The ultimate destination for all things pro football. Led by one of the most influential storytellers in all of sports media, three-time American Sportswriter of the Year Peter King delivers an access-driven experience that brings fans into the locker room, the press box and the front office with the biggest influencers in professional football. Fans can listen in on in-depth conversations with the biggest names in football that they haven't heard before to get a fresh, new and intimate experience on America’s most popular sport. King also delves into other topics and other sports, particularly in the off-season.
FMIA: The Mini Pod 2/24- Peter King previews this week's NFL Scouting Combine in Indy, including a fascinating nugget about Joe Burrow. Also, Peter gives his suggestion for how to fix the pass interference rule.
Free agency is a month away, but the first QB domino falls in what figures to be a crazy offseason for QBs.
(1:10) Peter breaks down why Drew Brees decided to come back for another season
(7:10) Taysom Hill chats with Peter about playing for Sean Payton, entering free agency, and getting compared to Steve Young.
(21:40) Peter goes through all the other QBs who could be available, including Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater, Philip Rivers, Tua Tagovailoa, and more
A week after being named Super Bowl MVP and celebrating all over Kansas City, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes opens up about the ferocious 4th quarter comeback against the 49ers, his mindset behind bouncing back from a pair of 2nd half INTs, and how growing up around MLB clubhouses with his dad helped form a mental toughness that has shaped his football career.
FMIA: The Mini Pod 2/10- Peter King reads excerpts from his Football Morning In America column after speaking with Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and his dad, former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes. The Chiefs QB looks back on the second half of the Super Bowl and tells Peter what was going through his head during the epic comeback. Father and son also describe what Patrick learned hanging around a major league clubhouse as a kid, and we hear an excerpt from Patrick about his lessons about work ethic, moving onto the next play, and Alex Rodriguez taking BP.
Editor's note: the full Mahomes-King conversation will be release on Tuesday's podcast.
(1:10) Peter King recaps sitting with Andy Reid in his office in the moments after Super Bowl LIV, and is fascinated how Reid didn't want to rush to any postgame party - he just wanted to sit back and talk football
(15:30) Saints head coach Sean Payton talks about the future of the team and the science of play-calling
(33:25) NFL Insider Jay Glazer from FOX Sports talks about a wild Super Bowl week, and the storylines that figure to dominate the NFL offseason.
FMIA: The Mini Pod 2/3- Peter King talks with Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes about the play that sparked the Chiefs comeback, bouncing back from two second half INTs, and dreaming about this moment as a kid (2:50). Then Peter sits with Andy Reid inside his office as they reflect on his first Super Bowl win as a head coach (5:15). Peter also reads the lead to his FMIA column (10:15) and we hear from Richard Sherman on the impact of Kobe Bryant (30:10).
(1:30) Peter King makes his Super Bowl pick
(7:00) Chiefs GM Brett Veach talks about scouting Patrick Mahomes and what he saw in the QB as a prospect at Texas Tech
(16:34) Peter gets the inside scoop of how the Jimmy G trade went down from both the San Francisco and New England sides, through conversations with 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco and Patriots Insider Tom Curran
FMIA: The Mini Pod- Peter King takes a 3 a.m. ride to work with Andy Reid, where the Chiefs coach talks about serving meatballs to Hollywood's elite, the Michael Vick chapter in Philadelphia and how K.C. employed a CIA strategy to land Patrick Mahomes.
(2:15) Peter King talks about Jimmy Garoppolo and the fascinating narrative of his lack of pass attempts in the playoffs, and how he will respond in the Super Bowl if the 49ers need to throw in a big spot.
(4:40) On the eve of the Super Bowl frenzy, 49ers GM John Lynch revisits the story of how he got the job, what makes Kyle Shanahan an offensive wizard, and the amazing rise of Raheem Mostert.
(29:30) Legendary broadcaster Kevin Harlan discusses his crazy schedule, how he takes care of his voice, why he listens to old John Facenda recordings on the way to work, and the inside story behind the black cat at the Meadowlands.
FMIA: The Mini Pod- Peter King speaks with Patrick Mahomes about his second-quarter, tightrope, tip-toe touchdown that broke the spirit of Tennessee and ended the five-decade Super Bowl appearance drought in Kansas City. Mahomes also talks about what lessons he learned from last year's AFCCG loss to the Pats. Plus, nuggets from a postgame conversation with Andy Reid, who's back in the Super Bowl with a second team. Peter also recaps a huge day from Raheem Mostert, motivated by numerous teams cutting him, who ran the 49ers past the Packers and into Miami.
(5:30) Peter King chats with the great Joe Buck from Fox Sports to preview the Packers-49ers NFC Championship Game, and the punishment handed down by MLB regarding the Astros cheating scandal.
(33:05) Hall of Famer Harry Carson, who is also the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, chats with Peter about what needs to be done to get African American coaches more opportunities in the NFL, both as head coaches and as lower level assistants.
And then there were four. Peter King recaps the night in Green Bay where the Packers joined the Niners, Titans and Chiefs as the championship weekend guests of honor. Aaron Rodgers, 36 years old, still has the deft touch, and has Green Bay one win away from another Super Bowl appearance.
(1:20) Peter King discusses reacts to a wild Tuesday of coaching hires, and discusses why coordinators who have success in the postseason have a difficult time getting hired as a head coach.
(6:35) Former Patriots assistant Charlie Weis chats about what he thinks the future holds for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in New England.
(17:45) Peter discusses the Panthers shocking hire of Matt Rhule - and what it means for Cam Newton - with beat writer Joe Person
(29:05) Jane Slater gives the inside scoop on how the Cowboys decided to hire Mike McCarthy to replace Jason Garrett
FMIA: The Mini Pod- Peter King recaps Wild Card weekend and starts in Foxboro, where Tom Brady is "not crushingly disappointed" by the loss to the Titans, and talks about being a free man for the first time in 20 years. Plus, Robert Kraft breaks his silence on Brady's future and what's in store next in New England. Also, Peter shares his thoughts on the other 3 games, and looks ahead to the Divisional round.
(1:10) Peter King discusses the NFL coaching carousel and the problem with the lack of minority coaches.
(5:30) Rich Eisen discusses Bill Belichick's TV chops, the NFL 100 All-Time team, and previews the NFL playoffs
(23:50) Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy discusses coaching with Andy Reid, what makes Patrick Mahomes so special, his head coaching prospects, and the famous Eric 'Sleeping With' Bienemy nickname
FMIA: The Mini Pod 12/30- Peter King recaps an eventful Week 17, including a wild Game 256 in Seattle. Peter also gives a first look at the playoff bracket, and shares his thoughts on the status of all the head coaches that could be in trouble.
