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August 31, 2022 3:10 pm

Rich and the guys discuss starting up a fantasy football league at the prodding of his wife Suzy Shuster that may or may not include Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster.

Brockman begins his pre-season NFL power rankings with ‘Burning Questions’ for teams 32 through 26 including the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, and Detroit Lions. 

 Rich and the guys react to 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan’s explanations for keeping Jimmy Garoppolo and debate the wisdom of having the deposed starter as Trey Lance’s backup, and break down the Philadelphia Eagles’ recent trades including trading embattled WR Jalen Reagor to the Minnesota Vikings where he joins Justin Jefferson, the player Philly passed over in the NFL Draft to select Reagor. 

Michigan alum Rich fields a call from a viewer who asks if he’s still motivated to beat Ohio State again. Seriously, he actually asked that question.

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We've got a great relationship and it's never been foured. The Rich Eisen Show, earlier on the show. NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero. Ravens tight end Mark Andrews.

Plus Cardinals running back James Connor. Coming up, your phone calls, latest news and more. And now it's Rich Eisen. Oh man, welcome to our number three of the Rich Eisen Show. We're wide open for your phone calls.

844-204-rich. Number Donald also on in this hour reviewing Kyle Shanahan's press conference yesterday in light of sticking around with Jimmy Garoppolo. He's still there in the same quarterback room with the starting quarterback whose job Jimmy took last year or he took Jimmy's job this year.

Jimmy's not upset, I mean to use the Seinfeld phrase. It's all copacetic so that's coming up in this hour. Chris Brockman shortly with a new segment here on this program, burning questions.

Chris Brockman's burning questions, right? That's right. We have a drop for it too? Yeah, I think so.

We have a little production value. All right, it's coming up. You get that ready, fella. You get that ready, fella. TJ Jefferson, good to see you over there.

What an hour we just had. Mark Andrews of the Ravens, James Connor of the Cardinals. And then our new friend of the program, his name is Joel Stetler. He's a third grade teacher in Fresno, California calling from, as he said, a fusion chair. He's the guy that I, along with Susie, we saw him take the stage of the Killers concert on Saturday night holding up a sign saying that he wants to come on stage. He's fighting cancer.

He wants to come on stage and play a song with the band. He did. He was so great at it. The whole place went nuts. I tweeted out a video of it and he saw that, heard our conversation on our show earlier this week and just called in. And man, did we have a wonderful chat with him.

And if you missed it, go to our YouTube stream, slash Rich Eyes and Show. The 457s in the chat room are sitting there and commenting on everything. And I heard during the commercial break in hour number two, words that normally would I think frighten most men on planet earth is your wife is in the chat room. And so Susie's been, she's been active in the YouTube chat room this morning.

Just a few comments here and there. She also texted me about a Rich Eyes and Show fantasy league. Like what's, what are we doing? She wants to start. There have been behind the scenes discussions about having a show fantasy league.

As TJ will point out to anyone who will listen, he's been trying to do this with us for years and no one has really been interested. So it's cause I, you, how many, how many leagues are you in? I'm in one that I actually care about, but we do the Alice in Chains league. That's two. And I do a Pickham's. I do Survivor. You're now in this third one.

Third crazy one. I gamble. Like I got a lot going on. How old are you?

42. And you got a lot of Asco. I have a problem. So, you know, adding another league to all of that is, you know, you got to have time to gamble. I really need to focus.

I need to have a good fall. That's all I'm saying. Yeah. He put a pool in. So, you know, is that what it is?

Well, you're not betting that much money that I didn't pay for a pool. Is it? Absolutely not. Rich. Absolutely not.

However, I, you know, that's not nothing. Well, I mean, so what would this fantasy league be? It would just be amongst us and then we would invite fans to, to join us. No, no, I think it's just going to be everyone here who works on the show. You know, some of our fill-ins, Ryan Leaf, Ben Lyons. I see what she's, that's it? Yeah.

Okay. Cause normally Susie's always about involving our fans. Oh, we can get the fans involved, but we were originally talking. I don't think she really cares about being in a fantasy league with us. We were originally talking about just like the staff. No, I know that. The staff league. Yeah. But just knowing Susie, her interest in it would not be that she wants a team.

Let me ask her in the chat instead of texting. I think her interest would be, you should involve some of the fans to get a, uh, like give away a spot or two for a fan to compete with us. That would make things more interesting to me.

You could have a team or a couple of teams where you let someone coach the team that week, even. Oh. Who? A fan?

A fan. Like switch it up every week. That's your team. You can do that with your team.

That's your team. All right. That's my problem. I'm not going to, I'm a control freak for a living. I'm not giving up the steering wheel.

That's like saying, you know what? I'm here at the blackjack table. I'm just going to give up that third base position to just bring anybody over here in Vegas.

You know, Kevin Federline looking dude, come over here. During one of Jason's many back surgeries, he trusted me to run this fantasy team while he was, that's different up on something that's different. That's not what we're talking about here. It's just morphine.

