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Sep 2, 2019
Hi Chris, love the podcast. My question is are the 32 week 1 starting quarterbacks this season the best since the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002? Tony from Ireland
Chris Simms takes an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.
#140 - #AskMeAnything: Jerry Jeudy backlash, ranking Dak & Simms' biggest regret
Chris responds to the Jerry Jeudy uproar before he and Ahmed dish out more hygiene tips.
(4:25) WR Draft Ranks: How did Chris leave Jerry Jeudy out of his Top 5 when some fans see him as the next Stefon Diggs or Jerry Rice?
(16:00) 49ers: Could they take Jeudy in the first round?
(17:10) Raiders: Chris sees a couple WRs who Jon Gruden might like in Round 1
(20:05) Route-running is overrated: Who are some WRs who improved once they hit the NFL?
(24:30) Bill Belichick’s successor: Will it be Steve Belichick or Josh McDaniels?
(26:55) Hygiene: Chris suggests a new tooth-brushing strategy and Ahmed again regrets revealing too much
(32:45) Jaguars: Could they actually draft a QB in the First Round?
(35:15) Dak Prescott: Where does he fall in Chris’ QB rankings?
(38:50) Andy Dalton: What team should trade for him?
(42:30) Bo Jackson: Who are the fastest players in NFL history?
(45:15) Peyton Manning: If he was drafted by the Patriots, does he win as many rings as Tom Brady?
(49:40) Choose…2 WRs to throw to? 1 movie to watch over and over? 1 athlete to be for a day?
(1:00:30) NFL bar fight tournament: Would Aaron Donald and Chandler Jones be the top seeds?
(1:03:20) Simms vs Brady: Chris is confident he could take Tom
(1:05:25) Dream Offense: Simms picks the best teammates he ever played with
(1:07:30) Chris regrets: What’s the one throw he wishes he could have back?
(1:10:30) Did Chris hear a fan at Whole Foods?
|Apr 02, 2020|
#139 - NFL Draft 2020 WR Rankings: Big name misses the cut
Simms reveals his WR ranks for this year's draft class, and Paulie B is surprised by who didn't make the Top 5.
(3:10) How does the 2020 WR class compare to 2014?
(6:20) Paul gives love to Chris' 2019 WR rankings
(8:30) Why route trees are overrated for prospects today
(11:20) WR #5 - Tee Higgins "He's the premier jump-ball guy in the draft"
(16:25) WR #4 - KJ Hamler "Hollywood Brown makes me feel more comfortable about him"
(23:45) WR #3 - Henry Ruggs III "He's a game-changer...a lot like Tyreek Hill"
(31:45) WR #2 - Justin Jefferson “One of the can’t-miss prospects in the whole draft”
(40:45) WR #1 - CeeDee Lamb “DeAndre Hopkins’ size, but Jarvis Landry with the ball in his hands”
(45:55) Jerry Jeudy misses the Top 5 “I don’t think he’s as loved by the NFL as everyone thinks he is”
(50:25) Lamb: Should he get docked for beating lesser Big 12 defenses?
(55:20) Why did Chris put Higgins over Jeudy at #5?
(57:10) More honorable mentions: Brandon Aiyuk, Denzel Mims & Chase Claypool
(1:03:15) Laviska Shenault Jr. “I wouldn’t take him until the 3rd or 4th Round”
|Mar 31, 2020|
#138 - #AskMeAnything: Love>Tua, Jon Gruden nightmares & Toilet paper alternatives
We open the mailbag to answer your questions, especially the ones that make Ahmed uncomfortable.
(3:30) QB Draft Ranks: Chris defends why he has Tua Tagovailoa #4 and why Jalen Hurts didn’t make the cut
(11:05) Cam Newton & Jameis Winston: Chris calls B.S. on the Panthers, the Dolphins are a Cam sleeper, and have coaches given up on fixing Jameis?
(18:45) Draft: Do the 49ers go WR? Re-ranking the 2018 QB class. What draft bust was dealt a bad hand?
(27:55) Raiders: Who will the QB be at the end of this season? Is Marcus Mariota better than Derek Carr? And how Jon Gruden used to literally give Chris nightmares.
(31:15) Ahmed scouts where Chris would have ranked among the 2020 QB prospects, and he does not pull any punches
(33:20) Texans: After losing DeAndre Hopkins, is Houston still the AFC South favorite?
(36:50) Giants: How much of a leap can Daniel Jones make this year?
(39:10) Steelers: Do we buy that Ben Roethlisberger’s arm is in better shape now?
(41:35) Lions: Chris weighs in on Matt Patricia vs Darius Slay. Would Ahmed get a neck tattoo to guarantee a Lions Super Bowl?
(50:35) Simms Memories: What were the toughest and easiest defensive schemes he faced? When did Chris decide to retire?
(56:00) Legs & Ass: Chris picks his best in the 2020 Draft, and Ahmed picks his best in the NFL.
(1:01:15) What team would Chris play QB for right now?
(1:03:20) Eagles: Why haven’t they signed any help for Carson Wentz?
(1:06:30) If every NFL QB got into a bar fight, who comes out on top?
(1:09:00) If Chris or Ahmed ran out of toilet paper, what would they use next?
|Mar 26, 2020|
#137 - NFL Draft 2020 QB Rankings; Cam Newton released by Panthers
Simms reveals his QB ranks for this year's Draft prospects and makes Ahmed's jaw drop.
(1:00) Ahmed admits to some strange showering habits
(3:00) Chris explains why he was right about Patrick Mahomes and wrong about Daniel Jones
(8:45) QB #5 - Jacob Eason “His type of quarterback is a dying breed”
(14:50) QB #4 - Tua Tagovailoa “He plays small. He plays very small.”
(22:30) QB #3 - Jordan Love “You could argue he has the highest ceiling of all the QBs in this draft.”
(32:25) QB #2 Justin Herbert “He’s got the best arm of all of these guys.”
(42:30) QB #1 Joe Burrow “The cleanest film I’ve ever seen from a college quarterback.”
(49:30) How do the Tiers of the Top 5 break down? Is Burrow a cut above?
(51:45) Where would Kyler Murray & Drew Lock rank among this year's prospects?
(53:45) Sleepers who didn't make the Top 5
(56:25) Panthers cut Cam Newton - What is his ideal landing spot?
|Mar 24, 2020|
#136 – Free Agency Winners, AFC East favorite & Brady Feud
Chris is in studio while Ahmed checks in from his Detroit Lions-clad man cave to break down free agency news.
(4:35) Tom Brady to the Bucs: Ahmed wins a bet, and does Brady fit in Bruce Arians’ offense?
(14:45) Who are now the favorites in the AFC East & NFC South? Who finishes with a better record: Bucs or Pats?
(20:35) Top 5 Free Agency Winners (so far)
(57:20) Robin Hood - Free Agency: Chris sheds light on some underrated signings
(1:05:10) Brady Feud: Ahmed guesses the Top 5 best things about being the Bucs starting QB
|Mar 19, 2020|
#135 - Brady to the Bucs, DeAndre Hopkins vs Bill O'Brien, is Cam getting cut?
Florio & Simms break down all angles of Tom Brady to the Bucs, along with other breaking free agency news.
(3:20) Tom Brady is going to the Buccaneers; Was Jameis Winston one drive away from keeping his job? Florio is really excited by Tampa's schedule
(14:20) Does Brady want to reunite with Antonio Brown?
(16:45) Did DeAndre Hopkins and Bill O’Brien have a falling out?
(25:15) Cam Newton trade rumors; Will the Panthers end up cutting him?
(31:35) The Cowboys want Emmanuel Sanders
(34:20) The Bengals are spending in free agency, as promised
(37:30) How Coronavirus is delaying physicals and impacting free agency
|Mar 18, 2020|
#134 - Tom Brady says goodbye to Pats, Cam trade & Colts sign Rivers
Florio & Simms break down a big day of quarterback news, starting with Brady's stunning exit from New England.
(1:40) Tom Brady has left the Patriots; is he headed to the Buccaneers?
(9:40) Is Jameis Winston stuck being a backup?
(13:45) Panthers sign Teddy Bridgewater; will they find a trade partner for Cam Newton?
(21:20) Colts sign Philip Rivers; will they try to trade Jacoby Brissett?
(28:00) Are the Bears left deciding between Andy Dalton & Nick Foles?
|Mar 17, 2020|
#133 - Free Agency Day 1: DeAndre Hopkins & DeForest Buckner traded, Bears hunt for QB
On a wild first day of free agency tampering, Simms and Florio react to all the news.
(0:55) 49ers trade DeForest Buckner to the Colts
(6:45) What would Philip Rivers cost the Colts?
(10:05) Trade rumors for the Vikings and Stefon Diggs
(19:15) Which QB is best for the Bears: Teddy Bridgewater, Nick Foles or Andy Dalton?
(24:50) Jack Conklin agrees to big deal with the Browns
(29:45) After being traded to the Cardinals, DeAndre Hopkins is looking for a new contract
|Mar 16, 2020|
#132 - Final Predictions for Tom Brady & Philip Rivers; Tua to the Redskins in Rotoworld Mock Draft
It's a family affair as Chris & Big Phil get a final word on free agent QBs, and then Josh Norris walks us through his first mock draft of the offseason.
(2:05) Should the NFL postpone free agency due to coronavirus? One coach thinks it should.
(13:35) Free Agent QB Predictions: Chris & Phil give their final answers on where every passer will land
(15:15) Will Teddy Bridgewater definitely be a starting QB?
(22:10) Is Ryan Tannehill staying with the Titans?
(23:45) Could Jameis Winston be a fit for the Steelers?
(28:50) Big Phil believes the Chargers are committed to Tyrod Taylor
(32:20) Marcus Mariota could find a home out west, but not the Raiders
(36:15) Is Philip Rivers destined for the Colts?
(41:50) Will Tom Brady come down to the 49ers and Patriots, or are the Bucs a dark horse?
(52:01) Rotoworld's Josh Norris explains why he has Tua Tagovailoa to the Redskins in his first Mock Draft
(58:55) With Tristan Wirfs & Mekhi Becton, could this be a historic class for elite OTs?
(1:02:55) Is Jeffrey Okudah the hands-down best CB prospect?
(1:05:15) Who is the best WR in a stacked group? Jerry Jeudy? Henry Ruggs? CeeDee Lamb?
(1:14:15) What red flags do Chris & Josh see in Justin Herbert & Jordan Love?
|Mar 12, 2020|
#131 - Free Agency 2020 Preview: What's next for Tom Brady, Jadeveon Clowney & Derrick Henry?
Simms & Florio go position-by-position to get you ready for the start of free agency next week.
(3:40) QBs: Tom Brady - Does it come down to the Patriots and 49ers?
(7:30) Is Ryan Tannehill a Patriots target?
(8:50) Will any other QB sign before Brady?
(11:25) What is the trade market and timeline for Cam Newton, Andy Dalton & Nick Foles?
(13:05) Dak Prescott, Drew Brees & Taysom Hill - Any chance they leave?
(16:40) Speed Round: QB Carousel - For fun, Mike & Chris spit out some QB landing spots.
(23:15) PASS RUSHERS: Will Chris Jones and Yannick Ngakoue be traded?
(27:15) Tag: Yes or No? Shaquil Barrett, Arik Armstead, Bud Dupree, Dante Fowler Jr, Matt Judon
(37:05) How big will Jadeveon Clowney's contract be?
(40:05) CBs: Is Chris Harris Jr the best on the market?
(41:45) Will Byron Jones become the highest-paid CB in NFL history? Should he?
(45:40) SAFETIES: Should Anthony Harris be the top target over Justin Simmons and Jimmie Ward?
(48:45) WRs: Could Amari Cooper pass Julio Jones as the highest-paid WR in the league?
(51:10) A.J. Green - Should the Bengals keep him or trade him?
(53:15) Best of the rest: Should teams target Emmanuel Sanders, Robby Anderson & DeMarcus Robinson?
(56:25) RBs: Will Derrick Henry get a Top 5 RB contract?
(1:00:50) Best of the rest: Why Kenyan Drake fits perfectly with the Cardinals but might leave anyway
|Mar 10, 2020|
#130 - Brady or Jimmy G?, Trade Winners and Ugliest Uniforms
Big Phil weighs in on AJ Green & Tom Brady, Chris breaks down this week's trades, and Ahmed is very confident in his sprinting. Plus the guys move from helmets to ugliest uniforms.
(2:10) Big Phil calls B.S. on Ahmed's 40-yard dash boast
(4:55) Kentucky native Phil has a surprising take on the Bengals helmets
(6:10) Should the Bengals keep AJ Green for Joe Burrow?
(10:50) Brady Watch: Could the Patriots be targeting Ryan Tannehill?
(20:10) Who is better right now: Tom Brady or Jimmy Garoppolo?
(36:20) Panthers-Chargers trade: what the film told Simms about Trai Turner & Russell Okung
(44:30) Assessing the AJ Bouye trade and the CB market
(52:00) Should the Texans target Sammy Watkins?
(58:00) Top 5 Ugliest Uniforms: will Chris double-down on his Bengals take?
|Mar 05, 2020|
#129 - Brady & Burrow Combine rumors, Damn! Okay Justin Herbert, & Franchise Tag Speed Round
Simms & Ahmed dissect some buzz coming out of Indy, praise the top Combine performers, and do a quick run-through of franchise tag candidates.
(3:35) Combine Rumors: What teams can we rule out for Tom Brady? What do the Pats do if he leaves (Andy Dalton or Ryan Tannehill)? And Chris & Ahmed make a Brady bet.
(16:30) Does Joe Burrow want to go to the Bengals? Did he ask them to keep AJ Green?
(20:00) Are the Redskins seriously interested in Tua Tagovailoa? "Tua scares the crap out of me."
(24:35) Andy Dalton to the Colts? "Jacoby Brissett is not going to be the starting QB this year."
(25:20) Jaguars want to trade Nick Foles? Where does he fit on the Simms Trust Tree?
(29:20) Damn! Okay: Combine Edition - Praising a ridiculous wide receiver class
(32:00) LSU WR Justin Jefferson "He'll definitely be a 1st round wide receiver"
(32:45) Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb "Size and really crafty"
(34:30) Alabama WR Henry Ruggs "I think he's more fluid than Tyreek Hill"
(36:40) Baylor WR Denzel Mims "DeVante Parker but more explosive"
(38:40) Michigan WR Donovan Peoples-Jones "Is he just a workout star?"
(40:00) Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy "The best receiver in the draft"
(40:30) Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool "Freak of nature"
(43:35) LSU QB Joe Burrow "Handles himself like a pro"
(44:30) Oregon QB Justin Herbert "Potential to be a superstar"
(49:25) Louisville OL Mekhi Becton "It's the footwork that had me excited"
(51:40) Iowa OL Tristan Wirfs "His legs are special"
(53:35) Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons "The NFL is looking for these types of guys"
(55:00) Mississippi St LB Willie Gay Jr "I bet he's going to thrive in the NFL environment"
(56:20) Utah DB Javelin Guidry "That's a position where speed usually translates"
(57:50) Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor "His 40 time helped him out more than anyone else"
(59:50) Arizona St P Michael Turk "Punters are physically-gifted dudes"
(1:01:40) Franchise Tag Speed Round: Derrick Henry or Ryan Tannehill? Tag Amari Cooper? Trade Yannick Ngakoue?
(1:11:20) Ahmed lobbies for The Lateral Revolution. Chris is not on board.
|Mar 03, 2020|
#128 - Combine interviews with Justin Herbert, Matt Rhule, and Zac Taylor
Simms is at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indy with Florio, talking to coaches, GMs, and prospects
(0:17) Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor on the pressures of having the #1 pick, Andy Dalton's future, and why he disagrees with Simms about the Bengals helmet needing a re-brand.
(9:50) Oregon QB Justin Herbert drops by the set on why he'll throw at the Combine, getting used to throwing an NFL football, why he wants to coach after his playing career, and his surprising answer to who his hero was growing up
(17:00) Panthers Head Coach Matt Rhule chats about why he's watching 2015 film of Cam Newton, Cam's uncertain future with the team, and why Combine week is unique having just come from the college game
|Feb 25, 2020|
#127 - Playoff Expansion, Best Helmets & This Year's Ryan Tannehill
Chris & Ahmed react to the news that the NFL wants to add 2 more playoff teams, they look at some potential big impact free agents & finish up our helmet debates by naming the NFL's best.
(2:35) Playoff Expansion - Do we want 7 seeds in the postseason?
(18:50) Drew Brees is returning to the Saints
(24:15) Which 2020 free agent is This Year's...Shaq Barrett? (backup who breaks out as a starter on his next team)
(28:25) ...Ryan Tannehill? (backup QB who becomes the starter midseason)
(30:25) ...Tyrann Mathieu? (veteran leader who boosts a locker room)
(33:20) ...Za'Darius Smith? (under-the-radar player who becomes a star on his next team)
(37:25) ...Dee Ford/Frank Clark? (tagged and traded)
(41:05) Odell Beckham, Jr.? (surprise trade)
(49:55) Top 5 Best Helmets - Chris & Ahmed reveal their lists as we wrap up our helmet debates
|Feb 20, 2020|
#126 - Worst Helmets in the NFL, QB Carousel Trust Tree & Top Non-QB Storylines
Chris is back from vacation, and he and Ahmed dive into the offseason with some QB carousel talk and the worst helmets in the NFL.
(4:20) QB Carousel Trust Tree: Chris ranks Dak Prescott & the other (possibly) available QBs he trusts most
(6:00) Does Simms trust Tom Brady more than Drew Brees?
(9:25) Would you rather have Teddy Bridgewater or Taysom Hill this season?
(16:30) Ryan Tannehill places high in the tree. Marcus Mariota...not so much.
(20:20) Should Jameis Winston be guaranteed a starting job somewhere in 2020?
(24:40) Would Chris rather trade for Matthew Stafford or Cam Newton?
(31:00) Biggest Non-QB Offseason Storylines
(33:05) Chris Jones may be the best player available in free agency
(35:30) Are Amari Cooper & AJ Green going to get tagged?
(38:40) Is a surprise trade coming for Jalen Ramsey?
(42:40) The 49ers have some tough decisions to make
(47:30) Will the Raiders, Rams & Chargers making a splash move for their new stadium?
(54:20) Ahmed reveals the Top 5 Worst NFL Helmets
(57:40) Were the Bengals named after a stove?
(1:03:00) Chris gives his Top 5 worst helmets
(1:09:00) Chris doesn't care about the XFL
|Feb 17, 2020|
#125 - Russell Wilson on getting more offensive weapons and the secrets of a 2-minute drill; plus crazy Gruden stories with Maxx Crosby, and having a catch with Jake Fromm
(1:45) Simms and Florio speak with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson about adding more superstars around him, should Seattle have gone for it on 4th down vs Green Bay, 2-minute Russ vs huddle-up Russ, and whether or not Jimmy Fallon really kick-started his last contract negotiations.
(16:25) Simms and Raiders DE Maxx Crosby share some crazy stories about Jon Gruden, discuss what it's like playing against Patrick Mahomes, and the pending move to Vegas
(26:05) Jake Fromm stops by to have a catch with Simms. They discuss how his baseball background impacts his throwing, emulating Drew Brees, and being overlooked among this year's top QB prospects.
|Feb 13, 2020|
#124 - Dak Prescott, Frank Gore, Tarik Cohen, and Aaron Jones
Simms is on a beach in the Caribbean, but he's got four killer interviews from Super Bowl week for you, including a star QB about to get paid, and a Hall of Fame RB who's mean-mugging Chris:
(1:50) Cowboys QB Dak Prescott on what he learns from watching Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes, why he won't call Aaron Rodgers about Mike McCarthy, and what he's most looking forward to when signing a new deal.
(11:45) Bills RB Frank Gore doesn't hold back and gives Simms a piece of his mind about why he should be considered a no-doubt Hall-of-Famer.
(25:55) Bears RB Tarik Cohen on why people should believe in Mitchell Trubisky, and his prowess in the gym.
(35:30) Packers RB Aaron Jones joins Simms & Florio to make sense of the Packers no-show in the NFC title game, Aaron Rodgers' love of scotch, and why he deserves more credit as a star RB.
|Feb 10, 2020|
#123 - #AskMeAnything: Bucs for Brady, worst NFL helmet & fans on horses
Chris & Ahmed dive into twitter questions from the homies for another #AskMeAnything. Also Big Phil comes on to give his Super Bowl thoughts, the guys react to some wild photos from the Chiefs victory parade, and Ahmed properly buries the 49ers.
(3:05) Big Phil talks about crushing his pull-up challenge from Ray Lewis
(10:00) What film showed about Patrick Mahomes' Super Bowl that TV didn't
(16:15) Is Jimmy Garoppolo the future for the 49ers?
(20:20) Does Phil have a problem with any Kyle Shanahan decisions?
(32:00) When Chris first knew Mahomes would be a star
(39:30) #AskMeAnything: How can the AFC West compete with the Chiefs?
(41:20) Why don't more teams use the Shanahan running scheme?
(44:30) Why do the numbers lie with Richard Sherman?
(47:05) Are the Buccaneers a good fit for Tom Brady?
(51:50) Will Tua Tagovailoa's left-handedness affect his draft stock?
(53:05) Which draftees is Chris excited to see at the Scouting Combine?
(55:45) Should the Packers trade up for Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy?
(57:20) Will the Lions ever not make Ahmed miserable?
