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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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    Charles Leno; Chiefs preview; Gruden/Snyder theories; Wizards

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 119:16

    Mega, mega episode as The Athletic's Ben Standig talks with Washington Football Team tackle Charles Leno, Chiefs insider Nate Taylor and journalist Patrick Hruby. Intro - Ben with the latest from WFT practice and explains next week's small private chat for listeners 13:50 - Charles Leno on the season through five games, his mental prep, Sam Cosmi, what film analysts get wrong 38:58 - The Athletic's Nate Taylor on the Chiefs' slow start, two terrible defenses, best hope for slowing down Patrick Mahomes 105:50 - Patrick Hruby with reaction to Washington's role in Jon Gruden's stunning exit, and conspiracy theories about leak motives 133:00 - More with Patrick on the new-look Wizards, Tommy Sheppard's work, Bradley Beal, season expectations

    Sins doom Washington against Saints

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 30:56

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is on the mic after the Washington Football Team's 33-22 loss to the New Orleans with Matthew Paras (Washington Times) and Bobby Bancroft (Associated Press). All three were at FedEx Field to witness the defense surrender big plays including a Hail Mary right before halftime, and Taylor Heinicke throw two interceptions. There were positive moments, but it's time for some changes. What kind? Good question and the fellas pondered options with the lineup and play-calling.

    Wild times in Ashburn entering Saints week

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 102:10

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for a mega episode with film analyst Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL ) and The Athletic's Saints insider Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell). Ben opens with the latest from Washington Football Team headquarters including Logan Thomas to IR, injuries galore, and the latest on the investigation into head trainer Ryan Vermillion. Then Katherine enters to preview Sunday's game including Taylor Heinicke vs. the Saints defense, how Washington corrals Alvin Kamara (10:31). Then Mark arrives to help examine the first four weeks with thoughts on Jack Del Rio's play-calling, the safeties, pros and cons with Heinicke, and tons more (36:18).

    WFT quarter-pole review; Feds investigate head trainer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 51:54


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is here to tackle a busy Monday including the latest on a DEA criminal investigation into Ryan Vermillion, the Washington Football Team's head trainer, and Week 4 thoughts with Michael Phillips from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Ben explains what's happening here and the rough injury news on both sides of the ball including Jon Bostic, Brandon Scherff and Logan Thomas. Then Michael joins the chat (13:10). The fellas ponder where Washington stands at the rough 1/4 pole mark of the season and circle back to their pre-season predictions on Chase Young, the rookies, quarterbacks and more.


    Falcons preview - Not must win, but maybe don't lose in Atlanta

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 33:23

    Ben Standig wraps up the week by previewing Washington-Atlanta with his teammate from The Athletic, Josh Kendall. On Matt Ryan's game, Taylor Heinicke's homecoming, defensive thoughts and more. Plus the latest on Curtis Samuel and, um, Antonio Gibson missed practice. Also, make sure to hear the pod announcement!

    Doc Walker talks WFT, defensive fixes; Wizards starting up

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 69:53

    The Athletic's Ben Standig talks Washington Football Team with Doc Walker and the Washington Wizards with the Washington Post's Ava Wallace. First, Ben opens the show with a big podcast announcement and the latest on Curtis Samuel's return. Then Doc joined the chat and he had plenty to say about the defenders not buying into the plan, Taylor Heinicke, the Falcons game and more. Since many of you asked for Wizards talk, here ya go. Ben and Ava on the most intriguing player, who is part of a hypothetical big 3 and Bradley Beal

    Takeaways from Buffalo and recalibrating WFT expectations

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 86:05

    The Athletic's Ben Standig returned from Buffalo to rehash what went wrong for the Washington Football Team in the Week 3 loss with Scott Jackson and talks WFT fandom, Survivor and Big Brother with Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross, who is also the co-host of the "Surviving Snyder" podcast. Thoughts on the defensive letdown, Taylor Heinicke's struggles, what it will take for this team to find a steady - and productive - level. Plus Ben and Dalton discuss the new season of "Survivor," and an all-time "Big Brother" emotional and strategy meltdown

