The Cowboys and Dak Prescott are on a roll and are the story of the NFL season. Colin understands the reasoning behind sticking with Prescott and the momentum, but he thinks if the Cowboys’ goal is to win a Super Bowl this year, they should go with Tony Romo. Prescott’s numbers are average, and they’ll need more at some point to win a title.
“Dallas is about this offensive line, first and foremost. And they’ve only allowed, defensively, 23 points, twice. Tony Romo would be unbeaten with this team.”
Aggressive kids are harder to parent. Aggressive teams are harder to officiate. The Seahawks and Richard Sherman threw the game into total chaos by running into Bills kicker Dan Carpenter. Pete Carroll’s teams are always hyper-aggressive and right up to the line of being out of control. By causing chaos, they get calls. It’s the Pete Carroll way.
“Pete’s teams are a little reckless, Pete’s teams are a little out of control. But, it’s a culture that creates high velocity, big emotion. Difficult to officiate.”
Steph Curry set an NBA record an NBA record with 13 three-pointers for the Warriors. But, if you dig into the stats, Golden State only beat an awful New Orleans team by 10 on the record night, and they aren’t getting to the free throw line. Colin thinks this will spell big trouble in the long term, especially in the playoffs.
“They’re not physical. They do not get to the free throw line, and they get outrebounded, generally every night.”
Some critics believe that Rams’ rookie QB Jared Goff is a bust because he isn’t ready to play yet. If that’s the case, Broncos rookie 1st round pick Paxton Lynch is, too. It’s the same situation, and Colin thinks the difference in perception is that people trust John Elway has a plan and knows what he’s doing.
“Paxton Lynch is not playing in Denver either, is he a bust? Instead of worrying about #1 pick, Paxton Lynch was a 1st round quarterback in Denver. He’s not playing. Denver doesn’t want to play him. Why isn’t he a bust? No, John Elway’s got a plan.”
Critics are complaining that the NFL is doing everything wrong. They point to the ratings being down. They say it’s unwatchable. It’s nothing but a false media narrative. The NFL does parity better than any other sport, pro or college. Other than the Browns and the Niners, every team in the NFL still has a statistical chance of making the playoffs. There are entire divisions are still alive and in contention.
Compare that to college football, which is filled with the top teams dominating inferior competition in 50-point blowouts week after week, or baseball, where 1/3 of the teams have no shot by June. The competitive balance in the NFL is unparalleled across major sports, pro or college.
Eric Mangini – Former NFL head coach joins the show to pour cold water on Colin’s NFL theories and discuss Seattle’s aggressive philosophy, whether the Rams should play Jared Goff, and if Jeff fisher is a poor evaluator of offensive talent, and his 4 reasons why the Packers should not fire Mike McCarthy.
Cris Carter – NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver is in-studio to discuss whether he thinks Richard Sherman is a dirty player, why his hit on the final play wasn’t a penalty, and the importance of players knowing the rules, where he thinks he ranks in terms of the top corners, whether the Cowboys can win the Super Bowl with Dak, and why he thinks Tony Romo is an injury waiting to happen.
Peter Schrager– Fox Sports NFL Insider joins the show to discuss his takeaway on the Cowboys’ vibe after spending some time around the team, why he thinks the Cowboys have turned the page, whether Jared Goff should be playing in Los Angeles, and if Todd Bowles I son the hot seat with the Jets.
Nick Wright – FS1 host is in-studio to take offense to Colin’s pick of the Broncos over the Raiders, why Dallas and New England are clobbering Vegas, what bad signs he saw in Steph Curry’s record setting 3-point night, and his get out the vote philosophy that will be sure to get you off the couch to the polling station.