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The MMQB NFL Podcast brings you unique, informed and immediate analysis from around the NFL. Whether you’re looking to catch up on Sunday’s football action, take a deep dive into the film or answer some burning NFL questions, The MMQB staff has you covered. With a group of hosts including Jenny Vrentas, Conor Orr and Gary Gramling, you’ll finish each episode knowing more about football than you ever thought you could.

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The MMQB NFL Podcast brings you unique, informed and immediate analysis from around the NFL. Whether you’re looking to catch up on Sunday’s football action, take a deep dive into the film or answer some burning NFL questions, The MMQB staff has you covered. With a group of hosts including Jenny Vrentas, Conor Orr and Gary Gramling, you’ll finish each episode knowing more about football than you ever thought you could.

    The Fascinating Middle of the NFL, Part 2

    The Fascinating Middle of the NFL, Part 2

    We’re in the middle of the NFL’s middle, then moving toward the top of the middle as Conor and Gary continue their four-at-a-time season preview countdown. This episode features two teams with Super Bowl titles in the past five years, lots of quarterback questions, and plenty of blind trust.

    Once again, we will not reveal who the teams are in this episode description, but we will provide these clues from our conversations:

    Also Team 16: The second half of a tie carried over cliffhanger-style from the previous show, this is the team that refused to tank (so good for them!).

    Team 15: You’d call their offensive coordinator setup a no-win situation... if it were any other franchise.

    Team 13: We like everyone on this team, and Conor has proclaimed them “Conor’s Team” for the 2022 season.

    Also Team 13: The first team in their division to make an appearance on this countdown.

     

    Plus, more Orioles takes that no one particularly wanted. Come back every Monday for the next four teams in the countdown.

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    • 55 min
    The Fascinating Middle of the NFL, Part 1

    The Fascinating Middle of the NFL, Part 1

    It’s time to get into the middle-iest of the NFL’s middle, as Conor and Gary continue their four-at-a-time season preview countdown. This episode features two 2021 playoff teams, one underdog darling and one former underdog darling of whom we’ve talked about quite a bit.Once again, we will not reveal who the teams are in this episode description, but we will provide these clues from our conversations:Team 20: Taking on the crushing noise that will define 2022.Team 19: Let’s get carried away with some unbridled optimism for once.Team 18: They managed to screw everything up over the past 10 months, but maybe the quarterback can carry them to the playoffs anyway.Team 16: One of the league’s best-coached teams, but can they overachieve yet again?Come back every Monday for the next four teams in the countdown!Have a comment, critique or question for a future mailbag? Email themmqb@gmail.com or tweet at @GGramling_SI or @ConorOrr
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    • 58 min
    The Deshaun Watson Appeal and the Case Against the Dolphins

    The Deshaun Watson Appeal and the Case Against the Dolphins

    Conor and Gary welcome back Jenny Vrentas of the New York Times to delve into all things Deshaun Watson once again.

    A discussion of why Sue Robinson’s factual determinations in her ruling are much more significant than the number of games she suggested for a suspension, how the door was flung open for the NFL to determine its own punishment, and how all of it should force the NFL to confront some of its outdated stances (and terminology) regarding sexual violence.

    Plus, what’s next as the NFL moves forward with its appeal and Watson continues to show no remorse for his actions.

    Then, a look at the relatively light punishment for owner Stephen Ross and the Dolphins as the NFL gets them on tampering charges—and, in a way, gets them on tanking charges but decides Ross was just joking.

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    • 48 min
    Welcome to the Playoff Fringe Teams of the NFL

    Welcome to the Playoff Fringe Teams of the NFL

    The third episode of Conor and Gary’s team-by-team, four-at-a-time season preview countdown is here, and they’re getting into the teams that should be entering 2022 with playoff aspirations (of varying degrees).

    Once again, we will not reveal who the teams are in this episode description, but we will provide these clues from our conversations:

    Team 24: A way to program the quarterback to carry out one of three tasks: Quick throw, throw away, or crumple like a deflated Christmas decoration.

    Team 23: Is the ceiling ever going to get any higher?

    Team 21: If your manager tells you to go away, would you go to their boss and tell them that you’re staying?

    Also Team 21: The ballad of the re-cast offensive lineman. And who will advertise a netball sub?

    Come back every Monday for the next four teams in the countdown and perhaps to hear what archaic technology Conor Orr is re-embracing next.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Kyler Murray Deal and the Dumbest Contractual Clause

    The Kyler Murray Deal and the Dumbest Contractual Clause

    One long-awaited quarterback contract got done this week, but as with all things Cardinals-front-office-and-Kyler Murray since the team’s wild-card round meltdown in January, it wasn’t without loads of negativity and drama. Specifically, the now infamous “homework clause” that appears in Murray’s record-setting deal, the cause of tremendous embarrassment for the star QB this week.

    Conor and Gary welcome MMQB Business of Football columnist and former Packers team president Andrew Brandt, to discuss the mind-blowingly foolish clause, who might have come up with the idea and why it’s a terrible idea, as well as a discussion of the money and the way the contract is structured to pay out.

    Also, looking at the Lamar Jackson negotiations dragging on in Baltimore, and what it means for a player to hammer out a deal without an agent.

    Plus, Andrew takes his shot at America’s least favorite game show: More Than Four But Fewer Than Six Questions!

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    • 37 min
    Four Teams That Aren’t the NFL’s Worst, But They're Close

    Four Teams That Aren’t the NFL’s Worst, But They're Close

    The second episode of Conor and Gary’s team-by-team season preview countdown has arrived, and this one is chock full of underserved optimism. And ties!

    Once again, we will not reveal who the teams are in this episode description, but we will provide these clues from our conversations:

    Team 27: Just send them over to the B Field for now—they’ll be ready for you to watch them in 2023.

    Also Team 27: It’s time for professional football coaches and professional football players to assemble and form a professional football team.

    Team 26: Babies. So many babies.

    Team 25: Two favorites from the Conor Cinematic Universe and a team that should have honest-to-God playoff aspirations right this very minute.

    Come back every Monday for the next four teams in the countdown of a series that needs a better title.

    Have a comment, critique or question for a future mailbag? Email themmqb@gmail.com or tweet at @GGramling_SI or @ConorOrr
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
737 Ratings

737 Ratings

AnorLondoFootball ,

Very good not epoch-making.

This is a great podcast. You learn stuff and it’s entertaining. I want to be respectful to everyone but please believe me when I say that these 2 guys are the whitest guys on earth🤣.

Everyday Abstract ,

8/1 Great Episode

Enjoying this ‘series.’ The image of Gary huddled under his dashboard, covertly eating a meatball sub in Connor’s driveway - crumbs shards on the floor and attempting to contain the oily marinara covering his hands - really sustained me through my day.
Plus, it was very germane (very germane?) to football.
Thanks fellas!!
Keep it up!!
Eric

ekenym ,

Good at best

The football content is reasonable, but there is too much politics in it for me (I mean, that’s not why I like sports) and there is an excess of advertisement. But yes, there are better football podcasts out there.

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