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Rich names his top 5 under-the-radar difference makers that could determine the outcome of the Chiefs vs 49ers Super Bowl LVIII.

‘Good Morning Football’ co-host Jason McCourty and Rich discuss the Baltimore Ravens shortcomings in the AFC Championship Game, what the keys are to determining who wins Super Bowl LVIII, Bill Belichick and Mike Vrabel failing to land head coaching jobs, and more. 

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I'm fired up for this game. This is the Rich Eisen Show. Patrick Mahomes.

I cannot say he's in his MJ era and then pick him to lose the next game. The Rich Eisen Show. Earlier on the show, quarterback consultant Jordan Palmer coming up. Co-host of Good Morning Football, Jason McCourty. Co-host of Bussin' with the Boys Podcast, Taylor Lewan.

Fox Sports NBA analyst Jim Jackson. And now it's Rich Eisen. Hour number two of the Rich Eisen Show is on the air.

844204 Rich. Number two now, let's have a chat if you're up for it. Super Bowl 58 is right around the corner. Wow. Nine days. Nine days until the day before. It's 10 days. And that's the way things go.

I'm better at verbal. 844204 Rich. Number two now, Jason McCourty of Good Morning Football will be joining us in about 18 minutes time. Also Taylor Lewan. Bussin' with the Boys. So hour number three is for the boys with him.

And then Jim Jackson's going to stroll into our studio. We'll have a nice hoops chat with him. So the Damian Lillard return last night wound up.

It was a fun game. But if Doc's supposed to bring better defense, they damn near put up a buck twenty on on the Milwaukee Bucks. And Damian Lillard goes in last night and loses the basketball game.

What, did he get twenty five points in his return last night? And I proffer to say, though. Doc is going to get this right. I believe in Doc. I believe.

What are you laughing about? I believe in Doc Rivers. You're just got there. You're just such a positive guy.

And I wish that I had that quality in me. Well, you don't have it about Doc. I don't understand the doc. The what? I don't get it.

Doc was awesome for us. Celtics. Yeah. Sixteen years ago. Correct. Right. Yeah.

Not a lot of success since. So but one that that one doesn't still carry the day for you to this point in time. We should have had three, but we got one. I'm happy.

Well, the doc have a rampant deal, bro. Excuse me. Kobe was going to let you get three.

Oh, when he shot six for twenty four in game seven. Fine. Got it.

But Kendrick Perkins getting hurt cost his championship. It's all good. OK. That was the first day I met Del Tufo.

It doesn't sound Santa Monica. Yes. It doesn't sound all good when you when you're talking about it. Right.

A lot of blown three one leads. That's all one. Oh, good. Good luck, Milwaukee.

He doesn't he doesn't like Doc Rivers all that much. You picking up on that? I am picking up on that. You're the one. I mean, if anybody would have an issue, it would be you. You know, I'm a for you're the clipper guy. I'm a forgiven man. You guys are so positive people.

Well, because there's enough negativity in the world, Chris, I don't need to. You got to say he's lost his first two games as a Bucks. What is he supposed to do? Just come in and wave a wand and all of a sudden they start playing better defense. That's why they hired him. So to wave a wand.

Yes, to wave a wand. You literally hired the guy to come in and fix all your issues. And now the first two games with the guy, oh, they're still there. Imagine if the Wolf didn't fix what he needed to fix in public. That's a great example. Literally why you brought in Doc. So so you figured he was going to fix it. Exactly.

He's going to he's going to come in in a tuxedo. Abracadabra, baby. Yeah, you got what you're here for. Also, have you seen how bad the Blazers are? They're terrible. I can't believe you can't lose that game.

Damian Lillard went in and lost the game with the Bucks in a return to the Portland Trailblazers. You know, emotions, rich emotions are high, driven, things of that nature. You know, like you're you're sad that you're back home. You know, it makes sense, I guess. We'll talk about it with Jim Jackson later on in this program. I just believe in Doc.

I'm going to say it right here. I believe in Doc Rivers on a T-shirt. So what do you think that Knicks will pass the Bucks in the standings? I think the Knicks are much better than the Bucks right now. How great, by the way.

Rich, that's a bold statement. I listen, they're playing they're playing terrific basketball. They won 14 games in the month of January. The last time that happened, they made the NBA finals. Which, you know, doesn't happen too often.

And let's see how Earth responds to that. Hey, guys. But my how far back are the Knicks in the standings right now? Six games. OK, so nine and one in the last. That's what I'm saying.

So so so amazing. OK, so the Knicks would have to. Overtake the Bucks, so they got to get the Bucks in Madison Square Garden, right? For game seven, if it's one game, if this if this does one, there's just one game on the Bucks.

OK, that's all I mean to know. OK, I thought you said there were six games behind the Bucks. I thought you said, no, I'm not talking about the Celtics. Remove the Celtics in the equation.

That's a different story. One game. The Cavaliers are just a game and a half behind them, too.

Knicks have won eight in a row. OK, I believe in Doc. I believe in Doc and I believe in Giannis and I think the Giannis Lillard combination will prove out. I'm a guy who loves Giannis, as you know.

