|Peter King on D&H: ‘I don’t think for a minute that Robert Kraft wants Roger Goodell to be fired’||09.17.15 at 8:03 am ET|
Sports Illustrated and MMQB’s Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about matters from around the league, including Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft’s relationship. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
King believes even with everything that has happened between Goodell and the Patriots with Deflategate, Kraft doesn’t want Goodell fired because of the business man that he is.
“I don’t think for a minute that Robert Kraft wants Roger Goodell to be fired,” King said. “I think he’s upset with him, but I also think that in his business — one of the things that I admire about Kraft is he’s a business man. He knows how to make deals and I would bet in dealing with people around the world in which he as for 20 or 30 years in his family business, I would bet there are an awful lot of people that he gets very angry at, but understands he has to do business with. One of the things I admire about him is that he’s able to put his feelings aside because he knows the business as a whole is pretty important.”
When it comes to other owners in the league, King believes Goodell has more support than some might think and there’s never been a time where he’s been close to being pushed out of his role as commissioner.
“No. I don’t think it’s even close,” King said. “I think he’s got somewhere between two and four owners who are not in the Roger Goodell fan club.”
King was cautious to actually name specific owners, but is confident in the number of up to four as not being in favor of Goodell.
“There’s enough people I know in the league who feel like there are a couple, maybe as many as four, who would be anti-Goodell right now, or at least not pro-Goodell,” he added.
|Peter King on D&C acknowledges mistakes in Deflategate coverage: ‘I don’t have any defense for it’||09.07.15 at 10:39 am ET|
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who was critical of Kirk Minihane’s joke about murdering NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, joined Minihane on Monday’s Dennis & Callahan show to discuss the controversy and to acknowledge his own mistakes in his Deflategate coverage. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
During an appearance on Comcast last week, Minihane responded to a question about how to remove Goodell from office by suggesting someone hire a hitman to kill the commissioner. Although Minihane seconds later added, “I’m just joking,” some on the Internet (led by New York Post writer Bart Hubbuch) omitted the last part and blasted Minihane.
King was among those who called out Minihane for crossing the line, and he stood by his criticism during Monday’s conversation.
“I just don’t think at this time, when there’s a lot of people I think in New England — and probably not just in New England — who entertain in the back of their minds doing Roger Goodell physical harm, I don’t think it’s a good idea ever to joke about that,” King told Minihane and guest host Gary Tanguay. “But I certainly didn’t think it was a good idea this time to joke about it. … I just don’t think it’s smart.”
Asked he had ever made a sarcastic, off-the-cuff remark during one of his television appearances, King said, “I have done a lot of TV in my life, and I don’t think even off the air I would say, well, let’s hire somebody to kill somebody.”
Minihane called out King for his mishandling of the Deflategate story from the beginning, noting that King also made errors in his coverage of the Ray Rice situation — arguable the two biggest NFL stories of the past year.
“I did blow them,” King acknowledged, later adding: “I don’t have any defense for it. I don’t.”
Told by Minihane that some would view King’s behavior as reprehensible, King said, “I wouldn’t blame you at all for doing that.”
Despite his own mistakes, King last month called out ESPN for its poor handling of the Deflategate coverage, writing stories based on misinformation from NFL sources that painted the Patriots in an unfairly negative light and failing to correct them when the truth was revealed.
“The ESPN thing, ESPN was the media organization that was quoted by the Krafts, was quoted by the Patriots, was quoted by everybody as the one who had started this narrative,” King said. “What I did, I talked to somebody, one person, which was my error, one person, who confirmed that story. And instead of going out and getting one or two more people to confirm it, because obviously it’s a huge story, I didn’t do that. And it’s my fault.
“But the thing is, I will take my part of the blame in this, which is deserved. But I did not start the parade [of false anti-Patriots stories].”
|Peter King on M&M: ‘I think they owe it to Tom Brady to get a lot better at the receiver position’||01.31.14 at 1:12 pm ET|
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King checked in with Mut & Merloni from Super Bowl Radio Row to preview Sunday’s game and discuss Patriots offseason news. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
“I picked the Broncos, but look, if [the Seahawks] pick [Peyton] Manning off two or three times, they’re going to win,” King said. “I think one of the things you’ll see on Sunday — and I talked to Peyton a little bit about this yesterday, I had a few minutes with him after practice — I think Peyton Manning right now when he looks at this game what he sees is five-wide receiver formations, or five-receiver formations, maybe with Jacob Tamme or Andre Caldwell in the game. Spread, spread, spread. And just challenge Seattle to cover every guy so that he can’t find a window with any of the five guys. In my opinion, I think that’s the way they’re going to play it, and I think that’s smart.
