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December 22, 2023 4:40 pm

Channing Crowder, WQAM and Pivot Podcast Host

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December 22, 2023 4:40 pm

WQAM and Pivot Podcast Host joins Zach to talk Dolphins and NFL.

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Code GRATEFULAG23. We continue, this is Zach Guilbe show coast to coast on CBS Sports Radio. We'll go out to the guest line right now. And welcome in a man that I thought I would never talk to again on this show after he said some things about Dak Prescott this offseason. Where he was just telling the truth about Dak. He annoyed all the Cowboys fans. And also they had an emergency meeting with the pivot crew to try to see how they would continue the employment of one Channing Crowder. Who's kind enough to join us right now, the former Dolphins linebacker.

You can catch him 560wqam inside the NFL and also on the pivot. Channing, how are you? I'm good, man. Doing some last minute shopping with the wife. I need you to afford me some money. We just left six foot, Saks Fifth Avenue and so I'm broke. Yeah, a former NFL player asking me to give them some money.

Come on Channing, you know that doesn't work. You got my zeal bro, zeal me a little something. So what did you get? Anything good that you ended up getting or have to purchase?

Well, the wife got some shoes. We did the kids. The kids, we got them with the big paddle boats where you can paddle with your feet and steer around the lake.

So that was a cool gift that I'm going to utilize when the kids aren't. What was the best gift you ever got from a teammate maybe, like in the locker room during this time of the year? Ooh, Aiken and Dale gave great gifts. Yeah, man, Aiken and Dale will give you Louie, Louie bags.

I think I still have a Gucci wallet from him. Aiken and Dale went all the way in. The worst, I don't know, a lot of the big fat linemen, they'll give you weird stuff like barbecue sauce and spices and things. Overall stuff. Yeah, like, I don't know, they get a little too eccentric or try to be too cute.

But yeah, man, no, you know what it is? It's rich guys because Aiken signed a big deal with Dallas and came to the Dolphins. So I would say rich guys.

That's the best gift I can get from all the rich guys I know. Channing Crowder here with us on the Zach Gelb show. What is your view of Tuatunga Vailoa, by the way, as a quarterback? Man, I think he's amazing. He's a top five guy. The numbers say it, you know, people want to criticize him. He's a top five quarterback in the league. He's in the MVP race.

You look, you put his numbers against everybody else and he's right there with them. It's crazy that they criticize him for having Tyreek Hill, but don't criticize Joe Burrow for having T Higgins and Jamar Chase and Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon. It's weird. It's a weird thing.

We talked about it for a game. It's a weird thing that has been done to Tua. The injuries are there. We understand that. But when you watch him play at the level he's playing at, I don't get the criticism of Tua. He is a top notch quarterback right now. And I think we can make a good run into these playoffs. Now, their games do pick up in intensity, but that's been the one knock on him this year. They haven't really beat a great opponent. And for me, the lasting image and he's having a really good season.

I'm not taking anything away from that. Is that game up against Kansas City where the under throw, the miscommunication, whatever you want to call it on third down to Cedric Wilson Jr. And then the next play, he fumbled the snap. So why do you still believe, as the games mean more and the Dolphins can go far this year, that Tua is going to get the job done and make the big throws? That's the next step in young quarterbacks is making it like you're saying, Kansas City down by seven into the game. I always say that the great quarterbacks, you can put up the numbers you want.

You can say all the accolades they have. You're going to be down by five. Late in the fourth quarter, you have to put a drive together to win the Philly game. They lost the Philly. It was a seven point game right there. I think six, seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.

They couldn't finish. So I can believe it in Tua that he can make all the throws. We've seen what he's ate up defenses this year with numbers, touchdowns and all this stuff.

It's the finishing. And that's what the young quarterback can do. But I believe in Tua and really the Tua Mike McDaniel combination is where Mike's going to put him in the best situation to succeed.

But I still need to see that. I'm not saying this man is the Super Bowl winning quarterback right now because he hasn't been there. How the hell like I say he wins it. But I believe in him enough and I've seen enough that he's going to start winning these big games late. And that's we're going to see you get it on the head. Bro, Dallas, then Baltimore and then Buffalo and Buffalo is rolling right now. So we're going to see in these next three weeks, he's going to have to finish the game.

I promise you, I'm going to give you this gift for Christmas. There's going to be a fourth quarter the next three weeks where he's going to have to go score a touchdown to win the game. And I believe he can.

Shannon Crowder here with us. So it's one thing to say that you believe in him. There's another thing to put your money where your mouth is. This offseason, he could be in line for a big contract extension. With only one year left on that deal. Would you give him that 40, 45 million dollar a deal contract and make sure that he's the quarterback of the future with the Dolphins? I would. I would because there's not a lot of great ones out there. Even if you don't call them great in the league, Zach, you got to call them very good.

