Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian

By Bill Polian, Scott Schafer, Rick Schaeffer

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The Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian is an insightful, entertaining and thoughtful look into the story of NFL Hall of Fame Executive Bill Polian’s life in football as told through his unique and compelling accounts, some dramatic, some humorous and some touching, of the lives, players, drafts, games and seasons he touched. Each episode will focus specifically on; The Career, or Part of the Career of a player or coach, A season, A game watch along, The process of building a team, A draft or round of a draft, Seminal Football Events.

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Building a 90-Man Roster
01:13:40

In this week's episode of the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, we begin our two-part look at roster construction and assembly in the NFL. In this first episode we dive deep into the creation and development of the 90-man roster every team brings into camp. From looking at  how a franchise determines core players, to how clubs attack free agency and the draft, we conclude with a special in-depth look at what GMs try to do with the back half of their rosters. We look at the highly competitive process of acquiring undrafted free agents, the process of getting the right mix on your practice squad and so much more. 

Sep 17, 2020
NFL Salary Cap Management 101
01:45:42

In this week's episode of the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys take you to school for a unique look at NFL Salary Cap Management 101. In this episode we learn how NFL clubs manage the cap, decide which players they pay, how to manage signing existing players, what players and positions to target in free agency and which to target in the draft. This is truly an awesome opportunity to get a window inside the mind of one of the NFL's greatest executives of all time to understand how to manage and navigate the salary cap in the NFL. 

Sep 10, 2020
The Creation of the NFL Salary Cap
01:10:03

In this week's episode of the Inside Football Podcast with BIll Polian, the guys begin a two-part look at the NFL Salary Cap. In this first episode the guys look at the process for how the cap came to be, from the ascension of Paul Tagliabue to NFL Commissioner, to the creation of the crucial "Pasadena 10" working group, which—hint hint—Bill was on, to ultimately what both ownership and the players wanted in an agreement. This episode is truly a unique look into one of the most complex periods in NFL history and provides an unbelievable amount of insight into how the Salary Cap came to be. 

Sep 03, 2020
The 1999 NFL Draft & The Story of 3 Legendary RBs, Part 2
01:51:07

In this week's episode of the Inside Football Podcast, the guys keep the Delorian parked in the 1999 NFL off-season for part two of our in-depth look at one of the most interesting periods in NFL history involving the running back position. In this second part of a two-part series, we get Bill's take on the QBs at the top of the 1999 NFL draft, the complex process and decision between Edgerrin James and Ricky Williams, and Bill's unique take on Mike Ditka's now infamous trade for Ricky Williams. In addition this spurs a really fun conversation on some of the most iconic and lopsided trades in NFL history. In the audible we get some really interesting takes from Rick and Bill on the future of NFL contracts. 

Aug 26, 2020
The 1999 NFL Draft & The Story of 3 Legendary RBs, Part 1
01:31:48

In this weeks episode of the Inside Football Podcast, the guys turn back the clock to the 1999 NFL off-season and take an in-depth looks at on of the most interesting periods in NFL history involving the running back position. In this first part of a two-part series, we get Bill's take on his and Peyton Manning's first season with the Colts, what the team needs were going into the 1999 season, what measurables you look for in a running back, and then we get into a deep evaluation of the situation involving Marshall Faulk. This episode truly gives you a unique insight into Bill's thought process on Marshall the player, how to handle complex contract renegotations in the NFL, and how the trade with the Rams actually came to be. 

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Aug 19, 2020
Evaluating Quarterbacks
02:01:52

In this week's episode of the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys head into the huddle, literally, and take you through the process of evaluating and selecting quarterbacks in the National Football League. We go deep into how data on QBs is measured, organized and decided upon. In this episode we get Bill's unique insight into the position and what it truly takes to be an elite Quarterback in the NFL. We get his breakdown on what to look for in QBs and how to evaluate measurables like arm strength, pocket presence, accuracy, vision and decision making. In the Audible, we get Bill's take on the evolution of the position and what he thinks of the emergence of dual-threat options. Finally we find out who Bill selects to be his QB in 2020 and beyond. 

