Matt Waldman's RSP Cast

By Matt Waldman

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Matt Waldman’s NFL and college football scouting podcast.

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Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 26: NFL Network’s Chad Reuter
57:45
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast welcomes NFL.com's Chad Reuter to the show for a conversation about media and NFL scouting, 2019 NFL Draft prospects, and the 2018 NFL season.   Chad Reuter is one of my favorites in this industry. A 20-year veteran in this industry, he's one of the early figures in online draft media. He's worked with Frank Cooney and was the lead draft analyst for CBS sports with Rob Rang. He's now a researcher for NFL Network. Chad and I sat down to talk about a variety of subjects in this hour-long conversation: Advice to aspiring media and NFL scouts and why the world does not need another mock draft site. Understanding that the workload of being a media or NFL scout is a different animal than a 9-5 and balancing the rest of one's life. Why the backgrounds of players really hit home now that he's parent. How his view of player backgrounds influences who he follows in this industry. Why Chad enjoys studying "the true skill positions" the most and who he's studied this summer that caught his eye. C Lamont Gaillard G Chris Lindstrom G Sam Mustiphor DL Jerry Tillery DE Keandre Jones LB Bobby Okereke QB K.J. Costello WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside TE Kaden Smith DE Oshane Ximines WR Jonathan Duhart Why Ed Oliver and Nick Bosa belong on another planet when discussing 2019 NFL Draft prospects. Underclassmen Chad says are showing well this year. WR Tee Higgins LT Andrew Thomas RB Kylin Hill WR/RB Laviska Shenault Sharing thoughts on Colorado State receiver Preston Williams and why he's like John Wick in a fight scene. Chad's thoughts on various NFL quarterbacks. In the early days of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio site, Chad graciously agreed to be a part of a Q&A that's still available on this site in four parts: Part I Part II Part III Part IV For college, NFL, and NFL draft analysis subscribe to the RSP site and receive notifications of the latest post via email. Scroll to the bottom of this page and simply enter your email address.
Sep 19, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep.25 WR Coach Drew Lieberman: The Art of the Catch
57:40
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast hosts The Sideline Hustle's Drew Lieberman for a conversation about the craft of catching the football and the college and NFL level. Drew Lieberman's The Sideline Hustle is an excellent resource for wide receiver play. A former quarterback at Mark Schofield's alumni of Wesleyan, Drew has coached wide receivers at Wesleyan and Rutgers and works with a variety of college and pro players. We had an excellent podcast last month on route running that is well worth your time. This week, we're focused on the art of catching the football. Here is what we discussed: Earning position to set up the catch. Why Chad Johnson could catch a ball on either end of a school bus. The importance of getting the head around at the right time. How receivers should attack the ball on specific routes and the value of finishing friendly. Why Miami's head coach Adam Gase has a theory on finishing friendly that differs from the masses. Winning the jump ball and why attacking the ball is harder than it looks. Why eye discipline is the most important part of catching the football. How evaluators can get a sense of a receiver's eye discipline in practices and camps. A review of hands techniques, grip strength, and the importance of the elbows when making the catch. Why Steve Smith is great part 100: Accelerating with the ball in the air while looking at the ball is unnatural and difficult. The importance of turning upfield immediately at the catch point. Coaching points on catching the ball in traffic and imminent contact. For college, NFL, and NFL draft analysis subscribe to the RSP site and receive notifications of the latest post via email. Scroll to the bottom of this page and simply enter your email address.
