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 Jan 19, 2022
Just fantastic but I wouldn't expect anything else from The Athletic. Essential listening for any NFL fan

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 Dec 9, 2021
Best NFL podcast I've ever listened too.i don't go a day without it

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 Nov 18, 2020
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 Oct 12, 2020

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The Athletic’s flagship football podcast covers the NFL like only The Athletic can. Robert Mays is joined by a team of world-class NFL writers and analysts including Mike Sando, Nate Tice, Diante Lee and more. They’ll break down the biggest stories throughout the world of football. Whether it’s happening on the field or behind-the-scenes, you’ll get an in-depth look at the NFL season and NFL Draft on The Athletic Football Show.

Episode Date
Football GM: Packers future at QB, potential head coach openings, belief in the Bengals & more
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What should the Packers do with Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love? Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller discuss the future of the QB position in Green Bay. Then, they examine the teams looking for a new head coach and the potential openings to come this offseason. Plus, they share why their opinions on the Bengals have changed and they examine what a Greg Roman departure could mean for the Ravens offense. Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Follow Randy on Twitter: @RandyMueller_ Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:27 Packers QB situation with Aaron Rodgers & Jordan Love 15:06 Teams looking for a new head coach & potential openings 43:11 Changing opinions on the Bengals 49:35 Greg Roman candidate for Stanford job 57:30 GM Notebook (Mike White & Geno Smith) 1:07:27 Week 13 Picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2022
Prospects to Pros: Dane Brugler’s 2023 NFL mock draft 1.0
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It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Dane Brugler’s first mock draft is here! Who will go No. 1? How many WRs will be selected in the first round? What players have risen up the ranks? He joins Andy Staples to break down the top prospects and team needs. Plus, they talk about conference championship weekend and much more.  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:58 What will the Texans do at No. 1? 5:17 EDGE Will Anderson Jr. & DT Jalen Carter 10:51 EDGE Jared Verse 12:11 TEs in the first round 16:14 The QBs 23:37 Surprising risers to the first round 27:47 The WRs 40:24 The RBs 46:14 Conference championship weekend Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
Part 2: Fixing the Rams, Colts and other teams that fell apart in 2022 with Jourdan Rodrigue
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The Rams' Super Bowl championship reign didn't go as planned. Neither did the Colts' latest play for a veteran quarterback. The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue joins Robert Mays to break down where things went wrong, and how things get fixed, for those two, and three other teams that crashed and burned in 2022 on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:30 Los Angeles Rams 24:22 Detroit Lions 37:13 Indianapolis Colts 52:01 Pittsburgh Steelers 63:12 Houston Texans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
Fixing the Broncos, Cardinals and other teams that fell apart in 2022 with Daniel Jeremiah (Part 1)
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Year one of Russell Wilson in Denver didn't go as planned. Neither did the first season of the Josh McDaniels era in Las Vegas. Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network joins Robert Mays to break down where things went wrong, and how things get fixed, for those two, and three other teams that crashed and burned in 2022 on this episode of The Athletic Football Show.Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 3:18 Denver Broncos 16:23 Las Vegas Raiders 28:46 Carolina Panthers 34:10 Arizona Cardinals 45:27 Jacksonville Jaguars Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
Week 12 Monday Hangover — Jordan Love, Eagles run game, Cardinals future, Chargers playoff path, and more
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Robert Mays and Mike Sando pile up one last helping of leftovers to tie up Thanksgiving weekend on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys discuss the possibility of Jordan Love taking over in Green Bay, the Eagles run game and their Week 13 matchup with the Titans, the future in Arizona, the Chargers' path to the playoffs, and ho-hum wins for the 49ers and Chiefs. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:00 Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love 21:25 Looking ahead to Eagles-Titans 26:20 Where do the Cardinals go from here? 47:11 The Chargers strange purgatory 58:03 Ho-hum wins for the 49ers and Chiefs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
Week 12 recap — Bengals beat Titans, Jags top Ravens, Wild Card races and more
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Week 12 started way back on Thanksgiving, with the big-name teams taking care of business. It picked back up on Sunday, and this round of games brought a bit of a shakeup. Robert Mays and Nate Tice recap the action on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys dive into the AFC North after the Bengals beat the Titans and Ravens lost to the Jaguars. They shake their heads at the Buccaneers...again, break down the Wild Card races in both conferences, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:54 Bengals-Titans 16:54 Ravens-Jaguars 22:19 Oh wow, Trevor Lawrence 37:24 AFC Wild Card race 55:25 NFC Wild Card race 65:44 Buccaneers flop in Cleveland 77:17 A new rock bottom for the Broncos 83:59 Week 12 notebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Bonus exclusive: New Jets starting QB Mike White joins Kalyn Kahler on the QB2 series
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The Athletic's Kalyn Kahler's QB2 series profiles some of the most interesting guys in the league: backup quarterbacks. In this edition, Kalyn sits down with Mike White to discuss his journey from backup Mike White, to Mike "Effing" White. And with Zach Wilson benched, he's a backup no more. Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2022
Week 12 preview — The 49ers' rise, Bengals-Titans, Zach Wilson gets benched, and more
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Who's ready to feast on food and football? It's Thanksgiving Week, and that means we've got plenty of both coming our way. Robert Mays and Nate Tice celebrate with the Week 12 preview episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys consider if the 49ers are the best team in the NFC, wonder how the Jets can bounce back from Zach Wilson going bust, and dig into the matchup between the Bengals and Titans. And that's just about half the show! Come join the fun on The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:50 The Jets' future with Zach Wilson benched 24:30 Take Space: The 49ers are the best team in the NFC 43:52 Gameplan of the Week: Bengals offense vs. Titans defense 62:30 Under the Hood: Ravens defense 77:53 What can the Rams defense look like? 84:43 Is Patrick Mahomes Michael Jordan? 94:09 Week 12 picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2022
Football GM: Jets won’t commit to Zach Wilson, NFC North re-evaluation, Thanksgiving games preview & more
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Will the Jets bench Zach Wilson in Week 12? Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller discuss Robert Saleh’s comments and what they think should happen with the QB position. They also dive into the NFC North and what has changed from their initial thoughts on the division. Plus, they preview the Thanksgiving games and share their Week 12 picks. Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Follow Randy on Twitter: @RandyMueller_ Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 4:33 Cardinals fire OL coach Sean Kugler 6:40 Jets won’t commit to Zach Wilson as starter 17:42 NFC North re-evaluation 26:58 GM Notebook 41:39 Week 12 Picks 46:04 Previewing the Thanksgiving games Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
Prospects to Pros: Hendon Hooker suffers torn ACL & top college players to watch during rivalry week
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Andy Staples and Dane Brugler discuss Hendon Hooker’s ACL injury and how it impacts the QB class in 2023. Plus, rivalry week is here! They discuss all of the top prospects in Michigan-Ohio State, Ole Miss-Mississippi State, Florida-Florida State, USC-Notre Dame and more. They close out the show by talking about the TE class and their favorite Thanksgiving food.  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 0:54 Hendon Hooker ACL injury & how it impacts the QB class 11:12 What NFL teams will be in the market for a QB in the 2023 draft? 18:10 Michigan-Ohio State 27:09 Ole Miss- Mississippi State  31:06 Florida-Florida State  36:29 USC-Notre Dame 39:03 TE Class 45:18 Thanksgiving food Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
Week 11 Hangover — The Rams' and Browns' respective futures, Kenny Pickett check-in, Bills and Bengals take care of business
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Robert Mays and Mike Sando put a bow on Week 11 with the Monday Hangover. The guys discuss futures for the Rams and Browns, and the Bills and Bengals doing what they needed to on Sunday. They also check in on Kenny Pickett, who had arguably the best game of his rookie season to date. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 3:23 What does the future hold for the Rams? 23:18 The future in Cleveland 37:24 A taking-care-of-business week for the Bills 43:42 Nice week for Kenny Pickett 53:59 Bengals do what they have to in Pittsburgh Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
Week 11 recap — Cowboys roll Vikings, Chargers-Chiefs SNF thriller, Eagles and Ravens get by, and more
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice are back together on Sunday night to recap Week 11. The guys discuss the Cowboys' dismantling of the Cowboys, the Chargers-Chiefs SNF thriller, the Eagles and Ravens just barely getting by, and a whole lot more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:41 Chiefs-Chargers thriller 15:43 Cowboys dismantle Vikings 34:01 Eagles squeak past Colts 46:51 Ravens muster up just 13 points in win over Panthers 55:13 Zach Wilson lays an egg 72:21 AFC playoff picture 77:38 The good version of the Lions 83:01 Justin Fields' Week 11 usage 87:09 Nathaniel Hackett can't get out of his own way Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
NFL Week 11 preview — Cowboys-Vikings, Chargers-Chiefs, Bills and Eagles offenses, and more
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice are set to preview Week 11 on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys discuss the week's two marquee matchups—Vikings vs. Cowboys and Chiefs vs. Chargers. Then, they dig into some minor issues cropping up in the Eagles' and Bills' offenses. They'll wrap it up with a focus on a couple of second-year quarterbacks under the microscope and a consideration of Washington's playoff chances. Plus, picks! Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 4:09 Vikings-Cowboys 27:12 Chargers-Chiefs 41:39 Under the Hood: Bills offense 57:22 Under the Hood: Eagles offense 71:00 What are You: Washington Football Team 89:15 The Jets' Zach Wilson Question 98:55 The Patriots' Mac Jones Question 104:58 Win my Fourth Screen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
Football GM: Christian Watson’s development, Derek Carr’s emotional press conference, Josh Allen’s turnovers & more
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Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller start the show this week by discussing Derek Carr’s emotional postgame press conference and who is to blame for what is going on in Las Vegas. Then, they talk about the Packers’ big win over the Cowboys and Christian Watson’s development. They also examine Josh Allen’s turnover rate, the Dolphins’ success this season and much more. Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Follow Randy on Twitter: @RandyMueller_ Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 3:15 Derek Carr emotional following Raiders loss 13:17 Packers key win over Cowboys & Christian Watson’s development 24:24 Justin Fields’ production 33:13 Josh Allen’s turnovers 39:55 Cardinals win with Colt McCoy 41:43 GM Notebook (Dolphins, Colts) 54:45 Week 11 Picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
Prospect to Pros: Scouting the Reese’s Senior Bowl with Jim Nagy
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Executive Director of the Reese's Senior Bowl Jim Nagy joins Andy Staples and Dane Brugler to look ahead to this year’s game. They dive into the scouting process and who is eligible before breaking down the top prospects who have accepted invitations. Nagy shares his evaluation on QBs Bo Nix, Michael Penix Jr. and Tyson Bagent. They also discuss several other players who have much to gain in Mobile. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Follow Jim on Twitter: @JimNagy_SB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:04 The scouting process for the Senior Bowl 9:03 Christian Watson impressed in Mobile & now in NFL 11:12 Tyree Wilson 15:46 Bo Nix & Michael Penix Jr. 20:25 Tyson Bagent 23:16 Cody Mauch 24:57 Jaelyn Duncan 26:40 Players that have come on late and surprised them 28:40 JL Skinner 30:28 Nick Saldiveri Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
The Super Bowl Champ will be one of these 10 teams
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As Thanksgiving nears and we direct our attention to the playoff picture more and more, it's time to separate the wheat from the chaff. On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, we aren't interested in teams that are merely playoff contenders. We want the true Super Bowl contenders. Robert Mays and David Helman of Fox Sports identify the teams that realistically have it in them to win the Super Bowl on this episode of TAFS. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow David on Twitter: Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 4:27 Kansas City Chiefs 9:00 Buffalo Bills 15:00 Philadelphia Eagles 22:45 San Francisco 49ers 30:18 Baltimore Ravens 33:51 Miami Dolphins 40:12 Dallas Cowboys 49:50 Minnesota Vikings 59:00 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 64:00 Seattle Seahawks 68:45 Cincinnati Bengals 74:45 New York Giants and the teams currently in the playoffs that have no shot 82:30 Los Angeles Chargers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
Week 10 Monday Hangover — Lions-Bears, Chargers-49ers, Saints-Steelers, Texans-Giants
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We wake up on another Monday during the NFL season with a set of games we simply couldn't get to on our Sunday recap. And so, Robert Mays and Mike Sando dig into Lions-Bears, Chargers-49ers, Saints-Steelers and Texans-Giants on the Monday Hangover. The guys talk Justin Fields, plans in Detroit and Pittsburgh, what's next for the Saints, and takeaways for the Chargers and Niners. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:35 Where do the Lions go from here? 11:55 Another big day for Justin Fields 27:55 Where exactly are the Giants? 47:34 What's next for the Saints? 62:04 How do the Steelers build around Kenny Pickett? 70:24 Quick look at Chargers-49ers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2022
NFL Week 10 recap — Vikings stun Bills, Packers upend Cowboys, Dolphins keep rolling, and more
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A couple of NFC North teams picked up huge wins in overtime to highlight Week 10 Sunday. First, the Vikings proved that we all might need to take them a little more seriously with a 33-30 win over the Bills. Then, the Packers kept their fledgling playoff hopes alive by erasing a 14-point deficit to beat the Cowboys, 31-28. Robert Mays and Mitch Schwartz dig into both of those games on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys also discuss the relentless Dolphins offense, the prospects of the Buccaneers doing damage in the playoffs, the AFC West, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mitch on Twitter: @MitchSchwartz71 Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 5:02 Vikings-Bills 23:25 Packers-Cowboys 48:20 Dolphins offense keeps rolling 68:18 Can the Bucs be good by time the playoffs arrive? 81:14 Things get uglier for the Raiders 89:53 The Broncos appear to be in long-term trouble 94:20 State of the Chiefs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
NFL Week 10 preview — Second-half questions; Cowboys offense, Dolphins defense, 49ers ceiling, and more
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The second half of the NFL season begins this week, and with it comes a raft of questions for likely or potential playoff teams. What does the Cowboys offense look like against a real defense? Can the Dolphins defense be simply good enough to make them legitimate AFC title contenders? What's the ceiling for the 49ers' offense? And what's behind the occasional duds for the Chiefs' offense? With Nate Tice out this week, The Read Optional's Ollie Connolly joins Robert Mays to answer those questions, and a whole lot more, on the Week 10 preview episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Ollie on Twitter: @OllieConnolly Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 4:51 Can the Vikings be dangerous in the playoffs? 13:36 Josh Allen's elbow injury 18:28 What does the Cowboys' offense look like against a real defense? 27:46 Can the Dolphins' defense be merely 'good enough'? 38:41 Seahawks-Bucs, and the impact on the NFC playoff picture 47:09 Realistic expectations for the Chargers the rest of the season 56:01 What's the ceiling for the 49ers' offense? 60:20 How does the Jaguars' defense go from fun to legitimately good? 65:01 What's up with the occasional duds from the Chiefs? 66:57 Concern for the long-term health of the Josh McDaniels era in Las Vegas 72:31 Let's do this, Colts 77:21 Wick Scale: Mike McCarthy vs. Packers 80:09 Wick Scale: Stefon Diggs vs. Vikings 82:15 Wick Scale: Case Keenum vs. Vikings 84:10 Win my Fourth Screen: Texans vs. Giants Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Football GM: What’s next for Colts & Jeff Saturday, Packers’ problems continue, Cardinals begin in-season Hard Knocks & more
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As Jeff Saturday and the Colts prepare to take on the Raiders, Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller try and make sense of what happened this week in Indianapolis. Then, they talk about the Packers’ fifth straight loss before looking ahead to Mike McCarthy’s return to Green Bay. They also dive into about Tom Brady’s comments on the Bucs “effort,” the Cardinals debut on in-season Hard Knocks and much more. Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Follow Randy on Twitter: @RandyMueller_ Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:30 Jeff Saturday named interim head coach of Colts 23:08 Packers tone on field amid losing streak 33:47 Mike McCarthy returns to Green Bay 37:58 Tom Brady calls out Bucs “effort” 41:35 Cardinals begin in-season Hard Knocks 48:02 GM Notebook 59:52 Week 10 Picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Prospects to Pros: Bruce Feldman’s players to watch, RBs on scouts radar + comparing the 2023 & 2024 QB class
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Andy Staples and Dane Brugler welcome The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman to the show to talk about the players who have caught his attention ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft. They discuss Tyree Wilson, Michigan’s draft prospects and several running backs who could land in the top 100. They also dive into the quarterbacks and where the 2024 class with Drake Maye and Caleb Williams compares to this year’s group of C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young and Will Levis.  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Follow Bruce on Twitter: @BruceFeldmanCFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:16 Tyree Wilson 8:56 Michigan draft prospects (Mazi Smith, Olusegun Oluwatimi, Eyabi Okie, Blake Corum) 30:54 RBs to watch (Jahmyr Gibbs, Zach Evans, Zach Charbonnet, Eric Gray, Izzy Abanikanda, Sean Tucker, Chase Brown 39:47 Prospects Dane hated leaving off his midseason top 50 (Josh Downs) 47:17 2024 QB Class (Drake Maye & Caleb Williams) 56:13 2023 QB Class (C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young, Will Levis) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
Midseason awards extravaganza with Lindsay Jones
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The Ringer's Lindsay Jones is back on The Athletic Football Show, handing out some midseason awards with Robert Mays. Robert and Lindsay hit all the real awards—MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, and the rest—but they also go off the beaten path with fun awards like Preseason Take You'd Like Back, Russell Wilson's Cringiest Moment, and more. Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:13 Biggest surprise 5:59 Biggest disappointment 11:19 Cringiest Russell Wilson moment 18:34 Preseason take you wish you believed in more 24:24 Preseason take you want back 29:03 Assistant Coach of the Year 37:00 Comeback Player of the Year 41:20 Offensive Rookie of the Year 45:15 Defensive Rookie of the Year 46:00 Coach of the Year 54:16 Executive of the Year 57:16 Offensive Player of the Year 58:16 Defensive Player of the Year 59:29 MVP Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
Week 9 Monday Hangover — Colts fire Frank Reich (and hire Jeff Saturday?!?); the stacked-up AFC Wild Card race
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The Colts shocked the NFL world on Monday when they fired Frank Reich. And then they did so again when they announced Jeff Saturday as the interim head coach. Colts beat writer Zak Keefer joins Robert Mays and Mike Sando to discuss what the hell is going on in Indianapolis. Then, Robert and Sando break down the AFC playoff picture, not including the current division leaders. Who among the Dolphins, Jets, Chargers, Bengals and Patriots is most likely to make the playoffs? Who's least likely? Who could potentially be in control of their division by the end of the season. The guys consider those questions, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:58 Fallout in Indy after the Colts fire Frank Reich 31:29 Best team in the AFC that isn't leading its division 42:44 Who's the next best team? 46:09 Which AFC Wild Card contender are you least confident in? 51:44 Who's happiest to be in this position? 63:44 Which coach is most concerned about meeting with his owner? 72:24 Which of these teams could end up controlling its division? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
NFL Week 9 recap — Chiefs-Titans thriller; Packers, Rams are done; Justin Fields, Jets impress; Seahawks, Vikings win again
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We know that every NFL season is going to surprise us in its own unique way. Still, not many of us had the Packers and Rams being done halfway through the season on the 2022 surprises bingo card. And yet, that's exactly what it looks like after Week 9. Robert Mays and Nate Tice break down the biggest stories of the week on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys also get into the Chiefs-Titans SNF thriller, Justin Fields' big day, the Jets grabbing our attention, the Seahawks' and Vikings' rosy outlooks, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 5:06 Chiefs-Titans 15:41 The Packers are done 28:21 What does a competitive 2023 Rams team look like? 36:31 What's going on in Vegas? 46:01 A Trevor Lawrence tangent 50:41 The Jets have our attention 65:01 Holy cow, Justin Fields 77:21 The good and bad for the Dolphins 87:11 More likely to make a playoff run: Vikings or Seahawks? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
NFL Week 9 preview — Chiefs-Titans, Rams-Bucs, Tua's progress, Chargers' stagnant offense and more
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The halfway point of the NFL season arrives this week, and with it comes some unlikely storylines. For example, the loser of Rams-Buccaneers is going to have a tough time making the playoffs. Also, why is the Chargers' offense so boring? Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss those two stories, and a whole lot more, on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys also hit on expectations for Roquan Smith and T.J. Hockenson with their new teams, Tua Tagovailoa taking a big step forward, and the return of the Wick Scale. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 3:51 Under the Hood: Chargers offense 27:32 Roquan Smith's effect on the Ravens 34:11 T.J. Hockenson's role in Minnesota 41:47 Rams-Bucs Loser Leaves Town Match 56:27 Gameplan of the Week: Chiefs offense vs. Titans defense 74:02 Kirk Cousins revenge game 79:37 Stephon Gilmore revenge game 81:15 Tua Tagovailoa proving he can be the guy for Miami 97:12 Win my Fourth Screen 99:17 Week 9 picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Football GM: Dan Snyder explores sale of Commanders, Dolphins trade for Bradley Chubb, the Bears deal for Chase Claypool & more NFL trade deadline takeaways
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Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller discuss Dan Snyder’s statement about potentially selling the Commanders as well as the report of an upcoming federal investigation. Then, they dive into the NFL trade deadline and the teams who made moves and who didn’t. They talk about what the Dolphins gave up for Bradley Chubb, the Lions dealing T. J. Hockenson within the division, the high price tag for Chase Claypool and much more.  Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Follow Randy on Twitter: @RandyMueller_ Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 4:08 Dan Snyder under federal investigation & considers sale of Commanders 12:47 Teams that weren’t active at the deadline (Packers & Cowboys) 21:45 Dolphins trade for Bradley Chubb 27:14 Lions T. J. Hockenson in division to Vikings 35:54 Steelers get 2nd rd pick for Chase Claypool 39:19 Bills acquire Nyheim Hines from Colts 41:48 Jaguars trade for Calvin Ridley 44:17 GM Notebook (Kadarius Toney, CMC) 53:17 Week 9 picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Prospects to Pros: Dane Brugler’s 2023 NFL Draft Top 50 2.0
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Dane Brugler’s midseason rankings are in! He sits down with Andy Staples and NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein to discuss the top 50 prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft. They talk about the QBs, risers and fallers and players who have impressed them the most this season.  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Follow Lance on Twitter: @LanceZierlein Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 4:15 QB Will Levis 10:19 QBs C.J. Stroud & Bryce Young 18:08 QB Hendon Hooker 23:34 WR Jalin Hyatt 28:42 TE Darnell Washington 33:51 Players you may not know on the list/who have risen quickly  45:53 Players who fell off Top 50 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
NFL trade deadline recap with Bill Barnwell
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It was the wildest trade deadline day in NFL history, with 10 deals being made and players like Bradley Chubb and T.J. Hockenson among the players on the move. Robert Mays and ESPN's Bill Barnwell recap the day on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:47 Busiest trade deadline ever 5:00 Where were the Giants? 7:00 Chase Claypool to the Bears 23:03 Calvin Ridley to the Falcons 33:23 Bradley Chubb to the Dolphins 53:23 T.J. Hockenson to the Vikings 64:28 A few smaller deals 66:28 Brian Burns/Rams rumor 78:40 What are the Packers doing? 83:18 Mays called the Claypool deal! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
NFL Week 8 Monday Hangover — Bears trade Roquan Smith to Ravens, the Titans go full Titans, and are the Saints the best team in the NFC South?
