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Each week The Athletic's Ben Standig brings you the latest stories surrounding the Washington Football Team and other sports around the D.C. area.

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    Carson Wentz faces Philly; Jay Gruden talks defensive breakdowns

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 64:22


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is ready to talk Commanders entering Week 3 with former Washington head coach Jay Gruden and The Athletic's Eagles insider Bo Wulf. Ben opens the show with the latest injury news from practice. Then Jay enters the chat with a film review of Washington's Week 2 loss at Detroit. What is happening with the defense allowing so many explosive plays? Also, Jahan Dotson's strong start, the one time Jay thought he might get fired, and watching games at a sports bar. Then Ben and Bo break down Sunday's matchup at FedEx Field with a focus on the Carson Wentz journey, Jalen Hurts' development and keys to the game (35:20)

    Commanders run over in the Motor City

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 27:12


    The Athletic's Ben Standig recaps the Washington Commanders' 36-27 road loss to the Detroit Lions live from Ford Field with Matt Paras (Washington Times). Plenty of talk about the defense allowing one chunk play after another and starting painfully slow in all three phases during a 22-0 first half. Also, thoughts on Carson Wentz, Jamin Davis, Daron Payne, and more injuries on both lines.

    Jay Gruden talks Commanders

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 51:33


    The Athletic's Ben Standig kicks off Week 2 of the NFL season with former Washington head coach -- and weekly guest this season -- Jay Gruden! We'll also hear from Commanders safety Jeremy Reaves. Ben opens the episode with the latest from practice, including an appearance by Brian Robinson, Kam Curl's status, the new defensive lineman, and Reaves on the receiving room revolution during his five seasons. Then it's Gruden time (12:00). Jay shares his views on Carson Wentz's debut and Washington's pass rush. He also breaks down Jahan Dotson's first touchdown catch and why Jamin Davis defended Christian Kirk at times. Plus Lions preview, Super Bowl contenders and what Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett was thinking on that end-of-game call. (Forgot to mention in the episode that Jon Allen (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, but that seems like a precaution.)

    Commanders take the good, the bad and the win

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 30:49


    The Athletic's Ben Standig and David Aldridge recap the Washington Commanders' Week 1 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Carson Wentz's roller coaster ride lived up to the hype. Same for rookie receiver Jahan Dotson's hands and poise. Plus Darrick Forrest, Scott Turner, Curtis Samuel, injuries and more.

    Carson Wentz

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 48:06


    The Athletic's Ben Standig kicks off Week 1 of the Commanders' season with quarterback Carson Wentz. Hear a portion of their conversation about the genesis of his resiliency, starting over with the Commanders, fighting his on-field impulses and more (6:18). For more, read Ben's Wentz feature on The Athletic. Then the Associated Press's Steve Whyno joins the chat to preview Jaguars-Commanders. Also, the latest on Kam Curl, Logan Thomas and Brian Robinson.

    Commanders season preview with Kevin Sheehan and Grant Paulsen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 61:36


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back to ponder all things Washington Commanders entering the 2022 season with two of the most respected voices in town: The Team 980's Kevin Sheehan and 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen. Ben opens the show with injury updates on Kam Curl, Logan Thomas and Brian Robinson. Then Kevin and Grant join the discussion to discuss the vibe around the Commanders, Carson Wentz, Jamin Davis, Ron Rivera's plan, Ben's agent survey, what it will take for disengaged fans to return, record predictions, and much more.

    Commanders go cautious

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 40:53


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back to discuss Brian Robinson, Jon Bostic, Joe Gibbs and more live from the Washington Commanders' welcome home luncheon. Guests: Former Washington safety and Super Bowl champion Brad Edwards and NBC Sports Washington's Pete Hailey. Ben opens the show with notes on the latest roster movement and details on the Commanders-only part 2 of his NFL agent survey with a focus on how agents think of the organization and the Carson Werntz trade. Then Ben and Pete discuss the choice to place Robinson on NFI, signing Bostic, Kam Curl's injury, Armani Rogers and other roster moves (7:15) Lastly, Ben welcomes in Brad, now the George Mason Athletic Director. They get into alumni life, the Super Bowl era, why a certain college basketball coach wanted to discuss Gibbs, and preview George Mason's hoops.

