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SCHOOLED with The Professor

Can't get enough of the NFL? Get SCHOOLED with 'The Professor' John Clayton. Each week, 710 ESPN Seattle's human database dives deep into all the news in and around the National Football League. Interviews, analysis, and stories from a Football Hall of Fame career. Further your football education with new episodes each week.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Bill Williamson on The Oakland Raiders

The Seahawks fly to London to play the Oakland Raiders this weekend, and The Raiders remain one the most interesting stories in sports. Jon Gruden returned to the NFL after a decade on Monday Night Football to sign a 10-year deal to be the coach. He’s also making the personnel decisions. With that in mind Schooled with the Professor went to Bill Williamson of Raiders Snake Pit to breakdown what is going on with the Raiders. Gruden traded Khalil Mack, who is having an MVP season and has gotten rid of or benched several of the Raiders most recent high draft choices. Derek Carr has thrown eight interceptions, including five on first downs. The Raiders are giving up seven yards a play, which could be the worst since the merger if that continues. What is the story on Raiders? We give it t

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Gary Myers: How 'Bout Them Cowboys

Two weeks ago, the Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys, 24-13. The Cowboys couldn’t get much going on offense. But they have a lot going on as a franchise: They're "America’s Team", generate the most revenue, have one of sports' most interesting owners, and are one of the most fascinating teams in the NFL. Joining us on Schooled with the Professor is Gary Myers, who covered the Cowboys for the Dallas Morning News before moving to the New York Daily News. Gary's on HBO and is known as one of the best football writers and reporters in the country. For his fifth book, he went back in history and wrote the definitive book on the Cowboys: How `Bout Them Cowboys, Inside the Huddle with the Stars and Legends of America’s Team. Gary gets into some of the major moves in Cowboys

Gary Myers: How 'Bout Them Cowboys

Two weeks ago, the Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys, 24-13. The Cowboys couldn’t get much going on offense. But they have a lot going on as a franchise: They're "America’s Team", generate the most revenue, have one of sports' most interesting owners, and are one of the most fascinating teams in the NFL. Joining us on Schooled with the Professor is Gary Myers, who covered the Cowboys for the Dallas Morning News before moving to the New York Daily News. Gary's on HBO and is known as one of the best football writers and reporters in the country. For his fifth book, he went back in history and wrote the definitive book on the Cowboys: How `Bout Them Cowboys, Inside the Huddle with the Stars and Legends of America’s Team. Gary gets into some of the major moves in Cowboys

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mike Sando: 2018's Wild Start

Le’Veon Bell’s holdout...Earl Thomas’ hold-in, where he refuses to practice if he doesn’t feel right. The new helmet penalty rule. Controversial roughing the quarterback penalties. Upsets. Upsets. Upsets. It’s been a wild start to the 2018 season! To break it down on Schooled with the Professor, we get together with Mike Sando of ESPN.com to review the first crazy three weeks of the season. Mike gives perspective on the Bell and Thomas stories sharing with us what some of the front office execs and coaches are saying. We try to sort out whether these are going to be trend-setters for the future. We get into the escalation of roughing penalties and whether it is good or bad for the game. Sando breaks down some of the other observations over the first three week

Mike Sando: 2018's Wild Start

Le’Veon Bell’s holdout...Earl Thomas’ hold-in, where he refuses to practice if he doesn’t feel right. The new helmet penalty rule. Controversial roughing the quarterback penalties. Upsets. Upsets. Upsets. It’s been a wild start to the 2018 season! To break it down on Schooled with the Professor, we get together with Mike Sando of ESPN.com to review the first crazy three weeks of the season. Mike gives perspective on the Bell and Thomas stories sharing with us what some of the front office execs and coaches are saying. We try to sort out whether these are going to be trend-setters for the future. We get into the escalation of roughing penalties and whether it is good or bad for the game. Sando breaks down some of the other observations over the first three week

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Doug Farrar on Modern Schematic Innovation

It's a creative time in the NFL. Scoring is up. Offensive innovation is at the max. And timing is everything. Doug Farrar just published a book that hits on the current trends and the history of schematic changes in the National Football League -- Genius of Desperation: The Schematic Innovation That Made the Modern NFL. On this week's Schooled with the Professor, Doug educates us on the current run, pass option trends and how it plays into the game. He goes into great detail on how tough it is to defend and he talks about its staying power in the league. Farrar takes us through the desperation that led to many of the changes in the NFL. He talks Bill Walsh. He talks Doug Pederson. On Schooled, we dig deep into the strategy that has made the game of football great and what is work

