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The Washington Football Talk podcast is anchored by NBC Sports Washington's Washington Football Insider JP Finlay and highlights all members of our coverage team including Mitch Tischler and Pete Hailey along with plenty of others. Finlay will also reach out to a host of outside influencers both in the D.C. media and the national landscape. With a strong set of personal relationships built on years covering the team, Finlay brings a fresh and engaging style to interviews with players, coaches and alumni for the podcast.

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The Washington Football Talk podcast is anchored by NBC Sports Washington's Washington Football Insider JP Finlay and highlights all members of our coverage team including Mitch Tischler and Pete Hailey along with plenty of others. Finlay will also reach out to a host of outside influencers both in the D.C. media and the national landscape. With a strong set of personal relationships built on years covering the team, Finlay brings a fresh and engaging style to interviews with players, coaches and alumni for the podcast.

    GIANTS PREVIEW: Discussing expectations for Taylor Heinicke and the extreme importance of Thursday's game

    GIANTS PREVIEW: Discussing expectations for Taylor Heinicke and the extreme importance of Thursday's game

    And just like that, there's another Preview Podcast to record for JP Finlay, Mitch Tischler and Pete Hailey! The guys get right to it in this one, as they lay out what to expect from Taylor Heinicke and this offense against the Giants on Thursday night. They also discuss an interesting thing Chase Young brought up in his press conference and touch on the absences of Curtis Samuel and Ryan Fitzpatrick. From there, they launch into their typical Over/Under, 100 Chips and Benjamin Franklin segments before tossing to JP's 1-on-1 interview with Logan Thomas, who analyzes the spark that Heinicke seems to always provide. If you like podcasts where JP expresses a desire for a certain candy and Mitch's squirmy legs cause a distraction, then this is the episode for you.

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    • 40 min
    POSTGAME POD: Ryan Fitzpatrick gets hurt and the third-down defense gets torched in a tough opening loss

    POSTGAME POD: Ryan Fitzpatrick gets hurt and the third-down defense gets torched in a tough opening loss

    It's hard to agree on much in this world, but everyone here can agree that was not the ideal debut for Washington against the Chargers, and JP Finlay, Mitch Tischler and Pete Hailey are here to talk about it. You'll get the guys' reactions to Ryan Fitzpatrick's injury, the defense's inability to get any sort of stop on third down, what the crowd was like at FedEx Field and more. You'll also hear their usual recap segments like 100 Chips (which was abysmal) and Over/Unders (which featured the defending champ getting off to a good start). And lastly, you'll come across two quick postgame interviews between JP and Taylor Heinicke and then JP and William Jackson III. If you like podcasts where JP gets upset with Pete for not having a firm grasp of gymnastics history and Pete gets JP a special Cameo for his birthday, then this is the episode for you.

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    • 34 min
    CHARGERS PREVIEW: Getting you prepared for Washington's opener vs. LA, plus an interview with Terry McLaurin

    CHARGERS PREVIEW: Getting you prepared for Washington's opener vs. LA, plus an interview with Terry McLaurin

    YESSSSSSSS. YES YES YES YESSSSSSSS. Washington plays in a true game this weekend, meaning JP Finlay, Mitch Tischler and Pete Hailey have a true preview podcast for you. To begin, the hosts get you caught up on Curtis Samuel (the news isn't good), a Chargers star who's banged up and then react to Tanya Snyder's recent interview that stirred up quite a bit of stuff. After that, the trio launches into their Over/Unders and 100 Chips segments (JP goes super wacky in the latter) and also debate how much FedEx Field's crowd can rattle Justin Herbert. They say goodbye at that point, and toss to two JP interviews you'll love: one of which is with Terry McLaurin(!!!), and the other of which is with Chargers reporter Daniel Popper. If you like podcasts where Mitch goes into one of his most unnecessary asides ever and Terry McLaurin displays his usual and amazing humility, then this is the episode for you.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    THE MILESTONE EPISODE: Celebrating the pod's five-year anniversary and JP's 40th birthday

    THE MILESTONE EPISODE: Celebrating the pod's five-year anniversary and JP's 40th birthday

    Get ready for one of the more special Washington Football Talks to exist, and that's saying something, because a LOT of Washington Football Talks exist. Anyways... this is a huge week for the show; Sep. 6 marked its five-year anniversary, and a few days from now, the man who started it all — JP Finlay — is celebrating a momentous birthday. So, in order to commemorate both events, Mitch Tischler and Pete Hailey rounded up a bunch of very important people to pay tribute to both the podcast as well as its Day 1 host. After all of those messages conclude, you'll then hear a few pieces of old content from the program's early, early, early days (which features our dear friend Rich Tandler). And then, at the end, JP reacts to the surprise. If you like podcasts that are five years old and are taking a moment to reflect on that, then this is the episode for you.

