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January 23, 2023 3:23 pm

In his ‘Overreaction Monday’ segment Rich weighs in on Josh Allen’s chances to win a title during his career, Daniel Jones’ Giants future, if a Bengals-Eagles Super Bowl is a fait accompli, if the Cowboys have gone as far as Dak Prescott can take them, Shannon Sharpe’s blowup at the Lakers-Grizzlies game, if the 49ers should be worried about Brock Purdy heading into their NFC Championship Game showdown against the Eagles, and if Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will be playing for new teams next season. 

Rich and the guys debate of Josh Allen has taken a step down in QB tier rankings after his inconsistent season, and says what Patrick Mahomes’ high ankle sprain means for the Chiefs’ chances against the Bengals in the AFC Championship game. 

Rich takes the chance to gloat over his final power rankings he posted before the playoffs began in which he had the 49ers, Chiefs, Bengals and Eagles as his top 4 teams.

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This is the Rich Eisen Show. How about the Cowboys? Snaps it back to Dan Prescott. He throws over the middle to turf it. He gets hammered down by Jimmy Ward. Touchdown on the opening drive for Cincinnati.

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Coming up, your phone calls, latest news, and more. And now, it's Rich Eisen. Hour number three of the Rich Eisen Show is on the air.

We had a great time chopping it up with Chris Long and our number two, two-time Super Bowl champion and you at 844204 Rich. Number to dial here on this very busy Monday edition of the Rich Eisen Show. Tomorrow, Dave Franco, the actor, will be here in studio at this very moment in time. We'll, on tomorrow's show, chat with Matthew Hasselbeck of the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Brockman's older brother? Is he older than you or are you older than him, Chris?

What are you? Good question, Rich. Okay. All right.

Take a quick peek. And also, on the program, Mike Mayock will be here. He's older. He'll be here on the program. He's coming in or on the phone, Mike? No, he was in Western New York calling the Bills and Bengals on Westwood One.

Heard him on my way home from work yesterday. M-A-S-T-E-R-G with a double E. I even texted Ian Eagle. I'm like, if this game gets out of hand, it was 14-0.

I'm like, if the game gets out of hand, ask Mike to do his rapper's delight. And the game got close, but then not at the end. And we've been talking about Joe Burrow all day long. And Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will be hosting Joe Burrow. And the Philadelphia Eagles just absolutely curb stomped the Giants out of the playoffs. And they'll be taking on the San Francisco 49ers. So it's one versus two in the NFC, one versus three in the AFC.

Taking your phone calls at 844-204-rich being the number to dial. Andy Reid has spoken about Patrick Mahomes. We are turning that sound around, as they say in the business. And we will play that for you in short order. But it is a Monday. And it is a time where overreactions are significant. So it's time for a very important post-divisional playoff weekend edition of Overreaction Monday.

Hit it. That was terrible. That was crap.

That was garbage. This place sucks. Overreaction Mondays on Monday. All right, here we go.

Go for it, Christopher. Hey, guys. What's up?

What's up, bro? Did you enjoy the football over the weekend? I enjoyed the football. Some of it.

All of it. You know. It was bad because we, like, love the Bills. We love Josh Allen. But, you know, I'm looking into my crystal ball, Rich. I think Josh Allen is on pace to be the Philip Rivers of his generation.

Oh, my goodness. With Mahomes and Burrow being... Do you mean, like, a Hall of Famer? Sure. Easy there. Put up a lot of stats. But he's playing against two guys and... Making the AFC champions game once?

And Burrow and Mahomes, like Manning and Brady, there's just not enough room for him at the championship table. Really good player. Great career. Just doesn't have enough to get it over the top.

I'll say that's an overreaction. I will say I believe in Josh Allen's talent to win it all. And that I believe his season, where I guess McDermott is the Marty Schottenheimer and have 14 wins and they're the best team out there. And I would love to see a Ladanian Tomlinson alongside him and see what happens. I'd love to see a running back turn into his touchdown maker as opposed to him having to heave it down the field. As you know, I want to see more of a running game and I'll say it is way too soon to say that he's not winning a Super Bowl and he'll go to Hall of Fame... He'll go to Hall of Fame finalists lists because of his statistical prowess, which is what I think you're saying about Philip Rivers. Gamer, a terrific quarterback, one that makes Pro Bowls, one that can knock off one of the best teams in the business.

Shock him. Every now and then. And you think Philip Rivers will go to Hall of Fame?