(58:50) Can Chase Young make the Redskins a playoff contender?
(1:00:55) Chris trashes the Bengals helmet, and Ahmed wants to rebrand them
(1:03:30) How does Simms feel about the Jaguars playing more games in London?
(1:04:35) A Jersey lesson in Taylor Ham
(1:06:35) Fan on a horse? Fan in a tree? Chris & Ahmed Look at Pictures: Chiefs parade edition
(1:12:15) Requiem For a Team: The homies (well, 2 homies) asked for it, so Ahmed eulogizes the 49ers
|Feb 06, 2020|
#122 - Super Bowl LIV recap: Mahomes prevails, second-guessing Shanahan, and Chiefs dynasty underway?
Chris & Ahmed get into the logistics of sleeping with the Lombardi Trophy before they break down the Chiefs win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
(2:40) On Patrick Mahomes: "The best player on the field prevailed"
(5:50) Dissecting Kyle Shanahan's playcalls after another blown Super Bowl lead
(14:50) Was Shanahan afraid to put the game in Jimmy Garoppolo's hands?
(17:50) What The &*%! Happened on Mahomes' huge 3rd & 15 pass to Tyreek Hill
(27:00) "Richard Sherman is not one of the 10 best corners in football"
(30:40) Why wasn't George Kittle running routes with the 49ers' season on the line?
(34:20) In praise of Steve Spagnuolo
(38:30) Are Andy Reid and Mahomes starting a dynasty?
(42:15) Damn! Okay: Chris names his runner-up for Super Bowl LIV MVP, and it's not Damien Williams
(46:00) Simms explains why Frank Clark hates Jimmy G
(52:25) Ahmed goes to hypothetical-land with Tom Brady and the 2020 49ers
(54:20) Who Would Have Guessed? Simms reacts to some surprising stats from Super Bowl LIV
(58:00) What's next for the 49ers, and Ahmed sets an over/under for Mahomes rings
(1:01:20) A Freudian slip convinces Simms that Drew Brees is coming back, and Frank Gore is pissed at Chris
|Feb 03, 2020|
#121 - Super Bowl Picks, Props, and live audience Q&A from Miami
Simms & Florio take the PFTPM/Chris Simms Unbuttoned Joint Collaboration on the road to the Playwright Irish Pub in Miami Beach to take audience questions, hit some Super Bowl Props, and make their final picks
(5:00) The guys begin with a game of Would You Rather: Mahomes arm or Hill's speed? Mahomes arm or Jimmy G's looks? Block Nick Bosa or be blocked by George Kittle?
(13:55) Q&A from the audience, including some angst about Tom Brady's future, what the Dolphins might do at QB, and what will happen with Drew Brees
(23:25) Another game of What's More Likely: Lamar's chances at back-to-back MVPs, Browns in the playoffs, Rodgers' status in Simms' QB ranks, and Cam Newton's future.
(31:45) More Q&A, including Simms' legendary story about sabotaging Jeff Hostetler's cleats, the club of coaches who were infatuated with drafting Patrick Mahomes, and Reid vs Shanahan on Sunday.
(45:45) Super Bowl Prop Bets: largest lead by either team, over/under jersey number 26.5 for the first TD, and will the old mantra 'tails never fails' hold true again.
(1:06:10) The guys make their Super Bowl picks. Simms explains his reasoning for siding with an old friend, while Florio shocks the world.
|Jan 31, 2020|
#120 - #AskMeAnything Super Bowl Edition: Mahomes vs Saleh, Andy Reid's HOF case & 49ers-Chiefs Hunger Games
Simms & Florio start Super Bowl week in Miami by taking questions from Marsh Melo Mafia, El Taco and other loyal homies.
(1:01) The time young Chris pissed off Danny DeVito on Regis Philbin's show
(5:25) How much will Shanahan & Saleh change their strategy against Patrick Mahomes?
(12:00) What can the 49ers D take from the Chiefs losses this season?
(18:25) Does Andy Reid need a ring to make the Hall of Fame?
(22:00) Who would win a Hunger Games between the 49ers & Chiefs?
(25:25) Better potential sumo wrestler: Fletcher Cox or Aaron Donald?
(28:05) Who has the special teams edge in the Super Bowl?
(31:00) Florio claps back at the haters
(36:25) Deebo Samuel reminds us of...
|Jan 27, 2020|
#119 - 49ers & Chiefs weaknesses, the unprecedented Patrick Mahomes, and Super Bowl stories with the Big Effer
Chris & Phil recap the Championship games and take a first look at Super Bowl LIV between the 49ers & Chiefs, & the Big Effer tells some Super Bowl week stories.
(2:45) Phil talks about the Arrowhead Stadium atmosphere at the AFC Championship
(6:20) How did the Chiefs stop Derrick Henry?
(11:30) Have we ever seen anyone like Patrick Mahomes?
(21:15) How much can you blame Aaron Rodgers for the NFC Championship loss?
(29:00) What is the biggest weakness for the 49ers and Chiefs?
(32:10) Phil tells Super Bowl stories: "We had fights"
(39:40) Thoughts on Jason Garrett to the Giants & Jay Gruden to the Jaguars
|Jan 22, 2020|
#118 - Mahomes' epic run, 49ers roll the Packers & Super Bowl LIV first glance
Chris & Ahmed recap a Conference Championship weekend where Simms favorites Patrick Mahomes and Kyle Shanahan both came through, and they take an early look at Super Bowl LIV.
(1:30) Chris has a big announcement about tickets to our first live podcast in Miami
(3:50) Chiefs 35-Titans 24 The turning point for the KC defense against Derrick Henry
(11:05) WTF Happened on Patrick Mahomes' epic TD run?
(20:20) Damn! Okay for a Chiefs skill player who is finally earning his contract
(23:55) 49ers 37-Packers 20 How San Francisco dominated Green Bay again
(26:55) WTF Happened on Raheem Mostert's untouched TD on 3rd & 8?
(36:00) What went wrong for the Packers?
(39:10) Chris has praise for how far Kyle Shanahan has come
(45:55) Requiem For a Team: What lies ahead for Ryan Tannehill & Derrick Henry?
(55:10) What does Aaron Rodgers need before his window closes?
(58:45) The 2 Robbies have a bone to pick with Simms
(1:01:00) Super Bowl LIV First Glance 49er throwbacks, best bet for MVP and "he's the best D-lineman in this game"
|Jan 20, 2020|
#117 - Conference Championship Picks: Stopping Henry & Mahomes, Rodgers for the upset, & Simms defends butts
Florio relishes his Best Bets title before the guys go deep on the Championship Sunday matchups, with questions from the homies.
(3:05) Storytime: When Evil Roger Goodell met Real Roger Goodell
(5:45) #6 Titans at #2 Chiefs: Can the Chiefs stop Derrick Henry? Can the Titans stop Patrick Mahomes?
(14:35) Ring Ding Dong has a Mahomes question
(23:05) #2 Packers at #1 49ers: Why the Week 12 SF blowout was closer than it appeared
(32:10) International Touch has an idea for how Aaron Rodgers can avoid the 49ers pass rush
(39:20) Florio has a rant about a Packers play call
(49:25) Player prop bets - Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill? Davante Adams or George Kittle?
(58:40) Lemons and Cocunuts has Chris getting defensive about butts
(1:00:20) Best Bet - Mike takes a favorite and Chris goes with an over/under
|Jan 16, 2020|
#116 - Luke Kuechly retires, Joe Burrow vs Trevor Lawrence & previewing Conference Championships
Chris & Big Phil chat about the latest NFL news and take an early look at the Conference Championship matchups.
(4:55) Luke Kuechly retires: Is he a Hall of Famer?
(9:15) George Young makes the Hall of Fame: Phil tells some stories about his former GM
(15:25) Early draft talk on Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence & Justin Herbert
(24:20) Previewing Titans-Chiefs: Can the Chiefs stop Derrick Henry?
(36:00) Previewing Packers-49ers: Will this a repeat of the Week 12 blowout?
(44:30) Phil talks about the playoff rematch he was most scared for
|Jan 15, 2020|
#115 - Divisional recap: Chiefs crazy comeback, 49ers crazy crowd & Would You Rather tackle Derrick Henry
Chris & Ahmed recap the Divisional Round by second-guessing some coach decisions and Chris finishes with an epic rant against the Browns.
(2:45) Chiefs 51-Texans 31 Why Chris never thought the Chiefs were out of it
(5:45) Mulligan Monday: should Bill O'Brien have gone for it on 4th-and-1 early?
(8:55) Chris calls O'Brien hot seat talk "insane"
(14:05) Why couldn't the Texans cover Travis Kelce?
(19:10) Bad tweets & how "Big Buck Chuck" launched the Chiefs comeback
(22:50) Ahmed makes a case for taking Andy Reid over any other coach
(26:05) Titans 28-Ravens 12 Tajae Sharpe trolls Mark Ingram
(27:40) Would You Rather tackle Derrick Henry or...
(33:50) Earl Thomas' ill-fated trash talk
(34:45) Mulligan Monday: was John Harbaugh too aggressive on 4th down?
(39:45) Did the Ravens make a mistake by resting in Week 17?
(47:55) Packers 28-Seahawks 23 Ahmed questions Seattle's early-game strategy with Russell Wilson
(53:20) Chris apologizes for calling the Packers the worst #2 seed he's ever seen
(56:30) Damn! Okay Davante Adams
(59:15) Mulligan Monday: Pete Carroll's punt on 4th-and-11
(1:04:15) 49ers 27-Vikings 10 Simms raves about the playoff atmosphere at Levi's Stadium
(1:06:30) "The 49ers running game is as exciting as some teams' passing games."
(1:13:45) Browns hire Kevin Stefanski "Cleveland is back to the mistake on the lake"
(1:21:30) Requiem for a Team: Ahmed eulogizes the Texans, Vikings, Ravens & Seahawks
|Jan 13, 2020|
#114 - Divisional Picks: Deshaun vs Mahomes, Russell Wilson vs ooooh Aaron Rodgers & Florio goes with his heart
With Florio on the verge of clinching the Best Bets title, he and Simms give their Divisional picks.
(2:55) #6 Vikings at #1 49ers: Florio predicts overtime
(11:00) #6 Titans at #1 Ravens - "I'm curious how much Bill Belichick helped Mike Vrabel this week"
(17:20) #4 Texans at #2 Chiefs - Deshaun Watson vs Patrick Mahomes in a shootout?
(22:45) #5 Seahawks at #2 Packers - "This is the most 50/50 matchup of the weekend"
(30:00) Prop bets - Lamar Jackson & Derrick Henry rush yards? More passing yards: Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers?
(44:25) Best Bets - Mike goes with over/unders while Chris likes an upset.
|Jan 09, 2020|
#113 - Coaching Hires for Cowboys, Giants & Panthers
It's a shorter pod with Big Phil to talk about the 3 coaching hires of the week: Mike McCarthy to the Cowboys, Matt Rhule to the Panthers and Joe Judge to the Giants.
(1:20) Chris touts Big Phil's legendary dad strength
(5:20) Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy: "He is truly buttoned-up"
(9:07) Why McCarthy might work better with Dak Prescott than he did with Aaron Rodgers
(12:00) How did McCarthy's offense run stale in Green Bay?
(17:06) Panthers hire Matt Rhule: How Rhule reminds Big Phil of Bill Parcells
(21:45) Giants hire Joe Judge: "I didn't expect the Giants to go this route"
(23:50) Praise for Wink Martindale & Eric Bieniemy
(27:55) Do the bad Patriots receivers reflect poorly on Judge?
(31:50) Chris gives some insider info he got during the Giants coaching search
|Jan 08, 2020|
#112 - Wild Card recap, Cowboys hire McCarthy & the end for Brady and Brees?
Chris & Ahmed react to the Cowboys coaching hire, recap the Wild Card games and give a first look towards the Divisional Round.
(3:00) Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy "This made the most sense"
(8:20) What does this mean for Dak Prescott?
(9:35) Playoff parity is back!
(11:40) Vikings 26-Saints 20 (OT) How did Minnesota's D slow down the Saints?
(15:10) Is Michael Thomas to blame for Drew Brees' fumble?
(18:30) Is Sean Payton ready to turn from Drew Brees to Taysom Hill?
(21:55) Did we see the death of Primetime Kirk Cousins?
(24:30) Was Kyle Rudolph's TD pass interference?
(26:45) "Has Drew Brees played his last game in New Orleans?"
(27:40) Titans 20-Patriots 13 "Has Tom Brady played his last game in New England?"
(29:00) Ahmed has Chris rank possible Brady 2020 destinations
(32:55) "The Titans exposed New England's flaw"
(37:15) Breaking down the Titans game-changing goal-line stand
(41:30) Mike Vrabel's time shenanigans: "he had a great feel for the game"
(43:50) "Brady doesn't make any plays. That needs to be talked about."
(47:50) Texans 22-Bills 19 (OT) "It starts with the Deshaun Watson greatness factor"
(51:10) The downside of Deshaun's game-winning play
(52:30) Defending Josh Allen
(57:50) Explaining the illegal blindside block on Cody Ford
(59:55) Which Bill is to blame for Duke Johnson's 3rd-&-18 conversion on the game-winning drive?
(1:04:05) Seahawks 17-Eagles 9 Was Jadeveon Clowney's hit on Carson Wentz dirty?
(1:08:50) Jim Schwartz's gameplan: "I don't get it"
(1:15:05) Chris takes a DK Metcalf victory lap
(1:17:50) Speed Round: Divisional Round Preview
(1:22:15) Requiem For a Team: Ahmed says goodbye to the 4 Wild losers
|Jan 06, 2020|
#111 - Wild Card Picks: Tannehill vs The Terminators, Kirk Cousins vs "salty" Saints & Birds vs Birds
Simms rejects Florio's regular season championship and the guys give their Wild Card picks.
(2:40) Bills-Texans: Is Josh Allen playoff-ready?
(9:15) Can the Texans move the ball without Will Fuller?
(12:40) Can Tre'Davious White handle DeAndre Hopkins?
(16:30) Titans-Patriots: "If I'm going to be wrong, I'm going to be wrong because I believe in the Terminator."
(20:15) Does Tom Brady have anyone to attack the Titans secondary?
(22:30) "Ryan Tannehill to AJ Brown is the hottest combo in the sport"
(27:55) How did Chris feel in his first career playoff game?
(31:35) Vikings-Saints: "This could be the kind of loss that makes the Vikings reevaluate their organization."
(36:15) Can Kirk Cousins beat the Saints without a running game?
(42:00) Seahawks-Eagles: "The Eagles have won 4 straight, but who have they beaten?"
(46:00) How the Eagles defense can stop Russell Wilson from beating them.
(50:00) "In all 4 games, I've selected the QB with more playoff experience."
(52:15) Best Bets: "The Bills under is an automatic"
|Jan 02, 2020|
#110 - What was Belichick thinking, the worst 2-seed ever, and will Cowboys go celebrity coach hunting?
Chris Simms & Ahmed Fareed recap an eventful Week 17, take a first look at the Wild Card round, and react to the early happenings on Black Monday
(3:30) 49ers-Seahawks: What happened during the final chaotic sequence? And how the Seahawks could have schemed up a better play against the 49ers coverage.
(21:00) Aaron Rodgers leads a comeback in one of his worst games ever, and the Packers "might be one of the worst 2-seeds I've ever seen"
(25:45) Why Green Bay could ruin the Super Bowl
(27:00) "Yesterday was another perfect example of the greatness of Carson Wentz"
(31:15) Could the Eagles shock the world and win more than 1 playoff game
(32:30) It was not the best day for Stephon Gilmore, but it's time the Patriots give him a break
(36:40) What the **** was Bill Belichick thinking at the end of the half - could he have been sending a message to Tom Brady?
(43:20) Wild Card Speed Round: best QB matchup, underrated & overrated players, and kicker most likely to pull a Parkey
(50:05) Which game is most likely to have some crazy shit happen?
(51:40) It doesn't matter that the Cowboys hire a big name; but they need a "true NFL guy"
(57:20) "My #1 guy for the Giants would be Josh McDaniels"
(1:00:45) The biggest appeal for Ron Rivera taking the Redskins job
(1:03:30) Freddie Kitchens: "Why give him the job a year ago?"
(1:07:40) Pop Quiz! Multiple 1,000-yard receivers, Le'Veon's rough season, and 30-30 guys
(1:18:10) Bruce Arians throws serious shade at Jameis Winston
(1:21:00) Potential landing spots for Jameis if he's done with the Bucs
|Dec 30, 2019|
#109 - Week 17 Picks: Return of Beastmode, danger for the Eagles, and the Jameis 30-30 Watch
Despite taking a rough tumble down the stairs on Christmas Eve, Florio is ready to make his Week 17 picks with Simms:
(4:10) Browns-Bengals: Can Freddie Kitchens do anything to save his job?
(7:20) Falcons-Bucs: The Jameis 30-30 Watch is here and it's spectacular
(10:35) Bears-Vikings: Does Mike Zimmer need to play his guys to regain momentum after a MNF flop?
(16:45) Saints-Panthers: Amazingly, the Saints could be 13-3 playing on Wild Card weekend
(20:10) Packers-Lions: Rodgers vs Blough- how do you think it'll turn out?
(23:00) Jets-Bills: Perhaps the biggest 'What If' team gets a chance to finish on a high note
(27:20) Chargers-Chiefs: Does KC have an incentive to lose and setup a first round game with the Bills?
(31:15) Dolphins-Patriots: Can Brian Flores ruin the bye for Bill Belichick?
(33:50) Cardinals-Rams: Changes are coming in LA
(35:50) Colts-Jaguars: Can Doug Marrone do anything to save his job? And could Gardner Minshew make himself some money with a good performance?
(39:35) Raiders-Broncos: Oakland's improbable chance at the playoffs
(42:35) Steelers-Ravens: RG3 gets a showcase game, and will the Ravens regret not knocking out their rival?
(47:30) Titans-Texans: Should Houston rest up or gun for the 3-seed?
(51:05) Redskins-Cowboys: If you don't think Dallas could blow this game, then you don't know Dallas
(55:30) Eagles-Giants: Despite last week's win, danger looms for Philly
(58:30) Florio declares victory in 2019, but the ruling is up for dispute
(1:00:05) 49ers-Seahawks: How much impact will Marshawn Lynch have?
(1:11:30) Best Bets: Over/Unders might be the better play than going against the spread.
|Dec 27, 2019|
#108 - #AskMeAnything Holiday Edition: Cowboys collapsing, Chiefs peaking & Home Alone plot hole
With the holidays upon us and the playoff picture rounding into form, Chris & Ahmed open up the mailbag to answer your questions.
(3:00) Are the coaches or the players to blame for the Cowboys collapse?
(7:50) Why did the Cowboys go away from Ezekiel Elliott?
(10:50) How to fix the Cowboys? "I'd fire the coaching staff."
(13:05) Are the Eagles destined for the NFC Championship?
(15:50) Does the Simms family open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
(17:50) How did Emmanuel Sanders get wide open on 3rd & 16?
(22:45) Why is Kyle Shanahan still giving carries to Tevin Coleman?
(24:40) How to fix the Rams next season
(26:00) We finally clear up how to pronounce Jaquiski Tartt
(29:45) Chris already has his pick for 49ers-Seahawks
(32:00) Can Marshawn Lynch save Seattle?
(35:10) Is Chandler Jones a superstar?
(37:00) "They lost me at 'egg' and 'nog'"
(39:40) Can the Chiefs win the Super Bowl without a bye?
(42:25) Chris gives an early Super Bowl prediction
(45:10) How could Kevin McAllister mistime his mac 'n' cheese?
(48:15) Speed Round: Simms' favourite O-line & D-line players?
(50:45) What kind of gel does Chris put in his hair?
(52:00) Is Phish the best live band in the world?
(53:35) Bills-Patriots: Does Chris have renewed faith in the Pats offense?
(55:05) What is Bill Belichick writing in his notebook?
(57:10) Was John Brown's TD on Stephon Gilmore or Devin McCourty?
(1:00:45) Is Tre'Davious White a Top 5 CB?
(1:03:45) Chris names his Defensive Player of the Year
(1:04:35) Should the Ravens play their starters against the Steelers?
(1:06:00) Are the Packers a Super Bowl dark horse?
(1:08:35) Hot Seat Speed Round: Will Derek Carr be on the Raiders next season?
(1:11:15) Is Lincoln Riley a fit for the Redskins?
(1:12:40) Who is the Giants next head coach?
(1:14:40) Most underwhelming player this year?
|Dec 23, 2019|
#107 - Week 16 Picks: Divisions on the line in Rematch Week
With some pivotal rematches on the slate, Florio & Simms pick every game of Week 16.
(3:30) Saturday: Texans at Buccaneers "It would be typical Texans to blow this one."
(6:10) Saturday: Bills at Patriots "This is not the same Patriots we've seen this decade."
(10:25) Saturday: Rams at 49ers "The 49ers understand they can't limp into Week 17."
(17:00) Jaguars at Falcons "I don't think getting rid of Tom Coughlin cures everything in Jacksonville."
(20:10) Why Gardner Minshew could save Doug Marrone's job.
(23:45) Ravens at Browns "The best running game in history is coming to town."
(27:20) Panthers at Colts "I think the Panthers are in not-so-subtle tank mode."
(31:40) Bengals at Dolphins "Joe Mixon's been playing like a superstar the last few weeks."