It's the morphine talking. Yeah. But you know, so I went for him, you know, a big deal. He knows you.

It's not some random individual that you don't know. That's a good point. Now you would assume a fan of this program has the proper sensibilities to hand a team over to, but even I would not do that. Well, I didn't mean your team. I think designate a couple of teams. I think if we do it in team league, if we know, I think we have a, what a 10 to 12 team league. If we do this and then the only way I would do it is if we involve fans like that, we somehow randomly select the fan or we have fans call in and make the case because we can't have people do this and then not run the team. As you know, I've kicked members of this show out of a league that we do because they didn't pay attention.

So you're going to have like auditions? Our own family has tasted my wrath. My own family has tasted my scorn because there wasn't enough focus on the roster. You had a lot of ass going on. Everyone's got a lot of ass going on.

So I turned it over to my 10 year old. He didn't have as much. You know, he's usually taking an ass when we got to get out of the house.

Come on. He's at school right now. It's his first day. He's not listening. He has no idea.

He should be. I mean, come on. You know, this fantasy started. Remember when Jodie Foster came on? Yes.

I can like 18. Yes. My favorite actress. So we got to talking and, you know, she remember she had said how much of a Devante Adams fan she was. And then I asked her in the green room.

I was just joking. I was like, if we do a fantasy league, are you in? She was like, yeah. So that was like my whole thing. Like I wanted to be in a fantasy with Jodie Foster. And then for years you guys kept saying, no, you've never said no, no, please. No, no, no.

It's, it's, it's, it's just quickly. Do you want us to reach out to Jodie Foster to give her a spot? I mean, it's us, Jodie Foster and a fan. If Jodie, if Jodie Foster is going to play then I'm in. If we get Jodie Foster in, then I'm in.

Is that the league game? Us, Jodie Foster and a fan? Jodie Foster could be my co-captain.

Okay. So us, Jodie Foster and a fan walk into a bar. And our team name is have the Lambs stop screaming Clarice. I mean, it's just right there.

It's there for you. I would name my team Lotion in the Basket. I like that. Okay.

Or Multiple Migs. It rubs the lotion on its skin. Okay. Very good. Wow.

Who else gets the hopes again? Let's get to this new segment, shall we? Let's do it. We've got a new segment on this program, which means Brockman thought about it, you know, for about two days. And I'm like, yeah, sure. Yeah, sure.

No, no. You've been thinking, you've been cultivating this paper. And this is something that I used to write at my old column when I had a newspaper, when I worked at a newspaper in Maine, I had a website. And so I've been doing this for a long time, but haven't brought it here in quite some time.

So Brockman is regifting the Rich Eisen Show with something from his archives. Is this what made you an award winner? Did you win an award for your column writing back in the day? No, I wrote an award. I won an award for movie reviews in which I reviewed Ghost Rider, which starred Nicolas Cage, who later became the inspiration for my son's name.

So how about that? So you reviewed one movie and it got you an award? Critics Choice Award, thank you very much. Maine Press Association, Critics Choice Award. So all you had to do was review one movie?

It wasn't all a bunch of movies? No, that was the one I submitted. It was one that you submit. But then I was Maine Sports Columnist of the Year for like a March Madness preview. Yeah, so you're just not some jamaic walking off the street. Most days.

Most days. Here we go. It's called Brockman's Burning Questions. And so it's in the order of, I'm doing reverse order of kind of like pre-season power rankings. So we're starting at 32, who I think is the bottom team in the league. And we're getting all the way to number one next Thursday for the kickoff. So it's five teams at a time?

Is that what it is? Six teams? So I'm doing seven first and then five a day until the season. Very good. So this is the? Bottom seven.

Bottom seven of the NFL and a burning question for each. It's time for the first installment of Brockman's Burning Questions. Brockman's Burning Questions. That's great. Fantastic. Everything about that is awesome. All right, let's start at the bottom, guys. The 32nd team. You're doing the Night King sort of look? Yeah, I was kind of doing the Night King.

Well, it's like sizzling, you know, like Gilbert Arenas back in the days. I'm starting at the bottom. I think the number 32 team heading into the year is the Seattle Seahawks. And my burning question for these guys is just quite simple. How long will they stick with the Geno and Drulock combo? Because at some point they need to get a move here at quarterback. And whether that will be Jimmy Garoppolo later on or someone else in the trade market before the October deadline, it just doesn't seem feasible that they can stick with these two guys going forward unless they are in full-on tank mode for Bryce Young or CJ Stroud or one of those guys in next year's draft.

Well, I think, you know, if you don't mind, this is the first burning question. I think the burning question is how long will they stick with Geno? Because they're going to stick with the Geno lock for 17 weeks, 17 games, 18 weeks.

