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April 10, 2024 15 mins

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Hosts Jamie Erdahl, Kyle Brandt, Peter Schrager, and Jason McCourty discuss the need for the Dolphins to give Tua Tagovailoa a contract extension.  How long will the Dolphins' championship window stay open?  Plus, NFL Prospect Ricky Pearsall was tabbed as the biggest riser after the Combine.  Ricky explains what he brings to the NFL.

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Speaker 1 (00:04):
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Speaker 2 (00:22):
Good Morning Football.

Speaker 3 (00:24):
Hey, everybody, this is Good Morning Football. That's Jason mccordy,
That's Peter Scheger.

Speaker 4 (00:29):
I'm Jamie rt All.

Speaker 3 (00:30):
Hang ty, Kyle, get your takes ready to fire. Ian Rappaport,
Good morning to you again. Where do you want to
take us?

Speaker 4 (00:36):
First?

Speaker 5 (00:37):
The Dolins don't have a ton of money to spend
in free agency, but they are expected to spend this
offseason Gentlemenager Chris Greer has been, let's say, pretty open
about the desire for a long term contract extension for
Tua Tagovailoa. I know there is hope for Tua that
this gets done around the spring, so we can just
focus on spring drills, OTAs and all of that. Sometimes

(00:57):
these things don't always happen like you want, but surely
this is something that is very much on the Dolphins radar.

Speaker 4 (01:04):
As it should be.

Speaker 3 (01:05):
I thank you so much, talking a little bit to
a tongue of Ailoa extension talk.

Speaker 4 (01:09):
What does this mean for the Dolphins right now and beyond?

Speaker 3 (01:12):
But also maybe a look back at what Tua has
or has not accomplished in Miami.

Speaker 2 (01:16):
I like that.

Speaker 6 (01:17):
I look back and you think about the journey that
Too has been on since he joined the Miami Dolphins
and Brian Flores was his head coach, and there was
a roller coaster ride coming in and it had Ryan
Fitzpatrick there at the beginning, and there were doubts and
there were times that Too even said it where he
started to doubt whether he was going to be a
quality quarterback in this league. Enter Mike McDaniel, and Too

(01:38):
has just continued to skyrocket and an upward trend of
We saw him have two of his best seasons. Yes,
he got injured a year ago. This year, played every
single game and continued that streak of being able to
get the ball out to whether it was Jalen Waddle
or Tyreek Hill, Pro Bowl type of season. And he's
continued to perform and he's earned the contract that is
coming to him. Now, you say, what does that mean
for the Miami Dolphins. We watched over the last few years,

(02:01):
Chris Grid, general manager, trade away picks, going to get
a guy like Tyreek Hill and surrounding tool with the
talent that he has. Once you pay two of talking
about Lowell a new contract and you put them amongst
those top quarterbacks in the NFL. That takes away from
the rest of your team. They've already lost a ton
of guys, whether they've had to release guys or left
in free agency on the defensive side of the ball

(02:23):
this offseason already, So as you look at how you're
making up a team and you want at Christian Wilkins
signed one of the biggest deals for the defensive tackle.
They had to release Ova, Xavier Howard, Jerome Baker, and
then Brandon Jones and Van Ginko have left. And that's
not even talking about the two guys at the bottom
of that screen who are not gonna be there at
the beginning of the season due to injury. They've been
able to have some quality pickups like Shaquille Barrett, Jordan Poyer,

(02:46):
who raptually just talked to you about. But for this
team now, it's a different error for tool because now
you're gonna be walking in and you have to go
out there and win games in the playoffs. You're going
the role that you're playing in Kansas City, You're gonna
need more than seven points. They're not gonna be surrounded
with as much talent because now You're gonna need those
drafts to hit a guy like camp Smith they drafted

(03:06):
in the second round, cornerback out of South Carolina. You
cut a guy like Xavier Howard, you resigned Nick need them,
but now you need those guys to show up and
perform like a Devon a chan Did or Jalen Waddle
or Jalen Phillips or Javon Holland you're gonna need those
guys the draft picks that you do have to go
out there and perform right away because some of that
money's going to be going to your quarterback.