(34:30) Steelers at Jets "Le'Veon Bell is going to be determined to get revenge on Pittsburgh."
(40:00) Saints at Titans "Janoris Jenkins is a gamechanger."
(44:20) Giants at Redskins "I feel like last week was a sendoff for the season for the Giants."
(50:20) Lions at Broncos "Matt Patricia has gotten his free pass for next year, I don't know how the players feel about that."
(53:10) Raiders at Chargers "I think Rivers delivers in his last home game for the Chargers."
(56:00) Cowboys at Eagles "If the Cowboys lose this game they all deserve to be fired."
(1:01:40) Cardinals at Seahawks "The Seahawks don't put anyone away."
(1:03:45) SNF: Chiefs at Bears "Andy Reid is going to solve Matt Nagy & Chuck Pagano."
(1:08:05) MNF: Packers at Vikings "Do I trust Kirk Cousins? I don't know."
(1:13:25) Chris tries to thread the needle again with one of his Best Bets
|Dec 19, 2019|
#106 - Rematch Week, All-Decade RBs & WRs and Five-Minute Fantasy
There's a twist to this packed Wednesday's podcast as Simms & Ahmed look ahead to What The %^&! Will Happen in 4 big divisional rematches. Ahmed also gives some All-Decade lists, Big Phil joins after a brief hiatus, and Josh Norris comes on set for some fantasy championship advice.
(1:45) The guys bid farewell to the man behind the camera, John "Johnald" McDonald
(3:45) Chris recaps his 3 most impressive QB seasons of the decade
(6:15) What The ^&*! Will Happen: Bills vs Patriots "The Bills put too much on Josh Allen back then."
(11:45) "That was the start of the Patriots offense getting worse."
(14:45) What The ^&*! Will Happen: Rams vs 49ers "The Rams got physically dominated in Week 6."
(19:00) "Jimmy Garoppolo was shaky as hell then. He has changed his play."
(26:30) Big Phil makes his triumphant return with praise for Lamar Jackson & Greg Roman
(32:45) All-Decade Running Backs Pop quiz: who has scored the most TDs this decade?
(44:30) Ahmed stumps Phil & Chris on the defender who has started every game this decade
(48:10) All-Decade Wide Receivers Phil & Chris disagree on the best WR this decade
(54:00) "The Saints offense is Sean Payton living out his life as a QB through Drew Brees"
(58:30) What The ^&*! Will Happen: Cowboys vs Eagles "The Cowboys don't make sense."
(1:04:30) All-Decade Bust Team Johnny Manziel only an honorable mention?
(1:09:00) What The ^&*! Will Happen: Packers vs Vikings "They jump out on teams, and then can't put you away."
(1:13:30) Five-Minute Fantasy with Josh Norris Can fantasy players trust Ryan Tannehill & DeVante Parker in their championship?
(1:21:30) Josh quizzes Chris and Ahmed on the most surprising championship-winning performances of the decade
(1:28:45) Requiem for a Team The guys say goodbye to the Colts, Bears & Broncos
|Dec 18, 2019|
#105 - Falcons shock 49ers, Cowboys roll Rams, and Deshaun & DeAndre take over
It's a little different format this Monday, as Chris & Paul break down the most pivotal plays from Week 15 in What The &*#! Happened fashion.
(3:45) Falcons 29-49ers 22 "Atlanta did as good a job as I've seen at stopping the 49ers"
(9:45) Which CB is to blame for Julio's game-winning TD?
(18:15) Cowboys 44-Rams 21 "They have feasted on the poor. They finally won one against the rich."
(20:15) Eagles 37-Redskins 27 Philly's game-winning TD: "They already ran this for a TD earlier in the game"
(26:45) "That's why they drafted Dwayne Haskins in the Top 15"
(28:00) Seahawks 30-Panthers 24 "Is it a plus or minus that the Seahawks are winning all their games close?"
(29:30) Packers 21-Bears 13 Davante Adams' TD on 4th & 4
(38:00) Vikings 39-Chargers 10 "Danielle Hunter Defensive Player of the Year: yay or nay?"
(40:30) Texans 24-Titans 21 "It was all Deshaun Watson & DeAndre Hopkins"
(48:00) "Ryan Tannehill & AJ Brown are special"
(50:20) Bills 17-Steelers 10 Josh Allen's game-winning TD
(53:15) Duck Hodges' 4 INT: "That was dumb. I have no other way to say it."
(59:40) Patriots 34-Bengals 13 Stephon Gilmore "at what point is he going to be talked about as Defensive Player of the Year?"
(1:01:00) Chiefs 23-Broncos 3 "Snow problem for Mahomes & Kelce"
(1:02:15) Giants 36-Dolphins 20 "Happy trails, Eli Manning"
(1:04:15) Jaguars 20-Raiders 16 "Sad trails, Derek Carr"
(1:06:15) Buccaneers 38-Lions 17 "When you play in Bruce Arians' offense, you're going to throw interceptions"
(1:09:15) Cardinals 38-Browns 24 "Kyler completes Browns meltdown"
|Dec 16, 2019|
#104 - Week 15 Picks: Cowboys reeling, Bills back in primetime, & Shanahan's revenge
Simms swept Florio in 4 games last week, and they disagree on another 4 in Week 15.
(5:30) TNF: Jets at Ravens "The Ravens don't need to use all their ammunition tonight"
(8:45) Seahawks at Panthers "The Panthers were falling apart before they fired Ron Rivera"
(11:10) Patriots at Bengals "Spygate 2 is the kind of thing Belichick uses to light a fire under his team"
(14:00) Buccaneers at Lions "I think the Bucs win even if Jameis doesn't play"
(18:00) Bears at Packers "Who has Green Bay beaten this year?"
(21:45) Broncos at Chiefs "Patrick Mahomes played one of his worst games of the year last week"
(25:30) Dolphins at Giants "I just don't give a damn about Eli Manning anymore"
(28:30) Texans at Titans "The Texans might not make it to the playoffs at all"
(33:00) Eagles at Redskins "Carson Wentz is working with a collection of nobodies"
(36:20) Browns at Cardinals "It's the Heisman showdown, Mayfield vs Murray!"
(38:50) Vikings at Chargers "We saw Xavier Rhodes on the field less, which is the right thing to do"
(45:45) Jaguars at Raiders "This is the Super Bowl for the Raiders"
(47:30) Rams at Cowboys "Sean McVay cracked the Seahawks, who run the same defense as the Cowboys"
(52:00) Falcons at 49ers "I'm picking 28-3"
(58:05) Bills at Steelers "I worry about the Bills protecting Josh Allen"
(1:02:40) Colts at Saints "The Colts linebackers can cause problems for Alvin Kamara & Michael Thomas"
(1:05:30) Simms takes an upset as one of his Best Bets
|Dec 12, 2019|
#103 - Lamar breaks Bills blueprint, Drew Lock's big day & Simms' Trust Tree
Chris & Ahmed dive into how the Bills defended Lamar, Denver's bright future with Drew Lock, and who Chris trusts the most down the stretch.
(4:00) Ravens 24-Bills 17: Hayden Hurst's 61-yd TD "Did the Bills crack the code on Lamar?"
(12:10) Will teams start hitting Jackson more?
(18:30) "Michael Vick is a better athletic specimen than Lamar Jackson"
(21:20) Damn! Okay "Is Matthew Judon developing into a superstar?"
(23:00) "The Ravens showed no respect to the Bills wide receivers"
(26:20) Broncos 38-Texans 24: Drew Lock's big day "Drew Lock has a game-changing arm""
(33:15) "Deshaun Watson did not have his best game"
(40:00) Rams 28-Seahawks 12: Todd Gurley "He is not the superstar he was in 2017. He's still really good."
(46:00) "Seattle's defense doesn't have enough corners."
(49:30) "We're not going to give Jared Goff the credit."
(53:00) "Russell Wilson missed a few throws"
(59:20) The Trust Tree - How much does Chris trust...
(1:02:00) Matt LaFleur in the playoffs?
(1:05:30) Carson Wentz with no weapons?
(1:07:15) Josh McDaniels to fix the Patriots offense?
(1:09:20) Ryan Tannehill in 2 games vs the Texans?
(1:13:20) Devlin Hodges vs the Bills defense?
(1:14:30) Le'Veon Bell when he's sent home sick?
(1:16:10) Raiders fans to not tear apart the Black Hole in their last game?
(1:18:15) Requiem for a Team - Ahmed eulogizes 6 more teams whose playoff hopes are dead
|Dec 11, 2019|
#102 - 49ers win Game of the Year, Pats offense is broken, and Ravens beat up Josh Allen
Paul & Chris recap every Sunday game of Week 14, starting with 49ers-Saints in the Game of the Year.
(2:30) Film Deep Dive #1: 49ers 48-Saints 46 "This was more fun than Chiefs-Rams from last year."
(6:30) The difference between Sean Payton & Kyle Shanahan
(11:45) Breaking down George Kittle's huge play on 4th & 2
(17:30) Simms on Jimmy G: "The 49ers are the best team in football, and they're going to win the Super Bowl"
(24:10) How did the Saints gash the 49ers defense?
(30:00) "I question if Sean Payton knew the rule on the fake punt"
(33:30) Rams 28-Seahawks 12 "McVay has found his groove"
(36:20) Packers 20-Redskins 15 "The Packers have to ride Aaron Jones"
(37:15) Vikings 20-Lions 7 Damn! Okay Danielle Hunter
(39:00) Film Deep Dive #2: Chiefs 23-Patriots 16 The homies give their one word to describe the Pats
(43:00) "Steve Spagnuolo New England-ed New England in New England!"
(46:00) "Tom Brady right now doesn't want to take that hit"
(53:20) "It was one of the worst games I've ever seen Patrick Mahomes play."
(1:01:30) Ravens 24-Bills 17 "I promise you Josh Allen was sorest man in NFL this morning"
(1:03:00) Broncos 38-24 "That's why Lock was my 2nd-highest rated QB in the draft"
(1:05:30) "The Texans are a different team without Will Fuller. They need him."
(1:07:15) Titans 42-Raiders 21 "Are the Titans the most dangerous team in the AFC after Baltimore?"
(1:09:15) Steelers 23-Ravens 17 "The Steelers have a Super Bowl defense"
(1:12:00) Browns 27-Bengals 19 Paul is tired of the Cleveland drama
(1:14:15) Buccaneers 38-Colts 35 A history pop quiz based on The Full Jameis Experience
(1:16:20) Falcons 40-Panthers 20 The non-kicking adventures of Younghoe Koo
(1:17:15) Chargers 45-Jaguars 10 Austin Ekeler joins the double-triple club
(1:19:00) Jets 22-Dolphins 21 Brian Flores was angry, and Chris agrees
|Dec 09, 2019|
#101 - Week 14 Picks: Lamar vs Bills defense, 49ers & Saints battle for a bye, and Mahomes-Brady III
With some potential playoff previews on the slate, Simms & Florio pick every game in Week 14.
(4:30) TNF: Cowboys at Bears "One play by the Bears defense could win this game."
(6:45) Panthers at Falcons "I think everyone was shocked by the Ron Rivera news."
(9:00) Ravens at Bills "The only thing that's going to stop the Ravens is an injury to Lamar Jackson."
(13:30) Bengals at Browns "Even if the Browns run the table, I don't think it's enough to save Freddie Kitchens."
(15:20) Redskins at Packers "The Packers are the worst great team this season."
(20:15) Broncos at Texans "After beating the Patriots, the Texans have a swagger."
(24:30) Lions at Vikings "When will they think about benching Xavier Rhodes?"
(27:45) 49ers at Saints "On the turf, the advantage goes to San Francisco's offense."
(31:15) Dolphins at Jets "The Dolphins impressed me last week."
(32:50) Colts at Buccaneers "I'm done with the Colts."
(36:30) Chris tells the story of Peyton Manning's Monday night comeback vs Jon Gruden
(38:30) Chargers at Jaguars Minshew-mania is back, and "Philip Rivers could get benched at any moment."
(41:15) Steelers at Cardinals "I like the matchup of Kyler Murray vs T.J. Watt."
(44:20) Chiefs at Patriots "Everyone in Boston is trying to blame anybody but Tom Brady."
(49:15) Titans at Raiders "Derek Carr feels that red hot poker on his ass."
(51:50) SNF: Seahawks at Rams "It's the last time Pete Carroll will play a game at the Coliseum."
(56:00) MNF: Giants at Eagles "If the Eagles fall behind, it's going to get ugly."
(58:50) Two of Florio's Best Bets come from the same game
|Dec 05, 2019|
#100 - Panthers fire Ron Rivera, Seahawks burn Xavier Rhodes & QB Contender Word Association
We made it to Episode 100, which is about 99 more than we thought we would. Chris & Paul hit some What The F$%! Happened, Word Association for playoff contenders & Rotoworld's Josh Norris joins us with advice for the start of the fantasy playoffs.
(2:30) Seahawks 37-Vikings 30: David Moore's 60-yard TD "I would just bench Xavier Rhodes"
(9:00) How six O-linemen helps Russell Wilson's deep ball
(12:15) Will Mike Zimmer's defense struggle down the stretch?
(15:45) Rams 34-Cardinals 7: Jared Goff's big game "McVay deserves more credit than anybody"
(24:00) Chiefs 40-Raiders 9: Patrick Mahomes "The NFL has caught onto the Chiefs offense"
(27:50) How will Bill Belichick defend the Chiefs this week?
(30:10) What's behind Patrick Mahomes low stat lines?
(39:20) QB Contender Word Association "Ryan Tannehill is taking advantage of everything that is there"
(42:00) Josh Allen "Can somebody take notice of what we're seeing here?"
(46:20) Duck Hodges "Deep ball throwing can be safe too"
(49:40) Taysom Hill "He's just a freak of nature"
(52:20) Kirk Cousins "How many points do you want him to score?"
(55:00) We welcome Josh Norris to the set to talk about the Panthers firing Ron Rivera
(1:02:45) Fantasy Playoffs Advice for players in tough matchups: Chiefs offense at Patriots
(1:05:45) Cowboys offense at Bears "I could see Dak Prescott being a Top 8 QB this week"
(1:09:10) Saints offense vs 49ers "Jared Cook is a major difference-maker"
(1:13:30) Why does NFL Twitter hate Taysom Hill?
|Dec 04, 2019|
#99 - Ravens top 49ers in the rain, Texans trick Pats & Simms still concerned about Chiefs
Chris & Ahmed take your questions as they recap a big Week 13 Sunday, and Ahmed buries a few teams in Requiem For A Team.
(2:20) Ahmed gives his percentage odds of a Ravens-49ers rematch in the Super Bowl
(3:45) Film Deep Dive #1: Ravens 20-49ers 17 "This was the first time all year the 49ers D-line didn't win the battle"
(14:15) "Fred Warner is the Bobby Wagner of this defense"
(18:00) Why the 49ers should have thrown more to Deebo Samuel & Emmanuel Sanders
(26:30) Texans 28-Patriots 22 Breaking down the DeAndre to Deshaun trick play TD
(31:45) Did the Patriots offense salvage something with their late-game TDs?
(34:10) "This is where I see Tom Brady slipping"
(40:30) Who is most to blame for New England's offense?
(42:30) "Will Fuller is the key to the Texans offense"
(46:30) Chiefs 40-Raiders 9 Despite the win, Simms & ManBearPig are both concerned about the Chiefs offense
(49:15) Derek Carr struggles again in cold weather
(53:30) Rams 34-Cardinals 7 Ahmed names Jared Goff the NFL MPP
(57:15) Packers 31-Giants 13 Happy birthday, Aaaaaron Rooooodgers
(1:00:15) Steelers 20-Browns 13 "Devlin Hodges is a natural at the deep ball"
(1:03:00) Titans 31-Colts 17 "Derrick Henry is doing it again"
(1:07:00) Dolphins 37-Eagles 31 How did the Eagles not adjust to DeVante Parker?
(1:12:15) Redskins 29-Panthers 21 "There's no such thing as tanking."
(1:15:40) Bengals 22-Jets 6 "The Jets roster is a bigger problem than anything"
(1:19:00) Buccaneers 28-Jaguars 11 "As we stand here, Gardner Minshew is better than Nick Foles"
(1:21:45) Broncos 23-Chargers 20 "Drew Lock made some big-time throws"
(1:24:15) Requiem For A Team In a new segment, Ahmed eulogizes the teams eliminated from playoff contention
|Dec 02, 2019|
#98 - Week 13 Picks: Lamar vs 49ers defense, Browns-Steelers rematch & Florio picks between his 2 favorite teams
Simms takes a victory lap for threading the needle before he and Florio get into all the post-Thanksgiving games of Week 13:
(2:50) 49ers at Ravens "San Francisco has the formula to slow down Lamar Jackson."
(8:50) Redskins at Panthers "Dwayne Haskins' selfie is a microcosm of the Redskins victory lap."
(10:50) Jets at Bengals "What the upside for Andy Dalton to play again?"
(13:30) Titans at Colts "The Colts are better than 6-5."
(17:30) Buccaneers at Jaguars "We picked the Jaguars to win the division, and they're screwing us!"
(21:30) Eagles at Dolphins "This is a chance for Carson Wentz to quiet some of the doubters."
(24:30) Why the Eagles made a mistake with Wentz's contract
(29:15) Packers at Giants "These are the games Aaron Rodgers can take over single-handedly."
(33:30) Browns at Steelers "I'm more concerned about the fans than I am the players."
(37:30) Rams at Cardinals "2017 was Deshaun Watson, 2018 was Patrick Mahomes, 2019 is Lamar Jackson, I think 2020 will be Kyler Murray's year."
(40:30) Chargers at Broncos "I'm starting to wonder when Anthony Lynn is going to be in trouble."
(45:45) Raiders at Chiefs "A bye is still in the cards for the Chiefs."
(48:20) SNF: Patriots at Texans "Bill Belichick owns Bill O'Brien, and he'll own him again."
(52:00) MNF: Vikings at Seahawks "It's Florio's team vs Florio's 1B team!"
(57:15) Florio has a Thanksgiving underdog betting theory
(1:00:00) Best Bets "I want people to tune into our podcast and say 'these two idiots aren't that stupid.'"
(1:03:20) Florio shares a heartfelt email from a listener
|Nov 28, 2019|
#97 - Thanksgiving Picks: 3 Coaches on the Hot Seat
It's a Thanksgiving special as Florio & Simms pick all 3 turkey day games.
(2:40) Bears at Lions "With Jeff Driskel or The Blough King, I can't have any faith in the Lions"
(7:30) Bills at Cowboys "We've seen Jason Garrett do well when his back is against the wall."
(17:30) How old was Chris when he started swearing in front of Phil?
(19:30) Saints at Falcons "I think it will be a high-scoring, fun game."
(25:00) Best Bets The guys each give 1 best bet from the 3 games, and Florio ranks the hot seat level of Matt Patricia, Jason Garrett & Dan Quinn
|Nov 27, 2019|
#96 - 49ers pummel Packers, Cowboys make Simms angry & teams who pass the Bar Fight Test
Chris & Paul recap every Week 12 game as the playoff race heats up, and dive into the 49ers domination of the Packers and the Patriots monsoon win over the Cowboys.
(3:00) Film Deep Dive #1: 49ers 38-Packers 8 "Their defense outhits everybody."
(11:00) Who is more dominant: the 49ers D-line or the Patriots secondary?
(15:15) WTF Happened on Rodgers' sack-fumble on his first drive?
(19:20) How did George Kittle get so wide open?
(29:10) Saints 34-Panthers 31 "Without Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans is a different defense."
(31:30) Chris names the teams who pass his "bar fight test"
(34:15) We'll do it Live! on Michael Thomas' catch on the Saints game-winning drive
(38:50) Seahawks 17-Eagles 9 "I think Carson Wentz is second-guessing himself."
(42:30) Film Deep Dive #2: Patriots 13-Cowboys 9 "I think Jerry Jones is sending a message."
(44:30) The Cowboys offense has Chris literally pounding the table.
(51:50) Does Chris blame Kellen Moore or Jason Garrett more for Dallas' struggles?
(59:15) Bills 20-Broncos 3 Discussing Frank Gore among the all-time RBs
(1:02:20) Jets 34-Raiders 3 "They looked like they didn't want to be there."
(1:03:45) Steelers 16-Bengals 10 Should Duck Hodges start for the rest of the season?
(1:06:00) Browns 41-Dolphins 24 "They've stopped shooting themselves in the foot."
(1:08:00) Titans 42-Jaguars 20 Is Ryan Tannehill the Titans starter beyond this year?
(1:12:45) Bears 19-Giants 14 How can Daniel Jones fix his fumbling issues?
(1:15:00) Buccaneers 35-Falcons 22 "That's what's frustrating about Jameis."
(1:16:10) Redskins 19-Lions 16 Haskins selfies & Chris reminisces about his 1st win
|Nov 25, 2019|
#95 - Week 12 Picks: Shanahan vs Rodgers, Lamar vs Donald & Simms learns nothing from last week
Chris is reeling and Mike is gloating as they pick every game of Week 12:
(3:15) TNF: Colts at Texans "If T.Y. Hilton is healthy, the Texans will have their hands full."
(7:50) Buccaneers at Falcons "Dirk Koetter will have some inside information on Jameis Winston."
(11:30) Broncos at Bills "The Broncos offense is better with Brandon Allen than Joe Flacco."