I do think that he'll be in the Hall of Fame one day. I think so, probably. I do. I don't. What else Chris? What else you got over there?

You like it? I thought that was a good take. Saturday is enough evidence Giants should move on from Daniel Jones. I don't think they're gonna.

That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying Saturday was enough to say this is what you're getting. Great, fine, regular season. Is Daniel Jones gonna win you a Super Bowl?

He just knocked the Vikings out. The Vikings were junk. They were trash. They were frauds all year long and we all knew it.

Rich, you wouldn't even put them into your power rankings for like two months. You knew they weren't that good. Everybody knew they were good. Everyone and their mother picked the Giants to upset the Vikings.

We knew that was gonna happen. Big stage, divisional opponent. They got absolutely whacked by Philly. I think the Giants are gonna hold on to him and I'll say that's an overreaction. That he finally showed what can be done when he's in the hands of a bona fide head coach who knows what he's doing on the offensive side of the ball. And let's see what the Giants do. I think they're gonna end up re-signing him and I do not support that Saturday's performance is a sign that he's, what is it, trash to use a phrase? That's not what I said. Oh, the Vikings are trash. My bad.

I just got thrown off by the trash. 135 yards in the biggest game of the career. The Eagles are just a better team, Chris. They were all year long when they saw the Giants.

That doesn't mean that Jones can't get surrounded enough and blossom enough to not be that guy. What else, Chris? We're looking at a Bengals-Eagles Super Bowl.

Let's go! You can't say- Bengals and Eagles! It's not an overreaction at all. I mean, if Mahomes is a shadow of himself and as you heard Chris Long say that part of the playbook won't be, the entire defensive playbook is open for the Bengals. And then you saw the way that the Eagles were able to handle their business. I think obviously the Niners are a tougher team than the Giants significantly.

But you can't say that that's not an overreaction. I mean, that's an absolute feasibility and one that, you know, I might even consider getting off my Chiefs-Niners prediction that I held onto from Thanksgiving to the outset of the playoffs. I might hop on this at the end of the week. Who would you pick in this game, Bengals-Eagles? I mean, at this point, Tom, how do you go against Joe Burrow?

How do you do it? You don't know why you can't do it, Rich? Why, Chris? Because Joe Burrow is the best player left in these playoffs.

You could make that case. We just don't believe it because he's a Bengal. We don't believe it because he didn't win it last year. We don't believe it because you think the Niners have it and the Eagles have it and the Chiefs have it. I don't know, man. I mean, Mahomes being hurt, high ankle sprain is no joke.

Like, that's going to be this week and even with a bye week, it's going to be that week if they get past the Bengals. You could barely hand the ball off. Dude, this is no joke.

So I'll say that's not an overreaction either. What else, Chris? All right, sorry, TJ. Look, this is how it's going to be for the Cowboys, man.

A wild card win each year. That's as good as it gets for the Cowboys with Dak. I can't believe that, man.

You might have to. I know. I just can't believe that. I also don't, I know Amari Cooper was 20 million per.

That's Jerry's fault, give him 20 million per, if that's too much for you. I mean, you look at Tyreek Hill and that's not nearly enough. They missed him. Yeah. They missed him. If C.D.

Lamb's in the slot and you put Amari Cooper where Gallup is. That's danger, bro. That's the way Schultz played.

It is. Like, that's what you need. You need to have that extra oomph to get past. Again, I know we keep looking past the Bengals, but Higgins, Chase and Boyd. Cowboys don't have that.

Three headed monster right there. Ayuk and and Debo and McCaffrey and Kittle. Cowboys don't have that.

A.J. Brown, Devante Smith, Goddard and all those running backs. Cowboys don't have that. Take a look at what the Chiefs have. Cowboys don't have that. Get that for Dak and then let's talk.

But the thing is, let's talk and hold on to it for Dak. Travis Kelce's and George Kittle's just don't grow on trees. That's. Well, Dalton Schultz's is pretty. He's pretty good. Yeah. It's like three. He led your team in touchdowns in the postseason.

But he's not Kelce or Kittle. I hear you. I'm not ready. I'm not ready to jump on deck. Let's just say if I had his jersey, I wouldn't have Suzy stand in the kitchen.

Have me knock on the wall to let her know when to hit the button and then come out like I'm some sort of, you know, Vaudeville actor over emoting, only to crumple up the jersey, throw it out in a trash can that doesn't have a bag in it and then go back. And by the way, a kitchen not nearly one would think would be as finely appointed for somebody who makes a jillion dollars a year. By the way, I thought the exact one to throw it all out there. How many more on the subject matter?