Speaker 7 (03:25):
You always talk about the Bills miss this window. The
Bills missed this window because now their players are kind
of the sunsets of their careers and they've had all
these opportunities. But I look at the Dolphins. They had
two on that rookie deal, and they had Tyreek, and
they had Waddle and they had Wilkins, and all these
guys hadn't hit it big yet. What happens with the
team is when you have individual success like these guys
all have, you have the opportunities to leave, and sometimes

(03:47):
the loyalty to the squad is not going to outweigh
the loyalty to your family and to the dollars. And
in this case Christian Wilkins, no one can shake a hand.
They didn't want to pay him. They didn't pay him
that big bucks that he had the opportunity last year
to get that big extension. So now you're seeing these
players leave, and I think Monday was like a blood
bath for the Dolphins. Tuesday they bounced back a little
bit and they brought in some talent. Once you pay

(04:08):
two of though, you certainly get limited on what you
can do around to and you need to hope and
pray that you draft the talent these quarterbacks. Like with
the exception of Mahomes, very few times do you see
a team add more talent and get much better once
they do give them that big payday. Even Joe Burrow,
we're seeing it now. T Higgins might be a casualty
tyler Boyd. We don't know, Like this is what happens

(04:31):
once you pay them. And if you're gonna pay Jalen
Hurts fifty million dollars, you can't bring back everybody. Hey,
you can get Saquon, but you better believe there's gonna
be questions down the line as to who's getting paid next.
So to me a long story short, like this team
is great. In September, October, and November, they had a
week eighteen game against the Buffalo Bills at home on
Sunday night to clinch a number two seed in the playoffs,
and they lost, and then they know it wasn't even

(04:52):
worth talking about the playoff game where they lost thirty
to seven in the cold. Do you pay to a
base on those two performances. No, but you pay him
on the fact that he's getting it to that point.
And now you just have to hope his game the
elevates even more. You can draft better or und him
because you're not signing any free agents for twenty five
million dollars anymore.

Speaker 3 (05:07):
Let's look at what some of those names that you
just listened that they're making right now because that specific
draft class the twenty twenty I was intrigued by, because
this is like when the clock is starting to tick on,
like you have to pay the names and what they've
given you. Now look at where two assists compared to
and essentially what he is going to be arguing for
in comparison to what Burrow and Herbert got paid.

Speaker 4 (05:30):
And with what Jalen has been able to accomplish now.

Speaker 3 (05:32):
The Jordan love thing is curious because he reconfigured and
he'd signed a fifth year it was what was it,
Peter's like a one year deal and it was worth that,
but it bought them time and it made him me
feel value.

Speaker 7 (05:43):
It was one of those we're going to let you
bet on yourself, yeah, have to say. And now he's
going to crush that, no doubt about it.

Speaker 3 (05:48):
My questiondn't to write exactly my question with Tua, and
this kind of pertains to what the Giants have done
over the last forty eight hours, is they let Xavier
McKinney go.

Speaker 4 (05:56):
They let they let some pretty.

Speaker 3 (05:58):
Prominent guys walk away a Saquon Barkley. Those aren't Joe
Shane guys. So is to a tongue of iolo a
Mike McDaniel guy. Is he an offense?

Speaker 4 (06:07):
That is he a quarterback that works within a Mike
McDaniel offense.

Speaker 7 (06:10):
I think Mike's been not only guardian angel for Tua,
I think he's been his news. The two of these guys,
they have a great connection and it's like Mike went
into that job when he interviewed it was him and
Kellen Moore were the finalists for that job, and I
know Mike's whole pitch was like, I want to work
with Tua. I don't want Watson, I don't want these
other guys like I want Tua and I could see
what he can do. And I think Tuas had two

(06:31):
great years, So yeah, I think he is to a guy,
and I think the alternative like we know, like we've mentioned,
all right, you're gonna draft someone with what picked and
the Dolphins, right you got And I.

Speaker 6 (06:41):
Was a report d D k Canballa said that when
Mike McDaniel got there, he showed to a seven hundred
plays of himself and was just like, this is.

Speaker 2 (06:48):
Why I want to work with you.

Speaker 6 (06:49):
You are a very good player and it's coming to fortune.

Speaker 4 (06:52):
Mm hmmm.

Speaker 3 (06:52):
Kyle, your thoughts on what Tua has created for himself
in Miami in terms of getting paid in the future, Well,
I think.

Speaker 8 (06:58):
You guys are all over. I think too is the future.
I know McDaniel's the future. He is the guy who
is really changed everything and not just the Exus and OS.
I mean I feel like he's just changed that whole team,
that whole city in so many ways, so talk is cheap.

Speaker 2 (07:12):
He came in and he liked too. Of course he
liked Tua.

Speaker 8 (07:14):
Toua was on the team, he was under contract, he
was young, and he was cheap becase he still liked Tua.
And does he love Tua? Because this is the time, Mike,
you're not going anywhere. We hope you're our coach for
the next twenty years. If you want Tua for the
next five, six, seven, then step.

Speaker 2 (07:29):
Up and say let's play Tua.

Speaker 8 (07:31):
I think he controls the entire thing, and I imagine
he probably will because listen, I think we also have
to give to a bunch of credit here. All we
did un till we were blue in the face last
year and the off seat to say can you stay healthy?

Speaker 2 (07:42):
Can you stay healthy? He's great? Can you stay healthy?
Played every single game.

Speaker 8 (07:44):
He did an incredible job of being out there, protecting himself,
playing smarter, playing better.

Speaker 2 (07:49):
He played well. The Dolphins were back in the playoffs.

Speaker 8 (07:52):
I just think if you're a Dolphins fan, or certainly
if you're a Dolphins check writer, it's tough to look
at Tua because he has the problem of contrast between
the optics. It's like he's not as impressive physically as
Josh Allen.

Speaker 2 (08:04):
No one really is.

Speaker 8 (08:05):
He's not an alien like Mahomes, No one really is.
He hasn't won like Burrow. It's just he hasn't yet.
So even though he's been impressive and he's likable and
he's a leader and he puts up good stats, it's
just like those other killers in the AFC are so great.
And you have to say, if you're the Dolphins, all right, like,
can we see Tua getting into a Super Bowl? We're
gonna get through that gauntlet? And if not, do we
really want to pay him one hundred some who knows

(08:26):
how many millions of dollars?

Speaker 2 (08:28):
And do we have a choice. I don't know. Like Peter,
you were kind of dancing around this.

Speaker 8 (08:31):
We're in this age now of well, we love those
rookie contracts, and if we don't think we can win
a Super Bowl, let's do something completely nuclear and change
course and start over. Do you think the Dolphins have
the makeup in the front office and ownership to make
that big of a decision and say, we love you, Tua,
but we just we don't want to marry you, and
we don't think we can win a Super Bowl with you,
So we're going to control all delete this.

Speaker 2 (08:51):
Entire thing and move on. I just don't know if
they have that in him.

Speaker 7 (08:54):
I could be wrong, and I think you're referring to Look,
Kenny Pickett was given a year and mac Jones was
given three years, and it's like, it's just not happening.
Let's move on, Like what are we doing? Why are
we delaying the inevitable, Let's bring in some competition, Let's
get radio all together. I feel like that window kind
of closed for two That was last year or the
year before. Now you're at this point where, gosh, he's
Takken m to the playoffs two years in a row. Kyle,
I understand what you're saying. Are we going Are we

(09:15):
winning a Super Bowl with Tua tongue of VLOA? I
don't know, but the alternative is a lot.

Speaker 3 (09:21):
Scared, right, I think to the Gauntlet not only is
challenging in the AFC, but it may have gotten an
even wider playing field with Herbert now having Harbaugh as
his head coach and whatever Harba can do on that
side of things.

Speaker 9 (09:34):
Out on the West Coast.

Speaker 8 (09:47):
Morning Football, our next guest is one of the top
wide receivers in this year's draft class. He's open to
hear his name called the Detroit at the twenty twenty
four NFL Draft. Please welcome out at the University of Florida.

Speaker 2 (10:01):
Ricky Pierson up.

Speaker 9 (10:04):
On.

Speaker 10 (10:04):
Thank you for having We're thrilled to have you.

Speaker 8 (10:06):
We love having you, especially since, dude, you turn heads,
you turn hands. In indian a couple of weeks ago
at the Combine, the Bizarre of the Combine, Daniel Jeremiah
our colleague.

Speaker 2 (10:15):
You were his biggest riser.

Speaker 8 (10:16):
Number one on his top fifty after the.

Speaker 2 (10:19):
Combine, So, in other words, you crushed it.

Speaker 8 (10:21):
How do you feel about everything, how everything went in Indianapolis.

Speaker 11 (10:24):
Yeah, I feel like the Combine was a great opportunity
for myself. I just wanted to go out there and
show my explosiveness. I feel like I did just that.
Even though I feel like I could run a little
bit faster my forty time, I feel like I was
able to get a lot out of this.

Speaker 2 (10:37):
So I love that.

Speaker 6 (10:38):
And you ran a four four one. Oh, that's plenty
fast enough. You jumped well, you did everything great at
the Combine. And when you turn your film all an
elite route runner at that as you look at your
game and you evaluate yourself, what would you say is
the strongest part of your game as a wide receiver.

Speaker 11 (10:53):
Yeah, I feel like my versatility is one of my
strong suits, being able to play outside of being able
to play inside. I think another thing is my detailed
miss you know, throughout the week working, I feel like
I'm a detailed worker and that kind of just comes
with all the route running stuff too, just detailed my
route running game and how I study film.

Speaker 10 (11:09):
So I think that all plays apart.

Speaker 7 (11:11):
Ricky, what's up man? Big fan of yours? And before
the combine I was talking about you, and I got
to give credit to our producer Sean Coppolakis, who works
at the NFL Network, and was like all season long,
like are you watching Ricky Piersoll?

Speaker 12 (11:24):
Are you seeing what's doing? And then you actually had
that incredible COMBA week. But I got to go back
to one of my favorite catches of the entire seasons.
You guys against Charlotte last year. You know where I'm going,
the one handed grab. Can you take us through this play?
And this is your Odell Beckham moment? What exactly was
going through your mind? And then after you brought it down.

Speaker 7 (11:45):
How shocked or maybe how not surprised you were that
you held on for this one.

Speaker 11 (11:49):
No, for sure, it wasn't that thing that I was
thinking about before the play. Oh yeah, I'm gonna go
over with one hand and catch it. But we had
a sam read and they had a middle closed. Look
one high and they're gonna cover three. And I knew
I had to keep my scene vertical.

Speaker 10 (12:01):
So I did that. Grandpa. The ball up in the air,
and I knew I just go up there and make
a play.

Speaker 11 (12:05):
I will say though, when the ball was in there,
I was thinking, I'm gonna go out here with one
hand and go get it.

Speaker 10 (12:09):
So I did just that.

Speaker 3 (12:10):
Yeah, okay, but then there's catching it with one hand.
But then it really seems like you made a business
decision to not bring the other hand to be involved whatsoever.
And you're just like, I'm a pro and I'm just
gonna maintain this ball with one hand. Did you do
that on purpose or was that just part of being
tackled and whatnot, because that is skill.

Speaker 4 (12:27):
In and of itself.

Speaker 10 (12:28):
Yeah, I don't know what got into me. I just
knew the ball was.

Speaker 11 (12:30):
In the air and I had to go get it,
and when the ball is lofted, I was like, go
up and make a legendary play. So I did just that,
and then obviously I took a hit too, So I
was just thinking get up and my dad was fourth
row on the fifth piece. So when I got up,
out staying right at him, and he was going crazy,
so hyped me up a little bit.

Speaker 4 (12:44):
Hell, that's awesome. That's awesome. Right. Dad's been watching you
for a long time.

Speaker 3 (12:48):
He watched you go to Florida after you spent three
seasons at Arizona State.

Speaker 4 (12:52):
You were catching balls at the time from Jayden and Daniels.

Speaker 3 (12:54):
Now, because of college football, you guys go your different directions.
Jayden Daniels projected to go somewhere in the top three
in this year's draft in late April. What was it
like playing with him and why is he? He's a
great guy to have it.

Speaker 4 (13:05):
On a team.

Speaker 10 (13:05):
Yeah, it was an honor to play with him.

Speaker 11 (13:07):
Really, Like everybody knows he's a talented kid, talented player.
I knew that since he was a freshman coming at ASU,
and just to see what he's accomplished, you know, I'm
super proud of him. I just was super impressed with
his boys ever since he got into college football, and
I think I just want to highlight just how good
of a friend he is to me and how good.

Speaker 10 (13:24):
Of a team it is to me.

Speaker 11 (13:25):
We still communicate to this day, so you know, whoever
gets him is going to be really lucky.

Speaker 8 (13:29):
That's really cool of you to say. I love that,
and I think you're right. You also mentioned your dad.
We're talking about Ricky Senior, and as the story goes,
he taught you how to catch when you were two
years old.

Speaker 2 (13:40):
Tell us about what.

Speaker 8 (13:41):
You remember of growing up and learning football as a
little kid.

Speaker 10 (13:45):
Yeah, he's really the reason why I love the score.

Speaker 11 (13:47):
He introduced it to me at a young age, and
there's like a little story that came out where he
was feeding me skittles each time I caught the ball.
So that just shows you know how much work he
put into me. And you know, I can't thank him enough.
Everything I know really in the game of football is
because of him, and I owe it all to him.
So being able to get back to him and get
back to myself throughout this process is really important to me.

Speaker 6 (14:05):
I love that I'm pretturing two year old Ricky catching
a pass and then grabbing a red skintll throwing it in.

Speaker 2 (14:10):
Let's go.

Speaker 6 (14:11):
I lead you all the way to here where we're
six weeks away from the NFL Draft, and the beauty
of this show is his on in every building, all
thirty two teams are watching us right now. I want
you to tell whichever team is tuned in listening, sitting
down in the cafeteria something right now, why they should
draft Ricky Piersol.

Speaker 11 (14:28):
Yeah, for sure. I just want to start my competitiveness.
I feel like I compete on a daily and you know,
I'm a winner. I want to win at the end
of the day. So I feel like I'll help a
team win. Come right away and you know, be to
come into the building and compete. And I feel like
I've already been operating like a pro even since day one,
So I'm a pro before I even became a pro.
And I feel like that's why I team should come
get me, you know, even off the fee to operate,

(14:48):
the pro and the work that I put in is
just like a pro.

Speaker 10 (14:51):
So I feel like that's the reason why you should
come get me.

Speaker 8 (14:53):
It's a great reason. I gonna have another reason here
A little television reason. Guys, Ricky right now is holding
his phone and he has for the whole interview.

Speaker 2 (15:00):
That thing hasn't bounced once.

Speaker 8 (15:02):
This is the steadiest damn hand I've ever seen, Ricky.

Speaker 2 (15:06):
If you play like you hold that phone, you're Jerry Rice.
It's over.

Speaker 8 (15:09):
Get him the first overall, Ricky, pearsoft, you love Go
get him?

Speaker 2 (15:14):
Yeah, I like Rickeye.

Speaker 4 (15:18):
We appreciate it.
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