    Brian Robinson and the Commanders' (initial) 53

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 45:47


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here to discuss Brian Robinson and break down the Washington Commanders' cutdown day with the Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala. Ben opens the episode with Robinson's status after the rookie was shot twice as the victim during an attempted robbery. He's in good health and... might play football early in the season. Also, details on Ben's fourth annual NFL agent survey, which you can read on The Athletic. Then Nicki arrives (13:30). Topics include Robinson's immediate future, how his situation influenced the roster decisions, which choices they liked, Jeremy Reaves and Jaret Patterson, what they look forward most with the upcoming season, and more.

    The Commanders 53-player projection (and Sam Howell thoughts) episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 39:18


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is running solo and running through the Washington Commanders' final roster predictions after Saturday's preseason finale at Baltimore. Ron Rivera said there are 4-7 spots up for grabs. Shaka Toney, William Bradley-King or Justin Hamilton on the defensive line? Keep a fifth linebacker, seventh receiver or fourth running back? Is this the year Jeremy Reaves makes the cut? Plus, thoughts on the 17-15 loss, including Sam Howell and Jamin Davis.

    Commanders camp in the books, roster battles loom

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 43:36


    The Athletic's Ben Standig puts a bow on the Washington Commanders' summer of open practices and considers roster battles for Saturday's preseason finale. Positive thoughts on Carson Wentz, Brian Robinson, Jahan Dotson, and Kendall Fuller (and areas of concern), How much will the starters play in Baltimore? Also Ben discusses his new article on what players say about chasing their dream in public. Then longtime D.C. sports reporter Rick Snider joins to discuss Washington retiring Sonny Jurgensen's no. 9 jersey. They look back at Sonny's legacy and then forward to who else warrants jersey retirement.

    Chase Young on the shelf; Commanders tape breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 75:57


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here to discuss Chase Young headed to the PUP list, Carson Wentz's film and feeding the Commanders with guests Mark Bullock and Chef Mel. Ben starts with news of the day, including Young guaranteed to miss at least four games, Sammis Reyes released, and which young players Ron Rivera said have stood out. Then Mark joins the chat (16:20) to share his film analysis on the passing game with Wentz, Brian Robinson, Jahan Dotson, Jamin Davis, third-down defense, and tons more. Lastly, Chef Mel cooks daily meals for players, including Gibson. How he got hooked in with players, how he goes about planning their diet and if it's possible to help my cause in the kitchen (1:02:10).

    Commanders defense experience deja' vu all over again

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 36:52


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back to recap the Washington Commanders' second preseason game, a 24-14 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Guest: Commanders postgame radio host Scott Jackson. Ben opens the episode with some notes on injuries and the coaches (finally) recognizing how to use Antonio Gibson. Then the fellas discuss Washington's defense struggling on third downs, again, and signs of hope with Carson Wentz and the offense despite three scoreless drives. Also thoughts on Brian Robinson, Jamin Davis, Sam Howell and more.

    Commanders-Chiefs: Carson Wentz, Antonio Gibson, roster sleepers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 37:13


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back to recap the latest from Washington Commanders' training camp and preview what to watch in Saturday's preseason game at Kansas with guest Matt Paras (Washington Times). What do we need to see from Carson Wentz? Where will Antonio Gibson play? Are the injuries at tight end or the offensive line more concerning? Who are roster sleepers to track? What did Jack Del Rio say about Jamin Davis?

    Antonio Gibson's role changing?; Commanders move Apke, Reyes

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 27:12


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here for a solo episode following a busy day at Washington Commanders training camp. Antonio Gibson's practice usage took odd turns following his latest fumble. Is that Brian Robinson's music? Roster moves on Tuesday, including Sammis Reyes to IR and Troy Apke cut. Ron Rivera was unhappy after a sloppy practice as the defense won the day. Injuries piling up on the offensive line. Go to The Athletic to read's Ben's new 53-player projection and more details on the RB depth chart.

