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Murray's Mailbag: San Diego State win was Nevada football's biggest since _____________?

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E.J. Muhammad and the Wolf Pack picked up a massive win over San Diego State on Saturday. (Julian Del Gaudio/NSN)

It was a good week for the Nevada Wolf Pack. The department picked up wins in Nevada football, men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball on Saturday. The football win was the program's first over a Top 25 team on the road. The men's basketball win was the first in the Steve Alford era. Nevada swept the weekly MW awards in football, women's basketball and men's basketball for the first time in its history. So let's get to your questions. Thanks, as always, for the inquiries.

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Boise State in 2010.

Maybe you could argue the 2010 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Boston College, which capped that historic season and led to Nevada being voted 11th in the final AP Top 25 (a loss would have put Nevada in the 20-25 range and 12-2 doesn't sound as good as 13-1)

Maybe you could argue the 2012 season opener at Cal, but the Bears went 3-9 that season.

Maybe you could argue wins over Power 5 teams Washington State (2014), Oregon State (2018) and Purdue (2019), but those teams didn't make bowls (barring the Boilermakers closing the season with back-to-back wins over Top 25 foes).

Maybe you could argue bowl wins over Colorado State (2015) or Arkansas State (2018), but Nevada was pretty clearly out-played in both of those contests.

So, I will stick with Saturday's win over SDSU being Nevada's best since 2010 (whether you're picking the Boston College game or the Boise State game). In terms of being a Top 25 team, the Aztecs were overrated going into the contest. It beat 2-7 UNLV by only three points in its previous games, and SDSU is ranked 75th in ESPN's FPI, 68th in Sagarin ratings and 68th in Football Outsiders SP+. Still, those figures represent one of the best teams Nevada has beaten. A look at the accomplishments of the Jay Norvell era (since 2017)

* A win over a Top 25 team on the road (first in school history)

* Back-to-back seasons with wins over Power 5 teams (first in school history)

* Beating a Power 5 team and Top 25 team in the same season (second time in school history along with 2010)

* An eight-win season in 2018 (first non-Chris Ault coach to do so since 1996 when Jeff Tisdel went 9-3)

* Two outright wins as a double-digit underdog (Nevada was 6-52 in such games entering this season)

* Tied for the largest upset in school history based on point spread (minus-17 against SDSU)

All of this is done with Norvell making the lowest head-coaching salary in the MW. To some degree, the win over SDSU validates the 5-4 record entering the game. Prior to the win over the Aztecs, Nevada had sneaked past some really bad teams and been slobberknocked by teams with a pulse. The SDSU victory changes that narrative and keeps Nevada alive for a West Division title. If you couple the quality of team Nevada just beat (roughly 60th-70th in the nation) with how the win changed the tenor of the season, this is the Wolf Pack's best victory since 2010.

Elijah Cooks' 50-yard wide receiver pass to Brendan O'Leary-Orange with the game tied 10-10. Per ESPN's win probability, Nevada went from a 42.2 percent chance of winning to a 59.5 percent chance of winning on that play, a swing of 17.3 percent. A fun story from that trick play: Nevada was practicing it Monday when I was at practice and Romeo Doubs was the receiver throwing the ball. Doubs was a high school quarterback but his form -- he was basically doing a jump throw -- wasn't great, so Cooks got a rep and made a good throw. Nevada obviously stuck with Cooks as the "quarterback" on the play and it worked to perfection. When you're a massive underdog, you need a little trickery to score the win, and this trick play ended up being the biggest play of the game. Honorable mentions to Daniel Brown's interception of Ryan Agnew in the red zone; SDSU being called for a hold when converting a fourth-and-1 down 10-10 with 14:10 remaining in the game; and Nevada's final stop on SDSU's fourth-and-12 on the Aztecs' final possession. Nevada made the biggest plays in the biggest moments and was rewarded for it.

It certainly can't hurt Nevada's confidence. I tend to believe each game is its separate entity and there isn't a ton of spillover from one game to the next, but the Wolf Pack probably didn't have a lot of confidence against higher-level opponents given what happened against Oregon, Hawaii, Utah State and Wyoming, so the SDSU win should help in that regard. The defense appears to be gelling at the right time, and the Wolf Pack will face a pair of teams (Fresno State and UNLV) that are a combined 2-8 in Mountain West action this season. The potential is there to win out, which would put the Wolf Pack at 8-4 overall, 5-3 in the MW and open the possibility of playing in the conference championship game. If all those things happen, it'd be hard to call 2019 anything but a success. As I wrote prior to the SDSU game, the season would be defined over what happened in the team's final three games. Good first step for the Wolf Pack.