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Robert Mays and Mike Sando get together for another edition of the Monday Hangover on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys discuss the Ravens acquiring Roquan Smith from the Bears, fallout from Raiders-Saints, Titans-Texans and Commanders-Colts, and the recalibration of near-team optimism for the Lions. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:33 Bears trade Roquan Smith to Ravens 12:00 Lions fire DB coach Aubrey Pleasant 23:43 What do we make of the Raiders? 38:34 Can the Saints win the NFC South? 50:21 The Titans go full Titans 63:20 The Colts and Sam Ehlinger 72:43 What is the Ron Rivera era Washington football team? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2022
NFL Week 8 recap — Unlikely NFC division leaders, huge stat lines, Cowboys offense shines, and more
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Hey, there's all the scoring we've been waiting for! Week 8 was the biggest offensive week of this NFL season, something you could see in both team scores and individual stat lines across the league. Robert Mays and Nate Tice recap all the excitement on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys discuss unlikely NFC division leaders—and the chances that they actually win their divisions—the Cowboys' offense, massive impacts made by players who were traded, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 4:17 Will the Vikings win the NFC North? 15:17 Will the Seahawks win the NFC West? 24:47 Can the Falcons win the NFC South? 36:17 You Have Our Attention: Cowboys offense 52:13 You Have Our Attention: Tyreek Hill 62:17 You Have Our Attention: Christian McCaffrey 67:47 You Have Our Attention: A.J. Brown 78:37 I'm Not Mad, Just Disappointed: Trevor Lawrence 90:39 I'm Not Mad, Just Disappointed: Zach Wilson 97:52 I'm Not Mad, Just Disappointed: Mac Jones 105:57 We See You, Terry McLaurin and Derrick Henry Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
NFL Week 8 preview — Giants-Seahawks, Niners-Rams, the Titans' unique greatness, picks and more
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Week in the NFL 8 features matchups between the Bills and Packers, Ravens and Buccaneers and 49ers and Rams. So naturally, the only game where both teams are over .500 is Giants-Seahawks. Robert Mays and Nate Tice dig into Week 8 on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys give that Giants-Seahawks matchup the Game of the Week treatment, break down the matchup between the Bills offense and Packers defense, explore what it means to sacrifice as many draft picks as the 49ers and Rams have in recent years, discuss the Ja'Marr Chase injury, delve into the Titans' situational football greatness, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 5:02 Giants-Seahawks 38:38 Bills offense vs. Packers defense 49:02 The Rams' and 49ers' team-building strategies 64:12 What the hell's going on with Mac Jones and the Patriots? 72:09 The Ja'Marr Chase injury 75:02 The Titans' situational greatness 89:41 Win my Fourth Screen 93:05 Week 8 picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
Football GM: Eagles trade for Robert Quinn, Russell Wilson says ready to return, the Brian Daboll effect & more
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Robert Quinn is headed to Philadelphia. Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller break down the Eagles’ trade with the Bears. Then, they share their thoughts on the Colts’ decision to bench Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson’s plane workout and the Jets’ deal for James Robinson. They also discuss what worked for Justin Fields against the Patriots and the big questions the Giants face with Daniel Jones. They close out the show by talking about what the Packers will do at the deadline, Tom Brady’s future and their Week 8 picks. Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Follow Randy on Twitter: @RandyMueller_ Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:54- Eagles trade for Robert Quinn 7:48- Colts bench Matt Ryan 18:50- Russell Wilson says he’s ready to play 24:34- Andy Dalton starting over Jameis Winston 28:28- James Robinson traded to Jets 31:14- Justin Fields finally looks comfortable in Bears’ offense 37:34- Giants 6-1 & big questions about Daniel Jones’ future 46:15- How active will the Packers be before the trade deadline? 53:38- Aaron Rodgers’ comments on Packers mental mistakes 59:38- Tom Brady’s future 1:07:16- Week 8 Picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
Prospects to Pros: Clemson’s defensive line, 2023 NFL Draft outliers & teams that need the most help at QB
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Andy Staples is in Knoxville ahead of Tennessee’s matchup against Kentucky. He joins Dane Brugler to talk about Hendon Hooker, Will Levis and the other top prospects to watch. Plus, they break down the talent on Clemson’s defensive line before diving into Bailey Zappe and the NFL teams that could be looking for a QB next year. They end the show by talking about the prospect outliers in the draft and what they are watching in college football this weekend.  Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 0:31- Tennessee’s vs. Kentucky (Hendon Hooker, Will Levis, Jalin Hyatt, Cedric Tillman) 13:52- Clemson’s defensive line 24:47- Ohio State’s DE Zach Harrison 30:05-NFL news (Breece Hall injury, Bailey Zappe questions, QB needy teams heading into the 2023 NFL Draft) 41:49- Draft outliers (Bryce Young, Peter Skoronski, Devon Achane) 52:14- What to watch this weekend Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
The nitty-gritty of quarterback development with The QB School's J.T. O'Sullivan
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Why do some quarterbacks develop where others see their growth stunted? What are the best ways to build around a potential franchise QB, and who's doing a great job of it right now? Former NFL quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan joins Robert Mays on this episode of The Athletic Football Show to answer those questions and more. Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 0:30 Justin Fields big night on MNF 21:57 The most important elements of QB development 28:30 Offensive weapons vs. offensive line 32:30 What we've seen from Jalen Hurts and the Eagles 35:45 The best offensive architecture 44:00 Teams that are failing their QBs 46:28 The Ravens offense in 2022 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
NFL Monday Hangover Week 7 — Dak and Tua return, the Titans keep on truckin', and the Ravens spawn more questions about their offense
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Robert Mays and Mike Sando dig into four more games we didn't talk about on Sunday night on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys consider Dak's and Tua's respective returns, the Colts' changing of the guard at QB, questions about the Ravens' offense, the Titans' unique ability to do what they do, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:30 Colts bench Matt Ryan 5:15 How did the Colts get here 22:00 The Titans do it again 31:04 Miami's offense in Tua's return 38:00 What do we make of the Steelers? 43:11 Dak's back 51:28 Are the Lions disappointing? 59:56 Concerned about the Ravens offense? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2022
NFL Week 7 recap — Chiefs dismantle 49ers, Packers and Buccaneers in crisis, and more
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We've been emphasizing all season how the Bills and Chiefs are in a tier all their own. We got another illustration of why that's true in the Chiefs 44-23 win over the 49ers in Week 7. Then there are the Packers and Buccaneers, two supposed contenders that are clearly in crisis. Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss all that, and a whole lot more, as they recap Week 7 on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 5:42 Chiefs dismantle the 49ers 24:12 The Bengals offense is back 35:50 Josh Jacobs with another monster game 42:20 Kenneth Walker shines, the Seahawks are in 1st place 49:04 The Giants run game dominates again 58:07 Buccaneers lay an egg vs. Panthers 71:17 Packers lose again, fall to 3-4 83:54 We See You, Micah Parsons Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Christian McCaffrey trade reaction
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Well, well, well, the 49ers and Panthers sure spiced up Thursday night, didn't they? Robert Mays and Nate Tice react to the Christian McCaffrey/49ers trade on this special episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2022
NFL Week 7 preview — Leaguewide offense in crisis, Chiefs-Niners preview, picks and more
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One-third of the NFL season is in the books, and one thing is clear...we need to have a discussion about offense. That's exactly where Robert Mays and Nate Tice start the Week 7 preview episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys also preview Chiefs-49ers, name their All-Disappointment Team, welcome back Tua Tagovailoa and Dak Prescott, and make their Week 7 picks. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 4:33 Why offense is down bad this year 35:44 Chiefs-Niners preview 49:28 The All-Disappointment Team 80:58 Tua and Dak return in Week 7 87:28 Listening to some voicemails 90:20 Win my Fourth Screen 94:36 Week 7 picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
Football GM: Jim Irsay speaks out on Dan Snyder, Cardinals trade for Robbie Anderson, Bailey Zappe makes case to start & more
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It was an eventful week at the NFL owners’ meetings. Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller break Jim Irsay’s viral comments regarding Dan Snyder’s future in the league. Plus, should we be worried about Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers? They discuss their concerns for the Bucs and Packers before talking about Bailey Zappe’s case to start and the Cardinals trade for Robbie Anderson. They close out the show with Russell Wilson’s numbers this season and their Week 7 picks. Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Follow Randy on Twitter: @RandyMueller_ Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:04-11:01 NFL owners’ meetings drama 11:02-15:14 Texans fire Jack Easterby 15:15-30:24 Should we be worried about Brady and the Bucs and Rodgers and the Packers? 30:25-37:09 Is Bailey Zappe the real deal? 37:10-40:54 Cardinals trade for Robbie Anderson 40:55-45:05 Russell Wilson’s struggles continue 45:09-55:32 GM Notebook 55:33-57:55 Week 7 Picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
Prospects to Pros: Hendon Hooker, Bryce Young impress & more 2023 NFL Draft implications
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Andy Staples and Dane Brugler discuss their takeaways from a wild weekend in college football. They talk about the battle between Hendon Hooker and Bryce Young and the other top prospects on display in Tennessee’s win over Alabama. Plus, do college offenses make it difficult to truly scout a QB for the NFL? They talk about Justin Fields and Bailey Zappe before diving into a big week for Kayvon Thibodeaux and Brian Robinson Jr.’s amazing comeback. They wrap by looking ahead to C.J. Stroud vs. the Iowa defense, Syracuse at Clemson and much more. Subscribe to the TAFS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6gWjMSDj7-8j3iCc2ZGo3g 1:11-13:36 Bryce Young vs. Hendon Hooker observations 13:37-22:26 Scouting QB’s in different college offenses and how it translates to the NFL (Justin Fields, Bailey Zappe) 22:29-35:00 USC-Utah & Alabama-Tennessee takeaways 35:04-41:49 NFL rookies (Kayvon Thibodeaux, Sauce Gardner, Tariq Woolen, Brian Robinson Jr.) 41:50-51:20 What to watch this weekend Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
The state of the analytics conversation in the NFL with Amazon's Sam Schwartzstein; Plus, Ty Dunne on the beauty of the tight end position
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The analytics in football discussion has reached a point where the opposing sides seem to be shouting past one another, lacking the nuance necessary to such a discussion. So, what should we talk about when we talk about analytics. Sam Schwartzstein, Amazon's analytics expert and producer for live events focused on analytics and insights, joins Robert Mays to dive into that on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Then, Ty Dunne of Go Long hops on to talk about his new book about the history of the tight end position, 'The Blood and Guts.' Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:34 Most frustrating part of the analytics discussion 13:30 The details of modeling 26:30 What is and is not an analytics decision 30:30 The football guy mentality 35:50 Presentation of analytics in NFL broadcasts 53:54 Ty Dunne on 'The Blood and Guts' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
NFL Week 6 Monday Hangover — Bengals slip past Saints, another uninspiring win for the Vikings, and more
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Mike Sando joins Robert Mays on this edition of the Hangover to break down four more games from Week 6. The guys dig into the Bengals' come-from-behind win over the Saints; the Vikings' latest half-hearted win, this one against the short-handed Dolphins; the Seahawks adding to the Cardinals' woes; and the Colts scoring a huge divisional victory over the Jaguars. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 3:06 Bengals-Saints 14:15 Vikings-Dolphins 27:02 Cardinals-Seahawks 51:01 Jaguars-Colts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2022
NFL Week 6 Recap — Bills top Chiefs, Eagles beat Cowboys, NFC flops, and more
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The Game of the Year lived up to the hype, with the Bills and the Chiefs spending the entire 60 minutes within a one-score window. Ultimately, it was the Bills who were just a bit better on this given Sunday, a fact that Robert Mays and Nate Tice dig into on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys also discuss the Eagles win over the Cowboys, flops from a trio of supposed contenders in the NFC, the continued success of the Jets and Giants, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:38 Bills-Chiefs 24:18 Cowboys-Eagles 34:28 Giants and Falcons zag where everyone else zigs 44:08 The Patriots have our attention 55:16 The Jets have our attention 68:28 Failings of the supposed NFC contenders 80:03 We See You, Ja'Marr Chase 82:03 Last words on Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
Football GM: Dan Snyder situation, Ron Rivera’s animated press conference, Bears’ play-calling for Justin Fields, roughing the passer penalties & more
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Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller discuss another eventful Thursday Night Football game. They talk about the latest report involving Dan Snyder and his future owning the team before diving into Ron Rivera’s comments on Carson Wentz and his animated postgame press conference. Plus, they examine the Bears’ play-calling for Justin Fields, what went wrong for Matt Rhule and the Panthers, the controversial roughing the passer penalties and more. The close out the show by discussing what they are watching in Week 6 and they share their picks. Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Follow Randy on Twitter: @RandyMueller_ Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 4:33-9:59 Amazon halftime/postgame crew’s honest criticism of games 10:00-20:18 Dan Snyder situation 20:19-25:59 Ron Rivera’s fiery press conference 26:00-32:03 Commanders-Bears takeaways 32:06-39:37 Matt Rhule fired 39:38-52:54 GM’s notebook (Cowboys defense, Steelers struggles, roughing the passer calls) 52:55-1:06:50 Games to watch in Week 6 & picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2022
NFL Week 6 Preview — Bills-Chiefs, Cowboys-Eagles, the Bengals offense, picks, and more
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Week 6 is here, and it is a doozy. The Cowboys and Eagles get together on Sunday night in a clash atop the NFC East, but that's merely a dessert to the main course. The Bills and Chiefs meet for the first time since their playoff epic last season. Robert Mays and Nate Tice preview those games on this episode of The Athletic Football Show, but that's just the start! The guys also breakdown the Chiefs offense vs. the Broncos defense, go under the hood on the Bengals offense, dive into the Wink Martindale revenge game, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 8:00 Bills-Chiefs 25:17 Cowboys-Eagles 41:05 Gameplan of the Week: Chargers offense vs. Broncos defense 54:35 Wick Scale: Wink Martindale vs. Ravens; Comparing and contrasting the Ravens and Giants defenses 60:35 Wick Scale: Vonn Bell vs. the Saints 62:10 Under the Hood: Bengals offense 78:26 Win my Fourth Screen: Jaguars-Colts 81:35 Week 6 picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
Titans talk, Cowboys and Vikings as contenders, and Browns and Packers regret with Gregg Rosenthal; Kalyn Kahler on concussion testing from the player's point of view
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Titans fans, this is your moment! At least when it comes to The Athletic Football Show. NFL Network's Gregg Rosenthal joins Robert Mays to dive into the State of the Titans. They also play a round of Are You Buying This?, featuring the Cowboys and Vikings as contenders in the NFC, and the long-term outlook for the Steelers. Finally, they share some takes they'd like back before Gregg takes a victory lap on Geno Smith. Then, Kalyn Kahler joins Robert to discuss her recent story on what sideline concussion testing is like from the point of view of a player who is going through it. Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:48 State of the Titans 25:07 Are you Buying This? Cowboys, Vikings, MVP candidates, and Steelers 40:10 Take Two: Browns and Steelers 48:27 QB Therapy: A Geno Smith victory lap 53:36 Kalyn Kahler on her concussion testing story Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
Prospects to Pros: Will Anderson Jr. & Alabama’s top talent + NFL rookie CBs standing out
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Andy Staples talks with Dane Brugler about his SEC tour and his big takeaways from Alabama’s close win over Texas A&M. They discuss the Crimson Tide’s top talent heading into the 2023 NFL Draft and they look ahead to next week’s big matchup against Tennessee. Plus, it’s been a big start to the NFL season for rookie CBs. They explain what has impressed them the most about guys like Sauce Gardner, Jack Jones and more. They wrap by talking about Matt Rhule’s future and the games they are most excited about this weekend. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples Follow Dane on Twitter: @dpbrugler Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 0:44-21:44 Alabama-Texas A&M recap (Brian Branch, Will Anderson Jr., Chris Braswell, Tyler Steen, Bryce Young) 21:45-29:16 Players to watch in Alabama-Tennessee 29:20-38:34 NFL rookie CBs impressing (Sauce Gardner, Jack Jones, Kaiir Elam, Tariq Woolen) 38:35- 41:42 NFL rookie OLs making strides (Cole Strange, Zion Johnson, Evan Neal) 41:46-50:42 What to watch this weekend 50:43-55:03 Matt Rhule’s future Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
How this year's big WR trades have shaped the 2022 NFL season with Matt Bowen
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Wide receiver movement was one of the defining storylines of this NFL offseason. After all, you don't see guys like Davante Adams, A.J. Brown and Tyreek Hill traded all that often. To no one's surprise, they've fundamentally changed the teams they're on now. They've also completely altered the landscape of the league. If you need further proof of that, look at where the Eagles and Packers are in the standings. Matt Bowen joins Robert Mays to break it down on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 4:31 The Dolphins with Tyreek Hill 14:44 The Eagles with A.J. Brown 20:20 How Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts are authoring their futures 29:30 The Raiders with Davante Adams 39:00 How the Chiefs have thrived without Tyreek, and why the Packers have floundered without Davante Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
NFL Week 5 Monday Hangover — Jets roll up 40, Saints-Seahawks fireworks, and more
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Robert Mays and Diante Lee are back for another round of the Monday Hangover, looking back at a handful of Week 5 games that needed a little more time to marinate before we could tackle them in full. The guys dig into Jets-Dolphins, Saints-Seahawks and Eagles-Cardinals on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 5:59 Panthers fire Matt Rhule 20:00 Dolphins-Jets 38:20 Eagles-Cardinals 61:20 Seahawks-Saints Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2022
NFL Week 5 recap — Parity reigns supreme, the NFC East is back, and more
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We're just about through five weeks this NFL season. How many teams are we sure are legitimately good? Three? Four? Parity has been the story of these first five weeks, a topic Robert Mays and Nate Tice explore in depth on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys also discuss the resurgence of the NFC East, the confounding Minnesota Vikings, disappointment from the Jaguars and Lions, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:20 Parity reigns supreme 10:01 The NFC East is back! 31:00 Cause for concern in Green Bay 36:45 What are the Vikings? 50:40 Disappointed in the Jaguars 55:50 Disappointed in the Lions, too 62:20 A handful of questionable calls on Sunday 69:00 What do we make of the Browns and Chargers? 72:27 We See...the Jets rookies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2022
Football GM: Colts-Broncos sloppy TNF, concerns about Russell Wilson, NFL one month checkpoint & more
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Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller do their best to make sense of what happened on Thursday Night Football between the Broncos and Colts. They share their concerns for Russell Wilson and Nathaniel Hackett before examining the big questions facing the Colts. Then, one month into the NFL season, Randy explains how GM’s are looking to improve their team and bolster rosters. Finally, they discuss the Patriots’ game management, the Steelers’ offense and more before diving into the games they are watching in Week 5.  Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Follow Randy on Twitter: @RandyMueller_ Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 2:42-21:00 What’s going on Russell Wilson & Nathaniel Hackett? 21:01-27:14 Colts questions remain despite win 27:18-35:13 One month into the season, what can GM’s do to help their team 35:14-47:29 GM’s Notebook (Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers, teams looking for QBs in 2023) 47:32-1:01:11 Games of interest in Week 5  1:01:15-1:08:53 Week 5 Picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
NFL Week 5 preview — Bengals-Ravens, Rams O vs. Cowboys D, curious offenses, picks, and more
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Week 5 of the NFL season has arrived, and with it comes a whole new slate of questions. Who will take the early lead in the AFC North when the Bengals and Ravens get together? What will the sputtering Rams offense do with a tough test against the top-flight Cowboys defense? How are the Giants and Seahawks doing what they're doing on offense? Robert Mays, Nate Tice and Diante Lee are here to provide answers to those questions on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:15 Game of the Week: Bengals-Ravens 17:35 Gameplan of the Week: Rams offense vs. Cowboys defense 41:16 The oddities of the Giants offense 50:30 Is the Seahawks offense...good? 59:40 Chargers-Browns 70:20 Under the Hood: The Falcons offense 81:10 Win my Fourth Screen 85:40 Week 5 picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
Two fantasy QB surprises & two QB debuts of significance before week 5
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Michael Beller and Brandon Funston return for the week 5 fantasy football conversation as they bring you two QBs who have surprised so far, including one in Seattle, plus two QBs taking over for teams that might have fantasy significance soon. All that and more, presented by KFC! 0:00 Jared Goff 5:30 Geno Smith 11:40 Zach Wilson 17:10 Kenny Pickett Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Patrick Mahomes and Rashan Gary takes, state of the Raiders, and Are You Buying This? with Jeff Howe; Plus, QB therapy with comedian and Colts fan Megan Gailey
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The Athletic NFL insider Jeff Howe joins Robert Mays to go over the biggest news and stories across the league heading into Week 5. The guys discuss the latest on Tua Tagovailoa, take stock of the Raiders, and revisit some takes they wouldn't mind having back on Patrick Mahomes and Rashan Gary. Then, comedian and Colts fan Megan Gailey joines Robert to plead for an exorcism—and perhaps the lifting of a curse?— for her favorite team. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffphowe Follow Megan on Twitter: @megangailey Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:05 The latest news — Tua Tagovailoa, more issues for the Broncos, and more OL injuries 19:15 Where and what are the Raiders? 34:42 Take Two: Patrick Mahomes and Rashan Gary 46:51 Are you Buying This? 54:28 Colts QB therapy with comedian Megan Gailey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Prospects to Pros: Bryce Young’s shoulder injury, top college RB’s to watch & early NFL All-Rookie team
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Andy Staples and Dane Brugler discuss Bryce Young’s shoulder injury and how it will impact the QB’s stock. Then, they examine what they’ve seen from the top running backs in college football as well as Ohio State’s draft prospects. Plus, The Athletic’s Nick Baumgardner joins the show to talk about the NFL All-Rookie team through Week 4. They break down each position, who has impressed them most and which rookie they are looking to see more from as the season continues. Subscribe to the TAFS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6gWjMSDj7-8j3iCc2ZGo3g 0:50-10:31 Bryce Young’s shoulder injury 10:32-24:15 Top RBs to watch (Bijan Robinson, Jahmyr Gibbs, Devon Achane) 24:16-31:57 Ohio State prospects (Miyan Williams, Dawand Jones, Zach Harrison, Steele Chambers) 32:20-54:24 NFL All-Rookie team through Week 4 54:28-58:21 What to watch this weekend Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2022
NFL team tiers check-in with Mike Sando
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We've played one-quarter of the 2022 NFL season. What better time to plant some flags and make some tiers. Robert Mays and Mike Sando do just that on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys break all 32 teams into tiers, from Super Bowl Favorites to the Shadow Realm. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:00 Contenders! 5:30 Contenders? 12:45 Lightning in a bottle 25:00 Frisky upstarts 35:10 What's the plan here? 37:30 This isn't the plan! 40:55 The Shadow Realm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2022
NFL Week 4 Monday Hangover — Vikings beat Saints, Kenny Pickett debuts, and more
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This week's football hangover features a supposed contender squeaking out a win over a banged-up, inferior opponent; two young quarterbacks making different types of debuts; and a couple of AFC South teams that seem to be going in different directions. Robert Mays and Diante Lee break down Vikings-Saints, Jets-Steelers, and Titans-Colts on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:00 Vikings-Saints 25:40 Jets-Steelers 51:30 Titans-Colts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
NFL Week 4 recap — Bills rally to beat Ravens, Eagles remain undefeated, and more
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One-quarter of the NFL season is just about in the books, and we just might be witnessing a run game renaissance. That's just one topic Robert Mays and Nate Tice hit on the Week 4 recap episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys also discuss the Bills' comeback victory against the Ravens, the Eagles moving to 4-0 with a win over the Jaguars, the defense-optional point-fest between the Seahawks and Lions, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:15 Chiefs-Buccaneers 7:20 Bills-Ravens 17:30 Eagles-Jaguars 32:20 The run game is back! 43:20 Are we worried about the Packers? 49:17 The Cowboys defense is for real 61:08 Kenny Pickett takes over 68:10 Defense optional for the Seahawks and Lions 79:25 The Panthers are a mess 87:25 We See You Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
Football GM: Handling of Tua Tagovailoa’s injury, what makes an RB worthy of the HOF, the Jaguars’ potential & more
