Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Going back to Pittsburgh over the weekend and being surprised to find out my hometown, Braddock, PA, named Sunday, March 18thÂ after me put me in nostalgic mood for Schooled with The Professor. Thatâ€™s why we reached out to former NFL quarterback Charlie Batch. Batch played for the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers, but he grew up in Homestead, PA, a steel mill town just across the river from Braddock. With the downturn in the steel industry, both towns had major drop-offs in business. Both were tough towns. When I was going up in the 1960s, Braddock and Homestead thrived with businesses. That isnâ€™t the case now, but thatâ€™s why we talked to Batch. He is developing businesses and opportunities in Homestead with his foundations. Batch is also working on scientific evaluations tools
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Quarterbacks are in the news both in free agency and the draft. On SCHOOLED with the Professor, we caught up with former NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. Gradkowski is getting into broadcasting and scouting after his NFL career. He offers great perspective and opinions on the current state of quarterbacks in the NFL and also whatâ€™s ahead in the draft. He studied the current group of first-round picks and offers insight on whom he thinks could have promising NFL career. We also talk about how the big contracts given to quarterbacks impact the game and the value of quarterbacks currently. With quarterbacks being such a big topic, it was a good time to catch up with an educated student of the QB position.
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
The salary cap number was announced this week: $177.2 million. And teams have to be under the cap by March 14. On SCHOOLED with the Professor, we talked to cap expert Andrew Brandt. When the salary cap started, Brandt was an agent. He then spent almost a decade as the Green Bay Packers capologist and now writes about the salary cap for MMQB and The Athletic. We go through the history of the salary cap and talk about how it has evolved. Brandt talks about how the league changed for negotiations in 2011 when the NFL and NFLPA agreed to have a lower paying wage pool for rookies. Learn about the salary cap this week on SCHOOLED!
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
On this week's SCHOOLED, National scout and General Manager of Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services Dan Shonka breaks down the combine and NFL draft prospects with our one and only Professor John Clayton. Dan shares his analysis of the top quarterback prospects, his favorite running backs in what he says is a loaded class, and the weakest position group in this year's draft.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Last week the NFL made a major announcement that didn't get as much attention as it should. The league announced that all 32 teams will be receiving full analytics reports from Zebra, the Illinois based company that puts tracking devices on players and the football. John Pollard, who lives in Seattle, joins us on SCHOOLED with The Professor to talk about the advanced science of scouting. With the chips on the players' uniforms and in the football, Zebra can do analytical reports on every position. It can determine if a player is slowing down with fatigue. It can study the breakaway speed of a receiver. It can evaluate so many things about a quarterback. Pollard, for example, goes in depth discussing Russell Wilson. Though the tracking system, Zebra determined how Wilson buys more time in t
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Quarterbacks are in the news in the NFL: Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins. Kirk Cousins is a free agent. Patrick Mahomes takes over the Kansas City Chiefs. Jimmy Garoppolo signs a $137.5 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. With so many quarterback topics making headlines, we went to Joe Theismann, former Redskins quarterback, to get his opinions on the quarterback position in the NFL. Theismann likes the Smith trade and believes he fits in well in Jay Gruden's offense. He's really looking forward to see what happens to Cousins in free agency. Theismann is a big fan of Russell Wilson and spends plenty of time talking about Wilson's virtues and how Brian Schottenheimer will do as his offensive coordinator. Theismann is a big fan of players who love the game, and be
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Today on SCHOOLED with the Professor, Lesley Visser joins John Clayton live in Minneapolis to discuss her new book "Sometimes You Have To Cross When It Says Walk." Lesley is the only woman enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and shares her experiences being one of the pioneers of women in sports broadcasting, shares some great work stories about John Madden and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and she and The Professor make their Super Bowl picks!