You do. I would never I would never trade him. Can we say Giannis is the fourth son?

I was just going to say the sixth son. Well, that's true. But actually, I love Giannis. Baker, Purdy, Kyle Hamilton, Giannis. You know, I do love him. Yeah.

OK, we'll talk about the Bucks with Jim Jackson later on in Studio Hour number three of this program. I have a list here, guys. You know, I love my lists, right? Oh, yeah.

Now, because I like going under the radar. I like giving you names that you'll be like, oh, OK, like what the Rick Dalton GIF from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. If they do anything in the Super Bowl, like I heard that. I heard about that guy. I know about that guy. Rich Eisen told me that guy.

Yes, indeed. And, you know, I'm the judge of X factors on NFL Game Day morning about what's in who's an X factor and who's not an X factor under the radar difference makers. They might go so under the radar. You might not even notice what they're doing.

And one player in particular. I have the top five ultimate under the radar difference makers sponsored by BMW right here on the Rich Eisen Show. High five. One, two, three, four, five. Rich's top five.

All right, here we go. Ultimate under the radar difference makers sponsored by BMW. This was an X factor I rejected from Steve Mariucci because I wanted to give the viewers of our pregame show on NFL Network somebody that you could see in the end zone or see defensively make a play. But this guy, I believe, winds up potentially being one of the big difference makers of Super Bowl 58 of Joe Tooney cannot answer the bell at the guard position for the Kansas City Chiefs. In order to win this game, the 49ers must put pressure on Patrick Mahomes like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did in their Super Bowl win over Mahomes back in the day. And Nick Allegretti filled in so well for Joe Tooney in the AFC Championship game. Mahomes needs this sort of protection again. And if Isaiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards Allaire are going to run the football with success and Tooney's not in there. This guy is going to have to be a difference maker. So keep an eye if you want to on the offensive. If you're an offensive line, keep an eye on an offensive line.

Great. The problem is, if you hear his name over the loudspeaker, you know, it's then it's it's a problem. OK, so Nick Allegretti is number five on this list. Number four on this list is the only guy in the game who played in the previous game that these two played in the Super Bowl, but for the other team.

Oh, you have Mahomes, Kelsey, Austin, Ryder Center, Mecole Hardman and Chris Jones. Those are five Kansas City Chiefs who are starters from Super Bowl 54. Back in the day, you have Debo Samuel, George Kittle, Kyle Juszczyk, Nick Bosa, Eric Armstead, Fred Warner, Drake Greenlaw, Drake Greenlaw, starters for the 49ers who started in Super Bowl 54 against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, only one player started for Kansas City in Super Bowl 54 and is going to start for San Francisco in Super Bowl 58, and his name is Charvarious Ward. And I'm putting him just because, just because he is a difference maker, just because he played for the other team the last time they played each other. And you got to figure he wants to make a play in the worst way.

Yeah. And also, he's just the fourth player, but the first defender to start in a Super Bowl against a team that they previously started for in a Super Bowl. The others all lost Brandon Cooks, who started Super Bowl 53 with the Rams against New England. Jermaine Wiggins, who started Super Bowl 38 with Carolina against New England. And Craig Morton, Super Bowl 12 with Denver versus Dallas.

All three of them lost. So Charvarious Ward wants to be the ultimate difference maker to be completely under the radar to actually win under these circumstances. Look at you. That's why I got to throw him on this list.

Good one. Number three on this list is Kansas City linebacker Drew Tranquil. He might make a play. Again, a lot of folks will be focusing on Nick Bolton because he's right there in the middle of this defense. And last year, he's the one who picked up the football when it was placed on the ground by Jalen Hurts.

But I'm choosing Drew Tranquil because he signed as a free agent with Kansas City this offseason after three years with the Los Angeles Chargers, and he posted this past weekend a text screen grab from his phone, a text from Andy Reid when Tranquil was making his decision to where he was going to play his football this year. And Andy Reid basically saying, hey, basically, basically just let me know which direction you want to go. If you need to talk, my phone is on ring. Till then, see red, which he capitalized the R in red and think Super Bowls with a wink emoji. And he wrote back, thanks, coach.

I'll call you if any questions pop up today as we process the decision. And Andy Reid wrote back, perfect. So if he's saying to him, think Super Bowls and he then decides I'm playing for Kansas City and then they make the Super Bowl. You don't think he's buying every last ounce that's being sold to Drew Tranquil and you don't think he's going to try and make a play in this Super Bowl?

That alone, because, again, think about how his postseason ended last year. He was up 20 in the wildcard round with the Chargers and didn't even advance. Now he's on Kansas City. He was told to think Super Bowls. He's now in a Super Bowl. He tweeted that out with the line seeing red and thinking Super Bowl.

He did that this weekend. That's why he's number three on the list. Number two on this list.

Now we're going to start going a little bit of X's and O's here. And I want to go under the radar because this is the ultimate under the radar difference maker. I think at the wide receiver position, Rashid Rice is way above the radar screen star now. And Caderius Tony doesn't suffice is under the radar because he's he's basically under the bench right now.

So I'm going to go with Marquez Valdez Scantling. And I'm going to say this guy, maybe who wrapped up the game, got it two weeks in a row. He wrapped up the game against the Bills. He wrapped up the game against the Ravens.