    *Here's a list of everyone who participated in this installment*

    The Finlay family...Ron Rivera, WFT... Terry McLaurin, WFT... Maury Povich, major celeb/WFT fan... Brian Mitchell, legend... Tress Way, WFT/Best punter in the NFL... Deshazor Everett, WFT… Andi Tandler, wife of the beloved Rich Tandler (plus Skeeter, Andi’s perfect pooch)...John Keim, ESPN/master meat smoker...Bob Biagi, Ourisman Automotive of Virginia… Mike Wargo, tremendous NBC exec/former boss of JP… Greg Abernathy (aka Weird Greg), NBC Sports Washington photographer/genius… Chris Kerwin, NBC4 photographer/occasional podcast host… Heather McDonough, NBC4 sports producer/part-time poet… Michael Phillips, Richmond-Times Dispatch/Chief Richmond Correspondent for the WFT Pod… Sean DeBarbieri, WFT Director of Football Comms/all-around solid dude… Charlie Mule, WFT Comms Coordinator/former hockey standout… Matt “Matty Clickz” Doolin, NBC Sports Washington shot-caller… Darryl Johnson, NBC Sports Washington photographer… Sam Fortier, Washington Post reporter… Les “Scribbles” Carpenter, Washington Post reporter (FYI, he’s drinking coffee and toasted JP, but you can’t see it cuz this is a podcast)… Ben Standig, The Athletic… Matt Paras, The Washington Times… Stephen Whyno, Associated Press… Tim Shovers, former Pod producer/audio wizard… The Ourisman Fairfax of Toyota band… Tony Wyllie, former WFT head of PR… Dalton Ross, Entertainment Weekly/WFT fan… Jimmy Patsos, NBC Sports Washington/college basketball coach… Nina Mandell, NBC Sports Washington… Dalton Ray, iconic former WFT PR member… Chuck Honey, WFT Pod Mt. Rushmore listener… Jay Blount, WFT Pod Mt. Rushmore listener… Danny, Susan and Rachel Frank, Mt. Rushmore listeners... Joe Cervone, NBC Sports Washington/one of the best guys you’ll ever meet… Ajay Atayee, ESPN/shoe collector… George Wallace, WTOP.

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    • 33 min
    Telling you how Curtis Samuel looked at Monday's practice and predicting how the rookies will fare early on

    Telling you how Curtis Samuel looked at Monday's practice and predicting how the rookies will fare early on

    It's just JP Finlay and Pete Hailey for this Washington Football Talk, and the two hosts tell you what their four eyes saw when it comes to Curtis Samuel's return to practice on Monday. Seriously, they go through everything they noticed and heard about the wideout. The second half of the show deals with the team's rookies, as JP and Pete each kick around who'll be the most noticeable first-year pro during Washington's early portion of the schedule. If you like podcasts where JP and Pete both long for the days of driving smaller cars and you get a secret code word to tweet at Mitch, then this is the episode for you.

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    • 30 min
    Debating how legit Thursday's Curtis Samuel update was and identifying real reasons for optimism for the season

    Debating how legit Thursday's Curtis Samuel update was and identifying real reasons for optimism for the season

    JP Finlay, Mitch Tischler and Pete Hailey all survived cuts and are ready to finally start preparing for Week 1. After attending a "bonus" practice on Thursday, the guys convened to first chat about Ron Rivera's most recent update on Curtis Samuel. Pete is buying it more than his co-hosts. After that, they have a discussion about the practice squad and, finally, try to re-identify the reasons for their optimism about Washington's 2021 season. If you like podcasts where Mitch comes up with a word that's "definity" not real and the trio updates their record predictions for the year, then this is the episode for you.

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    • 26 min

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