Aug 12, 2020
Building an NFL Franchise Part 2 and the 1995 Draft Decision between Kerry Collins and Steve McNair
01:49:04

In this episode of the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys complete their two-part look at NFL Expansion in 1993 and the birth of the Carolina Panthers. In this episode we dive deep into the roster construction of the Carolina Panthers, from the expansion draft, and Bill selecting a future Super Bowl winning head coach and a future wrestling icon, to his free agency pursuit of some cornerstone Panthers. Finally the guys jump headlong into the 1995 NFL draft and arguably the toughest personnel decision in Bill's Hall of Fame Career between Kerry Collins and Steve McNair.

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Aug 05, 2020
Building an NFL Franchise: A Look at the 1993 NFL Expansion in Carolina and Jacksonville
01:56:49

In this episode of the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys begin their two-part look at NFL Expansion in 1993 and the birth of the Carolina Panthers. In this episode we dive deep into all the permutations of NFL Expansion and the factors that went into the decision, who the key players were, and why the NFL ultimately landed on Carolina and Jacksonville. We get Bill's insights into his multiple roles with the Panthers from building out the football side of the organization, to selecting a coach and a few very interesting non-football things that came up along the way from the uniforms, to hospital selection and even a few never before heard grass issues, and we might even have a discussion in the audible about will the league ever expand again.

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Jul 29, 2020
Interview: Tony Dungy
02:04:48

On this episode of the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, we have a special treat for you: our conversation with NFL Hall of Fame Head Coach Tony Dungy. In this episode, we get to dive deep with Coach Dungy on a variety pack of topics from his time growing up in Jackson, to his time as a player in Pittsburgh for legendary coach Chuck Knoll, to an inside look at the how the "Tampa 2" defense was created and how it works from a football perspective. We get the scoop from two Hall-of-Famers on what it took to climb the mountain in Indy and ultimately raise the Lombardi Trophy. This episode is truly a rare opportunity for fans to go inside the mind of one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. 

Jul 22, 2020
Tony Dungy, Part II
02:01:18

In this week's episode of the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, we continue our look at the football life of NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy. In Part 2, we take a deep dive into Coach Dungy's time with the Indianapolis Colts. We cover everything from the early days working with Bill Polian to develop the rosters and build the defense, battles with the Patriots, the Colts victory in Super Bowl 41, working with a certain future Hall of Fame Quarterback, and everything in between. 

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Jul 20, 2020
Tony Dungy, Part II
02:25:29

In this week's episode of the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, we continue our look at the football life of NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy. In Part 2, we take a deep dive into Coach Dungy's time with the Indianapolis Colts. We cover everything from the early days working with Bill Polian to develop the rosters and build the defense, battles with the Patriots, the Colts victory in Super Bowl 41, working with a certain future Hall of Fame Quarterback, and everything in between. 

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Jul 15, 2020
Tony Dungy, Part I
02:25:29

In this week's episode of the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys begin their much anticipated three-part look at the football life of NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy. In Part 1, the guys take a deep dive into the early days of Coach Dungy's football life as a QB at the University of Minnesota, to his time as defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh and with Dennis Green and the Vikings, then on to his leadership as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We take a fun and insightful look at Coach Dungy's influences from Tom Moore, to Chuck Knoll and Bill Walsh. We get some never-before-heard stories of the kismet relationship between Coach Dungy and Bill Polian and some of Bill's takes on the biggest moments from the early days of Coach Dungy's career -- from the infamous Bert Emmanuel "catch," to winning in cold weather, to Bill's 1977 scouting report on Coach Dungy the QB. 

