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And thank you again for tuning in. If you listen to the last hour of the show, we talked about the Lakers and LeBron James. LeBron James, the Lakers, they beat the Knicks tonight in New York City 129 to 123. LeBron James did not pass Kareem yet. He needs 89 more points. Seems like it'll be next week, maybe Saturday. But for tonight, LeBron James did pass Mark Jackson and Steve Nash.
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And so we got a lot to do. We've talked about LeBron James, and he will be discussed a lot over the next week as he gets ready to pass Kareem. 89 points away.
LeBron James climbing up the record books isn't the only thing worth discussing tonight. We all learned earlier today that Sean Payton, he's going to be on his way to the Denver Broncos. The Saints and the Broncos have come up with some trade compensation numbers involving draft picks that will move Sean Payton from a team that he coached for 16 years.
We know that he just took a year off to sit on television on Fox. And now he's going to be tasked with heading to Denver to change their fortunes around. Because God knows what we just saw this past season from the Denver Broncos with Nathaniel Hackett at the helm was disastrous. I mean, from the very first game, sending the kicker out there. Hey, man, kick a 64 yarder.
Things didn't necessarily improve at all. Nathaniel Hackett not even lasting the entire year. And when you are the Walton family, the folks who run and operate Wal-Mart and you got more money than anybody else in the NFL.
You're just going to spend cash. The Denver Broncos have allocated about 250 million dollars to Russell Wilson. They send in that guy out there to be complete garbage. And so Sean Payton will be tasked with fixing this team.
We're going to talk about that momentarily. We also learn that D'Amico Ryans is now the new head coach for the Houston Texans, which have been a disaster in and of themselves. I know people are thrilled that Lovey Smith is gone. Earlier today, we learned that the Pro Bowl is even more of a joke. Tyler Huntley will be participating in the Pro Bowl games.
And so we got a lot more to do as the show goes on. Aaron Rodgers talked to Pat McAfee about his future. Urban Meyer did some talking today as well about his future. But let's get into this guy that we just mentioned, Sean Payton. We know about his success. One of the most successful coaches that we have seen here overall in the NFL's 100 plus year history. 152 coaching victories at the time of his departure, 21st all time.
We know about what he's done here over the past 20 years. He's the winningest coach in Saints history. He started in 2006, won a championship with Drew Brees. You think about Brees and Payton.
It's like peanut butter and jelly. And then Drew Brees left. This man had to figure out the quarterback position. He's like, I'm not sitting around with Jamis Winston. And he went to television.
He decided he didn't want anymore. But of course when you have the success and the resume of Sean Payton, people are going to come knocking. They're going to come calling. And so the New Orleans Saints still own and have his rights. And now he's going to be moved. The Saints will receive the Broncos 2023 first round draft pick, that's number 29 this season. They're going to get their 2024 second round pick. And the Broncos, well, they get Sean Payton as well as the Saints 2024 third round pick. And so the Saints here, man, they're trying to make things happen. And the Broncos, they're trying to figure out where the hell they're going to get picks from. They got Sean Payton. I guess between Sean Payton and Russell Wilson they can go ahead and fix the world for a team that just went 5 and 12. It was only a couple of weeks ago on television that Sean Payton pretty much started his crusade.
Just to go out there and, I don't know, get a job. He's been interviewing what it seems like the entire world. And I hope this is worth it for the Denver Broncos. Because this year, this year's draft, they will not pick until round number three. The Denver Broncos will not have a draft pick until pick number 68. It was only a few weeks ago that Kurt Menefee on Fox, he looked Sean Payton in the eye and he pretty much asked him, hey, man, what are the odds that we see you back on television versus seeing you coach next year? This is what Sean Payton had to say. Is there a place you're leaning towards right now?
No, there's absolutely not a place I'm leaning towards. And Denver's been the only team. I said this on the prior show and it's important for you guys to hear this. I'm going to have a hard time finding a better roster. I got my right defensive end, my left defensive end. I got my starting quarterback. If we want to go to pistol, we'll bring in Vic. I got the head coach right here.