Peter King salutes LSU QB Joe Burrow, whose Heisman speech has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for families in poverty. Then, Peter has an extended conversation with former Raiders executive Amy Trask about her time with the team, the future of the franchise, and her current career in TV.
FMIA: The Mini Pod- Peter King wraps up Week 16. You'll hear from Saints WR Michael Thomas on breaking the single-season receptions record, and from Vikings QB Kirk Cousins ahead of the big MNF game against the Packers. Peter also reads the lead from his FMIA column: the Eagles massive win over the Cowboys, and why they're a real factor in the playoffs with a healthy Carson Wentz. Finally, Peter rips through all of the weekend games.
(1:30) Peter King riffs on Eli Manning's swan song in front of the Giants fans
(7:00) Former Packers coach Mike McCarthy sits down for an extended conversation about what he's been up to in the past year, his feelings about getting fired in Green Bay, the need to change and adapt to the present-day NFL, and why he's deserving of another head coaching job in the NFL in 2020
(40:55) Dan Pompei of The Athletic talks about his recent story on Brian Piccolo & Lamar Jackson
FMIA: The Mini Pod 12/16- Peter King rips through each game from Week 15, reads excerpts from his Football Morning In America column, and plays a snippet from his chat with ex-Packers coach Mike McCarthy about his desire to find another job in 2020.
(1:40) Peter King gives his opinion on the latest developments with the Patriots and Spygate Part 2, and what should happen next.
(6:10) Former NFL WR Mohamed Massaquoi, who recently had four fingers on his left hand amputated, talks with Peter about change in life and why it should be embraced.
(32:05) Sports Illustrated's Jenny Vrentas chats with Peter about Sports Person of the Year, Megan Rapinoe.
(44:50) Finally, Kevin Youkilis is no longer playing for the Red Sox; he's brewing beer and enjoying life as Tom Brady's brother-in-law.
FMIA: The Mini Pod 12/9- Peter King discusses one of the best games he's seen in years, how the refs had far too big of an impact in Foxboro, reflects on his conversations with several stars from Sunday, and rips through all of the Week 14 games.
(3:30) George Kittle tells Peter about his clutch 4th & 2 choice route that set-up the 49ers wild win over the Saints in the best game of the year.
(16:00) Weekly awards, including how the refs cost the Patriots at least 4 points with some bad calls
(20:20) Peter relays part his chat with Matthew Judon of the Ravens, whose defense was so good against the Bills, that Lamar Jackson merely had to play okay in Buffalo.
(23:30) Drew Lock lights up the Texans and makes his case to John Elway to not draft a QB in April.
(28:20) Peter applauds Andy Reid's progressive play-calling chops.
(2:20) Peter reflects on his conversation with Bills coach Sean McDermott about the heroics of his WR John Brown, who threw a TD on a trick play against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
(8:10) Peter tells the inside story of how 49ers TE George Kittle was able to play the last couple weeks with a significant ankle injury.
(11:40) Tony Dungy & Peter discuss the challenges of voting for the NFL's All-Time team, comparing football across different eras, who he'd vote for the #1 player ever, the biggest snub from the team, his thoughts on the evolution of black quarterbacks and how players like Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, and Patrick Mahomes are all MVP candidates.
(37:10) Former NFL offensive lineman Mark Schlereth have a laugh about the toughest and most interesting guy he ever met in the NFL - Jumpy Geathers.
FMIA: The Mini Pod 12/2- Peter King wraps up all the action from Week 13. While there may not be much drama as to which teams will make the postseason, there's plenty of jockeying for playoff positioning with 25% of the season to go.
(6:50) 6 notable items related to the playoff picture
(11:32) Peter reads some quotes from Titans RB Derrick Henry after he ran all over the Colts
(12:10) What a Sunday for the Steelers
(16:45) Justin Tucker nails another big kick, Deshaun Watson & Bill O'Brien get over the Patriots hump - even if the handshake with Belichick afterwards was less than sincere - and the Bills get emotional after a Thanksgiving walloping of the Cowboys
(20:45) Peter rips through each game from Sunday
Peter King sits down with Eagles TE Zach Ertz and his wife Julie Ertz - a star midfielder on US Women's National Soccer team - to discuss their lives as athletes, what they learned from each other's sport, and the work they're doing off the field and in the community.
FMIA: The Mini Pod 11/25- Peter King is inside the 49ers locker room after San Francisco's suffocating win over the Packers on SNF. Peter reads quotes from several players, and you'll hear an interview with star LB Fred Warner. Also, some nuggets from a conversation with Frank Gore after he passed Barry Sanders for 3rd place on the all-time rushing list. Plus, Peter rips through the rest of the Week 12 action, including Carson Wentz's yips, replay review ghosts nearly haunt the Saints, and the Browns are starting to roll.
(1:30) Peter discusses the future of several veteran QBs: Philip Rivers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Cam Newton
(9:45) Legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger joins to talk about sports gambling, calling Raiders games on the radio, the move to Las Vegas, and his best Jon Gruden stories.
(45:30) Ken Belson of The New York Times chats about the future of football, Colin Kaepernick, and more.
(3:00) Peter chats with Lamar Jackson from the Ravens locker room after he got the upper hand over Deshaun Watson and the Texans.
(8:50) Sports Talk Candy: who is leading the MVP race?
(13:30) Thoughts on Colin Kaepernick & Myles Garrett
(17:45) Peter rips through the Week 11 games, with thoughts on Mitchell Trubisky getting pulled, Dak keeps putting up eye-popping numbers, the Saints are fine, and much more
(1:20) Peter reacts to the Seahawks-49ers instant classic
(4:35) Should San Francisco have played for a tie with 1:50 left in OT? PFF senior data scientist Eric Eager joins to discuss the pros and cons of the potential options and ramifications.
(24:50) Peter chats with former NFL GM Mike Tannenbaum about what makes the QB Class of 2020 so interesting
FMIA: The Mini Pod- Peter King wraps up Week 10 by ripping through every game and reading snippets from his Football Morning In America column.
(2:10) Peter chats with Bucs coach Bruce Arians about the future of his QB, Jameis Winston, after a fun win over the Cardinals. He also speaks with Browns WR Jarvis Landry following Cleveland's last-second victory over Buffalo got them back in the win column.
(5:10) Plus, don't look now, but the Steelers are making a run.
(8:05) What a weekend. From the Raiders to the strangest rushing line in recent years to the amazing Lamar Jackson, Peter zips through all the amazing and weird nuggets from Week 10.
Peter King chats with the Ravens coach after a victorious Sunday Night, Aaron Rodgers' new best friend, and a man who wrote the latest book on Harry Houdini.
(2:00) A peek inside the Ravens locker room after their win over the Patriots, and why Baltimore is creating a model for today's NFL.
(9:30) John Harbaugh on why Ben Roethlisberger was an inspiration for drafting and developing his new QB Lamar Jackson, and what it means to beat the Patriots.
