The ultimate destination for all things pro football. Led by one of the most influential storytellers in all of sports media, three-time American Sportswriter of the Year Peter King delivers an access-driven experience that brings fans into the locker room, the press box and the front office with the biggest influencers in professional football. Fans can listen in on in-depth conversations with the biggest names in football that they haven’t heard before to get a fresh, new and intimate experience on America’s most popular sport. King also delves into other topics and other sports, particularly in the off-season.
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Kingsbury on the genesis of his seven-year relationship with Kyler Murray, on offering the 5-foot-5 Murray a scholarship as a sophomore in high school, on his hopes for Murray as an NFL quarterback, and whether he feels bad that Josh Rosen had to twist in the wind because of the Cardinals drafting Murray.Keim on when he knew Murray would be the team's pick, on navigating the Murray/Rosen/NFL-needing-drama-as-a-TV-show entering the draft, and how he kept the Murray pick a secret.
Fangio on committing to Joe Flacco as his quarterback in Denver, on committing to making the first-round trade that netted the Broncos tight end Noah Fant, and on being a defensive head coach in a league now dominated by offensive minds running teams.
Schrager on why the Chiefs went all-in on pass-rusher Frank Clark and made the huge deal for him with Seattle, on where he thinks the Cardinals will go at number one, on the dynamic in Oakland between Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock and what it will mean with the three first-round picks, and on where the top quarterbacks will go.
Legwold, author of a highly respected (by NFL coaches and scouts) top 100 players entering the NFL Draft, on three of his compelling rankings: Alabama tackle Jonah Williams (5), Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (20) and Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (45) ... and on the risky draft principle too many teams will use In this draft.
An in-depth look at how the NFL schedule got made, from inside the small bunker on the fifth floor of league offices where the 256-game schedule was finalized on Wednesday. Interviews with the five-member NFL scheduling team--Howard Katz, Mike North, Onnie Bose, Blake Jone and Charlotte Carey--on what went into the strange rubic. And much on the TV networks hungering after the new NFL darlings: the Cleveland Browns.
Dunne, on the aftermath of his explosive story about the problems in Green Bay that led to a mediocre record since mid-2015 and the firing of coach Mike McCarthy, on how new coach Matt LaFleur will work with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and on how the new Packers will proceed after the firings of GM Ted Thompson and McCarthy in successive years.
Lombardi, on what he learned from working with Bill Walsh and Bill Belichick over his 35-year career around the NFL, on how he'd approach this draft if he were scouting 5-10 Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, and the new vocation he's beginning--hosting a new podcast (with co-host Adnan Virk) called "The GM Shuffle" for Cadence 13.
Throughout his three-decade long career with the NFL, Mike Lombardi worked as an NFL executive with the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and Oakland Raiders alongside NFL legends including Bill Belichick, Bill Walsh and Al Davis.
On The GM Shuffle, Lombardi and co-host Adnan Virk will tackle a wide range of topics weekly within the world of the NFL and break down everything listeners and fans need to know about players, coaches, organizations, the draft, free agency, and all the NFL storylines in a way that only they could with the success and credibility they bring to the podcast audience.
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Schrager on a surprise quarterback for the Giants in this draft, and taking a wide-angle view of the NFL post-free agency and pre-draft, including all things Kyler Murray.
Ketover on the NFL’s media plans for the 100th season in league history, and one program in particular—a Peyton Manning series touching and feeling the history of the NFL.
Coaches Kyle Shanahan (Niners), Andy Reid (Chiefs), Sean Payton (Saints) and Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston.
Shanahan on the status of rehabbing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and his relationship with GM John Lynch.
Payton on the international empathy of Saints fans and non-Saints fans after the botched call in the NFC title game.
Reid on the status of Tyreek Hill on the 2019 Chiefs.
Curran, the veteran Patriots reporter, on all things Gronkowski, and on the futures of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Battista, veteran of many NFL annual meetings, previews the meetings, starting this weekend in Phoenix—including the proposed rules change designed to eliminate gigantic errors such as one that influenced the outcome of the NFC title game in New Orleans. She also discusses the aftermath of Pittsburgh’s tumultuous offseason.
Garofolo on how he broke the Odell Beckham Jr. trade story, on why the Giants made the deal with Cleveland, on lessons for journalism students in his reporting, and on who Kahzin Daniels is, and why he matters in the lead-up to the NFL draft this year.
Rosenhaus on the story behind the story of his client Antonio Brown-to-the-Bills story that never happened, on the inside story of how Brown went to Oakland, on how the Sammy Watkins contract affected the Brown market, on how the Brown talks with Oakland were at an impasse at midday last Friday, on what broke the impasse, and on the future another client—New England tight end Rob Gronkowski. McShay on the Kyler Murray factor in the 2019 draft heading into Murray’s Pro Day, on why he loves defensive lineman Quinnen Williams more than any defensive player in this draft, on what he sees the Patriots doing with their huge haul of picks (six between the 32nd and 101st overall selection in the draft), and whether he thinks one day he might pull a Mike Mayock and go to work for an NFL team.
Riddick on the greatest game of his NFL life, on the influence of Bill Belichick and Nick Sabin on his TV career, on who would be the first person he’d call if he got an NFL GM job, and on wanting to be in the Monday Night Football booth.Flores, the former Patriots defensive play-caller, on the ingenious Super Bowl gameplan, on what his relationship with Bill Belichick will be now that they’re coaching in the same division, and on his significance as one of a very few minority coaches in the NFL.
Jeremiah on the overall strength of the draft headed into the annual Scouting Combine, on his order of the quarterbacks in the first round, and on replacing Mike Mayock as the voice of the draft for NFL Network.Miller on how defense should dominate the top of the draft, on his no-doubt number one pick in the draft, and on the where he thinks the bargains can be found this year.
Jenkins on how his career has changed since moving from New Orleans to Philadelphia, on the rise in activism among players in the league, on the money he and the Players Coalition have been able to donate in grants to six social-justice organizations in 2019, and on what the movement has meant to the players in the NFL.Jones on the stunning health issue that popped up out of nowhere and nearly took her life in November, on what being perfectly healthy one day and being told her life was in danger the next has done to her psyche, on her appreciation at the reaction to her health scare, and on how her life has changed by the event.
Edelman on the winding path he took from being an option quarterback at Kent State 10 years ago to catching 10 passes in the Super Bowl, on why the Patriots are different than the other 31 teams in the league, on being suspended for the first month of this season for testing positive for a PED, and on being convinced the Patriots’ run of excellence is not over.
Silver, at halftime of the Patriots' 13-3 victory over the Rams, on the struggles of a man he knows well, Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff.Gilmore on his big interception in the fourth quarter that foiled the Rams' comeback and ensured the Patriots' sixth Super Bowl title.Kraft on putting the Patriots' dynasty into perspective, and on how difficult it will be for any team to do what the Patriots have done again.Gosselin, explaining the meaning of the defense-heavy class of 2019 ... and how the Hall of Fame voters have wised up about trying to bring equity to the honor of making the Hall.
Snead on his surprise at the Rams making it to the Super Bowl after being in dregs two years ago, on what Jared Goff did to be better than Drew Brees in the NFC title game, and what it feels like to be the architect of a team trying to beat Belichick and Brady in the Super Bowl.Hanson on the success of the NFL's RedZone channel, why people have flocked to RedZone at the expense of their own team's game on Sunday, and his pick for the Super Bowl.Lombardi on learning that Sean McVay, in the week before the Super Bowl, is listening to his book on the way to work, on what his former boss Bill Walsh would think of McVay and his offense, and on knowing Belichick so well and trying to figure out how Belichick will defend McVay's Sunday.
Dungy on his ideas to improve NFL officiating, on full-time officials, on how to improve the numbers of minority coaches, on the fate of Antonio Brown with his old team the Steelers, on his new book “The Soul of a Team” (Tyndale House), and on the most important elements to build a good team in sports and in life.Werder, who worked the controversial NFC title game as a sideline reporter for Westwood One Radio, on what he witnessed on no-call pass-interference from the vantage point of the Saints bench, on how Jared Goff overcame early problems to outplay Drew Brees, and on his own future. He will be free to work for another media entity in September, when his ESPN contract expires.McCourty, from the postgame locker room in Kansas City Sunday night, on the thrill of making the Super Bowl with the Patriots after a career of playing for lesser teams, and on the difference for a teammate in playing with Tom Brady.
Barnwell, one of the most respected writers cover the league, on NFL Championship Weekend being possibly the best Sunday of title games ever, on how hard it is for him to pick against the Patriots, on who he likes in the two games.Banner, who ran the Eagles’ front office for 12 years, on the quandary the Eagles are in with Nick Foles, on what the most pragmatic approach the team can take with Foles, and how eventually he believes the team is likely to move on without Foles in 2019.