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Jul 08, 2020
Hiring a Head Coach
02:15:11

On this week's episode of the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys venture into highly uncharted waters and take a look into the process of hiring a head coach in the NFL. In this episode, we learn from a six-time NFL Executive of the Year what GMs look for in the interview process, when they know it is time to move on from an existing head coach, how to scout coaching talent, and what exactly they are looking for when determining who should lead their team. This is truly ground that has never been covered in such detail from an insider's perspective. So sit back, relax and get ready to have all of your media myths debunked. 

Jul 01, 2020
A Scout's Life: Part II
02:21:03

In this episode of The Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys complete their two-part look at the life of an NFL Scout. Process and myth-busting is the name of the game in this episode. We dive deep into how a scout's visits to college campuses work, how information is gathered, and how, ultimately, that information is collected and organized to nail down the top prospects for their NFL clubs. We get the inside scoop on how much game tape, reports from college coaches, practice habits, scheme fit, and, of course, athletic measurables actually matter. In this episode, we learn about some famous Pro-Days in NFL history, some amazing stories of the best players Bill has scouted, and give you a true glimpse of how NFL teams determine the top draft prospects.

Jun 23, 2020
The 1987 NFL Strike and Replacement Players
01:21:52

In this weeks episode of The Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys continue their four-part series looking at labor issues in the National Football League. In this episode, the guy's transport to the Fall of '87 to take an in depth look at the NFL player's strike and the infamous Replacement players. Bill Polian provides his unique perspective as a young General Manger in Buffalo with a team on the brink of playoff glory and how he approached and managed this bizarre period in NFL History. This epidsode covers all the bases in the 1987 NFL Players Stike in a way very few fans have heard it, from Roster Management, Player Comradery, Replacement Player Recruitment and to the lasting impact the stike had on the league and it's clubs.

Jun 15, 2020
A Scouts Life: Part 1
02:09:36

In this episode of The Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys begin a two-part look at the life of an NFL Scout. In this first episode, we dive deep into what a scout's life is like on the road, how they evaluate talent, how scouting departments are organized, and how information on players is gathered in the NFL. This episode also includes Bill's unique perspective on payers he scouted and the various approaches to scouting in the NFL.

Jun 02, 2020
The 1982 NFL Player’s Strike
01:19:19

In this episode of The Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys begin a four-part series looking at labor issues in the National Football League. In this first episode, the guys venture to the Fall of '82 to take an in depth look at the NFL player's strike and various labor issue surrounding it. In this episode, Bill Polian provides his unique perspective on the history and dynamic between the NFLPA and Owners leading up to 1982, the rise of a new spring league in the USFL, and the impact this strike had on future and current labor negotiations. 

May 20, 2020
Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf? The story behind the 1998 NFL draft
01:49:41

In this episode of The Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian, the guys jump into the way back machine and head to the Spring of '98 to do a deep dive on one of the most complex and controversial decisions in the history of the NFL Draft, the choice between Quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf. Hall of Fame General Manger Bill Polian gives his unique insight into the decision and provides some never heard before behind the scenes stories about what went into the pick at number 1 for the Indianapolis Colts. 

Apr 28, 2020
Welcome to the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian
00:01:29

Have you ever wanted to know what really happens in the NFL? Have you ever wanted to listen to a podcast featuring an Hall of Fame General Manager like say Bill Polian talk to his longtime agent a friend Rick Schaeffer and a guy another guy named Schafer, unrelated, who has spent too much time watching and researching football talk about the NFL. Well then you have come to the right place our show the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian is a deep long form, entertaining and thoughtful look into the story of NFL Hall of Fame Executive Bill Polian’s life in football as told through his unique and compelling accounts, some dramatic, some humorous and some touching.

Each episode we leave it all out on the pod and focus specifically on; 

  • The Career, or Part of the Career of a player or coach
  • A season
  • A game
  • A draft or round of a draft 
  • Seminal Football Events
  • And even some time we will have a hall of fame guest or two.

So, if this sounds like a show for you, then stop listening to me up here and start listening to us in the episodes below. This is the Inside Football Podcast with Bill Polian and we hope you enjoy it. 

Apr 01, 2020