(15:10) Aaron Jones on playing with Aaron Rodgers, his family in the military, and when he first knew he wanted to play in the NFL.
(33:30) Writer Joe Posnanski chats with Peter about his new book, The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini, and how he was able to sift through all the myths about the legendary magician.
FMIA Mini Pod 11/4: Peter King is inside the Ravens locker room after Baltimore handed New England its first loss of the season. He gives you nuggets of conversations with Lamar Jackson and John Harbaugh, and you'll hear from TE Mark Andrews. Peter also rips through the other games from Week 9, and looks at the Browns sinking further into the abyss, Plus, a second-half preview, with a look at the 5 best games, most compelling coaches and much more.
The NFL trade deadline came and went with very little action. But Peter King & PFT's Mike Florio still have a heated debate about the rumors that the Jets were close to trading away safety Jamal Adams.
Plus, Peter chats with old friend and colleague Andy Benoit about the first half of the season: what to make of the Rams up & down play, why the 49ers have been so successful, the keys to the Patriots defensive wizardry, and who the best QB is right now.
Peter King reflects on his conversations with Texans QB Deshaun Watson after his Favre-like TD pass beat the Raiders, and with 49ers DE Nick Bosa after another dominating San Francisco win. Plus, JJ Watt's injury, the Chiefs shockingly can't win at home, Joe Flacco is steaming mad, Belichick's 300th win, and more nuggets from Peter's FMIA column recapping Week 8.
(0:15) Peter talks about spending time with Patrick Mahomes & Brett Favre as they watch film together with Andy Reid.
(5:35) Patriots safety Devin McCourty talks about the keys to the historic start for Patriots defense, the blowout win over the Jets on MNF, and the crazy preparation of Bill Belichick.
(18:45) NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay discusses the various officiating & replay controversies from the first half of the season.
(45:55) Jim Rooney, son of Dan Rooney, discusses his new book A Different Way To Win, and shares stories of what it was like growing up in the Rooney family and the Steelers dynasty.
FMIA: The Mini Pod- Peter King chats with Rams Safety Eric Weddle in the LA locker room immediately following a resounding victory over the Falcons, which included the debut of recently acquired CB Jalen Ramsey. Peter also reveals details from his conversation with Rams GM Les Snead, who pulled off 3 trades within a 5-hour window this past week. Plus, time to bench Mitchell Trubisky, a fresh new MVP Watch, Lamar Jackson's incredible start, why we could see an 0-14 Battle in South Florida in late December, the Chiefs without Patrick Mahomes, Teddy Bridgewater's impressive run, and Marcus Peters' wild week.
(1:30) Peter King examines the current confusion with the state of officiating, including why it's clear that the NFL is trying to deter coaches from challenging pass interference, and why it's time for a Sky Judge to help fix some of the problems
(6:40) Peter speaks with longtime NFL reporter Ed Werder to discuss the wacky Lions-Packers game from MNF, the state of the Cowboys, and Jason Garrett's job security
(37:50) Legendary NBC hockey announcer Doc Emrick talks about starting his career as a teacher, getting his start in broadcasting, lessons from Ernie Harwell, his fortunate break getting hired as the Devils play-by-play announcer, and the classic story of how he called Brett Favre's first throw
Peter King summarizes his Football Morning in America column after a zany Week 6:
(2:36) Devlin Hodges' win over the Chargers caps an especially weird day
(4:30) Backup & replacement QBs are on a ridiculous 14-0 run, and a new age of youngsters is here
(6:00) Sam Darnold says bring on the Patriots
(7:00) The 49ers are a revelation after stifling the Rams in LA
(10:45) Rams & Chargers are in trouble, mild-mannered Teddy B, a rough day for Marcus Mariota, bad numbers for the Chiefs
(13:30) Weekly awards, a profile on Luke Kuechly, numbers fun with Chip Kelly, and, of course, the adieu haiku
Peter sits down with Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre on the eve of his 50th birthday to discuss retirement life, Patrick Mahomes, and his legendary fart machine
(1:30) But before Favre, Peter riffs on the Jay Gruden firing and the dysfunctional Washington organization, and why Daniel Snyder & Bruce Allen are the ones to blame
(7:45) 1-on-1 with Brett Favre
(13:50) Favre on what hurts when he wakes up each morning
(18:40) Favre on his uncanny ability to remember things after hearing or seeing them once, but contrasts that with some recent incidents of memory loss
(25:30) Favre on whether he would have played as long he did knowing what he knows now about concussions
(31:35) Favre on the comparisons with Patrick Mahomes and playing on the edge
(34:20) Favre on playing for and getting yelled at by Mike Holmgren
(37:40) Favre on his legendary fart machine
(41:15) Favre on a day in the life post-playing career and dealing with wild hogs & snakes
(46:40) Favre on advice for young QBs and the lessons he learned from Andy Reid on how to properly watch film
FMIA: The Mini Pod- Peter King offers snippets from his Football Morning In America column as he breaks down everything that happened in Week 5.
(4:20) An homage to Peter's alma mater, Sports Illustrated
(5:10) How Frank Reich, Jacoby Brissett, and the Colts went into Kansas City and shocked the Chiefs
(12:30) Peter speaks with Vikings QB Kirk Cousins about why he doesn't want to hear about all the outside criticism
(13:40) The Raiders are not a fluky 3-and-2
(15:15) A conversation with Russell Wilson about how playing baseball helps him on the football field
(15:45) Brett Favre turns 50 this week, and we get a preview of Peter's extended conversation with the Hall of Famer (full podcast coming this Wednesday)
(18:15) Players & Goats of the week, a profile of Kenny Stills, and the best regular season game of Joe Montana's career
(1:05) Vontaze Burfict is suspended for the season after yet another cheap shot. But Peter explains why there's a difference in opinion among people about how to hand out discipline regarding big hits.
(8:30) Texans WR Kenny Stills discusses the challenges of playing with 9 (!) different QBs in 7 seasons, what it's like to be traded, and his why social activism goes far beyond kneeling for the anthem.
(31:30) Peter is joined by the NFL's Chief Strategy & Growth Officer to discuss the International Series beginning in London this week with the Bears & Raiders. They discuss the new Tottenham Stadium, which is designed for football; the possibility of expanding the NFL beyond London & Mexico City; Mahomes Mania in Mexico City; and how gambling will impact the NFL's future business plan.
FMIA: The Mini Pod- Peter King takes stock of the NFL in the aftermath of a strange Week 4 as we're down to only three undefeated teams.
(2:40) A bunch of good teams got pulled to the middle after it had looked a little too easy for them in the early stages of September.