James on how the Chargers' odd defensive alignment in Baltimore helped them win a Wild Card game, on why he has been so dominant in his rookie year, and how he feels "honored" to play against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the divisional playoff game Sunday in Foxboro.Kinkwabhala, who has covered the Steelers extensively, with a view into the dysfunctional Steelers locker room, on who is right and who is wrong in the Antonio Brown controversy, and what she thinks needs to happen for Mike Tomlin to take back control of his locker room.Orlovsky on the magic of Nick Foles, on how a backup quarterback like Foles (Orlovsky was a longtime NFL backup) can prepare himself to win the big games that Foles has won, and on the playoff weekend to come--including the shaky quarterback of the Rams, Jared Goff, who was in camp with the Rams (and Orlovsky) in 2017.
Simms, previewing the first round of the NFL playoffs, and also on what went wrong for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, and on the day on the field 12 years ago as a Tampa Bay quarterback when he suffered a life-endagering injury.Schrager on the NFL's eight coaching openings, on whether he thinks Mike McCarthy will coach for anyone in 2019, on the Cleveland Browns' coaching search and what it might mean for Baker Mayfield, and on the surprise names you might hear this month as desperate teams look for new coaches.
Burleson on being a teammate and sharing the receivers' room with Randy Moss in Minnesota, on how he morphed from being an NFL wideout to a broadcast career, on the best career advice he got from a Hall of Fame player, and on balancing a family with a professional career.Feinstein, the author of 40 books, on his most famous one: "Season on the Brink," following the volatile coach of the Indiana Hoosiers in the eighties, Knight, who did not like the book. "Season on the Brink" spent 16 weeks as the top-selling book on the New York Times bestseller list. I asked Feinstein: "What would happen if you and Knight passed each other on the street today?"
Kremer and Storm on the meaning of being the first all-woman team in an NFL booth in 99 years, on the reaction of players and coaches to their presence in a male-dominated field, on the winding path each took to this moment, and what they'd say to a 12-year-old girl in American watching them and wondering if she, too, can follow her dreams in a business populated almost exclusively by men.Halpin, recently promoted to a huge future-of-the-game job by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on the biggest challenges the leagues faces, on how how he went from a business and financial background to the NFL, and on the audiences the NFL must serve to remain the dominant America sports league.
Feinstein, author of 40 books including the new one "Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League," on playing the toughest job in sports, and on how racism still may exist in the evaluation of quarterback by the NFL.Glauber, author of "Guts and Genius: The Story of Three Unlikely Coaches Who Came To Dominate the NFL in the '80s," on how Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs all were in job jeopardy in their first NFL seasons, on the odd and tempestuous relationships between the three of them, and on how every coach in the NFL today is on the coaching tree of one of those men.Gilden, author of "Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula and the Rise of the Modern NFL," in a fascinating and living-history look at the NFL of the sixties, with an incredible passage from his book on Vince Lombardi and concussions, and on how Unitas and Shula really felt about the other and the game.
Millen, who is awaiting a heart transplant at New Jersey hospital, on his prospects for getting a new heart, on his pragmatic and optimistic approach to the transplant process, on his appreciation of the life he's led in his 60 years, and where this mental approach comes from.Hicks, one of the keys to the strong Chicago defense, on his long and winding road to the top of the NFL, on playing college football in Canada, on working in a DirecTV call center trying to get people to sign up for the NFL package while his own football dream seemed to be dying, and on playing the Rams in the game of the week this week in the NFL.
Lindsay on his incredible story--his record-breaking high school career in Denver, his explosive career in college at Colorado, being snubbed from the NFL Scouting Combine, going undrafted, being overly bitter, then having 15 minutes to choose a team (Denver or Baltimore) as an undrafted free agent. And then what it feels like to run for 100 yards against Oakland and Pittsburgh as a rookie who wasn't supposed to make it.Smith on his road from being someone who never thought he'd play in the NFL to becoming a star in the league, on the science of reading keys and studying opponents, on his interesting relationship with Saints coach Sean Payton, on what makes playing Aaron Rodgers so fun and challenging, and difficult it is to play great defense in the NFL with all the rules favoring offenses.
A unique episode from Peter King's time embedding with the New Orleans Saints during their Saturday night meetings at the Ritz-Carlton in the French Quarter of New Orleans. King frames the evening with three passages, and coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees contribute.Payton on the imagination he uses to form the complex gameplan every week, on what goes into his process of coming up with new idea each week, on how far the weekly plan has come since he and Brees came to the Saints in 2006, and why Brees' play has improved significantly at 39.Brees on the trust he has to have with Payton the play-caller, on the imagination throughout the NFL in 2018, on the difference between the Saints of 2006 and 2018, and on why he is playing better in 2018 than he ever has.
Reid on the taking 9-1 Kansas City in Los Angeles to face the 9-1 Rams, on the maturity of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and on the specter of catching an idol, Chuck Noll, on the all-time coaching wins list.Allegre, the former NFL kicker and Mexico native, on the embarrassment of having such a high-profile sports event moved out of Mexico, on why the country is such an NFL hotbed, and on what the people in his home city in central Mexico will think of the country losing this big gameWaller on the NFL's international future, on how ready London is for a full-time NFL franchise, and on the league's logistics plan if/when a team relocates to England in the near future.
Rivers, who became the fourth quarterback ever to start 200 NFL games on Sunday, on the secret to his staying power, on the influence of his high-school-coach father on his life and his football career, on how he's been able to stay sane with the 80-mile daily commute between his San Diego home and his Orange County Charger workplace, and on the chances of the Chargers finally beating the Chiefs in the AFC West.O'Connor on how he was able to write a substantive biography on the note Patriots coach without ever speaking to Belichick, on the most interesting things he found out that the world doesn't know about Belichick, on how much longer he thinks Belichick will coach the Patriots, and on what he learned from talking to 300 of the closest people in the world to Belichick.
Thomas, the former left tackle of the Browns and current host of "The Tomahawk Show" podcast, on how the Browns implosion was not Hue Jackson's fault, on how football is about talent first and coaching second, on how he trusts GM John Dorsey to pick a coach to "lead the Browns to the promised land," and the unexpected coach he thinks would be the best candidate to be Cleveland's next head coach.Spielman, from northeast Ohio, on why Hue Jackson failed as Browns coach, on why he thinks Bruce Arians would be a good candidate to be the Browns next coach, and on his advice to owner Jimmy Haslam on the best move for the Browns future.My thoughts on the five trades made at the trading deadline this week, on why the Rams made a smart and aggressive deal acquiring Dane Fowler Jr., of the Jaguars, why this deadline pales in comparison to last year, when Jimmy Garoppolo stunningly got dealt, and why teams and GMs are trading more this year than they have in the past.
Fouts, the CBS analyst, on what makes Brady Brady, on a radical suggestion for putting balance back into an offense-dominated game, on his love for his adopted state Oregon, and on the remnants he carries with him from playing in the coldest game ever in 1982.Rohan on his new podcast series “Fall of a Titan,” on the life and death and sketchy circumstances of the death of Stave McNair, including a trailer about the nine-episode McNair series beginning this month.
Farmer with a swell Donald Trump golf story, on the future of football in Los Angeles (which surprised me), and why Todd Gurley is a more valuable Ram than Jared Goff.Staley on the rise of unstoppable offenses in the NFL, on the fairness of the rules favoring offenses, and how much the game has changed since he entered the league in 2007.Hightower on the Patriots' 43-40 Sunday night victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, on the difficulty of facing an Andy Reid offense, on how often he's asked about his tackle of Marshawn Lynch that helped save the Patriots victory in the New England-Seattle Super Bowl, and on why the Patriots annually improve so much as the regular season goes on.
Tucker on how he has succeeded in the Bermuda Triangle of kickers, Pittsburgh (making his last 17 field-goal attempts there), on his mental approach to kicking, on the huge role continuity has made in his success, and on his grandfather's advice to him as a kicker in high school which he still leans on today. (It's pretty basic.)Myers on what possible meat is left on the well-covered Cowboy bone and what he found new on the most valuable in American sports in his book "How 'Bout Them Cowboys?", on the divorce between Jerry Jones and Tom Landry that wasn't quite as messy as we might have remembered, on the relationship between Roger Goodell and Jones, and on why America is so fascinated with this team.
Goff on how far he's come since a shaky rookie year in 2016, on the difference Sean McVay has made in his life, on what he's learned to make some of the deep-ball throws that have been the trademark of early success this year, and how much help his dad and former major-league catcher Jerry Goff has been to him on and off the field.Butt, 23, who suffered his third ACL tear last week, on the heartbreak of this injury followed by the one that wrecked his rookie year in 2017, on his positive outlook and where it comes from, and his determination that he'll still have a standout NFL career.McFarland, the former Tampa Bay first-round pick, on the very unlikely road to network sideline reporter, on what led to him taking a perch 10 feet above the field for every Monday night game, and on impressions of Patrick Mahomes after watching him up-close and personal Monday night in Denver.Plus ... a glimpse into my Sunday night regimen with a phone call with Bears coach Matt Nagy.
