In the latest edition of “Football Nation Today,” Alex talks about the latest news around the world of the NFL:

1st Down: Alex briefly talks about the top storylines from last weekend’s wild card games, including how shocked he is that so many national football pundits are letting Mike Shanahan off the hook for his handling of Robert Griffin III last Sunday.  Shanahan was negligent and irresponsible in his handling of Griffin over the past month, Alex says, and it cost the Redskins the game last Sunday.

Looking ahead to this week’s divisional match-ups, Alex talks about what he thinks the most underplayed storyline in football is: Peyton Manning’s track record of choking in the postseason. 

Alex also says Matt Ryan has the most pressure on him out of any playoff QB, the Texans don’t have the mentality to compete with the Patriots and he tries to prognosticate the stellar Packers/49ers game.

2nd Down: The NFL coaching carousal was in the headlines again this week, with Chiefs and Bills hiring Andy Reid and Doug Marrone to fill their coaching vacancies.  Alex gives his opinion on those hires, and shares his epiphany on what kind of coach every team with a coaching opening should be looking to hire.

3rd Down: In the “Big Up or Slow Down” segment, Alex debates whether Ray Lewis had a right to steal the show at the end of last week’s Ravens win, if a Dan Shaughnessy column will fire up the Texans and if the Jets are setting themselves up for further disaster by forcing their next general manager to keep Rex Ryan as head coach.

4th Down: In the “Reimer Rant,” Alex rants about the backlash Brent Musburger’s comments about AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, have caused over the past couple of days.  Apparently in today’s society, calling a woman “beautiful” is grotesque and inappropriate.  Why are people so soft?

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