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."
Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
We talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his column today which basically accuses the Patriots of sour grapes for asking the league to enforce their own rules against tampering.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase kick off this weeks show by talking to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly about his biceps recovery, getting ready for the season and his NCAA brackets. They then talk about the Red Sox depth at closer with Koji Uehara questionable for the start of the season.
Scott calls from Spring Training to discuss the state of the Sox and Swihart madness going on as he gets the call to play today vs. the Phillies. He gets into the lack of major issues for this team, the starting staff, how the outfield is shaking out, if JBJ is finally coming around and more.
Jack Edwards of NESN joins Dale, Michael and Jerry. With 9 games left the Bruins don't have much if any margin of error, and Jack knows it.
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Darrelle Revis' comments on his contract offer from the Patriots.
The guys opened the show by discussing the rumored profanity laced tirade by Bill Belichick.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the show to talk about the struggling Bruins, the play of Zdeno Chara, and the future of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York joined the show to talk about the ongoing tampering scandals between the Jets and the Patriots.
Christian does not impress the high school girls hockey team.
Dale and Michael discuss the collective egg laid by the Celtics against the Heat, and how the Bruins turnaround better begin tonight if they want it to begin at all.
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Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and College Hockey News’ Adam Wodon preview this year’s NCAA regionals and take a look at the chances for each of the Boston-area teams in the field. They also discuss BU’s Jack Eichel, Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey and the Hobey Baker Award.
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