    Commanders pass preseason opening test?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 39:26


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back to discuss an efficient Carson Wentz, a rallying Sam Howell and more from the Washington Commanders' preseason opener against the Panthers with 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen. They also discuss a potential RB competition and the stadium vibe for the first game as Commanders. Then Ben closes the episode recapping team president Jason Wright's comments to reporters on the stadium search, ticket sales and his Tweet to a local reporter that drew attention.

    Warren Sapp and Brian Robinson; preseason preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 22:37


    The Athletic's Ben Standig returns ahead of the Washington Commanders' preseason opener to talk football with two guests: rookie running back Brian Robinson and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp. Ben opens the show with the latest from camp, including how much Ron Rivera anticipates playing the starters on Saturday at Fed Ex Field against the Panthers. Also, some positions to watch in the game. Seriously, will any tight ends be available? Then Ben caught up with Robinson after Thursday's practice (9:50). They discuss the third-round pick's camp, getting his first taste of NFL game action and Robinson's shoe collection. From there, Ben is joined by Sapp (16:45), who returned to practice this week. What kind of growth does Sapp see with Jonathan Allen, Phidarian Mathis and the other linemen since mini-camp? Any chance he'd consider coaching, especially after the Sam Mills III firing?

    Mike Sando; Ron Rivera's staff shakeup

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 30:45


    The Athletic's Ben Standig returns to discuss the firing of DL coach Sam Mills and the latest from Washington Commanders' training camp. Guest: Mike Sando, The Athletic's senior NFL writer. Ben opens the show with the breaking news on Mills, who is out after 11 years with Rivera, including three in Washington. The timing is odder than the decision. Ben explores that and discusses Carson Wentz's best camp day. Then Mike joins the chat (13:10) in person from Ashburn to discuss his QB tiers article, where Wentz fits and what league insiders think of Washington.

    Santana Moss talks Commanders camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 47:58


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back to discuss Washington Commanders training camp with Commanders analyst Santana Moss! Ben opens the show with thoughts on Saturday's practice at FedEx Field, Carson Wentz, injury updates and -- wait for it -- a new linebacker on the roster. Then Santana joins the chat (13:55). Ben asked the former WR about Jahan Dotson, whether Terry McLaurin is the franchise's best receiver of the last 20 years, how he would game plan for Wentz and more.

    The letter "C" stands for Commanders, Chase, Curtis, Carson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 35:51


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here and ready to talk about the Washington Commanders training camp with the voice of the Commanders, Bram Weinstein. Ben opens the episode with notes on practices, including Thursday's walkthrough. Then Bram joins for an in-depth look at what's been happening, including the latest confusing chapter in the Curtis Samuel injury saga. They get into Carson Wentz's work, the offensive line, Chase Young, roster sleepers and more.

    Commanders' training camp speed round

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 27:08


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is solo for this Commanders' training camp recap after the first week. Ben goes position by position for news, highlights and updates including thoughts on Carson Wentz, Sam Howell, Curtis Samuel, Cole Turner, Kendall Fuller, and others. There's also audio from Ron Rivera on Chase Young's recovery timeline and Ryan Kerrigan explaining why he's retiring now.

    Two day of Commanders training camp and Dan Snyder talks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 30:37


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is talking about Washington Commanders training camp and Dan Snyder testifying before the Oversight Committee with the Associated Press's Steve Whyno. The fellas start with football and a dominating Day 2 for Montez Sweat, Kendall Fuller, and the entire defense. They also get into Carson Wentz's slow start, Ron Rivera's call for humility, Antonio Gibson's injury, Antonio Gandy-Golden's surprise retirement, Chase Roullier returning and plenty more from two days of camp. Then it's on to Capitol Hill. What do we make of the two sides coming to an agreement on Snyder testifying without a subpoena? What should we expect from the hearing?