How many takes thing? Shannon Sharp apologized. One thing you should not apologize for is that cardigan.

I like the cardigan a lot. If you're going to call out players on the court in crypto. Yep. On the floor. On the floor.

On the wood. If you do not get ejected, wear a cardigan like that. $3,000.

Look at that. I would rock that. I mean, he had a $3,000. Should I get that and wear it here? Where do we find that?

$3,000. We'll find it. Remember when you used to dress like Cam? Yeah. Used to do like your version of whatever Cam was wearing on the Monday?

That was a fun year. We should find that version of that cardigan for Rich. That was overreaction Friday with Shannon. I don't know what was said to him, but back and forth. That was overreaction Friday, but I am not overreacting.

I would wear that cardigan. Also, Rich, what you didn't see. Shannon also had a pair of $8,000 Jordan 1G orders on his feet. So, you know, he was stunting on them.

He was stunting on them. All right, guys. Two more. I know we love Brock Purdy, Rich. I mean, you're obsessed with him. Why not? It could be one of the greatest stories in the history of the NFL, Chris.

I think you're renaming your kids Brock and Purdy. His so-so game should have the Niners a little worried about keeping up with the Eagles' offense. I would say I would agree. I would agree. But you got to chalk it up to that Cowboys D. They were all over him, and they had trouble protecting him, and they stopped the run on the way to him. And I would be concerned about that.

I mean, hey, let me just really get into it here because I need to get this out. So, his first road game was in Seattle. That's not an easy place to play. It was a Thursday night game. He won that game. In a short week, he made his trip to Seattle, his first road start. Then his other road games. I don't think he played too many of them. After that game against Seattle, he went to Vegas. That's it.

Those were his road games. That's it? That's it.

That's it. He was home the rest of the time. Honestly, he got hurt. He came in the game against the Dolphins. Then he beat the Bucks. Then he beat the Seahawks in Seattle. Then he was home against the Commanders. Then he went to Vegas, where I imagine half the stadium had to be Niner fans.

Yeah, they won in overtime. That ain't happening in Philadelphia. This is going to be a whole different beast. Play-off football in Philly with the Eagles looking like this? You bet his so-so game would make me nervous. That is not an overreaction at all.

There was one point where he made a ridiculous throw, and he came back to the sideline and Kyle put his play menu up and was just absolutely tearing him a new one. Do you think we need one more? All right, we'll get one more. All right, George.

Did you even call for that, or did he just get the Coney by himself? I said get it ready. I thought Rich had a little more to say. Sorry, Rich. I'm sorry. Are you just driving traffic now? What else? It's all good, Mike. I was done.

I was finished. A little off-season look ahead. Brady and Rogers on new teams next year. Well, Schefter said something about a trade for Rogers this off-season, because I was on a break yesterday during our Sunday show, and I went in and ESPN was on one of the screens in the NFL Network green room, and I looked up at our competition. I'm like, why are they talking about Aaron Rodgers' future?

We didn't talk about it at all on our show. I'm like, okay, you got Bills versus Bengals and Niners Cowboys. Aaron Rodgers was the last thing on my mind, and they had a whole conversation, apparently because Schefter said a trade could be coming. And Ian Rappaport said that based on what he was hearing out of Tampa, his players got the gist from Brady on Monday night that he was saying goodbye to them too.

So I'll say that's not an overreaction. I think Rogers isn't going anywhere. I think Brady's going somewhere, and it's not the Fox booth yet. By the way, Greg Olsen is fantastic. Yeah, he was. He has been. Greg Olsen is terrific at calling games. He could do a three-man, I guess.

Both Brady and Olsen. Yeah, why not? Maybe so. Yeah, he really did a great job yesterday.

Great job. He's calling the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl. I think Brady's on another team.

I think Rogers stays, if I had to guess right now. I don't have a crystal ball because it's boxed up behind me. Well, you do have one, just like you said.

It's so damn heavy. I got the bigger one. I wanted one that actually looked huge on screen. I didn't want a little one.

Well, that doesn't. If I could redo that deal, I'd get the little one. Nah, Rich, go big or go home, baby. You did it the right way. Is that it? You done? All right.

Overreaction Monday, everybody. So what's up? Is that it? It is indeed. Thank you.

