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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.

    Why the Browns Are Not Primetime Material and More NFL Schedule Takes

    Why the Browns Are Not Primetime Material and More NFL Schedule Takes

    Conor and Gary have had a couple of days to chew on the NFL schedule after the league’s overwrought, (seemingly) months-long trickle of a release. Here’s what they settled on:

    First, the curious case of the Cleveland Browns’ utter lack of primetime appearances. How Deshaun Watson (very likely) affected that beyond just a potential suspension, and who it helps and who it hurts in Cleveland.

    Then, a look at five teams who got—maybe, perhaps, just a little bit—hosed by the schedule-makers, whether it be impossible stretches of games, lengthy travel or, most importantly, a lack of rest. And how those tough schedules could ultimately affect a couple of teams looking at some difficult transitions.

    Plus, a discussion of what will surely be a frustrating foray into streaming TV for many fans as Amazon Prime takes over the Thursday Night Football package, and identifying our favorite games of the 2022 season.

    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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    • 43 min
    Tom Brady: Broadcaster & Richard Johnson on All Things Draft and Jaguars

    Tom Brady: Broadcaster & Richard Johnson on All Things Draft and Jaguars

    Conor and Gary start off the show with a discussion of just what kind of broadcaster Tom Brady will be one day. (If he ever is a broadcaster, that is.)

    Then, Richard Johnson, resident college football and Jacksonville Jaguars expert, joins the show for a discussion on a number of topics. Why was the 2022 NFL draft not very good? Will the 2023 QB draft class be a little better or a lot better than this year's? What do we make of the Travon Walker pick, and can an NFL coaching staff really unlock something in him? How do we feel about Trevor Lawrence entering Year 2? What’s the deal with all that NIL stuff and could it affect the NFL draft? And much more.

    Plus, Richard is the first competitor for “More Than Four But Fewer Than Six Questions.” Is he up to the task?

    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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    • 52 min
    There Are Some Pretty Good Free Agents Left. Let’s Draft Them!

    There Are Some Pretty Good Free Agents Left. Let’s Draft Them!

    One thing to keep in mind as we move into the month of May: Just because the draft is over doesn’t mean we’re done with player movement in the NFL. So Conor and Gary took a trip through the best remaining free agents to see what kind of teams we could build. Welcome to the first annual (or, perhaps, last ever) Remaining Free Agents Draft.

    The exercise isn’t completely meaningless; there are plenty of useful players still out on the market, and they should start moving soon now that the compensatory pick formula is no longer a factor. We found ourselves a quarterback, a couple of usable offensive linemen, some potential game-wreckers up front, and some receivers who would make an offensive coordinator happy.

    Who would win this battle of the titans? Drink in each team, and then you decide.

    Plus, the horrible side effects of draft fever.

    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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    • 55 min
    The Drafts We Loved, the Drafts We Only Liked as Friends

    The Drafts We Loved, the Drafts We Only Liked as Friends

    After a couple days to decompress and really let the 2022 NFL Draft sink in, Conor and Gary are ready to talk about draft grades. Specifically, Conor’s draft grades.

    A look back at the draft classes that earned the highest marks, the draft classes that earned the lowest marks, and why each team falls into its respective category.

    Then, a look at the continued limbo of Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo and the roles their current teams played in them landing here. Plus, Tyrann Mathieu joins the might-as-well-win-now Saints.

    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
    BONUS: Investigating 0-16: Inside Hue Jackson’s Tanking Allegations Against the Browns

    BONUS: Investigating 0-16: Inside Hue Jackson’s Tanking Allegations Against the Browns

    On Monday, the NFL said an investigation found "no evidence" to support the allegations of tanking made by former Browns head coach Hue Jackson. The team went 3-36-1 during Jackson's stint with the team and he believes the Browns front office should share some of that blame. Despite the league investigation clearing the Browns, that doesn't mean the team is innocent of the accusations made against the franchise. SI Staffers Conor Orr and Gary Gramling reviewed more than 1000 documents pertaining to the case. Unsurprisingly, they reached some very different conclusions than the NFL.

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    • 23 min
    NFL Draft Round 1 Was All About the Trades

    NFL Draft Round 1 Was All About the Trades

    Sure, it isn’t the greatest draft class, but a couple surprise trades made Thursday night much more interesting than Conor, Gary or anyone else could have expected.

    A month ago, the Eagles had three picks in the teens of an underwhelming draft, and now they have a top-five veteran receiver, a 340-pound game changer for the middle of their defensive line, and still have two first-round picks in next year’s draft. Is anyone GM'ining better than Howie Roseman right now?

    Plus, the Cardinals make us furrow our brows in confusion again, this time with the trade for Marquise Brown on the eve of his free agency. But, from the Ravens' standpoint, what does Lamar Jackson’s hurt feelings mean?

    Also, Thursday night’s receiver run, the Travon Walker pick at 1-1, the lone first-round QB, the Giants’ and Jets' good nights, the Texans do it right, and much more!

    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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    • 47 min

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