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12-Team Playoff Makes College Football a Mockery (Hour 2)

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February 20, 2024 5:12 pm

12-Team Playoff Makes College Football a Mockery (Hour 2)

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The Ring of Comfort, coming soon to a Super Bowl new you. Ugh. It's a dreaded, and I mean a dreadful Tuesday. It is the Zach Gelb show on CBS Sports Radio. Imagine if that's the first moment you're tuning into the show today. You're like, man, what happened to Gelb last night? Why is he in such a miserable mood today?

I'm actually not in a miserable mood today, but there are sometimes topics you have to talk about that I find are miserable topics because I don't like the outcome of them. And this is one of them. So we already knew, and I've already waved the white flag, where the college football playoff is going to 12 teams.

So that was kind of out of sight, out of mind. But they had to make a revision to it, and that revision was finalized today, and it was announced today because basically the Pac-12 has gone away with only two schools remaining. And under the old, new 12-game format, if that makes sense, it was going to be six conference champions guaranteed a spot in the college football playoff, and then six wildcard to get you to 12. Because it would have been the five Power Five conference champions, and it then would have been the one Group of Five conference champion, whoever the highest rated, and then you would have six wildcard teams, however you want to call it, six other bids to make the 12-team college football playoff. But with the Pac-12 basically dissolving, you are now going to have the change go from six conference champions to five conference champions, and the first four out of those five that are the highest rated will get buys, and then everyone else will play in that first round from five to 12.

So I'm just going to do something here quickly, and we'll further delve into why this is the wrong decision. And what I'm about to say, Samter even said it to me in the newsroom, but you can't do this because these aren't what the rules were intended for. But I'm even scaling this to even help the people that want to see a 12-team playoff happen. So let's just use the rules that are going to be implemented next year for the field that we saw this past year. And when I say that, I'm fully cognizant that that opens up the door for the Pac-12 to get into the playoffs, even though there won't be a Pac-12 next year. But let's just say we take the guidelines that have been issued today for the five conference champions getting in, and then it's going to be the seven other spots that are up for grabs.

I will even play into this game. So your buys would have been for the college football playoff if they use the rules that they'll implement this year for last year, Michigan, Washington, Texas, and Alabama. Those would have been the four teams that got into the college football playoff, and those are the four teams under 12 that would have got a buy. Then Florida State wouldn't have been squeezed out because they won the ACC. So for these first round matchups, five through 12, all these will be on the home stadium campuses. So Florida State would be hosting Oklahoma. Eh, like good that Florida State got in, good that they would have had a playoff berth.

I didn't need to see any more of Oklahoma. Then you would have Georgia going up against Ole Miss. That would have been your 6-11 matchup. Fireworks, that's an awesome matchup. That's a matchup that I would love to see. Your 7-10 matchup would have been Penn State visiting Ohio State.

Already saw it earlier in the season. That was a painful, and I mean a painful offensive game. That game was actually offensive to offensive football. And then finally, you'd have an okay 8-9 game between Missouri and Oregon. You know, Missouri had a fine season. Oregon, they couldn't beat Washington twice. I don't need to see any more of Oregon, and I love Dan Lanning and the Ducks. So out of those four matchups, when I am even scaling it, using the rules that will be implemented next year that are now even outdated but make the matchups even stronger, you are looking at a first round where I only want to see one out of four matchups.

That's it. So whether you agree or disagree with me, that's fine, that's irrelevant. I understand they're going to 12. There is nothing that I could say that is going to change what they are doing. But going to 12 is an egregious, greedy mistake, and it ruins the best regular season in sports, and that's the college football regular season. It is terrible that they're going to 12, because guess what happens?

Soon 12 will turn into 14, 16, 18, 20, and the regular season will be watered down, and you could lose three, four games a year, and it won't mean anything. Like Penn State this past year, they basically had two games on their schedule. They needed to just win one of.

Michigan or Ohio State for it to be a successful season. They couldn't do it either time. They couldn't even, the bar was just one win, and they couldn't do that. And that was even getting the help of having Jim Harbaugh suspended like the night before the game. And Sharone Moore went into Happy Valley, and he cried after the game.