Leibovich, who reads a passage on the NFL trying to own the sports media landscape all year, on whether unpopular commissioner Roger Goodell can survive in the short or long term, on the snarky tone of his tome, on whether another NFL owner after Jerry Richardson will be caught in the #MeToo movement, and on the similarities of covering politics (Leibovich's full-time job for the New York Times) and covering the NFL.Werder on being part of the massive ESPN buyouts a couple of years ago, on what it feels like to be in his prime and being paid to NOT work, and on the future of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott.
McAulay, who retired this year after 17 years as an NFL referee, on the concerns he has about the new rules and interpretations of rules in the NFL this season, on his disdain for some of the roughing-the-passer calls in week two, and on his adjustment to TV after a life as an on-field official.Pearlman on why we should care today about the USFL, which died in the eighties, on the craziest Steve Young story you've ever heard, on what Donald Trump was like as a football team owner, and on the USFL owner who wrote to Trump about wanting to punch him in the face.
Millman on the future of gambling and its effect on the NFL, on how easy it is to place a bet on an NFL game even in the vast majority of states where sports gambling is not legal, and on how much money the NFL and TV networks can hope to make when gambling is legalized throughout the country.Starr with an update on the health of his father after his major stroke in 2014, on what it was like grow up as a child in 1960s Green Bay (and walking across a wide field from the family home to Lambeau Field before Green Bay had been developed), and on the close relationship between Bart Starr and Aaron Rodgers, despite the 50-year age difference.
A live game podcast--from the parking lot, the field, the press box and the locker rooms--from the Eagles' 18-12 season-opening win over Atlanta. Also: Philadelphia defensive end Chris Long and Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins.Long on how the Eagles got so much pressure on Matt Ryan, on how he handled it when the Eagle acquired another great defensive lineman to potentially take his playing time, and how the pressure to perform makes everyone on the Eagles defense better.Cousins on what lessons he learned from the long and winding negotiations in Washington and Minnesota that led him to a fully guaranteed three-year contract with the Vikings, on one the causes he's going to help fun with his newfound riches, and on the pressure to perform with such a strong team around him.
King, emptying his training-camp notebook after five weeks on the road, on the most compelling quarterbacks of the 2018 season--Andrew Luck, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins--and on the saga of Jon Gruden returning to Oakland, on the vengeance of Joe Flacco, and on a chance meeting with a baseball star on his camp trip.Horrigan on the future of Hall of Fame voting, on the impact of Terrell Owens' boycott of the recent Hall induction, on whether there should be term limits for selectors, and on the touching stories he saw from this year's enshrinements.
Nelson on how strange it feels to be in the Oakland silver and black, not Packer green and gold, on his good fortune to be able to say he's played for two such historic franchises, on his feeling that the Packers never offered him a competitive contract, and on what he thinks he has left as a 33-year-old wide receiver.Collins on the tragic situation that forced him to go undrafted instead of being a first-round pick three years ago, on how good it's been for him to join the Cowboys and play on one of the best offensive lines in football, and what the moral of his zig-zagging NFL story is.Klein, with me, on the saga of Aaron Donald and whether he thinks the best defensive tackle in football will hold out in the season, on hat the Rams can do for an encore, and on the future of this rising offense and star coach Sean McVay.
Peter King talks to Rich Eisen on the NFL/anthem flap dragging into a second season, on the future of football in Los Angeles, and some early thoughts on the 2018 season.Then, Matt Barrows on the compelling story of the meteoric rise of Jimmy Garoppolo, on whether the national love for the franchise is too much too soon, and on the problems areas he sees for the team in 2018.Also, Peter shares his take on the comeback of Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith.
Stafford, a Texan, on his love of his adopted city, Detroit; on why he's enthused about new coach Matt Patricia, on a memorable and painful game he won as a rookie, on baseball memories growing up on the same team with Clayton Kershaw, and on the pain of never having won a playoff game, and on how bizarre it is that he's now in his 10th season.Luck, on the state of his surgically repaired shoulder 19 months after labrum surgery, on his daily mindset after months of frustration over the slow progress of his rehab, on the dark place he lived in when he wondered if he'd ever play football again, on how "The Way of Zen" helped him get his mind right, and on the democratic process of new coach Frank Reich.
Haden, the former Cleveland Brown, on what makes playing in Pittsburgh special, on the difference between going to training camp with a losing program versus a winning program, on why he loves LeBron James, and his 2018 NBA highlight (spoiler: it involves LeBron).Clark on the highlights of his current training-camp trip (Buffalo, Cleveland, Philadelphia), on the joys of driving through the United States on the trip (a joy he and I share), and on a story he's writing about the importance in the NFL of the first two seconds of every offensive play.Cox on surviving the constant double-teams by the Patriots in the Super Bowl, on what motivation the Eagles still have after winning the Super Bowl, and on who he learns from when studying other NFL defensive linemen.
Wyche, previewing the 2018 NFL preseason, on the football futures of Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, on the fate of the NFL's anthem policy, on the budding rivalry between the young Rams and Niners out west, and why he's got a prove-it sense about Jon Gruden and the Raiders.Hernandez, from his broadcast perch with the Mets at Citi Field in Queens, on his new memoir "I am Keith Hernandez,'' on how self-doubt and trying so hard to prove himself fueled much of his career, on love of Strat-O-Matic, and how in the world he wound up on "Seinfeld" for the famous double-episode as Elaine Benes' boyfriend.
Pfeiffer on his hot-off-the-presses book "Yes We (Still) Can," on the universal lessons he learned in six years in the grind of the Obama White House that can help people in any business, on the challenges of new journalism, on how conflicted Barack Obama is about being a football fan, and on how he thinks Obama would have handled the NFL's National Anthem conundrum.Sanders on the immense conflict he felt as the best two-sports athlete of the last quarter-century, on how hard he had to work to be a good baseball player when playing football came so easy to him, on his feeling about the term "cover corner," and on the state of the game today.
Russo on his longevity in the dog-eat-dog world (no pun intended) of sports radio, on what got him fired up about sports talk when he was a kid, on how he lasted 19 years with the bombastic Mike Francesa, on his secret to good radio, and on how in the world he can have so many strong opinions about so many things in the world of sports.
Conversations with three sportswriters: Judy Battista and Jenny Vrentas on women covering the NFL, and with Jonathan Jones on the ownership change with the Carolina Panthers.Judy Battista of NFL.com, a veteran of 18 years covering the NFL, and Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB, who has covered the league for 11 years, on the state of women covering the NFL, on the advice they have for aspiring female journalists and female sportswriters, on how they have dealt with harassment in locker rooms, and on whether women are making healthy-enough strides in denting the male fraternity of NFL media.Jonathan Jones of The MMQB on hedge-fund billionaire David Tepper, likely to buy the Carolina Panthers from franchise founder Jerry Richardson for $2.2-billion, on why Richardson picked him, on how Tepper made his money, on the team he wants to emulate as he puts his ownership stamp on the Panthers, and on the virtual certainty that owners will approve Tepper's bid.
Veteran NFL reporter Dan Pompei on the latest Monster of the Midway middle linebacker in Chicago, on the best offseason of any team in the league, on why the Colts stuck at six and picked a guard, and on his new book due in August--Doug Pederson’s memoir “Fearless”--about the everyman Eagles coach ... Former NFL center LeCharles Bentley, an adviser to the NFL’s committee on taking the helmet out of the game, on whether it’s possible to create a reasonable game of football with the new rule, on Jets coach Todd Bowles’ biggest concern (and the concern of several coaches) with the rule about preventing both defensive and offensive players from lowering their heads and using the helmet to strike the opponent, and on what is at stake with the parents of America with this new and revolutionary restriction to the game.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Baker Mayfield being in play for the Browns at number one, on his over-under-overall-pick (15) where Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is drafted in round one, and on the two teams he feels are most likely to trade out of the first round.The MMQB’s Albert Breer whips through the top 12 of the draft with me, and what his surprise of the first round would be.Greg Cosell, executive producer and on-air analyst for The NFL Matchup show on ESPN, on the quarterback he likes best in this draft, the quarterback he sees as the “young, wild stallion” in this draft, on who he’d take if he were Giants GM Dave Gettleman with the second pick, on whether he thinks a running back is worth being picked first overall, and the one defensive player he is in love with in this draft.NFL Network reporter Mike Garofolo, embedded with the Jets for the draft, on his gut feeling who they’ll pick if it comes down to Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield, on the fate of star-crossed Christian Hackenberg, and on the biggest surprise that could happen in round one—and it involves the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On the eve of the most important quarterback draft in years ...Former NFL general manager Ernie Accorsi with a living history of two of the most historically significant drafts ever: the 1983 draft, when Accorsi, as a rookie GM of the Baltimore Colts, drafted John Elway ... and the 2004 draft, when he set his sights as GM of the Giants on Eli Manning, and how he made that happen.