(6:40) Chase Daniel is thrust into action (with no time to warm up) as Mitchell Trubisky goes down with a left shoulder injury
(10:50) Jameis Winston gets the biggest win of his career in a stunner in LA
(11:05) Peter's Power Rankings get a makeover: Pats still at the top, the NFC's lone unbeaten team at #7, and who knows what to make of the AFC South
(13:25) The Legend of Frank Gore & The Redemption of Freddie Kitchens
(14:50) An oral history with Thomas Morestead
(15:40) Peter dishes out his MLB Awards as we hit October
(17:15) The Adieu Haiku gives a nod to a career backup
(1:55) Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is taking a lot of heat this week, but Peter explains that there is plenty of blame to be placed elsewhere with Cleveland.
(5:30) Washington is going nowhere fast, and Peter thinks it's time to play Dwayne Haskins.
(8:55) Lions LB Devon Kennard discusses this week's upcoming showdown with Patrick Mahomes, the key to Detroit's early-season success, and following in his father's footsteps.
(22:50) Jets GM Joe Douglas chats with Peter about the daunting task of turning the Jets around, the pressure of the job, and his wild story about scouting Joe Flacco.
Peter King reads excerpts of is Football Morning in America column that recaps Week 3
(1:45) Daniel Jones had a marvelous starting debut as the Giants won a wild one in Tampa, but felt no need to make any speeches afterwards
(9:05) Patrick Mahomes, MVP favorite; hey Cam Newton, take your time coming back; trade market for Jalen Ramsey has cooled off
(10:45) The Legend of Gardner Minshew
(14:10) A profile of Ryan O'Callaghan
(15:00) Best & worst habits with Cooper Kupp
(16:30) An Adieu Haiku dedicated to Antonio Brown
(1:30) The Giants have benched Eli Manning in favor of Daniel Jones. But despite 2 Super Bowl MVPs, Peter explains why Eli isn't necessarily a lock for the Hall of Fame
(7:40) Peter chats with former NFL offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan about his book, My Life On The Line, in which he details the struggles he faced living as a closeted gay football player, dealing with homophobia, why he no longer has much of a relationship with Aaron Rodgers, and why he considered football his "beard"
(57:00) Rams WR Brandin Cooks discusses having the good fortune of already being coached by Sean Payton, Bill Belichick, and Sean McVay in a young 5-year career. Plus, who are the other WRs that he studies to better his game
Peter King gives a taste of his 9/16 Football Morning in America column wrapping up Week 2.
(1:50) We spend way too much time talking about the officials, but several bad calls - not to mention the confusion surrounding replay review - became the story coming out of a fun Sunday. In particular, the Saints have every right to be furious. Again. At the refs. In a big game against the Rams. Again.
(8:20) 10 Thoughts on Week 2 includes some riffs on how the Pats might be the Steel Curtain, Superman Patrick Mahomes, beat up QBs, and Kirk Cousins makes a bonehead play.
(11:30) Could this be the end of a Hall of Fame career for Adam Vinatieri?
(13:05) The feel-good story of the week focuses on a long-snapper who hadn't played a game in 5 years.
(14:00) Peter dishes out his awards for the week, including an offensive lineman living out every big man's dream.
(15:00) Factoid of the Week has some wacky stuff on the Bills, including Josh Allen's love of New Jersey Westin ribs.
As the NFL shifts it's focus to Week 2, the Antonio Brown odyssey takes a dark turn.
(1:00) Peter discusses the lawsuit filed against Antonio Brown, who is being sued for sexual assault and rape
(5:00) Prior to the latest news on Brown, Peter has a lengthy discussion with former NFL executive Michael Lombardi, who worked for Al Davis in Oakland, and most recently with Bill Belichick in New England. Lombardi discusses the differences in the two organizations, how the Raiders mismanaged the situation, and Belichick's intolerance of anything that gets in the way of winning.
(30:50) Packers offensive lineman David Bakhtiari chats with Peter about adjusting to new coach Matt LaFleur, playing with Aaron Rodgers, and why he's a Monopoly legend
Peter King samples his 9/9 Football Morning in America column after a crazy opening Sunday of football.
(2:55) Tom Brady tells Peter that he's pleased about acquiring Antonio Brown, but explains the many challenges to making it work.
(6:55) Peter chats more about the AB situation, including an anecdote from a former Patriots player who describes being stunned at Bill Belichick reaming out Brady.
(8:00) Heroes & Goats - The Browns lost by 30, and the sky was crying in Cleveland; and how an ordinary practice in training camp proved quite prophetic for Lamar Jackson's incredible Week 1 performance, and
(10:20) The Profile highlights an overtime hero
(11:45) Factoid of the Week deals with a dubious distinction for the Raiders
(13:00) Strategy of the Week involves a gutsy 4th down gamble
(13:55) The Adieu Haiku
Peter King makes his predictions and speaks with 3 of the most compelling figures in the league as the 2019 season approaches
(2:05) Peter makes his picks, and winds up with a Super Bowl that most people thought should have happened last year, plus the one team that's finally due to breakout under a young coach-QB combo
(6:13) Did the Texans make a huge blunder by trading away Jadeveon Clowney and acquiring Laremy Tunsil for a couple of 1st round picks?
(11:50) Saints QB Drew Brees explains why playing with his kids helped him prepare for the season, why 7 hours of sleep a night is plenty, being amazed as a rookie at all of Dan Marino's records, the chances of him becoming a Senator someday, his advice for young QBs, and why he insists on cleaning up after his dog
(28:40) Browns head coach talks about his journey to finally being in charge in Cleveland, the lessons he learned from Nick Saban and Bill Parcells, the philosophy behind his offensive scheme, coaching Baker Mayfield, and not allowing any media leaks from his staff
(45:50) Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster talks about his use of social media, why his life appears to be an open book, moving on from Antonio Brown, respecting the Steelers tradition while still having fun, and why he plays Fortnite on gameday mornings
Peter King breaks down the shocking retirement of Andrew Luck, talks with Philip Rivers, and gets some insight on the Seahawks.
(0:10) Peter shares some stories about Andrew Luck
(8:20) Carson Palmer shares insights on what it's like to be an NFL QB and some of the things that Luck might've been going through
(28:40) Colts Insider Stephen Holder from The Athletic discusses what's next for the Colts with Jacoby Brissett
(42:00) Peter sits down with Philip Rivers in front of a live crowd at Chargers camp to chat about trying to capture that elusive Super Bowl title, not cursing, and the quest for 10 kids
(1:02:00) "5 minutes with a writer" features Gregg Bell on the sidelines at Seattle camp to break down what's in store for the Seahawks this season
This week, Peter is joined by a couple of wily veterans - one attempting an improbable comeback, and the other looking to continue an improbable career.
(2:00) Peter discusses the Antonio Brown helmet controversy and how his recent visit to the VICIS helmet testing facility made it clear that Brown's helmet isn't as well-suited for the game as other models.
