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I’m wondering what the long-game is here for Dan Quinn, who announced Thursday he is staying on as the Cowboys’ D.C. Clearly, Quinn could have landed a head coaching job with one of several teams, but chose to stay in Dallas for now.

My first reaction yesterday was that perhaps Quinn had been told by Joneses’ Incorporated that he would ascend to the coaching throne after Mike McCarthy got whacked sometime in the next few days. But as I type this at 3:11 a.m. Friday there are multiple media reports that McCarthy has kept his job. For now, I will presume those reports are accurate.

Quinn wants, expects and deserves to once again be an NFL head coach. And he almost certainly will be. With experience comes wisdom, and Quinn now knows now that among the 32 NFL head coaching jobs are some lemons.

But Dan is rolling the dice. He did a magnificent job with the Cowboys’ D this season, and is clearly a player favorite (on both sides of the ball.) But as they say in the financial industry, “Prior results are no guarantee of future success.” The Cowboy roster will look much different in 2022. Maybe Quinn’s decision to stay will help Dallas hold onto some key free agents. But maybe that defense slides back to the middle of the pack and Quinn becomes yesterday’s news.

Cue Jerry Reed. “When you hot, you hot. When you not, you not…”

Danny Q. just walked up to the craps table.

Could the Bears and Broncos have been any more predictable? Chicago just fired an offensive-minded head coach in Matt Nagy. So naturally the Bears replaced him with a defensive “guru,” now former Colts’ D.C. Matt Eberflus.

Denver just parted ways with Vic Fangio, who built a studly defense, but whose offense couldn’t score even on prom night. There was never a doubt that the Broncos would yank the steering wheel the other direction and go offense this time around. Enter Nathaniel Hackett, who comes to Denver after an impressive stint as the Packers’ offensive coordinator. The problem for the Broncos is that Hackett cannot play quarterback. Yeah..that’s a problem.

Yeah, but I can go conspiracy theory on you for a few minutes. Hmmm…could Aaron Rodgers wind up in the Mile High City?  Or am I high for even thinking that?

I’m starting to think Brady is through. He is saying things he has never before said following a season.

Big Ben is now officially through. Three SB appearances, two rings. My lasting snapshot of his 18-year career with the Steelers? The throw he made to Santonio Holmes to beat the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, also known as 43. That was the single dangedest throw I ever saw.

We’ll start breaking down the conference championship games tomorrow morning. Happy Friday, all!

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Paul's Bio

I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.