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Call clickgrainger.com or just stop by. Let's take a couple of phone calls here. This guy is asking a question you said that you were going to have on overreaction Monday and then didn't. I don't know if you bailed on this one. Jamison in Maine, you're here on the Rich Eisen Show. What's up Jamison? Hey, can you hear me? I can.

What's on your mind? All right. So admittedly, the Patriots fan enjoyed watching the Bills lose this past week. So maybe a little bit of bias here. But I watch Burrow, I watch Mahomes and I guess my question is, is it time to start thinking of those two as the top tier quarterbacks in the AFC and Allen who hasn't really proven himself in clutch moments as a tier behind them in the AFC hierarchy? Now was that one of your overreaction Mondays, fellow Maynor, Chris Brockman?

Shout out 207. That's kind of what I was saying. That's great. Mahomes and Burrow are Manning and Brady and Allen is Philip Rivers. Or Allen is Big Ben. Big Ben... When? When? Big Ben won a Super Bowl in year two.

Twice. That's what I'm saying. But come on, man.

Here's the thing, Jamison. I am not ready to dispatch Josh Allen to a tier two. He's still in tier one. There's only two quarterbacks that can get to tier one every year. That's it. Any conference.

That's it. And there's only two quarterbacks in the league that can get to tier one, I guess, 1A would be a conference championship. Tier one is Super Bowl, right? There's only two quarterbacks that can do that every year. Well, these are the last two for the AFC. For the AFC. Well, this year, for the second straight year, we haven't seen that since Flacco and Brady went at it back-to-back years in the AFC championship game. That's the last time the AFC championship game was a rematch, 2013 and 2014. And 16 of the 18 years from 01, we had this, thanks for the call, Jamison. From 01 to 2018, we had this on NFL game day morning, Big Ben, Brady and Manning made 16 of the 18 Super Bowls, 16 of the 18. It was either Brady, Manning, Big Ben, or the two years that somebody else broke through was Flacco one year and Rich Gannon in 2002.

That's it. And here's another conversation people are going to be having this week. Big Ben has two rings and he's the first ballot Hall of Famer. How can maybe Josh Allen is that guy?

And if he's that guy and he's not like Mahomes or he's not Burrow, I think he'll live his life just fine and he's going to be in the Hall of Fame. You know? I mean, I've watched Buffalo come not do anything for 20 years. I mean, look, they have to do it.

He has to do it. We've been talking about Josh Allen and these Bills like they've won two or three titles. There's a ladder about to fall outside and he just hasn't done it.

So why do we have to talk about him like that? Is the ladder a metaphor for, you think, Josh Allen's season? Is that what he's doing?

Is that what it's out for? An actual fact. And look, people are going to be talking about it soon, Rich. They're going to say, hey, it's just Bill's championship window closed. That's ridiculous. Because guess what?

Herbert's coming. But you know he's right, Rich. But you know that I'm right. You know how your compadre is like closed.

It's not like this guy's 40. Come on. You know how the people in your seat, not in your seat act. We had a guy throwing a jersey out today. We did that at home yesterday. You threw a jersey out? Yesterday at home. It was yesterday at home.

Oh, OK. I saw the video. It was well staged. I thought his kitchen was going to be nicer. That was so impromptu, wasn't it? I didn't see it.

The window, people are going to have that conversation. But what have they done to be on the Mahomes level? They're not even as good as the Bengals. They had Mahomes beat for the lack of 13 seconds last year. Did they win the game? No. They're not even as good as the Bengals.

That's true. As we saw yesterday. So if Mahomes loses now, is he now in the second tier behind Borough?

No. Because they made it further than the Bills. I'm asking the question, if Borough beats Mahomes... No, because he's got a ring and an MVP trophy at home.

OK. So if Borough then goes to the Super Bowl for a second straight year and is now 4-0 against Mahomes and has gone into Arrowhead twice to prevent Mahomes from getting back to the Super Bowl, that's not equivalent to winning a ring and having an MVP trophy. If he wins a ring and he's 4-0 against Mahomes, they're on the same level.

Which is tier one. I think Josh Allen is sitting at home right now and he's wondering, how can I get some of these mistakes out of my game and what the hell else can be done to support my offense? That's what I'm sitting... He can't keep making mistakes. Mahomes, Borough, those guys don't make those mistakes to Allen. He's got to get those out of his game the same way Dak's got to get it out of his.

For sure. 844-204 Rich, number to dial, you're in the program. We'll take some over your phone calls in a second. Let's talk Mahomes. Let's talk Patrick Mahomes, shall we? Let's do it.

