There comes a time when teams are forced to make decisions about aging superstars. The Colts had to with Peyton Manning, the Heat with Dwyane Wade, and that time is approaching for the Patriots with Tom Brady.
Brady isn’t in decline….yet. At 39, he’s at the top of his game, and playing at an MVP level. The Patriots don’t have to make the decision this year, or even next year, but the decline for old quarterbacks is drastic and happens quickly. Colin thinks that when the time comes, the Patriots need to choose Jimmy Garoppolo, who can start for a decade, over Brady, even if he has several good years left. Pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered.
“This league, pro sports, is about finding franchise guys in their athletic prime that you can ride for a decade or more. It won’t be that tough of a decision.”
Only the best businesses and sports teams have an easily describable identity. Seattle and New England play this weekend, and Colin says they are two of only a handful of teams that can be described in one word. New England is smart. Seattle is aggressive. Too many teams try to be too many things and do nothing extremely well. They lack an identity.
“It’s amazing how few teams in the NFL, how few businesses, you can describe in a word. And those are the great businesses.”
Colin has been consistent in his defense of player movement in free agency. He supported LeBron James moving to Miami, and recently supported Kevin Durant to the Warriors. Last night, Kevin Durant had an opportunity to surpass Michael Jordan’s record of 72 straight games scoring 20 or more points. He declined a chance to re-enter the game to break the record. Colin thinks this shows that Durant made the move for the right decision. Titles and wins are more important than records.
“Records are for losers. Wilt’s got a million of them. Russell’s got 11 titles. Kevin Durant left OKC for absolutely the right reasons. Not for the money, not for the points. Not for the records. Wins and titles.”
Also, Colin releases his NFL Week 10 Blazin’ 5 on a Friday. Caution flammable.
Michael Lombardi – Former NFL Exec and Fox Sports NFL Insider joins the show to talk about the possibility of Jim Harbaugh returning to the NFL, if the Patriots would ever part ways with Tom Brady, why it’s so hard to go on the road to a dome, which college coaches could be NFL fits, and his Week 10 NFL picks.
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA insider is in-studio to talk about the young Lakers mini-resurgence, his take on D-Wade’s Miami return, what players respect about LeBron’s off-court success, why some players struggle with how much power he has, and why he disagrees with Colin that Kevin Durant passing up an the record for consecutive 20+ point games is a good thing.
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders starting quarterback joins the show to talk the Raiders impressive 7-2 start, his relationship with his brother, why overcoming off-field adversity has given him perspective, how he’s developed since his rookie year, his relationship with Jack Del Rio, and how he got his killer instinct from watching Kobe Bryant.
Dave Wannstedt – Former NFL and college coach and FS1 football analyst is in-studio to talk about players he coached that have become coaches, which players that he coached were the most prepared, how the NFL head coach hiring process has changed in recent years, and an insight into player evaluation.