I would guess Nevada loses to Fresno State but beats UNLV. I would not be shocked if Nevada went 2-0 in those games. I would not be shocked if Nevada went 0-2 in those games. The Mountain West is pretty even this season. Outside of UNLV and New Mexico, it feels like everybody could beat everybody. Wyoming took Boise State to overtime with its backup quarterback (Boise State also played its backup). The only thing we really know is the Mountain Division is way better than the West Division. By a lot. (The Mountain is 5-13 against the West this season).

The MW is up to five bowl-eligible teams already for five for-sure spots with Fresno State, Hawaii, Utah State, Colorado State and San Jose State still holding out hope in making a bowl. I would guess three of those teams do become bowl eligible. So, yes, I think it will take seven wins to get to a bowl, and I do think Nevada will get to those seven wins.

I'll answer the second part of the question first. Nevada does have a "real chance" of beating Fresno State and UNLV, although ESPN's FPI gives the Wolf Pack only a 4.3 percent chance of winning its last two games. The computers are still way down on the Wolf Pack. Fresno State is actually rated higher in the advanced metrics than San Diego State despite being 4-5 this season. The Bulldogs' offense is far more competent than SDSU's offense, so that will be a tough challenge.

As for Nevada's offense since Coach Norvell took over play-calling duties, the Wolf Pack has played one great defense (SDSU) and one horrible defense (New Mexico). Against New Mexico, Nevada tallied 21 points and 369 yards. On average, New Mexico allows 35.8 points and 490.1 yards per game. That was a below-average offensive game. Against SDSU, Nevada tallied 17 points and 226 yards. On average, SDSU allows 14.4 points and 277.1 yards per game. That was an average offensive game. This is all to say Nevada has not won the last two games because of the offense. The Wolf Pack has won because of the defense, which held New Mexico to 10 points and SDSU to 13. Against SDSU, Nevada got more than one first down on only three of its 12 possessions. Yes, Nevada will take 17 points against a stout Aztec defense, but I still have concerns about the team's offense, not just this year but into the future.

Coach Norvell has basically made the choice to "Not Screw Things Up" with the offense. He's leaning heavily on the defense and special teams and trying to play conservative on offense to limit turnovers, which Nevada has done the last two games (only one giveaway). It's been a successful mid-season change and was a good game plan against SDSU as the Aztecs made the crucial errors to lose the game while Nevada played smart, steady ball and got a great defensive effort.

It's best to have an offensive and defensive coordinator who call the game since the head coach already has a ton of responsibilities on game day. As I wrote last week, Nevada needs to get its offensive personnel, staff, scheme and play-calling all on the same page. Scoring 17 points against SDSU doesn't change that. If Nevada's defense didn't play stellar and the Wolf Pack lost 24-17 while gaining 226 yards and going 2-of-12 on third down, people would be irate about the offense. Fixing the offense remains the biggest offseason priority for Nevada in my estimation.

I will reiterate the offense has not been what I would call "good" in the last two games, so I would not be shocked to see some changes to the offensive coaching staff after the season as the Wolf Pack figures out philosophically what it wants to do.

Jeff Horton actually is a very nice man. That being said, he has been SDSU's offensive coordinator since 2015 and the Aztecs' offense has fallen off a cliff in the post-Donnel Pumphrey/Rashaad Penny era. SDSU's offense ranked in the top 50 of the nation in scoring in Horton's first three seasons as offensive coordinator but was 119th last season and is 112th this season. Horton was the fourth-highest-paid assistant coach in the MW last season, per the USA Today database, at $334,920. He has to get more out of his group than 20 points per game. I'm not sure why San Diego State has not unable to land a star-level quarterback in the Rocky Long era. It's their missing piece.

Nevada will return 10 offensive starters and six defensive starters (seven if E.J. Muhammad gets a sixth season of eligibility), so that's a good haul. The non-conference schedule includes UTEP (2-32 the last three seasons), Arkansas (fired its head coach this week), UC Davis (an FCS school) and USF (whose coach, Charlie Strong, is on the hotseat). Nevada also doesn't draw Boise State or Air Force in the cross-division matchup and has Fresno State and San Diego State at home. The schedule is favorable. Everything is set up for a strong 2020 season if Nevada gets its offense, and its offensive line, sorted out. That said, I don't see the Wolf Pack going heavy junior college on the line. Nevada already has four commitments from high school offensive linemen (full class here). Maybe they add one or two JC guys, but that doesn't appear to be the path.