I'm kind of picky. And so this job is as good as a lot of those jobs that we just saw. But, no, the protocol is just permission right now. This has happened before.
It's happened maybe a dozen, half dozen times. And then the interview process can begin on the 17th. So we'll see what happens. Go ahead, Jimmy. Let's put you under the light. Go ahead.
Put you under the light. What would you be looking for in a job? I think it's more, everyone's asked about that, like city or quarterback. I think it's more about ownership and front office.
I think, look, there's no utopia. All these teams that we just saw Jay go through, they're all moving on for reasons. And some of them, you've got to be careful, if it's not just the coach, that there's other problems that are deeper.
So for me, it would be ownership and front office. Okay. I've got two quick questions. One, the flattery is really nice, what you said to us. One through ten, what are the chances you'll be here next year with us? Seven.
Well, it don't seem like no seven now, does it? It seems like he's going to go to the team that he talked about at the beginning of that conversation. He's going to be the head coach of the Denver Broncos.
And why not? He has a quarterback in front of him. And his name is Russell Wilson. And he talked about ownership. He's going to the team with the owner that got more money than anybody. Have you been in Walmart? Depending on where you live, what does Walmart not sell?
The Walton family is wealthy beyond measure. They said, hey, we need a quarterback. Okay, fine, how much we got to pay Russell Wilson?
Let's trade for him and give him $250 million. And he looked like crap last year, didn't he? The entire offense for the Broncos was complete garbage. Sean Payton is supposed to be the offensive genius, right? Sean Payton, he's going to fix things, huh? I'll put it to you this way. What do you have to lose, right? What, draft picks? You think they got fleeced?
I mean, we have seen through the course of history. You think about certain players, or not players, but actual coaches. How about someone like Bill Parcells?
Bill Parcells, the New York Jets, New England Patriots. They were draft picks exchanged for him. First round draft picks.
So this isn't anything unusual. Not by any stretch of the imagination. And if you're the Broncos, you have no choice.
No choice but to go for it right now. You've already invested money into Russell Wilson, who is crazy. He's 34 years old. You have a top defense, or had a top defense in the NFL last year. You're trying to rebuild the offense. If you're the Broncos, look, Russell Wilson is going to work or not work. And you're still going to have Sean Payton.
What's the worst that could happen? As a matter of fact, Russell Wilson, he's eager to move forward himself. It's a terrible year for Russell Wilson. 16 touchdowns, 11 interceptions. The Broncos had the worst offense in the entire NFL.
Only 17 points per game. They had a terrible head coach in Nathaniel Hackett. Aaron Rodgers loved him. I guess Nathaniel Hackett did his laundry, helped him win MVPs.
But he could not, pardon the pun, he could not hack it as the head coach for the Denver Broncos. Yeah, poor choice of words, but you know what the hell I'm saying. After the season, a matter of fact, after a beat down against the Ravens, which looked like just a roll around in the dirt, Russell Wilson made it clear, I do not want to be a loser again next year. I really lost many games like this, so it's a new feeling. One I don't like. One I don't want to experience ever again.
And one that we have to figure out how to do that and how to not experience this as a collective group. Like you said, I'm used to finding ways to win and all that stuff, but I think it's not about used to or anything else, it's about tomorrow. He could have went on for another five minutes and we would have got more Russellisms.
I don't want to feel this again, and we're going to come back next year, and we're going to play better, and I hope to play better, and I can't wait to get started. And I'm sure he ended. Shep, did he end the press conference? Probably not.
It'd be poor timing by saying let's ride. Probably not, right? Probably not, no.
Probably not. He got a ride as soon as he could out of there, but not that specific quote. Yeah, I'm certain that the fan base, the media, and all of my friends in Denver were sick of him and let's ride by the time we got to the end of the year.
And I'll put it to you this way. I understand the draft pick compensation. I mentioned, you know, Bill Parcells. Four draft picks traded from the Patriots to the Jets, including a first round draft pick in 1999. You think about Bill Belichick when he went from the Jets to the Patriots. New York Jets, they got a first round draft pick. The man who's no longer in the NFL, who was able to get, well, let me not say get, Mark Davis decided to give him a $100 million contract. But way before that, when he moved from the Raiders to the Buccaneers, Jon Gruden was worth a 2002 first round draft pick, plus some.