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Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller discuss the Dolphins’ handling of Tua Tagovailoa’s injury following the scary scene on Thursday Night Football. They also talk about their takeaways from the game before breaking down what makes a RB Hall of Fame worthy. Plus, they get into the Chargers’ injury situation, the Cowboys’ offense with Cooper Rush, the Jaguars’ playoff potential, changes to the Pro Bowl and much more.  Subscribe to the TAFS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6gWjMSDj7-8j3iCc2ZGo3g 2:05 Handling of Tua Tagovailoa’s injury 11:37 TNF takeaways 18:37 What makes an RB Hall of Fame worthy? 26:30 Chargers injuries 33:00 Thee Jaguars’ potential 41:44 Cowboys’ offense 44:36 Concerns for the Commanders 48:00 Pro Bowl changes 53:30 Week 4 Picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
Tua Tagovailoa leaves Thursday Night Football with head and neck injuries
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Robert Mays and Mike Jones discuss Tua Tagovailoa's head and neck injuries and, more importantly, the process that allowed him to take the field in the first place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
NFL Week 4 preview — Jaguars-Eagles, Bills-Ravens, gameplans, picks and more
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Who had Bills-Ravens as a must-watch game in Week 4 before the season started? OK, OK, that was an easy one. Who had Jaguars-Eagles? That's the beauty of the NFL right there. Some things are as we predicted, but many others are already a jumbled mess. A beautiful, jumbled mess. Robert Mays, Nate Tice and Diante Lee preview Week 4 on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:17 Jaguars-Eagles 19:46 Bills-Ravens 35:29 Chiefs offense vs. Buccaneers defense 48:30 Falcons-Browns 63:30 Under the Hood on the Broncos offense 72:08 Under the Hood on the Rams offense 77:47 Fourth Screen 81:30 Week 4 picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Week 4 fantasy & players who have lacked "juice" in 2022
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From Austin Ekeler to Alvin Kamara, there are plenty of fantasy football names that were drafted high and haven't lived up to their expected returns thus far. But are we hitting the panic button, or sticking with our picks? Michael Beller and Brandon Funston bring you this week's fantasy football edition of The Athletic Football Show presented by KFC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
State of the Patriots, confronting our NFC East priors, and a TNF preview with Mike Jones; Plus, debuting QB Therapy with Daniel Jones and The Ringer's Danny Heifetz
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Mike Jones joins Robert Mays on this episode of The Athletic Football show to dig into the latest news and stories around the league. The guys discuss Mac Jones' ankle injury and the state of the Patriots, take a second look at some preseason takes they'd like back, and preview the Thursday night showdown between the Dolphins and Bengals. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mike on Twitter: @ByMikeJones Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube 1:45 News and notes 10:30 Mac Jones' injury and the state of the Patriots 21:00 Take Two on the Cowboys and Jalen Hurts 33:15 Washington and Carson Wentz 40:24 Dolphins-Bengals preview 43:36 QB Therapy starring Daniel Jones and The Ringer's Danny Heifetz Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Prospects to Pros: 2023 NFL Draft QB class check-in with Eric Galko
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After a quick check-in on some of the top performing rookies in the NFL in Week 3 (0:41), Andy Staples and Dane Brugler dive into the 2023 NFL Draft QB class. They welcome Eric Galko, Director of Football Ops, Player Personnel for the East West Shrine Bowl, to the show to talk about what he’s seen from the seniors such as Will Levis, Hendon Hooker, Aidan O’Connell and more (11:33). Then, Dane and Andy get into C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young and the top draft-eligible underclassmen (28:35). Subscribe to the TAFS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6gWjMSDj7-8j3iCc2ZGo3g 0:41-11:32: NFL Rookies (Devin Lloyd, Jalen Pitre, Jelani Woods) 11:33-28:32: Senior QB class with Eric Galko (Hendon Hooker, Will Levis, Clayton Tune, Devin Leary, Sam Hartman, Aidan O'Connell) 28:35-45:24: Underclassmen QB class (C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young, DJ Uiagalelei, Jalon Daniels, Austin Reed, Cameron Ward) 45:24-55:54: What to watch this weekend Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
What makes a great NFL running game? Plus, more pressing early season questions with Mitchell Schwartz
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Michell Schwartz joins Robert Mays on this episode to talk about something right in his wheelhouse...offensive lines! Specifically, the guys discuss some of the massing left tackle injuries, including those to Rashawn Slater and Trent Williams. Then, the guys discuss the nuts and bolts of what makes a successful run game, with a special spotlight on the Lions and Browns. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mitch on Twitter: @MitchSchwartz71 Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
NFL Week 3 Monday Hangover — Vikings sneak past Lions, Broncos win ugly over 49ers, and more
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OK, we've had nearly 24 hours to digest Sunday's games and nurse the hangover that a few of them gave us. Let's talk through them, shall we? Robert Mays and Diante Lee break down Vikings-Lions, Broncos-49ers and more on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
NFL Week 3 recap — Dolphins beat Bills, Packers edge Buccaneers, and more
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The Dolphins moved to 3-0 on Sunday, and they had to knock off the Bills to get there. The Eagles are also 3-0, and look like an unstoppable force. The Jaguars, meanwhile, look like the best team in the AFC South, and that was on a day that the Colts upset the Chiefs. It was another wild Sunday across the NFL. Robert Mays and Nate Tice break down the biggest games and stories on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
Football GM: Cleveland’s creativity on offense, teams with worries heading into Week 3, Sean Payton’s future & more
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Is it time for the Steelers to turn to Kenny Pickett? Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller weigh in on the quarterback situation in Pittsburgh before diving into the Browns creativity on offense following their win on Thursday Night Football. Then, they examine which teams they are most worried about heading into Week 3, including the winless Colts, Titans and Raiders. Finally, they talk about a potential return to coaching for Sean Payton and Randy shares his thoughts from the GM’s notebook.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Steelers-Browns Thursday Night Football recap
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At first, the Week 3 Thursday night game looked exactly like a Browns-Steelers game. And then it suddenly looked like Chiefs-Bills for a quarter. And then it looked a whole lot like Browns-Steelers again. After a back-and-forth first half, the Browns dominated the Steelers after halftime, riding Nick Chubb and their defense to a 29-17 win. Robert Mays and Nate Tice recap the game on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
NFL Week 3 preview — Bills at Dolphins, Packers at Buccaneers, Ravens run game woes, picks and more
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Week 3 of the 2022 season is shaping up to be the best one to date, at least on paper. We've got two true marquee games in Bills-Dolphins and Packers-Buccaneers. We've got a host of great complementary games, including Jaguars-Chargers, Chiefs-Colts, 49ers-Broncos and Lions-Vikings. It's going to be a great Sunday. Join Robert Mays and Nate Tice as they preview what's to come this weekend on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Week 3 fantasy buy/sell/hold with a twist + Christian Kirk, Jaylen Waddle & more advice
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Week 3 NFL fantasy is underway with many lineups feeling good a 1-1, ecstatic at 2-0, or freaking out at 0-2. Michael Beller and Brandon Funston bring you a little buy/sell/hold with a twist, discussing some current fantasy darlings like Christian Kirk, Antonio Gibson and more week 3 fantasy advice before kickoff on Thursday night, presented by KFC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Buccaneers strangeness and the 0-2 desperation index, starring the Bengals and Titans, with Kalyn Kahler
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The Bengals, Titans and Raiders all made the playoffs last season. They're all 0-2 this season. How desperate should this Sunday feel for those three teams? Plus, where are the Panthers headed. New Athletic national NFL writer Kalyn Kahler joins Robert Mays to break down the 0-2 desperation index, plus more than a little strangeness in Tampa, on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Kalyn on Twitter: @kalynkahler Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Prospects to Pros: College transfer portal & more 2023 NFL Draft takes + Aidan Hutchinson, Garrett Wilson & more rookies shine
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Which college players have benefited the most from the transfer portal? Andy Staples and Dane Brugler examine the top prospects that are thriving on their new teams. They also talk about a big week for Aidan Hutchinson, Garrett Wilson and more rookies in the NFL. Plus, it’s never too early for 2023 NFL Draft takes, they each share an early prediction heading into next April. They wrap by looking ahead to this weekend’s college slate and what they’ll be watching.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Amazon's NFL debut, the Buck-Aikman booth moves to ESPN, and the league's broadcast landscape in 2022 with Bryan Curtis
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There was a ton of change to the NFL's broadcasting landscape this offseason. From Joe Buck and Troy Aikman jumping to ESPN, to Amazon entering the fray, to Mike Tirico taking Al Michaels' vacated spot on Sunday Night Football, fans get a different look across the league when they turn on their TVs. The Ringer's Bryan Curtis joins Robert Mays to dive into the early returns, and what's to come in the future, on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Jets rally to beat Browns, Packers get right against Bears, and more on the Week 2 Monday Hangover
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You can't debrief everything immediately after a big night. Some things need a day or two to marinate before you can get to them. That's the thinking behind the Monday Hangover, a new weekly episode of The Athletic Football Show. On the debut edition, Robert Mays and Diante Lee dig into the Jets' improbable comeback against the Browns, the Packers' handling of the Bears, the Giants' 2-0 start, and more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
NFL Week 2 recap — Dolphins shock Ravens, Trey Lance out for the year, Colts disappoint again, and more
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In Week 2, the Dolphins trailed the Ravens 35-14 going into the fourth quarter. They won 42-38. The Cardinals were in a 20-point hole against the Raiders at halftime. They won 29-23. And those are just two of the wild things that took place on this NFL Sunday. Robert Mays and Nate Tice are here to break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Football GM: Amazon’s TNF debut, impressions of first-year head coaches & storylines to buy or sell heading into Week 2
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Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller break down the Chiefs win over the Chargers on the debut of Amazon’s Thursday Night Football. Then, they share their early impressions of the first-year head coaches before looking ahead to buy or sell storylines heading into Week 2. They discuss whether or not the 49ers can contend with Trey Lance, if it’s too soon to be concerned with the Packers and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Chargers-Chiefs Thursday night recap — Justin Herbert injured in Chiefs' 27-24 win
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It may not have been the prettiest game, but it certainly was an entertaining one. The Chiefs rallied from a 17-7 deficit to knock off the Chargers 27-24 on Thursday Night Football. Justin Herbert suffered an injury late in the game, which, depending on the severity, could be a much bigger loss for the Chargers than the one they took on the field. Robert Mays and Nate Tice are here to break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
NFL Week 2 preview — Vikings-Eagles, Brady vs. the Saints, guilty pleasure offenses, picks and more
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Week 2 of the NFL season is here, and we've got a whole lot to get to on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Robert Mays, Nate Tice and Diante Lee sink their teeth into the Game of the Week — Vikings at Eagles. They break down the chess match between the Buccaneers offense and Saints defense. The guys also put on their nerd hats to dive into the Dolphins-Ravens matchup, and discuss a couple of guilty pleasure offenses. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Week 1 fantasy reactions that aren't overreactions & Week 2 advice
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Michael Beller and Brandon Funston break down their reactions to how fantasy football played out in Week 1 with some Appropriate Reactions That Aren't Overreactions, including Saquon Barkley, Russell Wilson, Najee Harris and more as we set our lineups for Week 2, and it's all presented by KFC! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Saquon Barkley's back, Panic Time Meter, and more inside the post-Week 1 narrative with Bo Wulf
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Week 1 may not be everything, but it certainly isn't nothing, either. Bo Wulf joins Robert Mays on this episode of The Athletic Football Show to take stock of what we saw in Week 1 now that we've had a few days to let it all simmer. Are the Bills the best team in the NFL? Is Saquon Barkley all the way back? Is it time for the Packers, Rams or Cardinals to panic? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Bo on Twitter: @Bo_Wulf Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Prospects to Pros: Rookies in Week 1 + 2023 NFL Draft watch
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Prospects to Pros with Andy Staples and Dane Brugler joins The Athletic Football Show feed as the intersection between the NFL and college football. From Travon Walker to Cade York, they discuss the rookies who stood out the most in Week 1 of the NFL season. Plus, they dive into a big weekend of college football. They discuss Bryce Young and Will Anderson’s performance against Texas, as well as what they saw from Anthony Richardson versus Will Levis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Ravens defense, Dolphins offense, and the other mysterious units of Week 1 with Ollie Connolly
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Change always seems to beget interest, doesn't it? That's why we were excited to watch units like the Ravens defense and Dolphins offense in Week 1. They underwent significant change this offseason, and the first real data point we'd get on them wouldn't come until the season opener. Now that we have those data points, Ollie Connolly joins Robert Mays to unpack those units, as well as a couple more, on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Ollie on Twitter: @OllieConnolly Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Seahawks spoil Russell Wilson's Broncos debut with 17-16 upset victory
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Score one for Pete Carroll, huh? The Broncos went into Seattle as touchdown-favorites against the Seahawks, and left with an 0-1 record on the season. Mike Sando joins Robert Mays to recap and break down the Seahawks upset victory on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
Mailbag: The settling-in process, Brian Daboll's coaching history, and more
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Friend of the show Mitchell Schwartz joins Robert Mays to open up The Athletic Football Show's mailbag after a wild Week 1. The guys consider how much Week 1 matters, examine Brian Daboll's coaching history, discuss how long it takes for a typical team to "settle in" to a season, and more. Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
NFL Week 1 Sunday recap -- Justin Jefferson and Patrick Mahomes are ridiculous, Colts and 49ers disappointment, and more
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Well that was a fun way to start the season, wasn't it? The early window included a handful of multi-score comebacks, two overtime games, and a tie. The late window gave us heroics from Justin Jefferson and Patrick Mahomes. How do we piece it all together? What was a potential trend, and what was just a one-week mirage? Robert Mays and Nate Tice make sense of it all on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Football GM: Bills-Rams reaction, Lamar Jackson & Ravens fail to reach extension, Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle, Week 1 picks & more
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The Football GM with Mike Sando and Randy Mueller is back! They discuss their takeaways from the NFL opener between the Rams and Bills before looking ahead to Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle. Plus, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens don’t reach an extension before the deadline, they share their thoughts on the QB’s long-term future. They wrap by talking about what excites them the most heading into Week 1 and their picks against the spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
NFL Week 1 preview -- Games of the week, best matchups, picks, and more
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The 2022 NFL season is here! Robert Mays, Nate Tice and Diante Lee get you ready for Week 1 on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys preview the biggest games of the week, including Raiders at Chargers and Buccaneers at Cowboys. What should we expect from the new-look Dolphins as they host the Patriots? What sort of gameplan will, and should, the Vikings offense trot out against the Packers defense? What will we see from Trey Lance and Justin Fields when they face off in Chicago. We dig into all that, and a whole lot more. Join the TAFS picks pool Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
Trevor Lawrence, rookies to watch & more fantasy week 1 storylines
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Michael Beller and Brandon Funston bring you the week 1 fantasy football storylines they're watching, from Trevor Lawrence's fresh start in Jacksonville, rookies to watch for, the WR situation in Green Bay and possible pickups there & more presented by KFC. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
It's prediction time! Super Bowl, awards, division winners, and more
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The 2022 NFL season is officially here! We've previewed all eight divisions. We've broken down all the offseason moves. We've surmised about all the trends that could be coming our way over the next six months. There's only one thing left to do...make predictions! That's exactly what Robert Mays and Nate Tice do on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys offer up their picks for the Super Bowl, MVP, division winners, and a whole lot more. Join the TAFS picks pool Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
AFC East preview with Aaron Schatz
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In the AFC East you'll find the Super Bowl betting-line favorites in the Bills, a wildly intriguing Miami Dolphins team, Bill Belichick leading a Patriots team that is almost guaranteed to be better than the sum of its parts (as nearly all Belichick teams are), and also the Jets. But hey, even the Jets have some reason for optimism this season. Robert Mays welcomes Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders to preview the AFC East on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Join the TAFS picks pool Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Aaron on Twitter: @FO_ASchatz Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
NFC West preview with Diante Lee
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Three NFC West teams made the playoffs last year, and all three underwent significant change this offseason. Oh, and that doesn't include the Seahawks, who dealt away their franchise quarterback. Diante Lee joins Robert Mays on this episode of The Athletic Football Show to break down the NFC West, a division that might not be as straightforward as it seems. Join the TAFS picks pool Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
AFC South preview with Derrik Klassen
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It's always good to have a friend who isn't afraid to dive into the muck. In the case of The Athletic Football Show, that friend is Football Outsiders' Derrik Klassen. Derrik joins Robert Mays on this episode to preview the AFC South. Join the TAFS picks pool Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Derrik on Twitter: @QBKlass Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2022
AFC North preview with Mina Kimes
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The AFC North features the reigning conference champions with an ascendant offense...and they aren't even the betting-line favorites to win the division. So will it be the Bengals? Or will it be the Ravens? Or will things go off-script in this division. ESPN's Mina Kimes joins Robert Mays on this episode of The Athletic Football Show to preview the AFC North. Join the TAFS picks pool Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mina on Twitter: @minakimes Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
Dak Prescott, Aaron Jones and more fantasy football 'My Guys'
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The final weekend of fantasy football draft season is upon us. Michael Beller and Brandon Funston highlight the players they're most likely to end up with, and why they've made them priority targets. It's a special edition of fantasy football 'My Guys' on The Athletic Football Show, presented by KFC. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Funston on Twitter: @BrandonFunston Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
NFC South preview with Mike Sando
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It may have been a strange training camp for the Buccaneers, but they still head into the season as the overwhelming favorites to win the NFC South. It's a bit of an odd year for the division, though, with major questions about the Saints and Panthers, and the Falcons likely to be among the worst teams in the league. Robert Mays and Mike Sando break down the division in our NFC South preview on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Mike on Twitter: @SandoNFL Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
AFC West preview and C.J. Gardner-Johnson trade reaction with Nate Tice
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So the AFC West is going to be fun, huh? The most competitive division in the league? Quite possibly. Robert Mays and Nate Tice dig into all four teams, at least two of which have Super Bowl aspirations, on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. The guys also discuss the Eagles' acquisition of C.J. Gardner-Johnson. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
NFC East preview + a reaction to the Jimmy Garoppolo-49ers reunion with Bill Barnwell
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TAFS's division preview series moves over to the NFC East, where it appears to be a two-team race between the Eagles and Cowboys. ESPN's Bill Barnwell joins Robert Mays, breaking down how they feel about all four teams heading into Week 1, what would be considered a successful season for each team, players they're excited to watch, and more. Plus, the guys dig into Jimmy Garoppolo's restructured contract in San Francisco. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Bill on Twitter: @billbarnwell Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
NFC North preview with Nate Tice
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We've reached the division preview portion of the preseason on The Athletic Football Show, which means that the start of the season is right around the corner. Robert Mays and Nate Tice kick things off with the NFC North. How will the Packers adjust in a post-Davante world? Could the Vikings have a top-seven offense in the league? Is the excitement about the Lions justified? What qualifies as a successful season for the Bears? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
1st-year head coaches roundtable with Blake Bortles, Pierre Garçon and Pat DiMarco
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First-year head coaches are an unknown commodity to many, but not all, of us. Their former players certainly have insight on what they can and will look like in a leading role. Robert Mays sat down with three such players over the last few weeks to dig into what we might see from a trio of coaches making their debuts in the big job. He spoke with Blake Bortles about Broncos head coach Nate Hackett, Pierre Garcon about Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel, and Pat DiMarco about Giants head coach Brian Daboll. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
Sizing up the new playcallers across the NFL in 2022
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When a team has a new playcaller, it doesn't matter if you're a Super Bowl favorite like the Bills or a team just looking to get by like the Bears, the intrigue is going to be there. Some new playercallers this season, like Josh McDaniels and Doug Pederson, are known commodities. Others, like, say, Ken Dorsey and Luke Getsy, are just beginning their playcalling careers. Robert Mays and Nate Tice run through them in detail on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Nate on Twitter: @Nate_Tice Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and NFL superstars in new situations for 2022
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The Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill trades landed a few superstars in wholly new situations this season. Not just the receivers themselves, but their former quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, as well. How are all four of those players going to adapt this season? And how will other superstars in new circumstances change their games in 2022? Robert Mays and PFF's Seth Galina dig into those questions on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Seth on Twitter: @pff_seth Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show... Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
The 10 biggest questions about NFL defenses in 2022
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Diante Lee joins Robert Mays to tackle the 10 most important questions facing defenses this season. What will the Ravens look like without Wink Martindale? Are the Packers ready to make the jump to the elite tier? Can the Bills be as good as they were last year? Do the Chargers have the right personnel to go full Brandon Staley? The guys get into all of that, and a whole lot more. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robertmays Follow Diante on Twitter: @DianteLeeFB Subscribe to The Athletic Football Show Apple Spotify YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
Predicting 2022's top-10 offenses
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It's time for Robert Mays and Nate Tice to put on their prediction caps. On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, the guys predict which offenses will finish in the top 10 by Football Outsiders DVOA. Obviously you're going to hear about teams like the Bills, Chiefs and Chargers. But who rounds out the top 10? And who gets left out? Oh, and guess what? We have a difference of opinion right at the top. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Expectations for Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, and other quarterbacks in new places; Checking in on the Colts with Zak Keefer
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How is Russell Wilson going to change Denver's offense? How does Matt Ryan change the equation for Frank Reich and the Colts. Robert Mays and Nate Tice break down all the quarterback movement on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Then, Robert checks in from Colts camp with Zak Keefer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, fined $5 million
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Deshaun Watson will be suspended for 11 games and fined $5 million, after accusations by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct in massage appointments. Watson must also undergo evaluation by behavioral experts, followed by a treatment program. Jenny Vrentas of the New York Times joins Robert Mays to discuss the implications of the decision on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
Where Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, and other young QBs need to improve with Dan Orlovsky; Plus, a Bengals team visit with Paul Dehner Jr.