I mean, if it's not working out, the last thing they're going to do is trade for another quarterback to save a season that's best to be tanked. So the question is, maybe, you know, do they really believe in the Geno lock as the answer? Like to me, Geno starting, they deep down, if you put sodium pentothal into Pete Carroll's gum, like if you got a stick of gum and you injected sodium pentothal into it, right? And so he chews it and he's got to tell you really what is on his mind. He believes that Geno and lock can get this team to the playoffs. When it's Super Bowl, he probably like, I don't know about that. This is not our year for that.

But the question is, is how long, how long can Geno last? Because at some point I think lock's going to get a shot this year. And they might not be 32 overall, but interesting that you choose them that way. So 31 is the Bears. You're going Bears next at this one? I'm going Texans 31. Texans are that's low.

Okay. Well, I've seen some mock drafts where they're number one and they're taking a quarterback, but I don't want to do every question about the quarterbacks. But for me, it's basically just how many wins will it take to shake the Watson stink? Like Deshaun Watson is going to loom over this team, I think for quite some time, just because the way he set out last year, the Texans settled Sousa, weren't even brought against them. But just how many wins will it take? We know winning is the ultimate deodorant. So how many will it take to kind of shake that Watson stink this year for Houston?

How many wins would it take? Yeah. Just one. Just one? Yeah.

The Watson stink is this, this, the Watson's in their rearview mirror. They're all gone. Oh, I don't know about that.

I would say, I think the Texans are going to win five, six games this year. Wow. It's a lot. I don't think, I don't think that, they got 22 new players in their roster.

22. They've turned it over. I think Lovey Smith is going to be bad. I don't think the Texans are going to lose nearly as many games as you think. But I think that stink is gone.

I mean, Watson, the page is so turned. That's Cleveland's problem. That's a CP. That's not an HP. It might be both.

That's a CP. That's a Cleveland problem. That's not a Houston problem.

All right. Number 30 is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last season. Now here's my question. Was last season all on urban? Yes. Or will this year be more of the same?

I think that's a legitimate question to ask. It is a lot of the same roster. And so was it really urban or was it just not a good football team?

It was urban. We're going to find out. Well, I mean, yeah, it's a better football team just in the mere fact that ATN is on it, right?

We're going to see what he can look like. I think so. Right. That did not help urban in the Jacksonville Jaguars case, but that didn't help. But Chris, let me just do this one more time.

Well, I like to tee up and think one more time. Week four is when he didn't go back with the team on the plane. Is that what it was? Week.

Look it up. If my memory serves, it was a week for Thursday night football game. That's how fast things deteriorated for the Jacksonville Jaguars last year. Didn't go back with the team on the plane. It was at Cincinnati.

And then over the following weekend, the video that went viral hit the Internet and will sit there forever. And this is after a training camp where we learned subsequently crazy things were happening on the football field of kicking a kicker and everything going on with making coaches to defend their resumes, whether they were winners or losers or not. You got mine as a matter of fact. Come on now. Come on now.

Do I need to go in through everything through the playing season where the rookie quarterback goes up to the coach on the sidelines in Los Angeles and says, where's our running back who fumbled earlier in the game? And he's just like, I don't know. Let me check out.

Let me check on that. Oh, yeah. Put him back in the game. And then afterwards says, I wasn't the one who told everyone to bench him.

And he did. And that was the game where the opposing team, the eventual the eventual Super Bowl champions. Were accosted by the visiting team saying, save us, get me out of here. You have no idea what's happening on that sideline. So, yeah, I understand.

Yeah. Hey, look, you need to see it from Russell Wilson and I need to see it from the last year was on urban. It will not be more of the same number 29 of the Chicago Bears who just made a bunch of moves on the waiver wire. They claimed six guys, including former first round pick from the Raiders, Alex Leatherwood. But my question here is just will another black and blue season do irreparable damage to Justin?

It's like, man, that's a good question. How much punishment can this guy take before it really stunts his growth? And because we think he can be a dynamic player in this league, he was the guy that I wanted the Patriots to draft last year instead of Mac Jones. So I'm just curious if he does take quite another beating this year, what that does for his long term development. You hit the bull's eye on that question for the Bears, because the roster, the way it's currently constituted with six new players, usually when you pick up a lot of other people's cuts. Right. You know, that means how happy were you with your roster during training camp? And now you're going to get these guys up to speed. Here come the forty niners to start the season. And if Fields doesn't have the weapons, doesn't have the protection, what does that do for his growth?

Oh, my gosh. That is ultimately the spot on question about the twenty twenty two bears, no doubt. Number twenty eight, I'm looking at the Atlanta Falcons, another team people think is kind of be at the bottom. I think they might have sleeper potential, but for me, it's who's going to run the football on this team? Because when I look at their depth chart, it's not great when it comes to the running back position. You got Cordero Patterson. Yes, we know he's kind of a Swiss Army knife and could do it all, but he's not actually a running back.

