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Tua vs. Jalen Hurts is the Next Chapter (Hour 1)

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Tua vs. Jalen Hurts is the Next Chapter (Hour 1)

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Live from the play show yet not overly ostentatious studios of CBS Sports Radio here in beautiful Miami today, this is a football Friday edition of the Zach Gelb show across all of our great local CBS Sports Radio affiliates, Sirius XM, Channel 158, the free Odyssey app, and of course streaming on YouTube. 855-212 for CBS is the number to jump on in.

855-212-4227 and you can always interact with me. On the good ol' cesspool of Twitter or on Instagram where I'm always straight flexing at Zach Gelb, that's Z-A-C-H-G-E-L-B. Back in our New York City headquarters, we do of course have Michael Samter and Stuart Kovacs producing this extravaganza all the way up until 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific.

Danny Connell is going to stop by at the top of the hour. We'll preview a very busy weekend of college football that does highlight Penn State going to the shoe to do battle up against Ohio State where James Franklin as a head coach against top 10 teams and we know both these teams are in the top 10 Penn State and Ohio State but during his time in Happy Valley, James Franklin is 3-15 as a head coach up against top 10 teams. But really, I do believe the biggest game this weekend when you factor in college football and the NFL, it is the game that occurs on Sunday night between the Miami Dolphins visiting the Philadelphia Eagles and the only other game that could maybe match this one heading into the season where it feels like it's a Super Bowl preview is when you do have the Miami Dolphins going up against the Kansas City Chiefs later in the year. And that game was just a greedy move by the NFL and really a piggish move by the NFL to schedule it in Germany. That game is considered to be a Chiefs home game.

That should have been the triumphant return of Tyree Kill to Arrowhead going up against Kansas City but the NFL said let's play that game at I believe 9.30 in the morning and have it being played in Germany. But when you get set for this matchup between Tuatunga Vailoa and Jalen Hurts on Sunday Night Football on NBC between the Eagles and the Dolphins, my first thought is actually the MVP race this year in the NFL. And full disclosure, I've been thinking about this, there's not an MVP name now that nationally everyone's gravitating towards and everyone's saying it's clear cut, this guy is the favorite right now to win the MVP.

Sure, the betting odds right now say it's Tuatunga Vailoa at plus 350 on the sportsbook that I'm looking at right now, but I don't even believe that Tuatunga Vailoa is the first MVP on his team. And that's not bashing Tua, I think the world of Tua, I think Tua is a heck of a quarterback and he's proving that this year through the first six games of the season and the Dolphins being off to this ridiculous start at 5-1. But if I was an MVP voter, I would be voting for Tyree Kill through the first six weeks of the season because Tyree Kill is on a ridiculous pace right now to have 2,300 yards receiving and also 17 receiving touchdowns.

And I know Tyree did speak a big game going into this year, he was like, oh I'm going to have 2,000 yards, I'm like 2,000 yards? You know you have Jalen Waddle also on the team standing right next to you, there's only so many mouths to feed and only one football with the Miami Dolphins. But right now, through the first six weeks of the season, it's not even close, the most electrifying player in football has been Tyree Kill and Tyree Kill right now, outside of quarterbacks, is the most intimidating non-quarterback in the NFL through the first six weeks of the season.

And teams just don't know how to prepare for him, opposing defenders shaking their boots when they have to go up against him, and he's on pace to have this just absolutely crazy season once again when you look at over 2,300 yards receiving and 17 receiving touchdowns. And really, Tyree Kill has changed this organization and also Mike McDaniel has changed this organization as well, because we all thought Brian Flores was this really good coach and was this really special coach, and I would like to see Brian Flores get another opportunity to be a head coach in this league. But, when he was in Miami, he was looking at every other way to get out of the relationship and the partnership with Tua Tungavailoa, and even though it felt cheesy and disingenuous at times, the moment Mike McDaniel and Tyree Kill got to Miami, they gravitated towards Tua Tungavailoa. They said, Tua, you are our guy, you are our quarterback. Where Mike McDaniel, right, Tua's even talked about this, went to Tua Tungavailoa's charity event, and he said just that support meant so much to Tua Tungavailoa early on in his career and his relationship with Mike McDaniel. And Tyree Kill, the moment he got traded to Miami in that blockbuster trade, he was saying that Tua Tungavailoa is the most accurate passer in the game and he's the most accurate quarterback that he's ever played with. Everyone's like, whoa, wait a second, you just played a bunch of years with the great Patrick Mahomes.