    Here comes training camp; Football Outsiders' Aaron Schatz

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 49:41


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here to assess Ron Rivera's opening remarks on training camp eve and talk Commanders in-depth with Football Outsiders' Aaron Schatz. Ben opens the show with Steve Whyno (Associated Press) and Matthews Paras (Washington Times) after the fellas participated in Rivera's initial media session of camp. Chase Young won't be back for a while per the coach. What about Chase Roullier and Logan Thomas? Is Washington gonna add defensive depth soon? What about Rivera's comments on 2022 expectations? Then Aaron enters the discussion (18:20) for the analytics view of Washington. Why the defense is poised for better days. The marriage of Carson Wentz and Scott Turner. Terry McLaurin's value and NFC East talk. Listen and get smarter.

    The Commanders training camp preview episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 50:04


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is gearing up for the start of the Washington Commanders' training camp next week. Therefore it's time for a camp preview with guest, Michael Phillips from the Richmond Times Dispatch. Topics include why they're excited to watch practices after a juice-less minicamp; who faces the most pressure; where this offense can go with Carson Wentz; Chase Young's expectations; it's good that Tress Way is NOT the team MVP anymore; where optimism exists and lingering concerns.

    It's just a fantasy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 95:25


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is ready for some outside perspective on the Washington Commanders. For that, he welcomes The Athletic's fantasy football savant, Jake Ciely, and Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross. Ben and Jake break down Washington's offense, including the RB pecking order, Terry Mclaurin's level, whether Carson Wentz is more help or a hindrance and a sleeper candidate. They also talk fantasy top 10 picks, rookies and players to target (4:32) Then a more traditional conversation on the team's outlook with Dalton (Surviving Snyder podcast). Is even a hint of optimism warranted considering past results? If yes, how much of that is based on the Wentz-Mclaurin upside? Also, the execution under Jason Wright, Jamin Davis's development and some random thoughts on "Big Brother."

    The loyalty test

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 97:26


    The Athletic's Ben Standig preps for the Washington Commanders' upcoming training camp with Washington Post columnist Jerry Brewer. Ben opens the show with an assignment for Jason Wright, and a look back at Washington's contract negotiations with Terry McLaurin in light of scenarios involving the Nationals and Juan Soto, and the Wizards and Bradley Beal. Then Jerry joins the chat to discuss the Commanders and his new column about how in this era of sports, loyalty is always up for sale (17:55). Ben eventually connects the discussion involving college sports, the LIV Tour and other current shifts to the Commanders fan base's frustration with Dan Snyder (48:05). From there the fellas dive into the team as Jerry sees a huge year for Terry McLaurin and needs to see lots more from others including Jamin Davis.

    Coming back from Cali

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 69:19


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back from his West Coast vacation and ready to talk Commanders, Dan Snyder, Ted Leonsis and the Wizards with guests Joe House (The Ringer) and attorney Stephanie Weissenburger. Ben opens the show sharing a bit about his vacation and diving into his new profile on The Athletic about first-round pick Jahan Dotson. Plus thoughts on Curtis Samuel and Daron Payne. Then Stephanie enters the chat (15:30) for the latest on whether Snyder will testify before the Oversight Committee and under what circumstances. What's the end game for both sides? Should Congress drop the subpoena talk? How long can Snyder stay on his mega yacht? From there Ben and Joe, two DMV natives, discuss the Commanders and Wizards (35:54). They start with the Commanders' on-field vibe two weeks before training camp (some optimism!) even with the polarization around Carson Wentz. Then it's all about the Wizards starting with those amusing comments from Leonsis following the re-signing of Bradley Beal. Also Johnny Davis's struggles (Ben was at Summer League), and where hope exists.