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The Dolphins, Eagles and Jets are all built to win right now, and the Jaguars spent plenty of cash for the 2022 season. All that's left for those four teams is for their quarterbacks to take the next step. Where do Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence need to improve this season? ESPN's Dan Orlovsky joins Robert Mays to break it all down on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Then, Robert checks in from Bengals camp with Paul Dehner Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
Emptying the training camp notebook with the Ravens, Eagles, Commanders and Steelers
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When you make training camp swing through about two-thirds of the league, eventually your notebook fills up. And when your notebook fills up, you have to empty it. That's exactly what Robert Mays does on this episode of The Athletic Football Show, sharing his conversations with The Athletic's beat writers for the Ravens (Jeff Zrebiec), Eagles (Bo Wulf), Commanders (Ben Standig) and Steelers (Mark Kaboly). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
Justin Herbert, Jeffery Simmons, and the 2022 narrative changers
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We think about Deebo Samuel entirely different right now than we did a year ago at this time. He changed his narrative in a big way in 2021. Who can do that in 2022? Robert Mays and the NFL Network's Cameron Wolfe nominate a handful of candidates on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Lions, Jets, and what success looks like for 2nd-year rebuilds, with Daniel Jeremiah; A visit to Bills camp with Joe Buscaglia
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The Lions and Jets are among a handful of teams entering the second year of what feels like a total rebuild. How do those teams look entering the 2022 NFL season? Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network joins Robert Mays on this episode of The Athletic Football Show to assess. Then, Robert check in from Bills camp with Joe Buscaglia. Where can we expect some changes this year from the preseason betting-market favorite to be Super Bowl Champs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
Which teams can win the Super Bowl?; A dispatch from Browns camp with Zac Jackson
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Everyone knows the Bills can win the Super Bowl. And the Rams. And the Buccaneers, too. But can the 49ers win the Super Bowl? Can the Broncos? What about the Saints? That's right, the Saints! Mike Sando joins Robert Mays to dig into which teams can win the Super Bowl on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Then, Mays checks in from Browns camp with Zac Jackson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
Trevor Lawrence, Patrick Surtain II, and the rest of 2022's breakout players; Plus, a visit from Lions camp with Colton Pouncy
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It's one of the best storylines every NFL season. The breakout players who have monster years and set new expectations for themselves. From Trevor Lawrence and Elijah Moore to Patrick Surtain II and Ernest Jones, Robert Mays and Nate Tice find breakouts on both sides of the ball on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Plus, Robert checks in from Lions camp with our beat writer, Colton Pouncy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
What the hell are you?: The teams we can't figure out
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Every NFL season dawns with a number of questions, including the one at the heart of this episode of The Athletic Football Show...what the hell are you? The Ringer's Ben Solak joins Robert Mays to try to figure out the Patriots, Cardinals, Saints and a couple of other teams going through an identity crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Unearthing wide receiver gems with Matt Harmon and a check-in from Broncos camp with Nick Kosmider
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Is Juju Smith-Schuster the perfect fit for the Chiefs' offense? Is current Terry McLaurin the 2017-18 version of Stefon Diggs? Is Amon-Ra St. Brown Bud Light Cooper Kupp? So says Matt Harmon of Yahoo Sports and Reception Perception. He joins Robert Mays to explain why, and a whole lot more at the receiver position on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Then Robert checks in from Broncos camp with The Athletic's Nick Kosmider. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
Jalen Hurts, Kyle Shanahan and the other NFL people with the most at stake in 2022
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Lindsay Jones sits down with Robert Mays—at her house!—to highlight the players and coaches, plus one executive, they believe have the most to gain or lose this season. Jalen Hurts, Tyreek Hill, Kirk Cousins, Kyle Shanahan and plenty more make their lists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Fallout from the Dolphins' Tampering Investigation and Takeaways from 49ers Camp
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Charles Robinson joins Robert Mays to break down the punishment handed down to the Dolphins after the league found that the team had impermissible contact with the agent of Tom Brady and Sean Payton. Robert also checks in from 49ers camp with beat writer Matt Barrows. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
Discussing the Deshaun Watson six-game suspension recommendation with Jenny Vrentas
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Deshaun Watson faces a six-game suspension to begin the 2022 NFL season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The league has three days to appeal the recommendation made by judge Sue L. Robinson, the disciplinary officer appointed by the league and the players association. Jenny Vrentas from the New York Times joins Robert Mays to discuss her reporting on the story, what the recommendation means in the short and long term, and more on this episode of The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Asking “Does This Matter?” for Early Preseason Storylines with Mitchell Schwartz + Cowboys camp visit with Jon Machota
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Preseason storylines can get overblown this time of year. We're bringing in our own Super Bowl Champion Mitchell Schwartz to shed some light on the new training camp practice schedule, the Kyler Murray contract clause, young QBs missing throws, young WRs making plays and more "Does This Matter?" scenarios before Robert sits down with Cowboys beat writer for The Athletic, Jon Machota, at Cowboys camp in Oxnard, CA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
The most unpredictable players & units with Bill Barnwell + Chargers camp visit with Daniel Popper
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From Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins offense, to Trey Lance in San Francisco, Bill Barnwell joins Robert Mays to bring their picks for the players & units around the NFL with the widest range of outcomes in 2022 before Robert visits with The Athletic's Chargers writer Daniel Popper from Chargers camp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
Tying up loose ends from the 2021 NFL season + Rams camp visit with Jourdan Rodrigue
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What lingering questions from the 2021 NFL season still need to be discussed? Robert Mays, Nate Tice and Diante Lee talk about the Cowboys’ offense, the adoption of Brandon Staley’s defense across the league, the shift in the Eagles’ offense and much more. Then, The Athletic’s Rams’ reporter Jourdan Rodrigue joins Robert live from Irvine, CA for the first training camp check-in. They discuss the vibe surrounding the defending champs, the new faces on the field and the top questions heading into the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
QB Tiers 2022: Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert move up, Russell Wilson questions & more with Mike Sando
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Mike Sando's QB Tiers have officially arrived for 2022. Hear where execs and coaches around the league have ranked all of the NFL's signal callers. This year is filled with new faces making the top of the list, and familiar faces falling down. Is this a new era in the league when it comes to QB expectations? Mike Sando joins Robert Mays to discuss the biggest takeaways. Read all of QB Tiers at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Kyler Murray gets paid, Lamar Jackson & big questions before training camp with Dianna Russini
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ESPN NFL reporter Dianna Russini joins Robert Mays on the heels of a historic long-awaited day for Kyler Murray. Hear Robert & Dianna's reactions to the deal & what it could mean for Lamar Jackson and other QBs + Trevor Lawrence, Brian Daboll & more big questions before officially heading into training camp 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
2022 Fantasy football primer with Josh Norris and Evan Silva
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Underdog Fantasy’s Josh Norris and Establish the Run’s Evan Silva are back with Robert Mays to get you ready for the 2022 fantasy football season. Which players should be at the top of your board? What are some tough decisions you may have to make in your draft? Who are some late-round running backs that could add value to your roster? They discuss all of that and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
Mailbag: Andrew Luck in today's NFL, Philip Rivers' HOF case, first football memories, value of QB, food talk & more
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice return to the airwaves following the week of Luck by answering your Mailbag questions about how Luck would rank in today's NFL, whether Philip Rivers has a real HOF case, the football memories that sparked the love of the game, the NFL valuing the QB position, Chicago food recommendations and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Luck Episode 6: The End
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Wait ... what?!? That was a common reaction to the stunning news that came down the night of August 24, 2019. Andrew Luck — just 29 years old, coming off his most efficient season ever — was walking way from football, broken down and battered, his love of the game gone. How? Why? In Episode 6 of LUCK, host Zak Keefer examines in detail one of the most shocking retirements in NFL history: the lead-up, the clues, the scene, the reaction then and now. Voices include Jim Irsay, Chris Ballard, Jacoby Brissett, Robert Griffin III, David Shaw and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Luck Episode 5: The Return
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“Am I ever gonna be great again?” That’s the question Andrew Luck asked his throwing coach, Tom House, at one point during his rehab. In episode 5 of LUCK, host Zak Keefer examines the most rewarding season — both personally and professionally — of Andrew Luck’s career. It’s an intimate look inside Luck’s return from shoulder hell and how he did it. Voices include House, Chris Ballard, Jacoby Brissett, Robert Griffin III and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Luck Episode 4: Pain
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When did it start to go wrong? In Episode 4 of LUCK, host Zak Keefer dives into the darkest years of Andrew Luck’s NFL career. Somewhere, in between the broken ribs, the lacerated kidney, the torn abdomen muscle and the wrecked throwing shoulder, he lost his football innocence. A game that had once been so much fun was now a living hell. Was there a way out? And how bad did it get? As we hear, much worse than we all thought. Voices include Chuck Pagano, Bruce Arians, Bill Polian, Tony Dungy, Robert Mays, Peter King and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Luck Episode 3: The Arrival
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In Episode 3 of LUCK, host Zak Keefer explores the early years of Andrew Luck’s NFL career — and what made him such a singular personality in NFL history. A quarterback who led seven fourth-quarter comebacks as a rookie? Who read books on Nelson Mandela in his free time? Who complimented defensive linemen after they’d driven him into the turf? Who tore up the Colts’ defense in practice so badly that Bruce Arians wore all black the next day to bust their chops because Luck had, as Arians put it, “killed them”? Voices include Arians, Chuck Pagano, D’Qwell Jackson, Robert Mays, Mike Sando and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Luck Episode 2: The Decision
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In Episode 2 of LUCK, host Zak Keefer explores the historic decision the Indianapolis Colts faced in the winter of 2012: whether to move on from the franchise’s greatest player, Peyton Manning, for the chance to draft another generational talent at quarterback — Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Keefer details the Colts’ internal struggles — including Manning’s covert plan to force his way back onto the field, and Jim Irsay’s guilt over having to release an all-time great. Voices in the episode include Irsay, Bill Polian, Chuck Pagano, Bruce Arians, Daniel Jeremiah, Peter King, Bob Kravitz and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Luck Episode 1: The Rise
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Welcome to LUCK, the new podcast series on Andrew Luck, one of the great what-ifs in NFL history. The series explores a fundamental question: How did one of the greatest quarterback prospects of all-time end up walking away from the game before he turned 30 years old? In Episode 1, host Zak Keefer — a longtime Colts beat writer who covered Luck’s pro career — traces Luck’s path from his unique upbringing in Europe to Heisman contender at Stanford. Voices in the episode include Stanford coach David Shaw, former Stanford QB Tavita Pritchard, Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, Tony Dungy and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Analyzing the shifting WR market with Steven Ruiz
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What have we learned from the boom in the wide receiver market this offseason? The Ringer’s Steven Ruiz joins Robert Mays and Nate Tice to discuss the record-setting contracts this offseason, how it compares to cap percentages in the past and what it all says about the positional value.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
Browns trade Baker Mayfield to Panthers
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice react to the Panthers trade for Baker Mayfield. They discuss the terms of the deal with the Browns, Carolina’s QB room and the big picture questions the team still faces. They also talk about the 2018 draft, the QB trade market and what all of this means for Jimmy Garoppolo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2022
Mailbag: Ollie Connolly talks clutch players, trading Tom Brady, coaching trees, best football books & more
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Ollie Connolly returns to The Athletic Football Show as Robert Mays opens the weekly Mailbag with questions regarding the best football books, what it would take to trade for Tom Brady, "get a bucket" guys around the league, Vic Fangio defenses and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
Lessons from the NFL's best offenses in 2021
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Diante Lee is back with Robert Mays and Nate Tice to talk about the lessons we learned from the NFL’s best offenses in 2021. They dive into dig routes, QB’s who punish the blitz, schemes to get the ball out quickly and much more. Plus, stay tuned for the trailer of the new narrative podcast series, ‘Luck.’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
Football GM: Terry McLaurin’s extension, Seahawks quarterback questions & Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing continues
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Mike Sando and former GM Randy Mueller fill in for Robert Mays by discussing all of the top NFL headlines. They begin by talking about Terry McLaurin’s contract extension and what the deal means for a guy like DK Metcalf. Then, they examine the Seahawks quarterback situation and if they should make a trade for Baker Mayfield. Finally, they discuss the latest with Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
Mailbag: Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing, positional coaches value & evaluating Broncos’ receiving corps + Zak Keefer previews narrative podcast series on Andrew Luck
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Lindsay Jones joins Robert Mays to answer this week’s mailbag questions. They begin by discussing Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing and how the process is conducted with the NFL and NFLPA. They also talk about the positional coaches they believe hold the most value, where the Broncos’ receiving corps ranks and the 2007 draft class. Then, The Athletic’s Zak Keefer stops by to preview his upcoming narrative podcast series ‘Luck’ chronicling the career of Andrew Luck. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Top 10 NFL moves we want to see before Week 1
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice share the top 10 moves they want to see before the start of the NFL season. Should the Eagles trade for a running back? Could the Chargers bolster the line with Riley Reiff? Will the Chiefs sign an edge rusher? They discuss all of that plus other veteran signings, trades and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Hall of Very Good 2022 & updates on Dan Snyder & Deshaun Watson's legal situations
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It's time for the annual Hall of Very Good induction ceremony as Robert Mays, Lindsay Jones and Nate Tice bring their top picks for players not quite good enough for Canton + Lindsay and Robert update you on the latest with Dan Snyder's situation in Washington and the congressional hearing that took place on Wednesday, as well as the latest info on Deshaun Watson's situation and possible suspension. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
Mailbag: Jason Fitzgerald talks Rams & Saints cap success, QBs & team-friendly deals, big WR money & more
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Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap joins The Athletic Football Show for this week's Mailbag as he and Robert Mays dig into the current state of the NFL's salary cap, how teams like the Rams and Saints have navigated it with success, why more QBs don't take team-friendly deals like Tom Brady, how practice squad players count toward the overall cap and more from your emails and voicemails. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Lessons from the NFL's best defenses in 2021
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The Athletic’s Diante Lee joins Robert Mays and Nate Tice to discuss the lessons and trends we learned from the NFL’s best defenses in 2021. They talk about everything from stopping the run, to rushing four, the ideal nickel body type and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
Kyler Murray & Lamar Jackson 2022 offensive outlook, contract questions & more
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What comes next for Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson? As the two remain at a crossroads with their franchises, Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the quarterbacks' offensive outlook for 2022. They examine the highs and lows, what can improve this season, the contract talks and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Mailbag: Ted Nguyen talks defensive & offensive scheme, quality control, team nicknames & more
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The Athletic's football film guru Ted Nguyen is this week's special guest, answering your emails and voicemails with Robert Mays. What groups around the NFL deserve Legion of Boom-esque nicknames? How important is scheme to WR success? How has the Browns defensive scheme been changing? What's on the horizon for Josh McDaniels in Oakland? All that and more with Ted on a new Athletic Football Show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
NFL offseason roster reset with Nate Tice
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What team has improved their roster the most this spring? Which offseason plan is still difficult to figure out? What units on contending teams need the most work heading into camp? Robert Mays and Nate Tice answer these questions and more in this offseason roster reset episode.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
New Deshaun Watson case details emerge + Broncos ownership change with Lindsay Jones
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the latest New York Times report on Deshaun Watson and the civil lawsuits against the Browns’ QB. They also talk about Rob Walton’s purchase of the Broncos and Aaron Donald’s new contract.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
Mailbag: Counting current Hall of Famers, buying the best possible team, worst QB who can win a Super Bowl & more with Sheil Kapadia
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It's our own Sheil Kapadia as the special guest to answer your Mailbag e-mails and voicemails - from the affect Urban Meyer had on the Jags, to which BAD QB is most likely to win a Super Bowl, counting up all the active Hall-of-Fame caliber players, Raiders and Vikings talk and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Ryan Fitzpatrick retiring after 17 seasons + ranking the top 10 GMs to build a NFL roster
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice begin the show by discussing Ryan Fitzpatrick’s retirement, his 17-year career and their favorite memories of the QB. Then, they transition the conversation to the top GMs in the NFL and who they would want to build a roster from scratch. They each rank their top 10 candidates to oversee a team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
How to rebuild a NFL franchise with Mike Sando & Nate Tice
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What lessons can be learned from successful rebuilds across the NFL? Robert Mays, Nate Tice and Mike Sando examine how teams such as the Chiefs, Bills, Seahawks and Rams were able to turn things around over the past decade. They discuss coaching, culture, pass catchers, roster spending and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
Mailbag: Confidence in QBs, how jersey swaps work, Mike Evans’ HOF case, o-line continuity & more with Mitchell Schwartz
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Is there a discernible difference in the huddle depending on which QB is in there? How do jersey swaps really go down after NFL games? Is Mike Evans on a Hall of Fame trajectory? Super Bowl champion Mitchell Schwartz is back to answer your Mailbag questions with Robert Mays on these topics and many more on a new Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2022
AFC West roundtable with Vic Tafur, Nick Kosmider, Nate Taylor & Daniel Popper
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The competition in the AFC West heated up this offseason with the additions of Russell Wilson, Davante Adams, Khalil Mack and more. Lindsay Jones takes you inside the division with The Athletic’s Vic Tafur to discuss the Raiders and their new offense under Josh McDaniels. Then, Broncos’ writer Nick Kosmider joins the show to talk about the tone in Denver with Wilson under center. Plus, Nate Taylor explains how the Chiefs look without Tyreek Hill and Daniel Popper talks about Justin Herbert and the Chargers’ revamped defense.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2022
Most valuable non-QB draft 2022 with Lindsay Jones & Nate Tice
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Following the 2nd annual Most Valuable QB Draft, Robert Mays, Nate Tice and Lindsay Jones are back to draft the best non-QBs in the NFL. Will Aaron Donald remain at the top of the list? Who from last year falls off? Which position group will have the most players selected? Tune in to find out.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
Mailbag: How to study defense, building the ultimate D coordinator, competence vs. competitiveness, Eagles & Colts plans & more
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Our own defensive guru Diante Lee is this week's Mailbag guest as he answers YOUR emails and voicemails regarding how to learn about defense by watching tape, building the ultimate Frankenstein defensive coordinator, the value of competing for a championship vs. rebuilding, plans for the Eagles and Colts and more with host Robert Mays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2022
Reviewing the 2021 QB class heading into year two
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Where do the 2021 rookie QBs stand after one season? Robert Mays and Nate Tice look back at the film and discuss what we’ve learned, both good and bad, from Trevor Lawrence, Zac Wilson, Justin Fields, Mac Jones, Davis Mills and Trey Lance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
Most valuable QB draft 2022 with Lindsay Jones & Nate Tice
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The most valuable QB draft is back! Robert Mays, Nate Tice and Lindsay Jones draft the NFL’s top QB’s based on traits, age and contract. What did the trio learn from last year? Who will go No. 1? Which QBs didn’t make the cut? Tune in to hear their top 15.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2022
Mailbag: Benjamin Solak talks best & worst team situations, Sean Payton trade value, Eagles & Jalen Hurts, underrated 2022 games & more
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The Ringer's Benjamin Solak returns to The Athletic Football Show as Robert Mays opens up the Mailbag, full of Solak-specific questions concerning the Eagles' future, compensation for Sean Payton, the most underrated matchups on the 2022 schedule, the team's viral schedule release videos and much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
Examining how NFL executives view the 32 draft classes with Mike Sando
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What do NFL executives think about the 32 draft classes? Mike Sando joins Robert Mays to discuss the unfiltered conversations he had with teams across the league. Is everyone really applauding the Ravens? Should the Titans have tried to trade Derrick Henry instead? They dive into the executives’ evaluations as well as Tom Brady’s contract with Fox and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Mailbag: Super Bowl long shots, active Hall of Fame coaches, picking who to root for, podcast behind the scenes & more
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Lindsay Jones is this week's Mailbag guest as she and Robert Mays answer your questions regarding which team is the 'Rich Strike' of the upcoming NFL season as a Super Bowl long shot, which current NFL coaches could be Pro Football Hall of Fame worthy, a question regarding the QB saturation around the league, insight as to how the postgame episodes of TAFS are produced and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Star player movement, the shifting WR market & a 2022 NFL offseason rewind with Mitchell Schwartz
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How does star player movement impact the locker room? After an offseason and draft full of big trades, Mitchell Schwartz joins Robert Mays to explain how these deals are viewed among the team heading into a new season. They also dive deeper into the WR market as they break down the Eagles’ trade for A. J. Brown. Plus, what is the typical dynamic between a veteran and rookie in a position room? Mitchell discusses his experience in both roles on the offensive line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
Big questions we want answered after the 2022 NFL Draft
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones ask some big lingering questions that are still present following the NFL Draft, from who catches passes in Chicago, to the development of Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, the Seahawks and Broncos strategies for this year and beyond and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Brugler & Zierlein: 2022 NFL Draft takeaways & ranking the top classes
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Dane Brugler and NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein wrap up their 2022 NFL Draft coverage by discussing their favorite picks, biggest surprises and overall takeaways. Plus, they break down what happened with the QBs and rank their favorite draft classes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Lessons we learned from teams in the 2022 NFL Draft
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What lessons can we take from the 2022 NFL Draft? Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss what happened with the QBs and how a surplus of WRs is impacting teams’ decision making. They also talk about the Eagles’ roster building, the Ravens ability to pivot, the Vikings all-in plan and much more from across the league.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: Rounds 4-7 recap, favorite late picks, biggest steals & more
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The NFL Draft has officially wrapped for 2022. Lindsay Jones is joined by Nate Tice and Dane Brugler from The Athletic Draft House to review their favorite day 3 picks and Lindsay's superlatives questions for Dane and Nate, including their biggest surprises, best value picks, who won the draft and tons more NFL draft rewind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2022
2022 Draft Night Special: Rounds 2-3
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The Athletic's Robert Mays, Dane Brugler and Nate Tice analyze each and every pick of rounds 2 and 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft LIVE from Las Vegas, NV. Download Dane Brugler's draft guide THE BEAST at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2022
2022 Draft Night Special: Round 1
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Round 1 of the 2022 NFL draft is in the books, and Robert Mays, Dane Brugler and Nate Tice covered every pick live. Hear their reactions to the selections, jaw-dropping trades, and everything else round 1 had to offer NFL fans. Watch on YouTube Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
2022 top 10 mock draft with The Athletic NFL staff
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Robert Mays teams up with The Athletic’s NFL beat writers for a top 10 mock draft. Will Travon Walker go No. 1? How will the Jets and Giants use their two picks? Will the Panthers take a QB? Tune in to hear Greg Auman, Chris Burke, Aaron Reiss, Connor Hughes, Dan Duggan, Joe Person, Josh Kendall and Michael-Shawn Dugar break it all down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
What each team needs in the 2022 NFL Draft with Sheil Kapadia
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What does a successful draft look like for all 32 teams in the league? From teams looking to make runs at a Super Bowl in 2022, to others resetting with new regimes or stockpiling assets for future years, there's no shortage of storylines to follow with what's on the line this season. Sheil and Robert bring their top priorities for each team and what they hope to see happen by the end of the weekend. How many of the hopes will come to fruition? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
The biggest questions heading into the 2022 NFL Draft
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Draft week is finally here! Robert Mays sits down with Nate Tice and Dane Brugler to break down the top 20 biggest questions ahead of Thursday night. They talk about the QBs, teams with two first-round picks, who they believe could be the next Pro Bowler and prospects who could fall. They also give their favorite picks, bold predictions and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Drafting QBs & the role GMs & position coaches play in the draft process with Rick Spielman & Dante Scarnecchia
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How do GMs know when it's time to pull the trigger and draft their next QB? What impact do position coaches play in drafting players for their position groups? Former Vikings GM Rick Spielman shares details of his draft process in Minnesota and the thought process that went into trading up for QB Teddy Bridgewater, then former Patriots o-line coach Dante Scarnecchia brings insight on what it's like to draft alongside Bill Belichick and how position coaches get their voices heard in the draft room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
Deebo Samuel seeks a trade & how the 2016 draft class explains the NFL with Bill Barnwell
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News broke on Wednesday that Deebo Samuel is seeking a trade from the 49ers. Friend of the show Bill Barnwell is already here, so he and Robert Mays react to the news before diving into the topic of the day, how the 2016 draft class explains the NFL, from Jared Goff to Jalen Ramsey, Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa, they spend the pod digging into the ripple effect of these moves across the league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
Brugler & Zierlein: Smoke screens ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft + power ranking each positional group
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Dane Brugler and NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein examine smoke screens in the news leading up to the NFL Draft. Do front offices create these bluffs to mislead other teams? Or is it just a creation of guesswork? They weigh in on what’s deception vs. reality and discuss how much of an impact these rumors could have on the draft. They wrap by power ranking the position groups of this year’s class.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Creating alignment between the front office & coaching staff with Marvin Lewis + dissecting the 2022 CB class with Fran Duffy
