Colin thinks it’s clear that Green Bay isn’t among the elite NFL franchises anymore. After last night’s 42-24 blowout loss to Washington, it’s hard to argue that the 4-6 Packers should be considered among the league’s best. Colin thinks the idea that Green Bay is an elite franchise is a myth. They have 2 Super Bowls in 20 years with two all-time quarterback talents, and 3 playoff wins in the last 5 years. Rodgers won a Super Bowl in 2011, but other than that, doesn’t have another significant playoff run to speak of. The Packers are living off a reputation, but their play this year doesn’t match the rep.
“The Packers have become an 80’s rock band. They’re Poison. They’re Whitesnake. They’re Winger. They’re living off a couple of big years.”
In life, the little things matter. Little habits, good or bad, add up to big things. The same is true in the NFL. During the Cowboys win over the Ravens yesterday, the cameras caught Dak Prescott tossing a paper cup into a trash can. He missed, but instead of just letting it sit there, or waiting for someone else to get it, Prescott picked up the cup and put it in the trash can. It was a small thing, but to Colin it’s symbolic of Dak’s personality. It may seem silly, but it matters. A small thing like that shows why Prescott has become the team leader on a Cowboys team that is among the league’s best.
“The little things always become big things.”
Colin thinks it’s time to give some love to Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins in Washington after their big win against Green Bay last night. He likes what he sees in Kirk Cousins, and Washington looks like they’ll be a factor in the NFC playoff picture. If you take into consideration the lack of quality quarterbacks around the league, and what they would potentially replace Cousins with in the draft, Washington needs to lock up Cousins long term.
Colin likes Charlie Strong, but it was a no-brainer for Texas to fire him. When you look around college football at traditional powers, Jim Harbaugh turned around Michigan in his first year. Clay Helton has turned around USC in his first full year. Strong is below .500 in year 3, and a potentially transformational young coach in Tom Herman is waiting in the wings, and eager to take the job. It’s unfortunate, but firing Strong is a slam dunk.
“This is an easy one. I was rooting for Charlie Strong, but between the record, the surrounding teams’ winning percentage, and Tom Herman. This is easier than Brady Hoke at Michigan. And that was a slam dunk.”
Colin’s football coaches of the year so far are Jack Del Rio in the NFL, and Clay Helton in college. Neither will win a championship this season, but they’ve turned chaotic, losing situations into contenders. Coach of the year shouldn’t just be a reflection of record, it should take into account what a coach does with what they inherit.
Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief joins the show to break down the NFL buzz after Week 11, explain why the Kirk Cousins exchange with the GM after game was so bizarre, why the Rams starting Goff was the right move strictly from a football standpoint, why a Seattle/Dallas NFC Championship could be a better game than the Super Bowl, and why he thinks Mike McCarthy is safe in Green Bay.
Drew Bledsoe – Former Pro Bowl quarterback joins the show to discuss Tony Romo’s situation in Dallas, what he learned going through the same situation in New England with Tom Brady, what words of encouragement he texted to Romo, his takeaway on how Russell Wilson is playing, and how long he Wilson can play his scrambling style.
Michael Lombardi – Former NFL GM and Fox Sports NFL Insider joins the show to attempt to explain the Giants’ success, explain why Washington has Mike Shanahan to thank for for Kirk Cousins, why Andrew Luck has to throw interceptions for the Colts have any chance to win, and why it’s hard to evaluate Jared Goff in the Rams offense.
Ian Rapoport – NFL Network Insider joins the show to discuss his recent story about Tony Romo potentially landing in Denver, explain why Mike McCarthy is safe in Green Bay, why Jeff Fisher may keep his job until the Rams move into their new stadium, and LeSean McCoy’s injury status and whether he’ll play this week.