At the league meetings, Peter asked 10 NFL head coaches to answer the same question: What would you tell a mother who is trying to decide if she should let her child play football?And Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel on getting the Titans job despite having a poor statistical year in his only season as a coordinator in Houston in 2017, on the type of team he wants to field in Tennessee, on how he doesn’t want to treat Marcus Mariota different than his other 52 players, and on what he takes from mentor Bill Belichick into his head-coaching shot.
Rams GM Les Snead on why the young general managers in the game are trading so much more than than their predecessors did, on why the Rams have been so aggressive in this off-season, on how much he has learned from GMs in other sports, and, with the Odell Beckham trade rumors swirling, whether he thinks the Rams still might have a big move left in them this off-season.Former NFL quarterback turned quarterback analyst Dan Orlovsky predicts the order that this year's QBs will be drafted and explains why he's not sold on Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield based on what he's seen on film, and why it doesn't make sense that Josh Rosen's intellect is being framed as a downside.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur on his real feelings about whether he wants Odell Beckham Jr., to be a Giant, on how he kept the injury-riddled Vikings offensive on course for a deep playoff run in 2017, on on the league's adoption of a new rule governing what is a legal catch.FOX NFL reporter and "Good Morning Football" host Peter Schrager on whether he thinks Odell Beckham Jr., will be traded, on what he thinks the trade value might be, on where he thinks Beckham could be going, and on the possible reason for UCLA coach Jim Mora to say his player (Josh Rosen) should be picked after his arch rival's quarterback (USC's Sam Darnold).
Bears coach Matt Nagy on his strange path to the job--from unhappy Pennsylvania realtor eight years ago to NFL head coach today, on what he thought of Mitch Trubisky before the 2017 draft, on what he thinks of Trubisky now, on his plans for making Trubisky great, and on the awesome responsibility that comes with sitting in the chair George Halas and Mike Ditka once occupied.Quarterback mentor/tutor Jordan Palmer, the personal coach for Sam Darnold and Josh Allen, on which NFL quarterback Darnold reminds him of (it’s a vivid picture), on the business of making good college quarterbacks better (it’s part mental, part physical, part emotional), on why he thinks Allen is going to be a great NFL problem-solver, and where he thinks they’re going in the draft.
Gotham Chopra, the creator of the documentary series, "Tom vs. Time", on whether he thinks family or team-related reasons will cause Tom Brady to cut his career shorter than he ideally would like, on how he convinced Brady to give him the access to do the six-part documentary, and on his takeaway about the reported tension between Brady and coach Bill Belichick.Broncos beatwriter Nicki Jhabvala on the reasons why the Broncos didn’t wait for Kirk Cousins and instead jumped into signing Case Keenum before free-agency began, on the future of once-prized rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch, and on the importance of former coach Gary Kubiak in the decision to go with Cousins.Former Philadelphia and Cleveland exec Joe Banner on whether the Browns finally have their franchise architect in John Dorsey and whether owner Jimmy Haslam will finally have the patience he’s never had with a franchise executive, on the meaning of the spate of three-year free-agent contracts, and on how Howie Roseman solidified his power post-Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.
Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia on his long and winding road to an NFL head-coaching job (including turning down a lucrative job as a nuclear engineer for a $5,000 small-college job coaching the defensive line), on just what is up with the ever-present number two pencil behind his right ear, on the confusion/missed-call on the winning Eagles' touchdown in the Super Bowl, and on what he takes from Bill Belichick into his new job.Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen on the adjustment from mid-level-college quarterback to the mayhem of being a top prospect in the NFL draft, on why he thinks he won't be a 56-percent passer (his college completion percentage) in the NFL, and the lessons he takes from growing up on a family farm--and doing farm work--in California.Cleveland Plain Dealer Browns beat reporter, Mary Kay Cabot on 28 long and mostly losing years covering the Browns, on how she deals with covering a losing team in such an intensely rabid football town, and on the fired coach who took his fate the hardest of the eight fired men in her 28 years on the beat. (Hint: It wasn't Bill Belichick.)
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, on the eve of the NFL Scouting Combine, on his quarterback pick in a murky quarterback crop (hint: Mark Sanchez U.), on why he would ignore the recent spate of top running backs taken on days two and three of the draft and take Saquon Barkley of Penn State in the top five, and, in general, giving an educated primer to the 2018 Draft class.ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay on the NFL skepticism on UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, on the way Baker Mayfield reminds him of Brett Favre, on his belief this quarterback crop has been bashed too much in the wake of some mediocre 2017 season by the passers in the draft, and on the quarterback this year who makes some throws “that’ll make you want to puke.”
Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich on the process of putting a game plan together (which he did for Eagles coach Doug Pederson the past two years), on the research that goes into finding new plays and keeping what you call fresh, and on the future of offensive football—where it is headed, and what kind of imagination it will take to stay ahead of the defense.NFL Network analyst David Carr—the first overall pick in the 2002 draft, and the older brother of Oakland quarterback Derek Carr—on how he thinks Derek will mesh with new coach Jon Gruden, on whether he ever looks back at his career and wonders what if he didn’t get picked by an expansion team and thrown into the fire immediately with the Houston Texans, and the secrets to doing TV analysis of such a complicated game.
Eagles defensive lineman Brandon Graham on the thrill of strip-sacking fellow former Michigan star Tom Brady for the clinching play of the Super Bowl, on coming so far from a rough high school in Detroit to the pinnacle of football, and what the key to the Eagles success was this year.NFL Films' Bob Angelo on his 43-year career on the front lines of shooting some of the biggest games and biggest names in NFL history, on helping birth the "Hard Knocks" franchise, and on his favorite moments as he heads into retirement.
Peter King talks to Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, owner Jeff Lurie, and tight end Trey Burton about the city's first Super Bowl win.Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talks about his experience coaching Tom Brady.Plus, a Hall of Fame discussion and a catch rule argument from Bill Polian.
NBC play-by-play voice Al Michaels, doing his 10th Super Bowl in Minneapolis, on his life in broadcasting: on cutting his teeth on Pete Rose and the Big Red Machine in the seventies, on whether Rose should be in the Hall of Fame, on his former neighbor O.J. Simpson and the "totally farcical" phone caller he outed on the nightly ABC News, on the amazing Brett Favre Monday night game the day after his father died, and on the storyline he loves about Super Bowl 52.Eagles general manager Howie Roseman on the makeup of his team and Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy on the Patriots chance for six titles.Plus, an inside tour of the Wilson football factory in small town Ada, Ohio, where every NFL football is made by hand.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson on going to his first Super Bowl and competing against Bill Belichick, on how he kept the team moving in a good direction after the season-ending knee injury to quarterback Carson Wentz, and on the gameplan that opened up the offense for quarterback Nick Foles in the NFC Championship Game.Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas on the greatest college house (his) in University of Wisconsin history, on whether he is going to return for a 12th season with the Browns in 2018, on why the game is never over against Tom Brady, and on his surprise pick for Super Bowl 52.Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB reads her fascinating story on the relationship between the two power football coaches in this country, Bill Belichick and Nick Saban.
Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph breaking down the pass route known as Buffalo right 7 Heaven (the play that won the NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans), on the reaction from the fans and the unique nature of this fan base, and on what makes Case Keenum a good fit for the Vikings offense.Minnesota defensive end Brian Robison, the only remaining Viking from the painful 2009 NFC Championship Game loss to the New Orleans, on the polar opposite feeling of that game and this win over New Orleans, on the ethos of the Vikings with all of their former marginal players, and on why this team has gone further than analysts thought.
Peter King talks to Hall of Fame quarterback and Fox analyst Troy Aikman and new Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.Aikman on the guts of Nick Saban in the national Championship game, on what makes Bill Belichick great, on what might have been in the NFL if Drew Brees signed with Saban and Miami instead of New Orleans in 2006, and on wishing he played longer in the NFL.Gutekunst on stepping into Ron Wolf’s seat in Green Bay, on the qualities in players he looks for as a road scout, on the team-building philosophy he will employ in Green Bay, and if he will use free-agency more as a tool than predecessor Ted Thompson.
Chris Simms—drafted by Tampa Bay to play quarterback for Jon Gruden’s Bucs in 2003–on what Oakland quarterback Derek Carr is in for if Gruden takes the Raider coaching job, on what kind of coach he would be after nine years out of coaching, on what he would say to a Raiders’ player about what Gruden will be like as coach, and on the toughest race for MVP he can recall.Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Packers beat man Tom Silverstein on the departure of GM Ted Thompson, on the consequences of naming his successor, on how Thompson should be remembered by Packer fans, and on the enormity of this offseason for the franchise.
