NFL Draft

S3, Ep. 3: Arif Hasan, Optimum Scouting/Zone Coverage Minnesota


Arif Hasan of Optimum Scouting and Zone Coverage Minnesota joins me for a special 2018 NFL Draft edition of the Because of Sports Podcast for a special! In today’s episode we discuss the upcoming NFL draft, give our takes on the top prospects, what it was like having the Super Bowl in Minnesota, where teams go wrong in the draft process, and much more.  (more…)

S3, Ep. 2: Edward Aschoff, ESPN/College Football


Edward Aschoff of ESPN joined me on this week’s show to discuss college football, his move from the South to Los Angeles, how he would tackle some of the NCAA’s biggest problems, the differences between fans in the South vs. everywhere else in the nation, and what is the best tailgate experience in college sports.  (more…)

National Football League 2016: It’s Beyond Time To Fire Jeff Fisher


Jeff Fisher hasn’t guided a team to the playoffs since 2008 and is two losses away from a fifth-consecutive losing season with the Rams. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Imagine, for a moment, that someone knocked on your door with a stunning new Porsche. It has all the bells and whistles one would expect a luxury vehicle to have. Leather seats, a custom sound system, the perfect shade of black (or red, or blue) paint. But it has no engine or wheels.  (more…)

Ep. 7: Sam Mora, Jr., Quarterback Developer/Coach


In football, the most important position on and off the field is quarterback. The quarterback sets the tone for the team, and is the guy everyone on the team looks to as the example. Private quarterback development is a field that has taken off the last few years and one of the best in the business is Sam Mora, Jr. He has learned from some of the best coaches in football, and has since branched off to start his own company; working with dozens of the best High School and College players in the country. He’s helped train and develop players such as  Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty, Connor Cook, and Johnny Manziel, just to name a few.
But, most importantly, he’ll tell you he’s a developer of young men. Helping them to realize the key to reaching their goals and full potential is by applying systems and a regimen that emphasizes improvement beyond what’s scheduled. By doing this, he’s also helping to develop a more well-rounded individual through lessons from the sport they love. Something that I feel is just as important as anything a player accomplishes on the playing field.
Today’s podcast explores his role in the development of players at this pivotal position and how he mentors a players transition from High School to College to possibly the NFL (5:00). I ask him what he thinks the difficult part of the transition is from the players perspective (10:00), the economics of hiring a personal coach (17:00), why so many players have a hard time transitioning from college to the NFL (20:00), the perception of the black quarterback (27:00), player safety, and much more.
You can follow Sam Mora on Twitter (@SamMoraJr) and Instagram (@sammorajr or @sammorafootball). If you want to know more about what Sam does, check out his website
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Ep. 4: Evan Brennan, NFLPA Certified Agent


Today begins the three day event known as the NFL Draft. Hundreds of young kids will get the opportunity to realize their dream of making an NFL roster. I wanted to talk to someone who helps make those dreams a reality from a business standpoint. (more…)

College Football: Bowl Season Superlatives And A Way-Too-Early Top-10 For 2016

UCLA at Stanford

Iowa had no answers for Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey in the Rose Bowl. (Photo By: Nhat V. Meyer)

And then there was Alabama v. Clemson.

As I get back into the post-holiday swing of things I wanted to share a few notes/thoughts on the bowl season. (more…)

2015 NFL Preview: AFC Divisional Predictions

There is a lot to like about the Steelers, there are also a lot of questions. (Photo By/Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

There is a lot to like about the Steelers, there are also a lot of questions. (Photo By/Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

This is the year the AFC gets a little crazy.

There isn’t a dominant team despite what fans want to believe. There are teams that are beginning to see a shift in their fortunes. Most of those teams play in the AFC East, which is where the root of the craziness could occur this season.  (more…)

2015 NFL Preview: NFC Division Predictions

I like Seattle to win the NFC West again in 2015 despite a holdout from Kam Chancellor. But a division rival might have the last laugh in playoffs. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

I like Seattle to win the NFC West again in 2015 despite a holdout from Kam Chancellor. But a division rival might have the last laugh in playoffs. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Division and playoff predictions are tricky in the NFL.

Every week a team can look like a “team to beat” or the worst team you’ve ever seen. With the NFL only playing 16 games, one could put themselves in a situation to be roundly criticized for picking the wrong team without the benefit of hindsight.  (more…)

About Last Year: Previewing The Denver Broncos 2015 Playoff Outlook

Even at 39 Denver's 2015 playoff and Super Bowl hopes depend on the arm of Peyton Manning  (Photo: Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

Even at 39 the Denver Broncos 2015 playoff (and Super Bowl) hopes depend on the elite play of Peyton Manning. I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. (Photo: Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

Leading up to the start of the 2015 NFL season I will be previewing last year’s playoff teams and their chances for making it back to the postseason

2014 Overview:

Record: 12-4 (1st, AFC West)

Key Additions: Owen Daniel (Free Agency from Baltimore), Shane Ray (23rd overall pick, 2015 NFL Draft)

Key Losses: Julius Thomas (Free Agency to Jacksonville), Wes Welker (unsigned) (more…)

NFL Preseason 2015: The Problem In Washington? Right Now It’s Jay Gruden


Jay Gruden went 4-12 his first season in Washington. So far I don’t see personnel decisions that point to much changing in 2015.  (USATIS)

Jay Gruden is running out of the many excuses he shouldn’t have been afforded in the first place.  (more…)