How can you even put Tua Tungavailoa and Patrick Mahomes in the same sentence and also say Tua does this better than Patrick Mahomes? So really, McDaniel and Tyree Kill have changed this entire organization, and now this is a Dolphins team where I was just doing a local hit on 560 WQAM with Mark Hochman, and he asked me, do you think the Dolphins are elite? And I said, I'm not ready to call them elite, but if this makes sense, they could win a Super Bowl this year with the way that they're built and what they're getting back with Jalen Phillips and Jalen Ramsey and Devon Achan as well when he gets off the pup list or he gets off the injured list and he makes his return after having to sit out for four games because of the injury. So this team right now, they're at five and one. They're a team that's dominant.

They're a team that on the offensive side of the ball is off to a historical start to the season. And I know things aren't handed out or things aren't guaranteed through the first six games, but this is a team right now that it's really special. And the reason why I'm not willing to call them elite yet, even though I think the sky's the limit this year for the Miami Dolphins, is because I got to see it more out of them.

And I got to see Tua stay healthy throughout the duration of this season. But you look at the elite teams in the NFL, I think Kansas City is elite. I think the Eagles are an elite team. The 49ers are an elite team.

But they have gone to distance that a lot of teams haven't. The Chiefs have won two Super Bowls. The Eagles have represented the NFC in the Super Bowl.

The 49ers always are in the NFC championship game and recently have represented the NFC in the Super Bowl. But if Kansas City doesn't get there out of the AFC, the next team I gravitate towards is the Miami Dolphins. And I say that knowing that two weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins went to Buffalo and absolutely got destroyed. So this is a big statement game for the Dolphins and a big measuring stick for the Miami Dolphins. Where if they lose the game by a measly three points, I don't think anyone's getting on the radio or getting on TV on Monday and are slamming the Miami Dolphins and are questioning what the apex of the Miami Dolphins can be this season. But if they get blown out again, then up against the two best opponents that they face this year, they would have horrific showings. So out of all the teams, when I look at the NFL this week, the team that has the most to prove, the team that's under the most pressure, it is the Miami Dolphins.

And in this spot, I look to two people to validate their success and validate it in a different standard. For Tyreek Hill, if he goes in a Dolphins win for 200 yards and puts up two touchdowns and adds to this pace of 2,300 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns this year, I do believe on Monday when you try to evaluate what the headlines will be on Monday, it will be, okay, Tyreek Hill has an opportunity to win the MVP and he may be the leader in the clubhouse. Because it's not disrespectful to Tua Tungavailoa, I really do enjoy Tua as a quarterback, but when I look at who's the most valuable to the Miami Dolphins, who do I think is the best player on the Miami Dolphins? I do give the edge to Tyreek Hill over to Tua Tungavailoa and if on a big stage, we all know how great Tyreek Hill is, but if he goes on one of these video game type of performances again on Sunday Night Football and he is clearly the best player on the field with an abundance of talent.

When you have Jalen Hurts and you have A.J. Brown and you have Devante Smith and you got Jalen Waddle and you got Raheem Mostert and you got DeAndre Swift and Brandon Graham and you can keep on going big play slay and all the names that are on both sides of the ball for both of these teams, there's a very good chance on Monday we're talking about Tyreek being the best player on the field and trying to do something that has never been done before in the history of the NFL. Where there has never been a wide receiver to win the NFL MVP. We've seen a place kicker win the MVP before, but in a past heavy league now, we have still never seen a wide receiver win the MVP.

Now, two years ago, you thought Cooper Cup had a case to be made with the Triple Crown. Last year, people like myself were leading the charge for Justin Jefferson, but for Tyreek Hill, it does feel as if he has a damn good chance to win the MVP this year because who else is going to win the award? Mahomes almost has to be perfect now to win the award again and even though no one would ever doubt Mahomes, that offense has not clicked yet to the level that we expected at. The bills are too up and down for me to make the case for Josh Allen to win the MVP. Jalen Hurts, the Eagles offense has to play better. Brock Purdy has no leg to stand on for the MVP after last week. Heck, I would even make more of the case for Christian McCaffrey, but we got to check in with his health. I don't think the Ravens are going to be as dominant as they need to be for Lamar Jackson to win another MVP.