Doug Farrar on Modern Schematic Innovation

It's a creative time in the NFL. Scoring is up. Offensive innovation is at the max. And timing is everything. Doug Farrar just published a book that hits on the current trends and the history of schematic changes in the National Football League -- Genius of Desperation: The Schematic Innovation That Made the Modern NFL. On this week's Schooled with the Professor, Doug educates us on the current run, pass option trends and how it plays into the game. He goes into great detail on how tough it is to defend and he talks about its staying power in the league. Farrar takes us through the desperation that led to many of the changes in the NFL. He talks Bill Walsh. He talks Doug Pederson. On Schooled, we dig deep into the strategy that has made the game of football great and what is work

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Samoans in the NFL with Rob Ruck

Rob Ruck, author of "Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL," joins The Professor to give a complete history lesson on Samoans in the National Football League. It’s a fascinating subject because it involves some of the NFL greats: Junior Seau, Jesse Sapolu, Troy Polamolu and so many others. (For those who follow Washington Huskies football, they know the impact of great Samoan players.) Ruck digs back in the history of how football started on the islands and goes through all the big names and top stories. He takes us through the tough conditions the players have on the field, but how the dedication and love of the game has made these players special.

Samoans in the NFL with Rob Ruck

Rob Ruck, author of "Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL," joins The Professor to give a complete history lesson on Samoans in the National Football League. It’s a fascinating subject because it involves some of the NFL greats: Junior Seau, Jesse Sapolu, Troy Polamolu and so many others. (For those who follow Washington Huskies football, they know the impact of great Samoan players.) Ruck digs back in the history of how football started on the islands and goes through all the big names and top stories. He takes us through the tough conditions the players have on the field, but how the dedication and love of the game has made these players special.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

2018 Seahawks Football Begins, with Steve Raible

The football season has started. For Schooled with the Professor, we thought it would be great to catch up with the voice the Seahawks and discuss one of the more interesting seasons in franchise history. Steve Raible talks about the re-set of the roster and the expectations for 2018 seasons. Steve’s long history with the team as a player and broadcaster captures what you need to know about the team. He puts the offense in perspective by discussing the impact of Russell Wilson and how much the running game should help. Steve shares his thoughts on Chris Carson, a seventh-round choice who has amazed everyone in training camp and in the pre-season with his running. He gives his evaluation of the offensive line, checks in on the receivers and talks about the turnaround on defense. He pa

2018 Seahawks Football Begins, with Steve Raible

The football season has started. For Schooled with the Professor, we thought it would be great to catch up with the voice the Seahawks and discuss one of the more interesting seasons in franchise history. Steve Raible talks about the re-set of the roster and the expectations for 2018 seasons. Steve’s long history with the team as a player and broadcaster captures what you need to know about the team. He puts the offense in perspective by discussing the impact of Russell Wilson and how much the running game should help. Steve shares his thoughts on Chris Carson, a seventh-round choice who has amazed everyone in training camp and in the pre-season with his running. He gives his evaluation of the offensive line, checks in on the receivers and talks about the turnaround on defense. He pa

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sal Paolantonio, "Philly Special"

The Philadelphia Eagles defied the odds last season, coming out of nowhere to win 13 games in the regular season. Doug Pederson became one of the most aggressive play-callers in the NFL. Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury and then Nick Foles shocked the world, beating Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. Capturing the stories and excitement of the Eagles ride is ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, who just published the #1 sports book in the country, "Philly Special." Sal Pas had great access behind the scenes and he gives a great football perspective on what made Doug Pederson so good as a play-caller and a coach as well as some of the analytics that made the offense successful. Let’s fly with the Eagles, along with my good friend Sal Pal.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Special 100th Episode Edition with Chris Mortensen

It's hard to believe, but we made it to 100 episodes! In recognition of a special moment, I link up with the most influential person in my career, my ESPN partner Chris Mortensen. Together, we take a look back a life and career in sports and all the stories that connected us as friends and co-workers. Chris shares cherished memories from our history and the differences between covering football in the 80's, when there was no internet or cell phones. He also goes in-depth on the helmet rule and how the league is trying to get everyone to understand it. Join us for this very special edition of Schooled!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Guts and Genius: The NFL in the 80s with Bob Glauber