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Offensive line is a big topic these days. The Seahawks changed offensive line coaches, going from Tom Cable to Mike Solari. Next week, Kevin Mawae and Steve Hutchinson are in the final 15 for voting in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Howard Mudd, a legend among offensive line coaches, joins us on SCHOOLED with the Professor, to take about the current state of the offensive line in the NFL. He didnâ€™t waste time getting into the Seahawks offensive line, and raves about the hiring of Mike Solari. Solari executes a theme that Mudd followed through his years of coaching. Mudd says itâ€™s the job of the offensive line coach to get the job done regardless of the talent. He stressed technique. Mudd details how Solari improved a troubled New York Giants offensive line last season. Mudd talks about
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Everson Walls played 13 seasons at cornerback in the NFL for the Cowboys, Giants, and Browns. Walls led the NFL with 11 interceptions as a rookie in 1981, which still stands as the most by a first-year player in NFL history. Walls is also the only cornerback in NFL history to lead the league in interceptionsÂ 3 different times. He is one of 15 finalists for the 2018 NFL Hall of Fame in his 20th and final year of eligibility.Â WallsÂ discussesÂ how much the game has changed,Â how much he hates "diva" wide receivers, andÂ asks the ProfessorÂ to get up there and "preach"Â to get him into the HOFÂ on this week's episode of SCHOOLED with the Professor.
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
One of the things the NFL has been watching is the development of wide receivers. Wide receivers have been getting bigger and better through the years. Herman Moore, one of the big receivers who started that trend, joins us on Schooled with the Professor to discuss the development of the receivers. He talks about the changes in offenses over the years. The NFL is a quarterback driven league but the receivers are gaining more stature. Moore talks about how offenses have grown and developed. He also talks about some of the top receivers in football on SCHOOLED.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Eric Dickerson stood along the Los Angeles Rams sidelines during the 42-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Even though he played in Indianapolis during his career, Dickerson was cold. He was shivering. But he looked like a proud father looking at a Rams team he was so happy to get back to Los Angeles. On SCHOOLED with the Professor, Dickerson talks about how the Rams have bounced back from a horrible first year in Los Angeles. Dickerson opens up about his struggles with the Rams front office last year. Disappointed with an offense that he thought had the design of a high-school offense, Dickerson was critical. The team told him they didnâ€™t want him along the sidelines anymore while Jeff Fisher was the coach. Fisher lost his job. Sean McVay has brought one of the most exciting offense i
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Los Angeles Rams come to Seattle on Sunday to determine which team is going to win the NFC West. Get ready for the game with a history lesson from a player and coach who has been on both sides as SCHOOLED with The Professor catches up with Nolan Cromwell. Nolan is a former Rams defensive back who made the leagueâ€™s all decade team. Heâ€™s been an assistant coach twice with the Rams, and also coached in Seattle on Mike Holmgren's staff. Cromwell starts by discussing the buildup of the Rams. He goes into great detail into how good Sean McVay is as a coach. In Green Bay, he coached on a staff with Jon Gruden as an assistant. Nolan makes the comparisons. He gives an evaluation of the Seahawks and where they are. Russell Wilson has many comparisons to Fran Tarkenton. His opinions are inter
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
This week on SCHOOLED with the Professor former NFL cornerback Ronde Barber (now a semi-finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an analyst for Fox) educates us on pass coverage in the NFL. Ronde talks about how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two-deep zone defense worked under Tony Dungy. He details how the Cover Two has morphed into the Cover One, Cover Three defense used by the Seahawks and several teams in NFL. And he goes into the evolution of the cornerback position back when he played and where it is now.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Seahawks/Eagles game is scheduled for prime time Sunday, so we're going prime time with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. You can hear Donovan on ESPN Radio every Sunday starting at 9 PST. On this week's SCHOOLED, Donovan goes in depthÂ describing how Andy Reid coached him into being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He breaks down the rapid rise of Carson Wentz, talks about the differences in the current offenses from when he played, details how more trickery is involved with the play calling, and talks about the play of Russell Wilson. He also breaks down the benching of Eli Manning, the future of Kirk Cousins and what he thinks about Dak Prescott in his second season.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
