When Colin was in his 20’s he didn’t want help from anyone. As he has gotten older, he’s learned that working with talented people makes work and life easier. Russell Westbrook was praised by many around the NBA for sticking with the Thunder as a one man-show when Kevin Durant left for the team approach of Golden State.
Westbrook has 10 technical fouls on the young season, and last night he got one for throwing the ball at an official and hitting him in the face. Colin doesn’t know if he did it intentionally or not, but he does know that the pressure of carrying the franchise on his back every night looks like it’s getting to him.
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant is having the time of his life because he’s surrounded by a great supporting cast in Golden State, and doesn’t have to be the man every night for his team to win.
“Stop lauding people for loyalty. Laud them for the acceptance and understanding that playing with others, and being able to give up points, rebounds and stats is not a weakness, it’s a strength…..Westbrook is now miserable. Kevin Durant has never looked happier.”
The media largely decides which sports figures can be ruthlessly criticized, and which ones are off limits. Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin is one of the coaches that the social mediasphere has decided is untouchable. Colin thinks Tomlin is a good coach, not a great one, and the idea he should be immune to criticism is absurd.
Tomlin has one playoff win in five years with a Hall of Fame quarterback. If Pittsburgh loses to Miami this weekend, Tomlin will catch heat from all the same writers who were outraged at Terry Bradshaw’s critical comments of him last week.
“Mike Tomlin took over a Super Bowl roster, the best defensive coordinator in the league, Dick LeBeau, and inherited Big Ben. He has one playoff win in five years. And you can’t criticize him?”
Colin has never understood why coaches who get fired rush into bad jobs just to get back into coaching. The same applies for Chip Kelly, who was recently fired as head coach of the 49’ers.
Kelly has said in an interview that he wants to get back into coaching, and has even expressed a willingness to take an offensive coordinator position. Colin thinks Kelly would be wise to sit on the sidelines for a year or two and wait for a great job, like the University of Tennessee, to become available.
Taking a bad job just to take a job is what got Kelly in trouble with the Niners in the first place.
“Just sit around for a year, Chip Kelly. Take a deep breath all you coaches.”
A.J. Hawk – NFL Veteran linebacker joins the show to clear up internet reports about his retirement, if the Packers have a good enough defense to win the Super Bowl, what’s different from the playoffs, his relationship with Aaron Rodgers, and who he likes between Clemson and Alabama.
Nick Wright – FS1 host and co-host of the Make Me Smarter Football Podcast is in-studio to explain why the Patriots won’t make it to the Super Bowl, why the Chiefs are a serious playoff threat, and why Colin is off base with his Andrew Luck love, why Luck is to blame for not demanding the firing of Chuck Pagano, and why Terrell Owens not getting into the Hall of Fame is a travesty.
Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars tight end is in-studio to talk about meeting Russell Westbrook during their days at UCLA, his take on top prospects sitting out bowl games, why he thinks a solid family background makes a big difference for professional athletes, and his Top 3 tight ends of all-time.