out that way.
Because again, I've gone on record many, many, many, many times saying that I just It just doesn't make any sense for me or for him to go anywhere else.
Excuse me, but New England and everything I've heard oh, are witnessed, Ah, transpire over the last several weeks.
Whether it seems like little, uh, you know, the who Luke commercial that we talked about yesterday, which, like I said, was brilliant in my mind.
I thought that was fantastic.
Great marketing got, like a bunch of dopes roped in, you know, like, Ah, yeah, he's gonna announce his retirement on a commercial at the Super Bowl.
Really? Really? Yeah.
So, anyways, he films this commercial in Gillette.
I mean, all that stuff tells me all you need to know that the comments from Robert Kraft the comments when Brady himself these other little like, you know, tidbits coming out.
You know, that tells me all I need to know.
I don't need to hear about some rumor.
Who's some kid who thought he saw the life of Tom Brady? Turns out to be the wife of another NFL ah, future Hall of Famer current Hall of Fame.
Or so UM, yeah, it's it's It's again, it's It's this off season has brought a lot of joy and comedy in my life, but it's also brought a lot of anxiety and stress.
And not for the reason you think not because I don't think Tom Brady is going to return to the Patriots, but because it's just that takes each and every day.
It's just like I can't imagine going another, Uh, what 40 50 days would this before we get a solution? So it's gonna be tough, Mike.
It's going to be tough and again, Ian and I are definitely cautioning you guys, when you see these reports taken with a grain of salt.
First of all, check the source.
That's the most important thing. Check the source.
There are a handful of guys that actually have the insight into what Tom Brady is going to do or might do if it comes from a couple of reputable sources.
And we won't name names here but anybody, that's a Patriots fan knows who they are.
They're from the area, or they cover the T in the area.
Well, you know what, er, NBC Sports Boston's Tommy Curren is pretty dialed in to what the Brady camp is going to do now, is he? I don't know about that.
My grease of ESPN is definitely someone that I would trust a cz.
Well, Jeff Al of the athletic, thes reputable sources that no ah, lot about the inner workings of both sides, the New England Patriots and the Tom Brady camp.
And also there sources that aren't just gonna throw stuff out there just to see if it sticks against the wall.
So always consider the source when you hear these things.
But the other thing to consider, too, is take a look at the story re read it, whether or not it seems a little outlandish or ridiculous or whether it's a lot to do about nothing, Headlines can be misleading as well.
So you know it's It is it's It's gonna be, Ah, rough few weeks.
If you're a Patriots fan trying to decipher whether or not Tom Brady is leaving, going, what's going to happen? But at the end of the day, that decision's gonna get made.
Is there a chance? Yeah.
Do I believe it's a good one? No.
Well, in in that thing, I'm kind of taking the mentality off.
I'm actually kind of starting to enjoy this because I'm enjoying the ah, Judy again that the over the top, Ah, guesses and connecting of dots.
I mean, that's that's my favorite part about all this is like people become like junior detectives overnight, trying to connect dots.
And really, they're not that good.
I mean, if if they were good at it, they probably become detectives to begin with.
You know, if you had that kind of skill, Thio, you know Ah, figure stuff like that out and to me, it just it sze I feel like it's gonna be entertaining if you have the right mentality.
Like I said, I mean, even worse.
Case scenario say he doesn't return.
I mean, it is what it is.
It's It's, you know, I'm not gonna, you know, hibernate for two.
I mean, I can't I gotta work, you know? Gotta make money, you know, So I can run a but, you know, really, to me, I know all the confidence, the world that he returns.
And it all seems like it's heading out there and anyone who, like I said, just those these teams up against the wall, I just I feel like that's all you're doing is you're just kind of guessing.
And And, you know, at this point, like I said yesterday, you know, after that report that the Raiders would be interested in Ah, I got a list right here.
Probably not Jacksonville Jaguars.
You'd probably have to consider it because, hey, I'd rather have two years of Tom Brady than probably the next two years of Baker Mayfield.
New York Jets? Probably.
You know, Raiders. Absolutely.
Tampa Bay, Buck.
Absolutely. Denver Broncos.
Probably not Cowboys Now.
Stores have a choice between Ben Roethlisberger, Ah ah, Mason Rudolph and Tom Brady.
I'll take Tom Brady, but then again, you know not because they do have been Roth's burger.
Ah, Eagles. Probably not Titans.
Well, we were just talking about the Titans.
Oh my God! If the Bears get somehow, ditch Travis Key and get Tom Brady for the next couple of years with the defense.
There you go. You're Super Bowl contender.
Oh, I'd be only for Daddy.
And yet the bear now, if he could If there's a way, if there's a way that we could somehow swing time ready to come to Chicago and be able to lead this team down the primrose path towards the Super Bowl, I'm off fourth especially.