    The ramblin' man: Week 3 matchups, Heinicke, McLaurin, Wizards' gig

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 43:01

    The Athletic's Ben Standig sets the table for the Washington Football Team heading into Sunday's showdown at Buffalo and gets into other random topics including: *The DL vs. Josh Allen *Why Taylor Heinicke is the right QB for fans right now *Terry McLaurin is Washington's most complete receiver this century *What The Athletic's Wizards opening means for me (Spoiler: I'm staying with WFT) *Plus a replay of my interview with Bills GM Brandon Beane from earlier this year

    Bills preview: Washington's struggling defense vs. inconsistent Josh Allen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 38:58

    The Athletic's Ben Standig previews Washington's Week 3 showdown at Buffalo with The Athletic's Tim Graham. Ben opens the show with his thoughts on Jamin Davis's confidence and Taylor Heinicke's moment. Then Tim joins the discussion to discuss what's wrong with with Bills QB Josh Allen, Terry McLaurin's clash with Bills CB Tre'davious White, how Buffalo's defense matches up with Heinicke plus how Tim interviewed O.J. Simpson and why Howard Stern praised Tim.

    WFT Week 2 takeaways: Seriously, that was insane

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 55:24

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is joined by his Athletic colleague Tarik El-Bashir to discuss all the insanity that unfolded in the Washington Football Team's 30-29 thriller against the New York Giants. Ben opens the episode recapping Ron Rivera's day-after press conference, including the coach's views on lack of defensive disciple, Jamin Davis's growth and Taylor Heinicke. Then Ben and Tarik tackle the game including Heiniecke's heroics and upside, where the defense must improve, Thursday's crowd and plenty more including some Capitals talk. '

    NYG-Washington impromptu preview: The hope, the worry, the Heinicke

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 31:52


    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for a bonus episode of the podcast with New York Daily News columnist Pat Leonard heading into Thursday's NFC East clash between the Washington football team and the New York Giants. Ben sets the stage with thoughts on Taylor Heinicke as QB1 and other WFT notes. Then Pat enters the fray for his views on Big Blue after their Week 1 loss including the bad -- and good -- with Daniel Jones, why the Giants fan base is extra salty now, and the formation that should bode well for Washington's chances.


    Fred Smoot talks Washington's Week 1 loss, QB change

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 53:06

    The Athletic's Ben Standig returns for a post-Week 1 edition of the podcast with former Washington cornerback Fred Smoot. After Ben opens the show with the latest injury on Ryan Fitzpatrick and notes from WFT's 20-16 loss to the Chargers. Then Fred joins the conversation to discuss Taylor Heinicke taking over at QB, what went wrong for Chase Young and the defense, why the sky isn't falling and Fred's pursuit of a spot on the Pro Bowler's Tour.

    Washington Football Team season preview!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 52:05


    The Athletic's Ben Standig kicks off the 2021 Washington Football Team season with a deep-dive preview. Ben and Michael Phillips from the Richmond Times-Dispatch ponder over/unders for Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chase Young and Washington's offensive production,, predict the team's Rookie of the Year and key stretch on the schedule, plus talk Terry McLaurin, Cole Holcomb, Landon Collins, Sam Cosmi -- and what we'll be talking about when the season ends. You'll also here season predictions from The Athletic's Rhiannon Walker and the Washington Times' Matthew Paras. Ben also shares the latest on Curtis Samuel's status for week 1.


    Tanya Snyder speaks; Chargers preview with Daniel Popper

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 60:54

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for a new episode previewing the Washington Football Team's Week 1 matchup against the Chargers with The Athletic's LAC beat writer Daniel Popper. Ben opens the show reacting to Tanya Snyder's interview, her first since being named co-CEO, including her reaction to the organization's tumultuous year. Then it's on to Sunday's action as Ben and Daniel exchange three questions each about the other's team. Topics include whether Justin Herbert is poised for a monster year or a sophomore slump, how Chargers' first-year coach Brandon Staley is already leaving his mark plus several Washington angles. Ben then closes the episode with the latest on Curtis Samuel.

