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REShow: Rod Woodson - Hour 2

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REShow: Rod Woodson - Hour 2

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September 21, 2022 3:46 pm

Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and Rich discuss his new episode of NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life,’ recaps his career from wide-eyed Steelers rookie to his enshrinement in Canton, Ohio, reveals what then-Raiders head coach Bill Callahan did the night before their Super Bowl vs the Buccaneers that ensured a victory for Tampa Bay, says why Mike Tomlin should bench Mitchell Trubisky in favor of rookie QB Kenny Pickett, previews the Dolphins vs Bills huge Week 3 showdown, and says why he’s giving head coaching a shot in the XFL with their Las Vegas franchise. 

Rich reveals his newest NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 3’s games.

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Still to come. New football hall of famer, Rod Woodson. Plus, six year NFL veteran, Andrew Hawkins. And now, it's Rich Eisen. Now, number two of this Wednesday edition of the Rich Eisen Show in the midst of weeks two and three. Right here on the Roku channel is on the air. We're also on the air on the Rich Eisen Show terrestrial radio network coast to coast on the Odyssey app as well.

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Of course, you're the audio executive of the Rich Eisen Show. In honor of Doug Peterson, guys, I went to the back and got some vanilla ice cream. Atta boy. Atta boy. Are you really eating vanilla ice cream? I really am, but we still had some in the back and Liz found the scooper.

Actually, I had vanilla ice cream. Good lord, bless you. At 10 o'clock in the morning. Good to see you over there, TJ Jefferson, kicking off hour number two of our program. How are you, sir? Good to see you. I'm great.

Fantastic. Hour three, Andrew Hawkins, baby Hawk, if you will, is going to be in studio. He's got a lot to talk about. He's got a lot going on. The former six-year veteran of the National Football League, he'll be here to talk about week two, preview week three.

Cleveland Browns do kick things off against the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow night on Prime Video. And then on Friday on NFL Network at 9 Eastern Time, A Football Life features Rod Woodson. And this is amazing. I mean, this is amazing. I can't believe this happened. Sit down interviews with Rod, Bill Cowher, and Dick LeBeau.

How does he know those people? Well, actually, here's the thing. Find somebody who loves you the way Rod Woodson loves Dick LeBeau.

That's my suggestion. Or find somebody who loves you the way that I love Rod Woodson, who's here on the Mercedes-Benz Vans phone line in advance of his football life, because he's so self-promotional. Rod Woodson back here on the show. How are you, Roderick? What's going on? Richie Rich, how are you, sir?

Football life. This is great, Rod. You deserve this. You deserve it. You know what? I didn't know they'd want to do a story on a boring person, so I was like, hey, sure. Do it. Oh, Rod, you are anything but boring.

You are anything but boring. You like putting out that calm, cool demeanor, but when you get going, when something gets your goat, oh, I've seen it. I've seen it.

I've absolutely seen it. It's an honor, obviously, Rich, to go rehash the childhood and go back home. I went back home, and we looked at our house that I grew up in, and I was like, man, that's even smaller than I thought it was. I'm looking at the yard going, I thought my yard was bigger than that. How do we play football in that yard?

It's not that big. But it was kind of good to rehash all that, and then kind of relive the life lessons from childhood to high school to college to pros. It was a fun journey to do this. I love it, Rod, and I've heard so many of your stories and so much of your journey, and one thing I've got to hit here is how Mr. Indiana wound up at Purdue and not Indiana. Can you tell me why you were not an Indiana Hoosier, please? Rod Woodson, tell that story, please. Well, when you're sitting there, and it was a pretty good coach, Lee Corso, that was there at the time, and then he was driving up to see me, and as he was driving up to see me, he knocked on my door, and he was telling me who he is, and I'm like, Coach, you don't have to say your name.

I know who you are. And then he goes on to tell me that he just heard on the radio he got fired. But then he gave a lot of love, Rich, you know, he gave a lot of love to IU, and he still wanted me to go.

Then I'm like, Coach, they fired you over the radio. I gave it to IU. And thus, you are not an Indiana Hoosier. So, just again, to repeat, Lee Corso is on the way to your house, the one that you just mentioned that is featured in A Football Life coming up on NFL Network on Friday, right? Is it that very house? Correct?

It's that very house. Okay, and you're sitting there waiting to receive the coach of the Indiana Hoosiers football program. He hears on the radio on the way over, he's been fired, and says, I've been fired, I heard it on the radio, but still, you should go.

That was his pitch to you. That's correct? That happened? That happened, and I'm like, I can't, well, Coach, you know, I love you, but if they're going to fire you as your icon, what are they going to do to me? And then, I guess, what other good stories? Oh, the recruiting of you by my alma mater and Bo Schembechler. You want to tell that one real quick?

I like that one. Rod? Well, Bo, I mean, Bo, you know, he has that big room, and Bo was kind of intimidating.

So, he'd walk in the big room, and, you know, like, his thing was that he doesn't know if he's going to play freshman because he always gets a lot of little chippers. And Bo, he just intimidated me. I don't think that was a great story. I think my best story is that one and the one in Arizona State. Oh, then let's go to that one. I thought you said that Bo peeled the paint off the walls at halftime and they were up by a bunch, and you're like, I'm not going there. That's the story you told me, right?

Is that what you said about Bo? Yeah, he did that, but then also, guys were, like, scared to talk when he walked in the door. You can hear a pin drop, and I'm like, okay, this place is too strict. Too intense for you. All right, and tell the story why you did not go to Arizona State, Rod Woodson, and make the Sun Devil fans all... You know, every time you go as a recruit, you go to a university, you go to the campus, they give you a host. The host takes you around to parties and eating and all that stuff to meet everybody. And my host, who was, I think, was a tight end, took me to see Gandhi. Which, hey, listen, in retrospect, it was a really great story. It's a good movie, of course. But when you're 18 years old, it's not that great. And it had an intermission.

That's a long story. And then when we got done, the guy was like, okay, what do you want to do? I was like, hey, man, you can take me back to my hotel and tell your AD I'm going to Purdue. So that was the sealer. That was the Purdue Boilermaker sealing moment was Gandhi. That was it. That was it.

That was the sealer. Because it was, I mean, listen, Arizona State, that's a beautiful campus. Especially for a kid who's from Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was a beautiful place.

But, you know, God works in mysterious ways. He made me go to Purdue because he wanted the guy to take me to see Gandhi. Wow. Rod Woodson here on the Rich Eisen Show. What was it like walking into the Steeler locker room for the first time, Rod? Intimidating. Intimidating because before I got in there, I'd meet Chuck Knoll. I'd meet Mean Joe Green. And Mean Joe Green was really, really mean.

Really? No, he's, yeah. I mean, he's a great person.

Yes. But as a coach and a competitor, he is straight and mean. I mean, he doesn't, I mean, I seen, I heard him break multiple projectors in the defensive line room. It was time for him to be in the coach while I was there.

He scared you. But then you get to see the Super Bowl trophies when I first got there. And then you get to meet the Mel Blounts, the Rocky Blyer, the Frank O'Harris.

You meet all those individual players who come through the locker room. And the chief was still there. You know, he was still alive when I got there. So meeting him and he's come to the locker room every single day.

I mean, that was really humbling. But, you know, it was a great place to be because I had such a culture and it was all about family. It was really a great place to be. What's it like now to be in a Hall of Fame room with all those Steelers now? What's it like, I guess, to be at a Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend at that Nitschke Luncheon and you, and you look around the room and see all those Steelers guys. Maybe they were in your locker room when you were first a rookie. What is that like for you, Rod Woodson? Well, you know, just to talk to Mel, who I think is the best corner to ever play in the National Football League.

Listen, when they, they got to change rules because of you, because of the way you play and how big he was. You know, I just meeting, you know, meeting and getting to talk to people like him and, you know, you know, talking to Tony Dungy, who was a big advocate of mine when I first came into the league and he was my DB coach and my coordinator. So learning under him, just meeting all those guys and seeing all those guys and seeing the culture that that organization was built.

I mean, the last, you know, what, two years ago, they had five guys going in. So it was kind of nice to kind of see over the course of the time that, you know, the Steelers do things the right way. It's always been a great place to see and be around. You know, the Rooney family is a great individual family.

They love their communities, but they love their players. And then, of course, Rod, you know, you've got your ring with the Ravens. Isn't that ironic, right, that you got the ring with the Ravens, you know?

It is. You know, it's crazy because, you know, Marvin Lewis started in Pittsburgh as a linebacker coach when I was there. And Bill Cower got there and Marvin goes over to Baltimore and he calls me and, you know, and it's really, they're very, I'm going to tell you, if they strip the colors off the teams, those teams are very similar to each other. They play hard in those defense. They love to run the football on offense. I mean, and the way they treat from the front office all the way through the organization down to the players, they treat each other all the same.

I mean, they're so similar in that aspect. And that's why there's always great games against those two teams. But then to get my ring, it is ironic that I go there, get my only ring that I have in my career, playing against my old team. Was that the best defense you were ever on? And I know that that might be heresy to say that with Pittsburgh fans hanging on your every word, Rod, but what do you think? No, you know, and I played in, collectively, we had some great defenses in Pittsburgh for a long time, right? And I mean, Dick LeBeau, he put a top 10 defense on the field every single year. He was there outside, I think, two years of his coaching career.

So that is amazing in itself. But one giving year in how we played in Baltimore and we broke the 86, or excuse me, the bear scoring record, the defense scoring record, that is crazy. I mean, we broke it by like 23 points. You couldn't run again, so I think when it gave up like nine points, eight points a game or something crazy like that, that'll never be broken, especially with the new 17-week season. That was arguably the best team I've ever played on, defense I've ever played on, but I think that's the best defense for one giving year ever in the history of football. That's saying a lot, Rod Woodson. And then, of course, your last Super Bowl appearance was with the Raiders in that Super Bowl where Tampa just went crazy.

I'll ask you this question. You answered how you wish, Rod. Is it true Al Davis changed up the game plan defensively the night before on you guys? No, it was not Al Davis. It was the head coach. What happened? I'll leave it at that.

I'll leave it at that. The head coach changed up the game plan. And normally, you don't change the game plan during the season, let alone the Super Bowl. But the night before, we were going to run Tampa out of their Tampa 2 because we had the running backs. I think we were a top five rushing attack. We were, I think, the number one passing attack also that year. We had a great offense. The game plan just changed. You can't throw the football down in and down out against the rush that they had and the guys they had in the back end at linebacker in the secondary. You just couldn't do it. And we tried to do it, and it did not work. And so, you showed up Saturday night in the game plan that you'd been working on all week.

It gets changed up. What was that like in the room at that time, Rod? I know for me, we drafted Derrick Gibson that year as a safety. And when the coach said it in the meeting on Saturday night, I folded my binder up.

I looked at Derrick Gibson and I said, you can chalk this one up, fella. We're not going to win this one. Is that what you said? We're not going to win, bro.

Absolutely, I said it. I said, we're not going to win this one. You can't win when you change your game plan the night before a game. I can see you change a play. You changed the whole game plan. It wasn't like you changed a series. You changed the whole game plan. So, that was very unfortunate. And it didn't work out. And then Rich ended up throwing five picks.

And then Barrett Robbins, too. That 24-hour period was just wild for your team. What was great for me, though, I started playing as a PAL Raider and my life came full circle. And I got to finish up playing with the Raiders. Rod Woodson, a football life again on NFL Network at 9 Eastern time.

A couple of current questions for you. One of them involves the Steelers. The chanting for Kenny Pickett. That was quick. Right after Trubisky and the Steelers come up with the win in Cincinnati. And then the Patriots come in into Acresher with the newly named stadium and win that one. What do you think Mike Tomlin's thinking and should do at the quarterback position?

Rod? The only thing I can think about why Mike picked Trubisky over Pickett is because he was a better, a little faster scrambler. I think they do still have some issues in offensive.

But I would go with the young kid. He looked better in the preseason. I mean, if everybody, obviously we weren't in the practices and in the meeting rooms. Right. But if we saw this, what we saw in the preseason games, Pickett played great football or good enough football. And he's a young player who can get rid of the football. They got a young receiving corps. They got a young running back. You know, let them let them grow together.

Let them grow together on the field. And if they do that, it gives them a great opportunity because they are built to win on defense. And I think they can be built to win on offense. I just they just need it. They just need a person that can pull that trigger consistently. Well, and they haven't had that. I mean, you know, I think Ben struggled last year. They haven't had that in several years in Pittsburgh at the quarterback position. So I would personally love to see Pickett in there. Give the young kid an opportunity to grow with these young players, especially the young receiving corps that they have. And and see how this thing works out this year.

Yeah. Maybe it's just, you know, throwing the rookie at Cincinnati and then against Belichick in his first two games. It just didn't make sense. And then a short week like this week at Cleveland, maybe that just Tomlin looked at it and goes, let that's not that maybe we can get a couple of wins out of that with our our vet and see how it goes.

And then you take a look over the next few weeks, it'll be tough to figure out when's the proper time. Right. I mean, they're at Buffalo, home for Tom Brady in Tampa and at Miami on a Sunday night. What do you think of the offense? What do you think of that Dolphins offense, what they did to the Ravens and what they look like with McDaniel and Tyreek and waddle with Tua?

What do you make of that, Rod Woodson? Yeah. You know, you know, I'm calling all the Ravens game. So I'm I'm looking at that firsthand experience when they're coming back in the fourth in the especially the fourth quarter.

They scored thirty five points in the second half. It's crazy. You just can't let speed be fast. If you let these guys come off the line unattested, they're going to run for two. And I mean, I don't know how you Tyreek, you know, I just don't understand that, you know, Cal Hamilton is a young safety. You know, he played short on one of the plays. And then the next series, they had three safeties on the left side of the defense and no safeties on the right side.

The defense, you know, is on the right side of the defense. So I was like, and then he just runs uncontested going down the field and then people say to a can't throw the deep ball. Maybe he doesn't have a cannon arm to throw at 65 yards, 70 yards down the field, but he can throw it.

Forty five. He can throw fifty and he can throw it. And he's an accurate thrower. I mean, he does that extremely well.

So I think we need to like put that to sleep. Most quarterbacks don't throw the ball 65 yards down the field. They throw it 45 to 50 yards down the field, which to a can. And he does it well. And I think he's proved a lot of doubters wrong in these first couple weeks.

But they you know what, if you don't if you don't game plan for that speed, it's going to catch you off guard. Well, I mean, at that speed this week, I mean, Buffalo and the Dolphins, what a what a great week three game. And then the Ravens get Buffalo next. Is Buffalo your team to beat too?

Ron, what do you think? Yeah. Buffalo is just I mean, I still Kansas City still there just because they have my home. I mean, he just he's he lights out. I mean, he doesn't even have an interception this year. But the way Buffalo's playing on defense, they're going to give up 17 points. And, you know, so I I think we should always give love to Josh Allen and and Diggs. And they didn't have Davis last week. That's right. Right. So they didn't have Dave Davis.

They still put up 41. But I think as the weeks keep going on and as the defense keeps playing well, we need to keep putting out Leslie Frazier's name. I think he deserves being a head coach again.

I think he should have been one last year. You know, he's put a great product on the field this last several years. And it's a shame that Leslie Frazier doesn't get another opportunity to be a head coach in the National Football League. Before I let you go, Rod Woodson, football life again.

Rod Woodson, a football life premieres Friday night Eastern Time on NFL Network. And I'm not only talking to a Hall of Fame individual and a Hall of Fame player, but I'm also talking to the head coach of the XFL Las Vegas franchise. Am I not, Rod Woodson?

Yes. Rich. Rich, you are talking to a head coach.

Okay. So what's this team going to look like? What do we got, Rod?

What do we have here? My standard is my standard. They've got to play fast. They've got to play hard. We've got to study good football.

We're going to keep the game stupid simple so we can just go play fast. Our namesake will be and our colors will be given out next week. Okay. So I can't say it right now. Do you know it? I know it. Do you like it?

I know it. Do you like it? I love it. I love the colors. I think we've got the best uniforms in the XFL. Our uniforms are sweet now. I can say that right now.

Our uniforms are sweet. Okay. And then we're going to have fun.

I mean, this is the day we're going to have affordable football games that people can go to as a family and it doesn't cost, you know, $2,000. So you're not going to be, what are you going to be? Like who, what's your style going to be? You're not a yeller, right?

But what happens if somebody doesn't? I'm a, I'm a, I'm a matter of fact type of guy. Okay.

You can do that if you want to, but if you do that and you don't get it done, you're going to simplify me. Do you have The Rock on speed dial on your phone, Rod? I cannot say I have him on speed dial, but I would love to get some of the tequila. During halftime? I mean, it is Vegas, you know.

It goes down smooth. Okay. Have you spoken to The Rock? Are you enjoying time? I have spoken to The Rock.

What's that like? He's, him and Danny Garcia are great individuals. Okay. Along with Redbird Capital, those guys are great people.

Okay. They have a great game plan. You know, he wants guys to live their dreams out, not having the opportunity. He didn't have the same opportunity coming out. And I think his life is pretty good.

I don't think he should change his life to play football. Oh man, it has worked out. Rod, you are simply the best.

I can't wait to watch this show on Friday night. It is so deserving to have that terrific football life spotlight cast on you. Always miss talking to you.

Let's do this more often. You're the best, Rod. Take care, brother. Love you, brother.

That's it. That's the none other than Rod Woodson, the Pro Football Hall of Famer. I did more NFL total accesses with him and Lincoln Kennedy than anybody else in the eight-year run that I did to start NFL Network.

And then in 2011, leave NFL total access on a daily basis. Rod Woodson, everybody. The best. He's so good. I'm now cold.

I ate that ice cream and now it's like cold over here. How about Rod turns to a teammate and says, we're not winning the Super Bowl. That is nuts.

What a story. The word is that's the rumor that Al Davis told Bill Callahan we're doing this and he basically said it wasn't Al. Well, that's one of the biggest that you know, the number of Super Bowl mysteries. Why not give it to Marshawn?

What happened to Malcolm Butler? You know, when the Patriots played again with the Eagles, what all of that. It name a Super Bowl mystery. That's one of them that doesn't get talked about enough is that one. And what happened with the Raiders, the Raiders big favorites.

Yeah, yeah. Because their offense was fly flying high. Raiders were three and a half point. That was the that was the that was a big you know, I mean, Brad Johnson versus Rich Gannon to OGs playing at the at the position. And of course, Gruden now back against the Raiders. Those were the storylines and wasn't rich MVP that year.

I don't I don't I don't think so, was he? Like, I mean, they were great and they had a they had the offense. But then it's like, well, this is a wrap. We're not winning. Yeah, but Barrett Robbins disappears. Remember that 24 hour period. Barrett Robbins disappears.

He goes to Mexico. Their center is not playing. Imagine a center doesn't play your center. Yeah. I mean, that's on offense.

And then the defense switches up overnight. It's amazing that the Bucks didn't win by more. Yeah, Rich Gannon was MVP that year. There you go.

I was at that Super Bowl in San Diego. Ashton, were you with Ashton? Yes. OK, we'll take a break. Some things never change.

Some things never change. Power rankings, baby. We're back. Week two power rankings. Or is it week three?

You got to tell me how this works. Back on the terrestrial radio network here, showing off of Mike Del Tufo's Emmy that he won for that thing that he did when he wasn't here. I want us to win. I appreciate that, Mike. It's wonderful. And we're happy for you. Thank you.

We're happy for you. You're now letting T.J. display it. So now how does that look? Let's put it.

You can sit down, T.J. There you go. Oh, yeah. It looks nice there. But it looks like it's yours and it's not. That's cool.

I'll accept that. Because everything around there is yours. Like, that's your corner. T.J., you want to bring one in and just leave it over there for you? Yeah, you might as well, you know. And you touched it.

That's like bad luck. No, no, no, no. I gave it to him. You see, the Emmy's different. Mike, it's not the Stanley Cup. No.

You can't drink out of it. I have done a shot off one, actually. What? Off the... An Emmy. Oh, an Emmy?

What do you mean you've done a shot? I think you can... Those... Stephen Botchkill, may he rest in peace, who won, I think, 15 Emmy's on one night for Hill Street Blues. That's ridiculous. He told me this story, you know, for one of the most amazing honors I've ever had is when he, for his memoir called Truth is a Total Defense, he had... I offered to interview him so he can get all the stories out. And I had like 10 sessions with him. And he told the story of the night that Hill Street Blues won on his first Emmy night. They won an insane number of... Was it 10? Was it 10, Chris? 10 in one night.

10 Emmys. And he said that it was... He said it was so wild that it kept coming and coming and coming and coming that he wound up stabbing himself in his thigh with one of the Emmys because those wings are really sharp.

Rich, what do you think my ex-wife threw at me? Yo. So how do you do a shot off an Emmy? He put a cup into between the wings. Oh, I see. Oh, I see.

Yeah. Not like Travis Kelsey who actually took it and ran the beard down the side of a Lombardi trophy. I'm getting the one that my wife threw repaired right now too. They're actually... I'll have a new, brand new... Your wife threw it at you and how many pieces did the Emmy... Oh, Rich, do you see what that looks like?

They're six pieces. The Emmy was destroyed. Geez, man. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. You probably deserve it.

I definitely do. Well done. The human's on fire today.

Chris is on fire today. I did. I'm not going to lie. I'll be honest with you. I just feel like, look, it's cool that you won obviously, right? It's awesome. Congratulations.

What's number seven, right? But bringing it in here is kind of like thumbing our noses in it that we didn't win. No, it's not at all. I'm proud of myself. He's not. Don't take it that way.

No, I'm not. I want to win for us too. You really take it that way? You take it like that. So if you see like a Super Bowl ring from a... Actually, Chris does get offended when a team is beating the Patriots. So what if I had won for best host?

What if I'd broken my Susan Lucci streak? You've never won. So that's super cool. All we hear about is how many Emmys Mike's won.

And then he brought it in and is like, hey, look what I've got. You guys don't have one. Did you say that? That's crazy that you would think of it like that. I did not say that.

I'm not that way. My man worked hard. He put in his work and he got rewarded for it. But he has a job here. That's fine.

That's fine. Good for you, Mike. I aspire to do I aspire to get something like this in life sometime. By the way, with each passing moment, the Emmy gets closer to T.J.'s It's going to be on his lap at the end of the show. It really is. Mike, you should name your boat Selfish Emmy. Wow. No, no, no. Shellfish Emmy.

That's why I've got the best dad ever son. Pow, pow, pow. I'm just happy.

It's an audio one. I like it. Hey, let's win an Emmy here. You know how we're going to win an Emmy here? My power rankings. Hey. Really? I think you will. Just again, this is my first time ever doing power rankings.

You're welcome, Roku. So we did ours yesterday. Is it week two power rankings or is it week three power rankings? You're heading into week three.

It depends how you say it. You're like, hey, finishing up week two. Here are my power rankings or heading into week three. Here are my power rankings. But so I didn't do a power ranking heading into the season. I only did it after week one.

And now I'm doing it after week two. So you can just say, you know, following week two, here are my power rankings. So this is it? Yeah. So this is my week two power rankings.

Yeah, I think so. All right. Hit it. Now that I understand it's week two power rankings. Top 10. Top 10. All right, here we go. Number 10 on my list.

Top 10. Hey, the Giants, baby. The New York Giants.

You could say, oh, yeah, so what? You know who's the leading rusher through two weeks in the National Football League? Say, Quan Barkley. Quadzilla. He's back.

Yeah, man. The New York Quadzilla ruling the New York Roost and they're 2-0. Laugh all you want. Here come the Cowboys and Cooper Rush, Cooper Rush and the Cowboys aren't on my top 10. Ah, it's my New York football Giants. They're 2-0. They're a top 10 team right now and they're going to get better.

One would think. Number nine on my list. Look, for seven quarters, they were a 2-0 team. Problem is you got to play an eighth in order to get your 2-0 team.

And for seven quarters, we had an MVP candidate to see budding and he could still be an MVP candidate, obviously. That eighth quarter was a doozy. But Baltimore Ravens are still my ninth ranked team on my list here. How can they be ninth? Their defense stunk.

You know what? I think we might learn how good the Dolphins offense is going to be. I loved what Ron Woodson we just hung up from said. You can't let speed be fast. And the Ravens let speed be fast. And still that said, I think they've got one of the best quarterbacks in the league. A sneaky good passing attack and the running attack is only going to get better when JK Dobbins finally comes back. Number eight on my list. Is the Los Angeles Chargers. I still like them. I'm genuinely concerned about how this quarterback is going to fare with his fractured rib cartilage.

That's such a thing. How long will he be able to stand the pain? Will it linger all the way through a season? This is concerning to me, but the defense is filled with playmakers and I like the Chargers. And number seven is the other team in Los Angeles or the Chargers of the other team in Los Angeles.

I'll take the Rams. They're going to play better. They're going to play better.

They're going to be better. I kind of dig them and we'll see what happens with Arizona this week. It's Arizona versus the Rams. That's a fascinating week three game. I like the Rams is number seven.

Number six of your Green Bay Packers. Boy, that rushing attack, huh? Right. The two Aaron's got it done. They're only going to get better. I think offensively, the young kids, the young guns are still going to make some mistakes. But Aaron Rodgers and that defense and that running attack can win more than not for the Packers. We've got the Bucks this week. Their hands are full, but I like the Packers number seven on my power rankings. And those are the first five.

Here we go. Here's your top five. Hey, folks, the Miami Dolphins are a top five team. Hey, I agree with you.

OK. I agree with you. This team can hit you in the mouth defensively, too. And this team is going to be a problem for most this year.

It'll be interesting what happens when they play in cold weather and two of this, two of that. You know, I said I don't know who did this, but I saw an interesting piece of video on Twitter. Somebody flipped the video and to see to throw right handed and some of those throws, you're like, damn, he can throw it. I don't know what it is about seeing somebody throw left handed.

It really did change your way of looking at it. But at any rate, the Dolphins in this passing attack and this wildly successful and brilliant offensive minded head coach and Mike McDaniel makes the Dolphins a five seed on my on my list here that we're moving our way through the top five teams in my power rankings right here on the Rich Eisen Show week two power rankings. The Eagles are four. The Eagles are four. I felt it in my bones about this team. And I know we're marathoning and we're not sprinting, but this division is the Eagles to win and or lose. And Jalen hurts, man.

He is just going to get better and better and better. And so is that defense. And Devante Smith now had quite the day against the Vikings. They took the Minnesota Vikings and they knocked them straight off my top 10.

They're not even in my power rankings right now. That's how impressive the Eagles were on their Monday night in in front of the whole country or at least half with our audience split number three of the Bucks. I know the offense didn't really shine out at week three and week two, but that's what happens when the Bucks face the Saints.

But guess what? They came out the win out with the win. They came out with the win in a spot where they have not in the regular season in some time. That defense is championship quality folks defense wins championships from back in the day.

Well, this is back in the day. They can hit you in the mouth and they are going to be a problem. And that's Kansas City.

That's a green base problem next. And and when they get healthier on offense now, I guess, Cole Beasley being added to the mix. There are three number two are the Chiefs.

Just so I can have Eric Stonestreet stop texting me every day about my Raiders pick to win the division. The Chiefs have now won in two different ways, one in which their offense is unstoppable and unbeatable. And you can't stop them when they're rolling on you with a forty four spot in week one. And then in week two, the Chargers defensively had them definitely off kilter in the first half of that game. But they still pulled that one out despite falling down by 10 points at home. They got a pick six from their seventh round pick. Both Watson scored Justin and Jalen, one on offense, one on defense. It shows you how good and deep a team they are.

Number one, still Buffalo. Buffalo played the first card of the season. They played it on the Rams and they played it in a very, very flamboyant way in front of the whole country. And then they let everybody else play two games before they played their second and they let everybody else play their cards. And somebody tried to make a hand. Somebody tried to maybe suck out on the river in the first two weeks.

Somebody tried to reshuffle the deck. And the bills are like, yeah, we've got the nuts. It sure looks like for the first two weeks of the season in this card playing league, figuratively, they've got the nuts, man. They've got it all. And they are easily the number one team in my power rankings. And maybe the Dolphins can knock them off. Can't wait to see this week three contest coming up in South Florida. And that's my power rankings. Week two going into week three. I appreciate that. TJ and I had the same top five yesterday when we did ours.

And yours are on our YouTube page. But we had the Bucks and Eagles flipped. We had Eagles three Bucks four.

Let me ask you this question, gents. Eagles play the Bucks now who wins? You take the Eagles? No. I think so.

A little more explosive on offense. That's the end of that. That's the end of that. I think the Eagles win.

Well, here's the deal, though. We're saying now is in this week. This week, week three.

You tell me power rankings, you've got to live in the moment, right? Week three, Eagles win. Yeah, I'm thinking big picture, but if we're talking like to go to the Super Bowl. The Bucks have 20 points.

OK. I mean, when they get healthy, maybe later in the season, they might be a little bit better if the defense is up. Yeah, they've got to let the guys out. Eagles offense looks unstoppable.

Yeah, they do. I'm still taking the Bucks. But you have you have the same top five, too? You put the Dolphins five?

We had Dolphins five. And you swap the Bucks and the Eagles at three and four, and it's one, two Bills-Chief. Yep. You see that.

So how about this? You're going to find out about the Bills, right? Week three. This week, they take on the Dolphins. And then in week six, they take on Kansas City at Kansas City, the spot of their bugaboo. Great.

And yeah, let's go. They do not. They play the NFC North. No, the Buffalo Bills play the NFC North. I mean, that's a hard schedule at Miami, at Baltimore, at Kansas City, at Detroit. Yeah, baby, that's Thanksgiving. You can laugh all you want. That's going to be a fun game. Hey, man, look. Cincinnati's playing for draft position at that point.

Nicely done. You say what you will, but going into the season, one would think, again, they were the consensus pick. The teams that they would have to get through beat, if you will, to win the conference would be Kansas City, Cincinnati. You would throw Baltimore in there, right? Probably, yeah. You would throw Tennessee in there. They were the one seed from last year, right?

I think so, yeah. And they play them all. And then they play Miami twice.

Yeah, Bills have a really hard schedule. 844-204 Rich, number to dial here on the program. Andrew Hawkins will be in studio on number three to talk about all of this. Chris Brockman's MVP rankings still to come on our program. Index. Index? Index. MVP index. MVP index.

Your MVP eye. Yeah. Okay. Okay. We'll be right back on the BFF, Brockman Football Focus. Now we're talking. Okay, very good. Now we're talking. 844-204 Rich, number to dial here on the program.

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Doing a lot of talking. John in Illinois, let's take your phone call. What's up, John? You there, John?

Hello, Rich? Yeah, I'm here. You're on. What's going on? Thanks for taking my call. Long time, third time. I just want to say thank you for taking my call. I got a question for Mr. Brockman.

I'm in a survival pool. Okay, and I know, Rich, you don't like to give opinions because maybe some printed money might be involved. Okay, and I know the NFL doesn't look kind to you if you give your opinion on that.

So, Brockman, we started with 40 people. We're down to the last six because people got burned with Denver, 49ers, Indiana, Cincinnati. Now, I got a dilemma.

Okay. Do I want to pick up Kansas City? On the first week, I picked up Baltimore. Second week, I pick up the Rams.

Do I pick Kansas City over Indy? Which I have a feeling this might be a set-up game for Kansas City, though, all right? Oh, my God, but set-up what? What are we setting up?

I don't overthink it, John. I feel like this might be like a trap game for Kansas City. I think Kansas City should smoke them, but I just feel like a trap game for them, man. Don't overthink it. Who else are you possibly considering? I was thinking Cincinnati versus the Jets.

Don't do it. And Chargers versus Jaguars, but with Herbert being injured, I have to take them out because I don't know if Herbert is playing or not. That's not the same Jaguars anymore, man. That defense is no joke.

They're fast. A lot of people are talking about Saxonville being reincarnated. Don't overthink it. Take Kansas City, sleep good at night, worry about week four.

All right, then, Kansas City, I'll be taking. Thank you, guys, for taking my call. Survive and advance, says Chris Brockley.

Be well, John. Survive and advance. Don't overthink it. Don't save people either.

That's a lot of things people do in survivor pool. Oh, I'm going to save Buffalo for later on. Well, you need to win now. You can't get to week four if you don't win week three. Yeah, survive and advance.

Survive and advance. Colts look terrible. Matt Ryan's been sacked seven times.

They've only scored a handful of points. Boom. Take the Chiefs. When I first started NFL Network, NFL Network came on in week 11 of the 2003 season. I still don't understand. I just weren't ready.

They're, you know, whatever. Middle of the season, we came on the air. So I got a call from the commissioner's office. Paul Tagliabue inviting me to go with Tagliabue to week one at Lambeau Field. Vikings versus the Packers. Because the reason why the commissioner was there was because I think Lambeau Field had just gone through a renovation.

And it was a big moment for the cathedral of Wisconsin there to have a nice little upgrade. And it was a Vikings versus Packers game. And Dante Culpepper and the Vikings ruined the party, ruined it.

Got the roll on. You want to look up what that week one 2003 opener was? It was a big party for Green Bay just like this year. Minnesota and Green Bay, nice little piece of filet mignon in that division to kick things off. And the Vikings ruined the party. On the flight back.

30 to 25. On the flight back. And it was quite fascinating to me because, yes, little PJ. Yeah.

Hey. There and back from New York City. Had the police escort, which, by the way, next time Susie does this show, ask her how much she loves a police escort.

I only did it once. The escape that she would always call it from her college football games that she did. Randy Moss had nine catches for 150 yards in a touchdown. Killed him. Killed him. But the right-hand man of the commissioner. Four picks for Brett Favre. A gentleman named Joe Brown who had been with the league forever. Keeper of the flame of the National Football League, if I'm not mistaken. He was the one, that's how long he's been with the league. He was the one who handed out the press release announcing the merger. I believe he took it off like the Rexograph machine and handed it off to people.

That's how long he'd been with the league. He's a New Yorker and for some reason he just loved giving me the needle. Still does to this day. God bless you, Joe Brown.

He turns to me on the flight back. Hey, Rich. Did you have Green Bay in your survivor pool? And I turned to him and I'm like, Joe, I don't know what you're talking about. I was told I'm not supposed to be in a survivor pool.

And he looks at me and he goes, that's the correct answer. And you're all sitting here wondering why. I'm like, what do you mean survivor? Are we talking about Jeff Probst?

Come on, Rich, man. We're talking about immunity. It is kind of weird though when you see other network shows using those places. We're doing locks of the week on game day morning. What do you think that's for? It's not 2003 anymore. I'm thinking that you know what a parlay is on here. That's weird. I mean. It's a dessert, isn't it? Yeah. That's an outfit, man.

By the way, Packer's minus four in that opener in the overheads. Why bother Brockman? He doesn't know what that means. Just saying. It's just no idea. 2003.

You got to explain to him what that means. Well, we went over the clouds in the PJ when Joe Brown was trying to trip me up in front of my new boss. Nice try.

Nice try. Chiefs and survivor this week, Peter. Andrew Hawkins coming up on the program. Remember, it was a set sheet, right?

That's the story. My first assignment for NFL Network was the Hall of Fame earlier in that summer. Earlier in that summer. Who was that that year? For the Hall of Fame that summer?

Yeah. The 03 class? I don't remember who was in that class. I do remember it was the 40th anniversary of the hall. So it was a huge, huge number of people that came back. Was that in the of course, still in the steps. That's right.

First one was on the step. They moved. They moved it inside the stadium after Jim Kelly broke the affair. That's right.

When people like it was it was big time problem. They're like, we got to move this thing in 2003. Marcus Allen, James Lofton, Alvin Bethea, Hank Stram and Joe Dlamelore. Joe Dlamelore. Yeah.

One of the members of the electric company blocked for O.J. for the Buffalo Bills. Yeah, man. Times. I can't believe it's 20 years. Coming up on 20 years, man. It's our 20th season that we're covering. Oh, and by the way, hello and congratulations to our new member of NFL Network. NFL Media Group.

Did you see that? Who? Emmanuel Sanderson.

Oh, cool. Yes. Making his debut on NFL Game Day Morning on Sunday. He's built for it. He's really good. Yeah, I remember he would come in and do the playoffs. Yeah. You called Dad a couple years ago.

Didn't I? As soon as he's done. Yes. Yeah, he's on NFL Game Day Morning on Sunday.

Far out. He's great. So I like my coffee with half and half. You got to haze the rookie, Rich. You got to haze the rookie. Calorie Mooch is bad.

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