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The MMQB suite of podcasts bring you unique, informed and immediate analysis from around the NFL. Whether you’re looking to catch up on Sunday’s football action, take a deep dive into the film or answer some burning NFL questions, The MMQB staff has you covered. With a rotating cast of hosts includi…

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    T.J. Watt, Trevon Diggs, and a Defense's Last, Best Hope

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 21:50

    It seemed the Steelers were heading toward—at best—a tie with the Geno Smith-led Seahawks on Sunday night. That's when T.J. Watt did what he does best, the most important thing a defensive player can do in the modern NFL: He took the ball back. Turnovers have been declining at a steady rate over the history of the NFL, and the number is on-pace to hit a new low again this season. Jenny and Gary discuss just what the takeaway means at a time when defenses are struggling more than ever to get off the field. Also, a look at how Watt is doing his part to keep defenses afloat with his aggressive approach to forcing turnovers. And a discussion of Trevon Diggs's historic pace on interceptions, and whether he can make a run at an INT record that hasn't really even been threatened since it was set in 1952. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorO Learn more about your ad-choices at

    Week 6: New-School Cowboys in Foxboro, Old-School Browns in a Bad Way I NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 84:56

    The sixth Sunday of the NFL season brought the extremes, with a number of weird and wild games sprinkled in with some absolute blowouts. Jenny, Conor and Gary start with the Cowboys' rollercoaster ride in New England, where they overcame a ton of penalties, a ton of third-down struggles, and a late, long Mac Jones touchdown pass to beat the Patriots in overtime. What does it say about Dallas as a potential Super Bowl contender? And what does it say about the Patriots and their rookie QB? Then, a look at the things that went very wrong for the Browns in a lopsided home loss to the Cardinals, and how the Ravens are overcoming plenty during their current winning streak. Also, T.J. Watt takes over overtime on Sunday night (a difficult thing for a pro-Geno Smith podcast to admit), the post-Gruden Raiders get off to a great start, the Chiefs prove that—at least for one day—some sloppy turnovers can be easily overcome, a closer examination of Aaron Rodgers's claim that he owns the Bears, Kirk Cousins gets it done in Carolina, what's next for the Giants after a meltdown against the Rams, and much more. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    The Gruden Emails, the Leak and What It Says About the NFL

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 33:39

    Monday brought one of the most stunning developments the NFL has seen in recent years: Jon Gruden, once perceived as untouchable in Las Vegas, stepped down as head coach after a series of racist, misogynist and anti-LGBTQ emails were released to the New York Times. Gruden's language—and his presumption that he could use such words—is problematic. But it points to a larger cultural problem that exists in places across to the NFL, and raises the biggest question of all: Why hasn't the NFL released any details regarding the investigation into the Washington franchise's toxic workplace environment? The impact of Gruden's words and the consequences he is now facing, what's next for a Raiders franchise in which he once held near absolute power, and what's next for the league office that now might have no choice but to act. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    Let's Say Nice Things About the Bills & Refs I NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 93:43

    The Chiefs fall again, this time on Sunday Night Football. Jenny, Conor and Gary run down how it's going wrong for K.C., from the defense's disappearing stars to the offense's lack of patience. But also, a look at how the Bills finally got their white whale, scoring a convincing road win in the elements. Then, a discussion of the undeniably beautiful game between the Chargers and the Browns, in which Justin Herbert continued to establish himself as an MVP favorite, and the undeniably not-as-beautiful game between the Cardinals and the 49ers, in which you start to wonder how much longer Kyler Murray can be a superhero and exactly what we should have expected from Trey Lance in his first career start. The Giants limp into Dallas and... well, limp out of Dallas, the Bears win ugly in Vegas, another one for the Urban Meyer lowlight reel with the most bizarre challenge in recent memory, whether the Steelers can repeat Sunday's impressive offensive performance, the Patriots and the Texans get weird, Matt LaFleur makes things interesting by taking the ball out of Aaron Rodgers's hands, and much more! Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    Let's Play The Feud!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 58:05

    From an otherwise meaningless five-yard run at the end of a lopsided game came one of the most intense, delightful and senseless coaching feuds the NFL has ever witnessed. Jenny, Conor and Gary take a look at the utter absurdity—of all parties!—in the Vic Fangio-John Harbaugh feud that came out of Harbaugh's desire to go for a record streak that, quite possibly, no one but him and a few Ravens coaches knew was a thing. We smile along with Lamar Jackson's reaction, wonder whether player safety should have been taken into account, and ask the most important question of all: Whose side are you on? Inspired by this whole ordeal, the three-person panel of self-appointed football historians then reveals their favorite feuds from over the years, including a mysterious answering machine message the cheap shot it inspired, accusations of pre-game introduction shenanigans, and plenty of childish name-calling. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    A Doink in Foxboro Decides the Fate of the World | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 85:27

    The biggest game in the history of sports (that actually doesn't have that big an impact on the standings) was played in Foxboro on Sunday night, as Tom Brady played kinda O.K. in a game that his current team won against his former team after a last-minute field goal attempt bounced off the upright. Should Bill Belichick have gone for it on fourth down? Hypothetically, would Mac Jones have gotten it done against Todd Bowles and the Bucs' shorthanded secondary? Will we talk about this game forever and ever? Maybe. Then, a discussion of the undefeated Cardinals, the difference between the 2020 and '21 editions, and whether or not this year's early success is sustainable. Plus, everything that's going so very right for the Cowboys, the Giants finally show what Daniel Jones can become if they let him, the Browns are dominating with the defensive line, the 49ers don't show much in Trey Lance's first extended action, the Steelers look ugly as ever, and a very neat day for Zach Wilson. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    Welcome to an Alternate Reality, Where Tom Brady Never Left the Patriots

