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Matt Chatham has strong opinions about the NFL and for good reason - he is a three time superbowl winning linebacker from the New England Patriots - yep those same Patriots who are facing four games without star quarterback Tom Brady.
Matt holds no punches in this interview - which was scheduled before the news about NFL Commishioner Rodger Goodell upholding the suspension. Now once again the NFL players, staffs, and fans enter training camps with off-field drama.
This is an episode you don't want to miss.
Matt is also the founder of FootballbyFootball.com a site with dives head first into the world of football from the men who played at professional levels. He also happens to have a podcast on BlogTalkRadio.com by the same name.
Former NFL players Matt Chatham & Brady Poppinga return to preview a huge weekend of uncertain NFL storylines and top matchups.
The guys dive into what's made the surprising Minnesota Vikings tick as they face the Green Bay Packers with an opportunity to take control of the NFC North. Can Tony Romo hit the ground running for the Dallas Cowboys offense in his return from injury without any room for error in the standings? Can Brock Osweiler be an upgrade to a Denver Broncos offense that's been flat on its back? Can the Buffalo Bills finally control New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in the absence of Julian Edelman? And in the weekend's best matchup, what Cincinnati Bengals team shows up in Arizona to face the red-hot Cardinals?
We've got a jam-packed show for you, so sit back and enjoy!
Matt Chatham and Brady Quinn take the hot-off-the press playoff rankings and talk through the top three 1-loss teams in the rankings (Alabama, Notre Dame & Oklahoma). Did the committee get it right this week?
The guys also dive into the bizarre situation of Brady's alma mater invading Boston and Fenway Park this weekend for another installment of the Shamrock Series, this year with the Irish playing a "home" game in Boston College's backyard. Is it right to plaster "Notre Dame" all over the hallowed grounds of a Boston institution like Fenway?
The fellas finish up looking ahead to the weekend matchups with big playoff implications, including Ohio State- Michigan State, TCU-Oklahoma and Baylor-Oklahoma State. .
Matt Chatham and Brady Quinn are back to walk through the 2nd edition of CFB Playoff rankings and debate where the committee stands -- from their apparent disdain for the Big 12, to the uncertain road ahead for the PAC 12, to an Iowa team that keeps turtling up the list, to an ACC conference that's looking Clemson or bust. Outside the Power 5 conferences, Quinn's Notre Dame Fighting Irish appear in the Top 4 for the first time, and Houston curiously continues to get no respect from the committee.
The guys also walk through the controversy at the end of the Nebraska-Michigan State game and talk officiating solutions that need to show up in both college and professional football.
Chatham & Quinn pick apart the newly-released CFB Playoff Rankings and the initial Top 4 of 1) Clemson 2) LSU 3) Ohio State and 4) Alabama. Is the PAC 12 already in trouble with no team in the Top 10? Is the committee screwing with people by placing a 1-loss Alabama in the Top 4 a week before they play LSU? Is the idea of two Big 10 teams in the final four all that crazy? Is Clemon just on a short-term rental of the top spot?
All this and a look ahead at the weekend's big games: Alabama-LSU, FSU-Clemson, TCU-Oklahoma State and more...
Chatham & Quinn wrap up the goofy end to the Michigan-Michigan State game and talk about their experiences regarding end-game special teams philosophy. The SEC comes into clearer focus with Alabama and LSU rising, while the PAC 12 sees its own separation with Utah and Stanford moving to the head of the class. Iowa forces the country to pay attention to the otherwise quiet B1G 10 West as Ohio State settles the JT Barrett or Cardale Jones dilemma (for now).
Another big week of college football talk on tap as the first playoff polls draw nearer...
How are players likely to respond in the Steve Sarkisian, Steve Spurrier, and Will Grier situations? Chatham & Quinn buckle up for a deep discussion from a players-point-of-view on how these pieces of national news are likely to be interpretted by the people who live them.
Are players likely to be disappointed in Steve Sarkisian behind closed doors? How much at fault is Athletic Director Pat Haden in the problem? How does the perception of USC change for a parent weighing whether or not to send their son or daughter to this institution?
Has Steve Spurrier undercut his message to players about competing by quitting when he did? Are players privately less likely to give Spurrier a pass for quitting based upon his resume as opposed to media members who don't have football experience?
Plus, the guys discuss Will Grier's mistake in context having gone through the process of trying to grow their body at the collegiate level, understanding the resources available to players so that they don't make this mistake...
Finally the guys preview the handful of monster games on this weekend's docket, including Michigan-Michigan State, Florida-LSU, Alabama-Texas A&M, Utah-Arizona State, UCLA-Stanford, and Iowa-Northwestern.
If you have ever traveled through the Springfield, Illinois area recently, you probably missed a great little railroad museum, just south of Springfield. The town of Chatham, Illinois has preserved their Chicago and Alton depot. The depot sits next to the Amtrak/UP line that runs from Chicago to St. Louis. The line is getting an upgrade to 110 mph for the higher speed program.
The museum is a great example of what can be done, when like minded people come together and preserve history.
New England, Green Bay, Denver, Carolina and Cincinnati all stand with unblemished 6-0 records entering Week 8 of the NFL season. Chatham & Poppinga are joined by former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman and Super Bowl champ, Mike Flynn to talk through the potential vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and challenges for these teams that have been the class of the NFL so far.
Who has the toughest remaining schedule? Who still has a lot to prove? Who is the right matchup away from their first loss? The guys dive in to break it all down...
In the season's first episode of "In the Game," Matt Chatham and Rocky Boiman give a player's point-of-view on "What We Learned" from the opening week of the NFL schedule, including looks at surprising potent offensive performancea by the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers, but just the opposite by the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning.
The fellas then go around the league for a status check on some of the suprise performances of Week 1, discussing all of the "Unanswered Questions" that still linger as we look ahead to Week 2. Will the Miami Dolphins offense get on track in Week 2, living up to the promise of the new blood on the roster? Are the Colts really a favorite in the AFC?
These topics and many more...
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Former Arizona State & NFL offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer joins Chatham & Quinn to discuss ASU's big victory against UCLA and the chaotic reset of the Pac 12 standings. The guys review the rest of the past weekend's biggest games, including Notre Dame's close loss at Clemson, and Alabama's impressive bashing of the previously unblemished Georgia Bulldogs.
Off-field issues take center stage in the episode as the guys give their insight into the deeper issues likely being weighed by LSU RB Leonard Fournette & UCLA LB Myles Jack. Fournette indicates that despite national buzz, the NFL isn't in his view right now, while Jack leaves UCLA mid-year to rehab and prepare for entry into the NFL.
The guys then look ahead to the Week 6 matchups for the weekend.
Brady Quinn, Matt Chatham and Jay Foreman have a players'-view roundtable looking back and Week 3 and ahead to Week 4.
Topics on the table include the mangled hopes of the two big-time programs in the state of Alabama (Auburn and to a lesser-extent Alabama), Michigan State and Ole Miss stake their claim for a rise in the polls, a monster weekend for running back production in the SEC, overcoming a string of heartbreakers for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a ridiculously-good & record-setting performance by QB Greyson Lambert for the Georgia Bulldogs, our upset alerts for the coming weekend, and much more.
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