(12:00) Cowboys TE Jason Witten chats about his ups & downs in the MNF booth, what he missed most about not playing last season, and the new perspective he has now.
(33:05) Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on the best locker room he's been in, the most fun he's had in his career, and chasing Philip Rivers in the kids department
Peter King's training camp tour takes him out west, and he gives a taste of what it's like on the sideline during a 49ers practice.
(7:05) 49ers CB Richard Sherman talks at length about the rise & fall of the Legion of Boom, reminisces about the 2013 NFC Championship win over the 49ers while with the Seahawks and his infamous postgame interview, writing columns for The MMQB, and his strong opinions on the possibility of an 18-game schedule.
(26:05) Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey details his workout regimen, why he treats every moment of every workout like it's a game, fighting the doubters, and the time that Kyle Shanahan & Chris Simms babysat him.
(49:00) 49ers beat reporter Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area discusses Jimmy Garappolo shaking off the rust, when we'll see Nick Bosa, and whether or not the Niners will make the playoffs.
Peter's Training Camp Tour continues as he has conversations with an All-Pro CB & the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Plus a chat about the most interesting team in football, and remembering an old friend.
(1:15) Peter tells a few stories and reminisces on what made Don Banks such a great friend and colleague.
(6:00) Colts LB Darius Leonard talks about his fabulous rookie year, why shutting down Adrian Peterson was his welcome to the NFL moment, why tackles are not overrated, and the Usain Bolt quote that drives him every day.
(29:30) Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey explains why he's the best defensive back in the league (but might not be in Jacksonville for long), putting a $20 bill in his shoulder pads, and which CBs were his inspiration.
(41:20) Mary Kay Cabot, who has covered the Browns for nearly 30 years, talks about what it's like to cover the most fascinating team in the NFL.
Peter King is on the road driving south, as his training camp tour rolls on.
(1:30) Peter takes you through a day in the life on the road, including having tea & scones with an NFL GM.
(8:00) Falcons star DT Grady Jarrett discusses what it felt like to sign his big deal, why falling to the 5th round in the Draft wasn't even close to the worst thing that happened to him that weekend, and being inches away from sacking Tom Brady to clinch the Super Bowl.
(25:05) Ravens S Earl Thomas opens up about starting a new chapter in Baltimore, why he doesn't regret anything about how things ended in Seattle, and why a training camp conditioning test put him in such a good mood.
(32:45) 5 Minutes With a Writer features Jets beat reporter Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. Peter & Rich riff on the odd coaching dynamic in the Jets organization, Sam Darnold's California Cool demeanor, and whether or not Le'Veon Bell can be the same patient runner behind this Jets o-line.
Peter King begins his annual training camp tour chatting with a defensive star who has his eyes on becoming the all-time sack king, and spending time in a fast food restaurant with the Jeopardy! king.
(1:30) Peter has some thoughts on Odell Beckham Jr's interview with GQ and whether or not he can be a long-term #1 WR for the Browns
(9:55) James Holzhauer chats about how his life has changed since his incredible run on Jeopardy!, how and when he developed his strategy on the show, and what it felt like when he finally lost
(19:40) Holzhauer also riffs on his favorite sport to bet on, why there's value in certain futures bets, why he thinks you should bet on a Super Bowl rematch, and why the Browns are the worst bet to win the Super Bowl
(36:00) As Broncos camp opens, Von Miller discusses how he's kept off-field interest while still excelling at football, swapping secrets at his pass rush seminar, and taking aim at Bruce Smith's all-time sack record
Peter King chats with the great Peyton Manning about his upcoming project "Peyton's Places" to celebrate the NFL's 100th season, and what the future holds.
-Peter riffs on the possibility of an 18-game season, CBA negotiations, and how quickly the new QBs can get up to speed (1:45)
-How a $50k investment back in the late 1920's led to the boom of the NFL (10:00)
-The origin behind the idea for "Peyton's Places", and spending time in a stadium that saw the first shotgun snap, a player running the wrong way, the first alley-oop pass, and where Dirty Harry was filmed (12:10)
-Watching back Super Bowl III with Joe Namath and trying on his old fur coat (13:15) and recreating the Immaculate Reception (14:30)
-Learning about Elvis Presley's full-blown football fanaticism, his own football league, and offensive playbook (18:05)
-What lies ahead for Peyton, whether he's been approached by NFL teams to run a franchise, and why he hates the word retirement (21:00)
-Why he loves watching Patrick Mahomes and why the Chiefs QB reminds him of John Elway (24:30)
-Finally, an update on Peter's Training Camp Tour (30:30)
Horrigan, in an expansive exit interview after 42 years as archivist and historian of the Hall of Fame, on his memorable moments as the conscience of the Hall of Fame, on his favorite players of all time, on what made him fall in love with football, on the greatest road trip in NFL history, and on the most under-appreciated players in NFL history.
Urschel, the former Baltimore Ravens guard and current MIT math Ph.D student, on his book “Mind and Matter: A life in math and football,” on why he left football at 26 for an academic life, and why he thinks a balanced life is the best life for him.Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Time sports writer, on his book “The Last Cowboys: A pioneer family in the new West,” on the challenge of a ranching family making in the back country of Utah, on his imaginative writing style ... and a discussion on how a great writer also needs to be an excellent reporter as well.
Diving deep into some revolutionary changes about helmet technology, including a trip to Seattle to tour a new helmet manufacturer, VIcis. Peter King learns how Vicis, just six years old, has made the safest helmet in the space three years running with its CEO Dave Marver, and converses with Vicis investors Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin about what distinguishes the Vicis model. Also: conversations with NFL officials and 49ers tackle Joe Staley about the state of the helmet today, as the NFL tries to make a violent game safer for the head.
Kingsbury on the genesis of his seven-year relationship with Kyler Murray, on offering the 5-foot-5 Murray a scholarship as a sophomore in high school, on his hopes for Murray as an NFL quarterback, and whether he feels bad that Josh Rosen had to twist in the wind because of the Cardinals drafting Murray.Keim on when he knew Murray would be the team's pick, on navigating the Murray/Rosen/NFL-needing-drama-as-a-TV-show entering the draft, and how he kept the Murray pick a secret.Fangio on committing to Joe Flacco as his quarterback in Denver, on committing to making the first-round trade that netted the Broncos tight end Noah Fant, and on being a defensive head coach in a league now dominated by offensive minds running teams.
Schrager on why the Chiefs went all-in on pass-rusher Frank Clark and made the huge deal for him with Seattle, on where he thinks the Cardinals will go at number one, on the dynamic in Oakland between Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock and what it will mean with the three first-round picks, and on where the top quarterbacks will go.Legwold, author of a highly respected (by NFL coaches and scouts) top 100 players entering the NFL Draft, on three of his compelling rankings: Alabama tackle Jonah Williams (5), Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (20) and Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (45) ... and on the risky draft principle too many teams will use In this draft.