Alright. I watched the game and I watched what happened to him with his ankle and then I watched him come back in the game and all I could think of was the one time I was on Thursday Night Football and I watched Big Ben take on the Cleveland Browns and get hurt in the first half and it was called, on the spot, a high ankle sprain. And I remember we're all in the green room, we're all sitting there and everybody's like, oh, he's out for the game. And Marshall Falkos, I bet you he comes back.

I'm like, why? He goes, you know, that'd be a Big Ben thing to do. He just wraps it up and he'll take a shot and he'll come back in the game.

And he did. And I have never been to a game where I saw a quarterback go down with a high ankle sprain and come back in. And all the Thursday Night Football games I've been to and the games that I've called and the Super Bowls that I've been to, I've never seen it. So I tweeted that out. I've never seen that before. And all I got back on Twitter was like, I guess you didn't see Ryan Tannehill this year.

Happened to him all year long. And I'm like, OK, this is why Twitter sucks. I guess I should have said personally witnessed with my own two eyes, because that's what I meant by I watched somebody go down. So two things, one, I guess I'm appreciative that everybody thinks I've seen every snap of football all the time forever.

So thank you for having that belief in me. And secondly, it's pretty damn special to see somebody come back and do the stuff that Mahomes was doing, even with the high ankle sprain. And that's the other part of Mahomes that I'm hearing all the time and I'm getting all the time that, you know, you see all the memes when Chris Collinsworth gushes about Mahomes as he was doing again on Saturday. And you see all the memes when I'm talking about how Mahomes is out of his skull talented or as I tweeted out at the end of the game against Jacksonville, is half of Mahomes better than most quarterbacks?

And I tweeted that out for two reasons. One because Mahomes still was like hopping up in the pocket, climbing the pocket with a high ankle sprain and a jump throw off of the other foot. And I'm also tweeting out is half of Mahomes better than most other quarterbacks? Because for the Chiefs to win it all this year, that is going to have to be the case because a high ankle sprain is no joke. You heard Romo, who's well known for calling his shots correctly, say at the end of the Bills and Bengals game that it's not even a guarantee that Mahomes is going to play next weekend because high ankle sprains, the ones that he's dealt with in his career are so bad that you can play on it the day that you hurt it.

But the next day you wake up and it's terrible and then two days later you're on crutches. So that's why I ask it and so to everybody out there who's like, well, you're just like everybody else, you know, gushing over Mahomes, we're sick and tired of people gushing over Mahomes. Do you know why I gush over Mahomes and people like Collinsworth gushes over Mahomes and everybody who calls a Mahomes game gushes over Patrick Mahomes because he's worth gushing over about. He is that good. At the end of the day, he is that good. He's better than most.

He's better than most all time. I was even saying to my buddy Stonestreet, texting back and forth now that he's taking on Burrow again, that it's Brady 2.0 against and I'm just stopped. I'm like, who is Mahomes the 2.0 of?

Like who could I even call? Like is it Favre? Favre didn't run like him. Is it Elway? Is he 2.0 of Elway? Like who is Mahomes the 2.0 of? And I wrote Elway 2.0 and then I followed it up with Mahomes 1.0. Like I can't even comp him. That's how unique of a unicorn he is. So you might be sick and tired of folks in the national NFL media gushing over him, but guess what? He's worth it. And I find it so funny that I'm on the business end of it. When I'm one of the only ones that said, I think his reign atop the AFC West is over because the Raiders are that good.

And I've been getting it from Stonestreet and Chief's Kingdom every single second for it. I'm the one that actually underestimated this guy. And Reed and Bienamy and Kelsey because Tyreek Hill was gone and I thought the Raiders actually did catch up to him in terms of talent around a quarterback that can actually execute it for a coach that's been there before with Brady. What a dumb ass I was.

Mia Colpa. But I just find it funny that, oh, Rich, you're gushing all over him and you forgot about Ryan Tannehill. Get out of here with that noise. So now comes the next thing that, yeah, I mean, you know, Breier tweeted out that we're going to cover Mahomes' ankle like it's the moon landing all week. Whose Super Bowl was it where we were looking at the ankle? It was the Colts. Dwight Franey.

I mean, Dwight Franey. It was ankle 24-7. All Franey ankle all the time. I think it was against the Bears. Or was it the one against the Saints? I forget which one it was.

