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December 14, 2022 3:26 pm

Rich reacts to the latest crazy contract handed out by MLB owners with Carlos Correa signing a 13-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, and says what this off-season’s spending spree means for Shohei Ohtani’s next contract.

The MMQB’s Albert Breer tells Rich why the NFL would be wise to adopt a “sky judge” system to help officials on the field get calls right, why the 49ers have full confidence in 3rd-string rookie QB Brock Purdy, which NFL coaches are on the hottest hot seats, why Tom Brady could be playing for the 49ers or Raiders next season, how the Rams are preparing for life after Matthew Stafford, and if his Buckeyes have a chance to upset defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff .

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What's Right with Nick Wright is a rapidly growing podcast from the Fox Sports Podcast Network. You may know Nick Wright from co-hosting FS1's First Things First. This podcast gives Nick a chance to develop, deep dive, and defend his sharpest opinions. During the show, Nick faces off against a ticking clock, a team of producers, and even his own family to try and get his points across. New episodes drop Monday, Thursday, and Friday wherever you get your podcasts. This is The Rich Eisen Show.

Live from The Rich Eisen Show Studio in Los Angeles. Let's get to your quarterback. Touchdown!

A one-yard touchdown run by Trevor Lawrence. This guy, I mean, he just, he just wants to be coached. He wants to, he wants to improve. He wants to learn.

He wants to grow as a quarterback. The Rich Eisen Show. Earlier on the show, Ravens running back JK Dobbins. Coming up, senior writer for the MMQB, Albert Breer from Prime Video's Nanny, actor Cincois Wall. And now, it's Rich Eisen. Hour number two of The Rich Eisen Show is on the air here.

844-204-rich being the number to dial on the program. We are one hour away from Morocco and France having a touch of the football. Let's go.

And cutter. And again, we will cover the game best we can by letting you know what's happening in real time. And then Mike Del Tufo, you're the king of stoppage time.

I'm in. I was a minute off yesterday, but I was close because they did go four and change. So it was closer to five than it was four. That's what, by the way, stoppage time is, it's really, you know, it's a mindset. It's a mindset. It's a mindset. It's not much accurate. We don't know that down to the second.

It's plus four ish. Just like Vince Gilligan told us, Huell is a state of mind. That's true. Just like stoppage time.

It's the Huell of sports. We don't know if they're still there. We don't know where he is.

We have no idea. Anywhere. He can still be laying on a pile of cash.

Could you imagine laying on a pile of cash? Yeah. Last night, last night, Celtics Lakers tie game.

Oh, this is great. Tie game. LeBron has the ball and he's dribbling up the court and he has anywhere between 10 to 16 seconds left.

He doesn't know. They're just like, man, just finish the possession and then we'll call it. But if the ball comes loose, right?

It's loose. The ball's loose. And the Celtics get it where it's a clear path to the basket and time is up and it's out. They'll let it go because they're not going to stop it with the other team having a scoring chance. That's literally what it is. Like if LeBron dribbled the ball off his leg, reigning defensive player of the year, Marcus Mott, picks it up and has a clear path to the basket.

Even though we think time's up, the refs are just going to let it go because they're not going to stop it with a scoring opportunity. That's literally the way it works. Don't understand it. Won't understand it.

Can't understand it. I like the upclock, Rich. The counting up clock. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Where every time that there is some sort of stoppage in regular time, the official points at somebody and there's a clock that's visible to everyone in the stands and also on TV and it starts counting up.

Yep. Seconds by seconds by seconds. And then when it's time for playback in, that clock stops and play continues. And then whenever there's stoppage time added, added, you know exactly how many it is. Stoppage time begins, they point at it, counts down. When it's over, it's over. How about that? Doesn't matter. Oh, wait a minute.

Can't stop it if there's a corner kick allowed here. I mean, what were we doing? All right. I'm with you. That's all I'm saying.

Just make me in charge of FIFA. If I am, I'm out. I'm out here. I'm out.

Sorry. If you're a head of FIFA? Yeah, I'm out. Well, because of all the bribes you'd be taking, you would have the sickest like south of France. Or I'd still do this show and we would, I'd be sitting on a, this chair would be made of a stack of money. I would sit on the money. We would be like Huel. We would all have Huel type chairs made of cash. Excellent. I don't care. I just want to backpack with the money. That's all I'm asking.

World Cup coverage. Speaking of bags of cash. Transition. Major League Baseball owners. You're owner of your New York Metropolitan's.

I mean, however many years you, if you will, suffered. A lot. Watching the Doubleday family and the Wilpons not spend as much on their team as the team across town.

They made me hate baseball for many, for many, many reasons. Okay. They're not, they weren't made of money and then they made off and then all of that happening. Way to turn a phrase.

You've got now a guy for whom he does not care. I mean, the money spigot is on. I read that the luxury tax bill for the Mets, meaning the amount of money he has to pay into the pot, the collective kitty of Major League Baseball based on the salary of the Mets being over a certain threshold. The luxury tax bill is apparently larger than the entire payrolls of a third of Major League Baseball. Yeah. That'll push their payroll to something like $400 million. And they're not, they're not done. Like he doesn't care.