    WFT's most indispensable players for 2021; Where are the Wizards?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 72:01

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for a bonus episode of the podcast entering Week 1 of the NFL season. The main focus: He ranks the Washington Football Team's most indispensable players, which is different from best. Ryan Fitzpatrick the clear number one? Kam Curl over Terry McLaurin and Brandon Scherff? Did all four DL starters make the cut? Ben also sets the table for the week ahead and recaps Peyton Barber moving on. Then he welcomes NBA insider J. Michael to the podcast for some Wizards talk. The fellas offer praise for GM Tommy Sheppard, question the Wizards' upside in the East, and assess the new players including Aaron Holiday and Spencer Dinwiddie.

    Greg Cosell returns, and the WFT has a 53

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 62:03

    The Athletic's Ben Standig breaks down everything that happened on cut down day -- and talks all things Washington Football Team with the great Greg Cosell from ESPN's NFL matchup show. Ben starts with Washington trimming its roster to 53. Why is Jimmy Moreland gone? How about Sammis Reyes staying! Which release surprised other NFL teams the most (nope, not him. Or him. Or even him)? Then Greg joins the episode for a deep dive into WFT. Scott Turner's X's and O's, and Ryan Fitzpatrick's fit. Defensive wrinkles and the DL he likes watching on tape. Praise for Jamin Davis? Plenty of other topics as well.

    Deciphering Ron Rivera's hints about WFT's final 53

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 45:58

    The Athletic's Ben Standig examines the Washington Football Team's forecast and final roster decisions before Tuesday's 53-player deadline with Matthew Paras (Washington Times). Ron Rivera said four roster spots were in play before Saturday's preseason finale. Then another two opened up. Ben and Matt ponder those battles, discuss outside interest in Sammis Reyes, and share their final roster debates involving Dax Milne, Casey Toohill, Shaka Toney and others. Oh, they also discuss Ryan Fitzpatrick, and changed opinions since the start of camp.

    WFT preseason finale preview; Fantasy Football galore with John Hansen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 57:07

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is to preview the Washington Football Team's preseason game against the Ravens and talk fantasy football with the legendary John Hansen. Ben opens the show with what to watch Saturday night including offensive execution, whether Kyle Allen can push Taylor Heinicke, Jamin Davis, cornerback/roster battles and more. Then fantasy football guru John Hansen stops by to get everyone ready for their drafts. John loves Antonio Gibson. What about others on WFT? Also sleepers, players to avoid, and quarterbacks.

    NFL insider Adam Caplan; WFT roster bubble

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 61:25

    The Athletic's Ben Standig welcomes NFL insider Adam Caplan to the podcast to talk about the Washington Football Team and the NFC East. Ben opens the episode with a behind-the-scenes look at his third annual NFL agent survey which is live on The Athletic (2 parts) and shares his view of Washington's roster bubble. Think 21 players for eight spots. Then Adam joins the conversation. What do league sources think of Washington under Ron Rivera? What's the latest with Cowboys QB Dak Prescott? Are the Giants a sneaky division pick or a losing battle? What would it take for the Eagles to shock the world?

    WFT takeaways: Jaret Patterson's place, roster buzz, season expectations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 59:54

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is joined by ESPN's John Keim to discuss all things about the Washington Football Team. Ben opens the show with thoughts on why Jaret Patterson is making the 53-player roster -- and wouldn't clear waivers -- plus what to watch this week in camp and WFT position battles other teams are tracking. Then John joins the chat (10:30). Topics include why Ron Rivera won't just name Ryan Fitzpatrick the starting QB, the urgency with getting Curtis Samuel on the practice field, possible surprise roster moves, and whether our opinions of this team's 2021 forecast have changed since the start of camp.

    WFT training camp: Cole Holcomb 1-on-1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 35:55

    The Athletic's Ben Standig welcomes to the podcast, Washington Football Team linebacker Cole Holcomb. Topics include Holcomb's progress entering his third season, knowledge gained by facing Ryan Fitzpatrick daily in practice, the difference in defending backs like Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic, selfie sticks, Crossfit, and more. Ben opens the episode with the latest from camp including Sammis Reyes' roster hopes and entering the concussion protocol, before adding some reality to WFT's latest name-change update.

    WFT training camp review; Skills coach David Robinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 36:23

    The Athletic's Ben Standig returns to recap the Washington Football Team's Sunday's training camp practice, Sammis Reyes's progress, William Jackson's adjustment and more with Matt Paras (Washington Times). Then Ben welcomes WR skills coach David Robinson to the podcast to discuss two of his clients, Cam and Stephen Sims. What did Cam work on after his breakout year? How does Stephen work himself back into the rotation? Good stuff from one of the best at his craft.