“And then on Seattle’s side, I think Seattle is going to try to get Marshawn Lynch, and they’re going to try to run well and run the clock so that Manning only gets eight possessions. I think Seattle feels like, ‘We cannot give Manning the ball 11 times. If we do, we’re not going to win.’ ”
Touching on the Patriots, King said the primary need is obvious, but he said a trade for a big-name wide receiver appears unlikely.
“I see that it’s much more likely, at least in my mind, for them to draft and develop a receiver,” King said. “But I will say this: There are going to be a bunch of receivers who you can get. I think my feeling is they need to get younger and better at wide receiver, and I’m not sure the way to do that is by spending $12 million a year on a guy.”
King agreed that the team needs to surround Tom Brady with better talent.
“Especially after he did them — and no matter what anybody says, Brady did them a favor last year [by renegotiating]. And Brady will eventually, over the life of this contract, I believe, make less money than he could have — certainly than he could have. And he did that for a very simple reason: He wanted the team around him to be better. And look, some of this is circumstantial. Because there’s absolutely nothing that they could have done about this. Absolutely nothing.”
“And I think when you look at what has happened in the NFL now, you’re talking about a window. You look at what, to me, what the Denver Broncos did for Peyton Manning. He had a great situation going. And they said, ‘Oh, my God, two years [$]12 million for [Wes] Welker?’ ”
Added King: “I’m not saying that the Patriots have to go out and do something splashy like that. All I’m saying is that I think they owe it to Tom Brady to get a lot better at the receiver position.”
|Peter King on M&M: ‘Silly’ to say AFC championship determines Peyton Manning’s legacy||01.17.14 at 1:21 pm ET|
Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni Friday to talk about his AFC and NFC championship predictions and Peyton Manning. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
While they have different stories, King compared the legacies of Jerry Rice and Manning to prove his point that one game should not completely define Manning’s career.
“When I think of Jerry Rice, I don’t think that he couldn’t do it when he was 42,” King said. “The Manning story is different, but not altogether so. I think we place so much emphasis on how a guy does in very, very big games, and rightfully so if you’re talking about the greatest of all time, if you’re making that argument.
“I think it’s silly to say what happens in one game, this one game 20 years from now, is going to put Peyton Manning 18th on the mental all-time quarterback list, however you’d rank it, or fourth.”
For King, the argument against decreasing the value of Manning’s legacy on one game includes the potential for a worst-case scenario during Sunday’s game.
“Suppose that Manning puts up — take a number — 35 points,” King said. “And the Denver D just totally disintegrates and [Tom Brady] scores 45, and it’s a shootout and Brady wins.
“I just don’t think you can judge Peyton Manning based on you telling me, ‘Well if he loses this game he is here in NFL history or he is there.’ … Whether he wins another Super Bowl or not, I will consider him among the top five who ever played, but I won’t consider him the greatest, because you’re right, a quarterback does have to win championships.”
|Peter King on M&M: Colts QB Andrew Luck ‘not been averse to making some huge mistakes’||01.10.14 at 1:31 pm ET|
Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about the NFL playoffs and other league news. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
Andrew Luck is drawing high praise as he leads the Colts into Foxboro for a divisional-round game Saturday night.
“I think most people look at him right now and think that he’s on his way to having a top-10, 20 quarterback career,” King said. “There’s a couple of reasons. He’s so precocious about the game, he knows so much about the game. His dad raised him in the game, because obviously his dad was a pro quarterback. I think he also learned the other side of the game also. He learned the team side, he learned you’re nothing without your teammates, and the media part of it doesn’t matter. ‘¦ It’s just not in his pedigree right now to set himself apart from the crowd. So I think more than anything, Andrew Luck gets it.”
However, King said he isn’t convinced Luck will add to his growing legend Saturday.
“When you look back at his career, why I’m skeptical he’ll play one of his great games is, first of all, he’s gotten hit quite a bit this season, so I think the Patriots are probably going to be able to pressure him,” King said. “And secondly, I think if you take away T.Y. Hilton you’ll be able to do some good things against their passing game.
“He’s not been averse to making some huge mistakes. Look at the first half last week, where he was vastly outplayed by Alex Smith, then early in the third quarter. So, to me, I kind of look at him right now and just say I think he can be great any week. But I also think he’s going to still make mistakes ’cause he’s still learning the game.”
King said that this matchup could turn into a battle of the ground games.
“Everybody has sort of said, ‘If Andrew Luck can’t do it then they’re in huge trouble.’ But just look at Donald Brown — to me, anyway — in the last few weeks. He hasn’t run it a lot, but he’s run it very productively — high yards per rush; he’s averaged over five [5.3] for the year,” King said. “If I’m [offensive coordinator] Pep Hamilton and the Colts, I’m saying, look, I want Donald Brown and Trent Richardson to have very prominent roles in this game plan. In part because we’d like to keep it away from Tom Brady. And also in part because this team this year, the Patriots are vulnerable against the run. They’ve shown it week after week. They’re surrendering 4 1/2 a carry.