(15:30) Giants at Bears "I don't think Saquon Barkley is going to be fully healthy all year long."
(19:20) Steelers at Bengals "Mason Rudolph was absolutely horrible in that game. Horrible. Horrible."
(23:20) "If you ever farted during the show, would you admit it or deny it?"
(25:00) Dolphins at Browns "Without Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi, the Browns are thin on D-line."
(28:45) Panthers at Saints "I don't trust the Panthers defense, and I definitely don't trust Kyle Allen."
(31:40) Raiders at Jets "I played for Jon Gruden against Gregg Williams. We had a good plan of attack."
(36:30) Seahawks at Eagles "Fletcher Cox is back to being a game-wrecker."
(41:00) Lions at Redskins "I can't say I've been impressed with Dwayne Haskins at all."
(42:45) Jaguars at Titans "The Titans should try to pound the rock with Derrick Henry."
(46:15) Cowboys at Patriots "I can't believe you're going to do this again. Did you learn nothing last week?"
(51:30) SNF: Packers at 49ers "I'm in a win-win situation, either Kyle Shanahan or Aaron Rodgers wins."
(56:20) MNF: Ravens at Rams "As good as Aaron Donald is, he's not going to get his hands on Lamar Jackson."
(1:01:15) Mike and Chris each take an under in their Best Bets
|Nov 21, 2019|
#94 - Agholor's "drop", Dak carries the Cowboys & "stop it" with Michael Thomas MVP talk
Chris dives into the biggest plays of the week in "What The $&*%! Happened?".
(2:20) Patriots 17-Eagles 10: Nelson Agholor's "drop"
(10:30) "I don't think the Lane Johnson injury had a big impact on the game"
(14:45) "I'm not going to place the blame on Carson Wentz."
(20:00) Vikings 27-Broncos 23: Stefon Diggs TD "One of the best throws of the year for Kirk Cousins"
(27:00) How did Kyle Rudolph get so wide open on his TD?
(33:10) Breaking down the Vikings goal-line stand at the end of the game
(39:00) QB Referendums with Big Phil
(42:30) "Josh Allen was put on earth to throw something"
(45:00) Philip Rivers: "The Chargers need another way to win football games"
(47:00) "Mason Rudolph does not have average arm strength for the NFL"
(49:30) Jameis Winston "misses 3-4 throws per game with no pressure around him"
(53:15) Who do you want as your 2020 starter: Rivers, Rudolph, Jameis or Kyle Allen?
(1:01:30) Cowboys 35-Lions 27: Zeke's game-clinching TD
(1:06:30) Should Dak Prescott be getting more MVP buzz?
(1:12:30) Saints 34-Buccaneers 17: Michael Thomas TD
(1:18:45) "People are saying Michael Thomas could be MVP. Stop it."
(1:26:30) We'll Do It Live! Cooper Kupp's 50-yd catch
|Nov 20, 2019|
#93 - Lamar for MVP, judging Jimmy G, and Colts keg stands for the win
Chris & Ahmed touch on every Week 11 game in a Survival Sunday for the NFC Contenders, and go deep diving on Cards-Niners and Texans-Ravens.
(2:00) Gimme The Headline: Vikings 27-Broncos 23 "How about Clutch-y Kirk?"
(7:15) Saints 34-Buccaneers 17 Is Michael Thomas an MVP candidate?
(13:25) Rams 17-Bears 7 "Khalil Mack has gone dormant...Aaron Donald is the best defender in football."
(21:00) Film Deep Dive #1: 49ers 36-Cardinals 26 "Jimmy Garoppolo's mistakes are boneheaded mistakes."
(32:30) "The Kyler Murray effect is real"
(39:00) Dak Prescott wins the Best Of Week 11 Offensive Award
(43:45) The Patriots Defense wins the Best of Week 11 Defensive Award
(47:45) Who on the Eagles defense (not Ronald Darby) is to blame for the Patriots trick play TD?
(53:30) Film Deep Dive #2: Ravens 41-Texans 7 "The Ravens are the best team in football."
(1:02:25) How the Ravens shut down Deshaun Watson
(1:12:50) Damn! Okay starts with Raiders DE Maxx Crosby
(1:16:00) Where does Jon Gruden fall in Chris' Coach of the Year rankings?
(1:17:00) Breaking down the Colts keg stand celebration
(1:21:15) Gimme The Headline: Falcons 29-Panthers 3 "Dan Quinn is the Undertaker gif"
(1:24:15) Bills 37-Dolphins 20 "This might be Josh Allen's cleanest game as a pro"
(15:52:15) Jets 34-Redskins 17 "Jamal Adams is the best safety in football"
|Nov 18, 2019|
#92 - Week 11 Picks: Lamar vs Deshaun, Nick Foles is back & Pats want revenge in Philly
Florio gets out the broom before he and Simms pick every game of Week 11, and Macy chimes in with some takes:
(2:30) Chris considers doing the opposite
(3:30) TNF: Steelers at Browns "James Conner is back, and the Browns are not a good run defense."
(6:45) Texans at Ravens "It's Lamar vs Deshaun "
(11:00) Falcons at Panthers "I think if it falls apart this year, Ron Rivera will be out of a job."
(14:30) Cowboys at Lions "I don't know if everyone realizes the Cowboys have the No. 1 offense in football."
(17:30) Jaguars at Colts "I this Nick Foles going to energize this team."
(21:15) Bills at Dolphins "This is the first time all year I'm picking the Dolphins to win."
(24:30) Broncos at Vikings "The Vikings can't afford to lose this one."
(29:00) Saints at Buccaneers "The Saints are shooken up now."
(31:45) Jets at Redskins "Let's just pick a score on this one and move on."
(32:15) Cardinals at 49ers "Macy shut up! We're doing a podcast!"
(36:15) Bengals at Raiders "It's the Bo Jackson revenge game!"
(40:45) Patriots at Eagles "I'm wussy-ing out here. There's no other way to say it."
(46:00) SNF: Bears at Rams "Is this an elimination game?"
(48:45) MNF: Chiefs at Chargers "Patrick Mahomes left a lot on the field last week."
(53:30) Best Bets: "That is the dumbest bet you've ever made."
|Nov 14, 2019|
#91 - Fixing the Rams, Cowboys coaching comes up short & Clowney's career day
Chris dives into the biggest plays of the week in "What The $&*%! Happened?".
(3:45) Steelers 17-Rams 12: Jared Goff's 3 turnovers "Ok, the guy's not open. You gotta do something else."
(9:30) Chris has advice for Sean McVay to "reinvent himself"
(12:30) How Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Steelers D took Cooper Kupp from 220 yards to zero
(16:00) Packers 24-Panthers 16: GB's goal-line stand "Kyle Allen's got Christian McCaffrey open for a touchdown."
(24:30) The Packers were not ready for the final play...and it helped them
(30:45) Vikings 28-Cowboys 24: Big Phil joins to discuss the Cowboys failed 4th down
(38:20) Were the Cowboys too worried about the clock? Chris & Paul disagree.
(49:10) Steelers, Raiders, Bills and Colts: which dark horse does Big Phil like the best?
(59:00) Seahawks 27-49ers 24 (OT): " It was the best game I've seen any NFL defender play all season."
(1:04:00) "Jimmy Garoppolo did not play that bad."
(1:13:15) Raiders 26-Chargers 24: Josh Jacobs game-winning TD "Rodney Huson was the star of the play."
(1:16:45) Jets 34-Giants 27: Saquon Barkley 1 rush yd "There's nowhere to go."
(1:19:00) "Daniel Jones is one of the most pure throwers in football."
(1:20:45) Chris breaks down the Ravens "Heisman Package" in our new segment: We'll Do It Live!
|Nov 13, 2019|
#90 - Cook > Zeke, McVay needs to change, and the Chiefs big blunder
Simms breaks down Week 10:
(3:20) Vikings-Cowboys: Why Minnesota might be better than the group that made it to the NFCCG a couple years ago
(8:25) Why is Dallas wearing the navy blues at home??
(11:30) Panthers-Packers: Is Green Bay as good as their 8-2 record? We definitely didn't see vintage Aaron Rodgers
(14:20) Rams-Steelers: We saw a Steel City ass whuppin. And why it's okay to say that Todd Gurley isn't the same player he used to be.
(16:20) "Sean McVay has to reinvent himself"
(18:55) Simms self-scouts thyself when it comes to re-evaluating the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade
(21:30) Falcons-Saints film deep dive: How in the world did the Saints not score a TD vs the Falcons? Atlanta was not gonna let the short passing game beat them
(26:50) "I wrote 'Where is the run, question mark, question mark'"
(32:35) "I do think Drew Brees is aware of his lack of arm strength"
(37:00) Simms takes a small victory lap related to his QB rankings. Where are all the Goff & Rivers Truthers now?
(39:20) "He's being paid like one of the best players in the game. Which is erroneous."
(40:45) Damn! Okay: praise for Lamar Jackson, his shades, the nasty spin move, and his MVP candidacy
(43:10) A couple of Ivy Leaguers get a Damn Okay
(46:00) Props to Brian Flores and the Dolphins for continuing to play hard
(50:00) Chiefs-Titans film deep dive: "When you have those kinds of numbers, you're not supposed to kick FGs"
(53:20) "Patrick Mahomes made some of the damndest f***ing throws I've ever seen"
(1:01:45) Inside Derrick Henry's 68-yard TD
(1:09:20) Bills-Browns: Baker Mayfield said "get off my back"
(1:10:35) Lions-Bears: "Thank God that Stafford didn't play"
(1:12:40) Giants-Jets: "The best football player in New York right now is Jamal Adams"
(1:15:00) Simms gives us the history of the word $hit
(1:15:50) Cardinals-Bucs: Why Mike Evans is the most forgotten player in football. And don't forget that Kyler Murray is special.
|Nov 11, 2019|
#89 - Week 10 Picks: Goff in the cold, Mahomes returns & Florio makes another Kirk Cousins bet
Simms rants about pushes before he and Florio get to picking every game for Week 10:
(2:30) "If I pick a push, I should get a win!"
(5:25) TNF: Chargers at Raiders "I'm going down to crazyville with the Chargers tonight."
(9:35) Lions at Bears "The Lions defense is not good. It's one of the worst in football."
(13:05) Ravens at Bengals "No one knows what to expect from Ryan Finley or A.J. Green."
(17:15) Bills at Browns "The Bills are kind of a fraudulent 6-2, and I think Bills fans would admit it."
(21:10) Falcons at Saints "The Falcons desperation-meter is at 10+."
(25:00) Giants at Jets "Daniel Jones has shown more promise than what we've seen from Sam Darnold."
(27:45) Cardinals at Buccaneers "Last week Jameis Winston played awesome football, there's no denying it."
(31:20) Chiefs at Titans "Please Andy Reid, run some of Matt Moore's plays with Patrick Mahomes."
(39:10) Dolphins at Colts "The Colts play down to their competition almost every week."
(42:15) Panthers at Packers "If there's any doubt with Davante Adams, don't play him. You don't need him."
(46:25) Rams at Steelers "The Steelers have some special going on, even with Mason Rudolph at QB."
(52:35) SNF: Vikings at Cowboys "Kirk Cousins is incapable of ignoring the stakes."
(55:35) Florio makes another Kirk Cousins bet
(1:01:20) MNF: Seahawks at 49ers "The 49ers aren't going to run the table."
(1:06:10) Chris takes an over/under in this week's Best Bets
|Nov 07, 2019|
#88 - Simms QB Ranks & What The $&*%! Happened: Brogram gets to Rodgers, Baker's failed 4th down, and Chiefs D turns a corner
Chris updates his QB Rankings for the first time since preseason, and he and Paul dive into the biggest plays of the week in "What The $&*%! Happened?".
(2:15) Chiefs 26-Vikings 23: Damien Williams 91-yd TD run "Harrison Smith was put in a bad spot."
(10:00) "The Kansas City defense has turned the corner. They're not going to be the pushover we saw early in the year."
(14:50) "There were 2-3 throws where I wish Kirk Cousins was aggressive."
(21:10) Raiders 31-Lions 24: OAK goal-line stand "I'd rather go down with my best player, and that's Matthew Stafford."
(26:10) Broncos 24-Browns 19: CLE failed 4th down "This tells me the game is moving too fast for Baker Mayfield."
(36:05) Big Phil joins to give his reaction to Chris' updated QB Rankings
(44:20) "What game has Tom Brady won for the Patriots this year?"
(46:55) "Jacoby Brissett has done many things, but doesn't get the attention or highlights."
(51:20) "Jimmy Garoppolo at 15...too low or too high?"
(57:45) Chris responds to Twitter gripes about his QB rankings: "You forgot the guy who leads the NFL in passing yards."
(59:40) "Did you think about putting Lamar Jackson above Patrick Mahomes?"
(1:01:45) Shocker...PFF thinks they're right. And Chris claps back.
(1:08:45) Steelers 26-Colts 24: Minkah Fitzpatrick 96-yd pick-six "Fitzpatrick is finally playing the right position."
(1:17:35) Chargers 26-Packers 11: LAC D frustrates Rodgers "They're phenomenal! It's the Brogram!"
|Nov 06, 2019|
#87 - Lamar bests Belichick & Russell Wilson beats bad Bucs strategy in Week 9 Recap
Chris & Ahmed recap all 12 Sunday games of Week 9 and dive deep into the Ravens win over the Patriots and the Seahawks-Bucs OT game.
(6:10) Film Deep Dive #1: Ravens O vs Patriots D "Baltimore did to New England what New England does to other teams."
(19:40) Chris explains why Bill Belichick has problems with running quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson.
(24:55) Patriots O vs Ravens D "It's amazing how fearless Tom Brady is in the pocket at 42 years old."
(32:05) "Earl Thomas can't run anymore...He's lost a gear. He's lost two gears."
(33:35) Ahmed reveals his favorite fast food place.
(37:40) Chiefs 26-Vikings 23 "No Patrick Mahomes is a little bit of a blessing in disguise for the offense."
(41:45) Steelers 26-Colts 24 "Bud Dupree has the ability to take over games."
(44:20) Raiders 31-Lions 24 "Josh Jacobs is clearly the favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year."
(49:00) Chris demonstrates how Lamar Jackson avoids big hits
(51:20) Film Deep Dive #2: Seahawks O vs Buccaneers D "Russell Wilson is arguably the best deep-ball thrower in the sport."
(55:20) "I don't blame the secondary for the Bucs. I blame Todd Bowles."
(59:00) Chris takes a Victory Lap on D.K. Metcalf
(1:01:15) Buccaneers O vs Seahawks D "It's on the Seahawks D-line now. The secondary's not going to get better."
(1:04:10) "Playing quarterback vs the Seahawks is easy."
(1:05:30) Texans 26-Jaguars 3 A Damn! Okay for an MVP candidate
(1:09:20) It's over, Gardner Minshew
(1:11:15) Panthers 30-Titans 20 Chris self-scouts his Tennessee best bet
(1:15:00) "DJ Moore really reminds me of Steve Smith. He's a wide receiver in a running back's body."
(1:16:40) Broncos 24-Browns 19 Twitter responds to Baker Mayfield's postgame attire.
(1:22:25) Dolphins 26-Jets 18 "I don't think Adam Gase deserves to be on the hot seat."
(1:26:00) Eagles 22-Bears 14 "If DeSean Jackson is out for the season, that takes the Eagles out of being a real Super Bowl contender."
(1:29:25) Chargers 26-Packers 11 "Joey Bosa has stepped up ever since you said Nick Bosa was the better Bosa."
(1:32:15) Bills 24-Redskins 9 "I surprised how the Bills defense has been pushed around 2 weeks in a row."
|Nov 04, 2019|
#86 - Week 9 Picks: Halloween Costumes, Chastity Belts & Flip-flopping on Pats-Ravens
Florio has some Halloween costume takes before he and Simms get to picking every game for Week 9:
(0:40) I'll eat some Werther's Originals, be miserable and be happy in my misery."
(5:30) TNF: 49ers at Cardinals "There's this hesitation to give the 49ers their due."
(10:55) Texans vs Jaguars (in London) "I don't know if this is a team Deshaun Watson can take over against."
(16:55) Redskins at Bills "If I knew it was Dwayne Haskins, I might give the Redskins less of a chance."
(21:05) Titans at Panthers "Ryan Tannehill may be the Titans starting QB in 2020 if he keeps this up."
(26:15) Vikings at Chiefs "Prove me wrong, Kirk Cousins!"
(33:40) Jets at Dolphins "Adam Gase will be extra motivated to beat the team that fired him."
(38:40) Bears at Eagles "Philadelphia! Doug Pederson!! Run the ^&*#ing ball!!!"
(43:10) Colts at Steelers "I feel like Mason Rudolph found something on Monday."
(52:35) Lions at Raiders "I don't think I've picked the Raiders to win a game all year."
(56:10) Buccaneers at Seahawks "I think Jameis Winston can throw on a below-average pass defense."
(1:01:20) Browns at Broncos "The Browns outplayed the Seahawks and were not outclassed by the Patriots."
(1:04:45) Packers at Chargers "The Packers offense is borderline unstoppable at this point."
(1:08:20) SNF: Patriots at Ravens "I have slight concerns about the Patriots offense."
(1:14:00) MNF: Cowboys at Giants "This loss could get the clouds gathering around Pat Shurmur."
(1:17:30) Chris likes an upset for one of his Best Bets
|Oct 31, 2019|
#85 - What The $&*%! Happened: Browns turnovers, Deshaun Watson heroics & "The dumbest play of the week"
Chris & Paul do a "What The $&*%! Happened?" where they deep dive the best (Deshaun Watson) and worst (WTF Miami?) plays of the week. Also, Big Phil stops by and defends Mitchell Trubisky.
(3:00) AZ-NO: Drew Brees' TD pass to Taysom Hill "Now that Brees is back, Taysom Hill is a weapon again in the offense."
(11:05) "If the Saints have a weakness, it's Brees' ability to stretch the field."
(18:25) OAK-HOU: Deshaun Watson gets kicked in the face, still throws TD "Watson is not Charlie Checkdown, he's Bobby Bombs-Away."
(28:35) Big Phil reveals if it's true that Chris was a good student in high school
(31:45) "Do you think the Chicago Bears are salvageable?"
(36:35) On Aaron Rodgers: "Let me say this. NOBODY ELSE COULD MAKE THOSE THROWS."
(48:55) "Who wins right now? The 49ers or the Patriots?"
(51:30) CLE-NE: Browns back-to-back-to-back turnovers "Jonathan Jones is the star not for the fumble, but for the hustle."
(56:40) On Baker Mayfield's shovel pass interception: "This is a play he's not even supposed to think about."
(1:02:05) "If I had to grade the game, I'd probably tell you Cleveland won more plays than New England."
(1:04:25) James White's 59-yard screen on 3rd & 10 "This play broke because of one player."
(1:12:20) PHI-BUF: Miles Sanders 65-yard TD run "This should not have been a big play."
(1:16:35) "I feel like the Eagles think they're the Chiefs sometimes...You're not. You're not the Chiefs."
(1:21:15) Dolphins all-out blitz on 3rd & 20 "Has there been a dumber play this year?"
|Oct 30, 2019|
#84 - Drew Brees returns, Pats & Niners stay perfect, and hope for the Chiefs in Week 8 Recap
Chris & Ahmed recap all 13 Sunday games of Week 8 and dive deep into Panthers-49ers & Packers-Chiefs.
(2:25) Saints 31-Cardinals 9 "He looked like the same old Drew Brees, like he hadn't missed a beat."
(7:20) Patriots 27-Browns 13 "The Patriots, even with the easy schedule, seem to be dodging some bullets"
(13:15) Film Deep Dive #1: Panthers O vs 49ers D "The 49ers defense is every bit in the conversation with the Patriots"
(19:35) "Nick Bosa is more made for the NFL than his brother Joey"
(24:05) 49ers O vs Panthers D "The 49ers play-design is No. 1 in the NFL."
(27:20) "Who will have more targets moving forward: George Kittle or Emmanuel Sanders?"
(32:00) Rams 24-Bengals 10 "Cooper Kupp is legitimately good. This isn't just a system guy."
(35:40) Seahawks 27-Falcons 20 "The Seahawks secondary is a little questionable."
(38:20) Lions 31-Giants 26 "I'd like to hear some talk about how Matthew Stafford is playing so well."
(40:35) On players-only meetings: "Guys! We have to play harder!"
(41:30) Chargers 17-Bears 16 "I'm not gonna sit here and say 'Matt Nagy's decision was the dumbest ever.'"
(47:50) Film Deep Dive #2: Packers O vs Chiefs D "If it isn't Aaron Rodgers at QB, the Chiefs are pulling that game off."
(53:30) Ahmed has a gripe with Aaron Rodgers' highlight TD to Jamaal Williams
(57:40) Chiefs O vs Packers D "Signs you know your interior D-line is no good..."
(59:40) "This showed the Chiefs can win games without Patrick Mahomes."
(1:05:10) Jaguars 29-Jets 15 "Damn! Okay Gardner Minshew!"
(1:08:50) "When Nick Foles comes back, who is your quarterback?"
(1:09:40) Texans 27-Raiders 24 "Even with JJ Watt, that Texans defense is not good."
(1:11:35) Colts 15-Broncos 13 "I don't understand Joe Flacco coming out and saying this publicly."
(1:14:00) Trade reactions: Leonard Williams to Giants, Kenyan Drake to Cardinals
(1:16:50) Titans 27-Buccaneers 23 "I don't think the Titans are a playoff team, but they'll ruin a lot of playoff dreams."