    WFT preseason opener recap; Robert Mays on FitzMagic

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 55:15

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back to recap the Washington Football Team's preseason opener with 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen and talk all things Ryan Fitzpatrick with The Athletic's Robert Mays. First up, Ben and Grant chat about the fun QB play from Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke, Jaret Patterson making moves, Dustin Hopkins missing kicks and depth chart action. Then Ben catches up with Robert, who wrote a stellar Fitzpatrick feature for The Athletic. Beyond those stories of a man chasing a high -- and seven kids -- the fellas explored what success looks like for the QB in Washington this season.

    WFT camp: Secondary battles top priority

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 27:26

    The Athletic's Ben Standig drops the latest episode live from the Washington Football Team training camp to talk defensive backfield roster spots, Ron Rivera's attitude, Sam Cosmi's progression and other camp tidbits with 106.7 The Fan's J.P. Finlay. That comes after Ben opens the show with updates on Curtis Samuel, Dyami Brown and Washington's playing time for its preseason opener Thursday at New England.

    Lindsay Jones; latest from WFT training camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 64:37

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back with the latest from the Washington Football Team's training camp, mailbag style. Your questions answered on Dyami Brown and the WR competition, who is emerging as the third defensive end, Jaret Patterson and other camp topics plus a bit on the Wizards' roster shakeup. Then Ben brings on The Athletic's national writer Lindsay Jones (22:10) to talk NFC East, Washington's defensive upside, Ryan Fitzpatrick tales, a sneaky crucial game on the schedule, and if the gap between Ron Rivera and the other NFC East coach is wider than any other top coach in their respective division.

    Wrapping up Richmond

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 47:18


    The Athletic's Ben Standig closes down the Washington Football Team's Richmond portion of training camp with Matt Paras from the Washington Times and the Associated Press' Steve Whyno. Ben opens the show with thoughts on the contract terms for Jonathan Allen and Logan Thomas plus some personal thoughts on a return to normalcy-ish with the Richmond camp. Then Matt and Steve join the chat. Topics: How the QBs looked, return of Landon Collins, Terry McLaurin's ascendency, position battles, top concerns and the presence of co-CEO Tanya Snyder in Richmond.


    David Aldridge talks WFT training camp, Wizards' big week

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 33:46

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is in Richmond for Day 1 of Washington Football Training Camp as is the great David Aldridge. Therefore it made sense for the two to discuss what they observed, from Ryan Fitzpatrick's throwing to Terry McLaurin's maturity to the return of Landon Collins and Ron Rivera's message taking hold. Then David offered his insight into what the Wizards might do this week in the NBA Draft and if any moves include trades involving Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook.

    Welcome to Richmond!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 25:41

    Sam Cosmi; WFT training camp preview and fan survey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 79:23

    The Athletic's Ben Standig returns for a new episode. Guests: Washington rookie OT Sam Cosmi; WFT fans and "Surviving Snyder" podcast co-hosts Dalton Ross (Entertainment Weekly, Brendan Shapiro and Rick Devens. Ben opens the show with thoughts on Washington's depth concerns and a DL injury update (2:30). Then Cosmi enters the fray as the second-round pick chats about his rise from unheralded recruit to Day 2 NFL pick, how his athleticism translates into OL success, living on his own and Mountain Dew. Then Ben dives into The Athletic's fan survey with Dalton, Brendan and Rick. How many wins this season? Breakout player? Ryan Fitzpatrick expectations? Do you trust the organizational direction? (33:00). Ben then wraps up the episode congratulating the Milwaukee Bucks and defining NBA super teams (114:10).

    Football Outsider's Aaron Schatz

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 40:10

    The Athletic's Ben Standig welcomes Football Outsider editor-in-chief Aaron Schatz to the podcast with the Washington Football Team set to open training camp next week. The fellas discuss several of FO's key analytics for WFT including the defense's potential and 2021 scenarios; the importance of CB William Jackson III; Ryan Fitzpatrick's pressure stats; breakout player; and the NFC East.