So you go around, it's like, who else can you make the case for? Well, if the Dolphins get, or if the Lions get the number one seed in the NFC, maybe Jared Goff is going to get a big MVP push. Maybe Trevor Lawrence, if the Jaguars get back on track and they had a victory last night against the Saints, maybe he got some MVP votes. But right now, it feels like it is a two-man race for the MVP, and they're both Miami Dolphins with Tua Tonga-Wailoa and also Tyreek Hill. And personally, I believe I give the edge to Tyreek, and I believe what Tyreek is doing this year at the wide receiver position is more impressive, not taking a shot at Tua, than what Tua is doing at the quarterback position. Even though Tua is in the midst of a very special season, not only for himself, a feel-good story, but also for this Miami Dolphins team, where for the first time in a long time, there is legitimate excitement with this team, probably for the first time since the Wildcat.

Like, is that really how far we have to go back? And what did that Wildcat team turn into? Nothing really much in terms of the large scheme of things, but it's the timing of it that's all working out. Outside of Kansas City, there's not a lot of teams that you fear in the AFC, and on the MVP list, there's not a lot of names that have taken the baton and have run with it. So through the first six weeks of the season, as now we're in week seven, the Dolphins could absolutely go to a Super Bowl this year, Tyreek Hill or Tua-Tunga-Wailoa could absolutely win the MVP, and this team has a chance to have a big party coming their way in February.

But on Sunday night, they gotta show up. They gotta prove that they are on the cusp of becoming an elite team in the NFL, and this is an enormous measuring stick going up against the team in the Philadelphia Eagles last year that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl. And also, it's another chapter in Tua-Tunga-Wailoa and Jalen Hurts and their connection with one another going back to their time at Alabama, where you had Jalen Hurts at halftime get replaced to the national championship game against Georgia. I remember like it's yesterday, Kirk Herbstreet was speculating it, then Tua comes off the bench, ends up having that game winner in overtime to Devante Smith, who now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, and from there, Jalen Hurts was a good teammate, stuck around for another year when he could have transferred, then Tua gets hurt in the SEC championship game against Georgia. Hurts comes in off the bench out of relief for an injured Tua-Tunga-Wailoa and defeats Georgia to win that SEC title game before the baton was handed back over to Tua for the college football playoff game.

