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SCHOOLED with "The Professor" John Clayton

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Can't get enough of the NFL? Get SCHOOLED with 'The Professor' John Clayton. Each week, ESPN's human database dives deep into all the news in and around the National Football League. Player interviews. In-depth analysis. Stories from a Football Hall of Fame career. Further your football education with new episodes each Thursday.

Can't get enough of the NFL? Get SCHOOLED with 'The Professor' John Clayton. Each week, ESPN's human database dives deep into all the news in and around the National Football League. Player interviews. In-depth analysis. Stories from a Football Hall of Fame career. Further your football education with new episodes each Thursday.
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Can't get enough of the NFL? Get SCHOOLED with 'The Professor' John Clayton. Each week, ESPN's human database dives deep into all the news in and around the National Football League. Player interviews. In-depth analysis. Stories from a Football Hall of Fame career. Further your football education with new episodes each Thursday.




Pass Coverage with Ronde Barber

This week on SCHOOLED with the Professor former NFL cornerback Ronde Barber (now a semi-finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an analyst for Fox) educates us on pass coverage in the NFL. Ronde talks about how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two-deep zone defense worked under Tony Dungy. He details how the Cover Two has morphed into the Cover One, Cover Three defense used by the Seahawks and several teams in NFL. And he goes into the evolution of the cornerback position back when he...

Duration: 00:23:41

Eagles Analysis with Donovan McNabb

The Seahawks/Eagles game is scheduled for prime time Sunday, so we're going prime time with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. You can hear Donovan on ESPN Radio every Sunday starting at 9 PST. On this week's SCHOOLED, Donovan goes in depth describing how Andy Reid coached him into being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He breaks down the rapid rise of Carson Wentz, talks about the differences in the current offenses from when he played, details how more trickery is...

Duration: 00:22:33

The Apple Cup with Ryan Leaf

With Apple Cup Week here, it was a great time to catch up with former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf on Schooled with the Professor. Leaf was the perfect Cougar to discuss the Cougar-Huskies rivalry. He remembered his first start being against the Huskies in 1995. In great detail he takes us through the three-year process of getting the Cougars to the point in which they could beat the Huskies. In 1997, the Cougars, with Leaf at quarterback, beat the Huskies and won the PAC-10...

Duration: 00:23:15

The Evolution of Quarterbacks with Lew Freedman

This SCHOOLED with the Professor, we're going old school: the evolution of quarterbacks with veteran sportswriter and winner of more than 250 journalism awards Lew Freedman. Lew is publishing a book that comes out December 15 that does a great job of discussing the history of passing offenses in the NFL. "Baugh to Brady: The Evolution of the Forward Pass" is going to be a must read. What I respect is Lew’s great feel for the history of passing offenses and each stage of quarterback’s...

Duration: 00:23:20

Mid-Season Trends with Pat Kirwan

I have the fortune to be the main fill-in on Movin’ The Chains on Sirius XM NFL radio with is hosted by Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan. With the NFL at mid-season, it was a perfect time to catch up with Pat and discuss the trends of the league. Kirwan remains high on the Seahawks chances of winning the NFC West even though he has plenty of great things to say about the Los Angeles Rams. On SCHOOLED, we discussed the problems with offensive lines in the NFL this season. He went into great...

Duration: 00:23:04

Injuries with Dr. David Chao

Dr. David Chao is one of the best injury experts around the National Football League. Former team doctor for the Chargers, Chao breaks down NFL injuries as they happen. He joins me on Schooled with the Professor to discuss the current state of injuries in the NFL. Chao explains how he watches games and then replays times when a player gets injuries. Not only can he pinpoint the injury but he can determine the length of time the player might be out. That’s huge for fantasy players, but the...

Duration: 00:19:18

Mid-Season Trends and Analysis with NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah

On Schooled with the Professor, mid-season is a great time to catch up on trends and what is happening on the field. That’s why it is a great time to catch up with Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network. Jeremiah is one of the best in studying drafts. We took that information from the past couple draft and how they have played into this season. We talked about the difficulty of developing offensive linemen, and both agreed that more than two thirds of the league have offensive line...

Duration: 00:20:07

The Season So Far with Mark Schlereth

Seven weeks into the 2017 season marked a great time to catch up Mark Schlereth and talk football. Schlereth is now at Fox doing game analysis and studio work. For Schooled with the Professor, we got into a lengthy discussion about the bad state of offensive lines in the NFL. He recently did a Philadelphia Eagles game and came away thinking the Eagles _ at least for now _ might be the best team in the league. He is a big supporter of Carson Wentz, the Eagles quarterback. Last week, he...

Duration: 00:22:18

Rebuilding with Drew Bledsoe

Since his retirement from the NFL, Drew Bledsoe is aging well like the fine wines he produces. Bledsoe joins John Clayton to go through plenty of topics: As you probably know, Bledsoe earned Rookie of the Year status with his Doubleback Winery. Doubleback earned instant acclaim and national awards for its Cabernet Sauvignon. On SCHOOLED, he revealed that he, Damon Huard, Dan Marino and Rick Mirer all wanted to get in the wine business together. On the football side, Bledsoe goes into...

