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The Ryen Russillo Podcast

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Each week, Ryen Russillo will break down the biggest topics in football, both NFL and NCAA.

46 Episodes
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Russillo examines the difference in player empowerment between the NBA and the NFL (5:10) before sitting down with Bill Simmons to discuss NFL contract negotiating, Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger, parity, Eli Manning, the NFL Hall of Fame, Bill’s time at the Boston Herald, and more (11:14).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 2, including another questionably officiated Saints-Rams matchup, a couple of major injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, Jaguars-Texans, Broncos-Bears, Packers-Vikings, loud-mouth refs, UVA’s win over Florida State, incredible nicknames, and more.
Russillo examines the Dak Prescott contract discussion (5:35). Then he talks with Trent Dilfer about his take on Lamar Jackson’s Week 1 performance in the new Ravens offense, the rifts that can occur between players and coaches, the Air Raid offense, "diva" wide receivers, Trent's first year coaching at the Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, and more (20:18).
Russillo discusses the Antonio Brown allegations (3:42) before he is joined by SI's Andy Benoit to discuss Lamar Jackson's performance against the Dolphins, the Browns' disastrous start to the season, the Patriots' supercharged offense, Packers-Bears, Jaguars backup QB Gardner Minshew II's impressive display, Kyler Murray, Deshaun Watson, and more (11:50).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss a wild slate of Sunday games including Patriots-Steelers, Ravens-Dolphins, Lions-Cardinals, Browns-Titans, and more. They talk what's real and what's not from Week 1, Matt McConaughey, bar fights, and more.
Russillo shares his 2019 NFL backup QB research (3:50) before talking to SI's Albert Breer about Antonio Brown's possible suspension and earlier turmoil since joining the Raiders, Ezekiel Elliott's new contract, Cam Newton at 30 years old, the Browns hype train, way-too-early playoff picks, and more (18:15).
Russillo talks about the SEC's shaky opening week with losses by South Carolina and Tennessee. He hits Boise State's wild comeback, Hugh Freeze's coaching Liberty from his hospital bed, Michigan's defense, and more (2:25). Then Ryen is joined by Bruce Feldman to discuss Auburn's win over Oregon, Pac-12 implications, Alabama's injuries, Clemson vs. the ACC, Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma, and more (17:40)!
Russillo briefly rants on why CFB fandom is an annual kick in the teeth (2:35), before setting the stage for the 2019 NCAA season (12:25). Finally, Ryen is joined by The Ringer’s Kevin Clark to discuss Andrew Luck’s career, his retirement, the conversations it incites; They talk Jadeveon Clowney trade rumors, celebrity flag football games, and more (26:50).
Russillo rants about "football guy" during NBA free agency before asking SI's Andy Benoit and The Ringer's Kevin Clark a series of questions about the 2019-20 NFL season. They talk Todd Gurley, the biggest gap between front office and head coach, Tom Brady's 2018 season, Cleveland Browns hype, the first coach fired, Pat Mahomes II, hilarious headlines, and more.
Russillo talks with The Ringer's Robert Mays about the position of an NFL GM, how the job compares to GM positions in other leagues such as the NBA and MLB, and how sharing executive power with coaches can affect the job (0:10). Then Russillo talks about the NCAA transfer rules, and both sides of the coin when players lose their eligibility when switching schools (23:05).
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