So, that's where we're at right now, and then you know that Hurts goes on to Oklahoma, redefines his career, is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, and then gets drafted in the second round, and Hurts has solidified himself as a top five quarterback in this league, and Tua, who was always like the golden boy, was always supposed to be the number one overall pick, he fell back to five, did land in Miami, rough start last year with all the concussions, but now both of these quarterbacks that were once in the same quarterback room, they are clicking, they have really good teams, and they could potentially, when they meet up on Sunday, be showing us a preview of the Super Bowl this year, so that game this weekend gets me the most excited, Eagles coming off a loss, what can they show, Dolphins trying to show how great they could be this year, and we could have two of the top MVP candidates on the same team in Tyreek Hill and Tua-Tunga-Wailoa trying to make a big statement in South Philadelphia on Sunday night, and if this game doesn't get you excited for football, I just don't know what will, so do you think there is a good chance that Tyreek Hill could win the MVP this year, I think there is, and the MVP has never been won by a wide receiver, someone has to be a first, why wouldn't it be Tyreek Hill, where he's closing in on pace over 2,300 yards and 17 touchdowns this year, and that could be a fun debate, who would be the better MVP choice for the Dolphins, is it Tyreek Hill, or is it Tua-Tunga-Wailoa, and right now, I don't say you make a case, if you say Zacko, they're not the top two, they're two of the top five out of all the MVP choices right now that are available in the NFL, off and running on a very busy football Friday, 8-5-5, 2-1-2, for CBS, 8-5-5, 2-1-2, 42-27, we did discuss how there's a lot of pressure on the Dolphins this weekend, a big point to prove for the Miami Dolphins, there's another team in the NFL, where if they don't win this game this weekend, and they're not expected to win this game this weekend, could their coach be fired after the game, we'll discuss, and we'll also circle in on a college football team, where the pressure has now been raised in the way that we view this game, and we'll see if they're ready for the big task at hand this weekend, in another week of college football, alrighty, we're coming on back, Zack Yellup here with you on a football Friday, off and running on CBS Sports Radio, still stuffed like a fat pig after last night, what a legendary meal that I had in Miami at Joe Stonecrabs, one of the greatest institutions for dining that exists, had some coconut shrimp last night to start, some hash browns, some lobster mac and cheese, some fried chicken, some tomato and cheese as well, they had like a hunk of beef with cheese on it, then a jumbo order of Stonecrabs, and then of course that key lime pie that you got to hit from behind, as my friend would say, when you were having a little dessert, and they had a little grater, which is a scoop of ice cream with, it was a black cherry ice cream to die for, then some apple pie crumble, and then I had to get rolled out of there, or maybe forklifted out of the restaurant to just get back in my car, so I could drive back to Boca Raton, in Miami for one more day here at our friend's studio, 560WQAM inside the Odyssey family, so we appreciate them for hosting us, and it's kind of amazing guys, I don't know if you realize this, Sam Turin and Stu, but like our listeners, who I absolutely love, but they are like so annoyed today, I'm in like a smaller studio, when you're on visiting turf, right, they're gracious enough to host you, and just put you up somewhere, and like some of our listeners are like, why is Gelbin like a broom closet today, this is like a little production studio that I'm in, and how many times when we've been at our CBS Sports radio studios, and let's say like Mike Valenti comes up to do that show with Boomer Esiason from Detroit, they put him in one of the smaller production studios, I'm not here every day, so I don't understand why our listeners in the YouTube chat think they're going to put me in this palatial, yet very ostentatious kind of studio, I don't understand what people actually expect, Sam Turin, Stu. I think you look fantastic, I don't care what anyone says, you look fantastic, you look great, it's not a broom closet, I just think that people underestimate how big you are, you're actually in a room that is larger than my home, it just looks small because you're in it. When you mean how big I am, are you talking about the way that people perceive the brand of Zach Gelb, or is this more so my physical size that you were talking about? No, I meant physical size.

That's what I thought, I didn't know if you meant my head or something like that. No, and I don't mean it in an insulting way, you are a strong, broad, big man, unlike me, I'm the opposite, and therefore you make any space that you're in look smaller, just because you're such a meaty... A large human being, a gargantuan human being is what you're saying. Yes, yes, you're the opposite of Mike Sampter. Yeah, that is true, and look at Stu, because I don't get to see you guys until I check in on the stream, Stu wearing that big Raider Nation shirt today, Stuart Kovacs a few weeks ago had like a little emblem on his chest acknowledging the existence of his football team, I needed a microscope or a magnifying glass to find it, and now Stu has the Raider gear and big font that even my grandmother, who's 92 years of age and is still sharp as sharp could be, wouldn't even need to put on her glasses, Stu, to figure out that you are a Raiders fan, so now you're back in on your football team, is that right? I'm back in until they disappoint me, which will either be this week or next week or sometime in the very near future. Okay, how many wins we going for the Raiders, just wondering? Oh, for the year? Yeah, for the year.

I'd say six or seven. Okay, so Stu is kind of back in, but he's swimming very, very slowly and is staying right towards like the shallow end of the pool with his hand on the rail to make sure that when the water picks up or the pool gets a little bit deeper that he doesn't drown is pretty much what you're saying with the Raiders right now. Pretty much, trying to set myself up to not be disappointed. You know what my goal is? My goal here is to get Stu to be one day confident with this football team, and my other goal is to get Samter to be back and being a Jets fan, because Stu, I understand when you're not wearing the largest Raiders shirt in the world because they are a disgraceful football team and you walk down the streets of New York City and everyone's like, who's this crazy person wearing a Raiders shirt and why does he still support this football team, but for Samter, he jumped off the bandwagon right after the Rogers injury. Now the Jets have been decent. I think we need to start making a push for Samter to start picking the Jets again. Like, I believe, Samter, you're entitled to making a decision that was in the moment and you are someone that is very emotional and you get caught up in your feelings so I can understand why you went away from that team, but now I think you have to come back into the house, like sleep on the couch once again of the of the Jet fandom and eventually you make your way back into the bedroom and be sleeping next to the smoking hot chick. Yeah, no thank you.