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Former NFL head coach Marvin Lewis sits down with Robert Mays to talk about creating alignment between the front office and coaching staff during the draft process. They discuss Lewis’ experiences in Cincinnati, the importance of communication and working through disagreements. Then, Eagles & NFL analyst Fran Duffy joins the show to break down the 2022 CB class. Fran explains the traits he’s most excited/worried about and the scheme he believes is best for players like Sauce Gardner, Derek Stingley Jr., Andrew Booth Jr., Trent McDuffie and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
The value of modern linebackers & playing Star-Starter-Bust with the 2022 edge rushers with Diante Lee
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With the 2022 NFL Draft class being ripe with pass rush talent, what is the true value of modern linebackers in today's game? Our own Diante Lee sits down with Robert Mays to analyze the position ahead of the Draft and dig into some of his favorite prospects before they play a game of Star-Starter-Bust with the defensive end class. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
How data driven thinking plays a role in the NFL Draft with Sean Clement & Jourdan Rodrigue
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Robert Mays and NFL analytics consultant Sean Clement discuss how teams are incorporating data driven thinking into their draft processes. They talk about the use of GPS data, player evaluation vs. positional value, The Loser’s Curse and much more. Then, The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue joins the show to talk about the Rams’ analytical approach to the draft and how the ‘F them picks’ mindset has sparked a change across the NFL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
The latest on the Washington Commanders investigation with Ben Standing + answering questions about the 2022 OL class with Brandon Thorn
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones welcome The Athletic’s Ben Standig to discuss the latest with the investigation into Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders. Then, Robert and Lindsay talk about Derek Carr’s contract extension with the Raiders, their thoughts on the deal and what is says about the QB market. Plus, Trench Warfare’s Brandon Thorn joins the show to break down the offensive lineman in the 2022 draft class. Brandon shares his thoughts on the top tackles, where Tyler Linderbaum will go, why he loves Zion Johnson and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
Brugler & Zierlein: 2022 NFL mock draft 3.0 + player comps that could provide teams a bargain deal
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As the 2022 NFL Draft inches closer, Dane Brugler talks with NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein about his latest mock draft. Lance explains why he believes Travon Walker could go No. 1, how the QBs could fall out of the top 10 and more. Then, they discuss several players who could provide teams a big bargain late in the draft compared to similar first round talent.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Teams with the most at stake in the 2022 NFL Draft & remembering Dwayne Haskins with Rhiannon Walker
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The storylines of the 2022 NFL Draft go beyond just the prospects. It could be pivotal for several teams around the NFL when it comes to setting a tone for a new coaching staff, correcting a previous wrong, digging out of a hole, or any number of other situations these franchises find themselves in. Robert Mays and Nate Tice bring their picks for their Teams with the Most at Stake during the draft before Rhiannon Walker stops by to share her experience with former Washington and Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins following his tragic passing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
Football GM: NFL hiring practices under federal scrutiny, Mueller's top RBs & TEs in the draft & more
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The NFL's hiring practices again came under fire this week as former head coach Mike Mularkey fanned the flames with his comments regarding the Rooney Rule. Now NY's Attorney General is considering opening an investigation. Former GM Randy Mueller and our own Mike Sando bring their unique insight to the subject after they break down Randy's favorite RBs and TEs coming out in the 2022 NFL Draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2022
The Beast: Inside Brugler's 2022 NFL Draft Guide + Bruce Feldman's mock draft
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The Beast is back! Dane Brugler discusses his 2022 NFL Draft Guide with NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein. They also break down Derek Stingley Jr.’s pro day as well as the Saints trade with the Eagles and how it impacts the first round. Then, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman joins the show to talk about his mock draft, the QBs and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
Top WRs in the 2022 NFL Draft
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The 2022 NFL Draft class seems to be a good one for teams in need of quality wide receivers. But where do these guys fit best, what are their strengths & weaknesses and which players do they remind us of? Nate Tice and Robert Mays dig into Nate's top 6 WRs in this class, including Drake London, Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and more, plus some outside-the-top favorites of Nate's that you should keep an eye on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Lessons from the 2021 draft class and how they apply to this year
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What lessons can be learned from the 2021 draft class ahead of this years draft? Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones talk about QB infrastructure, the importance of a multi-year plan and a new era of pass catchers. They also discuss why chemistry matters, injury red flags, second-round tackles and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Saints & Eagles trade picks & how schematic trends affect the 2022 NFL Draft with Nate Tice & Diante Lee
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The Saints and Eagles shook up the 2022 NFL Draft on Monday as they swapped picks in the first round - but what is the thinking behind the move for both sides? THE ATHLETIC'S Nate Tice and Diante Lee join Robert Mays to react to the news and discuss how the offensive and defensive scheme trends we've seen in the recent past might inform several team's thinking this draft season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Top 5 QBs in the 2022 NFL Draft
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Robert Mays returns with Nate Tice for some more digging into the 2022 NFL Draft prospects, this time with a full rundown of the consensus top 5 QBs in this years class - Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis, Matt Corral, Sam Howell, and Desmond Ridder. What are the pros and cons with each guy? Who are some pro comparisons? What's the path to the league for each of them? And most importantly...how does Nate rank them? All that and more QB discussion on today's Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Bruce Arians announces retirement, Todd Bowles named Buccaneers head coach + examining the NFL’s new overtime rule
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones react to Bruce Arians’ retirement, the timing of the decision and his legacy as a coach. They also discuss Todd Bowles’ promotion to head coach, how he’s setup for success in his second stint and what this all means for the 2022 Buccaneers. Plus, they talk about the new overtime rules, what impacted the change and more news and notes from the NFL owners meetings this week.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
Mailbag: QB’s percent of salary cap, Stefon Diggs’ contract, Lamar Jackson extension talks, the Steelers long-term plan & more
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What percentage of cap space should be devoted to the quarterback? Is Stefon Diggs due for a payday? Where are the Steelers headed over the next several years? Robert Mays and Nate Tice answer your mailbag questions. They also discuss Lamar Jackson’s contract, cold-weather stadiums, the value of the center position and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
An intro to the 2022 NFL Draft class with Dane Brugler
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NFL Draft season is officially here, but not all of us are as up-to-date on the upcoming draft class as others. Robert Mays brings in our own Dane Brugler to run us through the highlights of this year's class, from the top 5 QBs to the biggest risers and fallers from a year ago, the positions with the most depth and more as The Athletic Football Show officially kicks off draft time! Get Dane's BEAST Draft Guide when it drops @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
Decoding 10 team-building plans for the NFL’s new regimes with Sheil Kapadia
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There are several teams around the league that have had GMs and/or head coaches in place for only a season or two. So what did the most recent free agency frenzy teach us about the mentality these teams have right now when building a roster? Sheil Kapadia joins Robert Mays to break down the front office thinking of the Lions, Bears, Falcons, Dolphins, Jets, Giants, Raiders, Broncos, Chargers, & more as they head toward the Draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
Chiefs trade Tyreek Hill to Dolphins + sorting through the NFL’s craziest offseason
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The wild NFL offseason continued on Wednesday when the Chiefs sent WR Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins for five draft picks. Robert Mays and Nate Tice break down both sides of the blockbuster trade and Hill’s new four-year $120 million deal with Miami. Plus, they dive into why this has been the craziest offseason in recent memory and what we can learn from it moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: Deshaun Watson trade impact, David Ojabo’s injury & pro day takeaways
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Dane Brugler and NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein break down the Deshaun Watson trade, the picks exchanged and what it means for Houston and Cleveland this season. Plus, they discuss David Ojabo’s Achilles injury and how it impacts his draft status. They wrap by reviewing their takeaways from the top pro days.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
Falcons trade Matt Ryan to the Colts, Jags move past Urban Meyer, Bengals add La'el Collins & more NFL news
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The Colts acquired veteran QB Matt Ryan from the Falcons on Monday. Why does this make the most sense for them right now? Nate Tice and Robert Mays break down the trade they saw coming weeks ago, and what it means for the Colts in the short-term and where the Falcons go from here + reaction to the Urban Meyer story from The Athletic that broke Twitter today, the Bengals adding La'el Collins to strengthen their o-line, what happens now with Jimmy G and more NFL news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Examining the Deshaun Watson trade & allegations with Mike Sando, Jenny Vrentas & Aaron Reiss
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Lindsay Jones and Mike Sando react to the Texans trade sending Deshaun Watson to the Browns. Plus, Lindsay sits down with The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss and New York Times reporter Jenny Vrentas to discuss what’s next for Watson’s legal case and potential discipline from the NFL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
Free Agency Recap, Day 5: Packers trade Davante Adams to Raiders, Baker Mayfield requests trade, Allen Robinson signs with Rams & more
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Robert Mays is joined by Mike Sando to break down the latest madness in NFL free agency. They discuss the Packers trade sending Davante Adams to the Raiders. They examine both sides of the move, Adams’ new contract and more. Plus, Baker Mayfield wants out of Cleveland. They talk about what’s next for the Browns at QB. They wrap by assessing the Rams deal for Allen Robinson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
Free Agency Recap, Day 4: Von Miller signs with Bills, Saints & Falcons still in on Deshaun Watson, Jets continue to make moves & more
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice continue their NFL free agency coverage by breaking down the Bills’ big deal for Von Miller. Plus, which teams remain in the running for Deshaun Watson? They discuss the latest with the QB before talking about several moves from the Jets and a quiet week for the Patriots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
Free Agency Recap, Day 3: Baker Mayfield speaks out, Chandler Jones to Raiders, Ravens sign Za'Darius Smith, Titans to release Julio Jones & more
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Free agency continues as the NFL’s new league year is officially underway. Robert Mays and Sheil Kapadia discuss Baker Mayfield’s message to the city of Cleveland as his future with the Browns remains uncertain. They also talk about the Raiders deal for Chandler Jones and their trade for Rock Ya-Sin, sending Yannick Ngakoue to the Colts. Plus, Za'Darius Smith signs with the Ravens and the Titans are set to release Julio Jones. They recap all of that, their favorite moves and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: Free agency's draft impact & o-line deep dive with Brandon Thorn
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How has the Russell Wilson trade and the first bit of free agency frenzy impacted the top of the draft and Brugler & Zierlein's mock drafts? They run you through their analysis of the free agent signings before welcoming Brandon Thorn of Bleacher Report to dive into the o-line class and which names could be of value across the league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
Free Agency Recap, Day 2: Broncos steal Randy Gregory from Cowboys, Browns enter Deshaun Watson convo, CB musical chairs & more
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Another day of free agency in the NFL is nearly in the books, and it's time to recap the highlights of day two with our own Lindsay Jones, from Randy Gregory swerving on the Cowboys and heading to the Broncos, to the numbers coming out on Aaron Rodgers' and Mitch Trubisky's deals, Shaq Mason heading to Tampa Bay, the Jags just keep on spending, CB movement around the league and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Free Agency Recap, Day 1: Jaguars spend big, J.C. Jackson to Chargers, Bengals add o-line, Eagles sign Haason Reddick & more
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice broadcast LIVE on YouTube to react to a crazy day 1 of NFL free agency, from the Jaguars opening up the check book and adding Christian Kirk and Brandon Scherff, to the Bengals shoring up their o-line depth, a big JC Jackson signing by the Chargers and Haason Reddick lands with the Eagles, all that and more on a NEW Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
Tom Brady unretires, Cowboys trade Amari Cooper to the Browns, Deshaun Watson news, Kirk Cousins & more
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Tom Brady blew up the internet Sunday afternoon as he officially came out of retirement to re-join the Bucs for his 23rd NFL season. What ripple effect will this have on the Buccaneers and the rest of the NFC? Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones react to the news and break down both sides of the Amari Cooper trade for the Cowboys and Browns, Deshaun Watson news that broke over the weekend, the Vikings and Kirk Cousins and more ahead of the OFFICIAL start of 2022 NFL free agency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
Khalil Mack trade reaction, free agency lessons & how teams approach the salary cap with Bill Barnwell & Joel Corry
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Bill Barnwell returns with Robert Mays as the two of them dive into some breaking reaction to the Khalil Mack trade from the Bears to the Chargers before discussing their Free Agency Lessons of the past few years, what they've learned and what other teams can watch out for when it comes to making mistakes during free agency + Joel Corry of CBS Sports stops by to break down the 2022 salary cap and the creative ways teams find to always stay under the cap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
Colts trade Carson Wentz to Washington + NFL defensive free agency preview
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The Colts have officially moved on from Carson Wentz. Can the former #2 overall pick be successful in Washington? How should Indy go about replacing him? Nate Tice and Sheil Kapadia join the show to weigh in on more NFL QB news. Plus, another free agency preview! The guys go around the league and put a microscope on the defensive side of the football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
Russell Wilson traded to the Broncos, Aaron Rodgers staying with the Packers & more breaking news reaction
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Robert Mays, Mike Sando and Lindsay Jones assemble to discuss the impact of the Russell Wilson trade to the Broncos for both the Seahawks and the Broncos. Does this elevate the Broncos to a contender? Where does this leave the Seahawks? Plus, Aaron Rodgers confirms he is staying in Green Bay - is this the outcome we expected? All that and more breaking news reaction on a full day of NFL headlines on The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
Calvin Ridley suspended for gambling & Free Agency Preview: Offense
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice are kicking off the free agency season with a deep dive on their top offensive free agents for 2022 after discussing the breaking news of Calvin Ridley's gambling suspension. Which teams are in the market for WRs? Which receivers are the best fits for those teams? What about teams in need of o-line help? Robert and Nate have the answers in part 1 of the Athletic Football Show free agency preview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
Brugler & Zierlein's 2022 NFL Combine review & biggest risers & fallers
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The 2022 NFL Combine has come and gone, and it's time to recap the highs and lows of the workouts with our own draft guru Dane Brugler and NFL,com's Lance Zierlein. What was the deal with all those ridiculously-fast 40 times? Who were the biggest risers and fallers out of the weekend? Dane and Lance are preparing their next mock drafts and review the Combine through that lens on a new Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Dane Brugler's 2022 NFL Combine first impressions
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Who stood out in Combine workouts? What's the deal with "unofficial times?" Who better to talk about it with than our own Dane Brugler? Robert Mays and Dane sit down at the Combine to get Dane's first impressions as workouts press into the weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
Planning the Broncos, Saints & Giants futures with Nick Kosmider, Kat Terrell & Dan Duggan
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We're rounding our our conversations on the teams we feel like have the most interesting offseasons ahead of them with a deep dive on the Broncos with our own Nick Kosmider, discussing if they will ever find their post-Peyton Manning QB, a new head coach & more before Kat Terrell stops by to help Saints fans cope with the loss of Sean Payton & what's ahead for the Dennis Allen-led Saints. Then Dan Duggan, Athletic writer covering the Giants and Robert Mays dig into Brian Daboll's start in New York and why Daniel Jones not being the answer at QB isn't the worst thing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
Commanders, Jets & Buccaneers offseason outlook with Ben Standig, Connor Hughes & Greg Auman
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How can the newly-named Washington Commanders make a name for themselves with the QB market the way it is in 2022? What do the Jets have to hang their hat on after two years under GM Joe Douglas? And where do the Bucs go from here after Tom Brady steps away from the game? Robert Mays is LIVE at the 2022 NFL Combine and is joined by team writers Ben Standig, Connor Hughes, and Greg Auman of The Athletic to discuss why their teams might have the most interesting storylines this offseason.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
NFL Combine Preview with Nate Tice + Eagles & Packers offseason outlook with Bo Wulf & Matt Schneidman
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The 2022 NFL Combine is officially underway and the Athletic Football Show is in Indianapolis to cover it all with our stellar group of writers at The Athletic. Robert is joined by Nate Tice to kick off the week with a full preview of what Nate is watching for in the prospect drills and which names you might be hearing more about + Robert is joined by Bo Wulf of Birds With Friends and The Athletic to shed some light on a potential Russell Wilson trade to the Eagles and more offseason notes before Matt Schneidman attempts to clear up some Aaron Rodgers rumors with Robert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
QB Carousel & Offseason Preview with Charles Robinson & projecting the Raiders' new regime with Tashan Reed
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From Aaron Rodgers rumors to the Kyler Murray press release, the QB landscape could change this offseason and we're bringing in Yahoo's Charles Robinson to preview it all at the NFL Combine. From which teams might be more desperate to make moves than meets the eye & which teams have the most on the line in 2022, it's all on the line with Charles Robinson before welcoming The Athletic's Tashan Reed live in Indinapolis as we project what the new Raiders regime might look like with a new coaching staff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Brugler & Zierlein's 2022 NFL Combine preview & prospects to watch at each position
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The 2022 NFL Combine is less than a week away and we will be there to cover it all, but Dane Brugler and Lance Zierlein are here to bring you their top players at each position with the most to prove when it comes to the medicals, drills and overall results coming out of Indianapolis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
Mailbag Part 2: Mobile QBs, Rams’ team building philosophy, hiring coordinators & more
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice continue their post-Super Bowl mailbag by discussing mobile QBs and if the league attitude has shifted this season. Plus, is there a QB surplus in the NFL with more qualified candidates than actual positions? They dive into that, the Rams’ team building philosophy and their dream coaching staff for an expansion team. They wrap the show by discussing their most unpopular take. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
Mailbag Part 1: Where Joe Burrow ranks, rebuilding an offensive line, teams that are a QB away & more
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice answer all of your post-Super Bowl questions. They discuss where Joe Burrow ranks among top QBs in the NFL and how the Bengals can rebuild their offensive line this offseason. Plus, is Philip Rivers the player whose legacy is most negatively affected by the Brady/Patriots dominance of the AFC? They dive into that, as well as which teams are just a QB away and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
Biggest questions heading into the 2022 offseason - QB movement, new owners, free agency speculation & more
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From what happens with players like Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, to how the Jags can salvage a disastrous situation for Trevor Lawrence to what teams could be represented by new ownership come the 2022 kickoff, it's an offseason that will be full of breaking news, speculation and headlines worth talking about. Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones each bring their biggest questions heading into the offseason to the air as they turn the page on 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: Brugler & Zierlein on Top 100 prospects
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Dane Brugler and NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein break down the top 100 prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft. They discuss players who improved their stock at the Senior Bowl, positions where they disagree and the questions that still remain. Plus, who is this year’s Cooper Kupp? They talk about what we can learn from Super Bowl LVI and Lance shares his latest mock draft.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
Super Bowl LVI recap: How the Rams won it all & what's next for Joe Burrow & the Bengals
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The Los Angeles Rams are Super Bowl Champions for 2021! After a long and sometimes controversial process of team building, relocation and numerous injuries, Aaron Donald, Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp & Company got it done 23-20 over the Cincinnati Bengals. What kind of precedent does the Sean McVay offense set for the rest of the league now that they've won a title? Can Aaron Donald & Von Miller head straight to Canton? What does the offseason look like for the AFC Champion Bengals at the outset? Nate Tice joins host Robert Mays to react to all the Super Bowl LVI headlines (and the halftime show, of course). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Mailbag: The Super Bowl experience, how players adjust game day habits, the post-win celebration & more
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Ahead of Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, Mitchell Schwartz joins Robert Mays to answer listener questions about the big game. He explains what surprised him the most about the week, how the game day dynamics are different for players and what halftime adjustments really look like. They also talk about the moment he remembers the most from when the Chiefs won, how the Bengals will try and game plan for Aaron Donald and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2022
Super Bowl LVI preview, Rams vs. Bengals picks, prop bets & predictions
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We have finally arrived at the SUPER BOWL! The only thing left to do is one final deep dive preview and to make our picks!! Robert Mays is joined by Nate Tice LIVE from Radio Row at the Super Bowl in Los Angeles to break down the most intriguing aspects of the matchup on both sides of the ball, from how the Bengals can exploit some Rams weaknesses up front, to how the Rams can put the game away and hoist the Lombardi themselves, it's all on the table this Super Bowl + Sheil Kapadia joins for one final Picks With Sheil segment as they put a meal at the combine on the line for Athletic Football Show Picks supremacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2022
Inside the Bengals' & Rams' path to Super Bowl LVI with Paul Dehner Jr. & Jourdan Rodrigue
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The Bengals & Rams both have less-than-ordinary paths to a Super Bowl title, one team had the first pick in the draft just two years before, and another is full of big name veteran playmakers. Will it be the Cincinnati Cinderella story, or the big-name Rams taking the Lombardi? The Athletic's own beat writers covering the Bengals and Rams, Paul Dehner Jr. and Jourdan Rodrigue, bring their unique insight on covering these teams to Radio Row with Robert Mays as they dive into the inside story of each team's path to Super Bowl LVI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
Calvin Johnson on why Matthew Stafford is different, 10 players who define Super Bowl LVI & the staying power of Andrew Whitworth with Clint Boling
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Few players know QB Matthew Stafford more intimately on the field than Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Together, Stafford and Johnson put up historic numbers. Now, Stafford is putting up historic numbers with Rams WR Cooper Kupp. But what makes Stafford so unique for wide receivers, and which current receivers are catching his eye? Megatron joins Robert Mays following a breakdown of the 10 players that will define Super Bowl LVI for Lindsay Jones and Robert + Clint Boling, former Bengals guard stops by to share some first-hand insight on the 40-year old Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth & his incredible run with Cincinnati. 10 Players to define SB LVI: 0:00 - 50:00 Calvin Johnson: 50:00 Clint Boling: 1:10:00 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: Brugler & Zierlein talk with Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder + Reese's Senior Bowl wrap-up
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Dane Brugler and NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrap-up their Reese's Senior Bowl observations. They discuss which prospect from the weekend could be drafted the highest, who improved their stock and who fell. Plus, Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder joins the show to talk about his experience in Mobile, what he learned as a four-year starter and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
How the Rams & Bengals have evolved with Ollie Connolly, Seth Galina & Diante Lee
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What is different about the 2021-22 Rams than the Rams who made a Super Bowl run in 2018-19? What about Matthew Stafford makes such a difference? What role does the Bengals defense and their defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo play in their success? Robert Mays broadcasts LIVE from Radio Row at Super Bowl LVI and welcomes The Guardian's Ollie Connolly to dig into the Bengals' D + PFF's Seth Galina and Diante Lee to dissect the Los Angeles Rams of the recent past and present and how each team playing in the Super Bowl has evolved over time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
Joe Burrow & Matthew Stafford’s journey to the Super Bowl with Bruce Feldman & Scott Linehan
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It’s officially Super Bowl week and to kick off the festivities Robert Mays sits down with The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman to discuss Joe Burrow’s journey from LSU to the NFL’s biggest stage and what makes him so special. Plus, former NFL coach Scott Linehan joins the show to talk about Matthew Stafford’s career development, his strengths as a quarterback and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Lessons we’ve learned from the NFL’s final four teams with Bill Barnwell & Nate Tice
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What lessons have we learned from the NFL’s final four teams? Robert Mays and Nate Tice sit down with ESPN’s Bill Barnwell to discuss their top takeaways from the Rams, Bengals, 49ers and Chiefs. They talk about the importance of coaching, offensive lines and of course the QBs.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: Brugler & Zierlein on Reese's Senior Bowl surprises, disappointments & overall takeaways
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Dane Brugler and NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein sit down with Robert Mays in Mobile to discuss their biggest takeaways from the Reese's Senior Bowl. They explain what it’s like seeing the prospects in person before they break down their biggest surprises and disappointments of the week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
Brian Flores files discrimination lawsuit against the NFL + more coaching carousel updates
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Robert is in Mobile covering the Senior Bowl and welcomes Lindsay Jones to the show to discuss the breaking news that former Dolphins coach Brian Flores has filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL, the Giants and several teams alleging discrimination in their hiring practices. This is the type of lawsuit that the NFL has been scared of. Robert and Lindsay also discuss the on field impact of the Giants hiring Brian Daboll and the Raiders hiring Josh McDaniels. Is Jim Harbaugh's candidacy to become the next Vikings coach for real? Plus, what the heck is going on with the Jags, Texans and Dolphins openings? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
Tom Brady officially announces retirement after 22 seasons
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After a long weekend of speculation, false announcements and rumors floating around about Tom Brady’s future, the QB took to IG on February 1st to confirm his decision to walk away after 22 seasons. Luckily, Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discussed Brady’s impact on the game, the Patriots, the Bucs and more this weekend LIVE on their YouTube channel. Here it is in podcast form on a bonus Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Mailbag: Halftime adjustments, how players handle playoff losses, inside exit interviews, Kyle Shanahan's bad luck & more with Mitchell Schwartz
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As the Bengals and Rams head to the Super Bowl, Mitchell Schwartz is here to react to the Chiefs loss and answer listener Mailbag questions with Robert Mays as they discuss the Bengals and halftime adjustments, how players handle losing in the playoffs, what the process of exit interviews entails. if Kyle Shanahan can overcome his current reputation of not winning the big one, if owners even matter in the NFL and more as we look ahead to the Super Bowl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Bengals & Rams move on to Super Bowl LVI & can the 49ers & Chiefs make another run?
