Roger Goodell joined The Herd today, to speak with Colin in a rare radio interview ahead of the Patriots/Falcons Super Bowl in Houston. They discussed a wide range of topics that every NFL fan has on their mind.
No topic was off limits, from Tom Brady and the Patriots, to the league’s handling of the Chargers exit from San Diego to Los Angeles. Goodell even discussed how he would react if he has to hand the Lombardi Trophy to Tom Brady in Houston.
“Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats, he has been for several years. He’s on the precipice of, at least potentially, winning his 5th Super Bowl ring. He’s an extraordinary player, a great performer, and a sure-fire hall of famer. So, it would be an honor.”
The scouts and draft analysts are all over the place on Deshaun Watson. Even after beating Bama in the national championship game, some have him ranked as the third best quarterback in the draft. Dabo Sweeney just made the comment at the Senior Bowl that if teams pass on Watson, they’re passing on Michael Jordan.
Colin has also struggled to project Watson, and he still has questions about his size, and whether he can throw the ball down the field if he goes to a cold weather city like Cleveland.
He does like that he has 36 career starts, and went through a list of quarterbacks with over 30 starts that includes Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, Matt Stafford, Peyton Manning, and Dak Prescott. Busts Mark Sanchez and Akili Smith had 15 starts. Colin thinks the stats show that he has faced a variety of coaches, defenses, and environments. It’s inarguable that he’s succeeded in most of the biggest moments.
“I have seen Deshaun play Alabama, Urban Meyer, shootouts with Louisville, face Brian Kelly and Notre Dame, Bob Stoops with Oklahoma, Virginia Tech. A tremendously gifted UNC program. And he has generally been better in the biggest games.”
Colin thinks that Ben Roethlisberger’s recent comments where he spoke of retirement and criticized the team were intended for the front office’s ears. Colin observed that the varying rates of physical decline between Roethlisberger and Tom Brady have as much to do with their teams’ offensive philosophies as it does with regenerative pajamas.
The Patriots offense is mostly based on the quick game, and Brady almost never takes a seven step drop. He gets the ball out quick and mostly avoids severe punishment. Contrast that with a Steelers offense that is, and has always been based on the vertical passing game.
This means that Roethlisberger takes deeper drops to wait for the routes to develop and takes more hits. If the Steelers want to keep him around for a couple more years they should do him a favor and switch to the quick game. Again, it comes down to coaching, and you know Colin’s position on Mike Tomlin.
“The distinct, academic culture of New England has saved, and elevated their primary asset, Tom Brady. The home run, big play, over the top culture of Pittsburgh has put their primary asset in the cross-hairs.”
Roger Goodell – NFL Commissioner joins the show via phone to speak with Colin on a wide range of NFL topics, including the Chargers move to Los Angeles; the perception that he’s anti-Patriots; if there is tension between he and Robert Kraft; and how he would react to handing the Lombardi to Tom Brady.
Cris Carter – FS1 NFL analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer is in-studio to give his reaction to Colin’s interview with Roger Goodell; why he thinks he’s always in a no-win situation; why Patriots fans that think the league is after them are delusional; and why he is a believer in Deshaun Watson as an NFL quarterback prospect.
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio to react to Charles Barkley’s comments that Kawhi Leonard is the second best player in the NBA; if he agrees with Colin that LeBron should take a pay cut if he wants a deeper bench; and if the Lakers are as far away from playoff contention as Colin thinks.
Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to react to Colin’s interview with Roger Goodell; where he agreed and disagreed with the commissioner; why he disagrees with Colin’s take that diva wide receivers are overrated; and why blocking is overrated.