Really? How do you just give up on something when your entire life you were a passionate crazy lunatic Jet fan and now you're just done with this football team? That's inconceivable to me. It's not about wins and losses. It's about the football gods being out against us and being out to get us. Jet fans are destined, similar to Browns fans, are destined to constantly be miserable and unhappy and tortured in the NFL world. It has nothing to do with wins and losses because I've seen some great wins.

I've seen three AFC Championship teams. It's just, they are intentionally, I think they're getting back at us for Joe Namath guaranteeing a Super Bowl and since then we've just been an utter joke and it's just, just when you have hope once again, they just tear it away from you and rip your heart out. Well the team now that you're rooting for in the Kansas City Chiefs, they were awful for a long time and their fans thought they would never win a Super Bowl again and now all they do is win Super Bowl. So if Kansas City doesn't win another Super Bowl, I think we've identified what the problem is.

The problem is you. If Kansas City starts to stink and go in the tank now and they can't get back to another Super Bowl and win another Super Bowl, you then need to jump off the Chiefs bandwagon or else people are going to be parading you around Kansas City looking for your head. It could be possible but I've also seen five Yankees championships so I'm pretty good there. Oh here we go, always the Yankee fan. I've seen this many championships, I'm a Yankee fan.

I'm just saying I can't be in mush. I've been to three Yankees World Series championship series, I've been to the World Series three times for the Yankees, I've been to the games, I've been there in pinstripes so I can't imagine that it's my fault. I just got a text from my mother by the way, I guess my grandmother is listening today, she goes, grandma said never mention her age again on the air. Like I am proud that my grandmother is 92, she still looks like a million bucks, she looks like a movie star.

And she's the only one that doesn't think that she looks great right now. Grandma looks like a million bucks and you know what, let me tell you, whenever we go out to eat with grandma, there's a lot of older men that start talking to her and they don't have a chance with my grandmother. So my grandmother, 92 years old, she looks stunning, she looks like a movie star and everyone should aspire to be as sharp and as good looking as my grandmother is when they get to 92.

Any comment on that guys? I like how your mother said never to say her age ever again on the air and you just repeat it seven more times, so good for you. Yeah, well come on, I don't think that's something we should be ashamed of, you know, if she didn't look good at 92, I wouldn't say she didn't look good at 92 but she looks phenomenal at 92. I told my grandmother the other day, she looks like she's 75 years old, like I would have never thought that she was actually 92 years old. So I said the same thing about you, what, 75? 75?

You know, I am starting to get some gray hairs, so that's becoming a problem. Anyway, getting back to the football because that's why you tune in on a football Friday right here on the Zach Gelb show on CBS Sports Radio, I want to keep it in the AFC West real quickly and I want to talk about one team and that's the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers have all this talent, like you look at the Dolphins and the Chargers, they're constructed with a whole lot of talent and you look at the Miami Dolphins, they have a good coach, they have a quarterback that is excelling right now with really good weapons and they're a team that is 5-1. The Los Angeles Chargers should be at the same level where the Miami Dolphins are right now and I understand the players have to take some of it and Justin Herbert has to be more clutch but I really do believe that Brandon Staley is by far and away the biggest problem with the Los Angeles Chargers and they are 2-3 on this season. They lost to Miami in a 36-34 game and when you lose to one of the better teams and we didn't know it at the time in the NFL to the Miami Dolphins by 2 points, you wouldn't think that you would be struggling to find wins this season. But here we are with the Chargers and the Chargers are now entering week 7, have a big matchup this weekend against Kansas City and if they don't get to 3-3, and I know it's a tough ass going up against Kansas City, I don't see what the point is on keeping Brandon Staley for the rest of the season.

I really don't and I know people could say, oh why are you saying this is a must-win game for Brandon Staley when he's going up against the Chiefs, you know how good the Chiefs are? The Chiefs are vulnerable this year. Now the Chiefs still could go to the Super Bowl, the Chiefs could still win the Super Bowl, I'm fully cognizant of that but Kansas City on offense has not been this force, has not been this juggernaut, has not been this unbelievable unit that we're used to. And you look at the Chargers' resume this year, they lost to the Dolphins, they lost to the Tennessee Titans in overtime, they beat the Vikings and the Raiders where they should have lost both of those games if Kirk Cousins and Aidan O'Connell didn't throw interceptions at the goal line after Brandon Staley tried to gift them the game. And last week, coming off a bye, you lose to the Dallas Cowboys. So what would the justification be if you lose to Kansas City and then it's seven weeks of football, six games, where they haven't given you anything positive to talk about?

