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  • Here is what I told you a couple of weeks ago that when it comes to the coronavirus, there's nothing on Earth.

  • I feel like talking about less.

  • I am a sportscaster, in large part because I don't feel like talking about things like the coronavirus riel.

  • Serious journalists have to talk about the coronavirus.

  • I get to talk about whether Aaron Rodgers has enough help to try and win a championship.

  • That's my lot in life, and that's candidly what I want to do.

  • But in this case, the to have inextricably become linked because the National Football League is trying to walk this high wire with no net.

  • They're walking over a raging torrent.

  • Whatever the whatever.

  • The scariest high wire act you could possibly walk is, and the whole thing could come apart at any minute.

  • And I told you that I admire like crazy, the fact that they've gotten this far and that they have to treat absolutely everything as secondary to getting to the finish line.

  • Everyone's best interests are served by that, and so with the Las Vegas Raiders.

  • I told you this a couple of weeks ago, who just continuously for reasons known only to them continue to just flaunt their disregard for the protocols.

  • That's something serious had to be done.

  • I suggested the league needed to take away a draft pick from the Las Vegas Raiders, and yesterday that's exactly what they did.

  • The Raiders find a half a million dollars stripped of 1/6 round pick in the 21 draft, and coach Jon Gruden find an additional $150,000 for what was described to ESPN as quote, brazen and repeated violations of covert 19 protocols.

  • Let me make my position on this as clear as I possibly can.

  • This has nothing to do with how seriously you take the coronavirus.

  • I take it very seriously.

  • I believe it should be taken very seriously how this became sort of a topic of debate in America.

  • I think I will never understand.

  • But that isn't even the point of the conversation.

  • I think everyone can agree that if this thing, which is now running rampant, we had 120 something 1000 people test positive in this country yesterday.

  • If the NFL is going to somehow managed to work its way all the way to a conclusion which all of us want.

  • If you're listening to the show, it's because you're a football fan.

  • So you like me want this thing to work?

  • I want these games played on Thursday, Saturday, Sundays, Mondays.

  • We want to watch them.

  • This stuff has to be followed to the letter.

  • And I'm not sitting here trying to say that I want to punish the Raiders because they're bad people.

  • I love John.

  • I've known John forever.

  • John worked at ESPN for 10 years, 11 years while he was in between coaching jobs.

  • He was on Mike and Mike every Wednesday.

  • He's terrific.

  • I'm not looking to punish John, but I think that the point of a punishment is a deterrent.

  • You have to send a stern message to every team in the NFL.

  • If you don't follow these guidelines, we're gonna take draft picks away because the alternative is we're not playing Sunday.

  • We need these games.

  • Everyone needs them.

  • The teams need them.

  • The league needs them.

  • The fans need them.

  • The networks need them.

  • All of us need them.

  • So I'm not sitting here telling you.

  • I think these are bad people.

  • I'm telling you, I think that they a message needed to be sent by the NFL.

  • Just how seriously this stuff should be taken for anyone who, for whatever reason, has decided they weren't going to take it seriously enough.

  • And that's what they did.

  • And so once again, I commend them for it.

  • I think that the NFL top to bottom has done an extremely good job in managing its season in this era of the pandemic.

  • Hopefully, it's something that will never have to worry about again in our lifetimes, starting sometime, reasonably soon.

  • But until then, they got to do it right.

  • So again, I think the league got it right.

  • With regard to the Raiders.

  • Greening with you.

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  • All right, next order of business here is a pretty simple one.

  • We played a little game of quarterback musical chairs on television this morning, and I think you will find this interesting.

  • There's so much speculation about Jimmy Garoppolo feature in San Francisco, they can walk away from him.

  • It isn't exactly Scot free, but for all intents and purposes, if the 40 Niners decide they want to go a different direction at quarterback next year.

  • They could do so, and I don't know that that's fully fair.

  • By and large, all Garoppolo has done is win when he's been healthy and all that team has done is lose when he has not been so.

  • I think that he has become something of an unfair target of any criticism that exists of a team that was in the Super Bowl year ago.

  • But I thought, and I will continue to believe Karl Shanahan, the much credited coach of the 40 Niners, one of the great offensive coaches we have in this sport.

  • I think he told you everything he thinks about Garoppolo with the way he coached the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.

  • He was more than anything, afraid his quarterback was gonna lose him that game.

  • So I think that there is a good chance they do move on.

  • So we looked at it this morning and we were considering what might happen if the 40 Niners decided they want a different quarterback.

  • My immediate reaction is the obvious candidate is Matt Ryan.

  • The money is going to be a little bit difficult to figure out, But Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Atlanta when Matt Ryan had his best season.

  • He won M v p of the league.

  • They went to the Super Bowl that year.

  • They didn't win it, but they were up 28 3.

  • A lot of things went wrong from there.

  • But generally speaking, Ryan was terrific and he's only 35 years old Now.

  • He'll be 36.

  • I think the Falcons might be on the verge of entering into a total rebuild, and if they are, it may not make sense to build it around a 36 year old quarterback.

  • And he may want to take another shot at the championship while he still has that shot.

  • So I think that might be a move that makes a lot of sense for everybody.

  • I then, through that, open to the group.

  • There's two of them I want you to hear, because they were both fascinating.

  • The first one from Rob Ninkovich, when the topic came up of Jimmy Garoppolo no longer being the quarterback in San Francisco, I said to Ninkovich, What do you think?

  • What happened to Jimmy G Here's what he said.

  • I think it will be a New England patriot.

  • And listen, I was the last time you've seen Bill Belichick walk up to the opposing team's quarterback after they lost 33 to 6 and give him a little tap on the back and give him a handshake.

  • I mean, I don't think I've seen that from any other quarterback that's ever beat the Patriots.

  • So when I think about Jimmy G with his with the 40 Niners, there's really nothing that that is gonna hurt them if they just cut him loose.

  • I mean, he's already made most of his money.

  • S o.

  • I could see baby Jimmy G going to the Patriots.

  • He likes Jimmy G.

  • Backward.

  • All began with Bill.

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Here is what I told you a couple of weeks ago that when it comes to the coronavirus, there's nothing on Earth.

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#Greeny reacts to the Raiders losing money and a draft pick for repeated COVID-19 violations

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