This week's guest: Ryan Leaf, the second pick (to Peyton Manning) in the 1998 NFL Draft.A redemptive Leaf on competing with Manning to be the top pick in the draft two decades ago, on crashing-and-burning out of the NFL, on his life careening out of control after his ill-fated football career, on a harrowing experience at a prize fight in Las Vegas, on rebuilding his life after more than two years in prison, on how he has embraced his second chance at life by advising both addicts and football players, and on how he looks back at the last 20 years.
Another game story podcast from the Patriots’ stunning 27-24 win at Pittsburgh ... this one with an incredible fan named Pittsburgh Phil, a baptism of beer in the parking lot before the game Sunday, a conversation with hero-of-the-game Duron Harmon of New England, a read of my lead to Monday Morning Quarterback on this game, and then, on the drive out of town, I break down the game with Kalyn Kahler and Conor Orr of The MMQB
Jacksonville defensive end Calais Campbell on how his career has taken off playing on the loaded Jaguar defensive front, on why the Jaguars and Seahawks played such a chippy game, on why he thinks Seahawk Michael Bennett might have submarined the Jacksonville center, and on why he endowed a scholarship at his alma mater, the University of Miami, for $1.5 million.Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB on her insightful piece for the site on spending a week with the Philadelphia Eagles on the West Coast, on what life around the Eagles was like, on her surprise encounter with Kobe Bryant, and on the Eagles’ changes now without Carson Wentz.Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, an Eagles beat writer, on the 2018 status of injured quarterback Carson Wentz, on how the Eagles will cope with the loss of Wentz, on why Wentz has fit so seamlessly onto a veteran team, and on why he’s gotten so close to American League MVP Mike Trout.
Carl Banks, former Pro Bowl Giants linebacker and current Giants radio voice, on the dysfunction of the Giants, on why fired coach Ben McAdoo failed, on what the Giants should do next, and on what advice he would give Giants CEO John Mara, who he has known for 32 years.Thomas George, author of the book “Blitzed” about why young quarterbacks succeed or fail, on the ascendancy of Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, on why Rams coach Sean McVay has been an early success, on the one trait that’s most important for young quarterbacks to have NFL success, and on Mike Martz’s raving anti-McVay claims in the book.
Peter King shares his thoughts on the breaking benching of longtime Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning, and then talks to Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel, ex-Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik and Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.Wetzel on the facts surrounding the Greg Schiano-Penn State story, on why there is no credible reason to believe it’s factual that Schiano enabled any part of the Sandusky sex scandal, and on the scary moment in media and social media that occurred with public and media pressure causing Tennessee to rescind its head-coaching offer to Schiano over the public outcry.Dominik on the steps he and the Bucs took to investigate Schiano before hiring him as Tampa Bay head coach in 2012, on his personal opinion of Schiano the man and on what he saw or didn’t see at Penn State, and on whether Schiano will ever have a chance to be a pro or college head coach after this incident.Griffen on watching his third son being born on FaceTime while he was preparing to play a football game in Detroit on Thanksgiving, on what motivated him to crowd-source ideas for the child’s name on social media by appealing with a written sign on a T-shirt underneath his jersey, and on why he’s co-leading the NFL in sacks at 12 weeks.
A special Thanksgiving podcast, with coaches, players and a special media guest talking about what Thanksgiving means to them this year.Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn will have a special—and emotional—Thanksgiving Day for many reasons, when his Chargers face the Dallas Cowboys.Also this week: Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com on whether Jerry Jones has the juice to unseat Roger Goodell, on reporting a story of this magnitude, on the future of some of the biggest names in the NFL.
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has missed just one game in his 15-year career. Witten shares the secret of how he's been so durable and mentally tough to stay on the field, on Dallas' annual Thanksgiving game, and on lessons learned from Bill Parcells, his first head coach with the Cowboys, and his grandfather, who was also his high school football coach.Panther tight end Greg Olsen on how close he is to coming back from his foot injury for the Panthers’ playoff run, on why he is trying to start a new children’s heart-health facility in Charlotte, and on becoming one of the first active NFL players, in-season, to do network color on an NFL game when he’ll work for FOX during the Panthers’ bye week on Sunday.
Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay on being a head coach at 31, on changing the culture of a terminally bad team, on his offensive philosophy, on fixing Jared Goff, and on not being too proud to steal offensive ideas from coaches around the league.New England wide receiver Julian Edelman on his new book, "Relentless: A Memoir," on how as an undersized athlete throughout his life he continually overcame the odds, on the story that led Tom Brady to believe in Edelman's dedication and ability, and how being a father has changed his life.
Don Van Natta, investigative reporter for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, on the future of Roger Goodell as NFL commissioner, on why Goodell empathizes with the players in the current rift with owners about the national anthem, on why this is a watershed moment for the league, and how hard it is to dig for information among NFL owners.Steve Palazzolo, football analyst for inside-football site Pro Football Focus, on his top-rated quarterback for the 2018 NFL Draft (it’s a surprise), on how overrated this class of quarterbacks is, and why he has problems with both presumptive high first-round picks, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold.
Chris Mortensen on his 21-month battle with stage-four throat cancer (with some explicit description of the extreme treatment he’s undergone), on the spread of his cancer to his lung, on the role of faith in his recovery, on what he’s learned that he thinks he can share with people going through severe cancer treatment, and on getting death threats over his Deflategate reporting about the Patriots.
On this special Live podcast following the Eagles’ 34-24 win over Washington Monday night, hear Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson on the best throw he has seen Carson Wentz made, and hear Wentz on how a quiet North Dakota kid made the seamless transition to life in a football-mad city, and how he feels about having more touchdown passes than Tom Brady.
Longtime Packers beat writer Bob McGinn (now the owner and editor of BobMcGinnFootball.com) on Green Bay's chances to salvage the season without Aaron Rodgers, his scouting report on new quarterback Brett Hundley, on his revealing interview of former Vikings coach Bud Grant--in particular Grant's comments on Vince Lombardi--and on the state of journalism today.Cowboys radio play-by-play man Brad Sham on Dallas owner Jerry Jones, on the art of doing radio play-by-play, on the intensity of the Dallas Cowboy fan, and on the day he had Dan Rather in the Cowboys' radio booth.
Peter King talks to journeyman Jets quarterback Josh McCown and Dallas Cowboys architect and NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt.In a unique football life podcast, McCown on the wild ride through 10 professional football teams (from Hartford to Oakland), on the wisdom gleaned from a season with Al Davis and the Raiders, on the strains and rewards on a family when the dad, husband and bread-winner lives apart from the family for months at a time.Brandt on the birth of the Cowboys, on the unimaginable explosion of football’s popularity, on his life in football, and on a Dallas preseason game in a tiny town in Oregon a half century ago.
Peter King talks to retired quarterback Peyton Manning and Steelers running back LeVeon Bell.Manning on what his daily life is like, traveling as a speaker, driving the car pool for his first-grade twins and coaching their flag football team. He also explains why he wasn't tempted to return to the NFL last season, how he's been staying close to football since retirement and a potential, yet far off future for himself an executive for an NFL team.Bell, in the Pittsburgh locker room after Sunday’s win over Baltimore, on his amazement over carrying the ball 35 times in the game, on whether he could keep up a pace like that, on any lingering resentment over his contract from his summer holdout, and on how humbling it is to hear from other running backs at all levels of football who want to model their games after his different running style.
Peter King talks to Bob Costas of NBC Sports, Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports 1 and Tunch Ilkin, former Steelers guard and current Steelers radio colorman.Costas on how we had mis-applied patriotism to be almost exclusively militaristic, on how players and the NFL should proceed now in the wake of the week three protests, and how the national anthem might have more meaning if reserved for special occasions.Whitlock on how America's addiction to Twitter blew this up into an overwhelming story, on how players and the NFL should have handled Donald Trump's remarks, and how they should put away their emotions in the coming weeks.Ilkin on how this reminds him of being a Steelers team leader during the NFL strike of 1987, on the advice he gave friend and Steelers guard Alejandro Villanueva this week, and on what Steeler fans are telling him on his nightly talk show this week.
This week Peter talks to Derek Carr and Donald Penn from the Oakland Raiders. Then Peter is Joined by Minnesota GM Rick SpielmanRaiders quarterback Derek Carr on playing the game the way he played when he was 8--to have fun--and trying to get his teammates to do the same, on the impact of Marshawn Lynch on the team, and on being conflicted about the move to Las Vegas.Raiders tackle Donald Penn on how Lynch is misunderstood, on how the fans in Oakland aren’t focused on the team leaving, and on the great expectations for the team.Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman on how GMs today can’t be afraid to make huge moves, on recollecting the mammoth Sam Bradford trade of a year ago, and on the emotion of letting Adrian Peterson go in the off-season.