He just wants that piece of metal and he wants it bad and he's going to spend money on it. And we're going to sit back and we're going to watch the Trumpets and we're going to watch, you know, uh, cocoon right at the top of their, um, their rotation. You know, approaching a Brimley age.

Oh, the Brimley line is close to the Brimley line. We're going to watch it. We're going to watch it. We're going to watch it. Kate Upton's going to give the middle finger, all the Phillies fans.

It's going to be great. And the Panda and players from Japan that Mets fans have never heard of, but they're all high fiving about right now because they got them and nobody else did. Well, it's the same thing when Otani came, no one heard about him and he turned out all right.

And interesting. You mentioned his name, put a pin in that for a second, put a pin, put a pin in that, put a pin in that. Carlos Correa and the San Francisco giants struck a deal 13 years, $350 million. In other words, I guess the contract that they were going to give to judge, although 13 years probably wasn't it, but the amount of money they were going to give to judge, they just gave to Carlos Correa over 13 years. And they could sit here and say, okay, well, we were going to go with judge, who's a kind of a positional player, a corner outfielder, and pay him all that money over a span of nine or 10. We just gave $10 million less over three more years. That's kind of less money per annual we were going to give the judge for a guy who plays shortstop until I guess he grows old and gray. I mean, was Ripken the last 40-year-old shortstop we've seen in Major League Baseball? Even then he moved to third.

Even then he moved out of short. I don't know what the hell's going on. I don't know.

But basically, if you are in your mid-20s and you are raking and you're raking in your first four or five years, the new industry standard is sign until you're old and gray and make an absolute mint $40 million a year average, $35, $40 million a year average. And that's it. And just stay where you are.

And then hope that you take care of your body. And then if you're the team that signs the player, you just got to hope that ages 36 to 40 doesn't destroy the team. That they can somehow keep raking in ages 36 to 40 in a way that we haven't seen anybody else do? Ever. I mean, pool holes found a nice little burst at the end. A shortstop that can rake like that at that age. It's never existed.

Ever. Just hope that Major League Baseball legalizes PEDs so then you can earn your money and still have a great career in your late 30s. Because this is what we're talking about. But they're going to earn their money.

Doesn't matter if they have a great career in their late 30s. Doesn't matter. Doesn't matter. Why are teams doing this? I don't have an answer other than the fact that it's cost certainty that the market's only going to go up from here in the same way that Mahomes got a half billion dollar contract a few years ago. You're just locking in a number because you're assuming that in five years the number is going to be 50%, 75% more? Well, in terms of answering that question, I will answer it with this take. The person who is sitting around right now thinking jackpot, sitting around thinking this is the greatest development ever in the year before I might be able to walk is Shohei Ohtani.

If Carlos Correo who plays one position, if Trey Turner who plays multiple positions at the moment, Judge can play two different outfield spots, if these guys are making this much coin for that long, what is Ohtani going to command? It starts with a five. When it's got to.

It's got to. One billion dollars. It's a half a B. Half a B.

Half a B is the starting point. Has to be. For negotiation.

Has to be. And you could push back and say, yeah, well, how long are you going to pitch? And his answer will be, how old was the reigning American League signing award winner? 40. Okay.

Wow, yeah. 40. 40. 40. 40.

Pushing that? Okay. How old is that guy? He just won the Cy Young.

How old is that guy? Okay. You don't think I can pitch that long? I'll move on. I'll go somewhere else.

I got a placey. How? I mean, he rakes. He flamethrows. And by the way.

39. I'm sorry. He runs like the wind. And he's 6'4".

Oh, yeah. He's huge. And surprisingly huge.

He's huge. I mean, you want to talk about five tools. That's, I think, under valuing the number of tools he has, because he's an international sports star. That's a tool.

That's a tool that you can use. Oh, remember when Hideki Matsuyama won the Masters and he was like, oh, this is going to make him basically a billionaire worldwide. That's a good you brought that up. How did that turn out?

I'm being serious about it. I haven't heard about that guy since then. He's still the most famous golfer in Asia. I saw that contract, the Turner contract, the Judge contract, the Bogarts contract. You see all of these contracts for guys who do only one thing. And the one thing that they do, honestly, who's the outlier? Who rakes ages 37, 8, 9 and 40 to the point where it's indecipherable from their ages?

25, 6, 7, 8, 9. Who is the Brady in baseball, right? I don't know. Who is that guy? Does one exist?

Has one existed? Yeah, his name's Justin Verlander. I'm talking about hitting. Oh, hitting.

Is what I'm talking about. Because the guys who are hitting are the ones getting these contracts. You know, Verlander's like, okay, you're pushing 40. I'll give you two. I'll give you 40 mil per for two.

And he's like, sold. I'll move to New York. Sign me up. Kate and I can go to, you know, Balthazar for dinner. We'll do it. Just do it out there. David Ortiz had a great 2016 year, which was his last year at age 40.

