Seattle beating New England on the road on Sunday night was one of the best games of the year. Colin says it was a Super Bowl preview with the two best teams in the NFL. He was most impressed with Seattle’s consistency to be able to go on the road to New England on a short week and play at such a high level. Colin thinks their aggressive, attacking defense, and offense led by Russell Wilson, travels well, and they can beat anyone, anywhere.
“Last night, you were watching the Super Bowl. Those are the two best teams.”
The Steelers lost 35-30 at home to the Cowboys yesterday, and after the game Ben Roethlisberger called out the Steelers coaching staff. Colin thinks there’s a big problem in Pittsburgh when the franchise quarterback is calling out the head coach. The Steelers are inconsistent and undisciplined, and Mike Tomlin deserves a huge portion of the blame. The only thing Mike Tomlin has going for him at this point, is the force field surrounding him because he’s won two Super Bowls. The Steelers are a mess.
“That is not just criticism of Mike Tomlin, that is telling everybody in football, your owner, your general manager, people that have power, ‘I’m not happy with who is coaching us.’ That is one of the big moments of the year.”
USC just smoked Washington this weekend and there are finally some good vibes for the Trojans. After a period of chaos following the departure of Pete Carroll, the Trojans have a budding superstar in quarterback Sam Darnold and look better than they have in years. Colin still doesn’t think head coach Clay Helton is an elite coach, but there is finally some stability and the Trojans look like they can play with anyone in the country.
“USC fans, since Pete Carroll left, have been living in a chaos tunnel. Now it ends. Now they know, this coaching staff can win big games. Not only against good teams, but on the road, and against really good coaches.”
Tennessee beat up Green Bay yesterday, and from Colin’s perspective, the star quarterback in the matchup wasn’t Aaron Rodgers, it was Titan’s quarterback Marcus Mariota. Colin loves his accuracy and mobility, and he has all the leadership qualities that Rodgers lacks. Mariota is breaking out and people need to start taking notice.
“Everybody loves Aaron Rodgers. You know what I like? I like Marcus Mariota. Marcus Mariota doesn’t complain. Not condescending. Super, super accurate.”
Eric Dickerson – NFL Hall of Fame running back is in-studio to talk about Ezekiel Elliot, why the Cowboys offensive line deserves a large part of the credit, why Dak Prescott reminds him of Warren Moon, the importance of veteran leadership in an NFL locker room, and whether he thinks the Cowboys are risking wearing out Elliott with too many carries.
Mike Peirera – Former VP of Officiating for the NFL, and Fox NFL Rules Analyst is in-studio to break down the controversial play at the end of the Seahawks/Patriots game, whether it was pass interference, why Gronk is difficult to officiate, why it’s harder to swallow the whistle than it is to throw a flag, and why experience in officiating matters in late game situations.
Michael Lombardi – Former NFL Executive is in-studio to talk Seattle/New England, why the Seahawks are the most mentally tough team in the NFL, why the Patriots defense is a liability, what makes Russell Wilson great, and what’s wrong with Carolina and Cam Newton.
Ian Rapoport – NFL Network Insider joins the show to break down the NFL Week 10 buzz, including how the Cowboys arrived at the decision to name Dak Prescott as the starter over Tony Romo, when Jared Goff might start for the Rams, whether Mike McCarthy is on the hot seat in Green Bay, and the current position of NFL owners on marijuana.
Donald Penn – Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl left tackle is in-studio to talk about the Raiders surprising 7-2 start, what makes Derek Carr a great leader, why Jack Del Rio is the right coach for the young team, why he thinks they haven’t played close to their potential yet, and what it feels like to pancake a defender into the turf.