Bookend tackles Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin on Lewan's endless supply of tattoos (including a natty otter in a suit and top hat on his lower leg), on why Lewan likes Frank Sinatra so much, and on Conklin's neatnik one-time roommate, Marcus Mariota.Tampa Bay COO Brian Ford on the Bucs' preparations for their first home game Sunday after Hurricane Irma wracked the area, on Raymond James Stadium being used as a law-enforcement and military staging area during Irma, and the team picking up the pieces after not playing in week one.Dallas center Travis Frederick on college teammate Russell Wilson at Wisconsin, on his toughest day (by far) among opponents he faces, and on the transition from Tony Romo to Dak Prescott at quarterback.
A special podcast covering the opening game of the 2017 NFL season, the 42-27 upset win by Kansas City at New England.Peter King was on the field before and during the game with his own observations, plus conversations with Kansas City coach Andy Reid and breakout rookie star Kareem Hunt.Reid on the accomplishment of beating Bill Belichick, on the factors that led to the 246 yard night by Kareem Hunt in his NFL debut and why Alex Smith had such a good game throwing downfield, uncharacteristically.Hunt on how he survived the lost fumble on the first carry of his NFL career, and on what America should know about him.
This Week Peter King brings you his NFL Season Opening Spectacular.Denver linebacker Von Miller on his European offseason (he saw Drake in concert 22 times), and on his June pass-rush camp that attracted players from around the league--even from the hated Raiders...Oakland quarterback Derek Carr on the meaninglessness (to him) of being the highest-paid quarterback in football, even if only for a few weeks this offseason, and on the difficulty of missing the biggest games of his life after breaking his leg late last season with the Raiders on a playoff run ...ESPN’s Mike Reiss, who covers the Patriots, on the dealing with the mysterious Bill Belichick, and on New England’s chances to repeat in 2017 ...Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota on the weight of expectations for the Titans to finally be good again, and on why Hawaii, his native state, is so firmly implanted in his psyche.
A special episode on the life and times of Tennessee defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who turns 80 on Sept. 9, the day before Oakland-Tennessee opens the season with LeBeau calling plays from his perch upstairs. LeBeau talks about the birth of the zone blitz and a Hall of Fame life in football.LeBeau has touched many people in the NFL, and a dozen of them, including Rod Woodson, Bruce Arians and James Harrison, join the podcast to talk about LeBeau's life in football and his influence on them.
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri on the greatest field goal of his life, on the prospect of making the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day, and, at 44, how much longer he thinks he’ll play.Falcons CEO Rick McKay, after a tour of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, on the unique elements of the stadium, on the 36.5-ton Hungarian falcon that welcomes fans to the place, and on creature comforts that make the ticket at a Falcons game almost like a cover charge.Falcons owner Arthur Blank on the future of stadiums, on how his vision for the new stadium became a reality, and on creating a partnership between the low-income West Side of Atlanta and the affluent downtown.
Philadelphia wide receiver Torrey Smith--who played with Colin Kaepernick last year--on whether Kaepernick is a distraction, on the social responsibilities of football players, and on trying to be an impact player again after two poor years with the Niners.Houston coach Bill O'Brien on the return of J.J. Watt after back surgery, on the influence of mentor Bill Belichick on his career, and, particularly enlightening here, on the challenges as an NFL coach of having a special-needs teenager.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton on the meaning of the Saints to New Orleans--a decade ago, and now, on trying to break the schneid of going 7-9 three straight years, and on why he decided to break his long silence with me after he disagreed with my coverage of the Saints' Bountygate scandal.Cleveland coach Hue Jackson on how his job is different from the other 31 head coaches in the league, on what he likes about rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer, and how he works within the structure of a unique system that includes former baseball executive Paul DePodesta.
This week, Green Bay running back Ty Montgomery and L.A. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn join Peter King. Montgomery discusses making the change from receiver to running back in mid-career, keeping the number 88 in the backfield, and talks about one of the most touching moments of his career after a college game against Army at West Point.Lynn explains the lessons he learned from pursuing a head-coaching job, how the NFL’s Rooney Rule is working, and shares the challenges of coaching the team in a season of movement from San Diego.
NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack on why he's dissatisfied with his first three years in the league, on attending Von Miller's pass-rush summit in June, and on the mind games he has to use to joust with opposing blockers.Rookie Denver had coach Vance Joseph on the vast difference (in life and in football) with being a head coach versus an assistant, on how he figures out how to motivate and address his team, and on what makes Von Miller tick.
This week Peter sits down with Rick Gosselin, 43-year veteran NFL beat man and Hall of Fame voter, and Arizona general manager Steve Keim. Gosselin talks about the Cowboys' fate if Zeke Elliott is suspended, the offense/defense disparity in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and reveals his surprise team to challenge New England. Keim discusses the perception that his team's Super Bowl window is closing, why the 2017 team is more fit to contend than the 2016 team, and the newness of the NFC west with two young and unproven offensive coaches running the Rams and Niners.
This week Peter sits down with veteran Pittsburgh Post Gazette Steelers writer Ed Bouchette and Cian Fahey, an Irish writer who wrote a new book about quarterback play in the NFL.
Michael MacCambridge, author of "Chuck Noll: His Life's Work.", Lucy Kalanithi, widow of New York Times bestselling author and neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, author of "When Breath Becomes Air." and Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn
On this week's episode, Peter King debates the reasons for Colin Kaepernick's unemployment with The MMQB's Albert Breer.Peter also talks about the NFL's London future with Mark Waller, VP of international development for the NFL. Waller explains why the European time zone is great for the NFL's audience in Asia, shares his one doubt about putting a team in London, and speculates when we might expect to see a franchise across the pond.
Peter King talks to former ESPN reporter Ed Werder and 49ers CEO Jed York.Werder details his quiet outrage on being laid off by ESPN and what the ESPN layoffs mean for the future of the journalism business. He explains why he changed his Twitter handle to @EdWerderRFA and talks about the stigma of getting laid off.Jed York on how his new John Lynch/Kyle Shanahan team did in their first draft, on being a lightning rod for angry 49er fans, and on what went wrong in his fiery relationship with Jim Harbaugh.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock on what he'd do if he were the Browns at number one, on the mysteries of this draft, on how Steve Sabol changed his life, and on the draft he had to drop out of because he lost his voice.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins on his contract situation, on his love of reading and what he tries to get out of reading, his relationship with former GE chairman Jack Welch, and on how he’s made a career of fighting to prove himself and so he doesn’t mind playing on a series of one-year deals.Tim Rohan of The MMQB interviewed Tim Tebow in his minor-league baseball home of Columbia, S.C. ... Rohan on what he found spending time with Tebow at spring training, in his Jacksonville hometown, and in Columbia. Tebow on why he has taken up baseball, how long he is giving the minor-league life a chance, and what he plans to do with his life.
The MMQB writers Jenny Vrentas and Robert Klemko talk about their groundbreaking story this week on the stolen Tom Brady jersey, on the crazy web of law enforcement and collectors who caught the jersey thief, and how this incredible story also has tentacles into a former New York Giants running back.Ravens guard John Urschel on the challenges of his second career (mathematics as an MIT Ph.d student), on how he got ridiculously good at math at an early age, and on the diametrically different careers he has chosen--math and pro football.
Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn on living with the worst loss of his life in the biggest game of his life, on his belief in MVP quarterback Matt Ryan as a player and as a leader, and on why his youth-dominated defense could make this a contender for years.Indianapolis rookie general manager Chris Ballard on the road to becoming an NFL GM after turning down chances in the past, on why he wanted to take a job with a team in the midwest, on the pressure to build a strong team around Andrew Luck, and on what Colts owner Jim Orsay said to him to convince him to take the job.
Peter King talks to NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay, Oakland coach Jack Del Rio and San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy.McKay talks about centralizing replay and taking the final say on replay out of the hands of the referee on the field. He explains why the public should trust a VP of Officiating (Dean Blandino) who has never been an NFL official, and he discusses the fate of the 10-minute overtime period.Del Rio grew up a Raider fan and remembers his personal sadness when the team moved. He explains his 30 percent rule that he’ll use with his team about Las Vegas, and his plan to deal with the distraction of the news on his Super Bowl-contending team.Purdy talks about the weirdness of the Raiders playing in Oakland for at least two years as lame ducks, how the move actually happened, and the future of football in San Francisco and Oakland.
Goodell talks about the length of games, admitting that it also drives him crazy. He explains different options the NFL is considering to help decrease all the down time in television broadcasts and talks about a new proposal to make overtime periods just 10 minutes, instead of 15, and how that will help player health and safety and introduce more strategy to the game. He also discusses the potential of centralized replay and announces that there will be some full-time officials at the start of the 2017 season, the beginning of a gradual buildup with the goal of having the referee of each crew as a full-time official.
