When Brett Favre left the Packers on less than amicable terms, he angered the fan base and the beneficiary was Aaron Rodgers, who became the favorite son of the franchise. But, after 8 years as the starter, it’s clear that he’s thin skinned and difficult to deal with at times.
Yesterday, he talked to the media to address a story he wasn’t happy with which only validated that perception. It’s become apparent that Rodgers is in Green Bay, but his personality isn’t of Green Bay like Favre’s was, and he’ll never escape his shadow as long as he’s with the Packers.
“The ghost of Favre will always haunt Aaron. It always will.”
Colin said yesterday that Tony Romo’s body language at his press conference indicated that he knows he’s done in Dallas for good. Reports coming out of Dallas today say that prior to his emotional press conference, Romo met with Dallas brass and asked if he had an opportunity to compete for the Cowboys’ starting quarterback job. He was told that it was now Prescott’s job.
Romo wasn’t a failure in Dallas, quite the opposite. He propped up the franchise during a period of bad decision making by the organization and kept them competitive. Colin sympathizes with Romo because he won’t reap the reward of being the starter on the best Dallas team of his career after holding the organization together for all those years.
“Tony Romo did not fail in Dallas. He took every bullet for this franchise for six years as this franchise was in disarray. Held them together with glue. And it’s really sad that he won’t get the victory cigar.”
There’s a big difference between a president and a vice president. In the NBA, there’s a big difference between a #1 and a #2 player for a franchise. The #1 gets all the questions and is the center of attention by the media, while the #2 can sit in the shadows and excel on the court.
Colin thinks that Kevin Durant is a #1 and Russell Westbrook is a #2. Westbrook recently made a comment that he would rather play video games than watch game film. Colin thinks those comments show a lack of self-awareness that #1 players in the NBA have.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien was asked during a press conference before their game against the Raiders this week if he regretted not picking MVP candidate Derek Carr in the 2014 NFL Draft. O’Brien said he didn’t regret it, which is clearly a lie.
Colin is against lying, but he thinks there are certain times you have to lie, and this situation was one of them. If O’Brien actually told the truth, and admitted he would rather have Derek Carr over free agent bust Brock Osweiler, it would destroy any chance the franchise has to win. Colin is giving him a pass.
“You just lie. Because you can’t say the truth in that situation. Your GM blew it, and you’re not winning for a decade. That’s the truth. And Brock Osweiler ain’t worth half of what you’re paying him. He is a stiff. You can’t always be honest.”
The Rams announced that Jared Goff will start this week after riding the pine all year because he wasn’t ready to play. The move comes after the Rams snapped a 4-game losing streak which leads Colin to believe that the move isn’t being made in the interest of winning, but to spark interest in the crowded L.A. sports market. In Colin’s opinion, winning organizations only make decisions based on winning games, not “winning the press conference.”
“When sports organizations care about anything other than winning, and make decisions based on anything other than winning, it’s a problem.”
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA analyst joins the show to discuss the difference between a #1 and #2 player for an NBA franchise, explain what’s so unique about Russell Westbrook’s mentality, why he’s a believer in James Harden, and why his turnover numbers are misleading.
Greg Cosell – Senior producer of NFL Matchup and NFL Films joins the show to break down the film on Ezekiel Elliott, Marcus Mariota, Cam Newton, and explain the evolution of the Seahawks offense from power to the spread.
Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-chief of The MMQB joins the show to give his reaction to the Romo press conference, why he was so impressed by it, if he’s surprised the Cowboys didn’t give him a chance to win his job back, which teams could be a landing spot for Romo, and whether Aaron Rodgers attacking the media validates criticism of him as thin skinned.
Nick Wright – FS1 host joins the show to argue with Colin about the definition of an NBA #1, why Colin is being unfair to Russell Westbrook, and why Russell Westbrook not watching film isn’t that big of a deal.