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The magic continues for Joe Burrow and the Bengals as they edge the Chiefs in OT to head to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1988, and Sean McVay coaches the Rams to the Championship game for the 2nd time since 2018. Can his Matthew Stafford-led team get it done this time? There will be plenty of time to discuss Bengals-Rams, so before that, Robert Mays and Nate Tice dig into the AFC & NFC Championship results. Why did the Chiefs shy away from running the ball? Was this officially the last we will see of Jimmy G in San Francisco? And what made Tee Higgins and Cooper Kupp stand out so much for their teams? All that and more on a postgame edition of The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
AFC & NFC Championship preview & picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice have you covered for conference championship weekend with a full preview of Bengals-Chiefs and 49ers-Rams. They discuss the big storylines heading into each game, the key matchups on both sides of the ball and much more. Then, Sheil Kapadia is back to claim his title and share his picks against the spread. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2022
Broncos hire Nathaniel Hackett, Bears choose Matt Eberflus, Byron Leftwich & more coaching updates
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Head coaching hires have been the story of Thursday in the NFL with the Broncos hiring packers OC Nathaniel Hackett and the Bears going with Colts DC Matt Eberflus. Robert Mays is joined by Mike Sando to discuss the choices and what fans can expect, plus update you on where Byron Leftwich might be headed and what's going on with Dan Quinn & the Dallas Cowboys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
Bears, Vikings hire new GMs + head coach finalists across the NFL
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The Bears and Vikings officially have new GMs. Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss what we know about Ryan Poles and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and what separated them in the hiring process. Then, they talk about the latest in each coaching search, the finalists, the favorites and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: Brugler & Zierlein exclusive with Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy ahead of game & 2021 Draft rewind
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Dane Brugler and NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein sit down with Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy ahead of a big week in Mobile. They discuss the interview process for prospects, under-the-radar guys to watch and expectations for the QBs. Then, Robert Mays joins the show to talk about the 2021 NFL rookie class.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Sean Payton steps down as Saints head coach after 16 seasons - reaction with Katherine Terrell
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Saints head coach Sean Payton abruptly announced he was stepping away from coaching the Saints after 16 seasons. The Athletic's Saints writer Katherine Terrell joins Lindsay Jones to react to the news following Payton's press conference and discuss the surprise of the announcement, whats next for the Payton, if he might ever coach again, what's next for the Saints, if the job is a desirable place and more analysis and reaction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Mailbag: OT rule change, Mitchell Schwartz on Chiefs final drive, getting over losses, how to feel if your team lacks a QB & more
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Who better to chime in on the most chaotic 2 minutes of football in maybe ever than a man who was in that huddle recently? Mitchell Schwartz returns with Robert Mays to gush over Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce's backyard football skills, ease some pain of some hurting fanbases, give some player perspective on the controversial overtime rules, and answer tons more of your voicemails and emails as the Athletic Football Show Mailbag is opened again following the Divisional round. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
Bills-Chiefs thriller ends in OT, 49ers stun Rodgers' Packers, Bengals & Burrow to AFC title game, Rams survive Bucs & more
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It feels like we all witnessed one of the great playoff weekends in NFL history. From stunning upsets, to numerous last-second game-winning kicks, and everything in between, Robert Mays are here to react to it all. How did Patrick Mahomes outlast Josh Allen in his biggest moment? What happens to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay now that the 49ers have moved on? How did the Rams find the right recipe to keep Brady at bay? And can Joe Burrow continue his miracle run and lead the Bengals to the AFC Championship with this defense? All that and TONS more Divisional review on a postgame Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
NFL Divisional Round Sunday preview & picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice continue their NFL Divisional Round coverage with a full preview of Sunday’s games. They start by breaking down the matchup between the Rams and Buccaneers. They examine each side of the ball and discuss the injuries that could play a big role in the game. Next, they dive into Bills at Chiefs. They discuss how this game is different from the last time these two teams played, their expectations for Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes and much more. They close things out with their picks against the spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2022
NFL Divisional Round Saturday preview
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice get you ready for the NFL Divisional Round with a full preview of Saturday's slate. They begin by discussing Bengals-Titans, the matchups they are watching and their X-factor for the game. Then, they dive into the historic showdown between the 49ers-Packers. They explain why this game is so intriguing, the key players returning from injury and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2022
What we learned from our 2021 NFL take mistakes with Lindsay Jones
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What take mistakes did we learn the most about during this NFL season? Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones look back on their takes from 2021, what has changed and why. They discuss Kyler Murray, defenses across the league, Browns’ hype, the concept of “saving” QBs and much more. Plus, they also talk about the Raiders’ GM and head coach search, where Dan Quinn will land and other news from the interview process.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
2022 NFL Draft: Brugler & Zierlein on the talent at the top, QBs & their favorite prospects
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It’s officially draft season and The Athletic Football Show welcomes Dane Brugler and NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein to the feed for complete coverage of the 2022 class. They discuss the main storylines to watch over the next few months, including the lack of elite prospects, the QBs, their early favorites and which teams are positioned well in the first round. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
Mailbag: Is Kellen Moore overrated? + more playoff questions with Mitchell Schwartz
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Our resident Super Bowl Champion Mitchell Schwartz is here to chime in on the weekend's playoff action, drama and biggest headlines, starting with Mike McCarthy's late-game decision making and a convo on the hype around Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Plus, how to teams spend their playoff bye weeks, wondering if we NEED 7 playoff teams, the definition of "installing an offense" and more with Robert Mays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
Rams crush Cardinals, Matthew Stafford gets a playoff W & what's next for Arizona
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Following the final Wild Card matchup of the season, Robert Mays and Nate Tice react to the Rams big win over the Cardinals, Matthew Stafford's performance, the ceiling for this Rams team and looking to the Bucs before looking at the whole of the Cardinals season, Kyler Murray and what Arizona can do to improve on 2021 + some quick thoughts on the Raiders GM opening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
NFL Wild Card Sunday Recap: 49ers survive Cowboys, Chiefs & Bucs move on & Steelers, Cowboys & Eagles postmortem
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After another day of crazy Wild Card action, Robert Mays and Nate Tice return to react to the biggest moments and game-swinging plays. How should 49ers fans feel about their Super Bowl chances after how they looked against the Cowboys? How should Cowboys fans feel going forward? Will the Bucs and Tom Brady make another run at a title? Can the Chiefs continue their impressive offensive output against the Bills? All that and more instant analysis following the Sunday games on another postgame Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2022
NFL Wild Card Saturday Recap: Bengals & Bills advance & what's next for the Raiders & Patriots
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Joe Burrow snaps the 31-year playoff drought in Cincinnati, Josh Allen leads the Bills to one of the most-impressive offensive performances in NFL history, and those are just a few of the talking points coming out of the NFL's Wild Card Saturday. Robert Mays and Nate Tice react to the action & what the wins mean in Buffalo and Cincinnati, where the Patriots and Raiders go from here with Derek Carr, Mac Jones expectations and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2022
NFL Wild Card Sunday preview
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice continue their wild-card weekend coverage by previewing Sunday’s games. They begin by breaking down Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense vs. the Eagles’ defense. Then, they discuss the highly-anticipated matchup between the Cowboys and 49ers before closing things out by talking about Steelers-Chiefs.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
NFL Wild Card Saturday preview & picks
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Before diving into wild-card weekend, Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the Texans’ decision to fire David Culley and major questions facing the franchise this offseason. Then, they preview Saturday’s wild-card matchups between Raiders-Bengals and Patriots-Bills. Finally, Sheil Kapadia his back for his playoff picks against the spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
Ranking the NFL head coach openings and top candidates with Jeff Howe + the state of the Giants amid another reset with Dan Duggan
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Which NFL head coach opening is the most attractive? Lindsay Jones and The Athletic’s Jeff Howe break down all of the vacancies, the top candidates for each role and much more. Plus, The Athletic’s Giants’ writer Dan Duggan joins the show to discuss the state of the franchise amid another head coach and GM change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
Evaluating the hiring process for NFL head coaches and GMs with Amy Trask, Domonique Foxworth & Joe Barry
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Where do we look for NFL head coaches and GMs? What qualities should the candidate possess? Robert Mays begins exploring those questions with former NFL executive and current analyst for CBS Sports, Amy Trask. They discuss the business side of finding a GM, the importance of collaboration and her experience with the Raiders. Then, former NFL player and current ESPN writer and commentator, Domonique Foxworth joins the show to talk about how head coaches set the culture within a team. Finally, Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry explains why he knew early on that Mike Tomlin, Sean McVay and Brandon Staley would be successful head coaches.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
Mailbag: Potential QB moves, trick plays, uniform talk, undervalued GMs & more with Mitchell Schwartz
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The Playoffs are here, and we've got a recent Super Bowl Champion in the house to shed some light on how players prepare for playoff games vs. the regular season, which QBs could be on the move this offseason, an NFL uniform fact you might not know and more courtesy of this week's Athletic Football Show mailbag as Robert Mays leads Mitchell Schwartz through your voicemails and emails concerning the Browns, Raiders, Chargers, Colts and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
NFL Black Monday: Brian Flores, Matt Nagy, Mike Zimmer out & more news with Mike Sando
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Robert Mays and The Athletic’s Mike Sando break down all of the NFL firings on Black Monday. They begin by discussing the Bears’ decision to move on from Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace and the end of Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman’s tenure in Minnesota. They also talk about the surprise firing of Brian Flores and why the Giants are sticking with Joe Judge. They wrap by examining potential head coach candidates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
NFL playoff matchups, Chargers-Raiders tie almost happens, Colts season ends vs. Jaguars, Vic Fangio out & more
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Following a chaotic ending to the 2021 NFL regular season, which almost appropriately ended in a tie between the Chargers and Raiders, Robert Mays and Nate Tice sift through the mess and discuss the most intriguing playoff matchups, from the 49ers & Cowboys renewing an old rivalry to the Bills facing the Patriots & more. Plus, the Colts season ends in embarrassing fashion at the hands of the Jaguars, Vic Fangio is out in Denver and more breaking headlines following the final whistle of week 18. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
Week 18 NFL preview + picks
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Week 18 is officially here! Robert Mays and Nate Tice preview the matchups with the most at stake. They break down Chargers-Raiders before discussing why the Rams have struggled against the 49ers’ offense. Plus, can Nate rebound after going 0-3 in his picks last week? Sheil Kapadia is back to explain his favorite lines heading into the final weekend of the regular season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
2021 NFL Awards: MVP picks, biggest WTF moments, games of the year & more + Saints team visit with Katherine Terrell
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We're rounding out the 2021 NFL season by handing out some awards of our own, from Most Improved Player to WTF Moment of the Year and more before Lindsay Jones and Robert Mays dive into MVP talk, Coach of the Year, Exec of the Year and all the rest - then Saints writer for The Athletic, Katherine Terrell, stops by to weigh-in on Robert's Sean Payton trade hypothetical, the fans' desire to make a playoff run and more Saints talk. Discount code for The Athletic just in time for PLAYOFFS! theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
2021 NFL All-Pro Team: Defense
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The 2021 NFL All-Pro team discussion continues with the defense. Robert Mays welcomes back Trench Warfare’s Brandon Thorn to help select the defensive line. Then, former NFL player and current ESPN analyst, Matt Bowen fills out the roster for linebackers and defensive backs.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
2021 NFL All-Pro Team: Offense
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On a special two-part episode of The Athletic Football Show, Robert Mays is joined by several guests to select the 2021 NFL All-Pro team. They begin with the offense and Nate Tice stops by to break down the quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends. Then, Trench Warfare’s Brandon Thorn weighs in on the offensive line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
Mailbag: Best football timezone, playing for bad coaches, Elway's ideal QB, trading Derek Carr for Russell Wilson & more
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It's almost playoff time, and your emails & voicemails are flowing in. From teams in need of a refresh to playoff worries, the All-Pro himself Mitchell Schwartz is here to shed light on playing in sour situations, what a Derek Carr for Russell Wilson trade could do for the Seahawks and the Raiders, finding some help for Ravens and Broncos fans, which timezone is truly the best for football and more with Robert Mays as week 18 arrives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022
Week 17 Recap: Bengals-Chiefs doesn't disappoint, Antonio Brown quits, Cardinals handle Cowboys, playoff picture & could Matt Stafford doom the Rams?
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It was a week of playoff clinching wins, confusing losses, and even more confusing behavior on the field as Joe Burrow and the Bengals wrap up the AFC North with a win over Patrick Mahomes the Chiefs , the Cowboys can't control of Kyler Murray, Antonio Brown literally quits on the Buccaneers, the Eagles stay alive, the Colts drop one to the Raiders, and could Matthew Stafford end up dooming the Rams' playoff run? Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss these headlines and more from week 17 on a postgame Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
Week 17 NFL preview + picks
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There are several important matchups on the slate for Week 17 and Robert Mays and Nate Tice are here to preview what they are watching heading into the weekend. They discuss what’s at stake for the Bengals, if the Dolphins’ defense is for real, their excitement around the Cowboys and much more. Then, Sheil Kapadia looks to make a final push with his Week 17 picks against the spread. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2021
AFC & NFC wild card threat index
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones start the show by discussing the latest COVID-19 changes across the NFL and the impact it could have on games as soon as this weekend. Plus, which wild card team poses the biggest threat heading into the playoffs? They rank who they believe could be the most dangerous teams from the AFC and NFC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2021
John Madden's impact & legacy with Bryan Curtis
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and Robert Mays take some time to reflect on the impact of John Madden's career, from his larger-than-life personality in the broadcast booth to on the field and via our gaming consoles, hear how Madden's life impacted so many who love the game of football. Athletic subscription deal happening now @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Remembering John Madden + Mina Kimes on the future of the Pete Carroll-Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
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Robert Mays begins the episode by remembering NFL Hall of Fame coach and commentator, John Madden. Then, ESPN’s Mina Kimes joins the show to discuss the legacy and future of the Pete Carroll era in Seattle. How did the Seahawks get to this point? Will they trade Russell Wilson? How will the front office approach this offseason? They dive into all of that and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Mailbag: Giants keeping Joe Judge & Daniel Jones, trading Sean Payton, Cowboys’ draft success, active player Hall of Famers & more
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The Super Bowl Champion Mitchell Schwartz returns to the Mailbag portion of the show to dig into some of your best week 16-17 questions, voicemails and emails like what we think of the Giants apparently sticking by Joe Judge and Daniel Jones, what the Jaguars would have to trade to acquire a Sean Payton, the Cowboys' recent draft history, rebooting the Bears and Washington Football Team, which coach-QB relationships are intriguing to think about and more with Robert Mays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2021
Week 16 Recap: Joe Burrow makes history, Cowboys secure the NFC East, Baker Mayfield can't loosen up, Chiefs & Colts surging & more
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Week 16 of NFL action is wrapping up, as Joe Burrow makes history against the Ravens, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys secure the NFC East thanks to Trevon Diggs and the defense, the Chargers drop a concerning game to the Texans, the Patriots stumble, the Chiefs and Colts look unstoppable and much more. Join Robert Nate and Nate Tice for their weekly postgame reaction discussing the highs and lows of Saturday and Sunday, including the Jaguars' confusing end-of-game sequence, the Bears' last-minute victory in Seattle and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2021
NFL week 16 preview & picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice kick off the holiday weekend by previewing the highly anticipated rematch between the Bills and Patriots. They also discuss the Colts’ defense, if the Cowboys offense is really broken and the AFC North showdown between the Bengals and Ravens. Plus, Sheil Kapadia pulls ahead in the picks segment and Nate is riding with Ian Book? Tune in to hear their Week 16 picks against the spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2021
The MVP case for Cooper Kupp & Jonathan Taylor, should the Vikings want the playoffs & the Browns' Baker Mayfield conundrum with Zac Jackson
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A lot is happening as week 16 in the NFL arrives. Lindsay Jones is here for her weekly visit as she and Robert dive into the MVP case for non-QB candidates Cooper Kupp & Jonathan Taylor. Will their historic seasons at their respective positions be enough to sway the committee? Plus, the Vikings are somehow Stayin' Alive, personnel updates across the league, appointment viewing for Thursday before The Athletic's Browns writer Zac Jackson joins the show to dig into the Baker Mayfield conundrum hanging over Cleveland, the offseason plan, Myles Garrett's DPOY campaign and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2021
How the run game fits into modern NFL offenses with Mitchell Schwartz
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What role does the run game play in a successful offense in 2021? Robert Mays is joined by Mitchell Schwartz to discuss what the numbers tell us, the impact on the quarterback and offensive line and the physical element it brings to the offense. Plus, Robert shares parts of his conversation with Colts’ head coach Frank Reich on the topic.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
Mailbag: The most star heavy teams, Jaguars coaching swings, the myth of "too tall" QBs, how Bengals fans should feel & more
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Our own Senior Writer and Pro Football Hall of Fame Voter Mike Sando returns for this week's mailbag, diving into your voicemails and emails coming out of week 15. How should Bengals fans feel right now? What makes a coaching "rerun candidate" like Dennis Allen a good one? What's the deal with "too tall" QBs with guys like Justin Herbert out there? Who are the most star-heavy teams in today's NFL aside from QB? If the Jaguars swung for the fences, which head coach would be the most intriguing for them to hire? These questions and more on deck from YOU on this Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2021
Week 15 Recap: Saints silence Tom Brady, Lions shock the Cardinals & explaining the AFC playoff picture
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The NFL's week 15 was full of sloppy play, backup starters, and unexpected wins. Robert Mays and Nate Tice run down the biggest headlines coming out of Sunday, from the Saints shutting out Tom Brady and the Bucs, to the Lions shocking the Cardinals to get their second win under Dan Campbell and more + Robert and Nate attempt to bring some clarity to the AFC playoff race following the Ravens loss and wins by the Bengals and Steelers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2021
Colts outlast Patriots, Jonathan Taylor is inevitable, Frank Reich & Carson Wentz in the spotlight with Zak Keefer
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Jonathan Taylor is inevitable. Following the Colts' big win over the AFC rival Patriots, Robert Mays is joined by Athletic NFL / Colts writer Zak Keefer to discuss the win, Carson Wentz and Frank Reich's communication, Darius Leonard's Peanut Punches, and of course, Jonathan Taylor. How dangerous is this Colts team? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2021
NFL week 15 preview & picks
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What’s next for Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars? Robert Mays and Nate Tice begin the episode by discussing what needs to happen in Jacksonville over the next few months. Then, they examine Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur’s success this season, how the Rams have figured things out on offense and the 49ers’ adjustments on defense. Finally, Sheil Kapadia shares his Week 15 picks against the spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
More Urban Meyer reactions: Effect on Trevor Lawrence, coaching candidates & what's next for the Jaguars with Sheil Kapadia
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Robert Mays and Sheil Kapadia bring some more context to the Urban Meyer situation with some bonus podcast coverage covering the coach's affect on Trevor Lawrence's development, what direction the Jaguars should go in for their next head coach, & whether or not the Jags as they are today can even be trusted to get things right. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Urban Meyer fired in Jacksonville, league meetings, NFL's response to rising cases & 49ers long term plans with David Lombardi
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Urban Meyer is out in Jacksonville after multiple reports surface about a hostile situation in the Jaguars locker room. Lindsay Jones and Mike Sando react to the breaking overnight news before Robert Mays and Lindsay shift their focus to the league meetings are happening in Dallas as teams around the league continue to shift rosters around. Lindsay has updates on what teams and players are doing to keep the season going, the reveal of the 2022 salary cap number, how the Broncos continue to Stay Alive in the playoff hunt & more + The Athletic's David Lombardi, who covers the 49ers, joins in on the conversation to bring some insight as to why the 49ers didn't start Trey Lance in year 1, the plan for Jimmy Garoppolo in 2022, playoff hopes & more as week 15 arrives. Gift a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Kurt Warner on Mac Jones, cerebral QBs & the state of quarterback play in 2021
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Robert Mays is joined by Hall of Famer Kurt Warner to break down the different styles of quarterback play we are seeing across the NFL in 2021. They discuss how Mac Jones has been successful this season, the art of reading the defense’s body language and the offenses that are doing a good job at making things easy on the quarterback. They also talk about footwork, technique and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
Mailbag: Best QB arms, college vs. NFL coaching, current Hall of Fame trajectories, rookie transitioning & more with Nate Tice
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Nate Tice returns for the 2nd show in a row as we open the Athletic Football Show Mailbag. This week's it's full of questions regarding ranking some of the best QB arm talent in recent memory, who some Hall of Fame candidates are in today's NFL, making the transition from coaching in college to coaching in the League, what approach the Falcons should take this coming offseason and much more with Robert Mays! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
Tom Brady outduels Josh Allen, Micah Parsons enters the DPOY convo, Urban Meyer chaos in Jacksonville, Chiefs are back & more with Nate Tice
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Buccaneers-Bills lives up to the hype, the Cowboys defense has our attention, Urban Meyer is wearing out his welcome in Jacksonville, and those are only a few highlights from week 14. How should Bengals fans feel after the loss to the 49ers? What about Bears fans and another loss in Green Bay? Is Micah Parsons really the MVP favorite? What is going on with the Panthers, Cam Newton and their QB situation? Nate Tice and Robert Mays have all the postgame reaction on a new Athletic Football Show. Athletic discount @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Bills-Buccaneers preview, the Browns and Ravens’ offensive struggles & the resurgence of the Chiefs’ defense with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 14 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice preview the game of the week between the Bills and Buccaneers. They also examine the Browns and Ravens’ struggles on offense before breaking down how the Chiefs have fixed their defense over the course of the season. Then, Sheil Kapadia is back to talk about his Week 14 picks as Nate inches closer to taking the lead.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