    WFT's name-change PR blitz; Eagles/NFC East preview; USA hoops debacle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 68:50

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back with guest Zach Berman, Eagles insider for The Athletic. Ben opens the show discussing the Washington Football Team's effective PR blitz, how that led to the masses losing their minds over some name-change news that wasn't actually news, plus the latest on Brandon Scherff before Thursday's franchise tag deadline. Then Zach joins the show to talk expectations for Jalen Hurts, whether the Eagles have the goods to contend in the NFC East, Devonta Smith, and Washington's 2021 forecast. (21:18). Finally, Ben wraps up the episode with a takedown of Team USA's basketball roster composition amid back-to-back losses ahead of the Tokyo Olympics (53:10)

    WFT's name-change PR blitz; Eagles/NFC East preview; USA hoops debacle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 72:16

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back with guest Zach Berman, Eagles insider for The Athletic. Ben opens the show discussing the Washington Football Team's effective PR blitz, how that led to the masses losing their minds over some name-change news that wasn't actually news, plus the latest on Brandon Scherff before Thursday's franchise tag deadline. Then Zach joins the show to talk expectations for Jalen Hurts, whether the Eagles have the goods to contend in the NFC East, Devonta Smith, and Washington's 2021 forecast. (23:18). Finally, Ben wraps up the episode with a takedown of Team USA's basketball roster composition amid back-to-back losses ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

    Ron Rivera's power, Wizards coaching search, Top Chef

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 92:03

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for a new episode with guests Tom Haberstroh (Meadowlark Media/"Pack Your Knives" podcast) and Chris Russell (Team 980) to talk the Washington Football Team, the Wizards coaching search and "Top Chef." After Ben opens the show with a recap of his LA vacation, Chris joins the discussion (12:40) for thoughts on the WFT including the depths of Ron Rivera's power and how might he use it ahead of the 2021 NFL season. Then the conversation shifts to the Wizards and food competition shows. Ben and Tom break down the Wizards' roster paths and head coaching scenarios, and whether the combination suggests there's a rebuild coming. Since Tom talks weekly about Top Chef, they also share thoughts on the just-concluded season and compare contestants to NBA players.

    Reaction pod: NFL fines WFT, and Dan Snyder takes step back, for now

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 48:23

    The Athletic's Ben Standig returns for an emergency episode of the podcast with attorney Lisa Banks, who represents 40 former female employees of the Washington Football Team, and the Associated Press's Steve Whyno. Why? Because the NFL announced its findings and subsequent punishment of Washington and owner Dan Snyder following a lengthy investigation into the organization's culture. Ben and Steve reacted to the $10 million fine -- and no formal suspension or loss of draft picks (4:25). Then Lisa Banks offers her view of the NFL's stance, reactions from her clients and what happens next (28:10). Then Ben wraps up the episode with a little bit of Wizards coaching chatter (44:00)

    Giddy up for some WFT and Cowboys talk

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 55:47

    The Athletic's Ben Standig and Cowboys insider Jon Machota answer each other's questions about the NFC East rivals ahead of training camp. Is Dak Prescott ready to lead Dallas and take a hit? Which position groups for each team are most indispensable? Why do the Cowboys take so many character risks on players? Washington QB for 2022 is...? And, is everyone sleeping on the Giants?

    Fantasy Football - WFT, sleepers and who's number one

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 62:26

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is joined by his colleague Jake Ciely, annually one of the top-rated fantasy football prognosticators. The fellas talk about the Washington Football Team including Ryan Fitzpatrick, Antonio Gibson, Terry McLaurin and the defense through the prism of fantasy football. They also discuss fantasy hopes for Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, sleepers, who goes number one overall and more.

    WFT name change-palooza and football film breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 71:39

    The Athletic's Ben Standig welcomes back to the podcast WFT film analyst Mark Bullock for chatter on who's best to play Washington's "buffalo nickel" based on what Ron Rivera said last week on the podcast, the best offseason move, and why American Football teams have mascot names in the first place. Speaking of names, Ben then goes behind the scenes on the story he co-authored for The Athletic on Washington's name-change process with NBC4's Heather McDonough and the Discovery Channel's Christo Doyle. Yes, they offer reckless speculation on possible names.

    Ron Rivera 1-on-1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 41:15

    The Athletic's Ben Standig spoke with Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera for a 1-on-1 interview. After Ben opens the show with some podcast updates and notes on his name-change article for The Athletic, Rivera joins the conversation (6:50). Topics include the two-man battle for QB1, challenges with keeping all of those defensive linemen for the long haul, and how to deploy safeties Landon Collins and Kam Curl without causing friction. They also discussed possible free-agent additions before the season, Rivera wearing the coach and front office hats, and more. Then Ben recaps the interview and addresses the big Wizards news of the day as Scott Brooks is officially out as head coach (26:10)

    Ron Rivera talks QBs; WFT 53-player projections

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 74:18

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back talking about the Washington Football Team with guest Al Galdi plus you'll hear new audio from Ron Rivera on the quarterbacks. Ben opens the show with details on a conversation with Rivera and a small group of reporters over the weekend on the coach's health, Landon Collins and working without a franchise QB. Then Ben and Al each make their own way-too-early 53-man roster projections, ponder the QB battle, talk, possible spots where WFT could add veterans before training camp, and more (11:53).

    Chase Young returns for WFT; Waiting on the Wizards

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 84:50

    The Athletic's Ben Standig shows off his dual-threat skills by talking Washington Football Team after day 1 of minicamp and the Washington Wizards with Fred Katz (The Athletic). Ben opens the show with thoughts on Chase Young's return and personality, the Ryan Fitzpatrick experience, offensive line battles and more with the Washington Times' Matt Paras. Then at the 30:00 mark, Fred joins the pod to help break down the delay in announcing a head coach plan, why the delay is possibly problematic with free agency and the draft looming, Bradley Beal's status among top players and what big moves the Wizards could actually make to contend.

    Washington Football Team lingering questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 44:02


    The Athletic's Ben Standig gets everyone ready for the Washington Football Team's three-day minicamp with Michael Phillips from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. What's the pecking order at receiver? Will Washington add a veteran pass rush rusher? Anyone in line for an extension beside Jonathan Allen? The fellas also discuss quarterbacks, training camp back in Richmond and offer their view on reporters in the locker room.


    Washington's OTA2: What was interesting or important?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 46:45


    The Athletic's Ben Standig breaks down what happened at the Washington Football Team's latest OTA session with the Washington Post's Sam Fortier. Thoughts on Brandon Scherff, Taylor Heinicke, Chase Young and more with a game of "Important or Interesting?" Also Jamin Davis's future, the QB depth chart, Curtis Samuel's injury, Coach K retiring and more.


    Brian Mitchell talks WFT; What to watch at OTA 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 49:24


    The Athletic's Ben Standig welcomes former NFL great, current WFT analyst and new author Brian Mitchell to the show. Ben opens the episode with some nuggets on who is expected at this week's OTA, the RB room, and vets perhaps on the roster bubble. Then B-Mitch joins the chat. Does the recent roster purge remind him of his exit in 2000? Is he buying into Ron Rivera's culture? They also discuss B-Mitch's new children's book, "A Champion's Heart, one lineup worry not receiving much attention and which opponent Brian would choose for a celebrity boxing match (18:44).


    Former NFL GM Randy Mueller on WFT progress -- and misstep?; Wizards' Bertans conundrum

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 76:31

    The Athletic's Ben Standig welcomes former NFL GM Randy Mueller to the podcast! First, Ben opens the show with an update on Chase Young's week, an OTA change and Ron Rivera's comments about the Washington Football Team's offense not needing to rely on a QB. Then Randy joins the discussion. He sees plenty of positives with Washington's offseason work, but the 2000 NFL executive of the year questions the release of Morgan Moses, and how releasing Geron Christian was perhaps the bigger miscue. There's also a great front-office philosophical conversation on the hypothetical pursuits of Aaron Rodgers and Julio Jones (16:42). Then Ben wraps up the show exploring the Wizards' 0-2 playoff hole against the 76ers and why Davis Bertans' struggles extend far beyond this series (59:11)

    Robert Mays returns; OTA 1 review: Fitzmagic, Collins, and the missing

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 43:44

    The Athletic's Ben Standig recaps the first OTA session of the year and talks about the Washington Football Team crushing the offseason with The Athletic's Football Show podcast host, Robert Mays. Ben opens the show sharing his thoughts on Tuesday's activity in Ashburn. Where were Chase Young and Montez Sweat? How did the quarterbacks look? There's also post-practice Zoom audio from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Landon Collins and Bobby McCain. Then Robert discusses his recent article where he ranked Washington as the most improved team this offseason. Yeah, the QB switch played a big factor (20:38)

    Morgan Moses out in Washington

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 38:44

    The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for a new episode to discuss the release of starting right tackle Morgan Moses. Details on the tick tock, what went down, what this means for the offensive line and Ron Rivera's power. Plus Scott Jackson joins the pod to share his view on Moses, Sam Cosmi and the now-released Geron Christian. Also, make to catch Ben's interview earlier this week with offensive coordinator Scott Turner!

    WFT offensive coordinator Scott Turner

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 58:55

    The Athletic's Ben Standig welcomes Washington Football Team offensive coordinator Scott Turner to the podcast, but with a topic twist. First, Ben and Matt Paras (Washington TImes) open the show discussing Ryan Kerrigan signing with the Eagles, details on Bobby McCain's contract, The Athletic's story on Washington's major renovation with the turf at FedEx Field and Wizards-Celtics (1:00). Then Turner joins Ben to discuss... Russell Westbrook and the Wizards? Yes, as Turner drops takes on the Wizards' playoff push, Westbrook's ferocity, why converted basketball players land at tight end, and how football is taking on a hoops approach. (28:30). Then Ben and Matt close the episode looking ahead to OTAs (53:10)

    WFT depth, competition and rookie camp, oh my

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 68:45

    The Athletic's Ben Standig recaps the Washington Football Team's rookie camp and explores all this depth and competition with Nicki Jhabvala from the Washington Post. Ben opens the show sharing a SRO podcast milestone and his thoughts on rookie camp and more WFT (2:15) before discussing the play-in-bound Washington Wizards (14:25). Then Nicki joins the pod. Biggest WFT questions remaining? Most intriguing units? Favorite for third receiver honors? Sammis Reyes? Does adding Ryan Fitzpatrick offset the opposing QB gauntlet on the schedule? (19:00)

    WFT has a new schedule and left tackle

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 80:51

    The Athletic's Ben Standig dives into the Washington Football Team's 2021 schedule and the impact of new left tackle Charles Leno with Bobby Bancroft (SB Nation). After opening the show with a breakdown of Leno's role and potential ripple effects across the line, Ben and Bobby have fun going through all 18 weeks of Washington's schedule, picking wins and losses along the way. Toughest stretch? Trap games? Trade deadline considerations? Ben's fave road situation? They also spent the final 10 minutes talking Georgetown hoops.

    Jason La Canfora talks WFT; Russell Westbrook is unreal

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 61:39

    The Athletic's Ben Standig welcomes NFL Insider Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) and North Carolina OC Phil Longo to the podcast. Ben opens the show with some Washington Football Talk updates and dives into the now incredibly entertaining Washington Wizards headlined by triple-double king Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal. Then Jason joins the show to talk about Washington's league-wide reputation under Ron Rivera, QB hopes and dreams, Brandon Scherff and more (13:14). From there, the conversation shifts to third-rounder Dyami Brown as Longo helps explain how the explosive WR could thrive in Washington's offense (44:10)

    Kentucky coach Mark Stoops On Jamin Davis, Sean Taylor; WFT still making moves?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 70:46

    Guests: Mark Stoops, Mark Bullock. ... The Athletic's Ben Standig opens the show with the breaking news of Washington meeting with former Bears LT Charles Leno Jr. A tackle upgrade or more options in case Brandon Scherff's situation goes south? Also visiting, ex-Dolphins safety Bobby McCain. Then Ben welcomes University of Kentucky coach Mark Stoops to share insight on Jamin Davis and memories of Sean Taylor from their time together at the U (10:02). Then WFT film analyst Mark Bullock joins the chat to ponder the safety plan with Landon Collins and Kam Curl, Davis's present and future, the OL lineup, and how rookie John Bates meshes with the tight end room.

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