So we are not here in any place that's not Ventured Waters. The Broncos have no choice. Here's the thing. The Walton family isn't going anywhere. Their money isn't going anywhere. Nobody wants to spend $250 million on Russell Wilson to just have this guy sink in the NFL. And Russell Wilson is going to have to change. He's going to have to adapt. And I mean, certainly there were reports of Russell Wilson having his own office, his own office at the Denver Broncos, a practice facility.
I was actually there not too long after he was traded. I ain't seen no damn Russell Wilson office. But if there is one, I can imagine that won't be the case under Sean Payton. The Broncos got life. They got a defense. They just need an experienced head coach. Someone who's won a championship, someone who's worked with a Hall of Famer, and someone who's going to command respect.
And I think that's Sean Payton. If you're the Denver Broncos, what the hell else do you have to lose? I mean, what good is a draft pick if you don't have a head coach who can organize and garner the respect of the whole team? And so I have no issue with the draft compensation that they gave up, the Broncos did to the Saints to bring in Sean Payton. And I think if you're the Broncos, you pretty much have no choice. You got to try to squeeze out whatever the hell you can from Russell Wilson while he is here.
Thirty four years old. His deal doesn't end until after the 2028 season. I'm going to say that again. Russell Wilson's contract does not end until after the 2028 season.
Good luck. That's why they got Sean Payton in there. And I'm not mad at anything they gave up to acquire him. Phone lines are open. That's eight five five two one two four CBS. That's eight five five two one two four CBS. I know we got a lot of thoughts on LeBron.
I know people have thoughts on Sean Payton and Russell Wilson. I'm going to take your calls on the other side. It's the J.R. sport brief show CBS Sports Radio. You are listening to the J.R. sport brief on CBS Sports Radio. You are listening to the J.R. sport brief on CBS Sports Radio. I'm at work doing security, man, and I listen to your show every night. Hey, man, I am new to your show, but I absolutely love it.
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It's the J.R. sport brief show here on CBS Sports Radio. We've already had a busy first two hours. Right before the break, we talked about Sean Payton basically being traded or his rights being traded from the New Orleans Saints over to the Denver Broncos, where he will ultimately coach Russell Wilson and the disaster that they had last year. Things can't get worse, right? There's no way in hell things could be as bad as they were this upcoming season.
And so for that, despite the the draft compensation moving over a first rounder plus Sean Payton, I think it's well worth it for the Denver Broncos to turn things around. We talked about LeBron James, who is now eighty nine points away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And as well tonight against the New York Knicks in the Lakers victory, LeBron James moved up the all time assists leader list. He's now fourth all time, passing both Mark Jackson and Steve Nash in one night.
Before I get to your phone lines on at all, eight five five two one two four CBS. I need to let you know about the defensive player of the week, sponsored by the Navy Federal Credit Union, who proudly serves the armed forces, DOD veterans and their families. Their members are the mission.
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And the Eagles were able to handle the forty niners easily this past Sunday in the NFC championship game. The final score thirty one to seven Hassan Redick. He is your Navy Federal Credit Union defensive player of the week. Let's go ahead and hit the phone lines up eight five five two one two four CBS. It's eight five five two one two four CBS. Wesley is calling from Alabama. You're on CBS Sports Radio. Hey.
Hey, you would be live, Wesley. Go ahead. All right. I just wanted to say, did you get by chance to score the Alabama basketball game tonight?
No, I haven't. Oh, man, it was a beat down of ethical portions. So I'm glad I didn't see it. What else you got?
Yes. One on one to forty four. They beat Vanderbilt. So I'm glad I didn't see it.
What else is up? I was going to say I've been a saint fan my whole life. And I obviously can tell that Russell Wilson is going to have massive success.
