Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter call on their experiences as two black men with 40-plus years combined covering the NFL to bring listeners unfiltered, enlightening, and entertaining conversations about important issues involving the league both on and off the field. Steve and Jim will also talk to the newsmakers and influencers who have impacted both American sports and American culture. It’s the intersection of sports and society that we hope will lead to ongoing, positive and engaging dialogue.
Warren Moon: A Leader by Example
The Hall of Fame QB joins Steve and Jim to talk about all things quarterbacking in the NFL. Warren tells you why he believes Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are headed for a divorce (17:04) and why Deshaun Watson and the Texans need couples therapy (22:37). Warren talks about the gift and the curse of being the only Black QB in the NFL (26:27) and how he thinks race still factors into how the position is perceived (31:12). He threw one of the prettiest spirals ever seen, and Warren reveals how a fingernail file was the secret to his success (43:53). Plus, Steve and Jim explain why Huddle & Flow is taking a hiatus after this episode and when you can expect new episodes (54:59).
Hue Jackson: Speaking My Truth
The former Browns head coach gives it straight, no chaser to Steve and Jim about why he says he was made a scapegoat during his short tenure in Cleveland (04:33). Jackson explains how he stood his ground for Myles Garrett when the front office wanted to pick quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the #1 overall pick in the 2017 Draft (10:05). He also sheds light on why he was prepared to leave the Browns before being given a contract extension during his 1-23 stretch (12:52). Jackson details why he was “shocked” at being fired and why he believed offensive coordinator Todd Haley wanted to take his job (19:41). Jackson says he still doesn’t understand Baker Mayfield’s beef with him (26:06), and believes his coaching career is over because he shouldered the blame for the Cleveland debacle (27:36). Jackson also addresses the diversity issue among coaches and what he’s doing to improve it (38:06). (*NOTE: Huddle & Flow reached out to the Cleveland Browns for a response to Jackson's comments...the team declined.)
Jameis Winston: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Jameis is running it back with the New Orleans Saints and he joins Steve and Jim to talk about competing against Taysom Hill for the starting quarterback job (07:37). Jameis says he’ll go after it with a new outlook on the position from the biggest lesson he learned from Drew Brees (12:14). And if he wins it, he says he’s ready to step in for the vaunted Saints legend (18:15). Jameis offers advice for this year’s QBs who hope to hear their names called in this year’s Draft (27:13). He also talks about how fatherhood and being a husband has made him a better player (32:30). Plus, Steve and Jim with some perspective of the Darren Chauvin trial (58:22).
Brandon Beane: In the Catbird Seat
The Bills general manager takes time from his Pro Day circuit to break bread with Steve and Jim. Beane discusses a rule change the Bills will propose next week at the owners meeting which could drastically impact the head coach hiring process (00:26). Beane gives a hint of what a contract extension for his franchise quarterback Josh Allen could look like...and it has something to do with Cam Newton (26:03). Taking Allen with the 7th-overall pick in the 2018 Draft was a gamble, and Beane explains what he saw in Allen that made him do it (13:59). Beane gave Allen a big-time weapon in Stefon Diggs, and he gives us the evolution of how that trade went down (16:15). And, Beane tells us how he’s stiff-arming the snacks in his quest to win the Bills “Biggest Loser Challenge” (31:09). Plus, Steve and Jim say Ndamukong Suh is the “contract king” (00:44).
Steve Keim: Chasing the Throne
The Arizona Cardinals general manager joins Steve and Jim to talk about everything from football to fashion. Keim talks about the team looking to be in “win-now mode” by signing veterans like defensive end J.J. Watt, receiver A.J. Green and center Rodney Hudson (06:21). It’s not all roses, as Keim talks about losing cornerback Patrick Peterson (13:00) and waiting to hear whether future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald will return for another season (15:29). We hear why Keim says his franchise QB Kyler Murray is just scratching the surface of his talent (22:45). We also hear about when a contract extension could come for pass rusher Chandler Jones (34:05). Plus, Steve and Jim highlight the importance of the upcoming HBCU Legacy Bowl (41:09).
Best of Huddle & Flow: The First 48
There would be no Huddle & Flow without you! And while the show is rolling along with more new episodes in the works, we wanted to take a minute and highlight some of the best moments of our first 48 episodes. We hear from New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and how he spoke his current quarterback situation into existence (08:11). We also hear how Tom Brady made a bigger impression with the Bucs as a teammate and not just as their QB (10:06). Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson may be two of the best QBs in the league but they’re also two of the most coveted items on the trade market (15:50). Larry Fitzgerald and Jalen Ramsey tell us what it was like playing the 2020 season under the cloud of COVID-19 (12:11), and why we hear why some of the COVID-19 protocols may remain in place for the 2021 season (14:12). You get all that, plus, Steve and Jim breakdown a wild Monday in free agency (00:33). Enjoy the walk down memory lane. We know you could be any place in the world but you’re here with us. And we thank you!
Honestly I love what you guys are doing. It’s so inspirational and has motivated me to create my own podcast. Keep up the great work!