Oh, it might've been the Saints. But it was all Franey ankle all the time. Kenny go. What's going to happen? Kenny go rush the passer.

How's that going to affect the game? Or Brady's thumb against Billy. It's coming.

It's coming. As I said, he said it was going to be like the moon landing on like one small step for Mahomes, one giant leap for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Because this is what it's all about for Mahomes and his treatment. And Andy Reid, bless him, after the game called it an ankle tweak. He tweaked his ankle so insignificantly that you had to put Chad Hennie in the game on your own two yard line and Mahomes was freaking out that he had to go to the locker room to get it checked on. Oh my God. That's a tweak.

He flew down his jacket. I'm like, if that's a tweak, then what's a high ankle sprain? Like the night from Monty Python, it's just a flesh wound?

That's it's gushing blood all over the place? At Andy Reid, God bless Andy Reid. He called it what it was today and here was Reid on Monday about Mahomes' ankle. He told us after the game that he would immediately go into treatment. How encouraged are you by the past two days of treatment?

And Brad, I'll probably have a follow-up. Yeah, no, he's worked hard in the treatment and is doing okay. Coach, just staying on Patrick, you had mentioned he went through this week one of 2019.

How similar is this issue and how much do you anticipate it will help that he's already had to deal with this at another time? Yeah, he told you guys. I mean, he mentioned it to you that he's going to play.

So I mean, that's his mindset and then we'll just take it day by day and see how he does. Not Andy Reid's first rodeo. By the way, the win over Jacksonville gave Andy Reid 10 playoff wins as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, matching the number of playoff wins he had in 14 years in Philadelphia. 10 in each spot gives him 20 overall.

I do the math for you. He joins Belichick and Tom Brady as the only head coaches in the history of the NFL to have 20 postseason wins or better, but he's the only one to do it with 10 in each spot in two different spots. Unbelievable. So this is not his first rodeo. He's not going to tell you what's going on. What is he going to give Luanna Rumo? Staten Island's Luanna Rumo? We went to high school with my brother. I went to high school with his sister, Susan E. Wagner High School in Staten Island, New York. Are you going to tell Luanna Rumo just how hurt he is? We've got to get you on that, notable alumni. Forget about it.

He was what we used to say back in Susan E. Wagner. Come on. He's not going to tell you. Guy's got a high ankle sprain. So we're going to find out.

And yes, everybody else, I'll front load it for you. If he shows up and he starts playing like he doesn't have a high ankle sprain, I don't care if his ankle's as high as a kite because they've doped it up. I don't care.

He would still be doing stuff that you don't see other people do. And we will, yes, gush about him. So get ready because he's worth it and he's also a dynamite human being.

So that lends more to the equation. That's how good he is. That's how great he is. And come at me if you think I'm gushing too much, because again, I'm the guy that underestimated him.

True. Well, did you underestimate him or his team? It wasn't just like him. It was, he thought the team wouldn't be as good. And that was understandable.

No, I guess so to thank you for that clarification. I thought that what had been done elsewhere matched or potentially even surpassed what the chiefs had left after Tyreek Hill and made the mistake that they still wouldn't have Mahomes and Kelsey and Reed and everyone else around, didn't see Jared McKinnon coming, had no idea how good Isaiah Pacheco was. And you could say they still haven't even tapped what Juju or MVS, even though he scored against Jacksonville, still haven't reached that potential yet. But if it's half of Mahomes or 50% of Mahomes or whatever you want to call it, 60, 70, 80% of Mahomes, a hundred percent of borough is a whole handful and you better have a hundred percent of Mahomes.

And I don't think they're going to have him, clearly. 844-204-RICH, number to dial here on the Rich Eisen show, we'll empty the phone banks. And just while I'm at it, just in this kind of mood, I want to pat myself on the back. That's coming up. Yeah.

This is going to be fun because this is also for the guys in the room too. Oh yeah. Back here on the Rich Eisen show, 844-204-RICH is the number to dial, who's been holding on the longest? Gene in Florida has. What's up, Gene? Hey Rich, how are you doing? I'm great, Gene. I'm great, Gene.

How are you? I had to pick a subject. So I picked a number 262 in the draft and number one in America's hearts at this time, Brock Purdy. There you go.