And he is over that thirty thirty years of age, Mark, for ball carriers. You got Damian Williams is on his fifth team and Tyler Algier, who's a rookie, just who's going to run the football to kind of take the pressure off Marcus Mariota or if it does become Desmond Ritter and kind of open up the passing lanes for Kyle Pitts to really have a breakout second year. That is running the football. That's my burning question for the Atlanta Falcons this year. Does Desmond Ritter start multiple games?

That's it. Does Atlanta's season wind up with Arthur Smith saying, all right, Marcus and I go back to the Tennessee days. I gave him his shot. This kid Ritter, he could be ready. He was coming into this draft along with Kenny Pickett, believed to be the most pro ready, the most mature, the ready could be aim fire right now this year for Atlanta. Does he start multiple games for Atlanta this year?

And do they start that clock in 2022? That's my question for Atlanta. Both guys look good in the preseason, so we'll see.

Number twenty seven for me is the New York football Giants. And for this one, I'm kind of looking at Saquon. Can Saquon save this team and his quarterback? Because it's a huge year for both of these guys.

Yes. We know the option wasn't picked up on Daniel Jones, so he's playing for his future. And Saquon has looked great in the offseason, in the preseason when he's been out there. He's fully healthy and he's back.

They have a new head coach, an offensive minded head coach. And can he save this team and Daniel Jones? I think it's interesting you weave Saquon into your question.

I think it is, though, just about Daniel Jones. Clearly, Saquon being a second overall selected player is somebody that we're still waiting to see him reach some of the status like Jonathan Taylor reached last year. He hasn't been healthy enough to do that.

We need to see him dominate football games. Yes, that would help with Daniel Jones, but still that's in a position that the Giants need to evaluate. Will the question, the burning question for me is, will Brian Daball be the answer to Daniel Jones's viability as a quarterback in the NFL?

Because they have to make that decision. They got to make it fast this year. And will the Giants be in a quarterback market next year?

That's the burning question for them. They're back at square one. And will Saquon be on this team next year? I mean, he could be somewhere else if it doesn't go well.

All right. Lastly, I'm looking at the Detroit Lions, number 26. Basically, can they build on the hard knocks momentum? There's a lot of good feelings and good vibes around this team.

We like Dan Campbell, but they're going with Jared Goff. They got a superstar, a young wide receiver, and I'm just wondering, can they build on it? Everyone's kind of excited about them heading into the year. We know they really competed and played hard and they were in most games last season. And just can they keep that going into 2020? Yeah, I just don't know if another plucky year is what they're looking for.

We need to see some advancement. It can't just be, yeah, boy, this is a team that you come back on you when they're down 17. Like it's time to win some football games in year two, I'd imagine.

Lions fans feel that way. Another good old plucky year where they're fun to watch in the summer on hard knocks. Got to do more than win hard knocks, which is what the Jets eventually did do. So we need to see that out of the Lions this year. Can they be a playoff team? Can they actually make a run and start beating some playoff teams and become one themselves this year?

And is Aiden Hutchinson going to change the culture there potentially in the way that he did at Michigan? I mean, I can't wait to see that all play out. That's a burning question. I gave you a couple.

You can come up with just one, but those are your burning questions. Very good, Christopher. Thank you. And then tomorrow is... Tomorrow is 25 to 21. Okay, there we go. And every day until we get to...

Kick off next Thursday. There you go. Chris Brockman, burning questions. Let's go.

844-204 Rich number to dial is a number to call. We'll take your phone calls. And then Kyle Shanahan had some interesting things to say in explaining the decision the Niners made to keep Jimmy G after all and make Trey Lance understand he's the starter still. Back here on our terrestrial radio outfit, just talking about the trade that went down moments ago is the Philadelphia Eagles sending Jalen Rager to Minnesota and anybody who's been watching Philadelphia Eagles fans and their reaction to Rager ever since he was drafted. And Justin Jefferson did what he did. Jalen Rager's name in Philadelphia every single time he did not perform up to snuff. His name wasn't Jalen Rager. His name was not Justin Jefferson. Every catch, every single moment Justin Jefferson had just cast the spotlight on Rager's inability to succeed remotely close to that and perform remotely close to Jefferson's performance.

It just made that spotlight even hotter. And now he's in the same draft room. As the Vikings pull off the trade with Philadelphia, he's in the same wide receiver room now. They're teammates, Jefferson and Rager. That famous video that got out there because it was the draft, it was the pandemic draft, right? Right.

When everybody's on Zoom and you could look it up on YouTube, it's Zimmer, the coach of the time, and it's Rick Spielman, the GM at the time, and others on the screen when they got the word, because teams here when they're on the clock, who's about to be announced at the draft, because they get a heads up notice so they could start their processes right away about who they're going to choose knowing who's just been removed off the board. They got the call that it was Rager, not Justin Jefferson, right? And they started laughing, right? Isn't that that video?