(1:19:05) Eagles 31-Bills 13 "If Buffalo wants to be taken seriously, they have to stop the self-inflicted wounds."
|Oct 28, 2019|
#83 - Week 8 Picks: Kyler's toughest test, Bills looking for signature win, and Best Bets
Simms & Florio pick every game against the spread for Week 8:
(1:10) "If Kirk Cousins wins Super Bowl MVP, I will get a Kirk Cousins tattoo on my arm. Guaranteed."
(4:30) TNF: Redskins at Vikings "I think the Redskins will be a pain in the ass early."
(7:25) Seahawks at Falcons "No matter what Matt plays QB for the Falcons, they're done."
(11:10) Eagles at Bills "The Bills don't really have that signature win yet."
(15:15) Chargers at Bears "I think the loser of this game is going to flat-out collapse."
(19:30) Giants at Lions "Pat Shurmur quietly had one of the worst decisions in the league last week."
(24:15) Broncos at Colts Florio floats a Von Miller trade proposition for an NFC team.
(29:40) Jets at Jaguars "Can we get the name Haley Joel Darnold to stick?"
(33:30) Bengals at Rams in London Florio learns what "wanker" means.
(37:00) Cardinals at Saints "This is the toughest environment Kyler Murray has had to play in."
(39:50) Buccaneers at Titans "I like what I saw from Ryan Tannehill last week."
(45:05) Panthers at 49ers "If the Panthers go to San Francisco and win, I'm sticking with Kyle Allen."
(50:00) Raiders at Texans "I think Derek Carr is on the outs."
(54:45) Browns at Patriots "I'm not picking the Browns to win, I'm not that stupid."
(59:20) SNF: Packers at Chiefs "Even if Patrick Mahomes is active, this could be a ruse."
(1:03:00) MNF: Dolphins at Steelers "This might be the low-water mark for primetime football in 2019."
(1:05:05) Chris and Mike go all favorites for their Best Bets
|Oct 24, 2019|
#82 - What The $&*%! Happened: Sam Darnold seeing ghosts, Jalen Ramsey vs Julio Jones & Top 5 offensive minds
Chris & Ahmed do a special "What The $&*%! Happened? Players Edition" where they react to the uproar over Sam Darnold's mic'ed up moment and Chris names his Top 5 Offensive Minds in the NFL.
(2:50) Sam Darnold "To say 'I'm seeing ghosts out there.'...That shows confidence to me."
(8:20) Chris is still waiting to see a ghost in his house
(9:10) "Bill Belichick said 'I don't think their blitz plan is up to snuff. I've gotta expose it.'"
(21:20) Ezekiel Elliott "I think at time Zeke tries to be too perfect with his vision."
(26:35) "As far as a route-runner, Amari Cooper might be the best."
(28:25) Carson Wentz "It's hard to look good when everyone else around you is sucking."
(30:50) DeMarcus Lawrence "He whupped Lane Johnson."
(36:20) Mitchell Trubisky "You could put whoever you want at quarterback for the Bears...they suck."
(44:05) Jalen Ramsey "Matt Ryan missed Julio on a few routes. Why? Because he's afraid of Jalen Ramsey."
(50:45) Jacoby Brissett "Frank Reich is a Top 5 offensive mind in the NFL."
(1:01:00) Kirk Cousins "The Vikings have more play actions & boots than anyone in football."
(1:09:40) Matt Moore "The big thing they'll miss is the vertical offense."
(1:16:35) The Chiefs Defense finally goes whole ass
|Oct 23, 2019|
#81 - Aaron Rodgers on all cylinders & Lamar goes for it in Week 7 Recap
Chris & Paul hit every game from Sunday in their Week 7 recap, and deep dive on Raiders-Packers & Ravens-Seahawks.
(3:15) Film Deep Dive #1: Packers O vs Raiders D "The Packers offense is no longer a work in progress"
(12:45) Packers D vs Raiders O "The Packers defense is going in the wrong direction"
(20:35) Praising Josh Jacobs & "Darren Waller is in the convo for the 2nd-best TE in the NFL"
(25:55) Vikings-Lions Florio loses his Kirk Cousins bet
(29:40) Saints-Bears "I've given up trying to defend Trubisky. He's worse this year than last year."
(35:00) Rams-Falcons "You. Julio. Mano-a-mano. Do what you gotta do."
(37:20) 49ers-Redskins "The Redskins are lucky it was a monsoon, because Kyle would tried to score 50 on them."
(39:00) Ravens O vs Seahawks D "Hell yeah coach let's go for it!"
(46:25) What Chris saw on the Lamar Jackson 4th & 2 TD
(50:10) Seahawks O vs Ravens D "Marlon Humphrey isn't Jalen Ramsey or Stephon Gilmore, but he's in the next conversation"
(53:55) What Russell Wilson didn't see on his game-changing pick-6
(59:50) Eagles-Cowboys "This is what they paid Zeke for."
(1:02:55) "I'm worried about the Eagles. Everything is work for that offense."
(1:04:55) Dolphins-Bills "Josh Allen didn't panic."
(1:08:10) Texans-Colts "Jacoby Brissett was awesome, but good job Colts defense."
(1:10:35) Cardinals-Giants "I should have never doubted Kliff Kingsbury"
(1:12:50) Chargers-Titans "The Charger-est Charger kind of loss"
(1:15:35) Jaguars-Bengals "Can we start talking about Leonard Fournette and stop talking about Gardner Minshew?"
|Oct 21, 2019|
#80 - Week 7 Picks: Upset brewing in Green Bay, Ramsey's LA debut, & Florio's Vikings guarantee
Simms & Florio pick every game against the spread for Week 7:
(0:45) Florio tells the story of how he got his first Vikings jersey
(5:10) TNF: Chiefs at Broncos "The formula is out there for keeping it close with the Chiefs"
(9:35) Rams at Falcons "We both wanna get our popcorn ready to see how Jalen Ramsey fits"
(13:40) Dolphins at Bills "I think Ryan Fitzpatrick will give the Dolphins a lift."
(17:25) Jaguars at Bengals "Are you deliberately saying 'Bangles' now??"
(23:00) Vikings at Lions "I guarantee you if the Vikings win, I will wear a Kirk Cousins jersey next Thursday."
(28:55) Raiders at Packers "I like that Jon Gruden's had 2 weeks to prepare for this game."
(35:10) Texans at Colts "If they lose, you've gotta get past this smitten-with-the-quarterback thing."
(39:45) Cardinals at Giants "The Giants are not athletic up front, and that scares me against Kyler Murray."
(43:05) 49ers at Redskins "The Shanahan motivation will be a factor."
(47:55) Chris explains the time he legitimately wanted to kick Florio's ass
(50:00) Chargers at Titans "I do think we could see Philip Rivers playing for the Titans next year."
(54:00) Saints at Bears "This is the best offense the Bears have played to this point."
(59:20) Ravens at Seahawks "I'm intrigued by Earl Thomas and his knowledge of Russell Wilson."
(1:07:40) Eagles at Cowboys "The Eagles bread-and-butter plays are just not good enough."
(1:13:30) Patriots at Jets "Gregg Williams can throw some things are the Patriots that they're not ready for."
(1:17:15) Mike & Chris go all road teams for their Best Bets
(1:22:00) Florio has a motivational message for Richard Sherman
|Oct 17, 2019|
#79 - What The $&*%! Happened? Darnold's bomb, Baker's INT, & Diggs roasts Eagles + Jalen Ramsey trade
Chris & Paul defends a Browns playcall & the Eagles secondary. and dives into the Monday night gamesmanship between Trey Flowers & David Bakhtiari in the debut of our new segment: What The $&*%! Happened? And as always, Big Phil swings by to give his thoughts on the latest NFL news.
(2:40) Jalen Ramsey traded to Rams "This opens up the box of creativity for Wade Phillips"
(12:00) Marcus Peters traded to Ravens "He fits into the bad-ass renegade culture of that team"
(16:40) The debut of What The $&*%! Happened?
(17:30) Play #1: Sam Darnold 92-yd TD to Robby Anderson "Dallas is predictable. They don't do enough on defense."
(25:50) "There are too many moments when DeMarcus Lawrence just doesn't show up"
(28:00) Play #2: Cowboys failed 2-pt conversion "Hey, go into the end zone and turn around!"
(36:05) Big Phil joins to praise the Lions defense and dissect the body language of Aaron Rodgers
(43:15) Ranking the NFC's best: 49ers, Packers, Saints & Seahawks
(47:00) Comparing Sam Darnold's feet to Tony Romo
(49:10) On how Kliff Kingsbury & Kyler Murray are evolving the Cardinals offense
(53:50) Play #3A: Baker Mayfield red zone INT "The pre-snap read is off. The drop is off. The throw is off."
(1:00:45) Play #3B: Browns failed 4th & Goal from the 1 "Was it stupid to run the same play again? No!"
(1:07:20) Play #4: Stefon Diggs' 1st TD "Sometimes the offense calls the exact right play for the defense."
(1:16:10) Play #5: Trey Flowers hands to the face penalty "This is where the gamesmanship starts."
|Oct 16, 2019|
#78 - Zeke doesn't scare defenses, Deep Diving 49ers-Rams & Texans-Chiefs, & Doug Pederson's guarantee
Chris & Ahmed hit every game from Sunday in their Week 6 recap.
(3:10) Doug Pederson's guarantee: "We're going down to Dallas and we're gonna win"
(5:15) Eagles-Vikings "When Philly leaves their corners man-to-man, they're burnt toast"
(9:50) Cowboys-Jets "If I'm a defense, I have no fear of Ezekiel Elliott anymore"
(15:25) "Sam Darnold is a pinpoint intermediate passer"
(16:55) Redskins-Dolphins Nostrasimmsus takes a lap
(24:00) Film Deep Dive #1: 49ers O vs Rams D "It's the 49ers and the Patriots for the best defense in the NFL"
(31:20) "McVay needs to do more. When the Rams run game doesn't work, they're limited."
(33:50) 49ers O vs Rams D "Jimmy Garoppolo. There are concerns."
(41:30) Seahawks-Browns "You could argue that Russell Wilson is the best QB in football."
(47:10) Saints-Jaguars "If Drew Brees was playing, it's not gonna be that big of a difference."
(51:10) Panthers-Buccaneers "I respect this about Jameis Winston...he goes down swinging."
(57:25) Film Deep Dive #2: Chiefs O vs Texans D "The predictability of the offense is affecting KC more than anything."
(1:03:45) Chris calls BS on a controversial Mahomes INT
(1:08:20) Texans O vs Chiefs D "I would become a blitz team if I'm the Chiefs."
(1:15:25) Bengals-Ravens "When Baltimore doesn't have Hollywood Brown, they lack speed."
(1:18:20) Steelers-Chargers "The Chargers are not turning this around."
(1:22:50) Damn! Okay...Falcons-Cardinals "Kliff Kingsbury's proven he deserved to be hired as a head coach"
(1:25:40) Titans-Broncos "If the Broncos can score 17, they have a chance to win."
(1:27:50) Should Tennessee start Marcus Mariota or Ryan Tannehill this week?
|Oct 14, 2019|
#77 - Week 6 Picks: Watson vs Mahomes, Browns exposed, & 49ers big opportunity
Simms & Florio pick every game from Week 6 in their usual Unbuttoned/PFT PM joint podcast. They disagree on a Texans-Chiefs shootout, talk about the Browns odds of bouncing back vs Seattle, and set high expectations for the 49ers.
(5:35) TNF: Giants-Patriots "The Patriots will win, will they win by enough?"
(7:55) Panthers-Buccaneers (in London) "Christian McCaffrey should be able to carry the Panthers."
(11:50) Bengals-Ravens "The Bengals are not scared of the Ravens, but they're outmanned."
(15:55) Seahawks-Browns "What made Baker Mayfield successful last year was Cleveland running the ball."
(25:00) Saints-Jaguars "The Jaguars want to run the ball first. You don't run on the Saints."
(30:10) Texans-Chiefs "Watson vs Mahomes. It just doesn't get any better than that."
(35:00) Redskins-Dolphins "Let's not waste people on planet Earth's time with this one."
(35:50) Eagles-Vikings "Diggs, Thielen, Cousins...they're back in the trust tree together!"
(43:50) Falcons-Cardinals "I'm think Ryan-Ridley-Jones can get it done in a shootout."
(46:35) 49ers-Rams "If the 49ers win this game, they'll go 13-3 or better this season."
(51:25) Titans-Broncos "The Titans formula continues. They're underdogs. They'll win."
(54:30) Cowboys-Jets "Sam Darnold is back, but it's not like the Jets were great before he was gone."
(1:01:25) SNF: Steelers-Chargers "Devlin Hodges is a better quarterback than Mason Rudolph."
(1:05:50) MNF: Lions-Packers "Matt Patricia is putting together something special in Detroit."
(1:10:40) Best Bets 3 underdogs who should win outright
|Oct 10, 2019|
#76 - Deep Dive Wednesday: Baker concerns, Bears offense has no identity, and Houston rounding into form
A little different format this week as Chris has Big Phil on for the whole pod for a Deep Dive. They answer your Twitter questions on Jimmy Garoppolo and the Raiders dominating the Bears, and Phil tells a story about postgame drama with Ronnie Lott.
(1:30) Handshakegate - "This could be a good thing for Baker Mayfield"
(4:25) Big Phil recounts his own handshake drama with Ronnie Lott
(8:50) Browns O vs 49ers D - "The things we were worried about Baker coming out of college are rearing their ugly head"
(18:45) 49ers O vs Browns D "This was more of a schematic cremation"
(29:15) Raiders O vs Bears D "The 24-21 score is misleading. The Raiders dominated that game."
(40:00) Bears O vs Raiders D "There is no calling card to the Bears offense."
(48:40) Vikings O vs Giants D "Minnesota needs to find more ways to move when they're playing a good defense."
(1:03:15) Texans O vs Falcons D "The Houston offense is getting into form."
(1:10:20) Are you more encouraged by the Vikings offense or Texans offense?
(1:16:40) Ravens O vs Steelers D "That Steelers defensive front is still special."
(1:21:10) "The Ravens defense is slow."
(1:27:30) Chargers O vs Broncos D "I'm shocked that the Chargers gave up on the run."
(1:34:20) What's wrong with the Chargers?
|Oct 09, 2019|
#75 - Week 5 Recap: So You Want To Be a Gruden, the Colts run over the Chiefs & what's wrong with the Cowboys?
Chris & Ahmed react to Jay Gruden's firing, touch on every game in Week 5 and dive deep into Colts-Chiefs & Packers-Cowboys. Ahmed has a pop quiz for Chris on a stunning Redskins stat, and Chris gets to sing for one of his QBs.
(2:20) Redskins fire Jay Gruden
(7:25) How much is Bruce Allen to blame?
(11:30) Pop quiz: Who was the last Redskins All-Pro?
(12:40) Patriots-Redskins "The best offenses in the NFL are running the football"
(14:15) Bears-Raiders "I haven't seen the Bears front pushed around like that in a while"
(20:35) Film Deep Dive #1: Chiefs O vs Colts D "The Chiefs just won't run the ball"
(30:40) Colts O vs Chiefs D "Quenton Nelson is maybe the best O-lineman in football"
(39:00) Falcons-Texans Chris sings Deshaun Watson's praises
(41:55) Buccaneers-Saints & Jaguars-Panthers "You mean you don't need a franchise QB to win a game?"
(47:25) Ravens-Steelers "Only 1 of Lamar's Jackson's INTs were his fault"
(50:55) Film Deep Dive #2: Packers O vs Cowboys D "I worry about Dallas vs good quarterbacks"
(58:30) Cowboys O vs Packers D "The Cowboys try too hard to put on a show"
(1:04:45) Damn! Okay - A QB rebounds, a 2nd-year WR breaking out, and rookie coaches get their first wins
|Oct 07, 2019|
#74 - Week 5 Picks: Saints & Eagles back on track, Rodgers vs Dak, and Colts return to Arrowhead
Simms & Florio do their weekly picks in an Unbuttoned/PFT PM collaboration. Have the Eagles and Saints found their groove? Will the Cowboys or Packers rebound from their first loss? And can the Colts get revenge in a playoff rematch at Arrowhead?
(3:55) TNF: Rams-Seahawks "The Rams offensive line is worse than we've seen in years"
(7:15) Jaguars-Panthers: "Kyle Allen has never started a home game"
(13:10) Cardinals-Bengals "It's not working for the Cardinals"
(16:25) Falcons-Texans "The Falcons should be 0-4"
(20:25) Buccaneers-Saints "I think the Saints are finding their groove with Teddy"
(24:05) Vikings-Giants "If it's a close game, you should pick the Giants to win"
(29:05) Bears-Raiders (in London) "Khalil Mack knows what it takes to break Derek Carr"
(33:20) Jets-Eagles "The Eagles are getting into their groove"
(36:50) Ravens-Steelers "I need to see this Steelers offense do it one more than once"
(41:05) Bills-Titans "The Titans lose when they're favorites and win when they're underdogs"
(44:35) Patriots-Redskins "This may be the dagger game for Jay Gruden"
(46:30) Broncos-Chargers "This is the kind of game the Chargers have to win"
(49:25) Cowboys-Packers "The Davante Adams injury has me concerned"
(52:45) Colts-Chiefs "At some point, the Chiefs defense has to stop something"
(55:55) Browns-49ers "I did something I've never done before when picking games"
(1:00:00) Best Bets "Someone called me the Mayor of Crazyville for picking the Giants last week"
|Oct 03, 2019|
#73 - Film Deep Dive: Cowboys can't run on the Saints, Baker stops his craziness, & the Vikings sorry game of "I'm sorry"
We close the book on Week 4 with a Deep Dive Wednesday with your Twitter questions. Which D-line dominated more this week, the Saints or the Bears? And Big Phil breaks down Pats-Bills with some Bill Belichick insight.
(1:35) Cowboys-Saints: "Nobody runs up the middle on the Saints"
(10:50) Vikings-Bears: "Adam Thielen should be saying sorry to Kirk Cousins"
(22:10) Was the Bears or Saints D-line more dominant this Sunday?
(25:50) Browns-Ravens: "Baker stopped his craziness in the pocket"
(32:05) "Earl Thomas has lost a step"
(37:25) Big Phil joins for Patriots-Bills: "the best defensive backfield in the NFL"
(49:30) Bill Belichick stories from Phil
(1:04:10) "Josh Allen just needs to throw it underneath"
(1:08:55) Raiders-Colts: "Without T.Y. Hilton, the Colts don't have a game-changer"
(1:15:20) "Josh Jacobs is getting better every week"
(1:17:45) Twitter Questions on Panthers-Texans "I come away underwhelmed by the Texans offense more often than not"
|Oct 02, 2019|
#72 - Week 4 Headlines: Praising Jared Goff, Advice for Josh Allen & Defending Jay Gruden
We recap Week 4 and go deep on Bucs-Rams and Chiefs-Lions. Chris discovers one of the best games of Jared Goff's career and Ahmed suggests an all-lateral offense.
(2:35) Bears without Mitchell Trubisky "no big deal"
(5:10) Vikings-Bears: "Vic Who?" & Adam Thielen criticizes Vikes O
(9:50) Cowboys-Saints: "I don't think the stats would have been much better if Drew Brees was in there"
(15:30) Film Deep Dive #1: Bucs O vs Rams D "This is why Jameis was a #1 pick"
(27:45) Rams O vs Bucs D "One of the best games I've ever seen Jared Goff play"
(36:15) Browns-Ravens Cleveland returns to the run game
(40:10) Patriots-Bills Holy Secondary! & "you gotta rein it in Josh Allen "
(43:50) Vontaze Burfict suspended "it's not football, it's WWE"
(49:10) Film Deep Dive #2: Chiefs O vs Lions D "I think Mahomes was a little off"
(59:25) Chris breaks down 2 big plays on the Chiefs game-winning drive
(1:01:15) Ahmed suggests an all-lateral offense
(1:02:45) Lions O vs Chiefs D "Matthew Stafford looked awesome"
(1:09:00) Redskins-Giants "The best thing for Dwayne Haskins is to keep Jay Gruden right there"
(1:11:30) Seahawks-Cardinals "Seattle was pissed off and they were gonna make a point"
(1:12:55) Panthers-Texans "Carolina's D is real"
(1:17:00) Damn! Okay Praise for Leonard Fournette, a Chargers DB and Chris' old coach
|Sep 30, 2019|
#71 - Week 4 Picks: Mahomes in a dome, Danny Dimes at home, and Best Bets
Simms & Florio do their weekly picks in an Unbuttoned/PFT PM collaboration. Can the Lions pull off the upset in Patrick Mahomes' first NFL game in a dome? Will Danny Dimes drop an L on the Redskins? And as always, the guys give their 3 Best Bets of the week.