Duration: 00:24:05

Celebrating Peyton with Brandon Stokley

Brandon Stokley was a great slot receiver in the NFL. He’s also a great story teller and historian. Stokley joins me on Schooled with the Professor at an appropriate time. Peyton Manning is having his statue unveiled at Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts. Stokley was Manning’s slot receiver but he’s also became one of his best friends. He goes into great detail giving anecdotes on how hard Peyton made his offensive players work. That work led to a lot of...

Duration: 00:22:15

Catching Up with Steve Hutchinson

It was a great time to catch up with Steve Hutchinson on SCHOOLED with The Professor. It's hard to believe Hutchinson has been out of football for five years, but he's still heavily involved in the league, working in the personnel office of the Tennessee Titans. He's also in his first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A seven-time Pro Bowler, Hutchinson and former Seahawk Kevin Mawae have chances of making the Hall this year. Hutchinson gives a Hall of Fame...

Duration: 00:21:48

John Nordstrom on 20 Years of Paul Allen's Seahawks

Former Seahawks owner John Nordstrom joins us this week on SCHOOLED with the Professor and he gives us great insight on the NFL franchise he started, and how he and others reached out and got billionaire investor Paul Allen involved in buying the Seahawks to save football in Seattle. The timing of this podcast is perfect. On Sunday, the Seahawks celebrated the 20 years Allen has owned the franchise. Nordstrom goes into great detail on what was needed to bail the Seahawks out of a bad...

Duration: 00:20:43

Offensive Issues with Brian Billick

I know I'm The Professor, but I sure gained a lot of knowledge about NFL offenses through the years listening to Brtian Billick, former Baltimore Ravens coach - and one of the great offensive minds in the game - who now works for the NFL Network. Class is in session in this week's edition of SCHOOLED with The Professor. Brian gets into why offenses got off to such poor starts in the first week of the season, why it's hard for teams to develop quality offensive lines, and we spend some...

Duration: 00:21:47

Steve Corkran: Behind the Raiders Shield

Long time Raiders beat reporter Steve Corkran educates us on Schooled With The Professor about Al Davis. He wrote the book, "Al Davis, Behind the Raiders Shield," which just came out this week. Cork tells us plenty of the inside stories about Davis' successes and his failures. He goes into the selection of Marcus Allen in the draft. He details the hiring of Jon Gruden and how Davis consulted his employees about trading Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Corkran also discusses some of the...

Duration: 00:22:47

Justin Forsett & Future of Running Backs in the NFL

Justin Forsett joins this week's edition of Schooled With The Professor. The topic is running backs and how the position has chance since Forsett played football. He retired after a nice, nine-year career. Like so many football players, he started at the age of seven. He’s watched the workhorse backs who would get 20 or more carries a game. But by the time Forsett got into the NFL, things changed. More teams started to have running back by rotation. It has gotten to the point where last...

Duration: 00:17:56

Pro Football Analytics with PFF's Steve Palazzolo

Pro Football Focus grades and analyzes every single player on every single play - almost instantly! 30 NFL teams use their analytical data, and this week on SCHOOLED, Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo joins fellow stats junkie "The Professor" John Clayton to explain exactly how PFF does what it does. Then, the guys turn to the Seahawks. They break down defensive schemes, how the O-Line is graded, why Michael Bennett is one of the best defensive players in the game, and where Russell Wilson...

Duration: 00:23:02

Warren Moon: The 2017 Seahawks, Kenny Easley, and the NFL Hall of Fame

The Professor's first guest returns to SCHOOLED! Seahawks radio analyst and NFL Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon joins John Clayton to discuss Kenny Easley's HoF induction and career, how Moon's induction changed his life, and the upcoming Seahawks 2017 season and what they expect to see from Russell Wilson this year.

Duration: 00:19:58

Next-Gen Helmets with Bill Osborn

Head trauma is the talk of the NFL, and Seattle-based VICIS has created the ZERO1 helmet: a breakthrough in player safety and the NFL and NFLPA's top tested helmet for 2017. The Professor's guest on this week's SCHOOLED is Bill Osborn, a former wide receiver and current VP of business development for VICIS. Designed to slow impact forces from multiple directions, the ZERO1 has been adopted for the 2017 season by players like Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner, and Doug Baldwin.

Duration: 00:22:00

Football & Philosophy with Ryan Holiday

Author Ryan Holiday's books "The Obstacle is the Way" and "Ego is the Enemy" have been embraced by many coaches, GMs, and athletes including John Schneider, Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick, and Nick Saban. On this week's SCHOOLED, Ryan and John discuss why his philosophies seem to translate so well to to the game of football. Holiday says he was surprised by how popular his books were in the sports world, but understands that every team is constantly trying to gain the mental edge. He...

Duration: 00:24:49

Chris Long: Super Bowl Champ and... Waterboy?

Super Bowl Champion DE Chris Long joins John Clayton on this week's SCHOOLED. Chris talks about growing up in an NFL family, winning a Super Bowl with Tom Brady, and how a chance encounter with Joe Buck at a bar in Tanzania led to him launching Waterboys: a foundation that has funded 23 wells providing drinking drinking water to 69,000 people in East Africa. To learn how you can help, visit

Duration: 00:24:19

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