He led the league in doubles at 48 and he had 38 home runs. Okay. That's the last person that I can really remember. And so Otani's gonna be sitting here. And I mean, can the Angels like call up their neighbors and say, can we give them like, you know, California Adventure, like a piece of that? Can you get that super exclusive cook of line pass at Disneyland? Yeah, yeah. They may have to give him Newport Beach.

Silver pass, whatever they call it. Honestly. Give him the damn point. Honestly. I mean. You can name a ride after him.

It's just not even, I can't even fathom what the numbers. If you're Otani, you could do both. You could do what Verlander does and you could do what Correa does.

You could do what Judge does. The night I took the kids to see Judge and the Yankees in Anaheim, he had his 50th. Otani won the game earlier with his own home run.

Yep. So he could do it when people are watching. He can do it when people aren't watching. He could do it.

I mean, it's like the Dr. Seuss. He could do it with a box. He could do it, you know, on a train in the rain. I mean, and then he'll come the next night and he'll strike out 10. I mean, we all know how great he is. I'm seeing these numbers. Whoever is in the same way that the Bengals just sold their stadium naming rights for the first time this year.

And people are like, wow, why would Mike Brown suddenly do that for the first time? Well, who's he going to pay coming up at the end of this year? I mean, the Angels are up for sale and this is like really interesting on where that's going to go. They better find the same type individual who owns the Padres and the Mets who are like, I got a hedge phone and I got a bunch of money that I've got earmarked for flushing down the toilet. And instead of flushing it down the toilet, I want to buy a baseball team and win the World Series.

Like that's, that's basically who you have to find. Instead of, you know, well, I don't know about that. We got to reset for the luxury tax this year. You know, we got to reset.

Your team, apparently that's what the, I was told that one of the reasons why the Padres are going so nuts right now, right now in free agency is they know the Dodgers or they're sensing, or they believe the Dodgers are going to have a reset this year that they want to reset to go back underneath the luxury tax for this year and beyond, or for the next several years. Right. So they're going to go haywire in the next year and future years. Oh, Tony.

Yeah. And they're like, okay, we're going for it now. We just beat them in last year's playoffs. We're going to win.

We're going to win now. Like this is the sort of nuttiness that's happening right now, but your owner, sir, your team's owner just, he does not care. He does not care. How much is he worth, Chris? So much.

I think he was like 16 million. I don't know. Come on. You know, I, to use a phrase from the world in which apparently. Oh, sorry. 26.1 million. Yeah.

Okay. Apparently did not face a character on him. I am, I am not uncertain that this guy does not care does not care about a single dollar or cent and just wants to be the king of New York and stroll around town and say, I was the one who made the Mets. What's the ROI on the Mets winning the world series. I mean, you can't put a price on that. It's priceless. He's spending this money knowing he's not going to make it back. Yeah. I'm not going to make it back.

You know what he's doing, rich? It's making me happy. And I appreciate that.

Sorry. Mets currently 10 to one on the world. Let's go. This is crazy. I may have to, but I'll tell you what that's what Susie says.

Show. Hey, the money that's, you know, I have a feeling he's coming man. And he's got to be looking at this stuff. You know, Yankees, Mets, everybody else will say, screw the luxury tax. Pay that man. He's mad when he comes up and the angels, they better, whatever they, whatever they need to do, they better save their pennies right now. It's one more year after next season.

Next year, beside one year. Oh man. Well, this is it. Oh, could you imagine?

I mean, it's nuts. We ain't getting them. How do you know that? There's no way. How do you know that? You don't know that. If he goes to New York, he's going there. Why? Because I think he's got it.

He'll spend where we've got judge. We, I don't think, I don't, I don't think I know. There is, there is no, I know. Let me just say this. I will say this and we'll take a break because I need to save the rest of my vim and vigor for Albert Breer.

Let me just say this. Any owner that sits on a mint or has a mint or owns a jewel of the sport that has a chance at Shohei Ohtani and says too much, too much, can't afford it, won't afford it because, because of the luxury tax that we're going to have to pay. And I understand these guys hate paying luxury tax. And I understand why.

And there's another reason why I'm surprised Steve Cohen, because then the rest of the bottom hat, third of the league says, I'll just make my money off of you. I don't have to spend it. I don't have to compete with you. I don't want to compete with you.

I'm not spending all that money to try and compete. I'll try and win with a plucky team. You know, I'll try and be the A's. I'll try and be what the Orioles are doing right now. I'll try and be that team and try and knock you out because my team, you know, hits the ball and runs and pitches. Well, I'll be that team. Okay.

Very good. You are making, by going over the tax, those owners wealthy because they'll just take their piece of the pie and not compete against you. And that's why a lot of owners don't want to go over the luxury tax, but for show Aotani, you need to put that away and you need to go for it. And if you don't, as you said, Chris, sell the team, get out of the sport. What are you doing? What are you doing? And that's why Steve Cohen is changing the game.

