CBS Sports NFL analyst London Fletcher did something very important on Wednesday: He became the first guest in Gio and Jones history.
“So, I’m the first guest ever?” Fletcher asked. “Oh man, the pressure is on – and I love it.”
Don’t worry, London. You did great.
Fletcher dropped by to discuss the NFL playoffs, and we’ve truly got four great games on tap this weekend, most notably Dallas at Green Bay on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Cowboys were a perfect 8-0 on the road this year, while the Packers were a perfect 8-0 at home.
Something’s got to give in this game, but which one will?
“Man, you talk about an exciting game,” Fletcher said. “You’re talking about the Cowboys and the Packers – two storied franchises getting at it on Sunday. At first glance, I want to say the Packers (will win) just because of Aaron Rodgers and what they’ve been able to do at home. But if anybody can go into Green Bay and win a game, it’s the Cowboys when you think about their formula: run the ball, opportunistic defense, create turnovers, things like that. They can do that.”
Yes, they can – even though they almost didn’t survive the Wild Card round. Dallas overcame a 14-0 deficit against Detroit to beat the Lions, 24-20, this past Sunday, and a reversed pass interference call may or may not have had a lot to do with it.
“I think about that play, that non-call against the Detroit Lions where maybe a play like that is something that propels the Cowboys to a Super Bowl victory,” Fletcher said. “Later on (we might be) looking back like, ‘(What if) that play had gone differently?’ But it’s going to be an exciting game, something I’m looking forward to watching.”
In other news, Mike Shanahan’s name has been tied to several head-coaching vacancies, including Oakland and Buffalo. Would Fletcher, who played for Mike Shanahan in Washington, hire the 62-year-old?
“Oh, I’d hire him in an instant,” Fletcher said. “I loved playing for Coach Shanahan. I think he knows what he’s doing. Obviously he’s won two Super Bowls as a head coach and another as an offensive coordinator. He knows how to win; he knows how to build an organization, build a team. I think if you’re the Chicago Bears, the San Francisco 49ers – even the Buffalo Bills, (who are) trying to fix your offense – you got a guy who’s a proven offensive genius. Bring him in there.
“I really like him going to San Francisco or Chicago because of the history with Jay Cutler, but you got (Colin) Kaepernick out in San Francisco,” Fletcher continued. “You want to get him and take him to the next level. So what’s his strength? He’s an athletic guy. What type of offense does Shanahan run? A lot of edge type runs, boot legs, things like that. Let him do those things. The stretch running game and the bootlegs and play-action off of that and get a deep-ball threat – he would be a great fit.”