Yeah. They cheered and clapped. Didn't they? And then they turned in their pick immediately. And now Rager's on the Vikings.

Unreal. I mean, I do not think at all that this is a sign of the Eagles' dysfunction at the moment. The Eagles are terrific. The Eagles have a stupendous roster that they get high quality, consistent quarterback play from Jalen Hurts, and this team's going to be a problem. Yeah. I would say there was probably not many targets left for Jalen Rager in that offense. Right. And you might as well get them out because the Eagles fans are just, they're done with them.

Yes. But the fact that he was chosen over Justin Jefferson, stuck in the crawl of so many Eagles fans, and now he's been traded to the team that has Justin Jefferson. Can't make it up.

Cannot make this up. Hey TJ, good news for our fantasy team with Joe Atrullo's league. Darren Waller back at practice today. I told you, don't worry about it. It's going to be all right. He's got a new agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Get that deal done, Drew. Come on. Here we go. Come on.

Push it out. Here's the thing he got. Here's the thing he got.

Here's the thing he got. Who's that? That's Joe Atrullo from Superbad. Nice.

No, that's how I know him. That's... I love you, man. I love you, man.

I love you, man. So when you say get that deal done, you're talking about Waller getting a long-term deal done there or to be traded to Miami? Uh, no, to get a long-term deal.

Yeah, yeah. Waller wants a new extension. That's what Rosenhaus does. Rosenhaus does one of two things.

He does... He gets a long-term deal for somebody where they currently work or... Gets them to Miami. Gets them to Miami. Now, Waller wants to be the highest paid tight end, which I think he deserves. You want him happy for your team. I want him happy for our fantasy team. Whatever it's going to be called. I want double-digit TD's.

Let's go. While we're on the subject, if you can't make this stuff up, Jimmy Garoppolo stays with the 49ers as the backup quarterback, taking an $18 million pay cut on his base salary to stay put and be the backup to the quarterback who supplanted him. And Trey Lance's ascension to QB1 put Garoppolo on the trade block. The team back in May gave him the opportunity to start seeking a trade. That's how long he was looking for trade. And he was able to, in looking for a trade partner, talk salary with him. The Niners were like, go find what you want.

That's the least we could do to owe you. And then not only did he not get traded, they were ready to just basically go sit out the entire training camp season to see if anybody else was going to get hurt. So he could be traded away then because the trade partners weren't making themselves available to the liking of everybody, I guess.

Again, he wasn't even given updated practice material. They told him not to sit in team meetings. They said you're fourth on the depth chart behind Nate Suttfeld, who's now cut. Brock Purdy, who was apparently going to be the guy that was going to back up Trey Lance before this deal happened, he was Mr.

Irrelevant, right? Brock Purdy? Brock Purdy, 262nd overall. In last year's draft, right? Correct.

They're ready to go with Lance in year two and Mr. Irrelevant, the reigning Mr. Irrelevant. So that's why the Niners essentially jumped at the chance for Jimmy Garoppolo to stay.

Right. Kyle Shanahan explained it all in his press conference yesterday. To me, it seems like everyone was just waiting for us to cut them before they could see how much they could get them for. But once the last Saturday preseason game happened and no one got injured, then Jimmy thought this was his best situation that he liked. And that's why we were so pumped because it's obviously a better situation for the Niners. We love getting Jimmy back, but to have him there earlier in camp wasn't an option. We weren't going to put him out there in practice for his sake and for our sake. He was on a $24 million contract and he was going to go somewhere else. But none of that came into fruition, which we would have ended up having to let him go under that current deal. That wasn't an option. But we were always clear to Jimmy that him salary cap wise and stuff in a backup role and supporting Trey and if that worked for him, that was a no brainer for us. We just didn't think the chances of that were going to happen. It ended up being that way. So when it was all said and done, even though it was pretty shocking to us, we thought it was a win-win for both sides. Makes sense, doesn't it?

It makes total complete sense. Would you rather, Chris, I know you shaking your head over there. Would you rather go into the season with the reigning Mr. Irrelevant as the backup quarterback for your team or Jimmy Garoppolo? Your answer, yes or no, is what? Your answer, yes or no, is what? Just go ahead and say these. How much do I really care about the development of the guy I've said is going to be the starter?

Excuse me. I'm asking you in this box of would you rather have the reigning Mr. Irrelevant as your backup quarterback of a team that can win the Super Bowl or Jimmy Garoppolo as your backup quarterback with the salary that is commensurate with a backup quarterback of his caliber?

Six and a half million dollars or like 400K? Yes or no. What would you do? I'd rather have Brock Purdy. Come on, Chris. Remove the Trey Lance from it.

You can't. I'm asking you to do that for the moment, just roll with me right here. Yes, in a vacuum you want Jimmy G as your backup.

Okay, there you go. Now to your point, it is not a vacuum. It's not a vacuum at all. But the head coach believes he can create that vacuum.