Steve Cohen's just basically saying, yeah, good. You, you do that. I'll do my thing. I'll overspend you. And, um, we'll just see if it's the best team money can buy. Teams have spent 3 billion this off season. Crazy. That's nuts. Oh, Oh, Tony's like, I'll take a third of that.

I'm serious. By the way, I mean, I'll take a third of that over the span of my career. I'll take a third of that.

It's going to be like that. 8 4 4 2 0 4, rich number to dial here on the rich guys to show Albert Breer from the NFL owner's meetings. When we come back, what's right with Nick Wright is a rapidly growing podcast from the Fox sports podcast network. You may know Nick Wright from co-hosting FS1's first things first. This podcast gives Nick a chance to develop deep dive and defend his sharpest opinions during the show.

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Albert, you know, I'd be Albert, Albert, you and I have, have, have our disagreements. And I think by the way, our cooling off period is, is, is, uh, is sufficient. I do want to make one thing clear on that. Like I, I never ducked anybody.

I didn't invite, I didn't invite, I did not invite the invite. So I did not sure that that's clear. It's clear. I have been accused of ducking this and I'm not ducking. Who's accusing you of ducking it? Oh, who's accusing you? A lot of people.

And so I, every so often I'll get like these on social media, like why hasn't Breer been on on eyes and why isn't Breer been on eyes? And so I just want to be clear that I, I, that wasn't, that wasn't my choice. It was definitely my choice to have a cooling off period. I think it was, I think it was smart. Uh, and, and also, also, also, I think you'll agree. I think, uh, I was being a good friend. I was being a good friend by not giving you a microphone, say in the first 48 to 72 hours of that game being played.

That is, I would say, I would say that that time frame is fair at 48 to 72 hours. But the reason why I bring up the fact that we've had our disagreements, you can agree, I would be a great competitor. I would be a great competitor. I would be a great competitor.

I would be a great competition committee member. Great. Honestly, like I don't, I'm being forced right here. I do think having like the, the citizen's voice on something like this would be big. I, you know, in fact, I brought like the public's view on this up to Troy Vincent today in that press conference. And, um, you know, that like, it's the way this is being, the way this is being officiated now, um, isn't fair to the defensive players, you know, and at some point I understand wanting to protect quarterbacks and that's what the game is about.

Yes. Um, no one wants to see any of you guys go down, you know, Kyle goes down the other night. That sucks seeing that every single time. Um, but you know, like there, it, there, there does seem to be a line that's been crossed where it's, you know, a defensive player, like how does he do his job anymore? You know? And so I think things like that, like that are so heavily discussed publicly, it's I think important to take that point of view in to those rooms. And I think those rooms can become so insular, you know what I mean? Like in, um, you know, having an outside voice, I think would be helpful, you know, to, to all sorts of committees, um, that the NFL has, and certainly the competition committee, because, um, it's so forward facing, um, yeah, I think would be near the top of the list. Well, I mean, the phrase we hear it all the time, certainly when it came to the catch rule, Albert Breer, and now what's happening with roughing the passer calls, you know, if a hundred people sitting in a bar can agree on it, then that's what it should be called. Why not have somebody who actually talks to people in a bar or a hundred people in a week, you know, like, that's like, that's what I, I, I, you know, I feel like I could bring, but in, in all seriousness, no common sense. Yeah. That's the easiest way to describe it, right? Well, you can bring common sense into the room.

Yeah. And the common sense of it is you already have a system set up to review plays, um, on the spot to make sure the ruling on the field is correct in real time when it comes to fumbles, when it comes to possession, when it comes to spotting a football, when it comes to feet being down or not, uh, why not fold into that reviewing a flag that's already been thrown? Because again, to me, making roughing the passer reviewable on both sides, meaning let's take a look to see if we didn't call it.

And it should have been called you're opening up a Pandora's box there. If a flag is thrown on the field for roughing, let's take a moment and have people review it in real time, the same way that they review something that's, uh, on the field for a fumble or anything like that. And I don't know what the problem with that would be.

What, what are you hearing here to the ground there in Dallas on this very subject? Honestly, like, I think back to the discussions I've had with the, uh, you know, the coaches that are on that Madden committee, you know, that, you know, um, Andy Reed and John Harbaugh, Bill Ryan was on it when he was in the NFL. And, um, you know, all those guys were in favor of the sky judge. Right. And I, I think that that's something that the technology is available. You know what I mean? Like you can put somebody up in the booth and give them real power, you know, and have that person in the booth be able to impart that common sense down to the field.

Right. And like, it can be as simple as like, you know, the, the, the ref having the earpiece and somebody buzzing down and saying, pick the flag up, you know, when I feel like you got that wrong, pick the flag up. It can like, I don't know why all these things have to be officiated on the field. I don't know why we can't give them those sec, that second set of eyes up top, you know? And, um, I think the NFL could save itself a lot of grief if they just went all in on having a sky judge up top who could help the officiating crew get things right.