An in-depth look at how the NFL schedule got made, from inside the small bunker on the fifth floor of league offices where the 256-game schedule was finalized on Wednesday. Interviews with the five-member NFL scheduling team--Howard Katz, Mike North, Onnie Bose, Blake Jone and Charlotte Carey--on what went into the strange rubic. And much on the TV networks hungering after the new NFL darlings: the Cleveland Browns.
Dunne, on the aftermath of his explosive story about the problems in Green Bay that led to a mediocre record since mid-2015 and the firing of coach Mike McCarthy, on how new coach Matt LaFleur will work with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and on how the new Packers will proceed after the firings of GM Ted Thompson and McCarthy in successive years.Lombardi, on what he learned from working with Bill Walsh and Bill Belichick over his 35-year career around the NFL, on how he'd approach this draft if he were scouting 5-10 Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, and the new vocation he's beginning--hosting a new podcast (with co-host Adnan Virk) called "The GM Shuffle" for Cadence 13.
Throughout his three-decade long career with the NFL, Mike Lombardi worked as an NFL executive with the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and Oakland Raiders alongside NFL legends including Bill Belichick, Bill Walsh and Al Davis. On The GM Shuffle, Lombardi and co-host Adnan Virk will tackle a wide range of topics weekly within the world of the NFL and break down everything listeners and fans need to know about players, coaches, organizations, the draft, free agency, and all the NFL storylines in a way that only they could with the success and credibility they bring to the podcast audience. Weekly episodes every Wednesday starting April 10th. Subscribe now!
Schrager on a surprise quarterback for the Giants in this draft, and taking a wide-angle view of the NFL post-free agency and pre-draft, including all things Kyler Murray.Ketover on the NFL’s media plans for the 100th season in league history, and one program in particular—a Peyton Manning series touching and feeling the history of the NFL.
Coaches Kyle Shanahan (Niners), Andy Reid (Chiefs), Sean Payton (Saints) and Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston.Shanahan on the status of rehabbing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and his relationship with GM John Lynch.Payton on the international empathy of Saints fans and non-Saints fans after the botched call in the NFC title game.Reid on the status of Tyreek Hill on the 2019 Chiefs.Curran, the veteran Patriots reporter, on all things Gronkowski, and on the futures of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Battista, veteran of many NFL annual meetings, previews the meetings, starting this weekend in Phoenix—including the proposed rules change designed to eliminate gigantic errors such as one that influenced the outcome of the NFC title game in New Orleans. She also discusses the aftermath of Pittsburgh’s tumultuous offseason.Garofolo on how he broke the Odell Beckham Jr. trade story, on why the Giants made the deal with Cleveland, on lessons for journalism students in his reporting, and on who Kahzin Daniels is, and why he matters in the lead-up to the NFL draft this year.
Rosenhaus on the story behind the story of his client Antonio Brown-to-the-Bills story that never happened, on the inside story of how Brown went to Oakland, on how the Sammy Watkins contract affected the Brown market, on how the Brown talks with Oakland were at an impasse at midday last Friday, on what broke the impasse, and on the future another client—New England tight end Rob Gronkowski. McShay on the Kyler Murray factor in the 2019 draft heading into Murray’s Pro Day, on why he loves defensive lineman Quinnen Williams more than any defensive player in this draft, on what he sees the Patriots doing with their huge haul of picks (six between the 32nd and 101st overall selection in the draft), and whether he thinks one day he might pull a Mike Mayock and go to work for an NFL team.
Riddick on the greatest game of his NFL life, on the influence of Bill Belichick and Nick Sabin on his TV career, on who would be the first person he’d call if he got an NFL GM job, and on wanting to be in the Monday Night Football booth.
Flores, the former Patriots defensive play-caller, on the ingenious Super Bowl gameplan, on what his relationship with Bill Belichick will be now that they’re coaching in the same division, and on his significance as one of a very few minority coaches in the NFL.
Jeremiah on the overall strength of the draft headed into the annual Scouting Combine, on his order of the quarterbacks in the first round, and on replacing Mike Mayock as the voice of the draft for NFL Network.
Miller on how defense should dominate the top of the draft, on his no-doubt number one pick in the draft, and on the where he thinks the bargains can be found this year.
Jenkins on how his career has changed since moving from New Orleans to Philadelphia, on the rise in activism among players in the league, on the money he and the Players Coalition have been able to donate in grants to six social-justice organizations in 2019, and on what the movement has meant to the players in the NFL.
Jones on the stunning health issue that popped up out of nowhere and nearly took her life in November, on what being perfectly healthy one day and being told her life was in danger the next has done to her psyche, on her appreciation at the reaction to her health scare, and on how her life has changed by the event.
Edelman on the winding path he took from being an option quarterback at Kent State 10 years ago to catching 10 passes in the Super Bowl, on why the Patriots are different than the other 31 teams in the league, on being suspended for the first month of this season for testing positive for a PED, and on being convinced the Patriots’ run of excellence is not over.
Silver, at halftime of the Patriots' 13-3 victory over the Rams, on the struggles of a man he knows well, Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff.
Gilmore on his big interception in the fourth quarter that foiled the Rams' comeback and ensured the Patriots' sixth Super Bowl title.
Kraft on putting the Patriots' dynasty into perspective, and on how difficult it will be for any team to do what the Patriots have done again.
Gosselin, explaining the meaning of the defense-heavy class of 2019 ... and how the Hall of Fame voters have wised up about trying to bring equity to the honor of making the Hall.
Snead on his surprise at the Rams making it to the Super Bowl after being in dregs two years ago, on what Jared Goff did to be better than Drew Brees in the NFC title game, and what it feels like to be the architect of a team trying to beat Belichick and Brady in the Super Bowl.
Hanson on the success of the NFL's RedZone channel, why people have flocked to RedZone at the expense of their own team's game on Sunday, and his pick for the Super Bowl.
Lombardi on learning that Sean McVay, in the week before the Super Bowl, is listening to his book on the way to work, on what his former boss Bill Walsh would think of McVay and his offense, and on knowing Belichick so well and trying to figure out how Belichick will defend McVay's Sunday.
Dungy on his ideas to improve NFL officiating, on full-time officials, on how to improve the numbers of minority coaches, on the fate of Antonio Brown with his old team the Steelers, on his new book “The Soul of a Team” (Tyndale House), and on the most important elements to build a good team in sports and in life.
Werder, who worked the controversial NFC title game as a sideline reporter for Westwood One Radio, on what he witnessed on no-call pass-interference from the vantage point of the Saints bench, on how Jared Goff overcame early problems to outplay Drew Brees, and on his own future. He will be free to work for another media entity in September, when his ESPN contract expires.