That's insane. This is what he had to say about Lance handling the development. Trey was great. I mean, there was no problems with it at all. I mean, I told him the exact same things that I told Jimmy, why we were the options of bringing Jimmy here, that it had to be a backup type deal, which Jimmy knew that was his option.

And that was the only option. And we told that to Trey also. And I mean, Trey and Jimmy have a great relationship. I think Trey actually likes having Jimmy in the building. And Trey was very grateful to how Jimmy was to him last year. And we feel very strongly from the two people that Jimmy will give that back to Trey this year. He'll do for Trey what Jimmy did for him in the year before.

There you go, paying it forward. That as the kid that threw the first touchdown pass of the year for the 49ers, the starting quarterback, cool with it. As the kid who came in twice to start while the starting quarterback got hurt, the starting quarterback, cool with it. Starting quarterback cool with all of Trey Lance wanting as many reps as possible, knowing that. The starting quarterback cool with it. Now it's time for that same quarterback to still pay it forward, to not keep shoving the young quarterback to the point where the young quarterback feels like he needs to look over his shoulder. Playing the role that Kurt Warner said he played for Eli Manning, which was when he came in and almost saved the team's bacon while the youngster was struggling. After Coach Coughlin turned to Eli when the team was five and four, mid-season made the change to Kurt Warner.

Kurt said he went to Coughlin after Kurt almost came back and won a game against the Ravens that Eli couldn't finish. Got to tell the press, I'm still the backup and Eli is still your guy. That's the role that Jimmy G needs to play in San Francisco. And it appears that that is the role that Kyle Shanahan expects him to play. Here's the issue.

If I may give voice to what you're thinking, Christopher, and you can do the same yourself in a moment. The question is, is with that door of doubt, the dreaded door of doubt, being there with Garoppolo's presence that would not have been had Brock Purdy been the backup. It's going to be Lance's gig, do or die, highs and lows, screw ups and successes. No matter what, when the backup is the reigning Mr.

Irrelevant. When it's the guy that took a team to the Super Bowl, was the quarterback of that team a few years ago, almost did it just last year, has the adoration of the entire locker room and was the starting quarterback just last year. There's the door of doubt that we all believe must be somehow somewhere in the mind of the head coach. Otherwise this decision wouldn't have been made. But the decision isn't because, man, if the starter gets hurt, our season's over. We're not going to hand it off to a rookie that was the last pick in the draft. We're not doing that. So we not might as well have the old hand that everyone loves and doesn't need to learn the playbook or the locker room or the way to the office.

Knows everything. Should have that guy. As long as he understands that's his role.

A lot of people think, no, he's there because Lance might not be the guy. The door of doubt is somewhere within Shanahan's mind. So if that's the case, the burning question, Chris, if you don't mind me using your... We're getting to the Niners probably in a couple of days.

Okay. Burning question is, what is the threshold of immaturity on the field? The threshold of inconsistency? The threshold of lack of success? Where does that threshold live in Kyle Shanahan's heart and mind?

What's the breaking point? Where does that exist? Is it in wins and losses?

Where does that exist? Is it in wins and losses? Is it in the film where we're seeing incomplete pass, interception across the field? Coach is seeing wide open guy in the flat. Take the profit.

Can't go broke making a profit. Coach knows pre-snap ball needed to go here. Post-snap ball went elsewhere. We think, oh wow, great throw at me elsewhere. Actually, it's a first down elsewhere. No, coach knows. Should have gone there. Could have had a touchdown on the other side. Right.

All of that stuff. Where is that threshold for Kyle Shanahan? That's the question. Unless there is no threshold and there is no door doubt, it is Trey Lance's gig come hell or high water and Garoppolo's there in case of emergency because Lance gets hurt. Season's not over. Jimmy G starts how many games?

0.5 as you're over under. I guess he'll start more than one because Lance plays in a certain way that he might put his health at risk and he gets hurt. Question is, does he get the job back if Garoppolo looks much cleaner as one would suspect a more veteran hand would? Fascinating. John Lynch scheduled to appear on tomorrow's edition of The Rich Ozzie Show.

Oh, lovely. Hall of Famer. I like him. I like him too. He's a good man. He's a good man. He is. Certainly when he says yes to it.

I say, hey, how would you like to come on? The whole country is talking about your team and your decision. By the way, but a hell of a deal for the 49ers. Expensive for a backup quarterback?

Sure. Not just any backup quarterback though. Let me explain something to you guys. Expensive for a backup, but Lord forbid your quarterback goes down with his ankle snapped out of his bone, snapped out of his foot. You're glad to have that expensive backup.

So again, it's a very important position. The scars of Andy Dalton and Ben DiNucci talking over there. Come on. That's the scars of Andy Dalton and Ben DiNucci.

It's a problem you'd rather have. Scars of Dalton. Scars of DiNucci. Scars of DiNucci is a great fantasy. It's really good.

Even with our jam patch team. I like that one better. Scars of DiNucci. I like that one better.

He just bore to the viewing and listening public. Yeah. I'm just saying his scars of DiNucci. That's gotta be your fantasy name this year. Scars of DiNucci. Scars of DiNucci. You're not wrong. I know.

So it's like, it's a good position to be in because it's that saying, it's better to have a weapon and not need it than need a weapon and not have it. Like, He's starting on over there today. I'm in pain over here. What are you in pain for? Actually, he's hurting.

My back is crushed from that car wreck I was in. I'm just, today is just one of those days, man. Let me know if you need a little Israeli man to walk on it. Oh, I might. I hear he does wonders.

It's not as good as earholing hockily. Dude, we're gonna have to cut this down. We have a really tough decision. We got our own cut down day coming up. We've got a really, really tough decision.

Paul Rudd, I think, will join us next week to name our teams. All right. Let's take a break.

844-204-RICH number to dial. We'll wrap up the show, set up the rest of the week in a moment. Warren Sharp, our friend who was on the program, was it earlier this week? Last week?

The days blend. It was last week. Say that again? It was last week. Was it last week of Sharp football? Yeah. He's pointing out what Howie Roseman, the grocery shopper of the Philadelphia Eagles is doing, because they got Chauncey Gardner Johnson from the Saints yesterday, and then they trade away Jalen Rager to the Minnesota Vikings today. And again, I understand that Rager, as I pointed out, Rager's name in Philadelphia isn't just Mudd, figuratively, it's also not Justin Jefferson.

Okay? The fact that the Vikings snagged Justin Jefferson after the Eagles took Jalen Rager, and Rager is no longer on the team, and now he's a teammate of Justin Jefferson, and Jefferson is, you know, one of the top receivers in the game. Just two years into his career. By the way, he's about to get the A.J. Brown treatment the end of this year. The Vikings are going to have to pizay him.

That's coming up. But, you know, the fact that he wasn't, you know, he was not drafted by the Eagles, and the Eagles have now rectified that mistake, in a way, you can't look back in the NFL. You got to look forward, which is, again, another reason why you can't just say you can't just say Trey Lance is going to be this quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers after this year. You could sit there and say that, and that they're going to stick with him, but, I mean, if Garoppolo does so, gets in and does well and wins the Super Bowl, what are they going to do?

You know, Jimmy G is just 30, right? I mean, because you could sit here and say, well, that would be just a total waste of all those draft picks. Well, the people who, quote unquote, wasted the draft picks, they're halfway through not picking in the first round, and they have a chance to win the Super Bowl this year. Well, they have a roster that can win it. And then what if Garoppolo puts another trophy in the case?

What are they going to... Those guys are going to get fired because they wasted draft picks on Trey Lance? It's what... The past is the past in the NFL. It's the present.

It's the now. That's how you can go from worst to first in the NFL. So, Harry Roseman, yeah, you hook him up to sodium pentothal. Does he want to trade Jalen Rager to the Minnesota Vikings because he busted out on Justin Jefferson? Of course not. He'd rather have Justin Jefferson. AJ Brown might not be on this team for all the gajillions of dollars if Justin Jefferson was balling out for the Eagles, right?

Also, let's be clear. Eagles, that wasn't even the worst wide receiver pick of that draft. Like the one that kicked it off, really. Nikhil Harry instead of DK Metcalf? No, no, no. Oh, that was bad. Henry Ruggs going first instead of Jefferson or Lamb.

Probably should not have been Henry, especially now. I guess what I mentioned was a different draft anyway. So, Warren Sharp tweeting this out.

Check it out. This is good. On Tuesday, the Eagles get Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and a seventh. They give up five and a sixth. Today, they give up Jalen Rager, get another seventh, but get a fifth that could become a fourth. It's nearly the same amount of picks. And the deal that Howie Roseman got for Rager, which was, again, a seventh and a fifth that could become a fourth, Dallas for Amari Cooper got one fifth and a swap of six.

Now, Cooper's worth 20 million bucks, which is probably why you're not getting the value in the draft if you're getting that salary, and Cleveland's taking that salary off your books. That's true. So, it's not all in a vacuum, to use the phrase that you're talking about. The phrase that you used earlier right there, but Howie's got to feel really good. Yeah. Man, is it all on Jalen Hurts, his shoulders and arms and head and heart or what? That's not a bad head, heart and shoulders and arm and legs to rest him on. Yeah, I mean, I said right after the draft that I hated what the Eagles did in the draft.

Absolutely hated it because they got so good. Jordan Davis is going to be a problem. And if Nicobe Dean's healthy, that's a heist. Yeah, I mean. Him falling in the draft as far as he did, that is a heist.

That would be a problem. I would have been happy if the Jets had traded back into the first round for Nicobe Dean instead of Jermaine Johnson, the third, who I'm ready to root like crazy for. You guys did all right, though. I know we did, but I'm just pointing out how happy I would have been for my team if Nicobe Dean was a first rounder. Didn't we give a deal to Nicobe Dean?

We did. Yeah, he was the final NIL deal for us after they won the whole shooting match. And I love talking to him. What, he's got like a 4-0 in some sort of engineering? Wasn't he an engineer or something like that? He's got a head on his shoulders.

I should remember it was a good combo. He's just so good. I just watched him barking at the rest of his dogs on defense if they were in the wrong spot. They were all like, oh, OK.

Mechanical engineering. Yeah, they didn't bark back at him. Nice move for the Eagles. Nice. Chad in Cincinnati, I've got about 30 seconds for you. Let's take your call. What's up, Chad? Hey, Rich. How are you, bud?

What's going on? Real quick, rapid fire. I love that idea about the fantasy draft, or fantasy league for the viewers. That'd be great.

Maybe the winner could come in one day. The other question I have for you is, you know, with Michigan football starting this week, you beat Ohio State last year. Do you have the same drive to beat them this year? Do you have the same drive to beat them this year?

Or do you feel like once you kind of climb that Everest, you don't feel the I don't know. Oh no, Chad, let me stop here. I am not the dog who caught the car and wondering what next. No, sir.

No, sir. I am not wondering what next. I want to do it again and again and again, because this time around, Chad, everybody in your state where you are right now thinks last year was a fluke. Can't wait to see that team from up north. We're going to beat them by 28. We're going to go crush them. They think this. They think that. That whole business.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I love it. I need a follow up.

I love it. And next week I would love to do the Cardinal schedule like going by one. Call back. We got Thursday and Friday. Call back Thursday, Friday.

Go for it. Let's go. There you go. Thanks for the call, Chad. Call back tomorrow. We'll take a call. Take a call.

You're not one and done, Rich. My chest still has speaking to do. My favorite version of Richard Seth Eisen. This one. Oh yeah.

Yes. And once again, to recount. Have I had enough? Once enough? Oh, you know what? Let me just remind everybody of something. Chris, give me a favor. You've got the Google machine in front of you.

What do I need to say? Look up Michigan's all time record against the Ohio State University. Well, I mean, you're up, right? Yeah, by like 10. Yeah. Even with this dreadful, awful nightmarish stretch.

Since the calendar turned centuries and we're in year 22 of this century. You're up eight. Michigan leads 59 51 and six. Okay. So let's just remind everybody. Oh, you just beat him once.

You lost the previous eight. It's terrible. It's awful. I know. And it just kills me that people are saying you're acting like a nouveau riche, right?

That's a Manganiello term. Right. That I'm just completely new to this thing. And I can't act like I've been there before because I've never been there. No, no, no.

John Cooper existed. Drums have been beaten by Michigan atop Ohio State in multiple years. It just hasn't happened recently. And eight. It's been a terrible stretch. I know it's been more than just eight. Since 04. It's been terrible. Since 04. It's been awful. So is one enough? Of course not.

Well, 2001. You've only won three times. Greed, for the lack of a better word, is good.

And I have written a fat check in front of the great people of Stark County, Ohio. Why them big joints that you get on the game show. Exactly. Like a publisher's clearinghouse.

You need two people to carry this. Yes. Yes. Like a jackpot at the casino. And it's like, you got to hold it.

Like, but it'll be holding the size of the jackpot. It's like a ribbon cutting. It's like a ribbon cutting. Yes. Correct. Like in Happy Gilmore? Like, I want one of those big checks. That's right.

I wrote one of those Happy Gilmore big checks. So one's not enough? No. Going in the horseshoe this November and doing it again in front of everybody? Oh my God. Oh my God. I can't even think about it. I'm jumping out of my skin over that possibility. Like I said, you being happy after a Michigan over Ohio State when made just so much fun.

Could you imagine what it would be if you did it again? Oh, baby. That's my man, right? I need one of them. I need one of those. I need one of those Mondays on the Rich Eisen show.

Like I said, the Rich Eisen that honestly beats Ohio State and Ohio State is a basketball school and on his name is a stepping stone. Like all of these things. The Roku executives that have been on this show have no idea what that Monday would look like. DiCaprio at the end of What's Upon a Time? Oh my God.

DiCaprio will be doing this, Brock? Honestly, I know how much content lives on Roku. I know what they've got. I know what they're building.

Nothing in the history of that platform would match the fire I would bring to this chair. Does that answer your question, Chad in Cincinnati? Ballin'! That'll wrap it up for this edition of the Rich Eisen Show. On tomorrow's program, John Lynch will join us. We've got a lot more planned and I haven't even hit that shmohawk in Citi Field dressed in a judge uniform for the Mets.

The truth? Oh my God. That's tomorrow. That's tomorrow. I can't wait to bring the fire and fury for that one. Don't be mad.

I had that one in the chamber today. We just didn't get to it. Didn't get to it. Yeah.

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