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 35:08

    You are in the same place. You are in the same time. But this world is very different. Different because of one thing: Tom Brady is still the quarterback of the New England Patriots. What would have happened if Brady re-signed with the Patriots in the winter of 2020? Travel the multiverse and find Jenny Vrentas, Gary Gramling and Conor Orr (with the help of alternate reality host Mitch Goldich), recapping the adventures of the Brady-led 2020 and '21 Patriots, their success (or lack thereof) with their aging quarterback, the fate of Rob Gronkowski, and how it all would have played out heading into Sunday's Week 4 home game against the Tampa Bay Bucs.  After the exercise in sci-fi is through, an earnest discussion of why the Brady/Belichick split made the most sense for all parties, even as Brady lifted the Lombardi for the seventh time. In short: Why the greatest coach-QB pairing the league has ever seen had run its course. Learn more about your ad-choices at

    The Day That Kickers Ruled the World | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 95:32

    Week 3 brought the usual surprises, along with some of the wackiest moments of the early season. Jenny, Conor and Gary start with the Sunday night thriller in Santa Clara, how in the end it came easy for Aaron Rodgers after the 49ers scrapped to take a late lead, why continuity matters, and a conversation about Davante Adams's uncomfortably brief time in concussion protocol. Also, a discussion of the Rams' asserting their superiority in the NFC behind Matthew Stafford and Raheem Morris's defense against his former team, how the Raiders got to 3–0, why the Dolphins had a fighting chance behind Jacoby Brissett, the formula that has beaten the Chiefs and how the Chargers are treating Justin Herbert as the superstar quarterback he has become. The Justin Tucker heroics and the pleasures of being a Lions fan, a look at everything that went so very wrong for the Bears during and in the runup to Justin Fields's first career start, what exactly went down on Ben Roethlisberger's long day and strange final play, dueling Jason Garrett food metaphors and much more! Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    What You Don't Understand About Derrick Henry | The MMQB Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 37:48

    Two-time rushing champion, fantasy football darling, and perhaps the most misunderstood man in the NFL. In this episode of The MMQB, Conor Orr and Gary Gramling examine what Derrick Henry is, what he is not, and how someone who plays the most devalued position in football has become one of the most indispensable non-quarterbacks in the NFL.  How is Henry able to withstand a workload that has wrecked other running backs in recent years? How does he lift the Titans' offense beyond just the prolific rushing stats? Is the 250-pound behemoth destined to be an outlier in the modern NFL—or is he a harbinger of a throwback era to come? From his immeasurable value in a trend-setting offense, to the workout regime that he believes keeps him going, gain a better understanding of a one-of-a-kind superstar. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    So This Is What “Figuring Out Lamar Jackson” Looks Like | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 99:10

    It was a Week 2 Sunday full of thrillers, and Jenny, Conor and Gary are here to break it all down and tell you what it means. That starts with the Ravens finally knocking off the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, behind Lamar Jackson heroics, a better O-line performance, a defense that didn't take risks and a little bit of luck. A look at the Titans' unlikely comeback win in Seattle, and what it says about the spectacular abilities of Derrick Henry and an impact that goes beyond rushing yards. The Raiders go east on a short week and Derek Carr does everything you'd ever want from your quarterback in an upset win over the Steelers. The Cowboys turn to a kicker, a rushing attack, a defense and lots of questionable clock management to steal one from the Chargers. The Bears, meanwhile, win one 2018-style with a torrent of takeaways, and the Andy Dalton injury likely forces Matt Nagy's hand when it comes to Justin Fields—is that a good thing or a bad thing? Mike Zimmer is living a nightmare after rocky secondary play and a missed chipshot costs the Vikings in Arizona, and the Panthers serve notice with a dominant victory over the Saints at home. Plus, Belichick obliterates another young Jets quarterback, the Rams outlast the Colts in Indy, another ugly start for Tua ends with a rib injury and a lopsided loss to Buffalo, more Jaguars struggles, DeMeco Ryans gets aggressive in stopping Jalen Hurts, and much more. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    Let's Overreact to Week 1! | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 83:31

    Jenny, Conor and Gary took in all the action and bring you every take imaginable about all 14 games played on the first Sunday of the 2021 season. First, Matthew Stafford immediately showed why the Rams went and got him, as Sean McVay dialed up an early touchdown that simply wasn't in the playbook with the previous quarterback. Plus, why Matt Nagy will have a tough time sticking with Andy Dalton after that meek opening-night offensive performance. Then, a look at the impressive Browns in a losing effort, falling victim to the kind of plays only Patrick Mahomes can deliver, the Packers' meltdown against the Saints in Jacksonville, and a hearty debate about whether or not we should be impressed by the Steelers after their victory in Buffalo. A look at everything that went wrong in Urban Meyer's disastrous NFL debut, the good and bad of the Patriots-Dolphins battle in Foxboro, the utter dominance of the Chandler Jones-led Cardinals defense in Tennessee, the utterly underwhelming Giants offense in an opening loss to Denver, and much more. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    Brady-Dak Duel in a Roller Coaster Opener | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 68:30

    Jenny, Conor and Gary break down all things regular-season opener, starting with—of course—the star quarterbacks playing like star quarterbacks. The Tampa offense looks like it's completely under Tom Brady's command, while Dak Prescott might not have looked like 100% Dak, but was awfully close (especially as the game went on). Some Vita Vea appreciation, how the Bucs will deal with depth issues in the secondary, and a discussion of a Cowboys defense that still has issues (and still looks green at some spots) but showed encouraging signs on Thursday night. On a more serious note: A discussion of NBC's continued problematic approach to Antonio Brown. On a much lighter note: Plenty of taunts and barbs directed toward Conor for his “fluid” prediction of a Browns Super Bowl. Also, T.J. Watt's new deal, and the impact of two more big injuries to the Ravens. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    2021 Season Preview, Predictions and BEEF! | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 72:50

