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I will applaud Lil’ Abner for finding a way to keep Dan Quinn. To me, there would have been a better way to hold on to Quinn, that being to promote him to head coach and kick Mike McCarthy to the curb. But Quinn is staying in his role as defensive coordinator, which is vitally important to the Cowboys’ chances of holding on to some key free agents this offseason. 

Still uncertain is whether OC Kellen Moore will be back. Moore has interviewed for five head coaching jobs but is not considered the front-runner for any of them.

The Giants are becoming “Bills East.” First, they hired former Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen as their new g.m. Now comes word that the G-men have named former Bills OC Brian Daboll as their new head coach. (Will this impact the Bills’ Super Bowl quest at all? Will it affect Josh Allen going forward?)

Maybe this will provide some structure to the Giants organization. They’ve been more unstable than a francium atom (a little fun chemistry on a Saturday morning). Big Blue has fired three straight coaches after just two seasons or less, with Joe Judge the latest to get the boot.

Niners left tackle Trent Williams says he is going to play Sunday against the Rams. Williams has not practiced this week because of his injured ankle. But he says he’s playing, period. Do you disbelieve Trent Williams?

And that’s symbolic of why I’m riding with SF in the NFC Championship Game. Ultimately, I think the Niners are just tougher than the Rams. More tomorrow.

AFC? Heck, I ain’t crazy.


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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.