And then we talk about a good landing spot. If you're going to have an interim head coach, well the next two games are against the Bears and the Jets. And I know the Jets are playing better, I know the Jets have gone up against some really great quarterbacks, I'm still not a believer that the Jets are going to be this great team, can the Jets make the playoffs here?

Sure. But Zach Wilson is not someone I trust. If they're making the playoffs, it's more so because of the run game with Breece Hall and that dominant defense that they have.

But Stu, let me throw this by you. And let me be clear here, I don't think they're going to fire Brandon Staley if they lose this game to the Kansas City Chiefs. But I don't get how you justify keeping him as the head coach where they're up 20 plus points in a playoff game, they choked, and then the response coming out of that playoff game to start the year is a loss to Miami, a loss to Tennessee, two wins they were lucky to win up against the Vikings and the Raiders.

And then you get the Cowboys, you lose to them, and then you lose to the Kansas City Chiefs. There would be no point in continuing with this Brandon Staley era. Do you agree with me, Stu, that if they can't get the job done this weekend, and if the Chargers lose to Kansas City in Arrowhead up against the Kansas City Chiefs, that they should dismiss Brandon Staley as the head football coach?

Oh, absolutely. I mean, I think that should have been done after last season, but especially now if they're getting off to the start that they're off to, I mean, they're going to fall behind and they're not going to make the playoffs if this continues, especially if they lose this weekend. So yeah, I think Staley is someone who probably has to go sooner rather than later. Yeah, and I don't see what the point would be in keeping him around.

And the reason I asked that question to you, Stu, is because the old producer that I used to work with, my man, Ahate Kiki, he would always try to craft takes that would benefit his team. So if I asked him that about Brandon Staley, and let's say he was in your position as a Raiders fan, he'd be like, no, the guy's a good coach, keep him, and he would do it sarcastically because he knows that benefits his team. And that's why I think it's admirable of Stuart Kovacs right there in saying Staley has to go, because even though your organization is a clown show and is a joke and a drama filled organization, you know football, you know logic, and there's no logical explanation. If you can't get one big win or one win that's impressive through the first six, seven weeks of the season, that would say, okay, I need to see more of Brandon Staley with the Chargers.

Yeah, I mean, look, I would love for him as a Raider fan to say, but no, I can't justify him being the head coach for much longer of the Chargers. Who gets fired first, Staley or McDaniels? Probably Staley. I think McDaniels might have a little longer of a rope because of the financials of the Raiders. So I do think it is Staley that'll probably go first. More likely to go in season I think is Staley.

So did I get this right? What's the WNBA team, the Aces that Mark Davis owns? Did you see him dancing after they won the championship? How could I miss it?

It was all over my Twitter feed on Wednesday night. What did you think of the dance skills of one Mark Davis, if you want to call him that? You know, they weren't great, but if he was doing that after a Raider Super Bowl, I think they'd be amazing dance skills.

So I was actually a fan of seeing Mark Davis and some of the moves that he had. Samter, how are your dance skills, by the way? Are you a good dancer? I feel like Samter, you got a few drinks in him, he's at a wedding.

I think Michael Samter would be a really good dancer at a wedding. I'm really good at the shopping cart and the lawnmower, the sprinkler. The shopping cart's a good one, where you're just driving around and you're picking things off the top shelf and then, oh, gotta go a little bit lower to get one and you do like a little disco, something like that. Yeah, I like that.

Great at that. So Samter, your team wins a championship. Michael Samter is the owner. Give me a team that you would love to own, it doesn't matter what the sport is. The New York Yankees. Alright, the New York Yankees. Here comes the pitch. Shrunk him out, ball game over, Yankees win. The Yankees win.

Michael Samter, shot in the press box. What are you looking like? How are you dancing? Oh, I got my, I'm raising the roof, arms up, shaking the booty a little bit. Josh Booty you're shaking? What are you shaking? No, no, no, just my booty. A lot of my dance moves involve gyration of the hips and movement of the arms, but not necessarily in rhythm or together, just hips moving, arms moving, legs usually staying still.