    It's the big one: Jenny, Conor and Gary etch their season predictions in stone. But first, they begin with some friendly, respectful, light-hearted disagreements regarding certain takes. Are the Patriots in a position to steal the AFC East—even with an offense that looks like it *might* have been built with Cam Newton in mind? Are the Browns or Steelers the better bet to win the AFC North? Is everyone sleeping on the Colts or are they right to be turned off by Carson Wentz's rocky summer? Can the Seahawks figure things out on defense, and/or can the Cardinals figure things out on offense? Then, it's on to the official predictions for the 14 playoff teams, conference championship matchups, regular-season individual awards and, finally, Super Bowl score predictions. Get upset at all of it! But be sure to stay for the mind-blowing twist toward the end of the show, when Conor reveals the truth behind his “Browns to the Super Bowl” pick and it turns out nothing is what it seems. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    Furrowing Our Brows at Jameis Winston and Urban Meyer | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 83:23

    With the preseason winding down, Jenny, Conor and Gary take a trip around the league to review major storylines and visit some big deals that went down—and didn't go down—this summer. First, the Saints quarterback situation has been settled. For now. Probably. Why Jameis Winston got the job, and whether or not he can avoid the kind of absurd interceptions that cost him QB1 in Tampa. Then, a discussion of the rocky few weeks for Urban Meyer is having in Jacksonville, and how it changes the outlook for the Jaguars in the short- and long-term. Also, the curious case of Jamal Adams and his contract extension after some red flags popped up during his first season in Seattle, and a discussion of what's next for Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield. Finally, in the series premiere of Law & Order: 272 Games, Gary and Jenny tell Conor precisely where he went wrong in his prediction of every NFL regular-season game. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    Welcome to an Evening... of Mystery! | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 54:54

    In recent weeks, as the NFL season fast approaches, Jenny, Conor and Gary have been identifying their X-factors for various teams across the league. But rather than unveiling them in a traditional manner like normal people would, the trio instead engage in a life-or-death battle of the classic children's board game “Guess Who?” Based on a series of yes-or-no questions, can they identify who each person's mystery player is? Play along, as the competition heats up until the mind-bending final twist that leaves everyone speechless (save for a number of angry outbursts and mild profanity). Then, while this isn't a gambling/betting show per se, they couldn't help but take a peek at the odds for Super Bowl and individual awards, and identify the best longshots for who might lift the Lombardi or win MVP this season. Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOr Learn more about your ad-choices at

    The Mailbag Opens, Mac Jones Rules the World, Madness Ensues | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 64:53

    Jenny, Conor and Gary rip open the mailbag one more time before the regular season starts, and everyone is talking about Mac Jones. Or, at least three people are talking about Mac Jones toward the top of the show. After that, a buffalo wing heat index on everyone's darkhorse picks, a discussion of what homefield advantage means, whether the Fangio/Staley-style defenses age better than the Seattle-style Cover-3 did, our favorite stats, and what non-special teams positions we could survive playing for a single play in the NFL. Plus, running down your nickname suggestions as Conor and Gary truly lose it in a moment of—depending on your perspective—anti-comedy or non-comedy. And the dramatic reveal of the question very few have been asking: Why were the division preview shows ordered the way they were? Have a question for the show? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorO Learn more about your ad-choices at

    Pack, Mack Still Got It in the NFC North | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 77:10

    The division preview series reaches its terrifying conclusion, as all eyes (or at least those of Jenny, Conor and Gary) turn to the NFC North. After an offseason of turmoil, Aaron Rodgers is back and the Packers are the prohibitive favorites to win the division. But how far will they go? That will depend heavily on the new defensive boss in town. As for the rest of the division: Lots of talk about Justin Fields, and a little more talk about what the Bears defense needs to do to return to 2018 levels. In Minnesota, some new faces in the secondary and some frustration with the quarterback. And in Detroit, a shorthanded defense and mild passing game, but a game-changing blocker and a kneecap-biting, coffee-chugging coach that should keep things interesting. Plus, the thrilling conclusion of Division Preview Mad Libs!, our predictions for order of finish, “Super Bowl or Not,” and much more! Have a question for the mailbag show next week? Dare to make one final guess on how we've ordered these division previews? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Weird & Wild AFC South and Hold-In Drama | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 80:06

    Chapter 7 of the Division Preview Series Octology delves deep into the AFC South, but the show starts with a look at the past week's headlines as training camps got underway. Jenny, Conor and Gary discuss Aaron Rodgers doing exactly what everyone thought he would do and not coming away with a whole lot to show for his effort. Also, a larger look at how the new CBA has turned holdouts into hold-ins, including a more specific look at the Xavien Howard trade demand in Miami. As far as the AFC South goes, a lot of talk about whether the Colts can make it work offensively, the impact of Bud Dupree's arrival and Arthur Smith's departure on the Titans, just what should be expected out of the Jaguars considering Urban Meyer has an exciting quarterback and maybe not-so-exciting coaching staff, and the Texans figure to have an active punter.  You can read the definitive Deshaun Watson story, referred to in this episode, here: Have a question for a future mailbag? Dare to guess how we've ordered these division previews? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    NFC South Preview: A Three-Headed Saints QB and More Wild, Wild Takes | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 73:00