    Mark Schlereth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 31:38


    The Athletic's Ben Standig talks all things Commanders with former Washington and Denver lineman turned NFL analyst Mark Schlereth. The fellas discuss hope with Carson Wentz, Chase Young's needed next step, organizational culture, Mark's alumni visit, his favorite Commanders' offensive lineman, Motley Crue vs. Def Leppard vs. Poison.

    Inside Jahan Dotson; Commanders mailbag

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 33:38


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here talking about Commanders rookie receiver Jahan Dotson with Penn State wide receiver coach Taylor Stubblefield (go look him up!). The smoothness and Torry Holt, those hands and the first-round pick's mindset. Then Ben answers your mailbag questions on Dotson vs. Curtis Samuel, Daron Payne or Chase Young, Cole Holcomb's value, nickel options and more.

    Emergency pod: Terry McLaurin re-signing with Commanders!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 44:10


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here for an emergency podcast following the news that the Commanders and wide receiver Terry McLaurin have agreed to a 3-year contract extension worth roughly $71 million. The guests: Brian McNally (NBC Sports Washington) for the immediate reaction and Brad Spielberger (PFF) on the contract terms. What it means and what comes next. Plus Ben with the latest on owner Dan Snyder and the Oversight Committee.

    Dan Snyder's jeopardy; Cole Turner 1-on-1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 60:31


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back to talk about Congress coming for Dan Snyder -- and to talk with Washington Commanders rookie tight end Cole Turner! Plus thoughts on what the Wizards did in the NBA Draft Ben opens the show with some notes including injury concerns for Chase Young and Logan Thomas. Then sports law attorney Stephanie Weissenburger joins the pod to break down all that happened at Wednesday's Oversight Committee hearing and its ramifications for Snyder (11:20). From there, football talk with Cole Turner including what he learned in camp, help from Carson Wentz, humidity and bugs, that hair and more (34:14). Then Ben wraps up the episode with thoughts on the Wizards selecting Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis 10th overall in the NBA Draft.

    Jay Gruden returns for Episode 200!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 72:14


    The Athletic's Ben Standig welcomes back Jay Gruden to the podcast for episode 200! After Ben opens the show with notes on Dan Snyder skipping this week's hearing on Capitol Hill, Gruden joins for a fun and informative Q&A (8:20). Topics: What's the looming battle between NFL offensive and defensive coordinators? How will Carson Wentz help Terry McLaurin? Who did Gruden chat up at Sean McVay's wedding? Which of his former Washington players does he keep in touch with? Is any part of Jay cool with not being the head coach here considering the last three years of chaos? Tons more as well. With the NBA Draft this week, Ben and George Washington University men's basketball coach Chris Caputo explored the lottery picks and potential options for the Wizards. They also discuss Caputo's challenges at GW and scheduling other DMV programs.

    Logan Paulsen recaps Commanders offseason program

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 62:46


    The Athletic's Ben Standig recaps this week's Commanders minicamp and the entire offseason program with analyst Logan Paulsen. Ben opens the episode with notes on Carson Wentz and Dan Snyder skipping next week's hearing on Capitol Hill. Then Logan joins the discussion as the fellas bookend their Commanders' chat from the first OTA week. Detailed thoughts on Wentz's offseason, Daron Payne's impact, Chase Young's recovery timeline, Benjamin St-Juste thriving in the slot, Jamin Davis finding his way, Logan's favorite current player to watch on tape, his biggest concern and more. Then Ben wraps up the episode with some quick thoughts on Terry McLaurin's contract and Ron Rivera's no-trade edict (56:04).