Especially if Coach Dica comes out of retirement.
That would be unfair, fared in the league, because these Bears would be every team by at least 55 points.
There's that's right, and see, that's a possibility.
Um, Houston? Probably not Minnesota.
Probably not see, I don't know.
Can City, obviously no Green Bay.
If I was comparing day, I'd do it.
But You know, I think I'm a little biased.
Uh, and then 40 40 Niners.
Look, if you had a choice, I said it yesterday.
If Tom Brady's under center for the 40 Niners yesterday, that 40 Niners win the Super Bowl or on Sunday 40 Niners, one Super Bowl and, Ah, Baltimore.
Probably not because of Lamar Jackson.
So I just named about 2/3 of the league that basically just teams that don't have young franchise quarterbacks.
And the only reason why you wouldn't take Tom Brady in that sense is because of the age, because you do have that longevity with those young quarterbacks.
So, uh, to me, when when news like that comes out like the the Oakland Raiders, you know that that's smart.
That they'd be pursuing Tom Brady doesn't mean that Tom Brady's gonna be pursuing them, are gonna be open to joining them.
It just means what I've been saying for so long that Tom Brady still is Tom Brady.
I don't want to hear about, but we fell off the cliff or he's not the same bubble belive it.
This kind of the that's a lot in life.
I chose Mike, that's that's That's the task I was I was given, Ah, that is to consistently stand on top of that hill and I will until the day I die because I have a feeling Tom Brady is gonna be a subject of conversation until that day, Um, and I plan on living to be 150 so, you know, you do the math.
Ah, anyway, So again, to me, it just speaks to what I've been saying.
Ah, we've been kind of saying about time in general and what generally the NFL probably feels about him and by the NFL.
I mean actual talent evaluators and people who make decisions on personnel.
And that's Tom Brady, still a **** good quarterback.
And he's still probably one of the top handful in this league.
I don't you know, So ah, but at the end of day, he's gonna end up going back to New England because New England's gonna give the money they're gonna give him, most importantly, the tools in which to win another Super Bowl.
And, uh, we go back to last year and everyone wants to criticize what he had and rightfully so.
I mean, by the end of the year.
Um, we could see the big picture of how there was no consistency.
There was no ah rhythm in the offense in terms of getting the right players in the right position consistently, week in and week out.
A lot of that had to do with the, you know, personnel changing, but, um, patriots tried.
They tried to do it.
I mean, let's not forget that, you know, they went out and I mean, how can we forget? But, ah, they went out and signed Antonio Brown.
They had Josh Gordon.
They, you know, they tried to, ah, bring in Adam Humphreys.
They looked at other receivers.
And I think in hindsight, you look at you know how long it took Rob Gronkowski to to announce his retirement.
You know, that hurt them.
I mean, by the time he did that made it official, it was, you know, well into free agency.
So again, it's it's it's not for a lack of trying.
So I think the Patriots will certainly give him the the best options or best, ah, situation to win another Super Bowl.
And that's Oh, that's been the case since Day one in my mind, and I don't think that's ever changed at any point.
This off season.
And I think you you nail it.
Do you absolutely nailed it when it comes to Ah, something like that.
Look, you know, bottom line, is he still statistically one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league? Accuracy is not something that you can just throwaway give you much.
Yeah, well, I'll tell ya, it's not completion percentage.
Yeah, that's because there's there's other factors that you know don't really factor into that.
Regrets to that.
But in terms of accuracy and in terms of how he's been able to throw the ball, Brady's arm is still very solid.
This footwork is still solid.
I mean, those are the things that you look at When it comes to a decline in quarterback play.
People will point to Peyton Manning at the end of his career.
You know, Peyton was throwing up ducks.
There's no question about it, you know, he was make the argument that maybe he wasn't really the same quarterback after the next surgery.
I know he add that prolific season in Denver, and it was one of the greatest seasons a quarterback has ever had.
But at the same time, you also looked at that, and that was really the beginning of the end for for Peyton.
I think that was his.
I think that was everything.
Yeah, to make that season happen, I could see that decline in Brady.
I don't see that, you know, type of physical limitation that really is gonna prevent him from being a good quarterback or a great quarterback in this league.
There were a lot of factors that really, I think, factored into M having the difficulties that he had last year, most of which was execution.
The execution on the Patriots skill position players was not there.
It wasn't the talent level that they had.
They actually saw on the the offense as a whole, not just the quarterback.
He has to shoulder some of the blame for that well, but not all of it.
And that's something that with time, with maybe a little bit of an increase, getting the veteran presence in the inn, that that skill position set, especially in the wide receiver corps.
I think that could go a long way toward improving Brady's play in 2020.
So, yeah, I don't see a decline, and that will not be the reason why he's not pursued.
