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Pauly's Point After

My 5 takeaways from the week

Wes McElroy
February 02, 2018 - 10:43 am

Welcome to a new feature that will come your way every Friday: Pauly's Point After. You'll get the views and perspective of me, Pauly V, from the other side of the glass. I'll give my five takeaways and highlights from the morning show each week, including favorite clips, interviews and videos. Hope you enjoy! Here are my five takeaways from this week before the Super Bowl.

 

1. The Richmond Roughriders signed Greg Hardy too soon, but it was always too soon. I’m all for second chances, but this move simply isn’t justified in my mind. Hardy is a gifted athlete - which is why he lasted so long in the NFL even after his initial domestic violence arrest in 2014 -  and bringing him on board greatly helps the team on the field, but really?

 

If someone wants a second chance, the first step is usually repent and show remorse over their actions. If you have seen that from Greg hardy, let me know. He has never had to deal with the consequences of his actions and, more importantly, has never shown any signs of guilt over any of it. In fact, he never even spent a day in jail because of it.

 

Ultimately, this will become lost in the news cycle, largely due to the fact that most Americans can’t even name what league the Roughriders play in without looking it up, but until we see something that resembles repentance from Greg Hardy, he has no place in professional (or even semi-professional) sports.

 

Check out Wes’ interview with Roughriders owner Gregg Fornario explaining why the team signed Hardy.

 

 

2. Kyle Lauletta will be a starter in the NFL someday. Scouts may have been down in Mobile mostly to view much-heralded prospects Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen, but in the Senior Bowl, Lauletta officially put himself on the map. In addition to a solid week of practice, the former Spiders signal-caller threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns in the game on his way to earning MVP honors.

 

I have read several articles linking his pedigree with a certain head coach in New England, and the connection makes more and more sense every day. He won’t be a first-rounder, but his chance will come, and you can bet he’ll make the most of it. He has all the tools and was the single reason the Spiders were able to finish at .500 in 2017. In short, he knows how to carry a team. Wes always says that after awhile you start rooting for people more than teams in this business, and while I still love my teams, Kyle is certainly a player I’ll be pulling for come draft season. Just please God don’t let the Patriots actually draft him.

 

Hear Wes’ sit-down with Lauletta just days after the Senior Bowl.

 

 

3. Redskins fans simply can’t have nice things. I was just getting ready to go to sleep when the news broke of the Redskins trading for Alex Smith. I legitimately thought it was a joke. Wrong. Lo and behold, Bruce Allen effectively ended the Kirk Cousins era by trading for an older version of Kirk Cousins.

To be clear, I like Alex Smith. He’s coming off a career year where he was in the MVP discussion for the better part of the season. He’s also 34 and was traded for one of the Redskins’ most promising young players in Kendall Fuller. Smith is good, but not significantly better than Cousins and will be coming to a team that does not possess weapons like Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, which will likely affect his performance.

 

More than anything, though, this deal brings to an end to a saga with Cousins that the Redskins botched from day one, and one that still leaves fans with the question: “Are we any better?” Smith may be the cheaper option at $23 million per year, but surrendering Fuller and letting Cousins walk emphasize the biggest issue fans have with this trade – the man in Redskins Park who authored it.

 

4. Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick are basically mob bosses. When Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick coached together in New York, I wasn't’t even born yet, and I was two years old when they got back together in New England in 1996. One of the reasons I love 30 For 30’s is that they give someone my age a glimpse into some of the greatest eras and figures in sports about which we have only heard stories. Hence my excitement for “The Two Bills.”

 

I’m more familiar with Belichick than I am with Parcells, and my knowledge of their history together has always been fuzzy. We talked the director of this documentary, Ken Rodgers on Thursday and hearing him talk about how rare it is to get these two giants (pun not intended) of coaching in the same room, let alone talk about what happened between them, had me greatly anticipating this 30 For 30. I may even have a new front-runner for my favorite 30 For 30, which usually changes with each new one.

 

All that said I’m a history geek and I work in sports; combine those two and you’ll have me glued to whatever you’ve put in front of me.  

 

Here is Wes’ interview with Ken Rodgers from Thursday’s show.

 

 

5. I believe in this Eagles team. While I try to remain objective on the morning show, it’s no secret I’m a die-hard Eagles fan. I’m also one of the most pessimistic fans you’ll find. So obviously, Sunday will be a very long day followed by roughly four hours of agony, elation and whatever other emotions may be triggered.

 

I’ve seen my share of heartbreaks with the Birds over the years and I’ve watched them disappoint me many a game, and I always find it difficult to have full confidence in them, never mind on the threshold of the biggest football game of the year. But this season, something changed. Give credit to Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson, Jim Schwartz, heck, give credit to Nick Foles if you want, but the atmosphere and the culture of this particular Eagles team is special. So special, in fact, that I am confident they can go out Sunday night and defeat the great Patriots dynasty and finally bring Philadelphia that long-awaited Lombardi Trophy. Yes, they’ll do it led by the most unlikely of heroes, the man we fans once dubbed “Saint Nick.”

 

Belief in the Eagles has not always come easy, but in 2017, the landscape has shifted. There is more hope than this Eagles fan can ever remember, and the hunger has never been greater. It’s time Philly. Fly Eagles Fly.