Sep 13, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 24: NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein
1:02:55
NFL.com's Lance Zierlein joins Matt Waldman's RSP Cast for a conversation about the process of scouting, lessons we've learned over the years, the players who taught us those lessons, and 2019 prospects who've caught our eye.  One of my favorite RSP Film Room episodes was the clinic that Lance Zierlein gave about offensive line play when we studied Washington's Brandon Scherff in 2014. Soon after, Lance accepted a job from the NFL to do scouting reports for the NFL.com website and appear on the NFL Network during draft season. Lance joined me for a post-Labor Day conversation about a variety scouting and player-related topics. Things Lance has learned about scouting over the years: The difference between scouting from a fan perspective and a team perspective. Why teams value physical traits highly, have standards for them, and give them a longer lifeline. Why it's ok to like a player you've assigned a lower grade than a player with a higher grade. The value of good football character. Players that helped Matt and Lance learn valuable lessons. Colts GM Chris Ballard's mentoring of Lance. Why you must do more than summarize how a player performed in college in a scouting report. Don't get into the weeds with football technique if you're overlooking that the player can get the job done at a high level. The value of studying NFL tape year-round as a preparation for studying college players. How Lance and I feel about the process of ranking players. Difficult evaluations for Lance and me and what we thought about each player. Matt: Raiders RB Chris Warren. Lance: Houston QB Deshaun Watson. Players from the 2019 NFL Draft class that have caught our eye this early. WR Tyre Brady WR Emmanuel Butler WR Olabisi Johnson RB Zach Moss Lance on his NFL.com gig as well as other lessons from Ballard. Areas of our scouting or the NFL's that we think can improve. For college, NFL, and NFL draft analysis (and occasional stuff like this), subscribe to the RSP site and receive notifications of the latest post via email. Scroll to the bottom of this page and simply enter your email address.
Sep 05, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 23: 15 Underused NFL Players
52:16
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast profiles 15 NFL skill players that Matt would want on his expansion team.  What if I won an NFL expansion team and I could acquire veterans to build it? Who are some of the skill players that I'd expect (and hope) would be on that list? After thinking about it for 20 minutes, 15 players came to mind — four running backs, three tight ends, seven receivers, and a quarterback. In this solo episode, I explain why these 15 players have the skill to become regular and productive contributors — if not starters — in the NFL. Some of them are old favorites who haven't performed to their potential for a variety of reason and others are players who've proven it on the field but aren't earning the playing time commensurate with their skill. For college, NFL, and NFL draft analysis (and occasional stuff like this), subscribe to the RSP site and receive notifications of the latest post via email. Scroll to the bottom of this page and simply enter your email address.
Aug 30, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast No. 22 Eric Stoner: Countering the QB Golden Age Narrative
49:16
In this RSP Cast, Eric Stoner and Matt Waldman discuss if there is an emerging golden age of NFL quarterbacking.  Pro Football Focus appears ready to pronounce this era as an emerging golden age of quarterbacking for the NFL. Eric Stoner remembers 2012, the year Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin, Andrew Luck, and Ryan Tannehill entered the league. Regardless of how compelling the excuses are for the rest, only one has definitively proven his value as a franchise player. Stoner and I have a conversation about the past few classes of quarterbacks, the value of the preseason for quarterback analysis, and what's in store for many of the names that have PFF gushing about future. Why the preseason isn't a litmus test for young quarterbacks. Why certain criticisms of preseason play-calling are misguided. Defining pivotal situations and crisis moments for quarterbacks. Why we're not in-tune with the maturity and readiness of young quarterbacks during the draft process. Things Eric is seeking from the following quarterbacks before feeling good about their progress. Josh Allen and handling crisis moments. Baker Mayfield and overcoming defenses specifically game planning to stop him. Arizona's short-term plan for Josh Rosen is a good one. Sam Darnold doesn't look aesthetically pleasing at all but he's getting it done but is he a slightly more advanced Blake Bortles? Examining the young veterans who are "for real," but the burden of expectations could lead to a step back before moving forward. Carson Wentz and Jared Goff are in great situations for their respective talents and still have room to grow. Jimmy Garoppolo also has a great situation thanks to the presence of Kyle Shanahan but will he perform well under crisis? Why Dak Prescott's challenges are the opposite of Blake Bortles before Leonard Fournette's acquisition. Who among these young veterans aren't you ready to place in that "for real" group? Jameis Winston and the leadership question. Marcus Mariota and Mitchell Trubisky will be two of the most interesting test cases for the current young, hotshot coordinator market. If you enjoyed this podcast and missed the first RSP Cast with Eric Stoner released on Thursday, you'll like our conversation about the Raiders offense and Jon Gruden, context and analytics, and a conversation about Adrian Peterson's comfort with a variety of run blocking. For college, NFL, and NFL draft analysis (and occasional stuff like this), subscribe to the RSP site and receive notifications of the latest post via email. Scroll to the bottom of this page and simply enter your email address.
Aug 25, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 21: Eric Stoner on Gruden’s Raiders, Analytics, and Adrian Peterson
31:13
Former Rookie Scouting Portfolio contributor Eric Stoner joins the RSP Cast for a conversation about Jon Gruden's offense, perspectives on analytics, and Adrian Peterson's knowledge of blocking schemes.  Eric Stoner has a good eye for the game. He no longer writes about football but he was the co-founder of Draft Mecca with the likes of Justis Mosqueda and Charles McDonald. He also contributed at Rotoworld and of course, spent his share of time writing here at the Rookie Scouting Portfolio. Eric and I often chat throughout the week about the game. Recently, we sat down and had a long conversation that I will be dividing into multiple podcasts. This week, we hit on three topics that flowed from one to the next: Why the analytics crowd bashing Jon Gruden would benefit from learning more about Gruden's history as a tactical offensive mind. Media-based analytics businesses and when their context about the game can be lacking. Adrian Peterson is more than a gap scheme runner. This is a quick 30 minutes of worthwhile information. In the next episode, we'll question the emerging idea that the NFL is entering a new golden age of young quarterbacks. For college, NFL, and NFL draft analysis (and occasional stuff like this), subscribe to the RSP site and receive notifications of the latest post via email. Scroll to the bottom of this page and simply enter your email address.
Aug 23, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 20: NFL Preseason and NFL Deep Dives and Patience Plays
50:09
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast examines NFL talents below the radar below the radar. A lot of college football and NFL tape has passed by these eyeballs during the past six weeks. Time to share... Overrated and underrated facets of preseason analysis. Now and Later: Young talents working behind the scenes that are worth your patience and monitoring at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end, including Chad Kelly, Roc Thomas, Chad Williams, Teo Redding, and Jacob Hollister. The best skill player I've studied thus far for the 2019 NFL Draft. For college, NFL, and NFL draft analysis (and occasional stuff like this), subscribe to the RSP site and receive notifications of the latest post via email. Scroll to the bottom of this page and simply enter your email address.
Aug 20, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 19: Darren Kramer And Football As Performance Craft
55:41
Matt Waldman and Darren Kramer — a professional musician, instructor, and football fan — discuss the amazingly relevant links between football and improvised music.  Now for something completely different...Most of you who read my work know that I'm a former musician and I link a lot of what I see in my work as a football analyst and evaluator of talent to my past careers — especially the craft of jazz improvisation. The deeper I dive into football, the more links I discover between practice, teamwork, technique development, performance, and evaluation. This week, I invited Darren Kramer to join me for a conversation about football as a performance craft. Darren is a freelance trombonist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator throughout the United States. He's performed with a diverse range of acts, including Matchbox Twenty, Tom Jones, Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, Michael Brecker, The Four Tops, and the Temptations. The Darren Kramer Organization is a world-class horn band that performs Funk, Soul, Latin Music, and Jazz Fusion. Darren and I discuss the nature of talent; the dynamics of performance; the value of practice; teamwork; and confidence as the root of good performance. As we do, we discover how much football has a balance of craft-to-science that's similar to that of jazz performance. We discover how easy it is to connect the dots between musical and football development; on-stage and in-game performance, and evaluating the skills of performers and groups in both spheres. It's one of those podcasts where you'll discover how much it opens you to a new word while also validating what you might have already known. For college, NFL, and NFL draft analysis (and occasional stuff like this), subscribe to the RSP site and receive notifications of the latest post via email. Scroll to the bottom of this page and simply enter your email address.
Aug 09, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast No. 18: Wide Receivers with The Sideline Hustle
50:12
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNK3kVPhzSc Matt Waldman's RSP Cast hosts Drew Lieberman of The Sideline Hustle, one of the best resources available to the public about wide receiver play. If you're a serious fantasy football player or a diehard fan who wants to absorb as much knowledge as you can about the game, Drew Lieberman and his site The Sideline Hustle is one you want to follow. Lieberman spent two years at Mark Schofield's alma mater of Wesleyan University as the team's wide receiver coach (like Mark, he also played quarterback there). Before Wesleyan, he worked at Rutgers in the role of player development as an assistant with offensive coordinator and former National Championship-winning football coach Ralph Friedgen and wide receivers coach Ben McDaniels (yes, Josh McDaniels' brother). Our conversation was one of my favorites thus far: Things the general public needs to learn about wide receiver play. What is the coverage triangle and why success with reading it is something the public aspect of scouting underestimates? Drew's commandments on releasing from the line of scrimmage. A continuing discussion about stride length that I had with Gene Clemons about Randy Moss and Steve Smith and carried it over with Drew. The craft of running vertical routes. The craft of running intermediates. The craft of executing breaks and why Michael Irvin's advice to A.J. Green, Julio Jones, and Greg Little was isolated to one idea and not all breaks. His favorite NFL receiver as a route runner not named Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham? His favorite rookie NFL receiver entering the league. Like the RSP, The Sideline Hustle is about the value of the process. Lieberman's teaching tapes on wide receiver play are the best I have seen online. They're brief, packed with information, and visually helpful. You can watch them 3-4 times and get a ton from them. For college, NFL, and NFL draft analysis subscribe to the RSP site and receive notifications of the latest post via email. Scroll to the bottom of this page and simply enter your email address.
Aug 03, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep.17 Bob Henry (Footballguys.com): 2018 Player Outlooks
41:36
Bob Henry, Footballguys.com's mastercraftsman of player projections, joins Matt Waldman's RSP Cast to share his thoughts on key players for the 2018 fantasy season. Bob Henry joined last week's show for a conversation about player projection methodologies. This week, Bob and I dispense with the theory and discuss which players he's high and low on for the 2018 fantasy season. Bob also shares some players who were difficult to project and discloses college players that we should be keeping an eye on for the future. The RSP Cast is unlikely to ever become a blatant fantasy football podcast. However, the topics will usually carry over to the hobby.  When I have fantasy analysts on the show, it will most likely be writers and analysts who present a compelling story or craftsmanship worth exploring. Bob's body of work definitely applies. On a related note, thank you for listening to the RSP Cast. I appreciate your responses to the program via email as well as the ratings and reviews on iTunes.
Jul 30, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 16 Bob Henry (Footballguys): Crafting Winning Fantasy Projections
21:30
One of the most accurate analysts since fantasy football found the Internet, Footballguys Bob Henry joins Matt Waldman's RSP Cast to discuss the process and craft of fantasy projections.  We've been in a golden age of fantasy football analysis and the proliferation of technology has led to a ton of new names worthy of praise in the industry. One of the original gangsters worth knowing is Bob Henry. He doesn't cultivate an audience like he used to because he no longer writes a weekly feature. This is why many of you in fantasy sports' social media age haven't heard of him. However, Bob is one of the best at ranking and projecting fantasy football talent. Before Footballguys.com stopped participating in Fantasy Pros accuracy analysis, there where often 2-4 of its writers perennially earning top-10 ratings for accuracy. For that five year period before this change (2010-2014), Bob was the top-ranked analysts in rankings accuracy among 200-plus in the industry.  He's also a three-time Fantasy Index Experts Poll winner that is heavily geared towards the value of preseason projections. Bob's data analysis and projections aren't as recognized as the work of popular writers who publish their weekly analysis, opinion columns, and podcasts, but his work is a significant engine that drives the most popular and valuable content at Footballguys, including the Top 250 Foward, MyFBGs, Rate My Team, and the Draft Dominator. Bob dropped by the RSP Cast to share 20 minutes of insights about projecting performance: The basics behind good projections. Common rabbit holes to avoid. Lessons learned. NFL trends. In the second part of our conversation, Bob and I spend another 40 minutes discussing specific players for the 2018 season.
Jul 26, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Episode 15, Defensive Line Play: Brandon Thorn, USA Football
46:12
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast welcomes USA Football writer, Brandon Thorn to the podcast for an in-depth discussion on defensive linemen, the value of today's running backs, and notable lines on both sides of the football.  In one way, this episode with Brandon (@VeteranScout)  is a good fantasy football podcast that isn't a fantasy football podcast. An analyst who specializes in offensive and defensive line play, Thorn recently participated in the first OL Masterminds Summit, featuring 26 of the NFL's best linemen working to share their knowledge and improve their overall games. On the surface, Thorn's knowledge-drop in this podcast doesn't always give fantasy football general managers an easy cheat sheet of answers to the test. However, he's sharing how to value defensive linemen, especially defensive tackles who provide potential IDP value as pass rushers and run-stoppers. Football fans and fantasy players should also pay close attention to Thorn's thoughts on the units on both sides of the ball: The league's stingiest run defenses. The offensive lines that match up well with the best run defenses. Run defenses and offenses on the rise. The weakest run defenses this year. The value of elite running backs in football. He also brings up the underrated play and value of Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin. If you're a true football fan, a student of the game, or a fantasy player who can connect the dots, you'll enjoy this episode.
Jul 26, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 14 Matt Bitonti, Footballguys: Offensive Line Review And Preview
50:08
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast has Matt Bitonti (@DraftDaddy) on the show for an in-depth discussion about NFL offensive lines heading into the 2018 season.  Whether you're a student of the game or a fantasy player — especially a fantasy player — you cannot ignore offensive line play if you're seeking knowledge that will help you understand the game. I'll be having several knowledgeable offensive line analysts on the show in the future, but I invited Matt Bitonti at this early stage of the podcast because there's a lot that I like about his grading process for these units. First, Bitonti factors cohesion into the process where many analysts only grade players separately.  Second, Bitonti grades the units weekly with the expectation of growth. For example, he's not trying to project in his July rankings where the Colts will be by season's end if Quentin Nelson plays to expectation. Instead, his rankings reflect what he's seeing as a present snapshot of the unit. He may explain his future expectation but he's not ranking predictively. Bitonti saves that analysis for Footballguys subscribers in a weekly article with Justis Mosqueda about trench matchups between offensive and defensive lines. This week's podcast features a productive and insightful discussion with Matt about offensive lines as a unit and previews where these various NFL units stand at this point of the year: What makes a good offensive line? How does Matt evaluate offensive line play as a unit? Who were some of the best lines last year according to his system? Who were among the worst? Which lines does Matt expect improvement? Which lines does Matt expect a decline in performance? Detailed thoughts on nearly half of the units in the league from top to bottom. Why the right tackle is often a good indicator of ground game performance. You can find Bitonti's analysis at Footballguys.
Jul 19, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 13: Dan Hatman, Scouting Academy
49:01
Scouting Academy founder Dan Hatman joins Matt Waldman's RSP Cast for a conversation about the business and craft of scouting, players, and player development. When I first met Dan Hatman, I was cautious about him and what he was doing. I've met terrific people and even made lasting friendships in this industry. However, the cross-section of football, fantasy football, and NFL Draft media has its share of people who don't have your best intentions in mind, or they promise a lot and deliver little.  I've heard about "scout schools" that often had reasons to view them with suspicion. There are football analysts that I know who have been vocal critics, citing that similar information can be gained for a lot less money. There's truth to the criticism, but those who make this point are often young adults. I don't claim to know life histories of all of these critics. However, those that I know have a lot more free time, fewer commitments to get in the way of learning the game on their own and lack the disposable income to enroll in a curriculum. Like some of them, I did it and continue learning without the benefit of any formal program.  Dan even uses the first article I ever posted on this site as a reading assignment for his students. Still, there are equally compelling benefits for enrolling in the Scouting Academy. Just because I'm proud of my journey doesn't mean it's the wisest one. If I didn't know the outcome in advance, I wouldn't go back and tell my younger self to do it. I began my journey with the game and my publication in my mid-30s. I had a good job and life commitments that made my path as a football student enormously difficult. I left my career and took a 60 percent pay cut to do this work and there was no nest egg to help me. I juggled jobs so I could maintain a daily practice of learning. I gave up a lot to do this work and that's a lot different than starting a new venture with nothing to lose and little to give up. While I wouldn't change a thing about my path, I learned a lot of hard lessons that I might have avoided if I had the benefit of attending a program like the Scouting Academy. Dan's business has made inroads with NFL teams and it's helping individuals learn more about the game in an organized manner. It has helped students become better analysts or even set them on a path towards the scouting profession. I haven't enrolled, but I know enough who have — and seen the results through their work — that I see its benefits. The fact that teams are seeing it — and I know some quality candidates with team visits who lost out to Dan's students for scouting jobs in the NFL — is another indication that Dan is doing good work. And no, I receive no financial compensation from the Scouting Academy and have zero business connections to them. This week, Dan joins me for a conversation about scouting: Lessons he's learned about scouting since leaving the NFL. The differences with scouting as an independent versus doing it as an NFL employee. Misconceptions fans have about scouting. Player-personnel departments that intrigue him based on their work or the people on staff. The state of wide receiver development. Young players in the league he's following closely. As always, Dan is insightful and generous with his time.
Jul 14, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 12: Josh Norris (Rotoworld) and Post-Draft Press Conferences
45:32
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast catches up with Rotoworld NFL Draft analyst and podcast host Josh Norris for a discussion about the value of post-draft press conferences. Why it was accidentally fitting that I referred to Josh as "Dan Morgan," at the beginning of the show. Patterns Josh has discovered that give readers a better sense of how coaches and teams view their draft. Are there underlying red flags or positive markers that press conferences reveal? Josh's list of players to whom we should be paying close attention based on these press conferences including... Antonio Callaway and why the Browns have the right coach for him and the willingness to put in the time. Justin Watson and the mission Tampa's GM had to get him. Chase Edmonds earning a big-time pre-draft player comp that Steve Keim. James Washington, the next quality receiver in a long line of successful Steeler receiver picks. Jaylen Samuels is a better replacement for LeVeon Bell right now than James Conner. How much value can we place on a position coach liking a player? A special thanks to those of you who’ve rated and reviewed the RSP cast as well as sent me feedback in other forms. During the next few weeks stay tuned for conversations with the Scouting Academy’s Dan Hatman, more from Doug Farrar and his soon to be released publication, The Genius of Desperation, and a session on player movement with "The Footwork King" Rischad Whitfield — whose clients have included Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Xavien Howard, Ed Oliver, and dozens more top NFL and college talent. For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
Jul 08, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 11: Mark Schofield, Quarterback Competitions, and Promising Young Starters
30:10
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast concludes its conversation with Mark Schofield about quarterbacks with a look at competitions and promising young starters The Tyrod Taylor-Baker Mayfield dynamic in Cleveland and why we're both Taylor truthers. Mark's thoughts on Jimmy Garoppolo Year Two in San Francisco: The hype is warranted, but don't expect it to come at once. The Joe Flacco-Lamar Jackson dynamic in Baltimore and don't forget Robert Griffin III's presence in the quarterback room. Two scenarios where Jackson could start sometime this year that have nothing to do with a Flacco injury. Patrick Mahomes is still giggle-worthy among scouts, coaches, and players and why he'll be a rollercoaster with sky-high hills and sickening dives. Why Mark thinks Blake Mack might be the guy to watch in Kansas City. A surprise announcement concerning the RSP site. A special thanks to those of you who've rated and reviewed the RSP cast as well as sent me feedback in other forms. During the next few weeks stay tuned for conversations with Rotoworld's Josh Norris, the Scouting Academy's Dan Hatman, and more from Doug Farrar and his soon to be released publication, The Genius of Desperation. For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
Jul 03, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 10: Mark Schofield QB Talk and Doug Farrar’s Genius of Desperation
31:59
Mark Schofield and I rehash the age-old sit-start debate for rookie quarterbacks and Doug Farrar stops by to discuss his new publication The Genius of Desperation.  What do Mark Schofield and I think the little kid versions of Josh Allen and Johnny Manziel would do with floaters at swim camp? How does salary cap impact sit-start decisions for rookies? And how did Doug Farrar decide to write a book about the history of football? Tune into episode 10 of the RSP Cast and learn the answers to these questions and more. Trigger Warning: Mark and I tease a conversation that we had about Patrick Mahomes but that will have to wait until the next episode (coming soon). For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
Jun 29, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast No. 9: Private Quarterback Training with Rich Bartel and Will Hewlett
53:39
Will Hewlett (above) and Rich Bartel, two nationally-known quarterback trainers, join Matt Waldman's RSP Cast for a conversation about private QB instruction and why it's getting more credit and criticism than it deserves in the national media when it comes to talent development and opportunity for advancement at the game's highest levels. When the Raiders cut Christian Hackenberg shortly after it acquired him in a trade with the New York Jets, Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko reflected upon Hackenberg and what he learned while reporting and writing a feature on the former Penn State star: https://twitter.com/RobertKlemko/status/1006877370567950336 https://twitter.com/RobertKlemko/status/1006877562520285185 https://twitter.com/RobertKlemko/status/1006877705680216065 Rich Bartell and Will Hewlett, two former college quarterbacks and current coaches of the position, responded to Klemko's statements on Twitter with a pair of short videos about the nature of private training and while they agree with Klemko that race and socioeconomics in America are variables that affect opportunities for success in football, they disagree with Klemko's statement that private training "has become essential for QBs" — something you wouldn't expect from two individuals in this industry who are critical about the world of private QB instruction. On this week's podcast, Bartell and Hewlett join Matt Waldman for a discussion about private training and where they believe racism and socioeconomics has the greatest impact on the quarterback development process. For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
Jun 25, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 8: Charles McDonald on Stats and Breaking Down Film
46:48
Charles McDonald of Football Outsiders and SB Nation joins Matt Waldman's RSP podcast to discuss his presentation on stats and film at MIT's Sloan Analytics Conference. If you don't know McDonald (Twitter @FourVerts), he's a frequent guest of the RSP Film Room and writes the Four Downs and Futures columns at Football Outsiders and he recently accepted a full-time role at SBNation. This week, McDonald and I discuss his presentation on stats and film that he gave at the Sloan Analytics Conference: A closer look at how writers should analyze defenders in the box pre-snap. How the Jaguars, Saints, and Chiefs' ground games thrived and faltered due to the manipulations of box counts and movement. The Chiefs' debt to Urban Meyer and debunking the analysis that the option game wouldn't work in the NFL. Why the Bills' offense explosive ground game in 2016 plummeted in 2017 and Tyrod Taylor had little to do with it. DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) explained. The Cleveland Browns offensive line and why sack rates can be misleading. A short tangent on DeShone Kizer and quarterback development. Matt Ryan's statistical decline is a misleading way to judge the quarterback. The effect of sack distribution of the Steelers and Jaguars defenses — the top two units in sack rate — and why one unit should have more sustainable success than the other. This is an excellent conversation that reveals the importance of context for analysis of any kind. For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
Jun 20, 2018
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast Ep. 7: QB Summit With Mark Schofield
46:19
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast pairs up with Mark Schofield of Inside the Pylon and Pro Football Weekly for a deep dive into quarterback evaluation. Quarterbacking is this week's entree (and avocado ice cream as the dessert) at the RSP Cast and it's always great to dig in with Mark Schofield: How our evaluation of the position has changed in recent years. What 'being right' means when studying the position. Players who reinforced and countered our evaluation process. The developmental leaps of Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. The progression of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. The difference between processing speed and play speed. Who would Mark insert into the Patriots offense if he could have any quarterback in the league to replace Tom Brady? If you enjoy this show, keep in mind that Mark and I only covered a portion of our topics this week. He'll be back within the month for another conversation. For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
Jun 13, 2018
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast Ep. 6: Football And Brazilian Jui-Jitsu with John Owning
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Football analyst John Owning, an instructor and international competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, stops by Matt Waldman's RSP Cast for a conversation about the martial art and how it helps him analyze football. If you subscribe to the RSP Film Room, you probably saw Owning and I break down Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa's film while he was at Ohio State or Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett at Texas A&M. Owning, a graduate of Dan Hatman's Scouting Academy, brought up Bosa's footwork as an edge rusher that needed to be addressed in the NFL — an insight that few, if any, mentioned pre-draft. Owning and I spent a half-hour discussing a variety of topics focused on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and football, including his thoughts on Chuck Liddell's PR event with the Browns: Owning's 100-pound transformation from a 275-pound lineman to an international competitor in BJJ. Where BJJ and football have commonalities. The football positions that would benefit most from BJJ training — there's at least one that will surprise you. Why leverage is more important than power on the football field — including player examples. Why Chuck Liddell's PR event in Cleveland was not a worthwhile teaching session for the Browns and a disappointing representation of the martial art applied to football. This was another fantastic guest appearance. If you think so too, rate and review the show after you give it a listen. For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio, now available for pre-order. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
Jun 07, 2018
Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep.5: Old Man Game
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Matt Waldman's RSP Cast discusses "Old Man Game." What is it? Who has it? And why is it an important consideration in football analysis?  In the age of fantasy football, sports betting, and sports data that encourages the masses to play the percentages, fans are encouraged to tread far from aging players. Learning how to spot and avoid egregious mistakes helps fans become smarter and fantasy owners and sports betters make safer decisions that lead to a satisfactory conclusion. This echoes a lot of corporate thinking: Identify the easy errors—the low-hanging fruit and fix them so the worker, team, and organization develop greater efficiency, perform to a higher standard of quality, and it will increase productivity. However, it's important for organizations to identify paths that defy convention and offer a path towards wild success, and it means taking a second look at paths convention has written off prematurely or without nuanced analysis. This week, I discuss players who have Old Man Game and the skills behind the label. For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio, now available for pre-order. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
Jun 03, 2018
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast Ep. 4: Josh Gordon, Emmanuel Butler, and Evaluating Athletic Ability
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Episode 4 of Matt Waldman's RSP Cast covers Josh Gordon, Emmanuel Butler, and the interplay of athletic, technical, and conceptual skills in prospect evaluation. This week's pod has three segments: NFL: Breaking down Josh Gordon. College: Using Gordon and the NFL lens to break down Northern Arizona receiver Emmanuel Butler. Craft: The role of athletic ability in prospect evaluation. Give it a listen! Within a few weeks, I'll have these podcasts on a platform so you can subscribe via iTunes. For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio, now available for pre-order. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
May 28, 2018
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast Ep. 3: The Craft of WR Evaluation with Matt Harmon
47:49
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast hosts Reception Perception creator Matt Harmon for a compelling discussion about receiver evaluation around 2018 NFL Draft pick Dante Pettis. I've done my share of podcasts, and I've hosted a lot of conversations in the RSP Film Room on YouTube. This is one of the best conversations about the craft of evaluating a position that I've recorded. Matt Harmon, creator of Reception Perception is my guest and we were both pumped about the outcome of this 45-minute discussion: Similarities and differences with our evaluation process. The value of alignment, route, and target data and how it applies to Dante Pettis. Who Pettis reminds us of in the NFL in terms of potential usage. The changes in the NFL and how it impacts our evaluation of receivers. The expected and unexpected outcomes of using a strict process for evaluating performance. How our information marries up when analyzing receiver player and using Pettis as an example. How an NFL team might use our information, or existing information like it, to analyze prospects. Why our discussion applies so well to the fascinating offseason acquisitions of the Oakland Raiders. Credit to RSP reader Matthew Klugman for suggesting the conversation. We had a fantastic time doing this and I think you'll find it a great listen.   Also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_kfLa1dTy7o For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio, now available for pre-order. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
May 05, 2018
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast Ep. 2: Day 2 Analysis of The 2018 NFL Draft
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Matt Waldman's Rookie Scouting Portfolio podcast reviews the skill players from Day 2, including an in-depth discussion on Browns runner Nick Chubb. I'll be launching a weekly podcast this spring-summer. This episode and the one I posted yesterday are rough production cuts but hopefully informative for those of you listening. Based on the response to the first episode, I cut another after Day 2 of the draft. Future episodes will remain 30 minutes and cover three areas most weeks: The NFL Lens: My thoughts on a player, unit, scheme, or team as it relates to the craft of evaluation. The College Game: My recent study of a player I'm evaluating for the Rookie Scouting Portfolio publication. Craft: Football is a performance medium. I'll be covering subjects that relate to the craft of performance that includes technical, strategic, emotional, and philosophical subjects that relate back to performance. Most of the time this will be about football, but not always.  I will often have guests during this segment. If you like this episode or the format I'll be using in the future, let me know. Keep in mind, this and yesterday's pod are rough cuts. There is no bumper music or production adornments that I'll have down the line. I'll have this pod available at other outlets as well.   For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio, now available for pre-order. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
Apr 28, 2018
Matt Waldman's RSP Cast Ep. 1: Day 1 Analysis of The 2018 NFL Draft
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Matt Waldman provides his early thoughts on the first-round skill picks in the 2018 NFL Draft.  If you follow my work regularly, you hear me on a lot of podcasts this time of year. Later this spring, I will be launching a 30-minute weekly pod on the craft of evaluation that covers the NFL and college games. I'll make these pods available on outlets beyond the Rookie Scouting Portfolio site. To get a little practice, I recorded a 30-minute summary of the first-round picks at the skill positions. This isn't a pod with all of the adornments you'll find elsewhere. I'll do that with future pods. For now, I'm acting on the urging of others to provide an outlet for RSP analysis that's consumable on a commute. If you qualify, let me know if you like the idea of me doing a weekly podcast.   For analysis of skill players, get the 2018  Rookie Scouting Portfolio, now available for pre-order. If you’re a fantasy owner the Post-Draft Add-on comes with the 2012 – 2018 RSPs at no additional charge. Best, yet, 10 percent of every sale is donated to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse. You can purchase past editions of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio for just $9.95 each.
Apr 27, 2018