    Terry McLaurin update, Jack Del Rio fallout, Steph Curry's greatness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 112:28


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is ready to talk about Terry McLaurin, Jack Del Rio and the Washington Commanders, and Steph Curry, Bradley Beal and the NBA Finals. Guests: Joel Corry (Inside the Cap podcast) and Michael Lee (Washington Post) 2:40 - Ben begins with what he's heard on whether Terry McLaurin and Daron Payne will attend this week's mandatory minicamp. Also more fallout from Jack Del Rio's comments. 11:20 - Joel enters the discussion with his view on the McLaurin negotiations, the challenge with keeping Payne and what Washington is doing right with Carson Wentz. 33:20 - Ben and Michael deep dive into Stephen Curry's spectacular Game 4 performance, his legacy and his impact on the Warriors in the NBA Finals. They also discuss where Curry ranks among the all-time greats including Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant (108:05), and what the Wizards should do with Bradley Beal (130:11)

    What's Dan Snyder's next move?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 63:49


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is talking stadium fizzles, looming congressional hearing, Jack Del Rio fallout -- and what it all means for Commanders owner Dan Snyder's next moves. Plus actual football talk (offense more stable than the defense?) and whether Terry McLaurin shows for next week's mandatory mini-camp with Michael Phillips from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Ben also replays part of the Dec. 19 episode with Al Galdi where the two were at their fortune-teller best on the stadium talk (52:55)

    OTA wrap up; Jack Del Rio moves center stage

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 65:18


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here to talk all things Washington Commanders as OTA concludes with radio legend Scott Jackson and Matt Paras (Washington Times. After Ben's opening remarks, the fellas get into Jack Del Rio's political comments that sparked headlines, possible on and off the field fallout, and what it means for Ron Rivera. If you want to avoid such talk, jump to the 24:05 mark. That's where the focus shifts to Carson Wentz's upside and his first press conference this offseason; why Curtis Samuel and Antonio Gibson worked on the side; latest on Terry McLaurin and Daron Payne; the top takeaways from this entire OTA session.

    Bottoms up

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 46:04


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is talking about the Washington Commanders and the various position rooms with NBC Sports Washington's Pete Hailey. The fellas look at the different groups from the perspective of position battles and who faces uphill climbs to make the team. Room for Jaret Patterson and Jeremy Reaves? How do injuries to Chase Roullier and Tyler Larsen impact the offensive line? The sixth WR spot and what this battle says about the position overall. Is anyone emerging as the main pass rush backups? Fun chat that hits on plenty of topics..

    Kurt Warner talks quarterbacks; Commanders, Chase, Congress

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 70:25


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for a new episode on all things Commanders with Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner and the Associated Press's Steve Whyno. Ben opens the show with OTA thoughts on Jahan Dotson and an 11th defender candidate. Then he shares a portion of his 1-on-1 with Warner (9:44). The Super Bowl champion shared candid thoughts to the world on Carson Wentz's struggles with the Colts pre-trade and cited Sam Howell as his most intriguing pre-draft QB not named Kenny Pickett. Ben wanted to hear more. From there, Ben and Steve hash out the week's headlines including Chase Young's return and recovery timeline, Congress wants to meet with Dan Snyder and Roger Goodell, and whether D.C. remains a viable stadium option (16:53).

    Stranger Things

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 79:47


    The Athletic's Ben Standig dives into a new week tackling Commanders' questions and stadium conundrums with Nicki Jhabvala (Washington Post) and Eric Flack (WUSA). After some brief opening remarks, Ben welcomes Nicki back to the pod for a series of questions themed around Ben watching "Stranger Things" and "Top Gun: Maverick" over the weekend. Stranger if Carson Wentz is a one-and-done with Washington or stays past 2023? Who becomes Terry McLaurin's wingman this season? You get the gist. Curtis Samuel, Jack Del Rio and others discussed. Then Ben and Eric discuss this week's vote in the Virginia House of Delegates on a stadium funding bill (46:01). Three months ago the legislation had widespread support. Now the financial terms have shrunk and there are real concerns over the passage at any figure. They also get into the latest with Maryland and the District.

    Logan Paulsen talks Carson Wentz's comfort, Commanders' rookies

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 49:40


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is ready to talk Carson Wentz, defensive communication, roster sleepers and more with Commanders analyst and former NFL tight end Logan Paulsen. Ben opens the show with notes on next week's stadium funding bill vote in Virginia and takes another look at the Daron Payne situation. Then Logan enters the chat (12:35). They discuss the start of OTA. How did Wentz look in his new situation? Not just with passes, but the mental game. Cole Turner stood out to the former TE as did other specific rookies including on UDFA. Is that defensive communication improving? Fun chat with Logan.