What do you got? You all said that he didn't really play a spectacular game. Chris Long said that and you kind of said that a little bit, but I think maybe you guys are wrong. I think he did exactly what he needed to do other than that one pass, but he never really had to put on his Joe Rock hit 10 cape. He never had to abandon the run and start throwing because he was behind. The one thing I agree with you, Gene, the one thing he did not do is the one thing that he had to set himself to not doing and do not turn it over period. End of story. Jack put it in harm's way twice and it cost him and Purdy put it in harm's way, as many times you want to point out, it didn't cost him. It didn't come down in the hands of a Dallas Cowboy.

That's it. Right. But I don't think that he can't put that cape on. I think he's got, if it comes down to court management and being smart with the football, I think he's your guy.

I think he can pull off a win like that. Well look- I just don't think he's had to. He hasn't had to. He hasn't had, well, I mean, he kind of did it in the previous week, to be honest with you, Gene. I mean, he did, against Seattle, need to come out of the locker room and score.

He needed to do it, you know? And he was down, and thanks to the call, he was down in this game, 7-3. He was down, or 6-3, pardon me, because Purdy missed that extra point where he got blocked and he was going to miss it. And what he did was just kept the train on the tracks, and twice, Dak turned it over, and the Niners got three points out of each one, and they led. And then Purdy did not cough it up after the Cowboys tied it. He actually led a drive.

He did have a wide open kiddle that he almost missed, and kiddle out of make an incredible juggling catch to keep it on the tracks. But he didn't throw an interception, and he still hasn't in the playoffs. The Eagles would love to change that. Talk about an unkind cut.

How about the fact that Daniel Jones gets picked off by Bradbury? The guy with the Giants are like, yeah, he's too expensive, we got to cut him. Who wants him?

Oh, Philly will take him. I mean, what a nightmare for the Giants. What a nightmare start for the Giants. Give up a touchdown, and they did that against Minnesota, so they probably were like, okay, that happened in Minnesota, it's going to happen again, here's what we do. We march down the field, and we'll score. Then we'll stop, and then we'll score again.

Just like in Minnesota. Well, they marched down the field, they get halfway there. On third down, Daniel Jones trips on his own lineman, and for some reason, Dabol decides to go for it on fourth down.

I didn't get that one. It was fourth and eight. Right around midfield. Fourth and eight.

That one was weird. Well, he's thinking, we better do something, because I don't have the, I can't keep up with this team. Maybe, but you can punt it and get it out at the one yard line, or inside the five, and just let your defense do the work, and let him go 95 yards at least. Don't let him go half the field.

I didn't get that one. It wasn't like fourth and one, it wasn't fourth and two. It wasn't like early second, or third quarter, getting late, you're down, you're seeing all the writing on the wall. That one was just weird. I think he had a vision that a game could get out of hand in a hurry, and we need to try to slow it down.

Well, the one way for the game to get out of the hand early, and this is not 20-20 vision, I was thinking that the minute he said go for it, I thought they were just going to try and get him to jump offside, so the fourth down try would be closer. Plus, you know, Chris, guys, you shouldn't doubt me, because I'm right most of the time. This is great.

Humble hopes. No, no, no, no, this is great. Because all year long, I gave you guys what you've been after for a long time. I gave it to you. You have been telling me for a very long time, please do this, and I'm like, I don't want to do that, because everybody else does this, and I'm like, I don't want to do it. I don't want to do it, and you're like, go ahead and do it, and I gave you power rankings.

Yeah! All year long, and all I got from you, Jim Oakes, was nothing but scorn and heckling. That is not true.

We stopped after like three or four weeks. Yes, we did. False. False. I like heckling. False.

All year long, that's all I got, was heckling. You don't know how to do it. You know, that team lost. How do they go up in your standings? That team won. How do they stay put?

How do they go down one day? It's because I have eyes, I've got a football gut, and I've got experience. They lose and they go up two spots. And I also don't have any fear of your nonsense. I say what I feel, and what I feel is my gut, and my gut and my feel together equals, usually, more often than not, correctness. But in that spirit, Mr. Hoskins, put up my final power rankings going into the playoffs, will you please?

Is it? Oh, wow. I had the Niners won, the Chiefs two, the Eagles three, and the Bengals four. Who were the final four? Would you care to let me know who is the final four? Oh, all four of those teams.

I think we all had that. Who did I have at five because I didn't really believe that they were finishing that strong and go all the way? I had the Bills at five. Who do I have at six, another team like that, the Cowboys? Who were the last six teams standing?

I know that the schedule had to be a certain way to have them play on a Sunday. Who were the last six teams standing in the NFL this year, my top six in the power rankings? And who did I pop up to seven over the Vikings, over the Chargers, and over, yes, I included the Giants.

