Each week The Athletic's Ben Standig brings you the latest stories surrounding the Washington Football Team and other sports around the D.C. area.
Washington's second half fade against Chiefs; Sean Taylor's day
The Athletic's Ben Standig recaps Washington's Week 6 loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, and the emotional day for family and friend of the late Sean Taylor with WUSA sports anchor -- and "Succession" actress -- Sharla McBride. After Ben opens the episode with some postgame notes, Sharla enters to talk about that second half fade, Taylor Heinicke coming back down to earth, and defensive struggles. They also shared thoughts on the number retirement ceremony for Taylor and his family's reaction plus the organization's botched job with the announcement. Sharla also talks about how she landed a role on the hit HBO series.
Charles Leno; Chiefs preview; Gruden/Snyder theories; Wizards
Mega, mega episode as The Athletic's Ben Standig talks with Washington Football Team tackle Charles Leno, Chiefs insider Nate Taylor and journalist Patrick Hruby.
Intro - Ben with the latest from WFT practice and explains next week's small private chat for listeners
13:50 - Charles Leno on the season through five games, his mental prep, Sam Cosmi, what film analysts get wrong
38:58 - The Athletic's Nate Taylor on the Chiefs' slow start, two terrible defenses, best hope for slowing down Patrick Mahomes
105:50 - Patrick Hruby with reaction to Washington's role in Jon Gruden's stunning exit, and conspiracy theories about leak motives
133:00 - More with Patrick on the new-look Wizards, Tommy Sheppard's work, Bradley Beal, season expectations
Sins doom Washington against Saints
The Athletic's Ben Standig is on the mic after the Washington Football Team's 33-22 loss to the New Orleans with Matthew Paras (Washington Times) and Bobby Bancroft (Associated Press). All three were at FedEx Field to witness the defense surrender big plays including a Hail Mary right before halftime, and Taylor Heinicke throw two interceptions. There were positive moments, but it's time for some changes. What kind? Good question and the fellas pondered options with the lineup and play-calling.
Wild times in Ashburn entering Saints week
The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for a mega episode with film analyst Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL ) and The Athletic's Saints insider Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell). Ben opens with the latest from Washington Football Team headquarters including Logan Thomas to IR, injuries galore, and the latest on the investigation into head trainer Ryan Vermillion. Then Katherine enters to preview Sunday's game including Taylor Heinicke vs. the Saints defense, how Washington corrals Alvin Kamara (10:31). Then Mark arrives to help examine the first four weeks with thoughts on Jack Del Rio's play-calling, the safeties, pros and cons with Heinicke, and tons more (36:18).
WFT quarter-pole review; Feds investigate head trainer
The Athletic's Ben Standig is here to tackle a busy Monday including the latest on a DEA criminal investigation into Ryan Vermillion, the Washington Football Team's head trainer, and Week 4 thoughts with Michael Phillips from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Ben explains what's happening here and the rough injury news on both sides of the ball including Jon Bostic, Brandon Scherff and Logan Thomas. Then Michael joins the chat (13:10). The fellas ponder where Washington stands at the rough 1/4 pole mark of the season and circle back to their pre-season predictions on Chase Young, the rookies, quarterbacks and more.
Falcons preview - Not must win, but maybe don't lose in Atlanta
Ben Standig wraps up the week by previewing Washington-Atlanta with his teammate from The Athletic, Josh Kendall. On Matt Ryan's game, Taylor Heinicke's homecoming, defensive thoughts and more. Plus the latest on Curtis Samuel and, um, Antonio Gibson missed practice. Also, make sure to hear the pod announcement!
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