It's very awkward. Gotcha. So I would just go right to, see if I ever owned a sports team and I won a championship, I think I would go like Stone Cold Steve Austin style and just take the two beer cans, smack them together and then just douse myself in the beer. That's what I believe I would do if I ever won a championship.

So anyway, if the Chargers can't win this game, Staley should go. And the other thing that I'm intrigued about this weekend is Alabama because Alabama is six and one. They have now created a thought in some people's mind just because they're the vaunted great Alabama Crimson Tide and they have the logo that they're still alive in this. I don't think Alabama is all that good this year.

I know Milro is improving, but I don't trust that offense. Defensively, they're a heck of a team, but that loss against Texas is damaging and then Texas loss. So if Texas wins the Big 12, you know, Alabama is going to have to win out and win the SEC to get into the college football playoff and Alabama can't afford to lose another game this year because they lose another game. We've never seen a two loss team get into the college football playoff, but their next few games against Tennessee, LSU and Kentucky and they play, I think it's a Chattanooga and then Auburn to end up the season.

Obviously that being Thanksgiving weekend with the Iron Bowl. But for Bama, I'll ask the question, when do people start to really get back in on Alabama? And for me, it wouldn't be until they win the SEC championship game because even if they run the table the rest of the regular season, and I know the Brock Bowers injury now makes Georgia look a little bit like human, even though Georgia could be getting Brock Bowers back.

He's only expected to miss four to six weeks, but let's see if there's any roadblocks or any hiccups in the road to recovery. But even if Alabama gets to the SEC title game, they'll be a force. They'll be a team that you got to be concerned about, but until they're standing there back at the podium with the SEC championship trophy and Nick Saban holding it and only having one loss as an SEC champion. I'm going to expect that if it's not in the regular season, then it will be in the SEC title game when they find the way to come up with that second loss this year. So intrigue this weekend up against Tennessee, maybe a little payback to the fans at Rocky Top, even though that game is in Tuscaloosa with what did transpire last year. But that's a game you got to watch this weekend, 3.30 p.m. Eastern time, because that's going to be a story the rest of the way.

When do people get back in on Alabama, and is Alabama still a threat for this football season after their week two loss to Texas? Alrighty, this is the Zach Gelb show on CBS Sports Radio. We will take a time out. When we come on back, we will do a little news brief on this very busy Friday edition of the Zach Gelb show.

Let's send it back to our New York City studios with the act man, Rich Ackerman. Time for your daily news brief. We get you caught up on the rumors, reports and reconnaissance from the day in sports. Alrighty, let's start it off with that football game last night between the Saints and the Jaguars. It looked like it was going to be a blowout, then all of a sudden the Saints started to storm back, and there was a chance for the Saints to tie up the game late after allowing the Jaguars to reclaim the lead. And Foster Moreau, on some bad goal line play calling, had a chance to catch the football, went right off his hands and did fall incomplete. Here is Foster Moreau dropping what would have been the tying touchdown. Yeah, you know, it's tough.

In front of every man, woman and child I've ever known, you know, it's a dark place to be. It's the National Football League. It doesn't come down to one play, but it comes down to one play.

The team fought. The team fought as hard as we did, and it's just unacceptable. It's just pathetic. Yeah, I feel bad for him.

I really do. And you got to catch that football. I know that the game doesn't get really determined on one play, but it does feel like if he catches that game, it's a whole different game, and the game ends right there. But what I'll say to the Saints is for people that are crushing Foster Moreau today, which I understand why you would be doing that, show up early on in the game.

Don't put yourself in a position where you have to climb out of a deep hole. And then when you start to see the other team falter a little bit, and then it's that one play at the end, and he doesn't make the catch, it's like, uh-oh, that's the reason you lost the game. Well, if you would have showed up earlier on in the first half, maybe there's something else that transpires where it doesn't come down to just that one play. Here is Derek Carr on the emotional outbursts he had on the sideline. You know, I've been showing my emotion a little bit too much on my sleeve. I kind of got to chill out, and that's me holding myself accountable.

So that's not going to help anything. And so just trying to be a calming influence in those moments, especially when it's been a couple times it's happened, that heightened frustration, I could do a better job as a leader to calm everybody down. Well, Derek Carr has always been too emotional. And Derek Carr is such an overrated quarterback, and he thinks he's all the way up here, and he's this great quarterback, and that's the farthest thing from the truth. The ceiling for Derek Carr at times has been looking like a top ten quarterback, and any time someone's about to embrace and call him a top ten quarterback, he falls three or four steps back, and it's not just slight steps, he falls flat on his face.