Who did I have? The Jacksonville Jaguars, who probably came up with the best road performance of the weekend. And I know the Cowboys came close, I'm just throwing it out there. So you had 11 teams on your top 10? I actually had the Ravens and Vikings, depending on whether Lamar was healthy and Lamar was not. And I said, if Lamar was not, I was taking them out of the top 10.

And how right was I there? You had seven out of eight division around. I had a great power ranking season.

Go ahead, go ahead, go ahead and hit it. Power rankings! Power rankings! That's it, just want to finish the season like that, to tell everybody how right I was. You guys.

What are you doing? You don't know what you're doing. You don't know how to do it. You didn't know why we did that, right? Okay, okay. You missed the point. No, I got the point exactly, and you put it on a very fine point.

You didn't get the point. All year long, you were like those two old guys on The Muppet Show, sitting up there in the balcony. Statler and Waldorf. That's who I'm talking about, that's great. Well done. I ought to pull that one out.

There's three of us. Del Tufo, he didn't beg, he was out of that. He wasn't in that. He didn't care. I was just glad you hit the drop half the time. Exactly. Nice job, Mike.

Thanks. No, Rich, the only reason I said anything for the first couple weeks is because when I used to do my Ritz, you would always interrupt me. So I was like, let me just give you a little bit of your medicine back, and then I did stop. I stopped after a few weeks. I didn't stop.

Chris didn't stop. All right, let's go. What is your major malfunction, nub-nuts? Thank you very much. Great drop. I didn't know you had a- I had to search for that. Such a drop.

What is that labeled? Props to you, Rich, for getting that. Wow. Oh, yeah, that's a good one. Props to you for getting that last one, though.

Thank you. I can't even camp front on that one. Let's go to who we're going to take here. Juan in Chicago. What's up, Juan? Hey, Juan. How's it going, Rich? What's up, sir? Can you hear me? I can. You're on the air.

What do you got? What up, Juan? Yeah. So my thinking is, of the last few teams left in here, but with the exception of the Cincinnati Bengals, I think that the Eagles are the only team that are looking, let's say, not mortal. And I'm wondering, is Jalen Hurts getting enough respect? Oh, my. Are we sleeping on Jalen Hurts? Oh, God.

You're not going to bust out the dog mass again, are you, Juan? I mean, I think the rest of the world really believes in your Eagles, for sure. I mean, I thought, you know, until Hurts got hurt in the final throws of the season, he was the front runner for MVP. And some people will just, even though the way they played without him is proof of his value, still discount the fact that he didn't play all 17 games like, say, Mahomes did or anybody else that's up for MVP. I think nobody's overlooking your team, quite frankly.

And if anybody is, woe to them. And maybe part of it, again, and thanks to the call, Juan, is just, again, everyone overlooks Jalen Hurts because everybody's frame of reference for this kid is the first time he was seen by millions upon millions of people when Nick Saban, the modern day Lombardi of college football, or the Bear Bryant of the day, decided to bench him in favor of Tua. And everybody thought that meant Hurts was less than, even though he didn't at all bitch and moan about it. He stuck around with the program for a full year. He stuck there and actually came back and proved to be a factor in crucial moments for Alabama. Then he goes to Oklahoma and he's the only guy there that, what, didn't win a Heisman trophy for Lincoln Riley?

So he's less than Baker and he's less than Kyler there too. And then he wasn't even a first round guy. And then they didn't even turn to him until Carson Wentz proved thoroughly unusable.

And then they finally turn to him. And even though he does well, they bench him in the fourth quarter of a meaningless game. So that's the way everybody has a frame of reference for Jalen Hurts. Then he starts, then he gets one and done by Tom Brady in a game where they weren't even remotely in it as a seven seed.

So that's how so many people are informed about Jalen Hurts and you better have your head on a swivel. And I bet you Niner fans aren't sitting there thinking, oh, we got this in the bag. But if you Eagle fans want to take your dog masks out, go for it. I'm picking the Eagles. And you know, I took Niners to go. I might actually switch. I have that right.

And I choose to intend to potentially use it. I think we're looking at Bengals, Eagles, man. It'll be a fun two weeks. Well, we've got four days to talk about it. The rest of this week, I want to thank today's guest, Chris Long. Tomorrow, Matthew Hasselbeck of ESPN, Mike Mayock and the actor, Jay Franco and you.

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