With Apple Cup Week here, it was a great time to catch up with former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf on Schooled with the Professor. Leaf was the perfect Cougar to discuss the Cougar-Huskies rivalry. He remembered his first start being against the Huskies in 1995. In great detail he takes us through the three-year process of getting the Cougars to the point in which they could beat the Huskies. In 1997, the Cougars, with Leaf at quarterback, beat the Huskies and won the PAC-10 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Leaf gives a great scouting report about Luke Faulk, whom he respects for his toughness and leadership. Ryan gives an incredible breakdown of the differences of the offense he ran for Mike Price and what Mike Price is going with the Air Raid in Washington State. Leaf also to
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
This SCHOOLED with the Professor, we're going old school: the evolution of quarterbacks with veteran sportswriter and winner of more than 250 journalism awards Lew Freedman. Lew is publishing a book that comes out December 15 that does a great job of discussing the history of passing offenses in the NFL. "Baugh to Brady: The Evolution of the Forward Pass" is going to be a must read. What I respect is Lewâ€™s great feel for the history of passing offenses and each stage of quarterbackâ€™s development. Sammy Baugh was the first true passing star in this NFL. Freedman talks about how he opened the eyes of NFL coaches that a quarterback can do more than just make handoffs. Baugh had great throwing skills and was probably two decades ahead of the league. Freedman takes us through the year. He t
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
I have the fortune to be the main fill-in on Movinâ€™ The Chains on Sirius XM NFL radio with is hosted by Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan. With the NFL at mid-season, it was a perfect time to catch up with Pat and discuss the trends of the league. Kirwan remains high on the Seahawks chances of winning the NFC West even though he has plenty of great things to say about the Los Angeles Rams. On SCHOOLED, we discussed the problems with offensive lines in the NFL this season. He went into great detail to identify why scoring is down in the league and the problems offenses are having. We talked about the dropoff a team has going from a good quarterback who is injured to a backup. Kirwan offered some great suggestions to improve the quality of play.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Dr. David Chao is one of the best injury experts around the National Football League. Former team doctor for the Chargers, Chao breaks down NFL injuries as they happen. He joins me on Schooled with the Professor to discuss the current state of injuries in the NFL. Chao explains how he watches games and then replays times when a player gets injuries. Not only can he pinpoint the injury but he can determine the length of time the player might be out. Thatâ€™s huge for fantasy players, but the information is vital for all fans. Chao goes in depth on how the studies the tape. Heâ€™s about 90 to 95 percent accurate on his conclusions. Weâ€™ll discuss some of the top injury trends in the league on Schooled with the Professor.
Monday, October 30, 2017
On Schooled with the Professor, mid-season is a great time to catch up on trends and what is happening on the field. Thatâ€™s why it is a great time to catch up with Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network. Jeremiah is one of the best in studying drafts. We took that information from the past couple draft and how they have played into this season. We talked about the difficulty of developing offensive linemen, and both agreed that more than two thirds of the league have offensive line problems. Jeremiah talked about how great the current rookie class of cornerbacks is and how quickly they are making impacts on teams. Shaquille Griffin of the Seahawks is a classic example. We talked about how the NFL is on a great cycle of getting good, young running backs and how they are impacting the older ru
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Seven weeks into the 2017 season marked a great time to catch up Mark Schlereth and talk football. Schlereth is now at Fox doing game analysis and studio work. For Schooled with the Professor, we got into a lengthy discussion about the bad state of offensive lines in the NFL. He recently did a Philadelphia Eagles game and came away thinking the Eagles _ at least for now _ might be the best team in the league. He is a big supporter of Carson Wentz, the Eagles quarterback. Last week, he did the Los Angeles Rams-Jacksonville Jaguars game and went into detail why he thinks the Rams are for real. He has a great take on why Rams coach Sean McVay is a star in the making. He also sees some hopes for the Arizona Cardinals, who seemed to wake up with trade for Adrian Peterson. Lots of great football