Like most people with functioning eyes who watched the Colts play this season, Colin was shocked when it was announced that the Colts would be retaining GM Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano. While both moves are puzzling, the Grigson move is malpractice.
In a strange way, Colin actually admires Grigson for having the personality connection with Irsay to keep keeping his job. A recent Bloomberg article cited a study that found that high level employees like Grigson’s success is as much a part of a personality connection with their boss than it is about performance. Grigson must be a hell of a weight lifting buddy to owner Jim Irsay, because he sure can’t draft offensive lineman worth a damn.
“He must be funny as hell in the weight room. He must be a riot in the hallway, because I can’t figure the Colts out. I can’t figure the owner out. I can’t figure the GM out. I can’t figure the roster out. And they just retained him. It’s incredible.”
Russell Westbrook is a tornado on the basketball court. This year, without Kevin Durant, Westbrook is putting up stats that haven’t been seen since the days of Oscar Robertson. Last night, he dropped 49 on the Rockets, in a game the Thunder lost. James Harden, on the other hand, only had 26 points, but 5 other Rockets were in double figures. All assists aren’t equal. Harden’s are floor assists, Westbrook’s are Nintendo assists.
Colin has been impressed because Harden has shown growth in learning when to attack and when to throttle down, depending on the time and score. The Rockets look like a legitimate challenger to the Warriors in the West. No great pitcher in baseball can survive on two pitches, the Kershaw’s have 4 or 5. He thinks, to this point in the season, James Harden is easily the MVP over Westbrook.
“Westbrook is the comedian, the prop comic with no second gear.”
The Big Ten has been getting hammered after a lackluster bowl season, that included losses by heavyweights Michigan and Ohio State. The knee jerk reaction in the media is that the conferences subpar bowl season shows that it’s still not close to being on the SEC’s level.
Colin said that he expects a dominate Alabama team to beat Clemson in the national championship game, but their run with Nick Saban has masked what is a declining conference as a whole. Sure, Saban is on a historic run, but the rest of the conference is filled with big brand names who are all underachieving. If you look at the Big Ten, it has 4 or 5 legitimate teams, and a stable of elite head coaches. The SEC doesn’t have a second-best team after Alabama, and the coaches are a bunch of gym teachers.
“The SEC doesn’t have a second-best program right now. And stop talking about your bowl record. It’s .500, and Mississippi State beat Miami of Ohio. And those are essentially home games for you. You’re all playing them in Florida.”
Cris Carter – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to explain why he thinks Terrell Owens is a Hall of Famer, despite their dislike for each other; the impact of Jay Gruden firing his entire defensive staff in Washington; and why the Colts keeping GM Ryan Grigson shows organizational incompetence.
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to explain why Harden is his MVP over Westbrook; the impact of the Kyle Korver trade to the Cavs; if the NBA is too three-point centric; why the Jimmy Butler trade rumors make no sense; and if Terrell Owens is a Hall of Famer.
Albert Breer – MMQB insider joins the show to explain why Chip Kelly has impacted the league, even though he’s washed out why Sean Payton is staying put in New Orleans; his take on the Giants receivers Miami boat trip; why Mike McCarthy deserves credit for the Packer turnaround; and why Josh McDaniels won’t end up coaching the Rams.
Jason McIntyre – Founder of The Big Lead, and co-host of Speak for Yourself is in-studio to talk NFL Wild Card weekend and guesses what the Monday headlines will be if all the favorites are upset this weekend.