NFL teams out of the playoff race, can the Dolphins remain hot & questions for the Bills with Lindsay Jones + a Philadelphia Eagles team visit with Bo Wulf
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones start the show by discussing which teams are out of the NFL playoff race and which franchise they believe has the most hope over the next several years. They also talk about the Dolphins’ postseason chances and the Bills’ important matchup with the Buccaneers. Finally, Bo Wulf joins the show to discuss how the Eagles have turned things around this season, Jalen Hurts’ future in Philly, their 2022 NFL Draft picks and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
Examining the parity of the 2021 NFL season with Mike Sando
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Why has this NFL season felt so unpredictable? Where are all the elite teams? Robert Mays and Mike Sando examine why we are experiencing more parity than ever before across the league. They discuss what the numbers tell us, how the quarterbacks are playing a role, the increase in penalties and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
Mailbag: Joe Brady out in Carolina, Lamar Jackson's development, Mitchell Schwartz's Fantasy O-Line & more
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Time to open the Athletic Football Show Mailbag following some big moments from week 13, from Joe Brady's firing in Carolina, to the decision to go for 2 in Pittsburgh and more, Mitchell Schwartz is Robert Mays' guest to dive into your emails and voicemails + Mitchell reveals his starting Fantasy O-Line! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
Updated playoff picture, Lions finally win, Cardinals' defense flying, Gronk defying logic & more with Nate Tice
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As week 13 nears an end, it's time to take a step back and look at the AFC playoff picture in the context of Sunday's results as the Colts keep on winning, the Chargers blow out the Bengals, and the Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens might be done + Rob Gronkowski keeps defying logic with how he's playing in Tampa Bay, an early Hall of Fame campaign speech for Andrew Whitworth, the Niners fall to a poor Seahawks team, the Vikings hand the Lions their first win under Dan Campbell and more with Robert Mays and Nate Tice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Patriots’ dominant defense, why Washington’s offense is working & how bad are the Jaguars failing Trevor Lawrence with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 13 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice begin the “Friday Five” by discussing how the Patriots’ defense is bullying offenses this season. They also examine why Washington’s offense is working with Taylor Heinicke, the Chargers’ offensive game plan and how bad the Jaguars are failing Trevor Lawrence. Finally, Sheil Kapadia hopes for a big Week 13 as Nate gains ground in the picks segment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
MVP favorites, Washington is Stayin' Alive, rebooting the Steelers & more with Lindsay Jones & Mark Kaboly
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Lindsay Jones and Steelers writer Mark Kaboly of the Athletic are this week's guests as Robert and Lindsay discuss their current picks for MVP and discuss candidate odds of Tom Brady, Kyler Murray, Aaron Rodgers, Jonathan Taylor, Dak Prescott and more before discussing the Washington Football Team's refusal to exit the playoff conversation, the most intriguing games this weekend and more + Kaboly joins the show for an extended convo on the current state of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger, the draft and all the chaos that Steelers fans are currently experiencing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Dane Brugler’s 2022 NFL mock draft 1.0
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Mock draft season is officially underway as Robert Mays welcomes The Athletic’s Dane Brugler to discuss the 2022 NFL Draft. Dane explains who he has at No. 1, the overall talent this year and where things get interesting for the Jets, Giants and Eagles. Plus, they also dive into the top quarterbacks and what to watch heading into the conference championship games this weekend.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
Mailbag: How players spend the bye week, what positions are most valuable, is Matt LaFleur underrated & more with Mitchell Schwartz
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Mitchell Schwartz returns to share his Super Bowl Champion perspective as we open this week's Mailbag, full of talk about Matt LaFleur not getting enough credit, why NFL teams don't hire former agents as GMs like the NBA does, how players choose to spend their bye week, which positions are the hardest to come by in today's NFL, Micah Parson's role in Dallas and much more with host Robert Mays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
NFC rankings, Bucs top Colts, Aaron Rodgers out-duels Matthew Stafford, Dolphins surprise, Patriots & more with Nate Tice
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After a wild week 12 of NFL action, we're taking a closer look at how the results affect the NFC playoff picture. How convincing was Tom Brady and the Bucs' win over the Colts? Have the Packers become the NFC favorite? What about what's happening out in San Francisco with Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers? Nate Tice joins Robert Mays to discuss it all + a surprising win for the Dolphins, BIll Belichick and the surging Patriots, what the hell is up with Ben Roethlisberger and more on a postgame Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
What’s wrong with Rams’ offense, the Eagles’ path to the playoffs & the Patriots’ game plan for Mac Jones with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 12 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the top things they are watching heading into the weekend slate. They begin by examining what is wrong with the Rams’ offense before talking about the Eagles’ path to the playoffs. They also discuss what is different about this version of the 49ers’ offense and how the Patriots have built their game plan around Mac Jones. Finally, Sheil Kapadia is back to break down his Week 12 picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2021
What we’re thankful for this NFL season
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There is plenty to be thankful for this NFL season. Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss what tops their list. They talk about the return of the fan experience, the Manningcast, the new group of wide receivers and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2021
Previewing the Thanksgiving slate with Sheil Kapadia & Nate Tice
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Before the turkey and mashed potatoes, Robert Mays sits down with Sheil Kapadia and Nate Tice to preview the Thanksgiving games. They find ways to get you excited for Bears-Lions, before diving into the Cowboys’ offense against the Raiders’ defense. Finally, Sheil explains why he’s not worried about the Bills as they break down Buffalo’s matchup against the Saints.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
Mailbag: Taunting rule, Tom Brady vs. Bill Belichick, Frank Reich's value & Thanksgiving food power rankings with Mitchell Schwartz
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Super Bowl champ Mitchell Schwartz returns to open this week's Mailbag with Robert Mays as the taunting rule reared it's ugly head again in week 11. Hear a player's perspective on the impact on the game, plus Tom Brady's value vs. Bill Belichick's value, Bills concerns, Justin Fields' development, where Frank Reich ranks in the coaching hierarchy & more before Mitchell and Robert rank their favorite Thanksgiving foods, with a few surprises along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Chiefs silence the Cowboys, Jonathan Taylor runs over the Bills, Titans & Seahawks in panic mode, Vikings shine & more with Nate Tice
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Another Sunday down, and we're left with more questions than answers. What do we make of the Chiefs defense shutting down Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense? Should Bills fans be freaking out more than Colts fans are celebrating? What has happened to the Titans and Seahawks that we used to know? Nate Tice joins for the weekly postgame edition of The Athletic Football Show, discussing these topics and more including Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Steve Spagnulo and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Chiefs-Cowboys preview, the Colts’ run game & the Titans’ defensive success with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 11 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice start the “Friday Five” with a full preview of Chiefs-Cowboys. They also examine the Colts’ run game, the Titans’ defensive success and the Ravens’ struggles against the blitz. Then, Sheil Kapadia dresses as Bill Belichick and Nate wears a pirate costume for their Week 11 picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
Ron Rivera vs. Cam Newton, what’s at stake for the Bengals & the AFC playoff picture with Lindsay Jones + a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team visit with Greg Auman
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones kick off the episode by discussing the Week 11 matchup between Ron Rivera and Cam Newton. They also talk about what’s at stake for the Bengals, the highly anticipated showdown between the Cowboys and Chiefs, and the big questions surrounding the AFC playoff picture. Plus, The Athletic’s Greg Auman joins the show to discuss the Buccaneers' two-game skid, the injury issues and Tom Brady's MVP caliber season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Decoding two-high defenses with Cody Alexander
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Robert Mays welcomes MatchQuarters’ Cody Alexander to break down the rise of two-high defenses across the NFL. They dive into what we’ve seen on film over the last several years, what teams are implementing it the most, how it’s impacted the run game across the league and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021
Mailbag: The Baker Mayfield dilemma, QBs in bad situations, when to move on from a coach & more with Mitchell Schwartz
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Mitchell Schwartz is here for this week's Mailbag special, answering your voicemails and emails coming out of week 10 with Robert Mays. How should Browns and Colts fans feel about their QB situations with Baker Mayfield and Carson Wentz? When will Seahawks fans know it's time to move on from Pete Carroll? Which players did Mitchell play against with the Chiefs that he dreaded facing? This and much more on a Tuesday Athletic Football Show. Athletic discount - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
Mac Jones dominates the Browns, Cam Newton is back, Dak Prescott's MVP campaign, Seahawks score 0 & more with Nate Tice
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Week 10 in the NFL was full of high-scoring blowouts, a shutout, a tie, the return of a franchise QB, and more headlines that felt oddly right for this 2021 season. Nate Tice and Robert Mays react to Sunday's biggest stories, from Mac Jones' ascension in New England & the Browns' issues, Cam Newton being BACK in Carolina, the argument for Dak Prescott the MVP, the Minnesota Vikings being contenders, curious losses for the Buccaneers and Seahawks and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2021
Odell Beckham Jr. signs with Rams & Cam Newton returns to Carolina with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 10 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice start the show by discussing the top news in the NFL. They examine how Odell Beckham Jr. will fit into the Rams’ offense as well as the Panthers’ decision to bring back Cam Newton. Then they dive into the film and discuss whether or not the Broncos have shown the blueprint to slowing down the Cowboys. Finally, Sheil Kapadia’s lead in the picks segment dwindles as Nate looks to make a comeback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2021
Potential landing spots for Odell Beckham Jr., spotlight on Cowboys coaching staff, can the Titans keep rolling & more with Lindsay Jones + a Green Bay Packers team visit with Matt Schneidman
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Where will Odell Beckham Jr. land? Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down the best teams for the wide receiver. They also talk about the spotlight on Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys coaching staff, Russell Wilson’s return and the Titans’ dominant defense. Then, The Athletic’s Packers writer Matt Schneidman joins the show to talk about Aaron Rodgers’ status for Week 10 and Green Bay’s COVID-19 violations. They also discuss Jordan Love’s debut, David Bakhtiari’s activation and the surprising stars on defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021

Priorities for rebuilding teams at the midpoint of the season with Scott Pioli + distractions in the NFL locker room with Mitchell Schwartz
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What do NFL teams in the rebuilding process prioritize at the midpoint of the season? Former NFL executive and current TV analyst Scott Pioli joins Robert Mays to explain his experiences with player evaluations, the waiver wire and retooling for the future. Then, Mitchell Schwartz and Robert talk about how the Aaron Rodgers and Odell Beckham Jr. situations impact the locker room. Finally, they discuss Wyatt Teller’s deal with the Browns and how players approach extensions and free agency.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
Mailbag: Defining MVP, DeSean Jackson the Raider, a crazy hypothetical, misleading wins, Vikings & more with Nate Tice
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Time to open the Athletic Football Show Mailbag as we set our sights on week 10. Nate Tice is this week's guest with Robert Mays as they dig into your voicemails and emails on Mike Zimmer's standing with the Vikings, DeSean Jackson signing with the Las Vegas Raiders, some misleading wins that had us fooled earlier this year, Bengals talk, what "MVP" really means, Justin Fields' development and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
Titans top Rams, Jags stun the Bills, Chiefs edge Jordan Love's Packers, Broncos shut down the Cowboys & more with Nate Tice
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Another NFL Sunday down, and another one full of weird results, like the Derrick Henry-less Titans topping the Rams in Los Angeles, the Kyler Murray-less Cardinals stomping the 49ers, and the Broncos keeping Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys offense at bay, just to name a few. Robert Mays and Nate Tice react to these storylines + the Ravens running game, Jordan Love's debut & loss to the Chiefs, Matt Ryan's Surprisingly Great Performance & tons more NFL week 9 discussion.Athletic discount @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
Dissecting the defenses of NFC contenders with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 9 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice focus their attention this Friday on the defenses of NFC contenders. They break down what they’ve seen from the Cowboys before discussing the Packers’ defense vs. the Chiefs’ offense. They also dive into the Rams’ defense with Von Miller as well as Cooper Kupp and Robert Wood’s influence on the other side of the ball. Finally, Sheil Kapadia and Nate test out Dan Campbell’s coffee order and talk about their Week 9 picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
Aaron Rodgers tests positive for COVID-19 & Odell Beckham Jr. excused from Browns' practice with Lindsay Jones + the misconception of trap games with Mitchell Schwartz
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones unpack a wild Wednesday in the NFL. They discuss Aaron Rodgers testing positive for COVID-19, his previous comments on the vaccine and whether or not there has been any protocol violations. Then they dive into the Odell Beckham Jr. situation in Cleveland following his father’s comments. Finally, Mitchell Schwartz is back for an important conversation on mental health in the NFL. He also discusses coaches calling plays from the booth or the field, the misconception of trap games and if teams can feel a bad week of practice.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
NFL midseason awards & superlatives with Bill Barnwell
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What team has impressed the most this season? What team has been the most disappointing? Who is leading the way for offensive and defensive rookie of the year? Coach of the year? MVP? ESPN’s Bill Barnwell joins Robert Mays to give out midseason awards and superlatives.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
Von Miller traded to the Rams, Derrick Henry injured & Mailbag talking Eagles, Cowboys, NFL rule changes & more with Benjamin Solak
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Benjamin Solak of The Ringer joins Robert Mays on the heels of the Von Miller trade, which sends the All-Pro from the Denver Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams. They react to it all + the Derrick Henry injury news before diving into your mailbag questions concerning the Eagles, the Cowboys and Kellen Moore, choosing between the Browns and the Bengals, a fun spin on an NFL rule change and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
Ranking the best teams after week 8, Mike White shocks the Bengals, the Saints top the Bucs & more with Nate Tice
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How do the best teams in the AFC and NFC rank at (basically) the halfway point of the season? Following a weird week 8, Nate Tice and Robert Mays discuss Mike White's huge day for the Jets over the Bengals, the Saints topping the Bucs, the curious conundrum of Baker Mayfield and the Browns' offense, Amari Cooper pulling the Cowboys past the Vikings and more week 8 reaction. ATHLETIC DISCOUNT @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Spotlight on Saints’ defense, Vikings-Cowboys preview & key matchups between AFC contenders with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 8 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice start the “Friday Five” by discussing a big test for the Saints’ defense against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. They also preview Vikings-Cowboys before diving into important AFC matchups between the Chargers and Patriots, as well as the Browns and Steelers. Finally, after another perfect week, Sheil Kapadia looks to extend his lead on Nate with his Week 8 picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2021
NFL owners meetings, pressure mounts for Joe Brady & Packers-Cardinals TNF preview with Lindsay Jones + what makes a good head coach with Mitchell Schwartz
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While the NFL owners meetings are underway in New York, Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the latest with the WFT investigation as well as the league’s stance on Deshaun Watson. They also discuss what’s at stake for Joe Brady and Sam Darnold in Week 8 before previewing the Thursday Night Football showdown between the Packers and Cardinals. Finally, Mitchell Schwartz stops by to talk about his concern for the Chiefs, what makes a good head coach in 2021 and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
Scheme trends shaping the 2021 season with PFF's Seth Galina and Diante Lee
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Which schemes have defined the 2021 NFL season through the first seven weeks? Robert Mays sits down with PFF’s Diante Lee and Seth Galina to examine the trends on offense and defense. They discuss what they numbers tell us, what has been the biggest surprise and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2021
Mailbag: Ravens, Broncos & Jets fans are worried, who is Kyle Shanahan, Patrick Mahomes, football memories & more with Lindsay Jones
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Lindsay Jones is here to open the week 7 Mailbag - and boy was it a doozy. Hear why Broncos, Chiefs, Ravens and Jets fans are currently terrified, what Bengals fans are allowed to think about this team, memories of football with family, a look at Kyle Shanahan's tenure with the 49ers and much more via your voicemail and email. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
Titans tear apart the Chiefs, the Bengals might be legit, chaos in Carolina, Zach Wilson & Justin Fields growing pains & more with Nate Tice
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As the storm of week 7 settles down, Robert Mays and Nate Tice react to the biggest storylines like Ja'Marr Chase taking over the Rookie of the Year conversation & the Bengals themselves perhaps being for real, the Titans emerging in a muddy AFC, chaos with the Carolina Panthers after benching Sam Darnold, growing pains for Zach Wilson with the Jets and Justin Fields with the Bears and more as we look to week 8. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
Derrick Henry goes beast mode, Packers potent offense & Bucs dominant D + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 7 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice dive into their weekly 'Friday Five'. Derrick Henry is on pace for another 2000 yard season with the Titans. The Packers have made some offensive tweaks in 2021 to help Aaron Rodgers. The Bucs defense continues to dominate against the run. Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase has lived up to the hype in Cincinnati. Mac Jones is playing like a veteran in New England's offense. Plus, Sheil Kapadia joins the show for his weekly picks segment. This week he likes the Patriots, Seahawks & Colts. Nate(dog) has his eye on the Bears, Ravens & Chiefs. Week 7 is here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Deshaun Watson trade rumors, what’s at stake for Jared Goff and can the Browns overcome injuries with Lindsay Jones + a New England Patriots team visit with Matthew Fairburn
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the latest with the Deshaun Watson trade discussions as the deadline approaches in less than two weeks. Plus, what’s at stake for Jared Goff vs. the Rams and can the Browns overcome their long list of injuries? Finally, The Athletic’s Matthew Fairburn joins the show to talk about what he’s learned covering the Patriots this season, Mac Jones’ development and whether or not New England can contend this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Doug Pederson on how NFL teams evolve in season + the 4th down revolution with Mitchell Schwartz
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Former Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson sits down with Robert Mays to talk about how NFL teams evolve and self-scout in season. Pederson breaks down when the process begins, how the game plan is assessed and adjusted and what he learned most as a coach during Philadelphia’s Super Bowl run. Then, Mitchell Schwartz is back to discuss the 4th down revolution across the league, whether or not players feed into the “revenge game” narrative and how injuries impact the rhythm of the offensive line.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
Mailbag: A new team for Lions fans, Eagles needs, rookie QB expectations & more with Mike Sando
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Mike Sando, Senior Writer of The Athletic NFL, host of the Football GM here on the Athletic Football Show, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Voter returns to the Mailbag portion of things as we hit week 7 and react to week 6. Lions fans are seeking out a new team to root for, and we might have the perfect answer. Who would you rather manage going forward - the Miami Dolphins or New York Giants? What should we realistically expect from rookie QBs in 2021? These questions and more voicemails and emails from YOU on a new Athletic Football Show with Robert Mays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
Cowboys top Patriots in OT, Cardinals stay unbeaten, Aaron Rodgers "owns" the Bears & more with Nate Tice
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What a weird NFL Sunday in week 6, with OT thrillers, emotional press conferences, wrestling promos & more. Join Robert Mays and Nate Tice for a full recap of Sunday's action - from the Cowboys winning 5 straight, to Arizona and Kyler Murray remaining unbeaten, the Ravens defense showing up, the Jaguars and Trevor Lawrence get their first win, trouble for Daniel Jones and the Giants and tons more on a NEW Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
Lamar Jackson’s dominance, a test for the Cardinals’ defense and where does the WFT go from here with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 6 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice lead off this week’s “Friday Five” by talking about Lamar Jackson’s dominance this season as the Ravens take on the Chargers on Sunday. They also look at the matchups between the Cardinals’ defense and Browns’ offense as well as the Bears’ defense and Packers’ offense. Finally, after a perfect Week 5, Sheil Kapadia is back with his picks against the spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
What’s next for the Raiders, Kyler Murray vs. Baker Mayfield and questions for the Seahawks’ offense with Lindsay Jones + a Kansas City Chiefs team visit with Nate Taylor
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the latest with the Raiders and Jon Gruden’s resignation, including Mark Davis’ absence and what comes next with the Washington Football Team investigation. They also dive into Baker Mayfield vs. Kyler Murray, what’s at stake for the Dolphins and their questions for the Seahawks’ offense without Russell Wilson. Plus, is it time fo the Chiefs to hit the panic button? The Athletic’s Nate Taylor joins the show to talk about Kansas City’s 2-3 start, the defensive struggles and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
Mailbag: Coaches helping QBs, trading for coordinators, confused about the Patriots & more with Ted Nguyen
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The Athletic's Ted Nguyen, @FB_FilmAnalysis on Twitter, joins Robert Mays for this week's Mailbag as they dive into your voicemails and emails coming out of week 5. Which current head coaches are HELPING their QBs the most? How should Bengals fans feel after the OT loss to the Packers? If you could trade for coordinators, what would your first move be? And more! Send your questions or CALL each week at 872-222-7073 / athleticfootballshow at gmail dot com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
Addressing the Jon Gruden situation with Tashan Reed & Vic Tafur
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The Athletic’s Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur join Robert Mays to discuss Jon Gruden’s resignation as Raiders’ head coach. They talk about the insensitive emails, the timing of the move and how owner Mark Davis has handled the situation. They also examine how this impacts the locker room, who will lead the team in the interim and where the organization goes from here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Bills-Chiefs' rainy rematch, kickers can't kick, Justin Herbert & Tom Brady defy logic, the Bears can run & more with Nate Tice
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Josh Allen tops Patrick Mahomes at a rainy Arrowhead, Justin Herbert wins in a shootout, the Chicago Bears running game stuns the Raiders, kickers can't kick in week 5 and more with Robert Mays and Nate Tice on a NEW Athletic Football Show postgame edition. Watch this episode on YouTube https://youtu.be/MdLkB85m3ZM Get your discount to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Breaking down the Bills and Browns defense and Daniel Jones’ development with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia makes good on his bets and his Week 5 picks
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The Bills defense faces their first big test of the season against the Chiefs in Week 5. Robert Mays and Nate Tice kick off the “Friday Five” by discussing what they are looking to see from Buffalo on SNF. They also talk about Daniel Jones’ development, how the Browns will defend Justin Herbert, why they aren’t sold on the Bengals just yet and the 49ers offense with Trey Lance under center. Then, Sheil Kapadia makes good on his bets with a Terrible Towel and looks to redeem himself with his Week 5 picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Stephon Gilmore traded, Justin Fields named starter and the spotlight on Kyler Murray with Lindsay Jones + a Cincinnati Bengals team visit with Paul Dehner Jr.