(3:40) TNF: Eagles-Packers "Carson Wentz is the best QB the Packers have seen all year"
(9:30) Panthers-Texans "This is a chance for Houston to pull away in the AFC South"
(13:40) Browns-Ravens "I want to see how Freddie Kitchens handles adversity"
(19:55) Chiefs-Lions "If the Lions pull this off, it would be a shot heard 'around the NFL world"
(24:40) Chargers-Dolphins "I don't bet on bad teams"
(28:45) Patriots-Bills "Every we think this is the year the Bills stick it to the Patriots"
(36:00) Raiders-Colts "I think this Colts offense has gotten better every week"
(39:55) Titans-Falcons "The Titans always play to their competition"
(44:45) Redskins-Giants "I can't pick a team who stirs their Gatorade with a bag of plastic cups"
(54:55) Seahawks-Cardinals "The Seahawks need to keep pace in the NFC West"
(58:35) Buccaneers-Rams "There is something wrong with Todd Gurley"
(1:03:05) Jaguars-Broncos "I don't think Jalen Ramsey will play Sunday"
(1:07:50) Vikings-Bears "The Bears have never seen this version of Dalvin Cook"
(1:15:10) SNF: Cowboys-Saints "We have not seen a Cowboys offense like this in a long time"
(1:22:20) MNF: Bengals-Steelers "The Steelers are in denial about not being good"
(1:26:55) Best Bets "Oh my gosh you are insane"
|Sep 26, 2019|
#70 - Film Deep Dive: Inside the Browns failed 4th & 9, the juggernaut Cowboys, and there's a new Best RB in the NFL
It's a Deep Dive Wednesday, as Simms breaks down what really happened on the Browns failed 4th & 9, explains why the Cowboys are an absolute juggernaut right now, and plenty more reaction from Week 3.
(2:40) Saints-Seahawks: How much did the NO offense change from Brees to Bridgewater?
(10:00) Chris reveals an undrafted rookie on the Saints D to keep your eye on
(17:30) Lions-Eagles: What was Philly's O missing without DJax and Alshon?
(27:30) Matthew Stafford's offensive culture change
(36:40) Big Phil declares a new best RB in the NFL
(39:30) In praise of Daniel Jones
(45:30) The time Big Phil cursed out Reggie White
(1:00:00) Rams-Browns: What CLE is doing wrong with OBJ
(1:12:00) Is Freddie Kitchens taking heat for Baker's mistakes?
(1:16:30) How Sean McVay sees the big picture
(1:24:20) Newsreels: "I can't believe this is the Cowboys"
(1:30:35) Vikings are playing to the strength of their offense
(1:34:00) Bears: "I don't feel any better about Mitchell Trubisky"
(1:38:50) Panthers: Can Kyle Allen be the future?
(1:42:25) 49ers have "the most diverse run game in football"
(1:45:40) Make Me Feel Better About My Team: Titans, Falcons & Chargers
|Sep 25, 2019|
#69 - Week 3 Headlines: Daniel Jones era begins, more Mahomes magic, and out-Seattling Seattle in Seattle
Chris & Paul recap a big Week 3 for some QBs making their season debut. Can we poke any holes in Daniel Jones' 1st start? Is the Chiefs offense the best ever? And a little-known pass rusher is already on a record pace.
(4:25) Give Me The Headline, Young QB Edition - How Daniel Jones opened up the Giants offense
(6:25) Teddy Bridgewater: "New Orleans out-Seattled Seattle in Seattle"
(8:50) Kyle Allen: "he capitalized on some things Cam Newton didn't"
(12:30) Damn! Okay - Shaq Barrett "They're not missing JPP because of this guy right here"
(23:20) Film Deep Dive #1 - BAL vs KC "The greatest downfield passing offense we've seen in the history of the NFL"
(33:20) Debating John Harbaugh's aggressive decisions
(47:20) "I thought the Ravens passed it too much"
(52:15) Give Me The Headline - LAR vs CLE "The Browns have no identity"
(56:30) DET vs PHI "They can't rush the passer and they can't cover people"
(57:45) NYJ vs NE "They almost looked bored"
(1:00:15) OAK vs MIN "Zimmer Ball!"
(1:03:05) CIN vs BUF "The Bills are can't-miss football right now"
(1:06:35) HOU vs LAC "Deshaun Watson is the reason the Texans won that game"
(1:10:15) Film Deep Dive #2 - NYG vs TB "The offense is so much better with Daniel Jones"
|Sep 23, 2019|
#68 - Week 3 Picks: Pats & Cowboys with monster spreads, nobody believes in the Steelers, and Daniel Jones' advantage
Simms & Florio do their weekly picks in an Unbuttoned/PFT PM collaboration. Should the Chiefs be 6-point favorites over the Ravens? Will the Patriots and Cowboys cover their monster spreads? And can the Browns take down the NFC Champs in primetime?
(3:50) TNF: Titans-Jaguars "Bang the under"
(5:45) Falcons-Colts "The Falcons have the stars, but the Colts are the better team"
(9:15) Ravens-Chiefs "I was shocked to see minus-6"
(13:10) Bengals-Bills "Why are you trying to make logic of my illogical brain?"
(15:55) Broncos-Packers "I think this game is kind of ugly"
(19:10) Lions-Eagles "The Eagles have given up some big plays, and that's scary to me"
(22:30) Dolphins-Cowboys "Plus I sense that the Dolphins don't give a crap"
(26:20) Jets-Patriots "I think I'm being charitable with the points I'm giving to the Jets"
(29:50) Raiders-Vikings "If the Vikings are serious about being a contender, this is a game they must win"
(34:45) Panthers-Cardinals "The Cardinals will either get Kyle Allen or a diminished Cam Newton"
(38:15) Giants-Buccaneers "Daniel Jones has seen this defense"
(42:45) Texans-Chargers "It's too much on Deshaun Watson"
(46:15) Steelers-49ers "The Steelers are in a spot where nobody believes in them"
(50:15) Saints-Seahawks "Sean Payton's going to come up with a few things the Seahawks haven't prepared for"
(55:20) SNF: Rams-Browns "I think Freddie Kitchens will realize they need to run the ball"
(1:00:35) MNF: Bears-Redskins "It's sucky-ducky Redskins secondary vs sucky-ducky Bears offense."
|Sep 19, 2019|
#67 - Film Deep Dive: How to fool Baker, Lamar Jackson the passer & Teddy vs Taysom; plus Phil Simms on the end of the Eli Era
It's another Deep Dive Wednesday as Simms gets into the Week 2 film with Paul Burmeister. Big Phil reacts to the end of the Eli Manning Era. Plus, Chris says which 0-2 teams he hasn't given up on yet.
(2:35) Browns-Jets: How defenses are trying to fool Baker Mayfield
(13:10) Saints-Rams: Jared Goff isn't aggressive, and that's ok
(26:10) Teddy Bridgewater's performance and why Taysom Hill gives the Saints a better chance
(32:00) Seahawks-Steelers: How Pittsburgh's offense had problems even before Big Ben's injury
(35:40) Why the Seahawks defense needs Jalen Ramsey
(44:00) Big Phil discusses the Giants benching Eli for Daniel Jones
(1:02:15) Phil takes us back to when the Giants released him
(1:10:00) 49ers-Bengals: The only question for the 49ers offense is Jimmy G
(1:18:10) Cardinals-Ravens: "we're seeing Lamar Jackson grow right in front of us"
(1:25:40) "Kyler Murray is a baller"
(1:30:35) Chiefs-Raiders: the unheralded strength of the KC offense
(1:38:10) "Make Me Feel Better About My Team" - Which two 0-2 teams may not be doomed yet?
|Sep 18, 2019|
#66 - Ben & Brees are down & out, Week 2 Headlines, Packers & Eagles Film Deep Dive, and "Damn! Okay"
Simms & Paul Burmeister recap a chaotic and eventful Week 2 that saw a pair of Super Bowl winning QBs go down, a Hall of Famer struggle with a new system, and an offensive mastermind crack the code.
(3:30) Big Ben is done for the year; are the Steelers done as well?
(7:05) Drew Brees is out for a couple months; Simms thinks the answer at QB is on the roster, and his name isn't Teddy Bridgewater
(11:50) Give Me The Headline, Part 1: the Bears are holding Mitchell Trubisky back, and why Dak is already an MVP candidate
(21:00) "Damn! Okay": Kyle Shanahan found the Konami code for the Bengals defense, Josh Allen is just like Christopher Walken, and props to a group of Chiefs not named Patrick Mahomes
(33:45) Vikings-Packers Film Deep Dive: analyzing the Rodgers-LaFleur sideline spat, how the Packers offense will eventually break through, and some very troubling signs from Kirk Cousins
(51:40) Give Me The Headline, Part 2: the Dolphins are a college team, Lamar has us asking for LaMORE, the Jaguars play-calling is a disaster, and Jacoby Brissett comes through in the clutch
(1:04:30) Eagles-Falcons Film Deep Dive: Jim Schwartz gets way too aggressive (again), Carson Wentz gets way too aggressive, and a fading star RB might be done
(1:20:00) "I Checked The Rule Book" ... and tight ends aren't franchise left tackles
|Sep 16, 2019|
#65 - Week 2 Picks: Saints out for revenge, Cowboys trap game & Jets without Darnold
In a joint Unbuttoned-PFTPM podcast, Simms & Florio pick all of the Week 2 games against the spread, including a couple big upsets. And as the Sam Darnold mono news breaks, they discuss what long-term impact it could have on the Jets.
(3:00) TNF: Buccaneers-Panthers
(58:45) SNF: Eagles-Falcons
(1:05:45) MNF: Browns-Jets
(1:11:05) Best Bets of Week 2
(1:14:20) Sam Darnold's injury impact on Jets
|Sep 12, 2019|
#64 - Film Deep Dive: Dak's new motion, Pats suffocating secondary, & Dalvin Cook is back; plus, "Make Me Feel Better About My Team"
Simms takes a deep dive on the Week 1 film with Paul Burmeister and Big Phil. Plus, he talks some fan bases off the ledge to make them feel better after their 0-1 team.
(4:15) Falcons-Vikings: How Dalvin Cook is back, but Devonta Freeman is not
(13:50) Redskins-Eagles: What makes Carson Wentz's deep ball so special?
(22:00) Big Phil Simms joins: are the Steelers missing Le'Veon Bell & Antonio Brown?
(25:30) Bills-Jets: How Sean McDermott's defense shook Sam Darnold down to his footwork
(30:00) Steelers-Patriots: How New England's secondary suffocates QBs; What Pittsburgh's offense needs to change
(35:00) Only a few minutes in, and the Jaguars are losing their cool
(42:50) Have the Steelers ever played the Patriots before? Because it sure didn't seem like it
(49:10) Giants-Cowboys: Kellen Moore's immediate effect on the offense; Dak's new throwing motion
(59:50) Ravens-Dolphins: Was the blowout more about Baltimore’s great O or Miami's bad D?
(1:09:10) Bengals-Seahawks: Zac Taylor's familiarity with "Seattle-beaters"
(1:17:20) Thanks to loyal listener & homie @adefaje, we have a new segment for all the bummed out fan bases - "Make Me Feel Better About My Team" - for the Bears, Buccaneers, Jets, Broncos, Falcons, Jaguars & Browns
|Sep 11, 2019|
#63 - Week 1 Headlines, Browns & Chiefs Film Deep Dive, "Damn! Okay", and R.I.P. to the Seattle Cover 3
Simms & Ahmed Fareed break down all the Week 1 headlines, take a deep dive on the 2 biggest games of the weekend, and take a pop quiz to recap the opening Sunday in the NFL.
(5:05) Give Me The Headline, Part 1: The Pats are a well-oiled machine and everyone else is in big trouble; the Cowboys feel like they have a different aura; the Panthers blow a big change; and Todd Gurley is still special.
(18:50) "Damn! Okay": Shout-outs to Kyler Murray, Dalvin Cook, and John Ross. All 3 entered with question marks, and all 3 made say "Dayyyum! okay."
(30:30) Titans-Browns Film Deep Dive: Baker's no-good-very-bad-day, don't forget about Nick Chubb, and Cleveland's O-line gets a C-, and momentum is HUGE!
(46:25) Give Me The Headline, Part 2: DeSean Jackson's speed and Doug Pederson's cojones rule the day; why the Jets lost the game in the 1st half; Jameis Winston & Jimmy G played a game of "who can screw it up more?"; and Melvin Gordon might have reason to come back.
(1:02:20) Chiefs-Jaguars Film Deep Dive: Patrick Mahomes put on a display, Andy Reid put on a friggin clinic, R.I.P. to the Seattle Cover 3 scheme, Gardner Minshew (!) looks pretty damn good, and why the Chiefs defense looks so different.
(1:17:50) Simms checked the rule book, and the Dolphins are allowed to play a safety in the middle of the field
(1:22:45) Pop Quiz hot shot- does Simms know who was the fastest ball-carrier, who threw the longest completion through the air, and which team faced an 8-man box more than anyone else?
|Sep 09, 2019|
#62 - Week 1 Picks: Big test for Mahomes, what we expect from Kyler, and and what's gonna happen with AB?
It's a joint Unbuttoned-PFTPM with Simms & Florio as they recap the season opener and pick all of the Week 1 games against the spread.
(2:00) Packers-Bears: Despite the win, do Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense have even more questions than they did before? And do the Bears have a Mitchell Trubisky issue on their hands?
(1:09:25) Broncos-Raiders & Antonio Brown drama
|Sep 06, 2019|
#61 - The 2019 NFL Season Answer Key, Packers-Bears preview, and Clowney trade reaction
The 2019 season is only a couple days away, and Chris Simms has the answer key. He gives his playoff & awards predictions with Ahmed Fareed in this mega season preview pod.
(3:30) The Cowboys have signed one of their stars to a long-term extension, but it isn't Zeke Elliott ... yet
(7:50) What's the impact of Jadeveon Clowney heading to Seattle and the Texans giving up two 1st round picks for Laremy Tunsil?
(17:45) AFC Playoff Predictions: Which division will get 3 teams in? And will the Pats or Chiefs grab the #1 seed?
(39:45) NFC Playoff Predictions: Simms picks a shocker to miss the playoffs altogether, and a return to power for a team coming off a bad year.
(1:01:30) Playoff Bracket Predictions: Some big upsets, a top seed goes down at home in the Divisional, and one long-suffering team needs to wait another year for a playoff win.
(1:11:10) Award Predictions: no surprise for MVP, but a breakout DPOY candidate
(1:15:00) The Packers and Bears open up the season on Thursday night. Simms tells you what to watch for with the new-look Green Bay offense.
|Sep 03, 2019|
#60 - NFC Over/Unders, Clowney's future, and College Football QB Preview
Birthday Boy Chris Simms and Liam McHugh plow through NFC win totals, predict where Jadeveon Clowney will wind up, and take a look at some of the top QBs to watch this college football season.
(0:20) Turning 39 is ... something
(6:25) Things have gotten bad between the Texans and Jadeveon Clowney. Simms explains why he ultimately thinks that the edge rusher will wind up with an NFC contender.
(14:25) Jimmy G is in full CYA mode after a rocky preseason
(18:45) We put Jon Gruden through the Simms BS translator to decipher what he really means behind his plea to take more deep shots
(21:45) Jalen Ramsey is already talking about shadowing Tyreek Hill in Week 1 and we can't wait
(33:00) NFC East over/unders: why the Cowboys are a fringe playoff team
(39:00) NFC North over/unders: why the division favorites have an overrated offense
(48:50) NFC South over/unders: why a trendy sleeper team has shown some bad signs
(57:05) NFC West over/unders: why you should bet the under on most of the division
(1:08:30) Don't forget how close Notre Dame was to Clemson during the 1st half last year, and the one stud player who will blow your mind
(1:14:50) Are the Longhorns ready to return to a national power?
(1:17:40) Simms breaks down Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, and Jake Fromm, and the best NFL QB prospect might surprise you
(1:23:10) We assume Alabama & Clemson will be in the mix. And take Georgia out of the convo as well. What team are we getting behind to make a run at the playoff?
|Aug 30, 2019|
#59 - AFC Over/Unders, Film Review on Kyler, Baker & Jimmy G; plus what we'll miss most about Andrew Luck
Simms & Paul Burmeister discuss the shocking Andrew Luck retirement, break down some film on QB play from Preseason Week 3, and rip through the AFC win totals.
(2:35) Why it really sucks that Luck retired, and why we like him even more now
(13:20) The biggest thing the Colts will miss, and it's not what you think it is
(18:10) Jimmy G film: the performance was much improved, but something with the mechanics is still really messed up
(22:10) Kyler Murray film: a lot better than last week, but he's in an offense that's so vanilla, it's translucent
(26:40) Kirk Cousins film: it wasn't pretty, and why their passing offense could struggle
(29:20) Baker Mayfield film: might've been one of his worst performances, but why there's no reason to worry
(32:10) The Legend of Swamp Ass is real
(33:50) Jameis Winston film: not good, but why it wasn't his fault
(36:05) Big Ben film: look out for the Steelers
(37:10) Matthew Stafford film: he looked tight, and his play-caller has hopefully self-scouted thyself
(40:00) Nick Foles film: why the Jags are salivating
(41:35) Film speed round: who jumped out, who did Simms expect more from, and the team that was sneaky dominant
(46:32) AFC East Over/Unders: the guys are at odds over a potential Wild Card candidate
(50:10) AFC North Over/Unders: this division includes the best bet on the board
(53:55) AFC South Over/Unders: a playoff team from last year is in big trouble, and it might not be who you think
(57:20) AFC West Over/Unders: why the Chiefs won't match last year's output
|Aug 27, 2019|
#58 - B-Side storylines to pay attention to, Backup QB concerns, Fantasy Draft do’s and don’ts
Chris & Paul break down the B-Side storylines to watch in 2019. The Big F’er has some backup QB concerns. Rotoworld’s Josh Norris tells us who to avoid in upcoming fantasy draft while Chris shares the guy he’s most excited about.
(4:45) Simms’ pregame jams
(6:34) The Patriots secondary should be getting as much love as the offense
(14:56) Will the Cowboys offense be creative enough to win games?
(20:36) Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t the 49ers biggest concern
(27:14) Question mark in Cleveland? Offensive line
(29:24) Packers “could be Top 5 defense in football”
(40:51) Phil Simms has a little more hope in Josh Dobbs than before
(54:00) Cam Newton has his best supporting cast yet
(59:39) Fantasy: Josh Norris more confident in Nick Chubb than Le’Veon Bell
(1:04:25) Fantasy: Will Zach Ertz & Jarvis Landry see the ball enough?
|Aug 22, 2019|
#57 - Baker Mayfield on Daniel Jones, Jimmy G Film Review, & More Preseason Underreactions
There's a lot of Week 2 Preseason action for Chris & Ahmed Fareed to break down. Off the field, what to make of Baker Mayfield's comments on Daniel Jones? On the field, what does Chris' Film Review say about Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyler Murray, and is everyone underreacting to Taysom Hill?
(0:50) Ahmed has seen at least a dozen movies, and he names his Top 5 all-time
(5:00) Should Ezekiel Elliott be offended by Jerry Jones' "Zeke who?" joke?
(12:45) The latest episode in the never-ending Antonio Brown saga
(19:00) Giving context to Baker Mayfield's comments on Daniel Jones
(25:45) Odell Beckham Jr. is still sour towards the Giants
(31:35) Jimmy Garoppolo film: concerns beyond his 0.0 passer rating
(39:05) Kyler Murray film: "he was still throwing piss missiles all over the field"
(43:00) Daniel Jones film: "some of the down-the-field throws I've been the most impressed with"
(48:15) Jarrett Stidham film: "his arm is big time"
(51:00) Ryan Finley film: "his accuracy is off the charts"
(54:25) Film Review Speed Round: Josh Rosen, Dwayne Haskins, and more
(1:04:15) Preseason Underreactions: don't worry about the Falcons O-line
(1:06:25) Taysom Hill: "fits the Saints offense better than Teddy Bridgewater"
|Aug 20, 2019|
#56 - Top 5 Diva WRs, Yelling Practice with Jon Gruden, Best Games of 2019, and Josh Allen is the GOAT (of wearing shorts)
It's an #AskMeAnything with Chris and Ahmed, with an appearance from Big Phil. We dive into how Jon Gruden made Chris practice yelling, what the Colts chances are without Luck, and who are the Top 5 WR Divas of all-time.
-(6:20) Chris investigates the deeper strategy behind the Patriots joint practices
-(11:40) Phil Simms storytime: Parcells on being friends with teammates
-(16:05) Yelling lessons from Jon Gruden
-(24:35) Top 5 WR Corps in the NFL
-(34:25) The 2019 Game of the Year?
-(39:10) The Colts chances without Andrew Luck
-(44:05) Top 5 WR Divas of all-time
-(54:30) How much to trade for Trent Williams?
-(57:15) What would make Chris give up football?
-(1:01:45) Ahmed has a Wayne Fontes bet
-(1:11:00) The hardest position to scout
|Aug 14, 2019|
#55 - Antonio Brown Saga Power Ranks, Rookie QB Film Review, & Preseason Under-reaction
Simms is back in studio after a week on the road. He and Ahmed Fareed analyze the bizarre Antonio Brown situation, and break down all the rookie film from Week 1 of the preseason:
(3:03) How did Simms find out about AB's cryotherapy treatment gone wrong?
(12:20) Jon Gruden is famous for enabling stars, but might be well-equipped to handle this situation
(19:10) Why we'll see AB on the field Week 1
(20:30) Power ranking the crazy nuggets from the whole AB saga
(28:00) Kyler Murray film: why he looked so special
(31:50) Daniel Jones film: why he might've had the most impressive performance of the weekend
(38:00) Dwayne Haskins film: why movement was the biggest takeaway
(41:55) Drew Lock film: why this week was much better than last
(44:10) Jarrett Stidham film: why the Pats might've found their Brady replacement
(48:05) Josh Rosen film: why he has room to improve
(52:10) Rapid fire film review on Quinnen Williams, Ed Oliver, Clelin Ferrell, Josh Allen, Brian Burns, Devin White, Devin Bush, Rashan Gary, N'Keal Harry, Deebo Samuel, Mecole Hardman, David Montgomery
(1:06:10) Preseason is filled with overreactions, but are we UNDER-reacting to certain things?
|Aug 12, 2019|
#54 - OBJ, Big Ben, & Rodney Harrison
A week on the road concludes with some serious star power, as Simms spends 1-on-1 time with Odell Beckham Jr, Ben Roethlisberger, and Rodney Harrison.
-(0:00) Behind the scenes at a commercial shoot, Rodney Harrison spends a couple minutes to discuss his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame, and why more of his teammates should be in Canton.
-(3:45) Odell Beckham Jr discusses developing chemistry with Baker Mayfield, chasing Jerry Rice's records and multiple Super Bowls, and his "other" best catches
-(17:40) Ben Roethlisberger explains why he doesn't pay much attention to his mechanics, filling the Antonio Brown void, making risky throws, and why he wears #7
|Aug 09, 2019|
#53 - Training Camp Extravaganza on the road with Peter King
Simms hits the road and meets up with Peter King to discuss all the teams he's visited on his training camp tour.
(13:30) Browns: why Freddie Kitchens is made for the job in Cleveland
(20:45) Broncos: how Vic Fangio is determined to make Von Miller a more complete player
(22:30) Vegas: touring the new Raiders stadium
(24:50) Jets: pumping the brakes on Le'Veon Bell and the Jets offense
(26:30) Ravens: why Lamar Jackson will be running much less than last year
(29:05) Eagles: Carson Wentz looks much healthier now than he did in 2018
(33:05) Panthers: how Christian McCaffrey is like Jerry Rice
(37:05) Falcons: the strange aspect of the Falcons offense
(39:40) Bucs: Bruce Arians' secret message to Jameis Winston
(44:30) Dolphins: the big mistake that Miami might be making
(47:40) Jaguars: the good problem facing Jacksonville
(53:05) Saints: it's all about the defense in New Orleans
(59:55) Colts: even though Captain Andrew Luck has a calf strain, Indy could be headed for big things
(1:05:05) Packers & Texans: JJ Watt chasing Aaron Rodgers, Guns n Roses, and breaking bicycles in Green Bay.
|Aug 07, 2019|
#52 - Baker's leadership, concern for Luck, & Fantasy draft advice with Rotoworld
August is all about fantasy football, and Chris and Paulie B. have Rotoworld expert Josh Norris on set to deal out draft advice. Who are this year's Patrick Mahomes & Alvin Kamara? But first, we dive into some reality...should the Cowboys prioritize Dak's contract over Zeke's? And what do we think of Baker Mayfield yelling at his receivers?
-(4:30) Chris gives inside info on the Trent Williams trade rumors
-(7:20) Which contract should the Cowboys prioritize: Dak Prescott or Ezekiell Elliott?
-(15:50) Storytime: when holdouts get ugly
-(21:35) Breaking down Baker Mayfield's leadership style
-(26:00) The best leader Simms ever played with
-(30:05) Is Andrew Luck's latest injury cause for concern?
-(44:10) Chris gripes about fantasy football
-(46:45) Is Kyler Murray a Top 10 fantasy QB?
-(52:05) Is Lamar Jackson a steal at QB15?
-(58:50) Should you draft Saquon Barkley or Ezekiel Elliott 1st overall?
-(1:05:40) Which mid-tier RB should you "buy buy buy buy buy!"
-(1:07:40) Why Antonio Brown isn't a Top 5 WR
-(1:14:45) Two mid-tier TE who could explode in great offenses
-(1:19:45) Players you shouldn't draft
|Aug 01, 2019|
#51 - Stay away Zeke & Delusional Predictions
We're baaaaack! Chris and Liam return to the set to tackle training camp holdouts, Dak vs Goff, & delusional player predictions. Plus, Big Phil explains why he's down on Brown but wacko for Flacco.
-(3:30) Why Ezekiel Elliott will win his holdout...
-(7:45) ...and why Melvin Gordon won't win his
-(17:55) Big Phil on the "next superstar pass rusher"
-(29:05) Why are we talking about Dak Prescott more than Jared Goff?
-(38:00) Being bearish on Antonio Brown in Oakland
-(43:20) Could Joe Flacco silence the haters?
-(53:20) Why should Ryan Fitzpatrick start over Josh Rosen?
-(57:25) Delusional Predictions: Could Lamar Jackson lead the NFL in carries?
-(1:04:00) Could OBJ catch Jerry Rice?
-(1:09:20) Could Le'Veon Bell get 500 touches?
|Jul 30, 2019|
#50 - Tony Romo on predicting plays and his Cowboys legacy; plus Jerry Rice & Joe Theismann
Simms chats with 3 NFL legends:
(2:12) Tony Romo on his TV game preparation and how he's able to predict plays, his Cowboys legacy, the game that put him on the map, and a nutty story involving Larry Allen's Lamborghini
(18:10) Jerry Rice talks about being the original GOAT, why his uniform always had to be spotless, the 49ers rivalry with the Giants, and why he was envious of Deion Sanders' boxer shorts
(28:00) Simms tells Joe Theismann why the infamous broken leg earned him a lot of friends. The Redskins great also discusses the current Washington QB situation, and tells the story about why Notre Dame wanted him to change the pronunciation of his last name
|Jul 25, 2019|
#49 - Chiefs TE Travis Kelce on his Patrick Mahomes love, Best TE status, and his wild summer; plus Rams safety Eric Weddle
Simms chats with Travis Kelce about the brilliance and jaw-dropping ability of Patrick Mahomes, the new TE hierarchy with Gronk retired, ranking experiences in the Summer of Kelce, and why he believes in aliens and 'friendly' ghosts (2:15); Rams safety Eric Weddle reminisces about the role he played in the turning point of Simms career, going nuts on ice cream in the offseason, and his new fit with the Rams (18:20).
|Jul 23, 2019|
#48 - Steph Curry, Charles Barkley, & David Wells
Simms walks the course with Steph Curry, Charley Barkley, & David Wells for some rollicking conversations about the state of the NBA, dealing with teammates defections in free agency, and wild locker room stories.
-Steph Curry on Kevin Durant's free agency decision, why the Warriors can be loved again, when he knew he was a great shooter, and the best teammate prank (2:10)
-Charles Barkley on the best lesson he learned about dealing with criticism, his popularity now vs the Dream Team era, the favorites in NBA after free agency, why all the player movement could be a bad thing, and changes he'd make to football if he were commissioner for a day (16:25)
-David Wells riffs on his old Yankee teams of the late 90s, partying in New York City with Simms, and why he flipped from being a Chargers fan to rooting for the Redskins (27:50)
|Jul 18, 2019|
#47 - Aaron Rodgers
At long last, Simms goes 1-on-1 with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for a candid and revealing conversation, and finally gets to serenade #12 with "Ohhh Aaron Rodgers".
-Rodgers thoughts on Patrick Mahomes (1:50)
-How Kobe Bryant, Joe Montana, and Michael Jordan had an impact on his game (3:00)
-The evolution of his throwing motion, why his mechanics are all self-taught, the misnomer that he's ever throwing off-balance, and what he learned from watching Brett Favre (5:00)
-Which defensive player used to drive him nuts, and which current d-lineman is unlike anything we've ever seen (10:00)
-His excitement for Year 1 with new head coach Matt LaFleur, the freedom to call audibles at the line, and the revamped Packers D (12:00)
-Why the new pass interference replay review could ultimately benefit the defense (16:00
-Drinking scotch, chugging beer, guilty pleasures, and binge-worthy shows (17:15)
-Simms serenades #12 with "Ohhh Aaron Rodgers" (19:20)
|Jul 16, 2019|
#46 - Sean Payton, Doug Pederson & Kyle Rudolph
Chris is hanging out with celebs in Lake Tahoe at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship and asks a few NFL'ers for "Anonymous Locker Room Stories."
-Saints coach Sean Payton on trolling Ohio State in team meetings (0:45)
-Eagles coach Doug Pederson tells his best Brett Favre stories (5:40)
-Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph names his NFL Space Jam team (11:20)
|Jul 11, 2019|
#45 - AMA: Fork vs Spoon & Dream Coaching Staff
It's an all-bets-are-off edition of Ask Me Anything, as questions from MikeLikesDirt & alter-ego ChrisDimms take Chris and Ahmed everywhere from favorite Austin bars to a podcast partner royal rumble.
-How to stop Patrick Mahomes (4:04)
-Chris names his dream coaching staff (15:17)
-"The best BBQ I've ever had in my life" (23:10)
-Biggest Hall of Fame snubs (30:38)
-Chris reminisces about the favorite game he ever played in (37:13)
-Florio vs Lefkoe and a battle royale of Chris' podcast partners (42:30)
-The time young Simms pranked Jeff Hostetler (45:13)
-Most bad-ass NFL stadiums (54:47)
-How to grip a football (59:10)
-Fork or spoon for the rest of your life? (1:05:28)
-How many 12-year-olds could Chris beat up? (1:08:55)
|Jul 02, 2019|
#44 - Top 40 QB Countdown Concludes: Rodgers vs Mahomes
It's the final countdown...With just Patrick Mahomes & Aaron Rodgers left, who takes the top spot in the Simms Top 40 QB Countdown? Then, Chris and Paul tie a bow on the full list.
-After 50 TDs last year, how can Patrick Mahomes get to 60? (8:10)
-What makes the Andy Reid offense different? (16:10)
-Why will Aaron Rodgers have a bounceback season? (22:49)
-How Chris almost swapped his Top 2 (36:35)
-Chris' biggest QB Countdown regret (39:00)
-Which two QBs does Chris hope he's wrong about? (41:40)
-Simms and Florio sing the classics (49:11)
|Jun 27, 2019|
#43 - Everybody Hates Chris & Lending Cash to LT
Simms ranked Tom Brady #9 in his QB Countdown, and the internet was not happy. Chris responds to the haters, Ahmed and him reveal four more QBs in the countdown, and Big Phil stops in to tell stories about wads of cash and facing the '85 Bears.
-Chris reads mean tweets (3:55)
-Answering fan questions on Brees & Brady's ranks (10:05)
-#6 on the Phil Simms, I mean Chris Simms QB Countdown (19:31)
-This year's QB #5 could be next year's QB #1 (30:59)
-Phil Simms tells stories about lending cash to Lawrence Taylor (41:38)
-'85 Bears and the greatest teams Big Phil ever faced (53:40)
-Which QB #11 from last year jumped to #4 in this year's Countdown? (1:11:45)
-When you're QB #3, you can afford a meme guy (1:20:45)
|Jun 25, 2019|
#42 - Brees & Brady Ranks Make The Internet Mad
Simms ranks Drew Brees at #10 & Tom Brady at #9. Not surprisingly, people have their takes. Also on the pod: Reaction to the toughest QBs from last week (2:50); Brees is the man but the end of last year saw a dip in his play (18:55); Tom Brady is awesome and one of the greatest ever. But this isn't an all-time list. And not every QB is lucky enough to have Bill Belichick (25:55); Simms responds to Kurt Warner's challenge (35:45); Cam Newton checks in at #8, and we run through his best fashion choices (38:00); Is this the year Matty Ice finally breaks through with a title? (43:20); time to self-evaluate thyself and admit a rankings mistake (57:30).
Watch this episode at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4HaisytclU
|Jun 20, 2019|
#41 - Rodgers "vs" LaFleur, MVP bets & Top 40 QB Countdown (#14-11)
As we round out the teens of the Simms' Top 40 QB Countdown, Chris and Ahmed discuss a QB who is held back by his offense and a where they'd put their money on an MVP bet. Plus, Big Phil joins to talk QB question marks and what to make of the latest Aaron Rodgers "drama."
Watch this episode at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfK2l2-HWHg
-How could we forget Smokin' Jay Cutler? (2:32)
-Why did QB #14 fall from Top 5 last year? (8:16)
-How QB #13 is overcoming his "kindergarten-ish" offense (18:00)
-Big Phil on the benefits of playing sick (30:40)
-Aaron Rodgers "vs" Matt LaFleur (35:10)
-Has the NFL has caught up to the Rams offense (40:55)?
-Lamar Jackson question marks (50:30)
-Can Jameis Winston can succeed with Bruce Arians? (54:16)
-Dark horse MVP bets (1:00:20)
-Is Philip Rivers a Hall of Famer? (1:06:35)
-QB #11 is a "more talented Andrew Luck" (1:17:26)
|Jun 18, 2019|
#40 - Best All-Time Rookie QB Seasons, "Big Willie Grand" & Top 40 QB Countdown (#18-15)
The next four QBs in the Top 40 Countdown take Chris and Paul to a land of risque nicknames and dopplegangers.
Watch this episode at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTta0WYSxWI
-Are tampering charges the start of Nick Caserio leaving the Patriots for the Texans? (3:41)
-With Daniel Jones and Eli Manning now in an open competition, what has Chris heard from inside the Giants facility? (8:58)
-After hearing from Rams fans, Simms defends why he has Jared Goff as the 19th-best QB in the league (16:45)
-What changed about Derek Carr's game in the last 2 seasons? (26:00)
-What's stopping Chris from naming Baker Mayfield a Top 10 QB? (34:30)
-Chris gives his Top 5 Rookie QB Seasons of all-time (39:45)
-Paul introduces his alias, "Big Willie Grand" (45:16)
-We go through a slideshow of lookalikes for QB #16 (46:42)
-Chris debunks the myth of Primetime Kirk Cousins (55:15)
-Is Chris more optimistic about the Vikings or Jaguars this season? (1:03:52)
|Jun 13, 2019|
#39 - Top 5 Scrambling QBs, Big Phil on Cam's throwing motion, & Top 40 QB Countdown (#22-19)
It's a jam-packed episode of Chris Simms Unbuttoned. Chris reveals his Top 5 Scrambling QBs, then Big Phil explains if Cam Newton can really change his throwing motion. Finally, Ahmed and Chris reveal the next 4 passers in the Simms Top 40 QB Countdown and look back at when smoking was cool in the NFL.
-After the Raptors timeout heard 'round the world: is momentum real in football? (2:20)
-Chris responds to tweets and gives his Top 5 Scrambling QBs in the NFL (7:47)
-Phil Simms on Cam Newton's mechanics & the NFL's all-time scramblers (20:03)
-Sam Darnold, Dick Hammer, and smoking on the sideline (46:50)
-QB #21 is an "under the radar MVP" bet this season (53:32)
-Does Mitchell Trubisky get too much hate? (1:02:52)
-Does Jared Goff get too much love? (1:08:45)
|Jun 11, 2019|
#38 - Top 3 Arms in the NFL and Top 40 QB Countdown continues (#27-23)
It’s all starting QBs from here on out for the Simms Top 40 QB Countdown. Chris and Paul reveal five more names, including a Super Bowl MVP, two veterans in a prove-it year with new head coaches, and two young passers who might soon be “pillow-worthy” for Chris’ couch.
-Paul recaps his exclusive (!) interview with Bill Belichick (1:04)
-What made Jameis Winston “one of the hardest QBs to rank” for Chris? (9:48)
-What separates Andy Dalton from Jared Goff? (18:04)
-After some bad seasons, what is still #elite about Joe Flacco? (26:05)
-What part of Kyler Murray's game is already at Rodgers-Mahomes level? (34:59)
-How high did Chris put man crush Josh Allen? 44:04)
-What are the Top 3 strongest arms in the NFL? (54:27)
|Jun 06, 2019|
#37 - Top 40 QB Countdown (#32-28), done with Eli excuses, and Big Phil wants an 18-game schedule
The Simms Top 40 QB Countdown keeps rolling with 5 more passers revealed, right after Chris gets some eggs cracked on his head (1:20). Then the latest NFL news: How does Gerald McCoy fit into the Panthers defense (5:14)? Is Todd Gurley headed down the same path as Calvin Johnson (9:17)? Then reacting to your Twitter questions, Chris breaks down the Ryan Fitzpatrick Cycle (13:08). Speaking of Fitz, why will he and Josh Rosen be memorizing words like "topper" and gotti" this offseason (18:20)? Then, the highest backup QB on the countdown lands at #31 (25:08). It took a while, but Chris finally has had it with the excuses for Eli Manning (29:10). Ahmed puts Simms through a round of "Is he younger than Lamar Jackson?" (32:04) Marcus Mariota enters the countdown (40:14), and Big Phil Simms joins to give his thoughts on the Titans QB (46:31). And while plenty of fans are against the NFL expanding to an 18-game schedule, Phil explains why he would embrace it (50:05). Finally, we cap the episode with the last QB of the day, who will have to hold off a first-round rookie this summer (1:11:35).
|Jun 04, 2019|
#36 - Bills QB Josh Allen
Simms spends some time with Bills QB Josh Allen to talk about the nuances of being a QB (2:50); concerns about his accuracy in college (6:10); his dust-up with Jalen Ramsey (19;15); LeSean McCoy spoiling The Avengers (33:15); a game of Josh Allen or Josh Allen with Josh Allen (37:41); and his reaction to Patrick Mahomes saying he could throw 100 yds (42:00).
|Jun 02, 2019|
#35 - Top 40 QB Countdown (#36-33), RG3 coming for LJax, & Eli's Hall of Fame candidacy
The Simms Top 40 QB Countdown continues with QBs 36-33, which include a former Rookie of the Year, an embattled former Super Bowl MVP and two passers on new teams this season. First, Chris and Paul play detective on where the reports of the Jets drama are really coming from (4:08). Then back to the QB countdown talk...could Robert Griffin III give the Ravens a better chance to win this season than Lamar Jackson (13:00)? Ryan Fitzpatrick looked an All-Pro for the Bucs last September, but does he have a chance of starting in Miami this season (22:39)? The guys express some Daniel Jones fatigue and debate Eli Manning's Hall of Fame candidacy (29:30). What would Marino or Elway's stats look like if they played in today's game? (37:40) Finally, they rank the AFC South, a loaded division any way you slice it (50:20).
|May 30, 2019|
#34 - Simms Top 40 QB Countdown begins & Big Phil on Bart Starr
Homies and haters get ready, the day is here. Chris and Ahmed kick off the Simms Top 40 QB Countdown with numbers 40 to 37. Did former #70 QB Blake Bortles make the cut (6:12)? Then the first four includes a 2018 starter turned 2019 backup (7:33), two Redskins QBs (14:09 & 20:55), and a rookie who Simms thought was the second-best in this year's draft (28:15). Then after a vacation of dodging the sun in Barbados, Big Phil Simms makes his triumphant return to the podcast to talk about Bart Starr's legacy (37:05) and tell a story about losing to one of his idols (47:01).
|May 28, 2019|
#33 - AMA: Throwing with POTUS, Ricky Williams' HOF case, and "I had to go number two"
We dive back into your questions today with another Ask Me Anything. Chris and Liam both describe the times they've been starstruck, including the most nervous game of catch of Simms' life (4:33). Fresh off his trip to Buffalo, Chris explains how Josh Allen is improving his accuracy (10:57). Where is the best landing spot for Gerald McCoy (15:45)? Could Ricky Williams have been a Hall of Famer (18:37)? What does Chris think about the NFL's changing attitude towards marijuana (21:11) and the Oklahoma drill (27:13)? Is Derek Carr overconfident or overcompensating (29:53)? Other than JuJu Smith-Schuster, what young receivers need to step up this season (39:23)? Which of Simms' teammates had the worst excuses for being late to meetings (44:08)? What is the bar for Freddie Kitchens and the Browns this season (49:30)? And who are the best pests in the NFL (55:39)?
|May 23, 2019|
#32 - No Spleen Zone: Gerald McCoy vs Ndamukong Suh, Big Ben vs Antonio Brown, & Eli Manning vs Daniel Jones
For the first time ever, we venture into the No Spleen Zone, where Chris & Ahmed call BS on some of the NFL's biggest storylines. But first they get into some of the latest news. After getting cut by the Buccaneers, where does Gerald McCoy land next (7:39)? Is McCoy a better free agent than Ndamukong Suh (11:53)? What do we make of Ezekiel Elliott being handcuffed at a concert (16:05)? Should Peyton Manning want to be the Jets GM (21:13)? Chris dials up his BS meter on narratives like: Adam Gase made a power play in New YorK (25:00), a PED suspension doesn't hurt Patrick Peterson's character (31:00), Big Ben is "sorry" for calling out Antonio Brown last season (39:45), and Daniel Jones could start over Eli Manning in Week 1 (48:06).
|May 21, 2019|
#31 - Jets fire Mike Maccagnan, Top 5 Belichick Defense Performances, & The Myth of QB Mentoring
Many are laughing at the Jets for firing GM Mike Maccagnan after a big offseason, but Chris and Paul explain why the reasoning and timing of the move makes sense (4:01). With reports that Bill Belichick will take defensive coordinator duties for this season, Chris looks back on his time in New England to explain what makes the Patriots coaching staff different from all other teams (18:20). Then he gives his Top 5 Belichick Defense Performances of all-time (29:55). Finally, Simms and Paul defend Joe Flacco's comments on Drew Lock and debunk the myth of QB mentoring (42:07).