McCourty, from the postgame locker room in Kansas City Sunday night, on the thrill of making the Super Bowl with the Patriots after a career of playing for lesser teams, and on the difference for a teammate in playing with Tom Brady.
Barnwell, one of the most respected writers cover the league, on NFL Championship Weekend being possibly the best Sunday of title games ever, on how hard it is for him to pick against the Patriots, on who he likes in the two games.
Banner, who ran the Eagles’ front office for 12 years, on the quandary the Eagles are in with Nick Foles, on what the most pragmatic approach the team can take with Foles, and how eventually he believes the team is likely to move on without Foles in 2019.
James on how the Chargers' odd defensive alignment in Baltimore helped them win a Wild Card game, on why he has been so dominant in his rookie year, and how he feels "honored" to play against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the divisional playoff game Sunday in Foxboro.
Kinkwabhala, who has covered the Steelers extensively, with a view into the dysfunctional Steelers locker room, on who is right and who is wrong in the Antonio Brown controversy, and what she thinks needs to happen for Mike Tomlin to take back control of his locker room.
Orlovsky on the magic of Nick Foles, on how a backup quarterback like Foles (Orlovsky was a longtime NFL backup) can prepare himself to win the big games that Foles has won, and on the playoff weekend to come--including the shaky quarterback of the Rams, Jared Goff, who was in camp with the Rams (and Orlovsky) in 2017.
Simms, previewing the first round of the NFL playoffs, and also on what went wrong for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, and on the day on the field 12 years ago as a Tampa Bay quarterback when he suffered a life-endagering injury.
Schrager on the NFL's eight coaching openings, on whether he thinks Mike McCarthy will coach for anyone in 2019, on the Cleveland Browns' coaching search and what it might mean for Baker Mayfield, and on the surprise names you might hear this month as desperate teams look for new coaches.
Burleson on being a teammate and sharing the receivers' room with Randy Moss in Minnesota, on how he morphed from being an NFL wideout to a broadcast career, on the best career advice he got from a Hall of Fame player, and on balancing a family with a professional career.
Feinstein, the author of 40 books, on his most famous one: "Season on the Brink," following the volatile coach of the Indiana Hoosiers in the eighties, Knight, who did not like the book. "Season on the Brink" spent 16 weeks as the top-selling book on the New York Times bestseller list. I asked Feinstein: "What would happen if you and Knight passed each other on the street today?"
Kremer and Storm on the meaning of being the first all-woman team in an NFL booth in 99 years, on the reaction of players and coaches to their presence in a male-dominated field, on the winding path each took to this moment, and what they'd say to a 12-year-old girl in American watching them and wondering if she, too, can follow her dreams in a business populated almost exclusively by men.
Halpin, recently promoted to a huge future-of-the-game job by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, on the biggest challenges the leagues faces, on how how he went from a business and financial background to the NFL, and on the audiences the NFL must serve to remain the dominant America sports league.
Feinstein, author of 40 books including the new one "Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League," on playing the toughest job in sports, and on how racism still may exist in the evaluation of quarterback by the NFL.
Glauber, author of "Guts and Genius: The Story of Three Unlikely Coaches Who Came To Dominate the NFL in the '80s," on how Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs all were in job jeopardy in their first NFL seasons, on the odd and tempestuous relationships between the three of them, and on how every coach in the NFL today is on the coaching tree of one of those men.
Gilden, author of "Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula and the Rise of the Modern NFL," in a fascinating and living-history look at the NFL of the sixties, with an incredible passage from his book on Vince Lombardi and concussions, and on how Unitas and Shula really felt about the other and the game.
Millen, who is awaiting a heart transplant at New Jersey hospital, on his prospects for getting a new heart, on his pragmatic and optimistic approach to the transplant process, on his appreciation of the life he's led in his 60 years, and where this mental approach comes from.
Hicks, one of the keys to the strong Chicago defense, on his long and winding road to the top of the NFL, on playing college football in Canada, on working in a DirecTV call center trying to get people to sign up for the NFL package while his own football dream seemed to be dying, and on playing the Rams in the game of the week this week in the NFL.
Lindsay on his incredible story--his record-breaking high school career in Denver, his explosive career in college at Colorado, being snubbed from the NFL Scouting Combine, going undrafted, being overly bitter, then having 15 minutes to choose a team (Denver or Baltimore) as an undrafted free agent. And then what it feels like to run for 100 yards against Oakland and Pittsburgh as a rookie who wasn't supposed to make it.
Smith on his road from being someone who never thought he'd play in the NFL to becoming a star in the league, on the science of reading keys and studying opponents, on his interesting relationship with Saints coach Sean Payton, on what makes playing Aaron Rodgers so fun and challenging, and difficult it is to play great defense in the NFL with all the rules favoring offenses.
A unique episode from Peter King's time embedding with the New Orleans Saints during their Saturday night meetings at the Ritz-Carlton in the French Quarter of New Orleans. King frames the evening with three passages, and coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees contribute.
Payton on the imagination he uses to form the complex gameplan every week, on what goes into his process of coming up with new idea each week, on how far the weekly plan has come since he and Brees came to the Saints in 2006, and why Brees' play has improved significantly at 39.
Brees on the trust he has to have with Payton the play-caller, on the imagination throughout the NFL in 2018, on the difference between the Saints of 2006 and 2018, and on why he is playing better in 2018 than he ever has.
Reid on the taking 9-1 Kansas City in Los Angeles to face the 9-1 Rams, on the maturity of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and on the specter of catching an idol, Chuck Noll, on the all-time coaching wins list.
Allegre, the former NFL kicker and Mexico native, on the embarrassment of having such a high-profile sports event moved out of Mexico, on why the country is such an NFL hotbed, and on what the people in his home city in central Mexico will think of the country losing this big game
Waller on the NFL's international future, on how ready London is for a full-time NFL franchise, and on the league's logistics plan if/when a team relocates to England in the near future.
Rivers, who became the fourth quarterback ever to start 200 NFL games on Sunday, on the secret to his staying power, on the influence of his high-school-coach father on his life and his football career, on how he's been able to stay sane with the 80-mile daily commute between his San Diego home and his Orange County Charger workplace, and on the chances of the Chargers finally beating the Chiefs in the AFC West.
O'Connor on how he was able to write a substantive biography on the note Patriots coach without ever speaking to Belichick, on the most interesting things he found out that the world doesn't know about Belichick, on how much longer he thinks Belichick will coach the Patriots, and on what he learned from talking to 300 of the closest people in the world to Belichick.