    Commanders OTA and stuff: McLaurin, Payne, Wentz, stadium

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 61:55


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back from a rainy -- and newsy -- Day 1 of OTA and ready to talk all things Commanders with Matthew Paras (Washington Times). Ben opens the show with his reporting on defensive tackle Daron Payne skipping team drills because of frustration over lagging contract extension talks, plus some other OTA notes. Then Matt joins for a full breakdown of practice (10:15), including no-shows Terry McLaurin, Chase Young and Montez Sweat; Carson Wentz's presence; RB by committee; rotation surprises; deep roster sleepers, and more. They also get into Monday's news on the Commanders' curious stadium site search deep into Virginia.

    Commanders OTA countdown: Why do folks insist on ruining Carson Wentz's contract?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 102:42


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back from vacation and ready to take on Commanders OTA this week with guests Brad Spielberger (PFF) and Chris Russell (Team 980). Ben opens the episode with some vacation details that intersected with his day job and reacted to a report about NFL owners growing tired of Dan Snyder. Then Brad joins (10:20) a ranting Ben for a lively discussion on what everyone has wrong about Carson Wentz's contract and Washington's salary cap scenario in connection with ownership and lack of spending. The Wentz talk continues with Chris (43:10), but the fellas also get into pure football talk. What can we expect from a Scott Turner offense with a QB capable of making all the throws? Did it make any sense for Washington even to consider signing James Bradberry? Plenty more Commanders/OTA topics as well.

    All the other Commanders topics

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 57:19


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here for a bonus episode on all things Commanders this week. Guests: The Athletic's Mike Smeltz and Aaron Suttles (Alabama insider). Ben and Mike open the show reacting to news that free agent CB James Bradberry signed with the Eagles and what Ben unearthed on those curious Jack Del Rio comments about the secondary. They also discuss various Commanders' topics receiving less attention entering OTA, including Montez Sweat's recovery and next contract, Daron Payne's motivation, Sam Cosmi's upside, Cam Sims's usage. Also, thoughts on the linebacker room ... and two kickers! Plus, a brief interlude on the Wizards landing the 10th pick in the NBA Draft lottery. Then Aaron swings by (39:10) and shares his insight as a long-time Alabama beat writer on two players he covered last season, DT Phidarian Mathis and RB Brian Robinson. Aaron sees one as a steal.

    Doc Walker diagnosis Commanders' roster, chances; NBA Draft lottery preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 62:30


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is ready to jump into Commanders and NBA Draft lottery talk. Guests: Commanders analyst Doc Walker and The Athletic's college basketball insider Eammon Brennan. Ben opens with some roster notes, including potential additions this week. Then Doc arrives with his usual high-energy and no-nonsense insight (7:24). They discuss Washington's post-draft roster and Doc's thoughts on the defense that largely remained intact despite last season's struggles. Also paying Terry McLaurin and the coaching staff. With the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday, Eammon stops by (23:29) to educate everyone on the possible prospects for the Wizards. Washington could land a top-4 pick but likely selects 10-12. Want Chet Holmgren? Any point guards out there? They also pondered what on earth is going on with Georgetown.

    Taking command of Washington's schedule

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 47:24


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is ready to break down the Washington Commanders' 2022 schedule. Guest: Brian McNally (NBC Sports Washington). The fellas go through all 18 weeks, including the Carson Wentz revenge tour, two national TV games, NFC East dates and the opener against the Jaguars. What's the toughest stretch? The game they cannot afford to lose? Final record prediction? Fun episode here for everyone.