And I agree Hassan Redick definitely deserves defensive player of the week. I mean, the man just put on a clinic. Why are you confident that that Sean Payton is going to turn things around in Denver? Well, look at the way he turned it around in New Orleans.
It is just a massive turnaround that no one saw coming. OK, reasonable. Well, thank you, Wesley, for calling from Alabama. I appreciate you, man. Yes, sir. Anytime. Love the show.
Well, thank you so much. Yeah, we know Sean Payton didn't necessarily have the easiest route there. And taking over the Saints, especially starting in in 2006, right out of the gate, went to the NFC title game. They lost to the Bears that year. He has more victories than anybody in Saints history. We know about the relationship of him in the city breeze in the city coming over and getting things started. Following Katrina, he's he's won tons of games. I mean, there's there's no denying that. Eight five five two one two four CBS Lucas here from Baltimore.
Hey, thanks for taking my call. You know, it really helps Sean Payton's resume when you have the number two passing quarterback. Your yards of all time. He's got eighty thousand passing yards. And then he's number two all time with passing touchdown. That will make any head coaches resume look good.
So he's he had one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time that to coach. And that really helps out a lot. Well, well, yeah, of course. I think we we hear this from a lot of folks. And thank you, Luke, for calling from Baltimore.
Yeah, of course. If you were to go ahead and ask Bill Belichick about his success, he has said it plenty of times. He's like, hey, I wouldn't be able to do it without great players. I mean, if we wanted to go look at another sport, if we wanted to take a look at basketball, where would Phil Jackson be if he was just, I don't know, coaching the Grizzlies from Vancouver? Where would Phil Jackson be if he just said, oh, well, let's let's give you the give you the expansion Miami Heat?
No, he started off with Michael Jordan and coached some guy named Shaq and Kobe. And so, of course, if you want to take a look at the talent, sure, Drew Brees had talent. He didn't start to maximize that talent, or at least no one trusted him to maximize that talent until he got to New Orleans.
Nobody trusted his shoulder. He was supposed to go to Miami. That didn't necessarily happen. And so we can always look at the chicken and the egg scenario. I can say, well, would Drew Brees still have the same amount of success if if he stayed in San Diego or went to Miami or went elsewhere?
Was this a perfect confluence? And I'm not going to tell you that Russell Wilson is completely cooked because I don't think he is. Can he move around the same way? Is he going to go out there and rush for, I don't know, 700 yards like he did a few seasons ago? No, I don't see that happening. But I don't think Russell Wilson is just prime for the garbage bin. I think he still has some life left in him. And I think Sean Payton. And in reality, they cannot be worse than what they were last year at all.
None. And yes, we can look at Sean Payne. Oh, yeah, Drew Brees. Well, Drew Brees had him. Is the player more important?
Yes. But I'm not going to disregard what the coach has done over the past 16 years. He's one of the most accomplished in the league. What do we think?
And that anybody could do it? Did we just see what happened with Nathaniel Hackett? Coaches, you think about just look at the big picture. Most NFL coaches do not last.
They have zero success. Most coaches in the NFL, all things considered, they end up being losers. And so when you actually have one who's a winner, a big time winner, I just think it's real short-sighted to go, Well, he had Drew Brees. Well, he had Bill Belichick.
Let's give these guys some credit as well. 855-2124 CBS. Let's go to Oregon and talk to Tim. You're on the JR Sport Brief Show. Hey, JR. Hello. Hey, I didn't call for this reason.
I'll tell you why I did call. But as far as Denver, so they're going to win one or two more games next year. He's going to be a year older and maybe one or two more games the next year. It's a long process with Russell Wilson. I think it's too late. But the reason I called you.
Well, hold on. Before you before you move on and I'll let you what what should the Broncos have done? It's been reported that they wanted D'Amico Ryan's, which is reasonable. They wouldn't necessarily have to give up the draft capital or the assets. And we know that D'Amico Ryan's will now be the head coach of the team.
He started his career with with the Houston Texans. Knowing that fact, what was the other option for the Broncos? The option was what they did. I agree with what you're saying. It's the option is what they did. They'd made the right decision.
