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Around the NFL with ESPN's Chris Mortensen on the Big Show

Nov 30, 2012|

We go around the NFL and touch on all the hot topics and teams with ESPN's lead NFL reporter Chris Mortensen.

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Seems the most is because they're really focused and especially on in you sacrifice and invest so much time. Like I said. Feel like. You know -- anything -- -- contention that it really kind of you know -- to facilitate this and and like. -- -- As Alex Smith the former I -- quarterback though. Our budget them make that clear whether the former still holds the quarterback play and on Sunday when the quarterback does not the starting quarterback. Get into the out of their body and Chris -- it's our conversation with more -- you by Sharon credit union dragon speech recognition by and they're -- A more course from ESP NFL 32 it's fascinating workers when you look at it in that. Alex and I never thought he was the guy that could lead them to the Super Bowl when he was having a hell of -- season how it goes down with a concussion. -- obviously can do more is controllable BP can also beat you with his feet as well but -- -- application that. If you didn't say listen my head hurts and I got a concussion. Doesn't lose his job. Well you know I think it's legitimate debate we've -- and actually use the debate did. No way it is at the time it was in New England -- -- the world we went to the book O'Grady thing now obviously different injury but nevertheless the debate. Was -- and I think that this assassinated for a lot of different reasons first of all we forget sometimes people forget that Alex Smith. Answered Drew Brees last year. In the play -- the divisional playoff round when Brees brought this -- expecting it did OK that's it gains over the going minute laughter -- laughed. And Alex Smith answered it. To the forty -- right down to build and got them into the NFC championship game where they came within a hair I've beaten. No -- that the giants and some people think -- -- probably should've. So Art Smith is good enough to take his -- to distance I think. It's just in and give our blog in the middle rose -- number one. Alex missed a career was we -- ended when they fired their coach and hired about -- and -- about the one who basically nurse them back to -- -- the confidence. And allowed him to be the quarterback the 49ers when everybody out to get rid of and then and he was also the guy -- from our boss who insisted when he went worked -- cabinet got his own. He insisted. That this guy is it is a guy that you do move optical draft. As opposed to any Dalton and I think some of the organization and Andy Dalton mine and of course is certainly could have -- them on that but he really believing -- nick and so. You know this is Vegas is the third part of this is it and this was pointed out to me by my good people in the organization. We're not a quarterback driven team period. Or do better defense that the totality of our offense. And the quarterback we didn't turn it over any -- -- the estimate were in good shape. I I honestly believe there's -- keeps playing at this level we know he's the cornerback I have no doubt. That him now probably backed out -- captain nick starts to stumble. There are I think Chris this is not about two games you know -- -- -- it's been a starter for two games they won these games. I think Harbaugh. He he must have fought a long time ago. That they Capra nick was ready for the job when do you think he had that thought OK -- nick is ready. Well I think -- well they're human to human care when it was ready yet it's a good question because you know. When he got an -- in the game against the rams that -- in overtime three weeks ago Christopher and Randi in this week's cabinet then play that well. But there had to be things he sees him practice -- -- that sort of thing about it the other practices are up temple competitors. And there had to be certain things he saw. And I think a lot of the things that are with Japanese work you know number one is easy so -- -- You know to throw. An 85 mile per hour fastball or eighty mile per hour changeup. And -- could be because he basically you can throw -- a mile per hour and I mean literally that week he. He Cuba 97 and he's a baseball pitcher. So it was -- kind of change of speeds and abroad and the other thing was managing the game because there are a lot of times when. The clock would expire practice is they would get the play off one time had trouble. Because of the -- plan probably will think it's as simple thing but for it it really is -- -- part of the process would be a quarterback so. So more along the line in pre season training camp. And in the end in practice -- predicted to make these strides. But in an impertinent -- -- -- to get in the opening and that's basic car care but it didn't play well went out in the opening we're not talking about this. I'm Michael I have not talked to use since the patriots jets game and nursing and -- already different levels. For the jets not just that play was Sanchez goes up Brandon mores were Iran. But just some of the other things the -- crowd and everything else I noticed that Tebow looks to be inactive. Against the cardinals this weekend. Yeah I was just loaded with the exports would -- -- -- -- noted it's. I -- to show your show absolutely who isn't you know that's granite -- going to be an active disgruntled -- -- And you know it is I think their latest in -- -- to the controversy for another week. So hitting it as they just they don't wanna put them up there and hear the crowd again. Anyway I think -- that part of it you know I think it's a case you know. And most and they and they got themselves in the something. That they -- out of work and obviously it's been a disaster and I think what's happened