And there's not a lot out there. We're watching some of these teams floundering around. We're watching the Jets, who is just that was that's the worst offense I've seen in a long time. You're watching some of these offenses get 90 yards a game and things like that.

So I would get to it a big deal. And he's proven this year. Now he's taking hits and he's not getting injured. So he's proven it.

I don't know if the jiu jitsu worked or whatever, but the scheme behind it. And I do. I'm not naive. I know that he's getting the ball out of his hands very fast. One of the fastest releases in the league. But that's why I always bring up McDaniel with his success because he, him and McDaniel together. If it was still Chan Gailey running this offense, if it was some of these these unimpressive.

I was about to say a bad word. These unimpressive OCs that two has had in the past. I wouldn't. I wouldn't believe in the offense enough to give two of that money. But with Mike McDaniel there and two are doing what he's doing this season in that offense, man. I'm telling you, I don't want to end up with Zach Wilson and Trevor Simeon and those boys.

So I would give two of his money. How about Dak Prescott? Last time I asked you about him, you went viral.

You got yourself in a whole bunch of trouble for just being authentic and honest. And so far you haven't been wrong. You have the Dolphins going up against the Cowboys this weekend. Your view through the first 15 weeks of the season is what on Dak? Dak played, he had a hell of a stretch. We usually got on him because I was like, hey man, Dak's playing good ball.

And you were like, oh, now you're the backpedal. And I was like, to the fact that we're talking about Zach and you do it too. If a guy's playing well, you'll say, hey, this guy's playing some good ball. If he messes up and if he starts, you know, going on down here slants that we've seen Dak do, especially in big games, you have to say it. And that's what I said about Dak. And I'll keep saying it about Dak. I need to see Dak do something when it really counts, when it matters. Just like we speaking about Tua and that stretch he's on. Dak needs to do that.

And I've seen it happen. I've seen him fold in the playoffs, what, three years in a row now. I've seen him go out there and score 12 points against the 49ers.

What was it? 16, I think the next year, 12 and 16. Son can put up 12 points in an NFL game at quarterback. So that's the thing with that got to see. And he's been in, you know, I know Mark McCarthy took it over. He was with Kelly Moore before that. He had, he's had weapons around him.

He's had CD lamb for years. He had a great running back. He is one of the best old lines in the league. Like he's had all the weapons and continue to fail in those big games late in the fourth.

Or even in some of them games in the last couple of years, they weren't even in the game in the fourth. So Dak is a good quarterback. I won't, I won't go to Cam Newton and say he's a game manager. So I think that's, you know, people take that a little harder, but that's a good quarterback.

But he's the, he's the face of America's team. And when you're there, you need to go out there and show out. In my mind, I had a four week stretch. I think he threw for like 1200 yards or something in them four weeks. It was impressive.

I need to see it now when it counts. For the next five years, would you rather have Tua or would you rather have Dak? Tua. Why? 100% Tua.

That's the homework. I think Tua has a higher upside. I think, I think we've seen Dak's ceiling.

I really do. I think we've seen Dak's ceiling. I think Tua still has ways to go. I think as he matures in his offense, as he matures with, with, with, I would say great, honestly, I'll call Mike Baddeo a great, a great offensive coordinator, great head coach.

As he matures through that, I think, I think Tua, I know Tua has a higher ceiling than Dak Prescott. So who wins this game, Channing Crowder? Dolphins, Cowboys.

Tell me how it plays out. I think the Dolphins win it. It's going to be, it's going to be played in the trenches though. The quarterbacks are going to be the story.

I've already seen the narrative playing out. These two quarterbacks, the, you know, future, you know, two, two, I would say teams that could get to get to the Super Bowl, honestly, if Dak and Tua. Well, if you look at the Dolphins and I don't want to give the cheat code to the Dolphins, but these coaches are smart. The Philly game, they got dominated in the trenches. Buffalo early in the year dominated in the trenches. That's how Tennessee beat them. Tennessee had five sacks. We only sacked Will Levis one time.

He had 320 yards passing. We're, we're, I don't want to say finesse. It's not even a knock when you use these words. Dolphins are more of a finesse team. If you come out and try to bully them, that's when you can win.

When you beat them up in the trenches. So I think after watching last week, after seeing what Buffalo did to Dallas's trenches, they have some big names up there. They do have some great players in that front.

Micah Parsons is one of my favorite players I've ever watched in my life. But they're not as physical as people want to say they are. So I think the Dolphins will be able to run on them. Like Buffalo rushed 51 times.

It's a copycat league. Rush on them, slow down Micah, slow down Delo. And I think the Dolphins win this game. I don't think it's going to be a high scoring affair though, but I think the Dolphins win this game. Wrapping up with Channing Crowder right now, would you go 49ers to the field to win the Super Bowl?

Oh, well, you promised me health. I'll go Niners, but the Ravens are playing good ball and they have a, I would say it's crazy to say that defense is probably better than Niners defense. I would go the field. I would go the fields because I've seen, I've seen the Niners injuries come up.

They're going to play some very physical teams. They have three games left now, and then they're rolling through that NFC. So I would say the field, but I'm telling you, no, you know, I love the Niners.

That's why, that's why you gave me that one. But I would say the field because there are some good teams in that AFC as well. Well, do you think the Niners beat the Ravens this weekend when you see it on Monday?

Um, yes, because they're healthy. Okay. Now how about the MVP? That's been the biggest conversation. We talked about this when I was on your show earlier in the week, Channing Crowder, you know, Purdy is probably going to win it because quarterbacks get a 50 yard head start and everyone's 50 yards behind them. But I do feel like the two most valuable players in football this year have been Tyree kill. And then also Christian McCaffrey.

Yes. Tyreek had to break the 2000 Mark had to break the receiving record to win it flat out. We talked about that since week one, missing that game last week. I think he has to go for two 30 in the last three games, you know, all two 30 each game to get to that Mark. So I don't think if he breaks the record, he doesn't get it. Christian McCaffrey, what he does in the receiving and the rushing, he is the most valuable player in football. But to your point, Brock Purdy has taken home the award because quarterbacks are going to get it up. Listen, all you have to do is flip it out to Chris McCaffrey. He scuttles, jumps over six people and scores. That's 60 yard touchdown for Brock Purdy.

So Christian McCaffrey success is going to get Brock Purdy the MVP. Just circling back to two before we let you run. I didn't like, even though he was defending himself, him at the podium. I thought he spent too much time saying, I don't care what people say about me. But then when you spend that much time on it, you actually do care what they say.

Are there any, are there any mental concerns with two? I know he's been through a lot, but it seems like that outside noise is starting to get to him. I hated it too. I hate any, you didn't have to read into it Zach. He said, I don't listen to outside noise, but I'm keeping receipts. What do you keep receipts of if you're not listening?

What, what is the receipt of? So I don't like it. I don't like when players do that. But nowadays it's this new age athlete, man.

It's the new age athlete. They, they have to listen. They got to go on Twitter and Instagram and Tic Tac and all that other stuff.

They have to do it. And I hate when they come out and say it because to me as an older, as an old guy, I'm the old curmudgeon. I'm just like, who cares what people think?

Literally. And you can know, I feel that way. Who cares what people think? But it doesn't, I don't question too at all mentally. I because how he was babied and how he was so quiet and gentle and, and he didn't act like a starting quarterback. You know, he didn't cause I grew up watching. I would tell you to kiss the big button if you got mad, you know, if you got, if you got on too much. So I kind of like him getting an edge and that's what I took from it.

I don't enjoy it on any level of sports, but I love it for tour because how Brian Flores painted him as this little gentle, delicate, emotional flower that he's kind of getting out that shell now. Are you going to the super bowl by the way, this year? I will be there.

All right. I'm going to go for the, I'll be there all week, you know, doing media, doing different things. I think we have a deal with the Aria. We're going to suffer the Aria cause them damn tickets in the rooms are too expensive. So we're going to try to barter some stuff off, but I'll be there for the week.

I don't know if I'm going to go to the game, but I'll be there for the week. Do I need a bodyguard when I see Ryan Clark and Fred Taylor, just because I got you in all this trouble criticizing Dak Prescott. I don't want those guys swinging at me. Am I good, bro?

They love you. I'm not lying. You're joking, man. I told you. And so they were like, well, I could never come on the show now. I was like, man, if you ask me a question, I'm going to give you an answer.

So they do. They know who that girl is and you have no problem with them because I told them you're tight with me. If you're tight with me, you're tight with them. We'll go have a beer. Absolutely love it.

Channing Crowder, you're the best. Appreciate it, my friend. Happy holidays to you and your family. Appreciate you, brother.

Happy holidays to yours too. Morning Brew's daily newsletter breaks down the biggest news in business for millions of people every day. And now we're moving from your inbox to your headphones. Each day, we'll cover everything from the latest Apple event to why nobody can afford a house right now. And some people are saying it's the best part of their morning because we know something you don't. Business news doesn't have to be boring. So check out Morning Brew daily wherever you get your podcasts and on YouTube.
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