|May 16, 2019|
#30 - Top 10 CBs, Rookie QB Competitions & Aaron Rodgers on Game of Thrones
It's a joint episode of Unbuttoned & PFT PM with Mike Florio in-house. Chris explains why the start of rookie minicamps are the most nervous day for NFL GMs (3:26). How will the QB competitions shake out for Kyler Murray (9:45), Dwayne Haskins (12:25), and Drew Lock (17:58)? Chris tells stories about rising and falling up Jon Gruden's depth chart (20:12). Florio and Simms wonder how Quinnen Williams being starstruck (22:02) or Devin Bush being vocal (29:31) will go over in the locker room. CB Xavien Howard has a big new contract from the Dolphins; Mike debunks why it's not the record deal everyone is reporting (34:04) and Chris reveals where Howard ranks in his Top 10 CBs (41:16). Finally, the guys give some parting thoughts on Aaron Rodgers' Game of Thrones cameo (51:19) and who ruined basketball for Chris (55:06).
|May 13, 2019|
#29 - What Makes Me Cry, The Top 5 Route Runners & Phil Simms on Reggie White
Ahmed is back to talk football (and cricket?) with Chris. We react to the news and timing of Ziggy Ansah signing with the Seahawks (3:28). Simms reveals the sporting event (and movie) that makes him cry every time (6:18). Then the fans take control, as we dive into another Ask Me Anything mailbag. Why is Chris down on Jared Goff and the Rams (9:39)? Who are the Top 5 route runners in the NFL (17:14)? After Simms brags that he's never uncomfortable, a question makes him uncomfortable (21:31). Then Big Phil joins us to talk about the dumbest great QB of all-time (27:26), the two sophomore QBs poised to take a big step forward (34:40), and what the perfect pass rusher looks like (47:52).
|May 09, 2019|
#28 - What Chaps My @ss and Defending Mitch Trubisky
Draft news has died down, so Chris and Paul take the opportunity to analyze (and rant about) the latest NFL news. What is the best landing spot for the remaining big name free agents like Ndamukong Suh & Ziggy Ansah? (2:39) Chris gets to vent in a new segment called What Chaps My @ss: Did a team really ask Daniel Jones to work out at tight end? (14:56) And why should fans back off players who don't work out with their teams? (18:58) We found a list of the NFL's most optimistic fan bases, and Simms names the two teams he is most excited about (32:22). And after battling once again with the Trubisky-haters, Chris gives his top picks for the next QB who will win his first Super Bowl (34:54).
|May 07, 2019|
#27 - 2016 Draft Re-Do, 2020 Draft QBs & A.J. Green
Chris & Liam come in hot with a rant on "unwritten rules" before getting into the NFL talk . The deadline for 5th-year options is here, so we do a 2016 Draft Do-Over (6:41). Would Chris still take Jared Goff over Carson Wentz? And where does Dak Prescott fit in the QB hierarchy? Odds for the 2020 Draft 1st overall pick are out and Chris weighs in on what he thinks of next year's QB class (27:00). Who of Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm & Justin Herbert should go #1, and who is not even a 1st round prospect? A.J. Green then joins to talk about his new head coach and the perfect hot dog topping (43:09). Finally, we weigh in on Bills Mafia tailgates (59:05) and whether we would rather hang out with Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers at the Kentucky Derby (1:04:05).
|May 03, 2019|
#26 - Ask Me Anything, 11 Things You Didn't Know About Laremy Tunsil, & Phil Simms on Daniel Jones & his best Parcells stories
Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister put a bow on the NFL Draft by taking questions from the listeners in another edition of 'Ask Me Anything' (2:45). Is DK Metcalf more likely the next Julio Jones or Kevin White? Did the Pats find a perfect fit with Chase Winovich? Simms also debunks the rumors that Kyle Shanahan & John Lynch are at odds. Which NFL players would make the best Avengers (16:30)? Big Phil calls in to debunk some rumors about his draft announcement in 1979, the treatment of Daniel Jones in NYC, and his best Bill Parcells stories (35:50). Chris & Paul take a few more questions on Mitch Trubisky's MVP candidacy, Josh Rosen's timeline, and a Kirk Cousins overreaction (1:03:30). Finally, Chris spends some time with Laremy Tunsil, as we find out 11 Things We Didn't Know about the Dolphins OT (1:15:00).
|May 01, 2019|
#25 - NFL Draft Breakdown: Burning Questions, Gold-Silver-Bronze, & Walk of Shame
With the NFL Draft complete, Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister break it all down. The Giants are in spin zone, but there are plenty of reasons why people should cut Daniel Jones some slack (3:35). After the Josh Rosen trade to Miami, the AFC East has become 3 Baby's and a Goat (15:00). John Elway has found his man, Joe Flacco has deja vu, and Drew Lock has a chance to become something big in Denver (24:45). Rapid fire QB thoughts after the Big 4, including the late-round pick that has a chance to supplant a long-time starter (30:35). Simms then answers some burning questions: Should Aaron Rodgers be ticked off? Will one GM be gone after getting universal praise for his top pick? Which GMs are you buying a round for? Which team deserves a walk of shame? And why Jimmy G should be a happy guy (36:35). We wrap things up by handing out awards - who gets the Gold-Silver-Bronze for the entire draft? (58:50)
|Apr 29, 2019|
#24 - NFL Draft 1st Round Recap
Chris and Paul recap a fun NFL Draft party with the homies as we watched one of the wildest 1st rounds in recent memory. Now that the Cardinals took Kyler Murray, can they really keep Josh Rosen? (3:57) Is there some logic to Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden's shocking pick of Clelin Ferrell 4th overall? (20:35) Why are Giants fans already booing Daniel Jones? (30:40) Why did Jawaan Taylor fall out of Round 1? (50:39) And what are the names to watch for early in Round 2? (59:15)
|Apr 26, 2019|
#23 - Final Mock Draft, plus Houston DL Ed Oliver & LSU LB Devin White
Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister break down the big Chiefs/Seahawks trade that sent Frank Clark to Kansas City (3:30). Then Simms unveils his final mock draft on the eve of the big day (8:00). The Giants go QB, but not the one everyone expects; Dwayne Haskins makes an early appearance, and there's a late run on Clemson defenders. Plus, a couple Robin Hood appearances near the end of the 1st round. Then Ed Oliver joins Simms to chat about comparisons to Aaron Donald, where he wants to be drafted, and his weight room prowess (52:45). Simms also chats with LSU LB Devin White on his Mt Rushmore of middle LBs, the most famous LSU alum, and his surprising choice for toughest college opponent (1:03:40)
|Apr 24, 2019|
#22 - Robin Hood: Draft Edition, Ask Me Anything, & Kentucky prospect Josh Allen
With Draft Week upon us, Simms puts on his Robin Hood hat, and doles out praise for a handful of draft prospects who should be getting more attention (5:05). Then Simms & Liam McHugh answer questions from the loyal listeners in a Draft Themed 'Ask Me Anything' (25:45). Simms also has an extended conversation with Kentucky edge rush prospect Josh Allen about his zodiac sign, why he plays with a chip on his shoulder, not wanting to be "butt hurt" on Draft night, and never having to fill up a tank of gas in New Jersey (1:06:00). Finally, Captain Planet makes an appearance on Earth Day (1:28:20).
|Apr 22, 2019|
#21 - NFL Schedule reactions, Missouri QB Drew Lock, and Big Phil's QB Draft ranks
The 2019 NFL schedule is out, and Chris and Ahmed react to the juiciest matchups and break down the teams with the easiest and toughest starts to their season (2:54). Then Simms talks to Drew Lock about his night out with Saquon Barkley and how he close he came to being on a Final Four team (22:33). Finally, Big Phil calls in to reveal his Top 5 QBs in the Draft, including a defense of Daniel Jones (47:00).
|Apr 18, 2019|
#20 - Mock Draft with Rotoworld's Josh Norris & Thor Nystrom
It's a mock draft megapod as Chris and Paul combine forces with Rotoworld's Josh Norris & Thor Nystrom. Will the Giants finally get a QB? Which wide receiver will be drafted first? And which of the top QBs falls out of Round 1 entirely? Plenty of surprises as we go pick-by-pick through Round 1 and predict who every team will take.
|Apr 17, 2019|
#19 - Tigers Woods QB meetings & NFL Draft prop bets
Chris & Liam recap a big sports weekend. Would (and should) the Seahawks be willing to move on from Russell Wilson (9:30)? With 10 days to go until the NFL Draft, prop bets are making the rounds and Chris gives his picks for what he'd put his money on (24:28). Will Dwayne Haskins fall out of the Top 10? How many Alabama players will go in Round 1? And with Tiger back on top, Chris reminisces about the time Woods came to Bucs training camp (32:45).
|Apr 15, 2019|
#18 - 'Ask Me Anything' Mailbag
Chris & Ahmed do a full-on mailbag episode, with questions from loyal listeners like @ABusyDad and @FourToeSteve (meet Zero Spleen Chris). Which defensive players would call out plays before they even happened (4:20)? One of the homies has a brilliant idea to use Saquon Barkley at a different position (19:15). Why did Chris get fined for his favorite NFL play (28:38)? What happened to The Hulk in the last Avengers movie? Who killed JFK (32:30)? What would it take to trade for Russell Wilson (36:30)? And which young offensive coach is a better playcaller than Sean McVay (1:13:30)? All this and more on a meandering journey into the mind of Chris Simms.
|Apr 12, 2019|
#17 - DT Draft Power Rankings, QB debates with PFF Analyst Steve Palazzolo, & Big Phil on Russell Wilson trade rumors
Chris and Paul dissect the latest Draft QB rumors (2:19). Could Dwayne Haskins drop out of the first round? And what would we trade for Josh Rosen? They then invite Pro Football Focus Analyst Steve Palazzolo on to discuss QBs and Drew Lock vs Will Grier (15:40). Then Chris reveals his Draft Power Rankings from a stacked DT group (39:51), including the Top 10 talent who "everybody is missing out on." Finally, Big Phil comes on to talk Russell Wilson trade rumors and play detective with Eli Manning extension talks (1:11:07).
|Apr 10, 2019|
#16 - Busting Draft Narratives, FSU Prospect Brian Burns, & which College had the Best Year?
With just over 2 weeks to the Draft, Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister debunk or confirm 10 popular Draft narratives (3:23). Is Kyler Murray worth the 1st overall pick? Is Daniel Jones worth a 1st rounder at all? Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns tells us about the food he's been eating to gain weight, and which movie he's seeing as soon as the Draft is over (39:30). Then the guys recap the weekend, including whether any school has had a better year than Texas Tech (53:35) and Antonio Brown's latest social media misstep (59:30).
|Apr 08, 2019|
#15 - Packers drama, Michigan prospect Rashan Gary, & Who deserves a lifetime contract?
Chris Simms & Liam McHugh react to the explosive BR story about Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers dysfunction (1:00). Top prospect Rashan Gary calls in to chat about the quirks of playing for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, the first thing he'll buy once he's drafted, and why he wants a piece of Tom Brady (19:45). Chris & Liam then get you ready for the weekend with a few burning questions: is there anything worse than people telling you about your bracket? (yes); and who would you give a lifetime contract to? (37:10)
|Apr 05, 2019|
#14 - Advice for surviving Jon Gruden, CB Draft Power Ranks, & Edge Rusher Reshuffle
Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister get back to the Draft on today's podcast. With the Raiders working out Kyler Murray, Simms has some sage advice for Derek Carr on how to survive as a QB under Jon Gruden (3:00). Why the tape on Quinnen Williams reminds Simms of Aaron Donald (11:55). After some deeper thought, we have a change in last week's Edge Rusher ranks, and the guys respond to critiques from the homies (16:25). It's time to reveal the CB Draft Power Ranks, including a Josh Norman clone, and a guy Simms has much higher than the consensus (30:25).
|Apr 03, 2019|
#13 - Over/Under win totals, April Fools pranks, sorting through Giants rumors, & Tom Brady joins Twitter
It's April Fools' Day, and Chris Simms & Liam McHugh share stories of their favorite pranks (3:30). Another day, another Giants rumor. We sort through what stories to trust when it comes to the G-Men, and where Josh Rosen would rank among this year's crop of QBs (7:55). Vegas has released Over/Under win totals for 2019, and the guys rip through the 8 teams with new head coaches, including a surprising 'Over' and an even more shocking Simms proclamation of an offense that could crack the Top 10 (25:05). Weekend winners & losers includes Duke, cherry trees, bears, and Buffalo (52:15). Finally, Tom Brady has joined Twitter and comes in hot with an April Fools' gag of his own.
|Apr 01, 2019|
#12 - Top 50 Draft Debate, NFL/MLB Prop Bets, & Dolphins coach Brian Flores
Chris Simms & Ahmed Fareed are joined by Rotoworld's Josh Norris to debate his Top 50 draft prospects and there are plenty of disagreements. Josh hypes up Hakeem Butler and Chris reenacts his experience with the Patriots war room (5:20). Then Chris settles an old debt with Dolphins coach Brian Flores as they tell old stories about Belichick, Gronk, and their time as low-level coaches in New England (47:40). We recap a big upset in the Sweet 16 of the Simms Madness bracket (1:04:00). Finally, on Opening Day, we run through some MLB-NFL themed prop bets and ask whether Chris’ Derek Jeter story included a gift basket (1:14:30).
|Mar 28, 2019|
#11 - Edge Rusher Draft Power Ranks, Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz & Big Phil on L.T.
Wednesday means another Unbuttoned episode chock-full of NFL Draft goodness. Chris & Paul Burmeister first weigh in with some reservations about the NFL's new replay rules (3:00). Then, Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz tells us what makes TEs T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant both worthy of 1st round picks (12:10). Chris has seen your David Montgomery tweets and defends why the RB didn't make his Top 5 rankings last week (28:10). He then takes us through his Top 7 of a stacked Edge Rusher class, including four that could be Top 10 overall picks (32:56). Today's magic word: "bendability." Finally, Big Phil calls in to reminisce about Lawrence Taylor and whether the Cardinals should take a pass rusher over Kyler Murray (1:06:20).
|Mar 27, 2019|
#10 - Gronk retires, Most Fun Players Ever & Superagent Drew Rosenhaus
It's a joint Unbuttoned/PFT PM pod as Chris Simms & Mike Florio are in Phoenix for the NFL Owners Meetings. They react to Rob Gronkowski's retirement (2:55)...have we really seen the last of Gronk? Mike educates Chris on Laverne & Shirley and other Happy Days spin-offs (17:20). Superagent Drew Rosenhaus comes on to discuss Gronk's decision and Tyreek Hill trade rumors (21:05). Finally, the Homies and PFT PM Posse fire off some Twitter questions on potential rule changes and the most entertaining NFL players of all-time (40:31).
|Mar 25, 2019|
#9 - QB Pro Day Roundup, Bracket Madness, & Greatest Feats of Strength with Mike Florio
It's a special 3-man weave on Unbuttoned. Chris Simms, Mike Florio, and Ahmed Fareed hit the real possibility of Tyreek Hill getting traded by the Chiefs (3:06). QB Pro Days are wrapping up, and the guys and wonder what's behind Mike Mayock's love of Dwayne Haskins, and if Will Grier jumps up Simms' rankings after a good performance (9:39). Before he heads out, Florio goes deep on his love affair with KISS, including a jarring story about Gene Simmons and a sweaty towel (25:35). Simms then breaks down the Jihad Ward weight room accident, and tells a story about the greatest feat of strength he ever saw (30:23). Finally, we look at which winners you advanced in our Simms Madness NFL bracket (39:40).
|Mar 21, 2019|
#8 - RB Draft Power Ranks & Alabama DT Quinnen Williams
It's a jam-packed NFL Draft episode for Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister. They talk about why the hype has died down on Dwayne Haskins (4:08). Chris answers your Twitter feedback on last week's WR Draft Power Ranks and why he left out N'Keal Harry (8:18). Then Alabama DT Quinnen Williams joins us to talk about his draft prep and which fellow 2019 prospect is the "freskiest dude" he's seen on a football field (16:21). Chris reveals his RB Draft Power Ranks and the player who could be a more explosive Alvin Kamara (38:24) . Finally, Big Phil does his weekly appearance to say why Odell Beckham Jr & Antonio Brown might miss the Giants & Steelers (1:01:50).
|Mar 20, 2019|
#7 - NFL Bracket Selection Show + Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins
It's March Madness, and we came up with our own Bracket Selection Show - how the NFL teams would be seeded if they stepped on the field right now. Chris Simms & Ahmed Fareed hit the AFC first, and it's still crazy to think how high the Browns are (4:40). With the NFC, there's a surprising #1 seed and a loaded division occupying the top half (30:10). Then, we have Simms' conversation with Texans All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins - why he isn't recognized among the top WRs in the league, what the trash talk is like with Jalen Ramsey, and the secrets behind his fashion sense (1:01:40). Finally, the guys hand out their winners & losers from the weekend, including a QB on the verge of setting an NFL record (1:14:05).
|Mar 18, 2019|
#6 - NFL Free Agency Word Association, Zion The Legend, & NCAA Bracket Alternatives
Now that the dust has settled on NFL Free Agency, Chris Simms & Liam McHugh play a game of Word Association on the Giants master plan, Baker-to-Odell, comparing the Jets careers of Bill Belichick & Anthony Barr, and Aaron Rodgers' mood (4:10). Zion's return has the world buzzing, and Simms explains the similarities between him and Kyler Murray (39:15). Then the guys offer a few options in case you're sick of just filling out a bracket (47:30), the best thing to watch this weekend that you're not thinking about , the time Simms found himself in an unfortunate fistfight, and whether or not it's acceptable to drink green beer on St. Patrick's Day (52:15).
|Mar 15, 2019|
#5 - OBJ Trade, Phil Simms on what's next for Giants, & WR Draft Power Ranks
Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister break down all angles of the Odell Beckham trade, one of the most shocking deals in NFL history. Phil Simms checks in to explain why Giants fans should be "confused" and what's next for the team (25:47). Then Chris unveils his latest Draft Power Rankings - today it's the Top 5 WR, including a guy who could be the next OBJ (49:19).
|Mar 13, 2019|
BONUS POD: Free Agency Bonanza on PFTPM with Mike Florio
Simms invades Florio's PFTPM to discuss a crazy couple days of free agency. Why is there only one team in on Le'Veon Bell (13:00)? The Raiders don't care about any rules (21:30). How the Jon Gruden-Derek Carr relationship will develop (29:30). Then the #PFTPMPosse chimes in with questions, including the most intriguing free agency move so far (39:05).
|Mar 12, 2019|
#4 - Full Antonio Brown Trade Breakdown + "Mystery" Free Agent Guest
Antonio Brown is headed to the Raiders. Chris Simms & Ahmed Fareed break down the blockbuster trade - why AB is an instant legend across NFL locker rooms, how Jon Gruden will welcome his new WR, and early over/unders on Brown's 2019 production (3:15); then a "Mystery Guest" calls in to discuss his big signing (30:00); the illegal tampering/flirting window has given way to the legal tampering/flirting window, and we rip through players on the move including Michael Bennett & Case Keenum (41:15); finally, our Winners & Losers of the weekend include a crazed fan and a washed up baseball player (55:20)
|Mar 11, 2019|
#3 - Free Agency Matchmaker + Tony Dungy on Kyler Murray
Apparently Simms' talk of "nice butts" didn't scare away Ahmed Fareed. They play a round of Free Agency Matchmaker (3:38), giving their best landing spots for Le'Veon Bell (Ravens? Eagles?) and other stars on the move. Then Tony Dungy calls in (21:28) to tell us why Josh Rosen shouldn't stop the Cardinals from drafting Kyler Murray and why he'll be driving 170 mph this weekend. Finally, the homies strike back at Simms' QB Draft Power Rankings as we take your Twitter questions (43:00).
|Mar 08, 2019|
#2B - Draft Power Ranks: QBs 3 to 1 + Big Phil Simms on Dwayne Haskins
QB Day went so long we split into Part 2. Big Phil joins Chris & Paul to talk about the time a baseball player called the cops on him, and whether or not the Giants should draft Dwayne Haskins (0:30). Plus, Chris explains why there are at least 15 safeties better than Landon Collins (30:15). Then Chris reveals his Top 3 QBs in the Draft, with a surprise (34:55).
|Mar 06, 2019|
#2A - Draft Power Ranks: QBs 8 to 4
It's QB Day on the Unbuttoned podcast. Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister analyze the harsh criticism of Kyler Murray and explain what "board work" is really all about (5:40). Then, Simms reveals his QB Draft Power Ranks from #8 to #4 (23:00). Things ran a little long, so be sure to check back for Part 2 for the Top 3 QBs, plus an extended chat with Big Phil.
|Mar 06, 2019|
#1 - The Kyler Conundrum, Combine Winners & Losers, + 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan
Chris Simms & Ahmed Fareed kick off the inaugural (drink every time Simms mispronounces this word) Unbuttoned podcast with a full recap of the Combine. The Cardinals have a Kyler Conundrum (7:45); why Oreos and rock-hard abs won the Combine (19:35); Simms' old buddy Kyle Shanahan reminisces about their days at Texas and vents his frustration with WRs (43:45); plus the Top 5 Things Chris Learned In Indy, including a surprise name in the "Best Player In The Draft" conversation (1:03:30).
|Mar 04, 2019|
Homies, I'm Back!
Chris Simms makes his triumphant return to podcasting at NBC Sports.
|Mar 01, 2019|