And I'm thinking his confidence is at an all time high. And maybe they just don't wait to the end. Maybe they go up top to kind of like start. Maybe they just kind of shock the system on the 49ers and say, OK, you know, you think it's all about Kelsey, all about Rashid Rice, all about running the football. And we don't have Tyreek Hill anymore. So you think we can't take the top of the defense off?

I think maybe we go there. So that's number two. And then number one on my list right here is a San Francisco 49er. Now, I think he's he's above he's on the radar screen because he's a pro bowl, this pro bowl, that right, that sort of thing. But I'm just wondering here if Kyle Juszczyk isn't the most under the radar offensive player who starts for the San Francisco 49ers. And I'm going to go with Kyle Juszczyk right here as the most under the radar difference maker running it, catching it. Everyone is going to be looking for McCaffrey and Debo. Everyone's going to be looking for this, that and the other wearing red. Maybe you look for the fullback.

And that's my most under the radar, ultimate under the radar difference maker. I think we need one more. OK. All right. We'll get one more.

OK. I'll give you one more from the Kansas City defense. His name is Justin Reed. I'm going Justin Reed because of the fact that he's out there playing safety and maybe he's going to make a play and he's not just going to be out there and maybe trying to snipe Brock Purdy. He can also sack you. As a matter of fact, he made such a big play in the AFC Championship game that I termed it a huge, massively huge sack. And so Justin Reed showed you he's got a massively huge sack in him. And I will go with Justin Reed as one more here. Just sorry to make you laugh with your back pain right here on the rich eyes.

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I'm like the snowman. I drive. You drive. Next year's going to be rough for through the high desert. You drive through the high desert. I like it.

I love driving. You're going to drive to New Orleans next year. I think I'm going to do it.

Don't do that. What are we doing? Yeah, I'm going to do like a trip.

If we're going to do that, we're going to get sponsored and we'll make content out of it. Get it. Yeah, that's what we on the road with Del Tufo takes three days. Don Bowie knows he's Mr.

He's Mr. Bayou. Yeah, I can do it. Texas is the only hard part. I'm not saying you couldn't do it, but I mean, it's just give me the CB radio. I'm like the snowman from smoking. I'm saying if we do it, we we make content out of it. TJ's we're not just going to have this guy drive across country making friends at gas stations and stuff and not film it. You know what I mean?

I hear you. I mean, it would be like pretty funny. Go live from the vehicle. So just saying, it would be pretty funny. All right. You want me to make little videos on the way out this time? Sorry. You want me to make little video?

I don't want to make a little bit of Brockman. You want me to go live all the time? No, no, no, no, no company.

What's the videos? Wait, while you guys are on the air Monday, maybe I'll be driving. Are you are you going in the electric car?

No, no, no, no. I got it. I got a bigger car. I got a lot of you got to go out of gear.

Yeah, a lot of stuff back. But what are the videos? What's the what? No, I say I zoom in. I'm driving. I'm zooming in. Yeah. I'm going to I'm going to stop to go pee like how's that content? No, no, no. It's like, look, look.

Here you go. Del Tufo likes to ride in the front seat in Ubers. Come join Del Tufo in the front seat. Ask questions. Talk to him while he's driving. Who's reading them the questions as he's driving, though?

Well, Mike can multitask. OK, exactly. I believe in you.

Thank you, Chris. I hate this idea. Well, I'm not a fan of it. You like content? I do. All right.

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Call click Granger dot com or just stop by. Jason McCourty is a good, dear friend who I got to spend time with in Germany. So any time you spend 10 days in Frankfurt, Germany with somebody, they automatically become a good, dear friend. Certainly, if you have breakfast, he watched me eat breakfast. He watched me fill up with the smoothies, with the smoothie bar. He didn't judge me. He didn't judge me when I was having like pretzel bread at 830 in the morning. You know, he did silently. Jason, did you silently judge me when I went for the bread in the morning?

In the morning? Of course not. I just hope the experience was as special for you as it was for me. We had a great time. It was. We're like this now, man.

You know what I mean? We are so good to see you. And by the way, great job. I listened to your call on Westwood One. You and I and Eagle were just a great call. You know, I listened to the first half on the way home from work. What was your takeaway about how the Chiefs jumped out on the Ravens, Jason?

So, so impressive. And from a standpoint of this, Baltimore defense was excellent all season long. So to come out the first two possessions and jump up and put 14 points on the board, I'm on top of that, going through Travis Kelsey, the one guy that I anticipate them just completely taking him away. Now the Baltimore Ravens defense responded, didn't give up any points in the second half, but there's something to being a champion and everybody that's a part of that organization from the Holmes to Reed to everybody. They went on the road into Baltimore hostile environment and just jumped out, got control of the game and never relinquished it. So you walk away from that game and I'm like, all right, Baltimore Ravens, we knew their defense was good. We knew the Chiefs defense was good, but I didn't realize the Chiefs defense was that good. Completely shutting Lamar out for a majority of that game.

The one touchdown they scored early to field goal came late. So it was very impressive of the Kansas City Chiefs, the way they played and dominated. So, uh, and then what did you, what's your takeaway of watching Lamar? I expect, I expected so much more from that offense. And the thing with Lamar, he has those plays where they're just incredible.

You can't believe, and don't know how he just did it, where he's running around the one, he shakes off Chanel and he throws it up to Zay Flowers for a touchdown. He catches his own passer fourth and one, he sneaks through the line, but from a play in and play out standpoint, I thought they'd get more easy throws. Uh, the Chiefs brought pressure. Their response to it was still Lamar holding the ball, trying to make a play where a week ago we saw Houston in that second half. The adjustment was getting the ball out quick and on time and making plays. They never seem to kind of get that going. I don't know if it was a Tom Monken thing, a Lamar thing, and then they didn't run the ball. The two running backs had six carries combined. I expected them to try to pound the ball, especially the way Buffalo did it the week before against Kansas City. How does that happen?

How does that happen? You know, you look up at the end of the game and you're just like, this was a one score to two score game the entire time. So I don't know if you get in the flow of the game and you're struggling a little bit. So you're just trying to continue to put the ball in Lamar's hands, in Lamar's hands. But it made absolutely no sense as we're watching the game, just like Gus Edwards had one carry for 15 yards in the first half, and then only had two carries in a second.

So you couldn't really put your finger on why in the world they went away from who they were. No, and again, you know, it wasn't a blowout. It just kind of felt that way because how the Ravens just couldn't, you know, I guess when one of your most dynamic offensive plays in the first half of a championship game is your own quarterback catching his own pass for 13 yards, that kind of says something. But again, I'm just kind of mystified how that happens. And then I saw a great NFL film snippet on inside the NFL where Odell's turning to to Lamar and saying, you know, you change the game when you take off.

Like what's what's happening, you know? Yeah, you get it. And he did take off at times. But to win that game, you got to anticipate. We all watched Lamar in that divisional round against Houston. For Steve Spagnola, the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs, he's watching the same game. You got to know Kansas City is going to come in and say there's no way we're going to allow Lamar to just run the ball all over. So we're going to force him and it's not to discredit his arm, his ability to throw the ball.

But you just know how dangerous he is when he does take off. So I love that. Lamar said that because I think I mean, Odell said that to Lamar because the juice that it breaks that stadium being there and they had everybody you can name, Jonathan Ogden was there. Ray Lewis was there. Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed and they're bringing these guys out.

They're dimming the light, getting the crowd going. But the way Kansas City came out and the way the offense was, there was no juice in that stadium to a certain extent for that Baltimore crowd. So I get it when he won, it juices everybody up on the sideline. But it just it wasn't happening.

And when it did, it was fun, but it didn't last. What's it like to be on a team quarterbacked by one of the all time greats? And you feel like you're just showing up with them is is is an inevitability for you to win a Super Bowl, Jason. It's incredible. I always say I'm happy that I helped Tom and I won his sixth his sixth Super Bowl.

You got seven without me, but I got the sixth one there. But I think about for me, the majority of my career, I didn't get a chance to play alongside a guy like that eight years in Tennessee, one in Cleveland. So when I got to New England, it was a totally different feeling. And you'd be sitting on a bench in the fourth quarter and you have a chance to go win the game or just you're down and there's just so much believed. We're still in it because Tom's out there.

He's on the other side. He's going to find a way to get us back in this game. So it's a crazy feeling, especially throughout the course of practicing against them, especially a competitor like Tom, where he's talking trash to you and he's going to get the most out of you. That feeling of being on that bench and knowing fourth quarter, two minutes left to go, we're down three, four, whatever it is, all we need to go is down there and score and we win this game. You're sitting down there.

You can almost kick back, put your hands on your head and just enjoy the show because you have so much faith and believe that he's going to drive you down there and get what you need. Jason McCordie here on the Rich Eisen show. And then the conversation about Brock Purdy.

You'll be the latest, if you don't mind me having you chime in on something I'm sure you've chimed in on multiple times in other places, including Good Morning Football. What's your opinion of Brock Purdy? Jason, I like Brock Purdy and he's in a Super Bowl. He's in his second year. And of course, we evaluate these guys every time they go out on the field.

But it's almost like it's a current state and it's always a state for Brock Purdy where it's like a validation state. We continue to look at him and say, you know what? He's not really the guy. He's not really amongst the best quarterbacks, but that's how he's played this year. Now you can say, all right, he got to his team and he has weapons. The lower level, he has one of the best offensive minds on the sideline for him and Kyle Shanahan, but he still has to go out there and execute. And I look at it as if you're a quarterback and you can take your team and win the games that he's won, win in the playoffs and be in the Super Bowl, you've earned it. And not only that, I'm especially happy to watch him and the path that they've had to take to get to the Super Bowl throughout the playoffs during the Packers game where he doesn't play well in the beginning of that game and throughout that game, but it takes a fourth quarter drive for him to go out there and make the plays from the win. They get into the conference championship.