You hear about all these teams falling all over themselves, to try to get in position, to be able to bring him in.
There's a reason for it, folks.
They know Tom Brady is not done.
Most importantly, Tom Brady knows Tom Brady's not done.
Yeah, and and again, he's been again. Yeah, you have to.
You have to have your head buried in the sand for the last five or six years.
To think that there was no that there was a chance that he was going to retire this offseason.
Um, he he's been saying for a while.
40 five's a goal, and it kind of lines up with what we think is certainly the most logical, uh, move for both these and and that's a a two year deal, probably around 25 to 30 year.
And that number came out this this week that the Patriots are willing to pay that number, and and to me that that was the only outside chance that, you know, maybe he doesn't come back.
Is if the Patriots aren't willing to spend on him.
That's not to say that he wants that money.
I'm just saying that if the Patriots decided that, hey, we're going to stick to a very hard number and if that's not the case and we're gonna move on, this tells me that they're going to do whatever it takes, bring him back and I don't think it's gonna take a lot of Aah! Financial negotiations.
And from what we've heard, it seems like it's more about what's going to be out there for him.
Because, you know, again at age 43 when when the season kicks off this spring are this fall, Um, he's not gonna want to go through another.
Ah, you know, plug and play type situation where you're just distance.
See, he wants that, um, you know, town across the board to be able to make plays, things that just weren't available this season for him and the Patriots.
So, um, you know, like it's I I have a feeling that it's going to Ah, it's going to, um, work out pretty favorably for both Tom and the Patriots.
And again, it'll be interesting to see what they decide they want to kind of pursue in the off season and how they're gonna build this team.
I mean, look, they're not that far off, you know, let's not judge to kill Harry on the last half a season.
I mean, this is a kid coming off an injury in his work a year.
Given full, healthy offseason, working with Tom Brady and playing 16 games, we could be singing a whole different tune about him at the end of next year.
Um, and he could be that guy.
And then you know what that means.
You just need to probably another, you know, maybe a receiver in a tight end.
And you got something going because presumably I think they're expecting David Andrews to be back.
I don't I feel like we would have heard something of the sort that maybe he wasn't going to come back at some point this season if if the medical issue had had really not improved.
And it seems like, you know, he went through what he's had to go through, and you know what, he'll be back.
Ah, and if he's back that that improves the offensive line.
Ah, you know, instantly.
Of course you're going to still have questions about who's gonna fill Joe Tooni spot if he moves on.
But you know, again, we've seen this time and time again.
Who's gonna fill in for Logan Mankins? Who's gonna fill in for Matt Light? Who's going to take over for Bryan Stork, Whose you know what I mean.
So all right, obviously the one caveat being, you know, no more Dante Scarnecchia.
But again, if you if you if you truly believe in how good this franchise has been, you know that they have the coaching on the staff to make up for it, so are they gonna be Dante? Not quite, But there's there's adequate personnel on the staff to get you get the most out of whatever offensive line that they have out there, so really, I mean, it's not that far off, but it isn't.
And I'm glad that you brought that up about Scar, Nicky, because I mean, look, there are a few of this team is probably one of the key links to the early days of the dynasty.
Before it was a dynasty, back when Bill Parcells was coaching and he goes back to **** MacPherson, even Rod Rust back in the day.
So I mean, there are There are definite, you know, ties to this area that Dante Scar Neck is at and his mark on the offensive line in the for the New England Patriots was absolutely indelible.
But this is something that the coaching staff had planned on.
This is something that the coaching staff had known was a possibility.
They were hoping that maybe Dante would want to come back and give it a go for one more run.
But they knew that it was likely that he was probably going to be walking away.
So there were a lot of people that we're looking at, You know, um this is as a possibility for New England and they've planned for this contingency.
So this is not something that caught them off guard.
I laugh at the reports about people saying, Oh, whoa, This is an indication that time is not coming back because Dante would definitely come back.
Tom was gonna be there, and he'd want one more running a ring.
That's not what's motivating Dante Scarnecchia.
At this point, he's got his Super Bowl rings.
He's got his cloud.
He's got everything he needs.
What he needs now is time with his family, and that's what this is all about.
So if you think this is some sort of reading in the tea leaves to what Tom Brady is going to d'oh, I don't know, folks.
I've got some, you know, some beachfront property and, you know, in the middle part of America that maybe you'd be interested in buying.
So, you know, to me, it's just it's one of those things where you look at it, take it for what it's worth and, you know, we'll see what happens with that.
But I agree with you on Andrews.
I think he will be back.
I think they're gonna need him back, because I do believe they will lose Joe Tony as a result of free agency.
I think he's in line for a big payday and he will get it.
You can't blame him for that.
So that old line is gonna have a little bit of a different feel next year, but still doesn't mean it's not gonna be a formidable line.
A lot of these guys, the younger guys are starting to come into their own as well.
Yeah, abs, Absolutely.
And and again to, you know, everyone out there speculating.
Go ahead, have fun.
Speculate all you want, but, um, at the UN today, it's actually quite boring how this is gonna play out, and I think it's gonna be home yet. Everyone.
We we all knew you eventually he was gonna go back all the spec, you know, needed.
You guys were all bought into it.
All this national programming, like, Oh, I think the chargers air.
Why? Why? I ask every single time.
Why? I mean, I don't get me wrong.
I love this song.
Um, and I you know, I could you know, maybe Maybe that was the reason I buy that.
Maybe that's a little bit ridiculous, but, um, you know, look, it just it doesn't make sense.
See, that would be and look, if, ah, the off chance that he ended up going to the charges that would just open up the door for me to play that every single every single week.
And and truly, the Chargers would dazzle with their play with, you know, with him in there.
So, um but, uh, no, I'm not gonna do the whole song, E.
I know we have to kill some time at some point, but I'm not gonna do the whole song.
Oh, it we'll see.
But speaking of, ah, the Chargers and ah, quarterbacking the Chargers, the former quarterback of the Chargers, Philip Rivers.
We know he isn't going back to San Diego or Los Angeles or wherever.
Um, I brought up the possibility that perhaps maybe Indianapolis might be a good spot for him if they decide that Jacoby percent is just not that the the bridge that they want to the next guy.
And I still think that I still think, you know, everyone's talking about Tampa this Tampa that I honestly, I think ultimately Ah, Jamis Winston is going to get one more year in Tampa.
Um, because I mean, I think at the end of the day, if you were to choose, you know, if you if you were to pick Philip Rivers over Jamis Winston, I don't really think it's that much of an upgrade, if you know what I mean.
Also, you know, it's kind of anything a lateral move with the older quarterback, where you could probably just get away with, you know, franchise tagging Jameis Winston or what? Our over that.
I'm not sure if he's even eligible for that, but I assume he is.
Keep him for one more year, Try to figure it out under Bruce Arians.
If not, move on after next year and a day that point.
You know, you kind of you can sit here and say, Look, we we gave him every opportunity to Thio turned his career around and just didn't work here.
So, um, although again I could still see them going into Philip Rivers direction as well.
I just don't think it's that much of an upgrade, however, for Indianapolis.
Ah, I I feel like it could be a decent move for him, because again, it's not.
It's a team that has a very, very good offensive line that plays indoors.
Least nine times out of the year because you play Houston a cZ well in Houston, which is also a dome.
So when it comes to veteran quarterbacks, Indy seems to be, you know, for quarterbacks that are obviously on the move.
I mean, this this situation would be best for Comet's best for Philip because of, you know, he's going to have to if he wants to play play for a new team, and I just the more I think about it, just if I feel like it makes sense, it would be a good fit, you know? Just tow just to get a veteran in there.
Because Indy certainly isn't don't as much as they may.
Like Jacoby, Burr said.
I just don't I can't believe that.
They think he's a long term solution, and I love Jacoby percent to I just don't think he is, either.
I mean, he wasn't He was never drafted to be a starter in this league.
At least I don't think so.
Um, so, you know? Yeah, Well, say what do you think? What do you think? I have a tendency to agree with you on this one with Philip Rivers.
I think Indianapolis gives him a great honor.
Well, hey, that kind, actually, pretty well.
Good to see you. Kind of know the rules. You have to agree with me.
That's that's good.
I don't give them, would rather listen to ask.
Yeah, going anyway.
But But Ah, no, seriously, I do believe that, um, Indianapolis a good fit for Philip.
I mean, if you want to take a look at the type of style that he plays, you want to take a look at the type of receivers and talent around him that he would need to be able to succeed.
That's a team with a very formidable running game.
Without any question, Marlon Mack is a very good runner.
They have the ability to suit their offense around him and allow him to succeed.
Now the question is, does Philip have much left in the tank? We saw him in Los Angeles with a pretty good supporting cast that a lot of people forget that you takina now and you got 100.
Henry, you got Austin a killer.
You had Melvin Gordon for awhile as well.
These aren't exactly just also rans in the NFL is pretty good.
Uh, core of ah ah, skill position players.
That can really help you succeed.
So ah, lot of it is going to depend on how Philip is gonna be able to play what he's gonna be able to do and what type of player he could be going forward.
I think it's a good fit logistically, but again, we'll see.
As for Jacoby, I agree with you on a lot of things that you said.
But keep in mind that Jacoby percent was playing at a relatively high level before he had that kind of freak injury earlier on in the season.
Or he was never the same quarterback after that.
So maybe Indianapolis looks at that and says, Well, we're going to We're gonna ride with Jacoby because we believe that when he was playing at a high level, we were in contention.
We were playing pretty well, and we believe that the best is yet to come with him.
I think he has the seasoning and definitely the intelligence to be a very good quarterback in this league.
Bill Belichick son Jacoby is praises pretty strongly when he was traded and you know, during his time here they thought a lot of him in order to be able to bring him in.
He's a quarterback that definitely can play in this league.
Now is he a long term solution as a starter.
I think you're probably right on that.
I don't know if maybe he was ever drafted to be a starter, But sometimes life has a way of ending you.
You're right, your next assignment, and it's something that maybe you weren't even ready for it.
So I think he's up to the challenge.
I don't think it's necessarily something that Indy would want if it was their first option, but they may look at it and say, You know what? We're better rolling with with Jacoby percent who we know played at a high level.
And if he's healthy and he can recover, we can roll with him a little bit better than maybe a Philip Rivers that doesn't have much left in the thing.
Yeah, And you, you brought up Ah, Marlon Mack.
Apparently they're reportedly working on a extension, so ah, here.
He'd be an important pieces.
Well, and look, they have a lot of money to spend.
So, um, regardless of what they have now, they can make their team better.
This is with adding a quarterback if they so choose and and, you know, you talked about the talent in San Diego are in Los Angeles, and I agree.
I mean, he certainly wasn't void of that there.
I just I felt like for whatever reason, in Los Angeles, something always went wrong.
We had the, you know, the Melvin Gordon.
Hold out that the injuries upon injuries and things just never, you know, we talked about the Patriots struggling to find continuity.
I felt like San Diego just never found it.
Now again, I think anyone out there that that even suggested Ah, Philip Rivers to New England that I was I would laugh in your face because I think that is a massive downgrade.
And for all those people out there that are trying to ah, frame Brady's play as a guy that has fallen off.
I mean, basically, what they're doing is describing Philip Rivers now.
That's not to say he's not a, you know, still a veteran, you know, experienced quarterback that can help another team out.
But, um, again, I just t me.
It just speaks to the talent disparity in the disparity and overall success that Brady and Philip Rivers have had in their careers, and it's look Brady has always been the better quarterback, and he's still the better quarterback.
So anyone finding T bring Philip Rivers to New England is just, you know you're in for a treat if if that's what you really want, because you're going to see a far worse quarterback play, Um, but in Indianapolis and a division that's fairly wide open Ah, again, I don't think any of us will sit here and ah, trust the text.
I mean, this the same old thing.
I said it all last year.
I won't trust the Texans until they took it in the playoffs.
And guess what? They failed spectacularly again.
So same old Texans.
I don't trust them.
You know, it depends on who their quarterback is going to be.
We'll talk about that in just a second.
And, uh, Dorma messing here.
Tennessee. Ah, Jacksonville.
Yeah, that's right. Jacksonville.
Who? You know, Who cares like that? That's why I forgot.
Like I mean, you know, it's just the group that goes around mutilating squirrels.
No, no, I believe it is.
I believe it is, Frank.
I believe it might be a way we don't know what garden didn't you also in the spirits.
I'm so you know, we have to know Just getting folks. I'm kidding.
They certainly do go around mutilating careers.
I'll give him that.
So, again, this division is wide open.
Ah, Indy, I think even now is probably the the most balanced team.
In my opinion, I think Texans have a lot of work that they have to. D'oh.
So you had a guy like Philip Rivers, and maybe maybe you get just enough squeezed just enough out of him.
Um, Thio have a pretty successful season, so we'll see.
And again, this is all a part of the intrigue because it's it's gonna be an interesting free agent, period.
And it's it's definitely some a little bit different than what we're used to, because oh, yeah, you know, free agent quarterbacks go on the market all the time, But, you know, for the most part, you're not talking about, you know, two for certain that are Hall of Famers.
And in Drew Brees and Tom Brady, I wouldn't put Philip Rivers in, but then again, I mean this'll whole Hall of Fame nonsense is just It's exactly what it is.
It's nonsense, and I almost don't even want to get into the Hall of Fame right now because we only have 19 minutes left and I feel like this is a the discussion that could take Ah little bit longer than that because, you know, definitely could have a lot of really good, very strong feelings about it.
I'm into between snubs and lead ins.
I'll tell you what, Maybe it's a conversation for another day. Mike.
Yes, maybe we should just a little bit.
Let's just let's just put it this way.
I agree with everything that Deon Sanders says about it.
Um, I think they let too many people, and I think it's the Hall of very good players and not the Hall of Fame.
But again, you know, that's May and, uh, and I always rant on Hall of Fame's This is this is obviously this is true across the board.
This isn't just a football Hall of Fame, um, or, you know, I talked about this with baseball.
Talk about this Well, I guess proud.
Probably not so much hockey and ah N B A.
Just because baseball and football Hall of Fame's air generally the more, um in more in the public eye usually get the most pressing and coverage when it comes to a full press coverage.
Get it? Huh? He said it.
I wouldn't even plan if you could buy stammering of my words.
Ah, so yeah, so we can talk about that.
We're gonna have plenty of time to talk about all this stuff.
I'm sure we'll talk about it as we get closer to August in the Hall of Fame game, and we see these guys actually get inducted.
But, um, I I mentioned another ah team in the NFC South, and that's the Tennessee Titans.
And, you know, I was, um this'll be two points two points here because I thought it was, you know.
So they announced the NFL awards.
Um, this ah report the night before the Super Bowl is that you always do and Ryan Tannehill want Comeback Player of the Year.
And I didn't necessarily agree with that, because and this is not a slight on his season.
He had a really fantastic season.
We were singing his praises for much of the second half of the season.
Um, I just I just don't understand what he came back from like, Did you come, madam? Gays? Yeah.
You know what? Uh I've been waiting for you to bring that up, so I could see you know what? I've I wish I was on this page because I would have been perfect timing, but yeah, you know what? I changed my mind.
My points over all my points done.
Uh, he came back from Adam.
And you know what? I know you think I'm joking, but I You know what? I think that's a legitimate case, but Oh, that's good.
You know what? That's it. We're done, folks.
Ah, that you know that we get our peak there were taken off here, but no.
All incredible jokes aside, uh, it makes sense for for ah can a hill to to go back to center.
See what it doesn't make sense is for him to win comeback player of the year.
I I did think it should have gone to Jimmy Garoppolo considering E Yeah, I agree with you coming littering the comeback from an A C. L surgery.
I mean, I joke about, you know, about about gays and and what not but I mean, Tannehill didn't have an over, you know, he came back from a season last year.
That wasn't, you know exactly.
I mean, they're performing the comeback player.
Edward Years is really designed for someone that, like you, said, like someone that comes back from a devastating injury or someone that comes back from you, the retirement or something that kept them off of the field that allows them to return and perform at a high level right off the bat.
To me, that's more of a comeback player of the year.
Ryan Tannehill was still active and still, you know, So I mean, yeah, that sze just yet to me, it just that it surprises me a little bit.
But, you know, ultimately, I guess I can see why they why they gave the award to him.
They say postseason is not supposed to factor in.
I think it did a little bit, Uh, not so much because of the way he played, but just because of the publicity and everything that the Titans got, so you know, I mean, all in all it's it's something that doesn't really doesn't anger me to the point of, ah, really standing on the soapbox, but I think it should have gone to Jimmy Garoppolo.
I think that would have been a good fit for it, especially with the injury he ad and the season he had bringing the San Francisco 40 Niners to within an eyelash of winning.
Ah, world championship.
I mean, that could have been a really good story as well.
But I agree with you on Montana.
Hell, I I think he had a tremendous second after the season was great for the Titans.
One of the big reasons why they were a successful as they were, but Comeback Player of the year.
I just don't see it.
Yeah, and and looking, you said it best.
I mean, we're not talking about his performance.
It was great knowledge just in the spirit of the award.
I just don't think it fits it, however, that I say this to to to move on to our similar very similar topic.
And that's what is Tennessee do from the ah free for, you know, at the quarterback position out mentioned at top of show, um, be weary folks out.
There was speculation, especially when it comes to Tom Brady because it's a little bit rampant.
And, you know, the speculation that, um, he was going to go to Tennessee is pretty much been debunked.
Unless you're just not going to give up this this pipe dream or whatever, but ah, so in my eyes, it makes total sense for an and And you know what? I'm gonna pat myself a little bit on the back because I asked this question months ago.
Really? Well, maybe November.
Let's save November.
Ballpark it, Do the do the Titans, give Ryan Tannehill a contract extension.
And, you know, at the time you like No, not you.
I'm saying just, you know, it was a question.
I think now there's no question you have to give him, you know, it's not gonna be.
I don't think it's gonna be a six year, you know, big contract.
I mean, I think, you know, given his age and kind of where he's, you know, how he's come up, I think three, maybe three years, a decent amount of money for him.
I think you're a good team with with him as quarterback and especially with one ah, where he's going to come into the season as a starter and like you said, he's he's he's away from Adam Gay.
So it seems to be pretty good.
Yeah, it's a win win situation.
I mean, they're starting to be, uh, you know, if you want to talk about rumors or you want to talk about, you know, smatterings of things that are starting to trickle out a little bit, there's indications that that is the direction that the Tennessee Titans air heading in.
I think a lot of people were saying all about the Brady rumors, and you know, they're very Tennessee seems to be very enamored with Ryan and the way he does business there, the way he's able to take that team and what he's been able to do with the talent around him.
Obviously, the big question about Tennessee is whether or not they're going to be able to get Derrick Henry back into the fold and you have to think that's probably already won.
And you have to think that Tannehill is Priority one, eh? If they could bring those two guys back, all of a sudden, you're looking at a nucleus that was in the NFC championship game this is not a team that's just an also ran here.
They're gonna be in the thick of things, and they're gonna be in contention very much in contention in 2020.
So you want to try to take that corn nucleus and keep that together as long as you possibly can.
I think a good way to do that is to bring back Ryan Tannehill because it creates stability and not for anything.
But we've seen what he can do in that system.
You don't think it's a situation where there's any uncer*****y or any type of you know, um, squeamishness on their part about whether or not he can lead this team? He can definitely do it.
The one thing that I worry about with Tana Hell is where teams Maybe a little bit taken off guard by the fact that he can play in this system.
Now teams are gonna be game planning for him.
They're gonna be looking at film, and they're gonna be saying, Okay, well, here you go.
Now we know what he's going to do.
Maybe we were a little bit off guard before because we figured Oh, yeah. Ryan Tannehill.
Yeah. Okay. We saw the New England used to do to end.
All we have to do is do this Bing, Bing, bing and we're fine.
All of a sudden, he's gonna be a guy that teams were game planning for, and that could be a whole new game for the Tennessee Titans this year.
So it's gonna be up to Ryan Tannehill to elevate his game.
The great quarterbacks in the league know that they're being game planned for they need to adjust.
They need to make adjustments.
We talked about Tom Brady all the time.
I'll talk about someone else.
I'll talk about the reigning Super Bowl M V P.
I was impressed by the way Mahomes adjusted his game a little, but this year spent became a more cerebral quarterback, and I think that helped him down the stretch.
I think that helped him in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl and allowed him to be able to see the field a little bit of a different way.
Maybe not make some of those, you know, athletic and aesthetically pleasing runs that everybody loves to see and they love to fawn all over to me.
The more impressive throws that my home's makes our short intermediate throws, that air smart that advanced the ball and then hit the open man.
To me, that's what makes you a great quarterback.
A lot of people can make the athletic throws that makes you an athletic quarterback, makes you a fun quarterback tow watch.
But at the end of the day, not a lot of those guys win championships because they write checks that their body can't cash.
Holmes did a great job of being able to adjust this year.
That's what makes him one of the great ones.
Folks can a guy and I'm not putting Tannehill in that class.
So please, before anybody rolls their eyes, I'm not comparing Tonto Ultima Homes.
But if Tannehill wants to be a top flight quarterback in this league, he's gonna have to adjust his game a little bit this year because teams are gonna be more ready for him this year than they were last year.
Did you say something about not being in cash? A lot of guys, you know, always cashes checks is everybody's got a price, huh? Any loose, it'll be on TV on a Tuesday morning I gotta end it.
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See, it comes right back to Ted, and yet it's all day. Ta.
You know what Ted talk might be? I don't know about Ted Tuesday. I don't know.
We'll look into that. We'll find that out.
Let me, uh, let me let me look into it.
You know, maybe maybe there's like a podcast about Ted Kaczynski or Ted Bundy.
It's a Ted Ted Bundy, Ted D B.
Jassi Thio water.
I mean, you know, all this got some questions and I said it last week and I'll say it again.
I'm starting to get a just a gut feeling, which means it's probably gonna be false because I was horribly off on my Super Bowl predictions.
But so good news, Bad news for ST Hans.
I'm starting to get the feeling that you're breeze is gonna hang him up and Thio I think about it.
That's concerning to Maybe because I feel like, you know, if he, uh because he did say earlier in the season that he wants to play, um, later into his forties.
But t to have already kind of backtrack a little bit on that, are I guess, ah lessens his dance on that kind is concerning fact that he's, you know, that story came.
That means you're already kind of got one foot out the door, and it doesn't mean he's mentally checked out or anything like that.
It's just, you know, again, once you start thinking about the process has begun, you can't un think about it.
You know, you're never gonna go back to that.
I mean, you know that we're talking professional sports because trust me, I've been thinking about retirement for years, and I'm nowhere close to that.
So, yes, Ian tried to file for Social Security at 8 30 folks, they would not allow him to do it.
But, you know, that's why we're here.
Yeah, well, I tried.
I Like I said, I got to jump start onto it.
I made the move part first.
I'm just working on the money, so I'm already down to Florida.
I just need Thea the nest egg s Oh, it's It's coming. It's coming.
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I'm almost got him cattle.
And a Cadillac was right.
You got the cattle from Jack Klompus.
Make sure you cleaned it out.
That ended up in the river.
Well, Jason to Del Boca Vista.
I I got a car battery for it.
No rivers, no gators.
