Sports Illustrated NFL columnist Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni for his weekly visit and talked about the NFL coaching carousel.
King said Jets coach Rex Ryan -- who is back in the news Friday after being photographed on vacation sporting a creative tattoo that apparently features his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey and nothing else while Tebowing -- will return to New York for at least one more season.
"He'll definitely be back. He's coaching the Jets next year," King said. "[Jets owner] Woody Johnson made it clear: I'm bringing in a new general manager, the general manager and Rex are going to work together for one year, and then we're going to see what happens. I'd anticipate if they have a six- or seven-win season or even eight and go out of the playoffs again that Rex will be looking for a job and the new GM will be looking for a new coach."
Looking at the current vacancies, King said the only really appealing position is the one reportedly filled by Andy Reid on Friday.
"I think that the best coaching situation that was available was the Kansas City Chiefs," King said. "Here's a team that has, to me, some very good defensive players, some very good skill players, needs some help on the offensive line, and they don't have a quarterback. And they've got $20 million in cap room where the vast majority of NFL teams don't have cap money. And they've got the first pick in the draft. Whoever the coach would want at quarterback -- whether it be you want to take a chance with a Matt Flynn or an Alex Smith, or you want to pick a quarterback with your first pick of the second round, you're going to be in pretty good shape.
"So, that would have been my No. 1. Of the ones that are available now, I'm really skeptical about both Philadelphia and Cleveland. I think Philadelphia has misspent a lot of money, and I'm questioning whether Nick Foles, who's not the fastest guy and not the most mobile guy -- he's not a statue, he's not [Drew] Bledsoe. I question whether he's guy that Chip Kelly will want. He may have to go in a different direction.
"Cleveland, it's such a tradition of losing there for so long that you really wonder if you're a coach whether you can change that. If he changes it they'll build a statue for him outside the stadium. I probably would take Philadelphia. But you could talk a coach into either one of those jobs because neither one of them is overwhelmingly better than the other."
Following are more highlights from the interview.
On Bill O'Brien interviewing with two NFL teams before promising to stay at Penn State: "I think Bill O'Brien wanted to be offered a head coaching job in the NFL. I think if he was offered a head coaching job in the NFL in favorable timing for him, that he would have take the job. But the fact is that the two places that he talked to teams, he was not offered the head coaching job. Both of them wanted to talk to other people -- most notably Chip Kelly -- in Cleveland and Philadelphia.
"I'm a little bit bothered by the idea that he did the noble thing and went back to Penn State. He did the noble thing, I guess, and got a $1.3 million raise and interviewed with two NFL teams. I don't like to make anything what it isn't, and I don't think there was anything noble about it. I don't think there was anything bad about it, but I just don't think there was anything noble about it."
On if Oregon coach Chip Kelly might land an NFL job: "I think he's going to have his choice of at least two teams. Because I believe that both the Eagles and the Cleveland Browns are going to either offer him the job, or one will offer him and he'll take it, and then the other will be left out in the cold. So, I think he's going to have his choice of more than one job."
On former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who parted ways with the team Friday: "My gut feeling is he's probably not going to work for a team this year. Who knows, he might, somebody might make him a great offer. But it's hard to imagine anybody asking Scott Pioli to come on and be a general manager coming off a 2-14 season when a lot of people picked the Chiefs -- idiots like me, I guess -- picked the Chiefs to win the division. I think a lot of people view him and his four years that he picked the wrong coach twice -- Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel, neither of them worked out -- and he picked the wrong quarterback [Matt Cassel]. It's going to be hard to sell that to a fan base unless you come in as the second or third guy in somebody's front office, or strictly as a road scout. I kind of think he might take the year off and see what looks good next year."
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia to discuss the 33-year-old's longevity, his thoughts on Tom Brady's approach and what the real deal is when it comes to who is the leader in the Red Sox' clubhouse.
Rob Bradford talks with both Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes, and assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister, about the fascinating project the reliever undertook in the final month of 2016. Barnes explains how he, with the help of others, made a concerted effort to emulate Dellin Betances of the Yankees and how that exercise helped turn around the former No. 1 pick's season.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Sound from the first Pete and "Captain Kirk" show. Kim Jong-Un is has lethal chemical weapons. The Patriots would never give a receiver money like the Steelers did.
Hour 3. Alex says Pete was a better flash guy than Mut. Pete was a great diver in high school.
Hour 2. Gerry, Sheppard, and Reimer discuss if the Patriots should use the tag on Hightower. Trump grades his performance so far.
The deadline for NFL team's to use the franchise tag is Wednesday, and the guys discuss the future of Jimmy Garoppolo and Dont'a Hightower.
Andrew Benintendi is one of the favorites to win the AL Rookie of the Year award, despite playing in 35 games last year.
Glenn, Lou and Christian recap the Celtics weekend and continue to lament the fact that Danny didn't get someone to help out on the boards.
Dale and MIchael discuss Mo Sanu playing the blame game for the Super Bowl loss, plus other Super Bowl related topics... for instance, will the Falcons EVER get over that loss?
Dale and Michael discuss the interest out there for Jimmy G, and whether the Patriots will move on from him.
Dale and Michael spend a good portion of the program discussing the Bruins. What are there chances going forward and what do they need to add?
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the decision by the Leicester City to dismiss Claudio Ranieri just months after winning the Premier League and if Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will sign with the MLS this summer?
Christian and Dr Gill talk about how baseball players need to stay in shape in the offseason, continuing maintenance during the season, and how Pablo Sandoval's health could be after missing nearly an entire season.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a K&C Monday with Alex Reimer joining the guys for a post-Oscar themed show
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