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down the Panthers deal for Stephon Gilmore, the Bears naming Justin Fields the starter and the spotlight on Kyler Murray and the undefeated Cardinals. Then, The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. joins the show to talk about the Bengals’ surprisingly good defense, Joe Burrow’s progression and their Week 5 matchup with the Packers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
Rookie QB check-in with John Beck + discussing the Urban Meyer situation with Mitchell Schwartz
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Robert Mays welcomes QB coach John Beck to break down what we’ve seen from the rookie QB class so far this year. Beck discusses the biggest challenges for these players in their first season as well as his work with Zach Wilson, Justin Fields and Trey Lance. Later in the show, Mitchell Schwartz talks about the Urban Meyer situation, how a QB can help his offensive line pre-snap and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Mailbag: Bills & Steelers concerns, the value of QBs, how to watch film, Baker Mayfield & more with Steven Ruiz
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Steven Ruiz of The Ringer joins Robert Mays for the next Mailbag, taking your emails and voicemails coming out of week 4. Bills fans are worries. Steelers fans don't know what to do about Ben Roethlisberger. Browns fans are in limbo about Baker Mayfield. And how does Robert watch the NFL when looking to evaluate? These questions and more on a new Athletic Football Show. Voicemail line - 872-222-7073 Email - athleticfootballshow at gmail dot com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Buccaneers-Patriots gets sloppy, the Dallas Cowboys look dangerous, Zach Wilson & Justin Fields get wins & more week 4 reaction with Nate Tice
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Week 4 NFL action is nearing a close, and Robert Mays and Nate Tice have tons of thoughts on Sunday's slate of games. What happened in the in between Tom Brady, Bill Belichick & Buccaneers vs. Patriots? How dangerous are the Dallas Cowboys and Trevon Diggs right now? What about what Kyler Murray in Arizona and what's going on with rookie QBs Trey Lance, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, and Trevor Lawrence? And Who's Got the Belt for week 4? All that and more on a postgame reaction edition of The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Previewing a loaded Week 4 slate with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s picks against the spread
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The “Friday Five” this week is packed with marquee matchups. Robert Mays and Nate Tice break down how Tom Brady will attack the Patriots defense before they preview Cowboys-Panthers and Cardinals-Rams. They also dive into Brandon Staley vs. Jon Gruden and a big test for the the Broncos’ defense against the Ravens. Finally, Sheil Kapadia looks to rebound in his pick competition with Nate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
Tom Brady’s return to New England, Richard Sherman’s deal with the Bucs and what’s at stake for Ben Roethlisberger with Lindsay Jones + a New York Giants team visit with Dan Duggan
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss Richard Sherman’s deal with the Buccaneers and the WR injuries across the league. Then, they dive into Tom Brady’s return to New England, the Cardinals’ hot start and what’s at stake for Ben Roethlisberger in Week 4. Finally, The Athletic’s Giants writer Dan Duggan joins the show to talk about New York’s 0-3 start, the state of the franchise, Joe Judge and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
Examining how NFL defenses are using pressure packages in 2021 with Chris Vasseur
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Robert Mays welcomes on defensive guru Chris Vasseur (aka Coach Vass) to discuss pressure packages in 2021. They examine the Panthers’ defense and how they are using pressure this season. Plus, what are teams doing to keep themselves protected while being aggressive? How do they decide to fit pressure into their philosophy as a defense? They dive into those questions and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
Mailbag: Justin Tucker's value, Matt Nagy replacements, protecting Mac Jones & more with Charles McDonald
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Charles McDonald of For The Win is this week's special guest for our weekly Mailbag. Who are some coaches who could replace Matt Nagy if things continue to go south in Chicago? Is the Steelers offense completely toast? What would the Falcons look like with Joe Burrow? What is Justin Tucker's trade value? All this and more of your emails and voicemails with Robert Mays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
Packers-49ers' insane ending, Justin Fields' dud debut, the Raiders & Bills keep winning, Steelers struggles & more with Nate Tice
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It was an insane weekend of NFL action during week 3 as the Packers and Aaron Rodgers stun the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo in the dying seconds, the Chiefs get upset by Justin Herbert and the Chargers, the Raiders and Bills keep on winning, Justin Fields debut is a disaster, the Steelers might be cooked, Justin Tucker makes history and more. Hear all the instant reaction from Robert Mays and Nate Tice on a NEW postgame Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Buccaneers-Rams preview, Josh Allen vs. WFT defense & Chargers’ early-down issues with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 3 picks
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In another edition of the “Friday Five,” Robert Mays and Nate Tice break down what they are watching heading into the weekend. They preview Buccaneers-Rams and Josh Allen vs. the WFT defense. They also talk about their questions for the Falcons and Vikings offenses before discussing the Chargers’ early-down issues. Finally, Sheil Kapadia is back to talk about his Week 3 picks with Nate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
QB injuries, Justin Fields’ first start and questions for the 49ers with Lindsay Jones + a Denver Broncos team visit with Nick Kosmider
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Lindsay Jones and Robert Mays kick things off by breaking down all of the quarterback injuries across the league. Then they discuss what’s at stake for Jameis Winston this week, Justin Fields’ first start and their questions for the 49ers. Finally, The Athletic’s Broncos writer Nick Kosmider joins the show to talk about Teddy Bridgewater, Denver’s offense and the key injuries to monitor.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Inside Monday Night Football with Louis Riddick + breaking down the WFT’s defensive line and Steelers’ offense with Mitchell Schwartz
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ESPN analyst Louis Riddick joins Robert Mays to discuss what goes into the Monday Night Football broadcast. Louis also gives his assessment of the Packers and he explains why he’s expecting a big year from Derek Carr and the Raiders. Then, Mitchell Schwartz and Robert talk about their takeaways from Chiefs-Ravens before breaking down their early observations of Washington’s defensive line and the Steelers’ offense.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
Mailbag: Mac Jones' trajectory, Bears concerns, Colts questions, Bills burdens & more with Stephen Holder
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National NFL Writer for The Athletic, Stephen Holder, joins Robert Mays for this weeks listener mailbag with topics such as Mac Jones' trajectory in New England, Chicago Bears concerns with Justin Fields, the Buffalo Bills' start and much more as we close the book on week 2. DISCOUNT @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
Lamar Jackson flips past the Chiefs, the Cowboys edge the Chargers, Kyler Murray carries the Cardinals & more with Nate Tice
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice bring you all the week 2 headlines as Lamar Jackson finally edges Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, the Cowboys and Dak Prescott barely scrape by Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sam Darnold continues to impress in Carolina, Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence do the opposite after a few weeks and Who Gets the Belt for week 2? All that and much more postgame reaction on The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
5 things to watch in Week 2 + picks against the spread with Nate Tice and Sheil Kapadia
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice debut the “Friday Five” segment where they talk about the top things they are watching heading into the weekend. They discuss the excitement surrounding DeVonta Smith, Dak Prescott vs. Brandon Staley’s defense and more. Plus, The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia joins the show to (hopefully) redeem himself with his Week 2 picks against the spread. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Who has the most at stake this week with Lindsay Jones + a Seattle Seahawks team visit with Michael-Shawn Dugar
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The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones joins Robert Mays to break down all the news and notes across the league, including Ryan Fitzpatrick’s injury, OBJ’s status for Sunday and Urban Meyer’s comments regarding the USC job. Plus, who has the most at stake this week? They talk about what they are watching in Week 2 and the big questions they are looking to have answered. Then, Seahawks writer Michael-Shawn Dugar stops by to discuss how Seattle has revamped the offense and the biggest takeaways from their win over the Colts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
The rise of the Brandon Staley defense and how NFL offenses should respond with Jourdan Rodrigue + Examining Week 1 with Mitchell Schwartz
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Robert Mays sits down with The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue for an in-depth conversation on the rise of the Brandon Staley defense. Jourdan discusses her research and how NFL offenses are looking to respond. Plus, All-Pro OT Mitchell Schwartz is back to discuss the QB situation in Chicago, the Chiefs’ performance against the Browns, the Ravens’ issues at tackle and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Mailbag: Vikings fans want change, Eagles illusions, Carson Wentz & the Colts, new jersey numbers & more with Mike Sando
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The Athletic's Senior Writer / Football GM co-host Mike Sando joins Robert Mays for the first Athletic Football Show mailbag of the season as Minnesota Vikings fans aren't happy, Colts fans are curious about Carson Wentz, the Eagles might be seeing an illusion, jersey number controversy, the Broncos offense looking unexpectedly sharp and more.  Want to leave a message? Call 872-222-7073 or email athleticfootballshow@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
The Chiefs outlast the Browns, Justin Herbert shows out, the Saints shock the Packers & more with Nate Tice
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Week 1 of NFL action has wrapped up as the Kansas City Chiefs topped the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers settle down the Bills offense, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers lay an egg in New Orleans, Justin Herbert balls out on 3rd down and much more. Join Robert Mays and Nate Tice for their weekly postgame reaction as week 1 approaches its end. Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sq5ELmnyoE Athletic discount @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Week 1 picks, predicting end-of-year awards, Super Bowl & more mini-contests with Nate Tice & Sheil Kapadia
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We're kicking off our weekly Friday Fun here on the Athletic Football Show with our first Mini-Contest of the year as Sheil Kapadia and Nate Tice go head-to-head in a winner-take-all battle for the ages. Who will come out on top in the picks game at the end of the season? Place your bets now! Plus the guys predict MVP, Super Bowl winners, Coach of the Year and more as week 1 finally arrives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
AFC West preview with Mitchell Schwartz - Chiefs, Chargers, Broncos & Raiders
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Robert Mays welcomes Super Bowl LIV champion and All-Pro OT Mitchell Schwartz to preview the AFC West. Can the new additions on the Chiefs’ offensive line protect Patrick Mahomes? What will year two look like for Justin Herbert? Can Teddy Bridgewater be the spark for the Broncos’ offense? What can we expect from the Raiders revamped defense? They discuss all of that and more in the final division preview.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
AFC South preview with Lindsay Jones - Titans, Colts, Jaguars & Texans
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Robert Mays continues the division previews on The Athletic Football Show with a deep dive on the AFC South with The Athletic's Lindsay Jones. What can we expect out of Trevor Lawrence in year one? What are the Colts betting on Carson Wentz's success? Can the Titans pull it together in 2021 and make a Super Bowl run? And what the heck is going on with the Houston Texans?? DISCOUNT @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
NFC East preview with Sheil Kapadia - Cowboys, WFT, Giants & Eagles
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The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia joins Robert Mays for a full preview of the NFC East. Will the return of Dak Prescott and the addition of Dan Quinn lead the Cowboys back to the playoffs? Can Ryan Fitzpatrick revitalize Washington’s offense? Is this a make it or break it season for Daniel Jones? What should we make of the Eagles this year? They examine all of that and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
AFC North preview with Nate Tice - Browns, Ravens, Steelers & Bengals
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Nate Tice and Robert Mays continue The Athletic Football Show’s division preview series with the AFC North. Are the Browns true Super Bowl contenders? What is the evolution of the Ravens passing game? Did the Steelers do enough to revamp the offense? What can we expect from Joe Burrow and the Bengals? They dive into all of that and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2021
NFC West preview with Mike Sando - Rams, 49ers, Seahawks & Cardinals
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The Athletic’s Mike Sando joins Robert Mays to discuss a division he knows very well, the NFC West. Can Matthew Stafford lead the Rams back to the Super Bowl? When will we see Trey Lance in San Francisco? Can the Seahawks correct the offense? Will the Cardinals finally find a rhythm? They discuss all of that and much more in their annual preview.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
NFC South preview with Mina Kimes - Buccaneers, Saints, Panthers & Falcons
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ESPN's Mina Kimes joins Robert Mays for a full preview of the NFC South. How good will the Bucs be? How surprising is it that Sean Payton went with Jameis Winston in New Orleans? What about the Sam Darnold trade? And which players in Atlanta have us intrigued? All that and more on a NEW Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
AFC East preview with Bill Barnwell - Patriots, Bills, Dolphins & Jets
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Bill Barnwell returns to The Athletic Football Show as he and Robert Mays dissect the AFC East. What should we make of Cam Newton's release? Is Josh Allen in the MVP convo for 2021? Are we Tua Tagovailoa believers? And what about the Jets? The annual division previews continue on a new TAFS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
NFC North preview with Nate Tice - Bears, Packers, Vikings & Lions
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice return to The Athletic Football Show with their annual division previews, kicking things off with Robert and Nate's favorite division, the NFC North. What x-factors could put those teams into the postseason? What are we most excited to watch in Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota and Detroit?  ATHLETIC DISCOUNT - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
How to watch college football as an NFL fan with Andy Staples & Giants and Vikings camp visits
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What should NFL fans be watching for this college football season? The Athletic’s Andy Staples and Robert Mays discuss the QBs, coaches and other top talent to monitor this year. Plus, Giants reporter Dan Duggan joins the show to talk about Daniel Jones and the additions to the defense. Finally, could this year really be different for the Vikings? Chad Graff stops by to talk about it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
Defenses we're most excited to watch in 2021 with Nate Tice & Bears camp visit with Adam Jahns
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We've gone over the offenses to look out for this season, but what about the defenses? Nate Tice joins Robert as they each bring a list of teams they can't wait to watch take the field in 2021 - from Vic Fangio's horses, to the Packers and more. Then Robert sits down with Adam Jahns at Bears camp to discuss his hometown Chicago Bears, Justin Fields, Matt Nagy and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
NFL news roundup with Lindsay Jones, fantasy draft value hunting with Jake Ciely & Packers camp visit with Matt Schneidman
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Robert and Lindsay kick off the week catching up on NFL headlines, from the battle between Cam Newton and Mac Jones, Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Trey Lance and more. Then Robert welcomes Jake Ciely of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast to hunt for some value picks at QB, RB, WR and more. Then Robert catches up with Packers beat writer Matt Schneidman of The Athletic's Head of the Pack podcast to get the latest on the chaos with Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay. Get your Athletic discount and Jake's Fantasy guide at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
Top 10 offenses with Sheil Kapadia, a Bengals team visit with Paul Dehner Jr. & discussing Joe Burrow’s progress with Cincinnati’s OC Brian Callahan
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With Week 1 right around the corner, The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia joins Robert Mays to discuss the NFL’s top 10 offenses. Then, Bengals reporter Paul Dehner Jr. chats with Robert about Cincinnati’s offensive line, the questions on defense and much more. Finally, Bengals OC Brian Callahan talks about Joe Burrow’s progress this camp and how the team is looking to grow the offense around him this season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
Most intriguing first-year play callers, a Lions team visit & the wave of defensive evolution with Rams secondary coach/passing game coordinator Ejiro Evero
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice examine the most intriguing first-year play callers heading into the 2021 season. They predict how these coaches will shape the offense, the level of impact it will have on the team and much more. Plus, The Athletic’s Lions reporter Chris Burke joins the show to talk about Dan Campbell’s coaching staff, Penei Sewell and expectations for Detroit this year. Finally, Robert chats with Rams secondary coach/passing game coordinator Ejiro Evero about the wave of defensive evolution in the NFL and how offenses are responding.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
Teams on the cusp & how they can win a title with Lindsay Jones & Cowboys camp check-in with Jon Machota
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What do teams on the cusp of a Super Bowl title like the Browns, Bills, Packers, Ravens, Seahawks and more need to do get over the hump? Robert and Lindsay Jones discuss the changes that have been made, or need to be made, with those teams headed into 2021. Then Robert catches up with The Athletic's Cowboys beat writer Jon Machota to talk all things Dak Prescott, Jerry Jones, CeeDee Lamb and America's Team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
Veteran QBs in new places / rapid fire rookies with Nate Tice & Rams camp visit with Jourdan Rodrigue
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Matthew Stafford as a Ram. Sam Darnold as a Carolina Panther. Ryan Fitzpatrick in Washington. What can we expect from the veteran QBs with new homes in 2021 after the insane precedent Tom Brady set last season? Nate Tice joins Robert Mays to discuss how the old guys could stand out among the young guns + some rapid fire rookie QB talk, then Robert sits down with The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue at Rams camp to get the lowdown on Sean McVay and the new-look Los Angeles Rams. REMEMBER TO SUBSCRIBE @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
Teams stuck in the middle with Bill Barnwell & a Chargers team visit with Daniel Popper
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Robert Mays sits down with ESPN’s Bill Barnwell to discuss the teams stuck in the middle of the NFL power rankings. They present six teams, how they got in this position and why it’s difficult to see their path to the top. Plus, The Athletic’s Chargers reporter Daniel Popper joins the show to talk Brandon Staley’s first year on the job, expectations for the team in Justin Herbert’s second season and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2021
Big contract news, defining success for first-year head coaches with Lindsay Jones & processing the Panthers with Joe Person
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What affect do the Josh Allen, Darius Leonard and Xavien Howard contracts have on the rest of the league? How do we define success for first-year head coaches like Urban Meyer, Dan Campbell, Arthur Smith, Brandon Staley, Nick Sirianni, and Robert Saleh? Lindsay Jones and Robert Mays discuss, plus Robert welcomes Joe Person, Panthers beat writer from The Athletic to dive into Sam Darnold and what we could see out of Carolina in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Coaches at a crossroads, a Falcons team visit and talking Trevor Lawrence with Jaguars OC Darrell Bevell
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the coaches at a crossroads heading into the 2021 season. Some of which have a lot to prove, others face a pivotal moment in their career. Plus, The Athletic’s Falcons reporter Tori McElhaney joins the show to talk about the team’s transitional year, the major questions on defense and first-round pick Kyle Pitts. Finally, Jaguars’ OC Darrell Bevell sits down with Robert to discuss the plan for Trevor Lawrence, what he’s seen so far in training camp and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
10 breakthrough players for 2021 with Nate Tice, Buccaneers camp with Greg Auman & Tampa's offensive evolution with Byron Leftwich & Bruce Arians
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice each bring 5 names to the table of players that could have breakout seasons in 2021, from a few different CBs to watch out for, potential defensive threats & more, they reveal their lists live on the show and dive into some of Robert's observations from Jets camp. Then The Athletic's Greg Auman stops through with Robert to dig into the Super Bowl champs' attempt at a back-to-back, Byron Leftwich brings us some insight on the offensive playcalling and Robert ends the show with a convo with Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2021
Players with most at stake in 2021, Carson Wentz’s injury and Dolphins & Bills team visits
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Which players have the most at stake in 2021? Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones are together in Miami to examine who has the most on the line this season. They also discuss their impressions from Dolphins camp, Carson Wentz’s foot injury and what the Colts will do at QB. Finally, The Athletic’s Bills reporter Matthew Fairburn joins the show to talk about Josh Allen, Buffalo’s questions at CB and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Xavien Howard’s trade request, Colts & Browns team visits and a look inside camp with Cleveland TE coach Drew Petzing
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the latest news and notes across the league including Aaron Rodgers’ candid press conference, Xavien Howard’s trade request and more. Plus, Robert’s training camp tour has officially begun with stops in Indianapolis and Cleveland. The Athletic’s Colts writer Zak Keefer joins the show to talk about Carson Wentz and the question marks on defense. Also, Browns writer Zac Jackson stops by to discuss Baker Mayfield’s growth and the return of OBJ. Finally, Robert catches up with Browns’ TE coach Drew Petzing for a look inside camp.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
QB Tiers with Mike Sando - ranking the 2021 starting quarterbacks
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Mike Sando's annual 'QB Tiers' has been a staple of the NFL beat for years. Now Mike joins our own Robert Mays for full reaction to the piece as it drops. Which QBs deserved to be tier 1? Who has no shot? Where do Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson and more fall in 2021? Read the entire piece at theathletic.com/qbtiers for the full tier reveal and let us know what you think! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2021
Aaron Rodgers news, Deshaun Watson update, QB battles for the Saints & Broncos, Rams offense & more camp kickoff
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones return as training camps arrive with a fresh dose of Aaron Rodgers news in Green Bay, the Deshaun Watson situation taking a turn in Houston, QB battles taking shape in New Orleans and Denver, plus Robert and Lindsay dive into their individual under-the-radar players they're watching, biggest storylines around the NFL and more on a NEW Athletic Football Show. Discount link - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
Canton Court: Making a case for the Hall of Fame
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The Canton Court is officially open for session! Robert Mays and Nate Tice each present three players and why they believe they deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame. They back up their cases with stats, stories and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2021
2021 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet with Josh Norris and Evan Silva
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Josh Norris of Underdog Fantasy and Evan Silva of Establish the Run join Robert Mays for a special look-ahead to the fantasy football season. Which players should you take early? Where should you draft a QB? What value receivers will be available late? Get a head start in your league now and remember to stay locked-in to The Athletic all season for the best fantasy advice. Get your exclusive discount to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2021
Offseason Interview Series: Falcons GM Terry Fontenot
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New Falcons GM Terry Fontenot joins Robert Mays for the final installment of The Athletic’s Offseason Interview Series. Fontenot discusses his approach to Atlanta’s salary cap situation and why the term “rebuild” wasn’t in their vocabulary. They also talk about the decision to draft Kyle Pitts, the Julio Jones trade and the lessons he’s learned from his time in New Orleans.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
2021 versions of 2020 stars - who are this year’s Josh Allen, Brandon Staley, Justin Jefferson, Cleveland Browns & more?
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Who are the 2021 versions of NFL standouts from 2020 like QB Josh Allen, coach Brandon Staley, the Cleveland Browns surprising season and more? Robert Mays and Nate Tice look ahead to 2021 through the lens of some potential replacements for 2020 storylines. Be sure and get the best discount on a new subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
Offseason Interview Series: Colts GM Chris Ballard
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Robert Mays continues the Offseason Interview Series by welcoming Colts GM Chris Ballard to the show. Chris details his time in Chicago, the move to trade for Carson Wentz, his biggest weakness as a general manager and much more. Subscribe to The Athletic with our exclusive discount at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
1st Annual Hall of Very Good Induction - which non-HOF players are worth remembering?
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When the subject of potential Pro Football Hall of Famers come up, the response is sometimes "Nope, he belongs in the Hall of Very Good." So what would such a Hall actually look like? Robert Mays and Nate Tice each bring their inaugural inductions into the Hall of Very Good. Which players deserve a spot? Let us know on social media! Subscribe to The Athletic using our discount at theathletic.com/footballshow SPOILER LIST REVEAL HALL OF VERY GOOD Class of 2021 Nate - Kevin Williams DT Vikings Robert - Charles Tillman S Bears Nate - Matt Birk C Ravens Robert - Brian Waters OG Chiefs Nate - Mike Alstott RB Bucs Robert - Nick Collins S Packers Nate - Corey Dillon RB Bengals/Pats Robert - Tony Romo QB Cowboys Nate - Patrick Surtain CB Dolphins/Bears Robert - Lance Briggs LB Bears Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg