The Rams fired Jeff Fisher today after a 4-9 start to their first season in L.A. They just agreed to a 2-year contract extension with Fisher, which now looks more like a severance agreement. Colin thinks it was the only move to make.
The Rams have become persona non-grata in the L.A. sports scene because they aren’t just losing, they’re boring. The fumbled opening kickoff against the Falcons yesterday symbolized their complete incompetence. Now they need to hire a big name to get some headlines in L.A., and make the team interesting. Call Harbaugh.
“You can’t sell this to Los Angeles. They can’t move the ball. They’re disorganized. They can’t draft offensive people. They had to do this.”
The Cowboys just lost to the Giants and they didn’t look great for the 3rd week in a row. In his last 3 games, Dak Prescott has 3 touchdowns and 2 picks, and hasn’t cracked the 200-yard mark in any of them. Colin thinks it’s extremely hard for anyone to win games in the second half of the season. People that thought he would coast through entire season, unscathed, need a reality check.
Colin thinks the Cowboys should definitely stick with Dak, despite his struggles. He’s clearly their future and they’ve already committed. It’s hard for veteran quarterbacks to win games in the NFL after Thanksgiving, and Dak the Cowboys are finding that out. Right or wrong, you can be certain the calls for Tony Romo will only grow louder if Dak continues to struggle heading into the playoffs.
“I would stay with Dak, I think you’ve made your bet.”
The Colts are among a handful of NFL organizations that are a complete, rudderless disaster. Andrew Luck has masked the incompetence to the best of his ability, but they need to put better people around him. He has a defensive coach, and a meathead GM who lifts weights with the goofy owner, and boasts a string of first round draft busts. They need to get better people in there before Luck wastes his best years.
“Two words: clean house.”
The Packers are on a roll and Colin says there’s a direct correlation to their injury situation. Aaron Rodgers is on fire, but his recent hot streak is also due to Jordy Nelson finally rounding into form after returning from his knee injury, and a healthy secondary. Look around the league. The healthy teams are the hottest teams. It’s not a coincidence.
“A lot of this Green Bay story is not that Aaron Rodgers got good, it’s that the Packers are now healthy.”
Also, Colin explains the phenomenon of guys drinking ginger ale on planes to Kristine Leahy.
Plaxico Burress – Former NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver is in-studio talks about what he considers a cheap shot, why most players would prefer a shot to the head than to the knee, the difference between the Jets and the Giants organizations, and why the Cowboys need make it clear that they’re sticking with Dak.
Peter King – Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the MMQB joins the show to react to Week 14, including: Jeff Fisher’s future in L.A., why he thinks the Giants are a threat in the playoffs, why Janoris Jenkins is an All Pro in his eyes, and what he talked about with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr when he rode along for a recent feature.
John Calipari – Head Coach of the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball team joins the show to discuss his new book Success is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent, what he thinks of his most recent collection of talent at UK, how he keeps his edge by looking at what’s next, and how he deals with the high turnover model of Kentucky Basketball.
Michael Lombardi – Former NFL GM and host of the Make Smarter Football Podcast to discuss why the Giants success is largely due to the organizational stability, why it’s easy to pick players, but hard to build teams, and what positions he think are over/undervalued.
Eric Dickerson – Rams Hall of Fame running back joins the show to discuss the breaking news of Jeff Fisher’s firing with the Rams, why they had to do it, and where he thinks the organization should go from here.