But darn it, it's not enough. They lost so many players. And yeah, you talked about their defense and they better be just as good or better next year. Because it's going to be a rough year there. You know, I don't know, you know, one or two more wins. If you if you only get one or two more wins more than you had this year, the next two seasons.
You know, then the guy's thirty six, thirty seven years old. They need to win now. It's too bad they don't have some better draft pick. I'll talk to you about James when you're ready. Well, hold on. Wait, wait, Sam. I think I think it's too early to say that it's still January. Give it a few hours.
It'll be February, depending on where you live. And I'm not going to say, oh, they're only going to win one or two more games. Let's see them get through the offseason first. Let's not just judge it on what the past roster was before we go through an offseason of free agency, of cuts, of releases, of potential other trades.
One step at a time. What's your point on LeBron? You made a good point.
James, I'm disappointed in this. If I go back to the days of Walt Frazier, the butcher, and then we can go on and on and on about all these stars, Bird and all these guys over the years, what man in that generation would have ever taken this game off against, let's say, the New Orleans Pelicans in the middle of a heated race where they're really only three or four games behind a team like that and just give a team a chance to win because he wants to set the record at home. They're in their 50 games into the season and he needs to play if he's healthy and not save it for the home crowd. I don't know what you think about that, but I feel strongly about that. Why would he take the night off in the 49-50 games into the season when they're fighting to get into the top ten?
I am not a Laker fan. I just find it hard to believe that he's going to take a night off during this stretch. There's no confirmation that he is going to take a night off. I hope he does and I've heard the talk.
I hope he doesn't do that. Well, Tim, let me respond. Damn, Tim, you asked me a question.
Let me respond. Sorry. I'm glad you feel strongly about it, but hold on a second. I agree with you.
I assume you didn't hear the last hour of the show last night. As I basically said, if I were just a quote unquote regular NBA fan, I wouldn't be buying no damn ticket to see anybody right now just because of the amount of players that don't play. And so I find it disgusting. And I think the NBA, the Players Association, everybody involved, they have to figure out a way to have the players out there. And everybody can sit around and come up with different ideas and concepts to incentivize play.
The plan was supposed to do that and also stop tanking. It hasn't. All you did is give the players another opportunity to kind of lollygag throughout the year and say, oh, this is your last chance to potentially get in. And so I agree with you.
It's absolutely terrible. And we can go through a long list of players who would have played through, I don't know, stabbings, gunshot wounds and broken legs. But the fact is, we are in a different era. And if I were to take a player from 20 years ago and draft them into this life, they'd probably be sitting out, too. But I think we understand we're in two different times, spaces and eras.
And so I agree with you. It would be terrible if LeBron James decided not to play against New Orleans. He hasn't said as much.
The Lakers haven't said as much. But we know based on some of the things that we've seen, would anybody really be that surprised? I wouldn't. I think I'd be I'd be upset.
Shout out to my main man, Shadel. I'm pretty sure he's going to be out there and in Smoothie King Arena. I got a lot of friends in New Orleans who would be just.
They'd be ticked off if they got a ticket and he didn't play because he wanted to rest. It's bad. It's the J.R. sport reef show here on CBS Sports Radio eight five five two one two four CBS. I'm going to get some more of your calls on the other side of the break. I mentioned to you, D'Amico Ryan's head coach of the Houston Texans. That's another team moving in a positive direction. And they are the opposite of the Broncos. They don't just have a new coach.
They also got a draft pick. I'm going to take your calls. I'm going to talk to you about D'Amico. I'm going to get into the Pro Bowl.
We got a lot to do. You are listening to the J.R. sport brief on CBS Sports Radio. You are listening to the J.R. sport brief on CBS Sports Radio.
It's a great J.R., man. Your show is so awesome. We appreciate listening to you on a regular basis. I'm calling now at eight five five two one two four CBS. It's the J.R. sport brief show here with you on CBS Sports Radio. We got a lot of callers, a lot of thoughts, a lot of opinions on on Sean Payton heading over to the Denver Broncos to try to fix the disaster that we all witnessed last year and last season.
We got a lot of people with a lot of thoughts. No surprise about LeBron James as well. I'm sure you heard in the news flash in the news shared with us by Marco Belletti, David Temper defending the higher or bringing in Frank Reich as the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers and and leaving Steve Wilkes to figure out what he does next. Especially the fact that, you know, OK, you had an African-American head coach who was able to go five hundred the rest of the way.
But Frank Wright comes in because of his offensive prowess. Well, the NFL did add another African-American head coach today as D'Amico Ryans will be coaching the Houston Texans. Obviously, the McNair family runs the Texans and the past two years it's basically been a babysitter scenario. David Cully came in to babysit.
Lovey Smith came in to babysit. I just don't know why they brought Lovey Smith in. They won the last game of the season, which didn't necessarily do them any good in their draft stock or status. At least the Bears don't need a quarterback at number one. And so the Texans will draft that number two and now they have their head coach. And I think it's pretty damn cool that their head coach is someone who played for the team.
To me, it feels like yesterday. I remember when D'Amico Ryans was basically a rookie in the NFL. He won defensive player of the year for the rookies in 2006. He's been to multiple Pro Bowls, finished up his career with Philly, and then basically has been working with Kyle Shanahan ever since. He took over for Coach Salah as the defensive coordinator and now he's going to be leading the way for the Houston Texans. He's an easy guy to root for and so once the Texans actually get their hands on their next franchise quarterback, who knows, maybe Bryce Young, maybe Stroud, I have no idea. They can start to rebuild some of the, well not just some, just rebuild the whole damn team.
Damian Pierce had a good rookie season. Brandon Cooks certainly didn't want to be there. And having a head coach lead the way is certainly one part of the equation. And pretty soon the Texans will have their hands on someone who they feel and hope is their next starting quarterback for years. 8-5-5 2-1-2 for CBS.
It's 8-5-5 2-1-2 for CBS. Speaking of the Panthers before I move on, Frank Reich in speaking to the media today, he's the head coach. Head coach needs a quarterback. We know it ain't going to be Sam Darnold.
We hope to God not. That's what Frank Reich had to say about the QB position. You got to have stability at quarterback. You know, you want to have stability at quarterback. So the good thing that I've learned in my past experience here, in the past experience in a few years, is we've learned how to adapt to different styles of quarterbacks.
But that's not the ideal situation. Good luck to the Carolina Panthers. Denver Broncos got a coach and a quarterback. They just hope that the quarterback isn't washed up.
8-5-5 2-1-2 for CBS. Lloyd is here from Oklahoma. Hey, Lloyd, you'd have to be live. Yeah. Yeah.
Yeah, you're live. Go ahead, Lloyd, please. JR, without getting too analytic, I just wanted the listeners to know to be all fair here with Russell. And don't get me wrong, you know, I mean, we've had some offensive line injuries, as you know, running back injuries. In fact, you know, we had the most injuries there at one point in the NFL.
Okay. And I think a lot of people forget about that. And I'm trying to be fair with Russell. But at the same time, you know, the contractual, you know, before the Walton Penner group got a hold of Denver. I mean, you know, I don't know why we made that kind of a contract without doing a little more assessment. That's my view on that. But I wanted your input on that.
But yeah, go ahead. Part. I'm not going to say part.
Everything that you just said is accurate. I mean, a friend of mine, Dalton Reisner, was on the offensive line for the Denver Broncos last year. And now Dalton Dalton is likely to be moving on. I'll actually see Dalton. I should see Dalton at the Super Bowl next week in Arizona. And so, yeah, there have been a lot of injuries. Dalton, people have been critical of him and his play. You mentioned Russell Wilson is this honest criticism for years about Russell holding on to the ball for too long.
And so that's correct. I'll say this, as I told one of our callers right before the break. This is why we have an offseason like you have Russell Wilson.
He is older. You're bringing in Sean Payton. We know the offense needs a whole reconstruction. It's not just Russell.
It's not just the line. It's not just the the weapons at receiver. It's not just injuries. Next year is going to be a new year with additional talent. They're going to have to gel.