Thomas, the former left tackle of the Browns and current host of "The Tomahawk Show" podcast, on how the Browns implosion was not Hue Jackson's fault, on how football is about talent first and coaching second, on how he trusts GM John Dorsey to pick a coach to "lead the Browns to the promised land," and the unexpected coach he thinks would be the best candidate to be Cleveland's next head coach.
Spielman, from northeast Ohio, on why Hue Jackson failed as Browns coach, on why he thinks Bruce Arians would be a good candidate to be the Browns next coach, and on his advice to owner Jimmy Haslam on the best move for the Browns future.
My thoughts on the five trades made at the trading deadline this week, on why the Rams made a smart and aggressive deal acquiring Dane Fowler Jr., of the Jaguars, why this deadline pales in comparison to last year, when Jimmy Garoppolo stunningly got dealt, and why teams and GMs are trading more this year than they have in the past.
Fouts, the CBS analyst, on what makes Brady Brady, on a radical suggestion for putting balance back into an offense-dominated game, on his love for his adopted state Oregon, and on the remnants he carries with him from playing in the coldest game ever in 1982.
Rohan on his new podcast series “Fall of a Titan,” on the life and death and sketchy circumstances of the death of Stave McNair, including a trailer about the nine-episode McNair series beginning this month.
Farmer with a swell Donald Trump golf story, on the future of football in Los Angeles (which surprised me), and why Todd Gurley is a more valuable Ram than Jared Goff.
Staley on the rise of unstoppable offenses in the NFL, on the fairness of the rules favoring offenses, and how much the game has changed since he entered the league in 2007.
Hightower on the Patriots' 43-40 Sunday night victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, on the difficulty of facing an Andy Reid offense, on how often he's asked about his tackle of Marshawn Lynch that helped save the Patriots victory in the New England-Seattle Super Bowl, and on why the Patriots annually improve so much as the regular season goes on.
Tucker on how he has succeeded in the Bermuda Triangle of kickers, Pittsburgh (making his last 17 field-goal attempts there), on his mental approach to kicking, on the huge role continuity has made in his success, and on his grandfather's advice to him as a kicker in high school which he still leans on today. (It's pretty basic.)
Myers on what possible meat is left on the well-covered Cowboy bone and what he found new on the most valuable in American sports in his book "How 'Bout Them Cowboys?", on the divorce between Jerry Jones and Tom Landry that wasn't quite as messy as we might have remembered, on the relationship between Roger Goodell and Jones, and on why America is so fascinated with this team.
Goff on how far he's come since a shaky rookie year in 2016, on the difference Sean McVay has made in his life, on what he's learned to make some of the deep-ball throws that have been the trademark of early success this year, and how much help his dad and former major-league catcher Jerry Goff has been to him on and off the field.
Butt, 23, who suffered his third ACL tear last week, on the heartbreak of this injury followed by the one that wrecked his rookie year in 2017, on his positive outlook and where it comes from, and his determination that he'll still have a standout NFL career.
McFarland, the former Tampa Bay first-round pick, on the very unlikely road to network sideline reporter, on what led to him taking a perch 10 feet above the field for every Monday night game, and on impressions of Patrick Mahomes after watching him up-close and personal Monday night in Denver.
Plus ... a glimpse into my Sunday night regimen with a phone call with Bears coach Matt Nagy.
Leibovich, who reads a passage on the NFL trying to own the sports media landscape all year, on whether unpopular commissioner Roger Goodell can survive in the short or long term, on the snarky tone of his tome, on whether another NFL owner after Jerry Richardson will be caught in the #MeToo movement, and on the similarities of covering politics (Leibovich's full-time job for the New York Times) and covering the NFL.
Werder on being part of the massive ESPN buyouts a couple of years ago, on what it feels like to be in his prime and being paid to NOT work, and on the future of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott.
McAulay, who retired this year after 17 years as an NFL referee, on the concerns he has about the new rules and interpretations of rules in the NFL this season, on his disdain for some of the roughing-the-passer calls in week two, and on his adjustment to TV after a life as an on-field official.
Pearlman on why we should care today about the USFL, which died in the eighties, on the craziest Steve Young story you've ever heard, on what Donald Trump was like as a football team owner, and on the USFL owner who wrote to Trump about wanting to punch him in the face.
Millman on the future of gambling and its effect on the NFL, on how easy it is to place a bet on an NFL game even in the vast majority of states where sports gambling is not legal, and on how much money the NFL and TV networks can hope to make when gambling is legalized throughout the country.
Starr with an update on the health of his father after his major stroke in 2014, on what it was like grow up as a child in 1960s Green Bay (and walking across a wide field from the family home to Lambeau Field before Green Bay had been developed), and on the close relationship between Bart Starr and Aaron Rodgers, despite the 50-year age difference.
A live game podcast--from the parking lot, the field, the press box and the locker rooms--from the Eagles' 18-12 season-opening win over Atlanta. Also: Philadelphia defensive end Chris Long and Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Long on how the Eagles got so much pressure on Matt Ryan, on how he handled it when the Eagle acquired another great defensive lineman to potentially take his playing time, and how the pressure to perform makes everyone on the Eagles defense better.
Cousins on what lessons he learned from the long and winding negotiations in Washington and Minnesota that led him to a fully guaranteed three-year contract with the Vikings, on one the causes he's going to help fun with his newfound riches, and on the pressure to perform with such a strong team around him.
King, emptying his training-camp notebook after five weeks on the road, on the most compelling quarterbacks of the 2018 season--Andrew Luck, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins--and on the saga of Jon Gruden returning to Oakland, on the vengeance of Joe Flacco, and on a chance meeting with a baseball star on his camp trip.
Horrigan on the future of Hall of Fame voting, on the impact of Terrell Owens' boycott of the recent Hall induction, on whether there should be term limits for selectors, and on the touching stories he saw from this year's enshrinements.
Nelson on how strange it feels to be in the Oakland silver and black, not Packer green and gold, on his good fortune to be able to say he's played for two such historic franchises, on his feeling that the Packers never offered him a competitive contract, and on what he thinks he has left as a 33-year-old wide receiver.
Collins on the tragic situation that forced him to go undrafted instead of being a first-round pick three years ago, on how good it's been for him to join the Cowboys and play on one of the best offensive lines in football, and what the moral of his zig-zagging NFL story is.
Klein, with me, on the saga of Aaron Donald and whether he thinks the best defensive tackle in football will hold out in the season, on hat the Rams can do for an encore, and on the future of this rising offense and star coach Sean McVay.
Peter King talks to Rich Eisen on the NFL/anthem flap dragging into a second season, on the future of football in Los Angeles, and some early thoughts on the 2018 season.
Then, Matt Barrows on the compelling story of the meteoric rise of Jimmy Garoppolo, on whether the national love for the franchise is too much too soon, and on the problems areas he sees for the team in 2018.
Also, Peter shares his take on the comeback of Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith.