Is Sirianni's 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' Remark a Sign of New Coach's 'Naivete'?

Mike Lombardi joins Angelo Cataldi and the Morning to discuss new Philadelphia Eagles Coach Nick Sirianni's recent press conference comments

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- I'm not sure, Angelo, that was a great example to try to derive competitiveness from people. I think that I don't even know how to play rock, paper, scissors with my grandson, so I think that's a challenge. And I think that, if he's using that as a criteria for who is competitive and who isn't, I think he's got himself open for a huge radius of making a mistake.

- All right, but we are sensing, that the detractors-- [? R ?] and I liked it. But the detractors are saying that is exposing his naivete as a rookie coach. Is that, basically, what you tell us, Mike?

- Yeah, I don't think you-- look, we're in the information business. And you've got to use things that really tell you, like if I read that kid's high school background, I could tell you more about his competitiveness than I could playing rock, paper, scissors. I could. I could read his high school background.

I could talk to somebody at his high school, and I could find out. To me, the worst thing you want to do is begin with a narrative. So here's what happens. If you play rock, paper, scissors, which has no visual effect or any certainty to it whatsoever, and you determine this guy isn't very competitive, then you start collecting data to support your negative thought.

- Ah.

- When, if you just go through it and say, OK, let me just never begin with the end in mind. But once you start, it's like a judge in a case. If he believes the person's guilty, as he's sitting on the trial, he's going to listen to only the evidence that supports this case. You can't do that. You have to be open minded.

- It's a great argument, Mike.