“There’s been speculation about a chilly relationship between McCarthy and Rodgers, and that chilly relationship affecting the production of the Green Bay offense.” – King
“Two legendary Houstonians, gone, and such great people. I’m lucky I had the chance to know them.” – Texans HC Bill O’Brien on George H.W. Bush and Bob McNair
Week 13 Edition Examines Release of Kareem Hunt & Features Interviews with Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay, Texans HC Bill O’Brien & DE J.J. Watt
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STAMFORD, Conn. – December 3, 2018 – Peter King’s Week 13 edition of “Football Morning in America,” available now exclusively on NBCSports.com, breaks down Green Bay’s decision to fire long-time head coach Mike McCarthy following the Packers’ 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
This week’s edition also includes an in-depth look at the release of Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt; an interview with Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay; a breakdown of Houston’s nine-game winning streak, featuring an interview with head coach Bill O’Brien; this week’s “What I Learned” with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt; awards, quotes, travel notes and more.
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of “Football Morning in America”:
MCCARTHY & PACKERS
- King on McCarthy and Rodgers’ relationship: “There’s been speculation about a chilly relationship between McCarthy and Rodgers, and that chilly relationship affecting the production of the Green Bay offense. Possible; probable, I think.”
- King on where McCarthy could land next: “As for McCarthy, he could land in Cleveland with former Packers scout John Dorsey (they are not tight, but they are friends), and the Jets could want the guy who coached Brett Favre at the end and Aaron Rodgers at the beginning to mentor Sam Darnold.”
- King on Chiefs head coach Andy Reid: “Reid discussed the story with his team in a meeting Saturday morning. He told them Hunt messed up. He made a decision that could ruin his career, and it’s real, and it can’t be erased, and Kansas City has to go in a different direction now.
- King continues: “Reid, I’m told, wants Hunt to forget about football for the foreseeable future. I’m told he wants Hunt to get help and change the life that would ever even entertain kicking a woman when there’s a dispute of some sort.”
- O’Brien on how happy George H.W. Bush and Bob McNair would’ve been watching the Texans win on Sunday: “I’ve been thinking about that a lot. When I first got here, Bob brought my wife Colleen and I over to meet the President. We got a photo of the two of us and the President, and now, just think of where we are. Two legendary Houstonians, gone, and such great people. I’m lucky I had the chance to know them.”
- Lindsay on going undrafted: “All 32 teams wanted me! They couldn’t spend a seventh-round draft pick on me? Mainly I was angry with the Broncos, I ain’t gonna lie … They picked two running backs in front of me. At the end of the day, they’re probably two of my best friends now, which is funny.”
“WHAT I LEARNED” WITH WATT
- Watt on what he’ll take from his relationship with George H.W. and Barbara Bush: “What I really take from it is how kind they were. So extremely kind. I learned what it is to be a person of high character from watching the President. It was the simple things – something as simple as pushing a wheelchair for someone, or opening the door for someone.”
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