Yes, but I don't even know we're talking about Oh, yeah.
Free office, Dell.
Bulk of uh um, no, we're talking about Sanson and their quarterback conundrum.
And again, I like I said, I'm starting to get a little bit of a gut feeling that maybe Drew Brees hangs them up after this year.
In which case you would imagine they'd have toe, they'd have to put their money into Teddy Bridgewater.
Um, because again, that's a team that I don't think would be a good fit for Philip Rivers.
You know what I mean? Like they're certain teams that I feel like would be good.
I think Indianapolis, given their current situation where there are as a franchise, is a good fit for Philip Rivers, New Orleans, where they are at.
I don't think is a good fit because I don't think he's as Philip is as adaptable.
It's true Breezes.
And when it comes to ah, unique play calls and play designs and stuff like that where Drew Brees can kind of take a step back and all that and let you know Taysom Hill do something or Teddy Bridgewater do something or one of these other players on this team.
So, um so for the same t there, Drew Brees are you know, basically what you have is a backup, but you if I were them, I would hope that you would get that answer pretty soon because you don't want this lingering too far into the offseason.
And if I'm the Saints, I definitely want that in.
If Drew Brees does walk away and hangs them, but I don't see them replacing him with Philip Rivers, I think they'll go with Teddy Bridgewater.
You know we could play in the system.
They know he can fit with the talent they have around him, and to me, I think that would be most logical step.
But I'm not so sure Drew is ready to hang up.
I think you're on to something.
It comes to that.
I think it's more likely that he does that. He doesn't.
But I still think there might be some competitive fire left in Drew Brees.
To maybe get that elusive last ring and know that this team is well put together enough to be able to make that run.
Maybe it's week or two here, and there may be a couple of defensive improvements I might be able to get them.
You know where they need to be and have them playing at a high level once again.
So, yeah, I think there's a lot of questions surrounding that.
But ultimately it's gonna be interesting to see.
And that's why the off season there is no off season.
There's no days off, keep plugging away.
We keep going on and we keep bringing you.
The content is only we can do it absolutely, absolutely, and with that said, we're winding down here on a choose the addition of BC radio and, uh, you know, real quick, you know, we're ruled shift gears real quick just because I want to bring it up.
And we talked briefly off the air about this, and anyone who grew up in the nineties will know exactly what we're talking about her or lived, you know? Ah, you know, remember life in the nineties.
Let's put it that way.
Everyone knows that McDonald's monopoly game.
Well, the HBO and I recommend anyone who who is interested in stuff like this, like I am like do***entaries and fraud and all that stuff not committing it just learning about it.
No, I t Oh, no, no. I get that.
You wouldn't You wouldn't find me on first things subject to you guys to to myself, committing fraud by going on that show.
Look, check it out.
It's a fascinating story for those who don't know.
Ah, the monopoly game.
Uh, everyone who played it thought they had a chance to win, but this was actually just a massive, massive internal fraud.
It's a fascinating story that I knew about going into it.
And I know you obviously remember Monopoly.
I mean, we're in our thirties. Of course.
We remember the monopoly game And Donald, I mean, it was Amini.
I I mean, it was it was every year or so big, but, you know, to find out that it was all just kind of a big jerk around his It was funny at the time.
And I'm fascinated to learn more about it in this do***ent, because HBO always does a pretty pretty **** good job on these things.
Yeah, they really and truly do.
I haven't actually seen the do***entary yet.
I've heard a little bit about it smatterings here and there.
This is something that does intrigue me, because I do remember that game.
And I remember people falling all over themselves to try to collect.
I mean, there were all these pieces and trading them back and forth.
This was a bigger phenomenon that I think may be a lot of people want to admit maybe they don't want to admit that they ate at McDonald's.
That many funds? I don't know.
This right? Did.
I mean I was a kid? Yeah. I mean, everybody.
I mean, especially as a kid.
You're into it because they give you that.
But I believe they give you that.
And, you know, there's so many opportunities to win and all these prizes and you look at hey, I could win a dream home hero are both, You know, there's so much unbelievable.
You know, the word on the time you read.
You know, you have to say that I have to save it for running Wednesday, you know, but But in any case, it's great do***entary.
And I'm glad that you brought that up.
I'm definitely going to check it out.
I think we should highly recommend it.
I give it my ah, my two thumbs up.
You know, if that carries any weight with you people, Um I guess I guess use it to your discretion, but yeah, it's I don't know how many parts it is, but I know the first episode aired last night.
Um, so I'm assuming every Sunday, so good stuff.
And, uh, I'm sure we'll mention that, because again, that sze fascinating to me I love that type of stuff.
Maybe Maybe Monday it will be our little recap about McDonald's MK millions Monday.
There we go say that six times fast, but actually don't have time.
We don't have time for you to say that, because the show is winding down.
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