    Carson Wentz and the QB multiverse

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 81:01


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is talking Carson Wentz, NFL quarterbacks Jamin Davis and all things Commanders. Guest: The Ringer's Danny Heifetz. Ben opens the episode talking Davis, who has gone completely under the radar this offseason in discussions about Washington's potential. Where can this unit go if the 2021 first-round pick improves off a frustrating rookie season -- and what happens if Davis doesn't with the lack of LB depth? Then Danny enters (13:10). The fellas use Danny's fun new article about QB and team relationships as a way to get into Wentz and other quarterback situations including Dak Prescott, Justin Fields and Kenny Pickett. Has Washington done enough to help the new guy? How did the Colts extract what they did from the Commanders and does the trade compensation ultimately matter?

    Commanders rookie camp, what Jack Del Rio said, Dan Snyder's money

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 44:18


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back to talk Commanders rookie mini-camp, what Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio had to say about this roster, and Dan Snyder's finances possibly affecting roster moves. Guest: Michael Phillips, Richmond Times-Dispatch. Ben opens the episode with some notes on the rookie camp, including names to track. That's newbies -- and one holdover who participated. Meanwhile, Del Rio's interview on the team website about the secondary requires some decoding. Then Ben and Michael chop it up from Ashburn after the practice session with thoughts on first-round pick Jahan Dotson, quarterback Sam Howell, and others. They also discussed the linebacker need, what Rivera said about Cole Holcomb -- and whether Snyder's finances factor into Washington's largely quiet transactional offseason following the Carson Wentz trade.

    Six-pack of Commanders questions: Post-draft roster winners, losers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 58:35


    The Athletic's Ben Standig ponders the important questions about the Washington Commanders now that the main offseason work is done with guest Mike Smeltz (The Athletic). Who are the post-draft roster winners and losers? Most confusing position? The rookie set for the biggest impact? Plus thoughts on Carson Wentz, Chase Young, UDFA signings and more.

    Commanders did the draft. Now what?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 45:48


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for a new post-draft episode with Nicki Jhabvala (Washington Post). They put a bow on the draft including what they liked and the head-scratchers, before moving forward toward bigger-picture topics. What are some of the next moves to consider? What can Washington expect from Curtis Samuel, who is saying he's on the right track now.? Do we make anything from the Commanders signing 13 undrafted free agents after just one in 2021? Plus the quarterbacks, play dates, and more.

    Commanders draft recap: Trust the process?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 76:20


    The Athletic's Ben Standig wraps up two trades, three days, seven rounds and eight picks in the 2022 NFL Draft for the Washington Commanders with The Team 980's Brendan Darr. This is an episode for the strategic thinkers out there. The fellas, both part of the national draft contest, went over each of Washington's picks starting with first-rounder Jahan Dotson. But not just the players. They talked about process (too conservative?), options along the way (wise passing on Kyle Hamilton?), and why each choice has individual merit but the overall plan fell short in spots. Also plenty on what Sam Howell means for Carson Wentz, how Washington's draft compares to the other NFC East teams and more.

    Jahan Dotson joins the Commanders as David Aldridge visits the pod

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 34:10


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here to recap Day 1 of the NFL Draft with David Aldridge (The Athletic). Ben opens the show with brief thoughts and notes on first-round pick Jahan Dotson and Day 1 of the NFL Draft, Then David joins to discuss Dotson's fit, Washington's choice to trade down from 11 to 16 rather than select Kyle Hamilton or Chris Olave, Carson Wentz, and tangential Terry McLaurin contract news. Plus DA dropped some NBA notes.

    NFL Draft notebook: Daron Payne's future, Commanders at 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 56:52


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for one last look at the 2022 NFL Draft before Thursday's first round with The Ringer's Danny Kelly. Ben opens the show with news on the Commanders next expected to extend the contract of DT Daron Payne. What about a trade? How does this affect the draft plans? Also the latest thoughts on what happens at 11, Drake London, Chris Olave and more. Then Danny joins the fray for some draft talk via the made-up game of "Would You Rather." Like would you rather the Panthers at 6 draft a QB or take a tackle AND acquire Jimmy Garoppolo? Would you rather Washington start a draft S-OL, WR-DL or trade down?

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