Um, you and I have both stood on the sideline for NFL games. I don't know how anybody makes, I don't know how, how, how anybody makes heads or tails from field level and how fast all of that's moving rich, but why wouldn't you want to help the people that are down there see everything? Um, I just, I think the idea of having somebody up top who can buzz down to the head official whenever, whenever it's necessary, um, and say that wasn't pass interference. It's obvious the replays coming in, well, you know, pick that flag up, or that was pass interference, drop the flag, you know, um, why not just give the officials on the field the same advantage that you or I have sitting on the couch watching a game, which is nine different angles of every play.

I just, I don't get it. And I know those coaches didn't get it when they got shot down, um, on it. And I mean, some of that already goes on. They already do utilize some of this stuff to some degree, and I think formalizing it and making it more across the board, I'd be all for it. And I've been all for it for a long time. Any sense if people down there are all for it?

Like, what are you hearing? Well, I think it's going to sort of like, yes, the thing is like the coaches were the ones that were sort of behind this, you know, a couple of years ago. And, um, you know, they, they aren't involved yet with the competition committee because they're all in their season. So, um, you know, they meet, um, the, the coaches subcommittee, I know, you know, like starts talking at the combine, um, and, and they'll meet with the competition committee there. And then obviously there's a month after that when the, uh, the annual meeting happens. And so if the ball is going to get rolling on that this year, it would probably start right around the combine. And then if there's anything to be voted on, it would happen at the end of March in Arizona. So then let's create the eyes and subcommittee while the season goes on and, and momentum can start on, on, on, on that.

Do it, start spreading the rumor around there, spread the rumor around there. I'll back your play, Albert, you know that Albert Perrier here on the Rich Eisen Show from Sports Illustrated. So, um, let's, let's talk, uh, injuries. Is Brock Purdy hurt? I know he said he was real sore, but, um, you know, is, is it possible he doesn't go Thursday night?

Really? He's a little nicked up, but I, I think he'll be good to go. Um, and they have, I mean, I just tell you this rich, like, I don't know if Brock Purdy is going to be, you know, uh, like a, a long-term starter in the NFL.

What I, what I do know is the people in that building have a lot of confidence in them. And, um, you know, talking to Trent Williams, who's, you know, a future Hall of Fame left tackle, you know, after that game on Sunday, um, the toughness Purdy showed in fighting through everything, uh, you know, the way that he was able to operate NFL offense, the background he had coming from a place like Iowa State and taking it to, you know, a level that program hadn't been to before and running a pro offense there. Um, you know, Trent said like, you know, going back to like the summer, he could see the kick could be a starting quarterback. And, um, you know, one of the things that sort of came up, uh, you know, and this was, you know, Jimmy gets hurt and, you know, I'm just kind of going back and forth with a few, few Niners guys like, Hey, you know, that sucks. You guys are down to your third quarterback. You have such a talented roster, you know, you go back and forth people with that sort of stuff when major injuries happened.

And what I got back uniformly to the San Francisco people was don't sleep on Brock Purdy, like over and over and over again. So again, like, I don't know if he's going to be, you know, a long-term starting quarterback in the NFL, but I can say there's a lot of confidence in that building where they don't think that the drop-off from Garoppolo to Purdy is going to be anywhere near what the general public thinks. Well, we're seeing that already, aren't we? I mean, we're already seeing that. Um, when, when I'm in the booth with Kurt Warner, middle game of the Saturday, triple header on NFL Network, Browns, Ravens, uh, what, which quarterback for the Ravens am I calling the game and describing the action of?

What do you think? I mean, I, I, I think, I think it sounds like Tyler Huntley is like trending in the right direction. Um, my guess would be Lamar doesn't go. Um, but I, I think, I think it'll probably be Tyler Huntley and I, and look like this is a huge game for the Ravens, you know, like they, they, uh, they, they've lost ground, of course, over the last, you know, few weeks, the Bengals, the Bengals are red hot and they look like the team that got to the Super Bowl last year. So my guess would be, you'll be calling a game like Tyler Huntley is their starting quarterback. Yeah.

Huh. I mean, Anthony Brown is a backup or he could get the start too, but you, your sense is Lamar, they're not going to push it with Lamar. They're, they're going to give him one more week. I mean, I just thought, yeah, my sense is like, I, I think the sense I've gotten is that they're going to be cautious with him. Um, you know, and, you know, obviously there's, it's a little complicated because of the contract situation and everything that goes into that, you know?

And so, yeah, I think that they're going to, I don't think they're going to push Lamar if he's not ready. Albert Prie here, uh, on the Rich Eisen show. So what, what, what is the, the, I guess, story do you think going into week 15?

Um, Albert, I mean, what do you, what, what, what is your notebook? What are you hearing about? Like, what is, what is your sense, hot seats or playoff positioning, anything like that? Uh, do you always have your ear to the ground?

Yeah. I mean, like the hot seat, like stuff like I would say that, you know, it always feels like when you're in November, it's like, well, you know, there aren't going to be very many openings and then you get to December and, you know, there starts to be talk about this place or that place. And so, you know, obviously Indianapolis and Carolina already have openings and, and they're going to run coaching searches. Um, you know, we'll see whether or not they give serious consideration to hold the, to, to elevating their interim coaches. Steve Wilks has done a really nice job, you know, in Carolina and, and Jeff Saturday.