Peter King talks to Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian and Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson.Polian discusses the Hall of Fame voting process and his anger that former commissioner Paul Tagliabue was kept out of the Hall. Polian also talks about on life on TV.Robinson looks ahead to the 2017 draft and his team’s aims, and the health of quarterback Marcus Mariota after his 2016 season was cut short by a broken leg. As a Tennessee native, he gives his take on the Titans breaking into a strong college-sports market.
Peter King talks to NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and Washington Post reporter Rick Maese.Collinsworth talks about replacing John Madden (twice) and why felt he had to get a law degree in the middle of his career. He explains why the Patriots are so good, and discusses the future of his new venture Pro Football Focus.Washington Post reporter Rick Maese talks about his story on the unchecked explosion of painkiller use in the NFL and why Toradol is the painkiller of choice for current players. He also discusses the future of the NFL’s effort to control painkiller usage.
Peter talks to Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh and the soon-to-strike-it-rich Houston cornerback A.J. Bouye.Harbaugh talks about whether he ever wishes Tom Brady would just retire, the competitiveness of his brother (Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh) and what happens when they play a family pickup basketball game. He explains why he is so staunchly defensive about Joe Flacco, and why he feels he needs to defend football so fervently.Bouye discusses how he morphed from a margin NFL cornerback to a premier one, the importance of reading in his life, and the lessons he takes from J.J. Watt. He also talks about what he plans to do with his signing bonus.
It's combine week, and this episode is all about getting to know the top draft prospects. Peter consulted with the experts: ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay, NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein, and SI.com draft analyst Chris Burke.McShay talks about his roots in scouting, the questionable quarterback crop in this draft, and why he'd over pay for Jimmy Garoppolo if he were Cleveland's GM.Zierlein discusses the mother lode of the draft— the safety position, why he loves Myles Garrett, and why this draft fits where the pro game is going.Burke talks about the blue-collar nature of the 2017 draft, what worries him about North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and the NFL fate of Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers.
On this week's episode, Peter talks to ESPN Radio host Mike Greenberg and FOX NFL analyst Mike Pereira.Greenberg talks about his TV future, his love of books and his (surprising) affection for opera. He also explains why he has such a thing for the New York Jets.Pereira, from our live podcast show in Houston, picks out the NFL rule that must be fixed and discusses the state of officiating. He also talks about how officiating gave him a focus in life, and why he wants young veterans discharged from the military to become game officials.
This is the second part of Peter King's conversation with Tom Brady, recorded Sunday at Brady's "cabin" in Montana, a remote place where he retreats from the world.Brady talks about his future, his lifestyle, his family and his refusal to show much emotion about his four-game suspension by the NFL this season in the Deflategate scandal. And future opponents be warned, Brady isn't retiring soon. "I know next year is not going to be my last year," he said.
This is the first part of Peter King's conversation with four time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, recorded Sunday at Brady's "cabin" in Montana, a gorgeous and remote place where he retreats from the world.In this episode, Brady tells the story of New England's incredible comeback and breaks down some of the most important plays. Yes, New England's Friday practice ended with a botched two point conversion... You'll see the game from Brady's point of view.Part Two of the Brady-centric podcast will post Thursday. In Part Two, Brady will talk about his legacy and his life away from the football field.
In this week's episode, Peter talks to New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and new 49ers GM John Lynch.From the interview room an hour after Super Bowl 51, McDaniels talked about the improbability of the comeback from 25 points down in the Super Bowl. He discussed the greatness of Tom Brady, and the play the Patriots invented 13 years ago that played a huge role in their fifth Super Bowl victory.Lynch talks about his unlikely road to an NFL GM job--and his understanding of the skepticism about whether he can do it. He also explains the role of Bill Walsh in his life, and the challenge of raising San Francisco after years of failure.
Chris Berman joins Peter King down in Houston during Super Bowl week in this bonus episode of the MMQB podcast. Listen in as they discuss the past, present, and future of the ESPN legend and share stories of Berman's long spanning career at the sports giant.
In this week's episode, Peter talks to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.Dimitroff talks about what he learned from embedding with the top racing team in the Tour de France in 2016. He also discusses how important "incremental speed" is to the Super Bowl Falcons and shares the most important lesson he learned in years of working for Bill Belichick. He also describes his experience of being a vegetarian in a sport of meat-eaters. Wilson divulges the secrets he has on the Super Bowl teams after being the only quarterback in the league to beat both New England and Atlanta in 2016. He gives his advice for first-time Super Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and talks about the future of Earl Thomas, who has made noise about retiring. He also talks about what it's like to face a Bill Belichick defense.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks to Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and legendary Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan.Shanahan gives his major coaching points that helped Matt Ryan, and talks about his readiness to be an NFL head coach. He also explains how his upbringing prepared him for this coaching life.Ryan talks about how these Patriots compare to the great Celtics teams he has covered since the sixties, and he compares Bill Belichick to Red Auerbach. He remembers covering Larry Bird and how Bird wanted to be coached the same hard way as Tom Brady. Ryan also remembers Falcons QB Matt Ryan's career as a Boston College Eagle.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks to new Denver head coach Vance Joseph, former quarterback and MVP Rich Gannon and former Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk.Joseph explains why he thinks he's ready to be a NFL head coach after just one year as a coordinator and he reveals what he said to John Elway to get the job. Joseph also talks about what Wade Phillips taught him about coaching that he'll never forget.Gannon discusses what makes Aaron Rodgers great and why he yelled "wow" while watching the Green Bay-Dallas playoff game. He also talks about the surprising two elements of a quarterback's game that he thinks are biggest triggers for success.Hawk looks back on his career and remembers who he sat next to in team meetings in Green Bay for nine years. Hawk also explains why he wishes he would have taken notes on Aaron Rodgers from his Packer days. Hawk has never had a documented concussion on any level of football, and he discusses what that portends for his future.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks to Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and founder of ProFootballTalk.com, Mike Florio.Ryan discusses the difference in his game since Kyle Shanahan began coaching him and how wide receiver Taylor Gabriel has helped change their offense. Ryan also reveals how he gets away from football and what it was like to succeed Michael Vick.Florio explains how a West Virginia lawyer transitioned to media life and how he enjoys being a burr in the saddle of the NFL. He also shares the problems he has with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks to CBS and Bleacher Report analyst Chris Simms, Buffalo guard Richie Incognito, and Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas.Simms, the former NFL quarterback, weighs in on the MVP vote. He explains what makes Patriots coach Bill Belichick so non-stressed, and so good (Simms worked for Belichick for 18 months), and why he could last many more years as a coach. Simms also picks the teams he likes the most in this playoff derby. Incognito gives his playoff breakdown, with Wild Card winners in all four games, and explains why the running style of Le'Veon Ball makes Pittsburgh so dangerous. If someone's going to beat New England this postseason, Incognito has the recipe for how to do it. He also shares insight in how a team can beat the Seahawks (hint: physical football).Casillas explains the lessons he's learned from studying Giants' defensive history and talks about the phone call from Lawrence Taylor that he'll always remember. He discusses how a team can make new players on a unit fit in quickly, as the Giants' defense this year shows. And he warns about the danger of playing Aaron Rodgers, who he'll face this Sunday.
In this week's episode, Peter talks to Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase and Stanford football head coach David Shaw.Gase talks about Nick Saban's impact on his coaching career and life, and the experience of coaching disparate quarterbacks like Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. He also explains why he has kept scores of voice texts from Manning on his phone from his Denver coaching days.Shaw talks about the huge difference between college coaching and pro coaching, and what it's like to coach Christian McCaffrey. He also discusses historically bad offensive line play and his role in helping Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin into adulthood.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.Jones talks about Tony Romo's influence in the coaching of Jones' grandson, John Steven Jones, who recently quarterbacked his team to a Texas State championship. Jones explains what really happened with the Dak Prescott pick last spring, how proud he is of Romo's attitude this season and why he thinks football will never die.
On this week's episode, Peter King talks to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, and 60 Minutes Sports correspondent Armen Keteyian.Mike McCarthy talks about how he kept his team together after a four game losing streak, his working relationship with Aaron Rodgers, and surviving in Green Bay longer than Vince Lombardi.Keteyian explains why people should watch a documentary about a football player from two decades ago, why Lawrence Phillips is relevant today, and what advice he would give to Goodell and the NFL about how to reduce cases of domestic violence. Keteyian covered the Patriots often during his eight years as a CBS sideline reporter and he explains why Bill Belichick stands alone in his mind among NFL coaches.
On this week's episode, Peter King talks with New York Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz and Stanford Cardinal Running Back Christian McCaffrey
On this week's episode, Peter King talks with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and Fox Sports host Katie Nolan.Schefter talks about why he grew up so curious, what he owes to Will McDonough and Chris Mortensen, and why 9/11 will never leave him. He also reveals the other sport that fascinates him to no end (and makes him wager), and the surprising new sport he will be covering at ESPN.Katie Nolan discusses how she got into this business, her dream job, and why she admires Jon Stewart and John Oliver. She also explains why the Darren Sharper for the Hall of Fame argument really sets her off.
In a special Thanksgiving edition of Peter King's podcast, Peter talks to former bengals coach Sam Wyche who is thankful to be alive this Thanksgiving.This holiday is different for the 71-year-old Wyche, whose life was saved by a heart transplant nine weeks ago.In the first half of the episode, Wyche tells stories about OJ Simpson, Bill Walsh, coaching Joe Montana, and an NFL scandal never reported.In the second half he tells the story of his heart transplant, and how a nurse told him he may have had just two more hours to live when he got the news he was going to get a heart.
In this special episode of The MMQB Podcast with Peter King, Peter talks to Tony Romo, the Cowboys former starting quarterback.This interview took place at Cowboys training camp in August, eight days before Romo was lost for 10 weeks with a broken bone in his back. We're releasing this interview now because of the intense interest in Romo, who has taken a backup role now that rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has carried the team to an 8-1 record.Earlier this week, Romo gave an honest and emotional speech to recognize Prescott has earned the job and to surrender his former throne.
On this week's episode, Peter King talks to Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and the NFL's VP of Media Brian Rolapp.Rivera discusses the woes of preparing for a short-week game, and talks about whether the Panthers regret not re-signing Josh Norman. He shares how he motivates his team with the help of John Madden, and explains how helpful it is to have a wife, who is an ex-coach herself, to vent with after a bad loss.Rolapp discusses the decline in television ratings this season and if the NFL Red Zone program has anything to do with it. He talks about how commercials may change in the future to be less intrusive in the telecasts. He also tells a story of what he and Roger Goodell found out on a trip to see executives of Airbnb.Lastly, Peter reflects on the emotional Tony Romo press conference where he essentially passed the torch to Dak Prescott.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks to Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Joe Buck, lead play by play announcer for Fox Sports.Roethlisberger discusses what the six Super Bowl trophies in the lobby of his building mean to him, his maturation into a family guy, and whether or not he’s underrated.Buck discusses what was quite possibly the greatest World Series in history, whether he would football or baseball as his favorite sport to call, and his new book which details his father, sportscaster Jack Buck's impact on him.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks to Dean Blandino, VP of officiating for the NFL and Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press and political director for NBC.Blandino discusses Cam Newton's recent complaints. Peter asks Blandino if penalties being called in too ticky-tack a manner and when the first female referee will hit the field.Chuck Todd talks about what it's like to cover Trump and Clinton and why America has fallen for an alternative candidate like Donald Trump. He also details his love for the Packers.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks to ESPN's senior fantasy analyst Matthew Berry and Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson.Berry talks about how he went from being a TV writer in Los Angeles to a senior fantasy analyst. He explains how he created a cottage industry out of his fantasy sports hobby. Berry tells stories of helping out celebrities with their fantasy football teams, and the time he made an appearance at Jay Z's fantasy draft.David Johnson discusses the job he had in college that motivated him to be a great football player so that he wouldn't have to do jobs like that anymore. He also talks about how he takes criticism and hard coaching from Bruce Arians. Johnson, a triplet, explains what it was like growing up as the lone boy in a triplet set.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks to a couple of fellow journalists- NFL Network's Rich Eisen and Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock.Eisen opens up about the future of football. He talks about the greatest interview he has ever done, and what it was like to be Adam Schefter's boss at the University of Michigan student paper.Whitlock explains why football is essential for America. He also discusses the future of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and why Jeff George never became great.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks to an NFL MVP, Steve Young, and a Super Bowl 50 champion, Denver safety T.J. Ward.Young tells stories about his relationship with Joe Montana and opens up about how separation anxiety made his life semi-miserable, even as an NFL MVP.
In this week's episode, Peter King talks New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin.Brees opens up about the Saints' Bountygate scandal that led to his distrust of all NFL investigations. He talks about what he learned from attempting to play through a concussion and explains why players need other people looking out for their health during the game. He also discusses whether it is more important to break records or win championships.Baldwin explains how exactly he uses criticism as fuel for his game and argues that the mental side of the game is much more important than the physical side. Baldwin is one of many NFL players across the league participating in anthem demonstrations and he says that the protests aren't going to go away anytime soon. He talks about conversations with his father, a retired police officer, about how to improve police training.
In this week’s episode, Peter King talks to Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski.Smith, a renowned trash-talker, opens up about his reputation as a player people love to hate. Every hero needs a villain, and he’s just fine with playing that role. Now in his 16th season, Smith explains how he’s lasted so long in the NFL. How many other active players can say they have a son in college? Smith also discusses how he developed his aggressive and physical playing style and why he decided to return for another year after announcing last year that he would retire following the 2015 season.Jaworski, a former Philadelphia quarterback himself, discusses Eagles rookie Carson Wentz’ toughness and explains why he is just the type of quarterback Eagles fans want. Jaworski reflects on Wentz’ pro day at North Dakota State and what he saw from the young quarterback that day that made him believe in his NFL potential. Jaworski also compares the mechanics of Wentz and veteran Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, pointing out that Wentz outperformed Cutler in Chicago during Week 2 Monday Night Football.
In this episode, which we're dubbing "The Wide Receiver Show," Peter King of The MMQB talks in-depth with two of the best pass-catchers in the NFL: Brandon Marshall of the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald.Marshall, an itinerant player on his fourth team in 11 seasons, talks about some of his regrets that caused him to move so often. Diagnosed with the mental illness Borderline Personality Disorder, Marshall also speak about become a spokesman for mental health issues nationwide. He is particularly revealing when discussing some of the people he wishes he could apologize to in his past--and on the state of race relations in the NFL.Fitzgerald, the league's biggest world traveler, names his favorite places on the planet--and they'll surprise you. He also talks about why he won't play long enough to try to eclipse Jerry Rice's records, and is eloquent on the work he does with a foundation in Minnesota that restores hearing in needy people around the world.
Luke Kuechly, LB of the Carolina Panthers and Jeff Fisher, Head Coach of the L.A. Rams each sit down for a conversation with Peter King
John Elway, GM of the Denver Broncos and Philips Rivers, QB for the San Diego Chargers each sit down for a conversation with Peter KingIn this episode, John Elway talks about retirement, his subsequent career venture in car dealerships and getting back into football. The Football legend discusses the precious time he spent with his dad before he passed. He highlights the importance of building teams and choosing the players to surround himself with. Elway make a point of being the guy who talks the truth to players. He knows they might not like what he says but he wants to have a reputation for players trusting what comes from his mind. Elway gives an insight into off-the-field operations by discussing bringing Peyton Manning into the organization and the difficult talk of asking him to take a salary cut in his last year.Peter King also spoke to Philips Rivers about the chances that this may the last season for the Chargers in San Diego and what it means to him being back this year. Rivers explains why San Diego is a great football town and how sports have helped bring great things to the community. Rivers answers the question, would he move with the team or commute to Los Angeles…And what’s his sales pitch to keep the team in San Diego?
Bruce Arians, Head Coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and Andy Dalton, QB for the Cincinnati Bengals, have a conversation with Peter KingBruce Arians starts with a story about York Peppermint Patties and why he doesn’t want to eat them anymore. Arians tells Peter what the word coach means to him and how the scholarship to Virginia Tech changed his life. He remembers the last words and football lesson that Bear Bryant told him. Arians shares the phone call that left him without a contract in Pittsburgh. Arians looks back on his relationship with Chuck Pagano and learning some horrible news. Arians reveals for the first time what caused a panic attack. Peter and Bruce discuss what brought him to Arizona. Arians talks about diversity in coaching and how to really make it happen. The answer to the question about Bruce Arians and his hats is finally revealed.Andy Dalton talks to Peter King about the disappointment of not finishing out the best year he’s had. Dalton talks about what he does during the off season to make himself a better player. He addresses what’s it like to a QB when you have a new coordinator. Dalton talks about why he tunes out twitter and how he feels about social media.
Michael Bennett, DE for the Seattle Seahawks and Vince Wilfork, NT for the Houston Texans, sit down for a conversation with Peter KingIn this episode, Michael Bennett jumps from football and right to politics and his thoughts on this year’s Presidential Election and what he believes really makes America great. Bennett talks about sticking to his morals and keeping his integrity when fans and society want him to act a certain way. Bennett explains his endeavor to travel and explore the world and why he makes his home in Hawaii. Bennett also shares his thoughts on the player’s union, player’s responsibilities and how to strengthen the association. Bennett also tell Peter how he really feels about a sack!Vince Wilfork talks to Peter King about Bill Belichick and how feels about him after not being re-signed. Wilfork discusses why Tom Brady is one of his all-time teammates. The conversation also turns to the big game being in Houston this year.
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