“And you understand because of the marquee value of quarterbacks, they’re making it out as an Andrew Luck-Tom Brady game. And it well could be. But I think it could also be a Donald Brown-Shane Vereen game as well. Or LaGarrette Blount.”
|Peter King on M&M: ‘Julian Edelman has a chance in the postseason to burst into America’s living rooms’||01.03.14 at 1:40 pm ET|
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King made his weekly appearance with Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss NFL news and expound on his prediction that the Patriots will win the Super Bowl. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
“The way I look at this postseason for New England, it’s going to be a continuation of Tom Brady making due with guys the way he’s done most of his career,” King said. “This is a redux of Troy Brown, the year that he caught all the balls. That’s the thing about this team.
“You know who kind of reminds me of Brady right now is Andrew Luck. If you look at Andrew Luck‘s last month, remember how he was a total lost sheep when he lost Reggie Wayne? They played poorly for about a month, and he couldn’t find a weapon. What happened is he adjusted. He got used to Griff Whalen and Da’Rick Rogers and a bunch of guys like that. Now he’s even throwing to Trent Richardson.
“I think what happens is you adjust to the personnel you have. Brady’s always done that. I think that Julian Edelman has a chance in the postseason to burst into America’s living rooms.”
Looking at the Patriots’ potential opponent next weekend, King said to keep an eye on the Bengals.
“I’d be afraid of Cincinnati, which is the team the Patriots are probably going to get,” King said. “I must say that I watched an awful lot of that game, too — the game earlier this year obviously when the Patriots went to Cincinnati and lost the game. And a lot of people will say, well, the torrential downpour and all that. And look, I don’t have a crystal clear memory of that. But the one thing I do remember is that for the first at least like 2 1/2 quarters it didn’t rain. It was kind of crummy weather but they were able to play. And I think if you look back at that game — I remember thinking about it — if I’m not mistaken, I think the Patriots punted like eight of their first 10 possessions or something in that game.
“I think that the Bengals, even without Geno Atkins — because remember, they lost Geno Atkins in that game — even the Bengals without Geno Atkins have been a very, very formidable foe for a lot of teams they’ve played. Look at the teams in the playoffs that Cincinnati has beaten. Even though they haven’t played maybe as tough a schedule as a team like San Diego, they’ve beaten New England, they’ve beaten Green Bay, they’ve beaten San Diego, they’ve beaten Indianapolis.
These Bengals, I wouldn’t predict them to go to Foxboro and win a game, but this is going to be one of the tougher divisional tests the Patriots that have faced.”
|Peter King on M&M: ‘Every AFC team is flawed, and every AFC team has a decent shot’||12.27.13 at 12:56 pm ET|
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King made his weekly appearance with the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Patriots and news from around the NFL. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
With the Patriots in line for a No. 2 seed — and the possibility of getting No. 1 or No. 3 — New Englanders have their eye on the playoffs in an AFC that lacks a dominant team.
“The problem with the AFC this year is that is that it reminds me exactly of the AFC last year,” King said. “The Baltimore Ravens could be the 6 seed; I think last year they were 5 [actually 4]. They could be a road wild card team, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Ravens make noise in the playoffs. Or I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Kansas City Chiefs get to the Super Bowl.
“I think every AFC team is flawed, and I think every AFC team has a decent shot. I don’t love a single team in the AFC. How can you? Every one of them has shown in the past month that they can be vulnerable.
“There’s a reason why there’s only been one time in the last 19 years that the two No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Super Bowl. Think about that for a second. You’ve got all these advantages — you’re playing at home, you have a bye, you get to play both games at home to get to the Super Bowl. And imagine, it’s only happened once in the last 19 years. That, to me, is stunning. And it says that what [former commissioner] Pete Rozelle designed the NFL to be is exactly what it is. Which is, there’s 18 teams right now in play for the playoffs entering the last weekend of the season. Out of the 16 games this weekend, 13 — as of 1 o’clock anyway — have some playoff implications. It’s exactly what the NFL wants.”
Looking at the NFC, King said there’s also a great deal of uncertainty there, as the Sehawks and 49ers appear to have come back to the pack.
“Before Monday I would have said that San Francisco is the second-best team in football. Now I might say it’s Carolina,” King said. “San Francisco was on such a great roll coming into Monday, and then they looked pretty mortal. Just like Seattle looked mortal against Arizona on Sunday, also at home.
“I think the last couple of weeks going to back to New Orleans dismantling Carolina at home three weeks ago, I think that has shown us that every team in the NFC can be beaten, exactly like the AFC. And that’s why I think this postseason is as wide open as any I remember.”
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