Um, you know, obviously the, the owner loves him there, so, um, we'll see whether or not he feels comfortable elevating him. And then beyond that, I mean, I, you know, the one thing that's sort of interesting about all of this is, you know, you could have a couple of one and dones and, um, and then you could have an Arizona, an owner eating a lot of contract on the, on the coach and general manager potentially. And I think it sort of signaled the changing dynamic in the NFL where, you know, it used to be the team that the coach would get like three years of runway and, you know, uh, you know, owners wouldn't want to, um, you know, want to have to write checks for four years, you know, after they fire a coach and all that different stuff. I think the new television might change the dynamic a little bit and the exploiting price of, you know, uh, of, of, of, of the premier head coach is going to change some of that too. And so like Arizona, you know, Steve Keim and Cliff Kingsbury have five years left on their deals. Generally Arizona is the franchise that would spend on coaches and general managers who aren't working for him anymore, but has that dynamic changed?

I think it's possible, you know, Denver and Nathaniel Hackett, you know, Houston, Lovey Smith thought that that will be the second straight year the Texans go on and done, you know? So I think that's what's sort of interesting about what's going to happen this year is you could see guys that have been in the job for, you know, a lot shorter or have a lot of years left in their contract getting fired where, you know, in the past, sometimes those sorts of things have made it prohibitive to get rid of a guy. What about quarterback changes? I mean, you know, Brady clearly seems to be at the end of his Tampa stay if he wants to stay in it.

And then that would present quite an option for anybody that wants to just go all in for one year or two years. You got Baker, who you had a fascinating article about how Sean McVay got him up to speed and just threw him in the deep end. You have no, I have no idea about Stafford's long-term plan, if he's healthy enough or not. I mean, what's your ear to the ground on quarterbacks that might change in the NFL?

Yeah, so I mean, I think Tom is going to be an interesting one. I don't think he knows whether or not he's going to play in 2023 yet. I think if he does, it probably won't be in Tampa.

And I think the two teams to watch there are San Francisco and Las Vegas. You know, I think one of the things he probably has a better appreciation for is the way he was coached in New England, how hard he was coached in New England, and how tight the operation was. And so, you know, he's got great respect for Kyle Shanahan. And the Niners have sort of kept that door open consistently over the last couple of years after they decided not to pursue him in 2020. So I certainly think that that could be possible, depending on how the rest of the Niner season goes and where they're at on Trey Lance. Vegas has an important decision to make on Derek Carr. You know, they're in his contract, you know, if he's on the roster, I think it's three days after the Super Bowl, then $40 million in that deal vests and becomes fully guaranteed. So if they're going to move on from him, they have to make that decision in mid-February.

So we'll know relatively soon on that. And, you know, the Raiders, obviously, with Josh McDaniel there would have the option of not one, but two guys with Patriot background, and Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, that could be available to them. And then, you know, you mentioned the Rams and Stafford. I've never gotten the sense that Matthew's a guy who's going to hang around and do his 40s. You know, I don't think that that's who he is. He's made his money, he's got his ring, and he's pretty beat up. Now, do I think he wants to go out like this?

No. But I know the arm thing has lingered, and, you know, now you've got the concussion issue. And again, this is a guy who's just taken a lot of hits. And I mean, one of the tougher guys in the NFL, he's taken a lot of hits and a lot of damage on his body. And you just wonder with him, does it come to a point where you're like, okay, you know, like I, like, I've accomplished what I want to accomplish.

It's time to go live the rest of my life. I certainly could see that being being in play for him at the very least. And, you know, I think that's why, like the way the Rams look at it, Baker Mayfield sort of their first swing at like, how would we eventually replace Matthew Stafford whenever he is to walk away?

You know, I think the people in that organization know, like sometimes you have to take more than one swing to get it right. So I think they, when they claimed Baker off of waivers, it was, this is a worthy swing, just taking a swing at a guy who's the first overall pick a few years back, has over 40 NFL starts under his belt and has a good scheme fit for what we're trying to do. And then I guess, you know, with the next game being San Francisco and Seattle, if you know, in Munich, when I was there about a month ago, the idea of Gino being the long-term answer there for Seattle was absolutely, in my mind, a distinct possibility. And, you know, obviously this is a knee-jerk thing to say, but you take a look right now at the NFC playoff picture and the Seahawks are now on the outside looking in and the draft choice that they get for Russell Wilson is now second overall. I mean, how, how is that all playing out? Like, so they could pretty much have most any quarterback they want in the draft now, if this is the way, I mean, so the next week's are really crucial.

It has the ramp sick, Detroit has the ramp sick. Everyone thought that was going to be like low 20s, early 30s, and they're going to have a top five pick also, you know? Yeah, I think Seattle, I think Seattle is going to make an effort to keep Gino.

And, you know, I think for, I think the right way to look at this, I probably brought this like example up in the past to you. It's sort of like how I think the Vikings have handled Kirk Cousins, how the Raiders handled Derek Carr. You know, when Josh and Dave Ziegler got there last year, I think the, the, the sort of view Gino is like, this could be like what Alex Smith was for, for Andy Reid in Kansas city, where Alex put them in a position to compete on a year to year basis, build up the rest of the roster. And they never had to force anything on a quarterback that maybe they weren't sold on.

And it allowed them to be patient until they found somebody that they were really involved with in the draft. And that wound up being Patrick Mahomes. And so, you know, I think that's sort of the way Seattle views it is we can sign them to maybe a three, four, five year deal, whatever it is. And he can be our bridge quarterback to get us to the next guy. You know, and then I think you go into the draft and I think on this group, like Bryce Young, CJ Stroud, Will Levis, Anthony Richardson, there's going to be a ton of disagreement. And I don't think any of those guys is a perfect prospect.

So you're going to have to work around some things and say, who's flaws am I most comfortable with? Or do I want to wait for a year, get a really good player at the top of the draft, and then maybe dive back in next year when you could have Caleb Williams, Drake May, Quinn Ewers, and I'll, I'll, I'll, I'll, I'll help you out here. And JJ McCarthy potentially, right? Going into the draft. So I, you know, I, I think it's one of those things where if you can re-sign a guy like Gino, it gives you a chance to kind of take a multiple year look at finding the right young quarterback to go all in on.

Albert Breer, thanks for the call. Greatly appreciate it. I mean, for our conversation, lots of high expectations coming in and really intense through the first two thirds and then a huge great finish, just like the game in November.

That's at least, that's my perspective. It just reminds me, it just reminds me of a late Saturday afternoon. I do need to say this, Rich. Congratulations. Oh, thank you. Congratulations on 13-0.

You guys have a fantastic team. Thank you. There you go.

That's next seed. Now that- No caveats, no qualifiers. Because there really is nothing else to, there's nothing else to say. I mean, you know, I appreciate it. I appreciate it.

These are facts. I told JK Dobbins in hour number one, he told me a line, I should say, if he scores, JK all day is back in Ohio. He's very excited about that. And I told him, I said, if he does what he wants to do and the team can do what they think they're capable of doing, he can send the crowd home early in Ohio, just like a couple of weeks ago.

So, I'm living my best life. I appreciate you all laughing at this. But you wouldn't, I mean, and that's why I gave the cooling off period. I don't think you would have given me that answer 48, 72 hours after the game. If I had you on like the Wednesday after the game. But do you- I think I might have been okay by Wednesday. Monday- Not yet, not yet.

Not yet. You hadn't gotten your help from USC by that point. I think if I'd gotten you on the air after USC lost to Utah, then I could have gotten.

That's when your attitude began to change a little bit, I think. You know. That's probably a fair assessment. In all seriousness, your thoughts against Georgia? What do you think?

What do you think? I mean, nothing to lose. You know, obviously, losing Trevion Henderson and Jackson Smith and Jigba. Like, you know, at the beginning of the year, you know, you said like you're without those two guys.

That'd be a massive blow. But, you know, I think one of the things that's interesting is I say this with respect. I feel like Georgia's sort of like supercharged Michigan. You know what I mean? Like, the challenge is similar. Like, I think what Georgia brings to the table is going to be very much like what they had to prepare to play against Michigan. So, hopefully that helps them. I think the other thing is, like, they don't often go into games as an underdog.

You know what I mean? Like, they don't often go into games where they don't really have anything to lose and no one thinks they're going to get it done, you know? So, it'll be interesting to see this particular team operate in that environment. I think like the opportunity in front of CJ Stroud where, you know, right now, like, you know, he walks away being remembered like, you know, Stanley Jackson was in the 80s, in the 90s, you know? If he doesn't win this game versus what could be if he can win two games, I mean, there's a great opportunity for a lot of kids there who've taken it on the chin over the last couple of weeks to change their legacy. So, I'm excited to watch that. Yep.

House money. Nobody expects you to win and see how you can go into a game like that. Just, well, and you can, that'll be a good rehearsal for next year in the big house leading up to that game. So, I appreciate it. Yeah, you guys have a lot coming back next year, too. So, I'm just gonna kind of, I'm gonna just kind of take everything in and I'm gonna take my, I've taken my medicine.

You have. I appreciate that, Albert. Let's do this again shortly. We'll speak soon. Thanks for the call. And great information.

That's Albert Baer, everybody. 844-204-rich number to dial. We'll take a break. Back and set up hour number three.

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There's two pages now. It grows, it grows, and it grows. It grows. The Philadelphia Eagles are, fascinatingly enough, the first team in the playoffs.

It makes sense. They were the longest to go undefeated. They just clinched a straight up vanilla playoff berth with the beat down of the Giants last week, but they have no other clinching. They can't improve it. They can't win the division. They can't clinch a one seed.

They just, you know, they just got to keep building. The Dallas Cowboys, however, you sir, you've got a chance to clinch playoff spot. Oh yeah.

Yes. The Dallas Cowboys, when they are at Jacksonville, they could just clinch it with a dub. Let's just do that. There's a bunch of other ways that they can clinch with losses by Seattle. If Seattle loss is helpful. So you'll root for the 49ers on Thursday night. Cause if Seattle loses the Niners.

I won't do that, Rich. If the Seattle loses to the Niners, then here's the deal. You got to root for the Niners and Giants. Cause if the Niners and Giants both win, you're in. Never would have. All right. So you just want to win against the Jaguars.

It makes it easier. You don't want to help. Minnesota Vikings. Two straight weeks. I've had a chance to clinch the NFC North and couldn't.

First time they couldn't because they didn't get the help they needed. The second time is because they couldn't beat the Lions. This time, all I got to do is just straight up win.

Just go and beat the Colts on NFL network to kick off the triple header on Saturday. They're in. They even tie. They even tie. Of course, if the Lions lose or tie against the Jets, if the Colts somehow win to kick off that triple header Saturday, they clinched the North.

Skull chance for everybody. The San Francisco 49ers are the first up to play this week with the Seahawks. If they beat the Seahawks, I kind of did the math in my head when I was talking about it earlier this week. All they got to do is win. Al Michaels and the rest of the Amazon Prime gang can call a clinching of the division with a win. Brock Purdy can clinch the division.

All they got to do is win in the 12s. AFC playoff clinching scenarios. I have two of them.

I've got two of them. The Chiefs can clinch the AFC West and the Bills can clinch a playoff spot. Let's do the Bills first. All they got to do, Saturday night.

How about this? Two of the games on NFL network are winning in scenarios. Vikings win, Vikings win, they clinch the North. If the Bills beat the Dolphins, they clinch a playoff berth. They don't clinch the division. If they somehow lose to the Dolphins, they can clinch a playoff berth. Actually, if they lose, they don't have a shot. They got to at least tie and get some help. They need a win. And the Kansas City Chiefs, they win. All they got to do is beat the Houston Texans at Houston and they clinched the AFC West. That's a wrap. That feels like a lock.

You think? There's other wins right there. They could, if they tie, somehow tie in Houston, there are chances for them to just clinch a straight up playoff berth.

But I don't want to waste your time with that stuff. Those are your playoff clinching scenarios. Entering week number 15. I love playoff clinching scenarios.

I love it. I just love talking playoff positioning. And as we all know, we are the ones here that were wondering first about why everybody who covers the NFL has to talk about teams that are on the outside looking into being in the hunt around these parts.

Sniffing. We were first. We were first. Everyone should know that.

Yes, we were first. Thank you. I know you want me to pound the table. I really do, actually.

Hour number three, the actor Sinquil Walls in studio. Now, I have a conspiracy theory. Uh-oh. Did you perhaps lob something in the direction of Joseph Buck?

Because I noticed on Monday, their graphic, their column was different. It was loitering. Loitering.

Loitering. I don't hate that. So did you say what?

Say, hey, you know the sniffing stuff is my lane. Did not say that at all, nor would I in the direction of the wonderful human, now sports broadcasting Hall of Famer, Joseph P. Buck. I don't know if that's... None of your representation? None of my representation. Interesting. Yeah.

Loitering is a good... I like that one. Oh, yeah. And you know, I wouldn't directly say anything to him.

I would just call his wife and say, get your husband in line. I'll take care of that. As we all know. Yeah. I mean, they have two beautiful twin boys that don't exist without you.

Well, I think Joe would have potentially found a different avenue in which to get Michelle's phone number. Just saying. But he did reach out to me first. You. He reached out to me first.

Rich Isaac consulting, early days, the early days. So... Just saying it. What are we saying?

I don't know. What are we saying? So it said loitering now. It said loitering. That's good. Loitering.

I like it. I like loitering. Loitering's not bad.

You can get ticketed for that though. Yeah. And people frown against loitering. I would regret it. There's signs everywhere.

Yeah. Do not loitering. You know, people also frown upon sniffing it.

Depending on what the it is that you're sniffing. For us, it's the playoffs. It's the card. That's the worst. You're hanging out with some friends and putting back a few drinks. A few becomes a few too many. As the evening comes to an end and people start to head out, you think of calling for a ride. Ah, you live nearby. You can make it home okay. It's no big deal. What are the odds you'll get pulled over anyway? And even so, what's the worst that could happen? Your insurance goes up. You lose your license. You lose your job. You total your car. You kill someone. Everyone knows about the risks of driving drunk.

The results are tragic and often deadly. However, that still doesn't stop everyone from getting behind the wheel while under the influence. That's why police officers are out there right now looking for impaired drivers on our roads to save lives. So if you think you're okay to drive after a few drinks, think again. Play it safe and plan ahead to get a ride. It only takes one mistake to change your life or someone else's forever. Drive sober or get pulled over. Paid for by NHTSA.
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