It’s always great to look back at the history of the game of pro football. Having had the fortune to cover the NFL for more than four decades, I can say the 1980s were special. Thanks to great coaching and great players, pro football went from a physical game that featured running and defense into a smart, situational type of game in the 1980s. So much of that had to do with coaching, and Bob Glauber, who’s been covering the NFL since the 1980s, has written the definitive book on the 1980s. "Guts and Genius: The Story of Three Unlikely Coaches Who Came To Dominate THE NFL in the 1980s" hits the market in November. He joins us on Schooled with the Professor. Bob tells great stories about Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells. Those three coaches won a combined eight Super

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Contract Negotiations with Leigh Steinberg

In his 44 years as an NFL agent, Leigh Steinberg has seen it all. He helped build up the salaries of quarterbacks in what has become a quarterback-driven league. Leigh joins us on Schooled with the Professor to assess where the NFL and players are in contract negotiations. We get into plenty of big current topics: Are the holdouts and lack of progress in talks with Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack a tipoff that teams may be shying away from paying quarterback-like money to defensive players? We talk about the difficulty of teams trying to keep their top players. Leigh looks ahead to see what might happen in future negotiations for the collective bargaining agreement, and also gives a great history lesson in NFL contract negotiations.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

New Territory and Past Memories with Randy Mueller

Today's guest on Schooled with the Professor is Randy Mueller. Randy was the vice president of operations for the Seahawks, and a GM for the Dolphins and Saints. Now, he is venturing into new territory as a GM for the Salt Lake City franchise of the Alliance of American Football. He also gives some thoughts on the current Seahawks and remembers one of his favorite past Seahawks, Cortez Kennedy.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Seahawks Stats & Projections with Mike Clay

If you are into fantasy football, ESPN.com is loaded with rankings and studies. So on Schooled with the Professor, we sought out Mike Clay of ESPN to do some studies on the Seahawks. Clay goes into great detail in projecting what to expect from the Seahawks running game this year. He was a big fan of Chris Carson when he was coming out of college. You’ll be surprised how strong he is on Rashaad Penny, and he goes into great detail on how many yards both backs will gain. Clay breaks down the Seahawks receiving group. He has good numbers for Doug Baldwin, discusses the expectations of Brandon Marshall, and breaks down the change at tight end from Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks current trio of tight ends. Lots of stats and trends on Schooled this week.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Great Stories from a Unique Career with Peter King

Peter King has left Sports Illustrated and MMQB to work for NBC sports, and he joins John Clayton on Schooled with the Professor to go over some of the best memories of his esteemed football coverage career. Peter and John have known each other for more then 30 years - King covered the Cincinnati Bengals when Clayton covered the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they talked all the time. This episode, they cover his memories during his 29 years at SI and MMQB. SI gave him the freedom to use his contacts to go to NFL places reporters never entered. Peter talks about spending time riding with John Madden on his bus when he broadcast games, some of the times coaches and general managers allowed him to be in their draft room to open the draft (which happened nine times). Peter was also the first to get

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fred Jackson on playing in the American Flag Football League and how running backs are evolving in the NFL

Running backs are the main topic this week on Schooled with the Professor. Recently retired RB Fred Jackson talks about the halfback position and how it has changed through the years. Jackson had a long career with the Buffalo Bills and ended up with the Seattle Seahawks. He talked about his ex-teammate Marshawn Lynch, why he was so good, and his impact in the league. A big topic was the current running back position. When Jackson entered the NFL in 2006, backs had a heavier workload. Thousand-yard backs were plentiful. Last year there was only one RB who had 321 carries (roughly 20 carries a game) and only nine backs gained over 1,000 yards. As a result, only eight RBs are making $6 million a year or more. Jackson discusses the state of running backs in the NFL and hoping the position ge

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Gridiron Genius with Michael Lombardi

On Schooled with the Professor this week, you will really get a chance to get a great education. Former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi has a book coming out Sept. 11 that details the behind-the-scenes brilliance of three NFL greats: Bill Walsh, Al Davis and Bill Belichick. The book is called "Gridiron Genius, A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL." Lombardi worked with all three geniuses. Mike has always been known as a great student of the NFL, so he gives us a history lesson on why these men were so successful and goes into great deal on the differences in the way Walsh, Davis and Belichick build teams. It’s a great study and a great book. You can pre-order it now and should.