And this Saints team has been so disappointing this year, and I didn't even believe in the Saints team before the start of the season, and there's a reason why I did not pick them to win the NFC South, is because when Derek Carr is your quarterback, I just have no confidence, even though he's a guy that a lot of people like, and a lot of people call him a leader, I have no confidence that he's going to continuously get the job done throughout the duration of a season. Let's go to Jerry Judy. Remember that whole kerfuffle that he had last week with Steve Smith of the NFL Network, the legendary wide receiver who should be in the Hall of Fame one day? And I guess Steve Smith said some not so nice things about Jerry Judy on his podcast, and Steve Smith went over to have a conversation with Jerry Judy to kind of say that he was wrong, and then Jerry Judy got annoyed at Steve Smith, and then was jumping up and down in the background of his NFL Network shot. Here is Jerry Judy, didn't want to address it after the game last week, but addressing it this week on Steve Smith talking bad about him. Where I'm from, we just don't, if somebody talk bad about you, you don't go to them in person and try to act friendly towards them like you can't just talk bad about it. I don't got no hate towards Steve Smith, you know, he's a good player and all that stuff like that, I just stand on what I stand on, you feel me?

If you feel some type of way, keep that same energy when you see me in person. Well, there's one thing to say something critical about someone, and then I think, right, Steve Smith has even more cojones where then when you see Jerry Judy, you know what you said about him, you weren't afraid to go talk to Jerry Judy. Like Jerry Judy's not even the same class as Steve Smith is, and he knows that, because Jerry Judy's been a disappointment, he's not been a number one wide receiver, and Steve Smith should easily be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so just because Steve Smith has talked bad about you or has been critical about you, he can't have a conversation with you in person and now he has to start yelling at you in person and telling you you suck in person?

Jerry Judy's just immature, Jerry Judy's just frustrated because he's not playing great, he's on a bad team, and the Denver Broncos are a disaster, and when you're not winning football games and you're not playing great, to make this more of a clown show by getting into a fight with Steve Smith is just flat out ridiculous. Here is Nick Sirianni when asked if the Eagles will play Julio Jones this week, who they just signed. You're going to be tempted to want to put him in, you know, because he's a phenomenal player, it's done a lot in this league, but we're going to have to make sure that we're not putting him in danger. Doing what we need to do to help us win the game, and doing what he needs to do to help us win the game, but also being smart with his rep count, just because of the elevated risk of injury if you put him in for too much. There's a difference of being in shape, and we all know that Julio Jones is in incredible shape, and then being in game shape. I don't know what game shape Julio Jones is in because he hasn't played at all this season, but I don't think there's any harm in making him active, and then just kind of going rep by rep and seeing where Julio Jones is at, it's an added luxury for the Eagles.

They don't need Julio Jones, but that's what great teams are able to do. So this was at halftime this year of the Rutgers-Michigan game. A lot of people thought this was awkward in the moment. Let's hear from Greg Ciano when he was questioning some things at halftime when his team was going up against Michigan a few weeks back. Coach, four penalties for your team in the first half, some that cost you. How do you clean that up in the second half? Well, there's some stuff going on out there, so we just got to slow it down a little bit.

There's some things going on that aren't right as well, so we'll talk about how to handle it. I think he's talking more about his team, but I can see why everyone's now going back to it and saying, oh, maybe he knew Michigan was stealing his signs, and it's one of the more overblown stories. The Diamondbacks are on the board, now down 2-1 as last night was game three. Here's Katell Marte on his hit in the NLCS game three, play by play. And the 0-1 pitch.

Swing, base hit. Diamondbacks win. And to score, Smith, Marte gets his third hit of the ball game, and the Diamondbacks are alive and well in the National League Championship Series. They win game three.

They come back home. They beat the Phillies 2-1 on a walk-off by Marte. And now you got to go win game four. And if you win game four, it's a brand-new series at two games apiece. And we saw that with the Houston Astros, who lost the first two. And then Houston won game three and won game four, and now it's a brand-new series between the Rangers and the Houston Astros. We'll take a break. This is Zach Gelb's show on CBS Sports Radio on Football Friday. Coming on back, talking some college ball with Danny Connell.
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