But I find it very difficult to believe that next season the offense is the worst in the NFL again. Yes. Yes. J.R., do you do you believe, though, that that when you have a quality head coach, he can improve culture there? Right. Yeah.
I mean, you know, you can really improve the culture. Another thing that really bothered me, you know, speaking about Russell was just, you know, the facts that we had, the turnovers. I mean, turnovers really killed Denver. But how look how good the defense played J.R. all through the season. Really?
Well, I mean, obviously the Rams. That was a big that's why. And they had to they had to work overtime or are they going to maintain the same level of play being top five again?
I mean, we don't know, but I can't imagine the fall off of being that tough. Thank you, Lloyd, for calling from Oklahoma. Kevin is calling from Chicago.
You're on CBS Sports Radio. Hey, J.R., so I was thinking about lately of all the hate on Mike McCarthy and all the love on Sean Payton. And that's pretty much in the media. And a lot of people think Sean Payton is going to come in and fix the Broncos. But when you really looked at it, you got Mike McCarthy, same regular season winning percentage, better playoff record, better top season, which was 15 and one hit. They both have a Super Bowl. But there's a bunch of hate on Mike McCarthy.
And everybody thinks Sean Payton is going to come and fix everything. And I just don't see it. I think giving up those draft picks isn't that great. So I don't think maybe put me in my place and let me know where I am.
I'm not going to put you in your place. What I find is in our last caller kind of alluded to this. Everything that you just said about numbers and stats are pretty accurate. Between Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy, starting in 2006 with their respective teams, the Saints and at that point in time for Mike McCarthy, the Green Bay Packers, all of those numbers are comparable. A Super Bowl apiece and looking at that, that's true.
Now, I would kind of bristle at, oh, this is manufactured from the media. You know, the praise of Sean Payton versus the the smacking around of Mike McCarthy. You know, I can think about someone like like Drew Pearson, who spoke with Zach Gelb right before my show. And he pretty much affirmed, confirmed something that came out of Mike McCarthy's own mouth. What I told our last caller and he said this, he used the word culture. We can look at stats and we can look at numbers. I always find a head coach in the NFL to be the tip of the spear in establishing how everybody else communicates underneath him. But more importantly, respect.
That's it. Mike McCarthy. And we can look at the record in the numbers.
And I'll say this because it's not a long point. I feel throughout the course of his tenure, he's had a whole hell of a lot of talent in Green Bay. I'd venture to say more often than not, more than the Saints.
That's debatable for some. But I'd say that Mike McCarthy for years has been undermined not just by his own players. Hi, Aaron Rodgers, towards the end, but by fan bases, ex players.
Mike McCarthy at times and speaking is not the most clear in his points. I've never necessarily heard that about Sean Payton in the same way. And so when you ask me or you bring up the fact of the numbers are comparable, why is one guy praised and the other guy kind of slapped around?
He gets slapped around all the time. And that's the difference. If you're not respected, man, what difference does it make? Right. Yeah, that's a good point. Thanks for taking my call. I appreciate it. No problem, Kevin.
Thank you for calling from Chicago. Like that's that's that's the first thing that you want from a head coach. Is he going to have the respect? And that's not to take away from what Mike McCarthy has done. We can look at the numbers. The numbers look good. The talent that he has worked with looks good.
But Mike McCarthy looks silly when in a press conference he's just, oh, yeah, we weren't prepared. We can all do better. Well, who does that fall on? That falls on you.
And I'm thinking about recently. It doesn't look or sound good. When Jerry Jones is talking about his head coach and he goes, well, our head coach knows he ain't going to be here forever.
I got two other guys that could replace him right now. Whoa. He gets slapped around by Aaron Rodgers and it doesn't look good. Sean Payton receives praise, as far as I can see, from people inside the room. And that's where it starts with any head coach. That's where it starts with any leader, anybody who opens up their mouth and is tasked with leading other people. If you don't got no respect.
Things are going to crumble. Look at what just happened with Nathaniel Hackett. The players didn't respect him from that first damn game. What the hell is our coach doing?
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