    As the world turns and the Division Preview Series moves on, Jenny, Conor and Gary turn their attention to the NFC South, home of the defending Super Bowl champions, the NFL's strangest QB situation, the most challenging reclamation project in the league, and… also the Falcons. Just how good was the Bucs offense last season? And if the answer is “not as good as you remember it being,” can we expect this year's edition to be better than last year's champions? Jameis? Taysom? Ian? Who should start at quarterback for the Saints this fall, and what does Sean Payton have to do to keep this team on top? A discussion of what the Panthers can hope for from Sam Darnold and from an intriguing young defense, and whether the Falcons—who consider themselves to be in “win-now” mode—should truly be in “win-now” mode. Also, an official end to the term “quarterback whisperer”—you are banned from using it—our weekly Mad Libs, predicted order of finish and more! Have a question for a future mailbag? Dare to guess how we've ordered these division previews? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    AFC West Preview: Let's All Yell About Jon Gruden | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 67:38

    The Division Preview series moves on to the AFC West, where Jenny, Conor and Gary wanted to talk about pretty much everything except Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs are penciled in as heavy favorites again, but who will emerge as their top challenger within the division? A look at why expectations for the Chargers should be high for reasons that go beyond Justin Herbert. The Broncos have the pass rush and the secondary is shaping up for a bounceback season—the question is whether the offense can keep this from becoming Vic Fangio's last stand. But most of the show is devoted to shouting about Jon Gruden, still looking for his first playoff berth since signing that mega-deal to take over the Las Vegas Raiders. Now that they've re-acquired a potential game-altering pass rusher in Yannick Ngakoue, does Gruden have the pieces to get to the postseason? Plus, our weekly Mad Libs, predicted order of finish and more! Have a question for a future mailbag? Dare to guess how we've ordered these division previews? Email or tweet at @GGramling_SI, @JennyVrentas or @ConorOrr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    NFC East Preview: Poor in Talent But... Rich in Parity? | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 49:24

    As the division preview series moves on, Jenny, Conor and Gary arrive at the NFC East, the division with nowhere to go but up. A discussion of Ryan Fitzpatrick—maybe the missing piece, maybe a ticking time bomb—in Washington, and just how good the Football Team defense was and can be. A look at the kinda-but-not-really make-or-break year for Daniel Jones and Jason Garrett, now that the Giants have upgraded their weapons. The Cowboys bring back Dak—and bring in Hard Knocks—but it's the re-re-made defense that will decide Dallas's fate. And what exactly is going on with the Eagles' weird treatment of Jalen Hurts, who they seem already resigned to move on from as soon as they can? Plus, more Mad Libs, our NFC East predictions poll, an absolutely irresponsible comparison between the 2020 Bucs and the 2021 Football Team, and plenty more. Have a question for a future mailbag? Email Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Bad (and Good!) of the AFC East | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 59:36

    Chapter 3 of the Division Preview Octology has arrived, as Jenny, Conor and Gary break down all things AFC East. Bill Belichick has his hand-picked QB and some old friends on the defensive side of the ball as the Patriots redemption tour gets underway; how good they can be, and a much-needed reset of the draft-season narrative on Mac Jones. Plus, Brian Daboll looks for a repeat performance with Josh Allen while Greg Rousseau brings a fascinating piece to Buffalo's defense, the Dolphins brought in some new kinds of weapons for Tua, and everything you want to know and more about the Jets' offensive line (now featuring Morgan Moses!). Plus, more incremental improvement from Conor on the latest edition of Mad Libs, and sorting out just which of these teams should be thinking Super Bowl contention, playoff contention, or neither. Have a question for a future mailbag? Email Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Spiking the Punch in the NFC West | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 57:56

    The Division Preview Series moves on to the bluebloods of the NFC West, where all the most interesting QB-coach marriages live. What do Jenny, Conor and Gary make of the upgrade from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford? Does this ramp up the pressure on Sean McVay? Does Les Snead catch some heat if a thin defense falls apart? And is anything less than a Super Bowl acceptable for the Rams? A look at Trey Lance and all the many reasons this isn't like the RG3-Kyle Shanahan setup in Washington. Examining the Seahawks' search for answers with a Russell Wilson-centric offense, and finding a solution for Jamal Adams on defense. And does Kliff Kingsbury's offense have anything beyond a cool name—and could Rondale Moore be the alcohol that spikes the red Kool-Aid? Plus, our preseason poll for order of finish, a division preview Mad Libs-style, Conor's anti-bucket list, lots of powdered beverages and so much more. Have a question for a future mailbag? Email Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    How the AFC North Will Be Won | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 45:13

    It's that time of year: A deeper look at how each of the divisions are shaping up in the first of our eight division previews. It's a look at the AFC North. Who was the best veteran addition in the division? The most intriguing rookie? Which coach—head or assistant—are we keeping an eye on in 2021? The Ravens' work solidifying their roster, the Steelers offensive question marks, the never-overwhelming expectations of the Bengals, and the bona fide (according to one host) Super Bowl aspirations of the Cleveland Browns. Plus, an unveiling of our absolutely unassailable collective projection for the order of finish in the AFC North. But the true highlight of this episode is AFC North mad libs, a wonderful idea from Conor that went swimmingly once Conor understood how Mad Libs work. Have a question for a future mailbag? Email Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Resolving Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love: The Game Show | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 48:58

    Jenny, Conor and Gary—again, and surely not for the last time—revisit Aaron Rodgers in light of his holdout from OTAs. A discussion of the possible outcomes if the GM isn't going anywhere, and what the Packers need to do to get this resolved. Then, the new game show that's basically on the verge of sweeping the nation: Four blind items about NFL quarterbacks when they were young, and what people wrote about them. It's Jenny vs. Conor, winner takes all. (All of what? We're not sure yet.) And, finally but most importantly, a discussion on the state of vaccinations around the league, and why it's so disheartening. Have a question for a future mailbag? Email Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Julio Trade: The Uplifting and Sometimes Depressing Takes | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 49:57

    Jenny, Conor and Gary start things off with every conceivable take on the Julio Jones trade: The positives for the Titans, trying to figure out the Falcons' plan, one coach who is simultaneously thrilled and maybe a little terrified, and much, much more. And before we get into more serious topics, a conversation about the week's two silliest headlines, starting with Tua and the playbook. What does it mean when a second-year quarterback says on a Zoom call that he has a better grasp of the playbook? And how would opening locker rooms to (vaccinated) journalists be a step toward avoiding such silly controversies in the future? Then, the goings-on in Chicago, where apparently a promise made in March to Andy Dalton is being treated as an unbreakable contract in June. Why the Bears will absolutely not be starting Dalton when the season begins if he doesn't outplay Justin Fields this summer. Plus, a deeper look into the mess the league has made for itself when it comes to Toradol usage and race-norming in the concussion settlement. And why it's taking them far too long to do the right thing. Have a question for a future mailbag? Email Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Stupid Good Ideas for Fixes Football Doesn't Need | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 38:03

    With summer getting underway, and the "NFL preview" calendar about to kick into gear, Jenny, Conor and Gary take one last chance to have some fun. Some *real* fun. We're going to rescue football before it falls into the kind of rut we see in other sports.  We’ll discuss doink points and the Rammstein-soundtracked narrow uprights, make-it-take-it two-point conversions and endless games, the coaches' nightmare that is spot-and-choose, a chance for trolling, and a very Greg Schiano tale of defending victory formation.  Then, be there podcasting history as, for the first time ever, the Orracle comes to the Monday Morning Podcast. We discuss where Julio Jones should land and where he will land. (Julio Jones, our phone lines remain open to you.)  Plus, the upcoming weekend of board games and why Sorry will forever tear families apart everywhere.  Have a question for a future mailbag? Email Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Deshaun Watson Cases: Everything You Haven't Heard But Need to Know | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 49:36

    The first half of this episode is not suitable for younger listeners. Jenny and Gary discuss the investigative piece—months in the making—that we unveiled on Friday, including the trove of new information about the Deshaun Watson cases. Misconceptions around the cases and the story itself, why it's important to gather information from someone aside from the lawyers involved, and why a better grasp of consent is most important to understanding how Watson and 22 women arrived at this point. Plus, putting an end to some of the ridiculous conspiracy theories surrounding the timing of cases and the Texans organization.  In the second half of the show, Conor joins Jenny and Gary to discuss the Falcons' strange insistence on trading Julio Jones—specifically, why they’d probably be better off keeping their legendary receiver. Plus, the "seldom punt" coach is getting his shot in Division I, and Conor couldn't be more excited. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    We Have a Schedule (17 Is a Prime Number!) and 'Tim Tebow: 90th Man' | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 43:28

    We have a 2021 NFL schedule in place, it's 17 games per team, and Jenny, Conor and Gary don't know what to do about it. A discussion on the optimism around more football, mourning the beautiful symmetry of 16 games, and whether or not Week 18 will bring unrivaled drama or bring a slate of games that look like the Sudfeld-fueled Eagles-WFT regular-season finale. Plus, a probably-too-long discussion of Tim Tebow: 90th Man. Does it matter that he's going to spend the summer on the Jaguars roster? Is there a benefit to it? Is there a downside? And a mind-blowing Tebow poll result from the youth of America in 2013. Finally, a conversation about Ja'Wuan James and the consequences of the Broncos' decision to cut ties with the veteran offensive tackle after he was injured during a workout away from the facility. And what’s the future of these minicamp gatherings anyway? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Teams We Didn't Talk About Enough This NFL Offseason | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 49:14

    The dust has settled and the smoke has cleared on the 2021 NFL offseason; Jenny, Conor and Gary convene to talk about the teams and storylines that flew a little too under the radar. The Vikings drafted a quarterback in the third round and reportedly had interest in Justin Fields. Are they getting a little more serious about moving on from Kirk Cousins—and, if they are, should they be? Another look at the Rams, who did make a move at quarterback, and the Titans, who have revamped their defense but need to find a way to keep the magic going on offense. The NFC East maybe, kind of, sort of is back... perhaps? And did the Panthers passing on Justin Fields mean they weren't enamored with the prospect, or that they have their eye on some possible big QB names in the trade market? Plus, Conor reveals a Power Rankings Poll scandal—and it's not that the Bucs were knocked from the top spot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    NFL Draft Recap: Aaron Rodgers, Trey Lance, Patriots and the Drafts We Loved | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 90:53

    The 2021 NFL Draft is in the books, and Jenny, Conor and Gary talk all things draft weekend, starting with—for a second straight year—Aaron Rodgers's unhappiness with the Packers. Is this the end? Is this another Rodgers power play? And who will he be playing for Week 1 of next season? As far as the draft goes: Why Trey Lance was always the right move for the 49ers—and why he's the perfect fit for Kyle Shanahan—whether the Justin Fields trade up buys Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace more time in Chicago, the Jets' aggressive rebuild around Zach Wilson, and why there's a lot to like about the Patriots' draft. Plus, Eagles awkwardness with Zach Ertz and otherwise, Dave Gettleman is cool, whether the JOK slide was a pushback on positionless football, a moderately needed Nickelodeon feed and a much-needed Adult Swim feed. And that covers literally everything about draft weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Mock Draft Part IV: How the Orlando Brown Trade Changes the Late First | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 75:01

    The Quadrilogy is complete, as Jenny rejoins Conor and Gary for the thrilling finale of the Mock Draft Series, running down the final eight picks of the first round as well as selections for the four teams that don't have picks in Round 1. The suddenly rock-solid Browns shop the defensive options. Will the Ravens go offense twice after trading Orlando Brown Jr. or look to add an edge player? How do the stalled Antonio Brown negotiations affect the Bucs' draft-day strategy? Is there a tight end who fits in Buffalo or is it time to take a chance on a dynamic edge rusher? And do the Packers go receiver to appease Aaron Rodgers, or stick it to him by drafting a third-string quarterback? Plus, what are the Chiefs looking at for receiver options in the late-second round, can the Rams find their answer at the pivot in Round 2, and will the Texans fix all their problems at Pick 67? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Mock Draft Part III: An Answer for the Raiders, How Steelers Can Avoid Foolishness | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 61:18

    The epic Draft Series Quadrilogy reaches the 75% point, as Conor and Gary work through team needs and identify prospects for picks 17 through 25. It begins with the Raiders, who have found few answers on defense despite trying, but who also tore down their offensive line this offseason. Do they take another swing at the defensive side of the ball, or are they looking to take advantage of an unusually strong O-line class? Then, the Dolphins get their second crack at Round 1 and a chance to either get a Brian Flores building block or more help for Tua, the Football Team stares down a chance to make Dave Gettleman *really* jealous, the Bears get to address one of their many, many, many roster holes, and the Colts will take a left tackle... or will they? And would the Steelers really take a running back in Round 1? Conor says he will do something unspecific but definitely gross if they do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Mock Draft Part II: The Darnold Factor, Denver QB Revisited | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 55:56

    The sequel to Part I of the 2021 Mock Draft Extravaganza begins with a flashback. Last week, Jenny and Gary had the Panthers selecting Justin Fields with the eighth overall pick. Now that they've traded for Sam Darnold, would a first-round QB still make sense for Carolina? Conor joins Jenny and Gary to discuss. Then, the next eight teams are up, from the Broncos picking ninth to the Cardinals with the 16th selection. Among those picks: Finding a home for Mac Jones—how high can the fifth quarterback go? A conversation on whether the Cowboys should go for more offense or address a rebuilding D, and the Eagles' never-ending search for pass-catching weapons continues into the 2021 draft. Also, the pros and cons of the Patriots making a move for a quarterback, how Danielle Hunter’s contract situation factors into the Vikings’ pick, and why the Cardinals might need a receiver in this draft after all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Mock Draft Part I: All Offense All the Time | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 41:20

    The 2021 Mock Draft Extravaganza kicks off with the draft's first eight selections, starting with how the Jaguars will fit Trevor Lawrence, and why Zach Wilson is the guy for the Jets. After that, things get interesting. Is Mac Jones really the pick for the 49ers at 3, or is Kyle Shanahan looking for a more expansive skillset from his next QB. And will the Falcons go ahead and grab their next quarterback, or do they continue to build around Matt Ryan for the final years of his prime. The Bengals have a decision to make between offensive line and receiver as they look to get Joe Burrow some help, the Dolphins have a chance to reunite Tua Tagovailoa with an Alabama receiver but should they take it? The Lions need help at every position you can think of, and the Panthers have to go offense, and might finally end their desperate search for their next quarterback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    NFL Draft Preview ... Preview: Who's Taking a QB? | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 32:12

    Albert Breer makes a very special appearance on a very special Tuesday Edition of the Monday Morning NFL Podcast, as he and Gary take a look at the draft's Big Five quarterbacks, and the teams that are most likely to take them. *It seems most years there's a quarterback who comes out of nowhere, and this year that quarterback is Zach Wilson. Has he moved into the driver's seat to go No. 2? *While the offensive talent Justin Fields had at Ohio State was elite, the offense's more advanced, pro-style elements might have meant fewer layups. With that in mind plus his physical traits, should he be a top-three target? *A look at Trey Lance, and the difference between being a "loose" athlete and being an "explosive" athlete at quarterback, and why Lance might be very Josh Allen-ish. *A discussion on Mac Jones, and how the idea of a "high floor" QB prospect has been turned on its head a bit. *Also, we have a pretty good sense that quarterbacks are going with the top three picks, but what will the Falcons do at 4, and which teams might be looking to make a move up to snag a QB (and why)? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Free Agency Moves We Loved a Lot, the Free Agency Moves We Loved Less | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 78:26

    The first week of free agency is in the books, and Conor and Gary are ready to overreact to all of it: *A look at the quarterback signings: why Bears fans are rightfully bummed about Andy Dalton, why Washington is doing just fine with Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins get a steal in Jacoby Brissett, and Mitchell Trubisky finds a good home in Buffalo. *As Gary has been saying since the beginning of time, free agency was a bummer for many good young receivers this offseason. But Kenny Golladay gives the Giants exactly what they need for Daniel Jones as their QB enters Year 3. *Plus, the Jon Gruden era for the Raiders takes another strange turn, the Titans remake their defense, the Chiefs find reinforcements for the offensive line, the Patriots spend big on some nice fits, and the Jets are the undisputed champions of free agency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Legal Tampering Show: Saints' Next QB, Chiefs O-Linemen, the Free-est Free Agents | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 45:35

    With tampering happening very legally, Conor and Gary take a trip around the league as the news simply piles up. Drew Brees makes his retirement official, and that means a quarterback controversy in New Orleans. Looking at the pros and cons of billion-dollar man Taysom Hill and potential free-agent retainee Jameis Winston. Plus, Cam Newton gets another shot in Foxboro, while the Bears and Football Team are still looking for a seat in a very not-fun game of quarterback musical chairs. The Chiefs, after losing a Super Bowl due to a lack of offensive tackles, let go of their two starting veteran offensive tackles. The Ravens prove they are as shrewd as ever with the Kevin Zeitler signing, the Texans prove they know how to dial phones and make trades after all, and Kenny Golladay is an early winner of the offseason for avoiding the franchise tag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Ben and the Steelers' Short-Term Future, Chicago's QB Quandary, Top 200 Free Agents Preview | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 46:37

    Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers figured out a way to make it work financially, but can they make it work on the field? Conor and Gary take a look at how the Steelers got to this point, and the reasons to be optimistic—or pessimistic—as to whether it can work out for Pittsburgh in 2021, as they try to squeeze out another season of Super Bowl contention with an elite defense.  We also take a look at the sad QB situation in Chicago, where the Bears don't have the ammo to do much of anything in the trade market. With Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy entering a must-win season, what's the solution going to be?  Plus, the shrinking middle class in the NFL, the addition of J.J. Watt in Arizona, Conor absolutely berates Gary regarding Sports Illustrated’s upcoming Top-200 Free Agents list, and all the Baltimore Orioles talk you could possibly want from your favorite NFL podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Free Agency Primer on Everyone But the Quarterbacks | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 59:45

    It's the "No QBs" edition of the Monday Morning Podcast, as Conor and Gary take a trip through the other 21 positions to see how the market might play out in an unusual offseason. Wide receivers might feel the cap crunch more than any other position, as a lot of big names are available but plenty of teams will instead be eyeing a highly regarded draft class and those oh-so-cheap rookie contracts. Can guys like Godwin, Golladay or Allen Robinson land big deals anyway? The offensive line group, meanwhile, presents a lot of steady options, which is all anyone is looking for up front anyway. On the defensive side of the ball, will Shaq Barrett finally break the bank? Will the Giants let Leonard Williams get away? Plus a look at a deep cornerback market, and why safeties might be out of luck again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Wentz Wins the Wentz Trade, the Urgency to Get a QB Now | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 60:58

    This past week brought an end to the long-running saga of the Carson Wentz trade, as the Eagles finally agreed to send him to what might have been the only suitor: Indianapolis. Jenny and Gary discuss whether the Wentz-Frank Reich marriage will work in Indy, and more than that, why the Colts ultimately had to act with urgency to get the QB. Right now, the QB market is thinning out for teams who don't have a top-10 pick, as the Colts got their guy but the Patriots, Football Team and Bears, among others, are still looking for answers that might not be there. How a thin veteran market, and a projected weak group of QBs for 2022, is putting some teams in a bind. And why it makes it even more obvious that the Texans will have to give in to Deshaun Watson's trade demand sooner rather than later. Plus, Michael Fabiano stops by for the weekly SI Fantasy segment. ReplyForward Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Why Watt Is on the Move, the Mishandling of Carson Wentz | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 40:21

    The NFL offseason is off to a fast start, as future Hall of Fame pass rusher and franchise icon J.J. Watt was released by the Texans, freeing him up to choose his next team. Jenny and Gary discuss Watt's potential landing spots, but also examine what he might have left in the tank and why it was a bit of a head-scratcher that the Texans didn't trade him and try to get something in return. Also, the Carson Wentz trade saga drags on in Philly, where the Eagles thought they were in line for a Stafford-type return then realized they were in more of a Goff situation with their QB. It's too late to turn back now, and if the Colts indeed offered two second-round picks (as reported), should Philly do the deal? Finally, a look at Russell Wilson perhaps flexing some more QB muscle, and the Seahawks' very odd reaction to it. Could this have to do with the play-calling, the failure to sign Antonio Brown, neither, or both? A look at what's next in the Russ-Seattle marriage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Super Bowl Recap: Brady, Barrett, Bowles Lead Bucs Romp, Chiefs Have No Answers | The Monday Morning NFL Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2021 62:39

    A whole lot of narratives got turned sideways on Super Bowl Sunday, as the Bucs outclassed the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Conor and Gary, being the pessimists they are, start with what went wrong. Andy Reid had two weeks to prepare and knew he'd be doing so without his starting tackles. Yet, K.C. did nothing to help their O-line out against a dominant Bucs pass rush, leaving Patrick Mahomes to get absolutely battered. Give a ton of credit to Todd Bowles, who had a formula that worked. Tampa's front four took over the game, and the back end more than held its own against K.C.'s game-breaking receiving options. We also look ahead to the offseasons for both teams. The Bucs have to make decisions on a number of free agents, most notably Chris Godwin and Shaq Barrett. Barrett is in line to set the market for pass rushers, while Godwin could end up the odd man out among Tampa's receivers. As for the Chiefs, how worried should they be about an ugly performance in Super Bowl LV? Plus, Michael Fabiano stops by to talk 2021 outlook for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Leonard Fournette and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Super Bowl Prop Bet Extravaganza | The MMQB Gambling Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 50:12

    Super Bowl LV is here, and that means the night of 100,000 prop best. Jimmy, Mitch and Gary run down their favorites, from Tom Brady's individual stats to missed PATs to *shortest* touchdown to Embiid vs. the Bucs to the Mitch Goldich-trademarked "Octopus." There's plenty of analysis on the game itself as well. How will the Chiefs overcome the lack of offensive tackles? Will fill-in left tackle Mike Remmers have another Super Sunday nightmare, or will the Chiefs be equipped to handle the extra pressure? Is this going to be a very Fournette evening in Tampa? And, if it comes right down to it, can Brady keep up with Patrick Mahomes? We have picks on the sides and total, as well as score predictions and our picks for MVP. And we also have an emotional farewell to each other and to all who listened to the show this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    GM Roundtable with Brad Veach & Jason Licht

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 41:57

    Albert Breer talks to Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht & Kansas City Chiefs GM Brett Veach in the lead up to Super Bowl LV about their time together working for the Philadelpha Eagles, what makes Andy Reid a good coach, and what they look for in scouting new players Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Bowles Plan for Mahomes, Stafford to the Rams, Watson's Market | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 70:52

    Patrick Mahomes has an air of near invincibility, but will have two backup tackles in front of him on Sunday. Conor and Gary go over the ways Tampa can scheme things up to contain him in Super Bowl LV, and thereby give their offense a chance to hang around and pull off the upset. Plus, lots on the blockbuster trade that sent Matthew Stafford to the Rams, and the pressure ratcheting up on: Sean McVay, who has his franchise QB; Stafford, who has his elite coach; and GM Les Snead, whose team has to win a lot of games now that he's traded two more future first-rounders. Also, a quick look at Houston, how they'll handle the Deshaun Watson trade demands, David Culley's arrival and the prospect of the new head coach answering questions about Watson non-stop for the next six months. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Championship Sunday Recap, Super Bowl Is Set, Stafford on the Move | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 59:20

    It will be Mahomes vs. Brady, Super Bowl-style in Tampa. Jenny and Gary run down the inevitability of the Chiefs' offensive dominance against Buffalo despite a (supposedly!) injured Patrick Mahomes, as well as the Bucs defense and Tampa's ability to take advantage of the Packers' struggles. Plus, a look ahead to Green Bay's offseason after disappointment in Lambeau in a game that included many, many game-management mistakes from their young head coach and veteran defensive coordinator. Also, a look at Matthew Stafford's trade market, the best landing spots and why he should fetch a higher price than most expect. And, why it just makes sense for the quarterback and the franchise to move on. Michael Fabiano stops by with a fantasy-centric look-ahead for the Packers and Chiefs, as well as his favorite landing spots for Stafford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Handicapping the Conference Title Games | The MMQB Gambling Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 33:36

    The NFL's Final Four has arrived, with Rodgers's Packers vs. Brady's Bucs at Lambeau followed by Josh Allen and the Bills traveling to Kansas City to face Patrick Mahomes (probably) and the Chiefs. Both games are rematches of regular-season meetings, but how much can we draw from the first set of results? And what factor will January weather play in both matchups? Jimmy, Mitch and Gary run down the trends, analytics and share their good ol' fashion gut instincts on the games, with both lines sitting right around a field goal and both totals rising above 50. And, assuming Mahomes does play on Sunday, will his toe injury limit his mobility and play into the Buffalo defense's hands? Plus, a chance to play everyone's favorite game: If the two favorites move on (Green Bay and Kansas City), what would the Super Bowl line be? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Divisional Playoff Weekend: Final Four Is Set, Brees Could Retire, Deshaun Watson | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2021 72:02

    The Brady-Brees matchup didn't live up to the hype—unless you wanted to see to 40-something men struggle badly, in which case it very much did live up to the hype. But in the end, the Bucs D took the game into its own hands, and Devin White flashed some nifty ball-carrying skills as the Bucs earned a trip to Lambeau. Jenny and Gary also discuss... *After a scary head injury for Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs use some Henne heroics to hold off the Browns. *A look at the Deshaun Watson trade market, as the star QB looks poised to demand a trade out of Houston *The Bills and Ravens offenses struggled through the wind, the importance of running after you intercept the ball, and why Saturday wasn't a referendum on the Ravens' offense, but did show they need help on the outside. *Matt LaFleur gets the better of old man McVay, as the Packers are the one offense this weekend that seemed to be operating at peak efficiency. *We also have fantasy football talk with Michael Fabiano, Brandon Staley lands with the Chargers, Super Bowl "picks" and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Handicapping the NFL Divisional Playoffs | The MMQB Gambling Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2021 35:23

    Jimmy, Mitch and Gary break down the best football weekend of the year. Two very old quarterbacks go head-to-head in Tampa, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson gear up for a high-scoring affair in Buffalo, the Browns try to recapture the magic in Kansas City, and Jared Goff and his thumb head to the cold of Lambeau Field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Wild-Card Weekend Recap: Browns and Bills Break Curses, Lamar Takes the Narrative Head-On, Vrabel and Tomlin Go Safe | NFL Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 71:16

    A weekend in which the Browns and Bills won postseason games but the apocalypse did not arrive is a pretty good weekend. On the Monday Morning NFL Podcast, Jenny Vrentas and Gary Gramling discussed... *The stunning start for the Browns in Pittsburgh, and also how Cleveland stayed the aggressor when Mike Tomlin decided to play it safe in the middle of the Steelers' comeback attempt. *The Saints cruised past Chicago, but what to make of the Bears-Trubisky marriage after the offense was scaled back for the past two games? (And what to make of the Nickelodeon broadcast?) *More than a few unfair Lamar Jackson narratives died on Sunday, as he finally won a playoff game... three days after his 24th birthday. And Mike Vrabel makes a bad decision to punt an opportunity away, and another bad decision in criticizing the officials afterward. *The Bucs O-line more than held up in Washington, allowing Tom Brady to put up another big game. Though Taylor Heinicke, in a losing effort, stole the show in the Football Team's loss. *Brandon Staley showed why he's considered one of football's most promising young coaches, as his Rams defense dominated in Seattle, even after losing Aaron Donald late in the third quarter. What it means to teach the game so well, what's left of the banged-up Rams as they get ready to go to Green Bay, and what's ahead for a Seahawks offense still searching for an identity. *Frank Reich and the Colts had the perfect approach to beating the Bills, but ultimately they couldn't overcome Josh Allen and a series of bad breaks for Indy. In defense of Reich, who delivered one of the weekend's best coaching performances, and the excitement over the coming Josh Allen-Lamar Jackson matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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