In addition to the four above-mentioned prep offensive linemen, Nevada has six freshmen/redshirt freshman scholarship linemen from the last two classes, so it has been stocking that group with players it wants to groom over the long term. Cole Watts and Zac Welch seem to be keepers, but offensive linemen are hard to predict. A lot of them get hurt or wash out before making an impact. But the Wolf Pack has a good amount of numbers at the position. Fixing the line is task No. 1 for sustaining a high level of offensive production.

Among the senior draft-eligible class, cornerback Daniel Brown is probably the highest-rated prospect, although he did lose two games to a concussion, which will hurt his overall numbers. I could see linebacker Gabriel Sewell getting an undrafted free-agent spot. Punter Quinton Conaway could get into a rookie camp. Injuries have hit the senior class prospects hard with left tackle Jake Nelson (broken arm) and linebacker Lucas Weber (broken ankle) lost for the season and receiver Kaleb Fossum (shoulder) suffering what looked like a significant injury against SDSU. Most likely, Nevada doesn't have a player drafted, but if it does, I'd put my money on Brown.

They were tremendous. Those two helped take a SDSU offensive line that was struggling and make them look even worse. The defensive line not only did well in the run game, holding the Aztecs to 2.9 yards per carry, it also got a consistent pass rush on quarterback Ryan Agnew, who broke a number of tackles to avoid sacks, but the Wolf Pack line really helped the secondary by heating up Agnew. Having said that, those two (as a duo) are not in the class of Dontay Moch and Kevin Basped; Malik Reed and Korey Rush; and Ian Seau and Brock Hekking (featuring Lenny Jones), and that's just in recent seasons. It'd be hard to beat the duo of Moch and Basped in all-time Nevada history, although Charles Mann and Whoever The Hell He Played With were probably pretty good, too.

Nevada is hosting rival UNLV for a noon kickoff in the regular-season finale with potential West Division title implications while being broadcast on a hard-to-find channel (AT&T SportsNet). If the Wolf Pack doesn't draw at least 20,000 for the game, something is seriously wrong. Really, it should be a sellout (27,000), but it won't be. The UNLV game always used to be a near sellout, but Nevada drew only 17,359 for its last home game with UNLV in 2017. That was its lowest for a UNLV home game since 1989, and the crowds have been low this season. I'm going to guess the attendance for that game will be underwhelming.

Nevada has some of the cheapest season tickets in the conference. The prices are pretty steep for single-game chair-back seats, but there are affordable options in general admission (prices starting at $17 for non-premium games and $21 for premium games).

San Diego State has gotten off to the best start, although the Aztecs were picked to finish second in the MW in the preseason poll, so we were pretty high on them to start the year. There really hasn't been any dramatic upsets one way or the other. Utah State struggled with Montana State more than I thought it would but then destroyed Weber State. New Mexico has looked strong against lesser competition. Fresno State and Boise State getting crushed by Oregon was a little disappointing. San Jose State won a game, which is good. But I wouldn't tinker with my preseason picks based on the first week of play. The biggest development is probably Nevada losing Eric Parrish (forever) and Jalen Harris (due to injury) and Lindsey Drew looking like John Stockton.

Freshman year team: Drew, Cam Oliver, D.J. Fenner, Marqueze Coleman, Tyron Criswell, AJ West, Elijah Foster, Eric Cooper, Lucas Stivrins

Senior year team: Drew, Jazz Johnson, Jalen Harris, Nisre Zouzoua, Johncarlos Reyes, Zane Meeks, K.J. Hymes, Robby Robinson, Kane Milling

I'll give the edge to Drew's freshman team. More depth, more high-end talent, more skilled size in the post. It's worth noting KenPom gives the edge to this year's team, although it is still early.

I'll take Team (Kane) Milling, (Zane) Meeks and (K.J.) Hymes in a battle for the ages. But I'd take Matt Ochs, Sean Paul and Jason Eversteyn over both of these teams. The Trio of Towers would dominate.

I wouldn't play him. I would make sure Jalen Harris is 100 percent healthy before I put him back on the court. You don't want a nagging injury to a key player from November until March. We saw Caleb Martin try and play through a foot sprain (he only missed one game after injuring his foot against Colorado State) and it hurt his productivity at Nevada (he was still great) and probably his pro career, too. I do think you could see him back on the floor against USC on Saturday, but suiting up Tuesday for Texas-Arlington would be a stretch.

I would guess the USC game, although that'd be a quick turnaround for the next game, which is at Davidson on Tuesday, requiring a cross-country trip. It's good news the injury is the foot and not the ankle, but, again, I would avoid rushing him back. I want to see him full speed and pain free in practice before playing him in a game.

Over. Nevada says it has 7,220 season-ticket holders this season, so it will never announce a number below that since the Wolf Pack announces tickets distributed rather than actual attendance. Nevada will probably get 500-plus student fans for most home games, so I don't think you'll see many games announced under 8,000 this season (and that's before single-ticket purchases).

I do not know who picked the color, but it isn't an issue for the players on the court. It doesn't translate well on television or in the stands, but I don't think you'll see players unable to identify the line during the game. I'm guessing they went silver and blue for the school colors, but double blue would probably have been best for the fans. It is hard to see.

A reminder I was asked after the first exhibition game whether Zane Meeks would average 15 points and 10 rebounds per game this season. I wrote "Nevada would take seven points and five rebounds per game from Meeks, and that might even be pushing it." This is not to single-out Meeks by any means, but non-top-100 freshmen usually have up-and-down seasons (and even the elite freshmen usually have up-and-down seasons). That's too be expected. Coach Alford has coached some really young teams before (his 2016-17 UCLA team featured three freshmen among his top-four scorers), so this isn't new terrain for him. He hasn't said anything about focusing more on basics as a result of having a couple of freshmen in the rotation. I don't think it changes the approach that much. Even the veteran players on Nevada's roster are learning a new system after the coaching change, so install takes longer. But I do think it's important for Alford to continue to play the freshmen so they have in-game experience and get better as the season goes along. This team isn't getting an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, so growing and playing their best ball in March is the most important thing. Alford has shown a willingness to play the freshmen so far.

TeamRankings.com gives Nevada a 7.3 percent chance. It's going to come down to one week in Las Vegas in March. The Wolf Pack needs to peak late. The Mountain West Tournament has only provided Nevada a chance to stumble the last couple of seasons since it was an NCAA Tournament team for sure entering the last two events. It will be the opposite this season: all upside, little downside.

I'll give him a 15 percent chance. When Jalen Harris returns, his role will change a little. Drew doesn't have a 10-assist game in his career, and that's only one-third of the requirement for getting a triple-double. He has just four double-digit rebound outings in 101 college games. It's pretty hard to get a triple-double. That last time a Wolf Pack player recorded a triple-double was 1979 when Johnny High did so. Nevada has five triple-doubles in its history (all from 1971-79, so perhaps there was a generous score-keeper during that era).

His bloodlines will help. His father, Larry, has been an NBA head coach for three teams. His brother, Larry II, played in the league. He has excellent length for a point guard and does enough good things to find a niche in the league. Given his age, he's almost certainly an undrafted free agent, but I could see a team giving him a shot in training camp. He has the skills to play in the league. While I'm sure he wanted to play last season, getting a senior year as a showcase player (rather than a role player) will help his pro aspirations, just as it helped Cody Martin's pro aspirations to play point guard full time last season.

Jordan Caroline is listed on the roster of the South Bay Lakers, so he should appear for the team once he's rehabbed from foot surgery. Technically, he's no longer with the Lakers (he didn't sign a two-way deal), but he could get a call up from another NBA team if he plays well. The Lakers seem flush with guaranteed contracts, so I doubt he gets a call up from them this season.

That one is easy. It's JaVale McGee. He's already logged 12 NBA seasons, recording a PER of 19.5, which is well above average, and will probably squeeze out another five years. He has two NBA championships and could win another ring with the Lakers this season. I don't think Nevada will ever have a better NBA player than McGee.

Nevada was way behind the ball on the 2019 class and still behind the ball for the 2020 class, so you'll probably see an uptick in the recruiting star-quality of the prospects Nevada is going after in that class. But if the Wolf Pack uses all six scholarships available in the 2020 class Nevada will only have one scholarship to use in the 2021 class, barring transfers (Jalen Harris will be the team's only senior). The Wolf Pack is expected to sign four players Wednesday (Alem Huseinovic; PF DeAndre Henry; Daniel Foster; PG/SG Jelani Clark) and all of them are unrated on 247Sports.com. That seems to be freaking fans out, but Coach Alford must believe in his ability to develop talent over the years. Time will tell on that.

The ship has sailed on that one. And he was one of Nevada's four most-talented players along with Lindsey Drew, Jazz Johnson and Jalen Harris. Nevada basically had four proven Division I players entering the season in those four. Parrish was dismissed before the season began and Harris got hurt eight minutes into the first game. Not ideal. Nevada must exhibit a lot of grit this season given it is short on depth and experience.

For those who missed it, Utah beat Mississippi Valley State by 94 points the game after beating Nevada. That's the largest margin of victory in a Division I men's game ever. Mississippi Valley State was the lowest-ranked team in the nation entering the season, so I wouldn't read too much into it, but beating any team by 94 points is really difficult. Utah got some Top 25 votes this week, so if the Utes prove to be a good team, Nevada hanging close with them without Jalen Harris might help in terms of seeding if the Wolf Pack does sneak into the NCAA Tournament.

The Utes have a good team. I really like Timmy Allen and Both Gach, and Utah has a ton of length and is well coached. That said, I don't see the Utes being an NCAA Tournament team. Probably NIT. They're behind Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Colorado in the Pac-12 and in the second tier of the conference with USC, Arizona State, Oregon State and Stanford. The Pac-12 has averaged only 4.4 NCAA Tournament teams over the last seven seasons, so Utah could be an NIT team this season, although the future looks bright given the youth on that roster.

No. The Wolf Pack could certainly use his length and skill in the post, but Nevada wouldn't be close to the Top 25 with him. It would require Brown plus a Martin twin or Jordan Caroline to push the team into consideration for the Top 25.

As for your music question: What is the style of music being played in the Weekend at Bernie's 2 conga line dance? I pick whatever that it.

Here are the MW's three-way tiebreaker rules:

Tie Between Three or More Teams

In the event of a percentage tie for a divisional championship between three or more teams, the following comparison procedure shall be used until one or more teams gain an advantage:

a) Winning percentage in games played among the tied teams.

b) Winning percentage in games played against division opponents.

c) Winning percentage against the next highest-placed team in the division (based upon the team’s record in all games played in the Conference), proceeding through the division. (When comparing tied teams against positions lower in the standings that are also tied, those lower-tied positions shall be considered a single position for the purposes of comparison.)

d) Winning percentage against common Conference opponents.

e) Highest CFP ranking (or the composite of selected computer rankings if neither team is ranked in the CFP rankings) following the final week of Conference regular?season games.

If at any time during this analysis, any team(s) should gain an advantage over the other team(s) tied at that position, the team(s) holding the advantage shall move forward in the tiebreaking process while the other team(s) are eliminated. If it is reduced to a two-team tie at any point, the process shall then revert to the beginning of the tie-breaking procedures (tie between two teams) and shall be applied (in order) until the two-team tie is broken.

If Nevada, San Diego State and Hawaii were in a three-way tie at 5-3, Hawaii would win the division because that three-way tie at 5-3 would require Hawaii to beat SDSU, this Hawaii would be 2-0 versus Nevada and SDSU. The Wolf Pack's cleanest path to a division title is for the Wolf Pack to win out and SDSU to lose to Fresno State and beat Hawaii.

As for your second question, I don't see the playoff expanding to eight teams in the near future (the next five years), but I do think it will eventually happen.

Everybody knows who the Mountain West Flagship is (thanks to NSN cohort Anthony Resnick aka "The Res" for modeling the shirt).


This year is the first time I've seen that. I'm guessing it is just for the fans at the game to know how much time remains until play resumes. It has served as a reminder of how much time is wasted for media breaks.

Presumably to run a little more time off the clock when just kneeling wouldn't accomplish melting the remainder of the time left. There was 85 seconds left in the Nevada-SDSU game and the Aztecs had one timeout left, so the Wolf Pack probably could have milked the rest of the clock with three kneels (depending on the clock re-setter), but it was a close.

The NCAA limits the number of sideline passes teams get, so that would be tough. The Wolf Pack usually travels some key donors or advertisers to games to sit in the president/athletic director box, and that comes with free food and a good view, so there is some form of this.

No, but Mike Norvell might be.

(And Chad Morris will get $10 million after being fired, so the next time somebody tells you there isn't enough money to pay the players, you can call them a liar.)

Deonte Burton. While Cody Martin's dunk on the Celtics was great, the thing that separated Deonte Burton from the other great Nevada dunkers was his size. He was listed at 6-foot-1. It's hard to dunk over people at that size. So, for that, he'll always get the nod in situations like this.

I had no idea what a Flowbee was until now, and I wish I had the amount of hair Coach Alford has (and I'm 18 years younger than he is).

I don't know anything about Harry Potter. I haven't read any of the books, and I've only seen two of the movies. The Internet tells me there are four houses: Gryffindor; Hufflepuff; Ravenclaw; and Slytherin. I took this online test, and it said I was a Ravenclaw. This story says Ravenclaw is "the house that champions." I'll take it.

Location: Red Rocks Amphitheatre (which means limited tickets)

Headliners: Rage Against the Machine (day one); OutKast (day two); Pearl Jam (day three)

Openers: Jack Johnson, Incubus, Lupe Fiasco (day one); Young the Giants, alt-J, Kanye West (day two); Radiohead, The Roots, Bruno Mars (day three)

Food: Popeyes Chicken sandwich (which I have not had but people are getting in brawls over them, so I assume they are good)

Drinks: Stroh

I think it was Radiohead, but I don't actually remember. I should remember that.

No impact. The MW used to have a national television bonus if you played on ESPN or EPSN2. That played out as follows:

Under the MW’s national television bonus system, teams that play on ESPN or ESPN2 get a $500,000-per-game bonus for Saturday games and a $300,000-per-game bonus for a weekday game on ESPN or ESPN2. Also added are “inconvenience” fees. If a team is forced to play before noon or later than 7 p.m. in a non-bonus Saturday game, the host school gets $50,000. If a team is forced to play in a non-bonus weekday game, they get $100,000.

But that was done away with in 2016 when MW deputy commissioner Bret Gilliland said: “Three years in, as we evaluated it, the system’s not working the way we thought it would in terms of the bonus payment and inconvenience payouts because it’s not based on performance where you can play your way in. It’s based on TV windows. What we’re doing now is flushing out a concept of, ‘Can we get everybody else to equal distribution while at the same time maintain the obligations to Boise State?’” So it does not help Nevada financially to play a late game or play on ESPN/ESPN2.

Either Jeff Gordon or Richard Petty. It's a tossup. Both are in their primes.

So I just learned John Baxter is USC's special teams coach. Also, USC places 95th in Football Power Index's special teams rankings after placing 73rd in 2018 and 62nd in 2017. USC was 18th in those rankings in 2016 and Baxter was FootballScoop's "National Special Teams Coordinator of the Year" in 2011 in his first stint at USC. So maybe he didn't want to fire a coach who had proven he was good at his job (Baxter has been an FBS special teams coach from 1990-2019, three decades of service).

I would guess Alex Margulies because he's a play-by-play man and I'll assume he can contort his voice if need be. Sleeper would be Jenna Holland.

Lamar Jackson's offensive coordinator is Greg Roman, who also was the 49ers' offensive coordinator when Colin Kaepernick was the team's starter, so it's a very similar system. I don't think Kaepernick would be quite as dynamic as Jackson, whose completion percentage (65.9) and passer rating (101.7) are both higher than Kaepernick's career bests, but I do think Kaepernick would be a top-20 quarterback in the league if surrounded by good players and a creative staff. The longevity with a running quarterback is hard. Kaepernick slowed down. Cam Newton slowed down. Michael Vick slowed down. Robert Griffin III got hurt. Kordell Stewart's peak was short. Steve McNair was done at age 33. You have to evolve your game to avoid taking a bunch of hits, which I believe Kaepernick could have done that. Would he be playing at an MVP level like Jackson? No. But is he one of the best 32 quarterbacks on the planet? Yes.

Time to call up Scott Norwood.

The old saying is, "There are no bad questions," so I ask a lot of them, some of them probably bad. It's just what I do.

I didn't think I'd reach a day where sports fans were clamoring for a urinal trough. Perhaps they are a little faster, but the privacy is nil. I prefer regular urinals.

Don't worry. They're still picking over the Dodgers' leftovers to find their man like they did with the president of baseball operations search last season while landing on Farhan Zaidi. I'm sure they'll announce the hiring of another Dodger leftover, Gabe Kapler, soon. They're just figuring out how to spin to their fan base their hiring of a bunch of Dodgers to run their franchise. See y'all next week!

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