They're down at halftime by 17. He has to go out there and ball out in the second half to help get his team to that Super Bowl game because the defense hasn't been at their best throughout this playoff one. So you can say whatever you want about Brock Purdy and how I would say it, too, whether it's Mahomes, whether it's Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, I'm taking all of those guys over Brock Purdy. But that doesn't take away from him having a tremendous season and being a really good quarterback in our league. Jason McCordie here on the Rich Eisen Show. So break down Super Bowl 58 for me.

What do you think happens? I'm looking at it and it's so hard to go against Patrick Mahomes and I did it a week ago. We're talking about the Baltimore Ravens.

I'm like during the Super Bowl. I think they have the defensive quarterback and all of that. The key is going to be can you get to Mahomes and not allow those signature runs? You're going back and looking at Super Bowl 54. As the time he takes off in that game and he's sliding down with a huge play in that one, I think it's going to be for these forty niners, can they stop Patrick Mahomes and not allow him to run around scramble and make those plays? And then Isaiah Pacheco, he's been the guy that's been that punch for the Kansas City Chiefs. Can they go out there and slow him down and let him and not allow him to get going?

Because when he does in Baltimore, he's screaming at both sidelines. It just brings something out of that team. And then for the forty niners, they got to start fast. And we watched these last two games and they struggled to get out of the gates. You can't do that against the Kansas City Chiefs team. And defensively, they're going to be in for it. They've struggled a little bit of being able to slow down and run so far throughout these playoffs. Can they do that to Isaiah Pacheco and then getting the ball in the Deebo Samuels hands and watching him go to work for? He's the guy there. And you talk about their win loss record when he's not out there. You watch him and banged up shoulder and all of that. When he touches the ball, he's breaking at least two or three tackles. He's a grown man when he has to rock in his hands.

Which one needs to get out to a faster start? I think I know the answer to it, but I'll throw that your way anyway. One hundred percent. I believe the forty niners do it for the Chiefs. They've been and they've been in this bowl and won two Super Bowls already. They've been counting out all season.

I think they're well equipped to make that comeback. But Mahomes is the best quarterback in this game for forty nines or Brockford. You want to get out. So you think you're going to go Chiefs at the end of the day or what?

Yeah, I don't know. I've been wavering so much on this game. I can't put my finger on exactly who I'm going to go with on this one. But I'm fascinated. It's going to be a fun match. OK, yeah, I had the Chiefs at the beginning of the season against the Niners. Not not to say not. Well, I mean, you know, Traeger's not the only one. You know, but but I I, you know, when given a chance to have a mulligan on Thanksgiving on game day morning, I chose the Ravens because I was looking I did I hopped off the Chiefs.

I mean, you know, we saw Jason, we saw him in in Germany. Yes, they won that game. But they they were having trouble scoring points after halftime. Just like, by the way, the game you just called. And and and then, you know, Tony and Valdez Scantling drops one.

And then Tony's got his foot on the line for another one and just seemed like and then I, you know, on Christmas Day, I saw what had happened. And so given another chance to to have another mulligan at the top of the playoffs, I stayed put and then decided, you know what, just because I've done that doesn't mean I just need to bang my head against the wall again after the Chiefs beat the Bills. I'm like, I'm not going to go in saying this has to be the Ravens time because they have the home field advantage and because they've looked great all season.

I'm like, how am I going to go against my homes? And I think that's just the way I'm going to land for the Super Bowl. I truly is.

It's just that simple. You know, I think a lot of people are going to say that same exact thing. I'm not going against my home's dad bod and all because there's just so much belief in this guy right now because what he continues to do. Jason McCordie here. A few minutes left with my colleague from the NFL Network and co-host of Good Morning Football. Are you surprised Bill Belichick not working as a head coach in the NFL this coming season? I am, I am, but I'm also not. Now, I'm a guy that when I love Bill Belichick as a head coach, when I got there, the amount of football that I was able to learn from that man. So much respect.

But I look at the same time. We just watched Mike McDonald get higher. And this is a few weeks after Jeron Mayo gets higher, Mayo, 37 years old, Mike McDonald, 36 years old. There's a movement kind of these young and energized coaches that are kind of coming in. And it's a new wave, I think, for Bill and everything that he brings. And obviously the Super Bowl rings and a statue and all of that. I think for some organizations, hey, we don't know how long Bill is going to continue to want to even coach.

Do we want to go through this process in a few more years? So I think that's kind of pushed the other way. But still, when you have that level of greatness and you've made that impact on the game, I thought for sure there was going to be a team that was going to bring him in, especially in Atlanta, where he got off to the interviews right away, then had the second interview before it really branched out to a lot more of the candidates, I thought for sure he was going to Atlanta. So I did, too, you know, but obviously we're just not going to know because nobody's going to spill their side of the beans. And Belichick, as you know, plays everything very, very tight. And the speculation is, well, you know, Atlanta didn't want to hand the whole keys to the store to him.

And maybe he didn't ask for the whole keys to the store. I don't know. And then when Washington didn't go with their young coordinator candidate, because Ben Johnson says I'm staying put and I guess Bobby Slowik says I'm staying put. And I don't know if they were all just reading the writing on the wall that Seattle is going to go the way they did. And the commanders just named Dan Quinn today. Maybe they already indicated that's the way they wanted to go.

I don't know. But I just I'm stunned, Jason, that, you know, we we we saw Belichick again in Germany and then Kurt and I saw him in Denver. I didn't think he lacked energy. I didn't think he wasn't energized.

I I also saw how they performed in Denver. I mean, they and this team had nothing to play for anymore, you know, and he knows that he knows how to scheme his head off and he knows how to do it week to week and compartmentalize and make sure those who are on the field are situationally smart. I I'm kind of stunned by it.

I really am. Yeah, and the fact that he's not employed, but also Mike Vrabel, when Vrabel got let go in Tennessee, we're on our show and we're like, oh, Vrabel is going to be one of the hottest candidates right away. He's going to get scooped up and end up somewhere. This guy was just coach of the year a few years ago as a number one seed in the AFC since he's been a head coach, he's proven that he can do it. And he's a guy that played for Bill Belichick, that same kind of temperament. And still both of those guys will end up in this cycle without a job. So it'll be fascinating, both of them for next year, especially Bill Belichick, because maybe he does decide to go into TV, maybe hangs out with the grandkids, maybe consulting in the college game. But I got to imagine somehow or another this guy, Bill, is a head coach in the NFL.

Again, a lot of people want to see him get that record for his greatest he's been throughout his career. What do you think the Bears are going to do with Caleb Williams and Justin Fields? I just feel like when you have that two years in a row, it just seems extremely hard as much as anyone may love Justin Fields. I was in Chicago calling that game against Atlanta where he was just magnificent. But to trade away the number one, because if you're not going to take a quarterback, you're not going to still draft Marvin Harrison.

I think I'm number one. So to trade away that first overall pick back to back years and say, you know what, NFL, we're just going to continue to run it back. I just don't see them doing that. I think they genuinely love Justin Fields.

But I see them pulling the trigger on Caleb Williams and kind of restarting that clock, getting a young and getting a cheaper quarterback in there, trying to build around him and seeing what he can do. All right, Jason, I appreciate the time. Lots of fun hanging with you this season. And and congrats on just a great season of just broadcasting soup to nuts. All you do with NFL Network and Westwood won.

And, you know, I said this to Orlovsky, too. Those two weeks in Germany were were awesome. That was a lot of fun, man.

It really was so much fun. I tell you, brothers paying Eli Cooper and all those guys. I said, what's up? Take care, Jason.

You be well. That's Jason McCourty. Check him out on Good Morning Football. You found that funny about he said that, I mean, everybody knows your sons or your brothers, you know, I guess he's he's referring to I believe when I was on Julian Edelman's podcast Games with Names. I revealed how I am an honorary Manning, right? I think that's what he's referring to right there. Seemed like it. I was dubbed that 20 years ago.

I'm in my third. Yeah, yeah. You know, you know what I tell you? Yeah, karaoke, karaoke story. I remember the lounge. That's rich. That's right.

In Houston. Yeah. I'm in my third decade of being an honorary manic.

Man, I just don't know if the boys know it. And then the Pro Bowl, you became like even more of an honorary man. No, I almost got excommunicated from the family at the Pro Bowl. Because I sang karaoke on the. Hockley a bar, we called it the Ed Hockley bar because it's makes sense because that's what it sounded like.

Hockley a bar. It was open air, as many things are in Hawaii. And I sang That's Life. In my usual was my usual Brio into the microphone.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. And just slammed down the microphone. That's my way. I slammed down the microphone in my way. But but I did it around one in the morning.

Oh, and apparently I woke people up. Oh, in the Pro Bowl hotel. And Peyton, let me know. Well, let me know, actually, you know how you let me know he was being interviewed at the players Ohana Day. It's where, you know, family members supposed to be out there.

It's the final practice is what it was called the Ohana Day. And he was being interviewed by Jamie Dukes on the air live. And he complained about me to Jamie Dukes live on NFL Network, called me out on live television. So he was not happy about it.

He might even bring it up every now and then when I see him. It's good thing I haven't seen him in a while. And now he's a coach at the Pro Bowl. He and Eli doing the they're they're doing that games and all that. Well, no, the yeah, they're the coach of the flag football game. Right. Oh, fun. Yeah.

As you know, the NFL just basically say, if you're going to play the game like it's flag football, let's just put the actual flags on you and play flag football. Yeah. Yeah.

Makes sense. Except who is the one who blew up Devonta Adams a couple of years ago? Remember that?

Oh, I forget who that was. I was Jalen Ramsey, right? Didn't Jalen Ramsey collide with and just blew him up on the on the goal line, like just one of the best hits I've seen in a Pro Bowl.

Even when they were playing tackle. I don't remember that. Yeah. Jalen Ramsey blew up Devonta Adams right on the goal line.

They collided. Yeah. Yeah.

And they go on. Did I get that right? Yeah, I think that was when Mack Jones was the Pro Bowl tie then way back in the day or the day, right? Matt Jones, Gardner Minshew is a Pro Bowl quarterback this weekend. Well, he is. It's not a perfect situation.

You know what it is? Snoop Huntley make it last year. Well, I mean, you know, you just got to find guys who are healthy enough to go. When you think of Pro Bowl hits, to me, it's just the only thing that I ever remember is Sam Orman getting blown up by Sean Taylor.

Like, yeah, Sean Taylor just destroyed Brian. Well, the stories I was told when I was covering the Pro Bowl back in the day is players don't want to get hurt in a Pro Bowl. They don't want to hurt their companions or their colleagues in the Pro Bowl. But they started right around halftime third quarter doing the math in their heads about how much it costs for their families to come to Hawaii.

And then they learned just how much of a spending spree their family members were going on while they were practicing in Hawaii. And they did the math in their heads about how much the winners and losers shares were worth. And then they decided, oh, in order to be up this weekend, instead of down this week, we need to win this game.

I need to win this game. And that's why the fourth quarters of Pro Bowls suddenly got really competitive. That's awesome. Was that guy started computing the bottom line. Bring that back.

I know this is what I was told. The credit card bills came at halftime. Oh, like, hey, do you ever notice how back in the day, you know, how do you ever notice how fourth quarters really got competitive for these polls? Yeah, well, why? Well, statement text.

It came down to calculations. Yeah, we're going to put this on the underhills bill. Yeah, well, there's that too. Not yet.

Oh, God, don't even get me started. Don't give your room out. Maybe I should. Should I have Sean Payton tell that story next Friday?

Absolutely. How he once gave out Tony Romo's room number to break the huddle of an NFC practice at the Pro Bowl for Tony. And he the story is he told me I know this is the story.

So we'll see if he'll if he'll be up for retelling it. His son, who's now, I believe, a total grown ass man, I imagine, was he he had his son. He said, my son's a big fan of yours, Tony. And he drew like a picture. He called it a poster. He drew a poster of you. He wants to bring it to your room. What's your room number? And Tony said, these my room number. And that's how Sean got it.

Oh, my God. And and then broke down the huddle that way. And I was informed when my before my first Pro Bowl ever, ever by Rod Ronson, who I believe is also a guest next week at the Super Bowl. To Rod told me under no circumstances are you to ever give out your room number?

Nope. And Marshall Falk, one entire Pro Bowl, lorded over my head that he knew what my room number was. And he made it seem like it's because he watched me write down my new room number on a bill and he saw how the pencil moved. And he made it seem like he knew my room number. And he gave it out on live NFL Network television in a four down segment. He's just said the number right off the top of his head. Was it? And I remember it was right. And he made it seem like it was because he snaky watched me write down my room number on a tab.

But of course, Marshall being Marshall, he's just playing head games the entire time. When I checked out of my room. I because Marshall and I were going to the airport together, I got out of my room and I looked to my right and I saw a whole bunch of bags and a bellhop, you know, sort of cart that are being amassed.

And I looked down at the golf bag and it was Marshall fall. He's next door to me the entire time. Oh, yeah.

Yeah. And he knew my room number because he was right next door to me. Oh, the Pro Bowl day was all day. I could go on and on. That was so much fun. But thank goodness I didn't. He was he he took it easy on me.

He could have laid a whole bunch of appetizers and drinks on it. Let's take a break. Eight four four two oh four.

Rich number to tell the one coming up, our number three. I do believe it was the first time that we met, I'm going to bring this up. It was in the city of Houston, right?

It was the first ever Super Bowl the NFL Network had ever covered. But you and the entire Manning family strolled into the Gatorade suite. And who did you hear singing karaoke in the Gatorade suite that night? It was a beautiful voice. Would you say like in terms of it was like an angel bringing us in there who walked in and we see see Rich Eisen karaoke dominating to basically, by the way, nobody else in the room. This solo, you know, you get a little practice. There was my me and my buddy.

There was nobody else. What what song? That is good question. Sinatra Sinatra. I forget which one. OK, well, I mean, did you have to ask?

Yeah, seriously. It was me and my buddy. I remember we walked in and yeah, we joined, but we joined right then. Did you? You did sing, right? You guys all did get on the mic and we got up there.

You know, we can't turn that down. No, I know. And it was honestly, I was obviously like pre cell phone. I mean, I had cell phone, but pre like, you know, I had a camera. You don't worry about anybody filming.

There's no video. You have to say you saw karaoke. You say you don't think about it. You don't think twice. It was just the moment. Yeah, that's it.

You didn't have to memorialize it. You know, it was me, my buddy Doug. And then it was, I think, your entire family, right? All crew. Yeah. Your mom and your dad. Yeah.

And you and Peyton and Cooper and Cooper. Yeah, exactly. And what do you have a go to karaoke song? It's changed over the years, obviously. Yeah, you kind of go with the time.

So, you know, Footloose has always been one, you know, just because you can kind of dance with it. But now, you know, it's it's tough. It's tough to do karaoke now. You're just kind of worried, you know, people are filming all the time. Then they judge. And, you know, I get judged enough.

I don't need to be judged on my singing ability. That's, you know, that's fun. Yeah, it's everybody's made it too serious. Indeed, back on the Rich Eisen show. Let's talk about game time tickets and game time tickets.

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Last minute tickets, lowest price guaranteed. Christopher, do we have a poll question over there? Yes, I'm throwing it up right now. Rich, you were there, I believe. Justin Timberlake and Jada Jackson, I was there for the wardrobe malfunction. OK, that 2005? No, it was 2004. 2004 was our first day. 20 year anniversary. Oh, my goodness. So let's do let's do a poll.

I'm going to put it up. Top four WTF off non game Super Bowl moments. OK, the wardrobe malfunction.

The power goes out at halftime in New Orleans. Left shark. The left shark. Yeah. Harry, what the what was going on with their Christina Aguilera completely forgets a whole line in the national anthem. Which one was that? I totally forgot about that one. You guys don't remember? Yeah, that happened.

I remember now that had to have that had to affect the length of the national anthem. Right under. Oh, yeah. How you go under if you leave out words.

Yeah, you wonder. Left shark. I missed the left shark. Left shark. I didn't watch the Super Bowl halftime for that one. So I couldn't see the left shark 2011. The other two, obviously, I lived through 2011, right?

45, the Steelers Packers Super Bowl. Oh, I think you're right. Yes. Yeah, very weird because I was at that game in Arlington, Texas.

Yes. I was I totally remember the other two. My God, I remember the the the the other.

We forgot the line, the the wardrobe malfunction. We were all huddled around the television set in a suite and ready to watch the commercial right after that halftime show was the first ever NFL Network commercial we ever had for the Super Bowl. It was our first Super Bowl that were on the air and we had that thing set up. And it was awesome. It was a tomorrow.

It was the song Tomorrow from Annie. And we had all the stars of the the league sing a line from tomorrow. Like Warren Sapp did it. T.O.

did it. Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells did it. So on and so forth.

And the reason why. The commercial was singing tomorrow is because tomorrow, the next day, Monday, is the first day of a new season, everyone's 0 and 0 again, and we wanted to let everyone know NFL Network is still on the air. As a matter of fact, we're covering the the combine and the draft and everything else. It was a great commercial and nobody saw it because of the wardrobe malfunction. Everyone just it was the most racked back TiVo moment ever. Right. Yeah. Where everyone just kept on racking back their TiVo.

I guess I should stop saying the word racking. But and then and then I don't know if I ever tell you where I was for the the the lights going out at the Superdome. No. I was in the NFL Network suite. I was on a field and in the NFL Network suite, two of the following people were in there, both asking me for information, one of them keeping me laughing the entire time. That person keeping me laughing the entire time. Will Ferrell.

Oh, wow. Was in the suite and keep asking questions like, when's the second half going to start? Paul McCartney. I never in a million years did I have the Beatle of Wow. He loves all Beatles just turning around and saying, you know, when's second half going to start? McCartney, I was told as part of his. Performing in the Super Bowl in Jacksonville, he was the halftime act of NFL Network's second ever Super Bowl, the Eagles and the Patriots, the last time there was a repeat champion. McCartney did halftime. I was told part of his deal is he gets two tickets in his suite for every Super Bowl forevermore.

And he's in the NFL Network suite almost every Super Bowl. Wow. Yeah. That seems like a good deal that they made.

That is a good deal for everybody. And I never thought in a million. Basically, I'm like, you know, Sir Paul, I just don't know when the lights are going back on. But I didn't want him to go back on because there's a Beatle and there's Will Ferrell keeping us all entertained.

It was crazy. Sir Paul, I'm not sure. I don't know. You know, I don't know. I'll check.

I'll check with the local content. I don't know. I mean, because we're like, what the hell just happened? Oh, yeah, that's funny. I know. And of course, you know, Ray Lewis saying that that was a conspiracy to get to pause, you know, like on the game, like the guy from like the guy from airplane, like pulling the plug out, like Leon's getting larger, putting the plug back in like, no way. All right.

So I don't know how the wardrobe malfunction loses this, although a blackout in the middle of a Super Bowl in the Superdome is up there. Poll question. All right. Very good.

Check that out at Rich Eisen's show. Yeah, but Left Shark, we were too busy, by the way, left shark was wild. I don't really recall.

I mean, I remember Katy Perry in the shark, but the shark was in the match. Tell us exactly what happened. You know what? We were still dealing with all of us. We were all pitching in. We were all pitching in. I'm telling you, everybody, NFL Network, anybody who worked for the NFL, pitching in by and they asked me to just meet fans and what have you, because fans in that Super Bowl at in the in in the Jones Hall was they were being relocated seats, as you know, were disappeared right before the beginning of the game because of some sort of code violation. Oh, my God, I'm I didn't even see halftime. I was running around the stadium just meeting people who are who are in different seats and whatever.

Like, hey, would you mind meeting this person, that person? I was pitching in, taking pictures. Yeah, there was one family of Packers fans. They were miserable. They were like the dad there was just wanted no part of any sort of outreach. You know, and then there were some other Packers front office individuals who had had their seats disappear and got relocated, they wound up in a suite and they were like, free alcohol.

This is the greatest deal ever. And they were just getting hammered. Why not? They're having a blast from Wisconsin. Those folks.

So they just literally just actually just to go around. Yeah. Could you mind? Yeah.

Would you mind? Because of the oh, yeah, I missed that halftime. And I must have missed the Christina Aguilera missing entire lyric.

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