And it wasn't because he was upset, they were tears of joy. And Michigan said to Penn State, we don't need to throw the ball in the second half. We'll just run, run, run, run, run. But this is what happens when you go to a ludicrous number of 12. You give a team that doesn't deserve to be in the playoffs an opportunity to be in the postseason.

And that's my problem. Because the starting point of expansion, right, was going from two to four. I was fine with seeing four teams in the college football playoff. And for a while, I was even of the line of thinking that you needed to expand. But the farthest I would go on expansion was to eight teams.

And I've given this format like 9,000 times here on CBS Sports Radio. Before we knew the Pac-12 would go away, it was the five Power Five Conference champs. The best group of five conference champs. And then it was two wildcard spots. That was a good formula for eight. But with the Pac-12 going away, I think six is the best number. Where the four, Power Four, I guess are the core four?

What are we calling them now? Conference champs get in. They're guaranteed a spot. And then you just have two wildcard spots. And this year, guess who would have got in? Florida State and Georgia. And I could have seen more of Georgia. And I could have seen more Florida State.

If you still want to give me eight, I'm okay with that. But going to 12 is just absolutely ridiculous. It's stupid. And it's a drastic jump where it's only going to continue to grow bigger and bigger and bigger. The regular season in college football is awesome.

I love it. Once again, six or eight I could live with in terms of a playoff. But 12 is just too many. And even when I make the argument to try to enhance the 12 team playoff by using the rules for next year, for this past year, which factors in another Power Five Conference, and there's not going to be five Power Five Conferences next year, the first round is still extremely underwhelming. So today, when that email came across my desk from the college football playoff committee, under the 12 team playoff format that begins this fall, the four highest ranked conference champions will be seated one through four, and each will receive a first round bye, while teams seated five through 12 will play each other in the first round on the home field of the higher ranked team. The team ranked five will host 12, six will meet team 11, seven will play team 10, and eight will meet nine. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played in the New Year's six bowl games.

The national championship game will be continued on a neutral site and no conference will qualify automatically, and there will be no limit to the number of participants from that conference or from a conference. I just wanted to delete this email. Now, I couldn't delete the email because I needed it for the show.

But once the show ends, I will delete this email. It just drives me bonkers. And also for Notre Dame fans, maybe this is more of a reason to join a conference. Now, you could also argue it the other way. Hey, Notre Dame only has two losses a year, even if they don't join a conference full time, which I don't think they will for the foreseeable future. You're in all likelihood probably going to get in to a 12 team format because of your brand. But you don't have an automatic way in without being a conference champion, because the automatic spots, five of them reserved for the highest ranked conference champion.

So the big change today, if you want to say that, it's just logic. If you're already going to 12 and that's already seal signed and delivered, you reduce the automatic bids from six to five at the conference champs because one of the power five just went away in the PAC 12. And now it's the core four and there will be one spot for the group of five, which whoever is the highest group of five conference champion. Now, Samter, I know that you are a big proponent of college football playoff expansion. You're a big proponent of going to 12. Let me just reiterate, I could understand expansion up until this year.

There was never a need for expansion where you felt like someone actually got screwed. You want to tell me six teams? OK, I'll pat you on the back. You want to tell me eight teams? OK, you know, I could sit there and I could dabble with eight, but anything north of eight, I think, is going to ruin the regular season of college football. And there is nothing more that I enjoy in my sports fandom than on Saturday, being able to crack open a brew, place my wager and also watch the games, watch the game of college football.

I love that on Saturday. And a big reason why I love it is because every game feels like it matters. And you maybe only get one mulligan where there's so many times like the NBA regular season doesn't matter. I love hockey, but the regular season just get in.

It doesn't matter. Major League Baseball, it's tough to watch one hundred and sixty two games. But in college football, the regular season matters. And it's so fun and it's so different.

And I think going to twelve is just a big time, big time mistake, even if it's all financially driven. So go ahead, Samter, have at it. I mean, there's so many things I could say that Sam would just I mean, the Kansas City Chiefs just won the Super Bowl. They were the third seed in the AFC. They would they had the sixth best record in the NFL. They would not get into the playoff in your system of of four teams.

It's ridiculous. You cannot do this a sport to sport because those are the rules for the NFL. Right. So my NFL, hold on the NFL, when they were at six and then they went to seven, Kansas City still would have got in. I'm OK with what the NFL does. I don't think they needed to go to that seven spot.

They should have just kept it at six. But that has nothing to do with the college football. Regular season not matter.

The NFL regular season matters. OK, so seven teams out of 16 in each conference get in. But you can't do it that way.

Why not? It's seven in one conference. Yeah. They're not supporting the conference here.

This is everyone. Right. So 14 out of 32 teams. That's 44 percent of the NFL gets into the playoffs. Is the regular season diminished? The regular season not matter?

Well, hold on. Kansas City this year. Did it really matter for them? I mean, this is my point. The playoffs at the end of the day, the Kansas City Chiefs.

Yeah, they were 11 and six. Maybe the regular scenes a little bit diminished in the sense that now that they have a chance in the playoffs. Let me ask you this. But these still matter out of these 12 teams. How many of these teams and let's keep it college to college, let's not go college to pro. How many of these 12 teams do you actually think would have a chance to win the national championship? A chance out of these 12 teams.

Go ahead. Like I'll even go on the scale format. Michigan, Washington, Texas, Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon and Missouri. How many of those teams do you think you can legitimately say that they could have won the national title this past year? Eight or nine? I don't see how you get to that number. I'll give you. So, OK, I'll give you.

I'll give you a five. I think there's only five that you can make the argument for Michigan, Washington, Texas, Alabama and Georgia. That's it. And don't you dare tell me Ohio State, who I told you for eight weeks should never been number one. They were the most overrated team in the country and they weren't winning jack with Kyle McCord as their quarterback. Their only loss was at Michigan in a one score game where they had the ball with a chance to tie the game at the end. Michigan was the best team in the country who won the national championship. Who choked the game? What? Who choked that game?

It doesn't matter. Yes, that's one game. My point is Ohio State on a neutral field could have beaten Michigan if they had a better game. Ohio State was one possession a few. Dude, they were one possession a few yards away from tying or winning that game. They had one loss on the season to tell me that they had no chance of winning the national championship. They had no chance. A team like Michigan is wrong because they almost beat Michigan in Michigan. You got to move back for the microphone a little bit, because I think you're making love with the microphone.

How much you're yelling into the microphone like you're my ears just like popped in 9000 different directions. I'll tell you what Ohio State was this year. Ohio State was a good team. They were nowhere close to being a great team. Ohio State was the Rams up against the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 where for most of the games were in the hold on where most of the game. It was a one possession game, but you knew the Rams were never winning the game.

Come on. Ohio State was never going to win a national championship this year, and all they had to do was beat Michigan, and they would have been in the four, and Michigan played a C game. They didn't even play their best brand, and they still beat Ohio State. Play it on the field. Don't play it in your mind. Don't play it in the statute.

Play it on the field. So my point is in Michigan, they lost by one possession with a chance to tie or win the game at the end. So they were close enough to at least be part of the conversation of a team who could win a title. You tell me that Georgia wasn't going to be able to win a title this year.

Hold on. Georgia was one of my five teams. No, it wasn't.

Yes, it was. Georgia was one of my five teams. So that's six. Before they got into the college football playoffs and Georgia. You tell me that Florida State, even without... Not with the third string quarterback, no. That defense and the run game, they're still position players. And who picked Florida State to win the ACC before the year started?

Me. So I believed in Florida State, but as they entered the playoff, no, they would not have, especially with 12 teams. This is why playoffs, especially a single elimination playoff, matters every game. It's essentially college basketball, right?

When a 16 seed beats a one seed or a 14 seed beats a three seed or 12 beats a five. It happens all the time because on a single elimination tournament, anything can happen. No one watches college basketball regular season.

No one does. College basketball regular season, no one talks about it until March when there's a bracket. That sport, it works because the tournament is great.

It's awesome. But for football, it's a different sport. There is such a physical requirement. It's such a lethal sport as well. And now you're devaluing the regular season to put teams in there that quite frankly do not belong. And it takes away from all these rivalry games too.

And it gives these teams so much insurance. You're missing the point. I'm not saying don't expand.

It wouldn't be my preference, but I could understand it. But to go from 4 to 12 is stupid. It is just offensive.

It is stupid. And I'm telling you, next year when we all watch a great college football regular season game and a team season should be on the line and they back their way in and then they lose in the first round, it's not going to be worth it. And are you still going to be saying this when they go from 12 to 20? Because I think they'll have a heart attack on the air if they get an announcement that they're going to go from 12 to 20.

This is only the beginning. So in a small way, in an incremental way, increase it to 6 or 8. You still preserve the integrity and the greatness of the regular season instead of just going right to 12 and shooting for the stars and making college football now a mockery. I will say I do agree that it was probably a mistake to go directly from 4 to 12. I do think they should have had a couple years of 8 and then gone to 12. But I think that 12 is the right number.

Could they go to 16 potentially? But I think 12 is the right number. And I certainly think that it was, like you said, I do agree with you that going from 4 to 12 was probably too big of a jump too quickly. You should have gone to 8 for a few years and then gone to 12. OK, how about 6 and then 8 and then to 12?

So you just keep on kicking the can down the road. And you know what? A 16 playoff this year would have been awesome. It would have been great because Florida State would have got it and Georgia would have got it. And you know what?

Quite frankly, I'll give you a take here. If there was a 16 playoff, I bet you the committee still would have screwed Florida State because they would have been putting in a school that didn't belong in Ohio State in the college football playoff. So maybe you're right that it should have gone to 8 because the committee still would have screwed Florida State. But either way, 6, 8 or 12, Florida State wasn't winning a college football playoff this year. But man, this first round on paper, atrocious, atrocious.

I don't need to see it. Zach Gelb shows CBS Sports Radio. Is it a mistake for the college football playoff to go to 12 teams? 8, 5, 5, 2, 1, 2, 4, CBS, 8, 5, 5, 2, 1, 2, 42, 27. By the way, Stu, you know, Santa's screaming, I'm screaming.

You're usually calm. Tom, what are your thoughts on this matter? I hate the expansion. It's going to devalue the college football regular season.

And kind of like we said, I just don't think there are enough teams that can win it in the end. I absolutely love Stu. Stu is just a wonderful, sensational human being. Also, Stu, were you a little bit concerned that, like, Samta was peaking there, right? I've never heard Samta yell that much. He was close to the mic and he was pretty adamant and pretty loud.

I had to lower his levels a lot. The next time I'm yelling at Zach, I'll back away from the mic a little bit. You got me excited.

So I have to lean forward when I'm excited. And the mic got, you know, whatever. I'll move the mic back next time.

I apologize for my radio faux pas, but it doesn't make my point any less valid. So yesterday I asked Stu to get me a flyswatter whenever I have to deal with Samta. Maybe we do a shock collar next time. So anytime Samta gets too loud and it's ironic coming from me, just hear a little zzzz and then Samta knows to, you know, lie down, lie down, be good dog, be a good dog. Alrighty, this is that Gelb show on CBS Sports Radio. Alrighty. I'm sorry, Samta.

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And just with what they have done so far, which for some of these teams, you could just have belief that they're getting players back, or it can be a team that maybe had someone get hurt or a new hire that maybe changes your outlook on the team. Alrighty. We're going to start things off with Stu. Still wasn't expecting that. I was going first. Yeah.

I don't know if I've ever had the first pick in one of these drafts. You know what, Stu? I thought you just did a sensational job in the last segment when Santa and I were just slugging at one another. I thought you provided a really good level headed smart take. So I said, you know what? We'll throw Stu a biscuit today and have him go first.

Well, I appreciate that. And with the pick, I will take the Bengals. They get Joe Burrow back healthy, probably the second or third best quarterback in the league. Now the AFC is tough, but I do think they have so much talent. If he would have stayed healthy this year, he probably would have made the playoffs with how they were playing right up until he got hurt. But yeah, I think the Bengals are pretty much almost a guarantee to make the playoffs next year. And by the way, the 14 playoff teams this year were the Ravens, the Bills, the Chiefs, the Texans, the Browns, the Dolphins, the Steelers, the 49ers, Cowboys, Lions, Buccaneers, Eagles, Rams and Packers. Stu takes the Bengals.

And Santa, you will go with thee. Wow. I can't believe you're letting me get the second pick. You know, you usually like to go first and not do a snake draft to go first and second and third and fourth. Interesting.

All right. There's no motive behind that. It's a snake draft. Why would I want to go third here whatsoever? So my number two team, I know who you want to pick. So I'm going to let you pick the team that you want to pick. I'm going to go with the fighting Jim Harbaugh as a team. That's the team I wanted to pick. Oh, I thought there was another team in the NFC that you want to pick, but I'm going to fighting Jim Harbaugh as my first pick in the first round. Okay. My first pick I will take and I love the Harbaugh pick.

I do because he's a winner. I will go with the Atlanta Falcons. You are right. I will take the Falcons. I think they're going to get Kirk Cousins or Justin Fields. There'll be a playoff team. They'll be able to win the NFC South, which is more like the NFC suck.

Is that how we're going to just call it now? Because the NFC South has turned into a dreadful division like the NFC East. When it was bad, it was the NFC least the AFC. When it's just the Patriots, people called the AFC least when you get into the South.

What do you just say? NFC suck like that doesn't really flow that well. I think we could do better than that, but I will take the Atlanta Falcons. I like the roster. They'll use Bijan Robinson a lot this year, and they'll probably get Kirk Cousins.

Now I could go a multitude of ways here. There's one team I'm not going to go with just because I don't know who their quarterback is going to be. So my next pick, it probably behooves me to stay in the AFC, but I'm going to go away from the NFC. It behooves me to stay in the NFC, but I'm going to go away from the NFC. I don't have a good reason to believe in this team, and I think there's a chance they get worse this offseason.

But quarterbacking coaching is so important. We've seen one good year of this duo and one bad year of this duo. I'm going to buy some stock that they vacillate here, good to bad, then back to good. I will take the Jacksonville Jaguars. So Bengals to Stu, Chargers to Moist Mike. I get two picks. I go Falcons and Jaguars, teams that missed the playoffs last year that will make it in 2024. Next pick.

This one's pretty easy. I mean, one of the best defense in the NFL who had no quarterback and now they have a quarterback is the New York fighting gangrene Jets. You're a football team. My former football team. Wait, now hold on. Go Chiefs. Oh, yeah, you're supposed to go here.

I was thinking that Stu was going to go, but then that would really be screwed and saved. Yeah, no, I'm not great with numbers. I'm always the middle pick. I never get the wraparound snakes. Oh, you're the frosting of the Oreo. That's the best part.

Yeah. Just hopefully if we dunk you in milk, you don't start to melt because then you would be a witch, and we don't want you to be a witch. We don't want you to start melting. The Jets is a good pick. The only thing with the Jets. Is that offensive line going to get better? Joe Douglas has had like 1000 years to fix the offensive line.

He hasn't done it. They have the 10th pick. There's like six good offensive linemen in the first round. They're going to get a tackle with the 10th pick overall and say what you will about Rogers and whatever. But David Bakhtiari is probably going to sign as long as he's healthy. He's going on the Jimmy G diet, probably a little shoot him up with something, and then he'll look back to be a tackle. And David Bakhtiari will do enough. They have Elijah Vera Tucker and they have Titman, who was a second round center last year. They'll be fine on the line. Just hopefully they don't draft another Makai Becton.

That's the only thing that I'll say. Because remember, Makai Becton was supposed to be the stud. First round draft pick off offensive line. His first year when he was healthy, he was a beast. And then he got hurt. He could never get back up to it. Now I will give him credit. He got into good shape again.

He was out of shape for a long time. Alrighty, Stu, you got two picks here. Teams that did not make the playoffs last year that will make it in 2024. Yeah, I feel like after the Jets, it kind of falls off a bit of a cliff. So what I will do is I will actually kind of sell against the NFC Southstock.

Like, I think the Bucks are kind of down. Like, maybe they don't make the playoffs again like they did this year. The Falcons, I do like your pick, but in the end, maybe they don't get a quarterback.

Maybe the owner is good. So since someone has to win that division, even though I don't believe in the coach or the quarterback, I do think the Saints have a chance to make the playoffs next year. So I'll go with the Saints for my next. Dennis Allen, your boy. Yeah, my boy.

Oh, boy. Maybe John Gruden's coaching that team like six or seven weeks into the season if DA gets off to a bad start. Alrighty, next pick. And for the other pick here I have, it's between the two NFC North teams that didn't make the playoffs, and I'm kind of torn between both because I don't know if the Vikings are going to have a quarterback if Cousins leaves. And the Bears are kind of a mess, but at least they might maybe have Caleb Williams. I'll go with the Bears.

I think maybe we get like Mahomes rookie year type year out of Caleb Williams, and he shocks the world and gets the Bears into the playoffs. I'll pick them. There are two picks right now that I am really surprised, really surprised, have not been selected yet. Let's see if Santer gets one of them.

Go ahead, Santer. Well, so I have two teams on my board out of the NFC West that I'm looking at, and I'm trying to decide between the two. Obviously the Seahawks are the better team, but there's something about the Cardinals. If they get Marvin Harrison Junior, a fully healthy Kyler Murray, there's something about the Cardinals.

Jonathan Gannon feels like he has something cooking there. I'm going to go with the Cardinals over the Seahawks. You are going the Cardinals over the Seahawks. So the Seahawks are one of the teams. The other team that I was thinking about, the Cardinals are a good one to think about because you get Kyler Murray in theory for a whole season.

You're probably getting Marvin Harrison Junior with the fourth overall pick. The Seahawks are one of the teams that I'm thinking of, and the other team that I was thinking of. The Indianapolis Colts. Those are the two teams I have left on my board. Who is Shane Steichen just knew how to put Jonathan Taylor on the field on their biggest play of the season. They may have already made the playoffs. And also you get Anthony Richardson who was looking like a stud before he did get hurt early in the season. But the one reason why I'm going to go with the Seahawks over the Colts is Mike McDonald.

I don't know. Like, I think a lot of I'm not saying people are down on the higher because you're getting rid of Pete Carroll. And then, like, you may have reset the youth in that organization. You definitely did. I think you just got a younger Pete Carroll in there. And you look at that team. You got Lockett. You got Metcalf. You got Jackson, Smith and Jigba. If Kenneth Walker could stay healthy.

Hello. You got some young names on that defense. And I just got to be playing better for Indy. Just the quarterback is such a wild card. And also I know the NFC West is loaded, but the AFC South has now turned into a good division outside of Tennessee. You got three good teams there in that division. The AFC is more loaded than the NFC. So I will take the Seahawks here. I feel bad about leaving the Colts out. And the Colts are my least favorite team in football. Just being a Brady guy.

So I think a lot of people are surprised when I say that I feel bad about the Colts. Is it weird as much as I love Anthony Richardson? Is it weird that I think that they might actually take a step back with Richardson compared to Gardner Minshew?

No, because it's a rookie. So there's going to be natural ups and downs like this is basically his rookie season. He got hurt like basically every game that he played.

Yeah. And when I made some early money on Anthony, the game he got hurt, I made money on him. Anytime touchdown. He got hurt. He scored. I think he scored two touchdowns in that game.

And then Gardner Minshew carried the baton the rest of the way. So teams that didn't make the playoffs that will make it in 2024, Stu goes Bengals, Saints and Bears. Santa goes Chargers, Jets and Cardinals. I take the Falcons, Jaguars and the Seattle Seahawks.

Let me just start two teams by you. Stu, how about your Raiders? What do you think they need to do this off season to make the playoffs? They need a quarterback and they need an experienced quarterback. So they'd have to get like Kirk Cousins or Russ. And then if they get one of those guys and draft a really good player, I just think it's so hard because the conference is so tough.

I'd be pretty surprised, but you never know. And let me just throw out a team. I agree the Vikings probably should have been picked, but we don't know who their quarterback is going to be. This could be a team that you'll get great odds on to make the postseason. But I'm not telling you what's going to happen.

Watch the commanders. All right, you're in the NFC East. The Giants stink. The Eagles, they have no order in that locker room right now. The Cowboys, they're about to pay their quarterback $60 million here. I know it won't go into effect a year from now, but it seems like there's a problem, according to Micah Parsons, in that Cowboys locker room. And you have the commanders who are going to be getting a new quarterback. You got Terry McLaurin. That defense will see if they improve. You're bringing Dan Quinn. Like, would anyone be surprised if the commanders go win nine games this year?

They go nine and eight. They make the postseason. I wouldn't say I'm shocked, but let's see how the draft plays out and what they're doing for agency as well. But I expect Josh Harris to be super duper aggressive this offseason. All right, Zach Gelb shows CBS Sports Radio. We will take a time out when we come on back. Justin Fields. He unfollowed the Bears on social media.

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That's Stamps.com code program. Jordan Schultz, who is the NFL insider for Bleacher Report. He has a bunch of stories out right now. One of them is that Dak Prescott could command a 60, 60, 60, 60, 60 million dollar contract per year this off season. Geez Louise, that would be something. Um, alrighty. This may be my least favorite non-serious topic to talk about because it's just kind of stupid. And I also don't know how much time people have on their hands. Um, the Chicago Bears have been unfollowed on social media by Justin Fields.

Hmm, so I have many thoughts here. One of my thoughts is who actually takes the time to see if Justin Fields was following the Bears to begin with. And the other thing is, even if he unfollows the Bears, why do people actually care?

Like I understand that people put two and two together. Maybe the Bears have told the behind the scenes, you are not going to be the quarterback next year and we're going to trade you. But then there was also this report from Albert Breer that, and he's of SI saying that the Bears expect to have a plan in place at the quarterback position by next week at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. So I also, I have the reaction of who cares. And also, even if let's say this story is true or you weren't following the Bears to begin with, like, why would you unfollow the Bears if you're Justin Fields until this is finalized?

Santa, I don't know about you, but it's kind of crazy that this is what the reporting has become. Who one follows who on social media and one of these aggregators, ML football, which is a good follow. If I may say so myself, they put out the tweet. CJ Stroud isn't following the Texans. See, no one actually gives a rat's ass.

It means nothing. So I thought that was a very witty tweet, but this entire who's following who on social media. I feel like I'm at the eighth grade gossip lunch table where I don't care if you're not following your team on social media, but then also if you were and then you unfollowed them, that doesn't seem right either. I roll my eyes and just think that this is really a petulant conversation and just like a petulant and just petty. Like, dude, who cares if you unfollow?

I don't know. It just why unfollow them before you get traded or moved? Because now what you're doing is you're basically making it impossible in case something were to happen for them to keep you if they decide to change their mind. It's like you and your girlfriend are on the verge of maybe breaking up. So you just delete all her pictures from Facebook.

But then you guys like make up and you're good. And now she's like, well, why are there no more pictures? You can't just like add them back on. You've deleted them. So why not just wait until the breakup before you start deleting stuff rather than doing it beforehand?

It just makes no sense. So this is actually a fun conversation. I'm sure we've all had girlfriends that we have broken up with. Stu, when you've had a breakup, did you delete any pictures of your ex on Instagram or any form of social media? Like beforehand or afterwards? After, after. Not after. Yes. Yeah. Yeah, but not like beforehand or to send any messages or anything like that. Obviously, that would be very low class and stupid. It'd be weird. Sampter, did you ever delete any pictures of your ex on social media?

Just wondering. He's like, if I haven't, I'm doing so now. No, I never really put a lot of pictures of exes onto social media. There's really only one ex who I have any pictures of on any social media. And it's only the one that got away.

Michael Sampter's life story. It was only because we were at this really cool event for the Yankees and I just liked the pictures and she just happened to be in them. But I could just remove her from the picture. So the pictures are up just because I really enjoyed those pictures with or without hair. So I could just cut her out and just re upload them.

But that's it. I do not post many pictures of my personal life that are non-sport related, unless if it's like a wedding or a big life occasion. There was an ex that I went on a trip to Miami with for New Year's, and that photo is still up years ago on my Instagram.

I did not feel inclined to delete it. I understand, though, because here's the other thing when it comes to this conversation. I once had a college football coach who got fired that used to follow me. And when he got fired, he, I guess, didn't want to see my content because it was about his old job. So therefore, or some of my content was about at the time his old job. So therefore he unfollowed me. And then years later, when I guess the wound was patched up, he re followed me, which I always thought was very funny. And this person just got hired again to be a defensive coordinator.

And that's all I'll say. I won't really throw that person under the bus too much. But yeah, I always thought that behavior is just so interesting. But the girlfriend thing, I think, is a little bit more serious. And that's why I brought up the point of the college football coach that did it is because when you break up with someone or when something ends or you leave, sometimes you just don't want to see it again.

And you don't want to see it on social media or it be popping back up in your memories and things like that. But anyway, Justin Fields, he unfollows the Bears on social media. Is this the end? This is the nail in the coffin. Does this mean that at some point from now until the draft, we're going to find out that Justin Fields is going to get traded and he will not be on the Chicago Bears next season?

Samter, where you at? 100% fields won't be on the Bears next season. Yeah, I think so. Now, I think by him doing this, he probably had a conversation with Kevin Warren who just gave him so much praise a week ago. He just had a conversation with praise. We were going to go another direction at quarterback, and you're not in our future. We'll try to get you traded. And I think that's why he did what he did.

Stu, I know you always like to make an argument and try to see the good in people and try to see something when everyone else isn't seeing it. Is there any chance that Justin Fields is on the Bears next year? Yeah, it's very small. I'd say, like, two or 3%. I think it's zero. I think there's maybe a chance that someone wows them with an unreal package for the number one pick and then they trade it and then they keep him and they take a boatload of talent for him.

I don't know, but it's very small. It's close to zero, but it's yeah. So I was on the line of thinking in the final three weeks of the season, I said it on the show, the Bears should keep Justin Fields, but they won't keep Justin Fields. And ever since I said that, and even though I was at the line of thinking, which I always wasn't, that the Bears should keep Justin Fields. Now, as we sit here a few weeks removed from the season and the season being done, I just even though I think they should do it, I don't think they will whatsoever.

Where I think when the season ended, I was like 60%. You know, if I was running the team, you should 40 that you shouldn't. But now I think it's going to come down to it's 100%. They're not going to keep Justin Fields because it just comes down to kind of what Ehrlacher said with us. Say what you want about Ehrlacher.

But what Ehrlacher said with us was spot on. Yeah, the Bears could have failed him. And I think it's safe to say he goes to another place. He gets off to a better start in his career. But after having someone in your building for three years and you still don't know that that's the guy and how much the salaries are for quarterbacks right now for just good quarterbacks, forget about great quarterbacks. Eventually, Justin Fields is going to want a big payday.

And right now, I don't feel comfortable giving him that. And he's going into year four. So you pick up the fifth year option and then you get the two years to evaluate it. But I'd rather reset where I think Justin Fields at his apex is a very good quarterback. The way that people talked about Caleb Williams for two years, and it doesn't always work this way, especially without poorly we evaluate quarterbacks in the draft. People talked about Caleb Williams being a generational talent, and that wasn't just, oh, like in the moment, this guy's the gold.

Oh, this guy could be this. He has been talked about being a generational talent for now two years. Also, let me remind you, Trevor Lawrence talked about being a generational talent for three years and so far as NFL career has been up and down. So I just don't think that the Bears are really deciding much at this point. I think it's all leverage play. Like you have Warren hyping him up last week now.

Oh, they're deciding. They're just trying to increase these offers already coming in for fields, just trying to increase how many offers they're going to get for Justin Fields. And yes, I think it's 100% they're taking Caleb Williams number one overall, and they may trade Justin Fields before the draft, or maybe they wait during the draft.

But by May, I just don't see how Justin Fields is actually going to be on this team. Zach Gelb shows CBS Sports Radio. The man that has the story that Dak Prescott could be a $60 million a year quarterback. Jordan Schultz from Bleacher Report is going to join us coming up in five minutes. Cinco Minutos right here on the Zach Gelb show. But where else? CBS Sports Radio.

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