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Despite their almost DNA-driven propensity to screw things up, the Texans got it right. Despite themselves. They finally figured out that the right guy, for right now, was right in the building. First you have to keep things from getting worse.

Lovie will do that. 

There’s a reason why we call the obvious the obvious. Because it’s obvious.

So, we’ll start with the obvious.

The Bengals are going to have a very difficult time protecting Burrow from the Rams’ pass rush.

But here’s the other side of the “obvious” equation. The Bengals have had a hard time protecting Burrow from a stiff breeze, and yet here Cincy is in SB 56, and with a decent chance to win it.

Yes, LA overcame the Niners by scoring 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game. But SF had beaten the Rams in their previous six meetings, and had the right game plan once again to beat them a seventh time. They just let it get away.

But the Niners have figured out the right formula to beat the Rams.  Run the ball. Keep running the ball. How many times you run it can be more important than how many yards you gain running it. Stay with it. Throw a bazillion screen passes of all descriptions. Quick play action. Slants. Wheel routes out of the backfield.

And then, when you have a chance for a deep shot, hit it. Jimmy G. missed those open downfield shots.

Burrow won’t miss. And that’s Ja’Marr Chase he’ll be heaving it to.

And if TE C.J. Uzomah is cleared to play, he can gash the Rams in the seam.

But the key to Bengal offensive success Sunday will be Joe Mixon. If he gets 75 yards rushing and another 50 receiving, Cincy could be sitting pretty.

Tomorrow. A look at the Rams offense.

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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.