The Jon Gruden to the Rams rumors are starting to pick up steam, and it appears to make a ton of sense for both sides. Just like in Tampa, Gruden would inherit an elite defensive team that lacks an offensive identity, which he can provide.
It’s also tremendous for his business. Los Angeles is the television center of America, and if he got out of coaching again, he could be set up in the middle of Hollywood for a second run in broadcasting.
“Carroll, Harbaugh, Payton and Gruden. What do they have in common? They’re stars. Stars sell PSLs.”
Washington’s loss to Carolina puts Green Bay in control of it’s own destiny to make the playoffs. The Packers are healthy on defense and Aaron Rodgers has been playing out of his mind for the last month and a half.
If the playoffs started today, the Packers, Cowboys, Steelers, Patriots and Giants would all be in. It’s going to be an amazing postseason for football with all their major brands in the playoffs, Colin can’t wait.
“I think Green Bay’s playing as well as anybody in the league, and the playoffs are going to be unbelievable.”
The recent announcements by Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey that they won’t play in their teams’ bowl games to avoid the risk injury ahead of the NFL Draft have stirred the debate if stars have an obligation to play in non-major bowl games.
Colin thinks the toothpaste is out of the tube, and McCaffrey and Fournettes’ decisions signal a paradigm shift that will only become more common in years to come.
The reality is that the bowl system is broken and most bowls don’t matter, and they don’t have the impact on recruiting they used to. Colin thinks there are too many bowl games nobody watches, and the NCAA would do a favor to the student athletes if they eliminated most of them.
“This is a natural progression of the American sports culture. Bowl game exposure used to mean something, now it virtually means nothing.
Tom Herman – University of Texas Football Head Coach joins the show to lay out how he plans to win in Austin, what he learned from Urban Meyer about preparing for big games, if he thinks players should be able to skip bowl games, and what it’s like being in MENSA.
Willie McGinest – 3-time Super Bowl champ with the Patriots is in-studio to discuss what separates the Patriots culture from the rest of the NFL, if he thinks Gruden could end up with the Rams, his position on draft prospects skipping bowl games, and his Top 3 landing spots for Tony Romo next season.
Peter Schrager – Fox Sports NFL Insider joins the show to discuss Gruden to the Rams rumors, if there’s a chance Kirk Cousins could end up somewhere other than Washington, if there is any truth to the Coughlin to Jacksonville buzz, if Chip Kelly should be worried in San Francisco, and why the Giants are an “NFL unicorn” because they hit on so many free agents.
Eric Mangini – Former NFL head coach with the Browns and the Jets is in-studio to confront Colin about his embrace of the Packers in his Hierarchy after criticizing Aaron Rodgers all year, and explain why he thinks it will be a huge transition for Jon Gruden to return to the NFL, on and off the field.