is you know everybody says the war candidate would ever did that some weather -- the same personnel around. It is around Tebow -- Denver did an endeavor was the better equipped to do -- -- things. And you know there it is an end to see I think part of the problem might have been also this which is. What he does come in and plays a couple of decent games. You know number one they received when he needed sooner or number two. You know he's got to be the -- going into next year when nobody in the organization. Sees him as their long term franchise quarterback now that doesn't mean this Sanchez's view is that printers long term quarterback. But I really think just matter saying this was an experiment that didn't work -- put on the shelf. Our Chris just to let you know how well we treat our interns here couple weeks ago we had a project for one of them. -- find out how many coaches. Have been in the AFC east. Have come and gone in the AFC east since Bill Belichick took over the patriots in 2000 -- the the number with a 22 hours from -- -- offended that we only remember the number but it's pretty high tide. And I'm wondering if you think the number will increase by one or two. Next year and I'm thinking of of Rex Ryan and I'm thinking of Chan Gailey either one of those guys in trouble in your opinion. You know. I think both -- going to be bad. -- yeah I do think it is it -- really -- and the importance of that without fighting left right. -- for the rest private home in that -- but you have the precarious position to lose the majority of those. What direction you know what your job title -- -- -- inspired. I think what's gonna happen there's probably some -- -- may be -- up on in the problems or might -- -- general managers. It is is aside another position in the and they beat but the full cooperation that's kind of pricey it's so I'm not projecting internal -- division yet. But we sure predict a lot of turnover around the league and by the way you know congratulations coach Belichick got 200 wins each week sometimes just assume those things to happen but not many have been there. I think -- didn't get your take to it as we are now deep into the season and they start the look a little bit different I don't know what you're feeling was. On Atlanta last night they got some gifts last night from Drew Brees ago that doesn't normally. Give you those guess not much they're playing is at the same high level they were few weeks ago in this patriot team. For all the yardage that defense gives up. More they still come up with their takeaways during the course of the game given all backed the Brady and we know he doesn't doesn't give up. What do you see these teams right now. Are contagious says that that's sending teams and that's kind of what I you know to me that their defense would actually get better as the season went on and we know what -- operatives name when he missed key players like Aaron Hernandez and then -- Murkowski that. You know that the dolphins to me though last night it was a breeze caught the ball up. It was the falcons they took away they force those takeaways and -- they pressured them up front. An inmate through the dollars and so -- of the saint opposite lines dale and them. War that you produce enough pressure on them and you covered tightly just enough so that normally. If he's up by a few centimeters. You know you guys chances to make deploy and -- the opposite -- out of that one of the best on since they do -- since they did against Peyton Manning. When they when they you know deeply and -- -- time. Early in the season and over the falcons defense is that encourages -- -- considering Daunte Robinson have to get error started Samuel that the game early. So to me that was -- big deal in the in the darkness -- -- -- -- about access to their passing game and to me. That's the least of it mandatory uses their passing game so I I didn't see a lot of negative last night for the laptop and that up to the defense. Actually made breeze. The bad it was a case of Brees have a bad night. We've been asked about the falcons all year everybody's been talking about him all year and it's funny that there are eleven -- one and yet we asked the question and it's a good question. Are they the best team in the NFC are they. In ought to -- it's close immediate I would -- probably would lean toward yes I'm always said if you had to give me one game for many NFC team. And that day I get I get to pick that team to go play the best even native seniority as has been then I'm going to take -- New York Giants for one game. But I think all over the all here the targets have been the best team I could say the 49ers. But I can't because. The -- got drummed. By the New York Giants they have it they tied the rams three weeks ago most of -- get beat up a pretty bad result. So it's you know I think the stock under an underrated team right now. Underrated eleven and one team mad about it yet. Now. -- really devoted all want so many games right under some point the majority dangerous leader decided that by seven are pure point to much of the New England Patriots. That's good point. Go Broncos have played good football player of the Broncos have been playing very marginal football the last three or four week -- All it is is in -- -- than any conduct update many had. They're grinding through it and they're -- into the get some problems in the carrier part of the line evolve into -- Willis McGahee. And that's an admitted doing their grinding to a but I admire team did grind through and win games as opposed to always remember that it got -- -- -- -- these issues. Well that's why the next 56 weeks are going to be fascinating. Because it's still wide open at the top more we'll talk to you next week have a good want to thank you -- more descend from -- ESPN -- --

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