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SCHOOLED with "The Professor" John Clayton

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...

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.




From the 90s to Now with Herman Moore

Herman Moore would have been a perfect receiver in this age of high-scoring offenses. He is 6'4" and 218 pounds. Bigger receivers are coming out of college nowadays and they are doing so well in this quarterback driven league. He played 12 seasons but he played in the 1990s when receivers were smaller. Moore joins us on Schooled with the Professor this week to discuss how the game has changed since he was in the league. Believe it or not, he said he prefers the days when defenses were...


D'Marco Farr: Sideline with The Rams

This is an incredible stretch for the Los Angeles Rams. Last week, they lost to the New Orleans Saints, 45-35, in the battle for the NFC’s No. 1 seed. This week they host the Seahawks and they have a game coming up in Mexico against the Kansas Chiefs. On Schooled with the Professor, we go straight to the sidelines of the Rams and get a scouting report on the Rams from D’Marco Farr. The former Rams defensive lineman who was on the Rams Super Bowl team known as the Greatest Show on Turf does...


John Powers: Fridays with Bill

Bill Belichick is difficult for reporters to get information from. He’ll shy away from giving detailed injury reports. He makes it tough to get into his thinking and his planning about his team. But, John Powers of The Boston Globe found out Belichick tells reporters more than you can imagine! In his book Fridays with Bill: Inside the Football Mind of Bill Belichick, Powers did a remarkable job of digging through 10 years of Belichick press conference transcripts. From those transcripts, he...


The AAF with Hines Ward

The Alliance of American Football, a developmental league that has been much needed, is set to start the week after the Super Bowl. Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is working as a Players Relation Executive with the AAF. He joins us on Schooled with the Professor. Hines goes in depth on how the league is being set up and some of the unique rules that will be tried. The mission of the league is to keep players developed for the chance to get into the NFL. Ward talks about...


Bill Williamson on The Oakland Raiders

The Seahawks fly to London to play the Oakland Raiders this weekend, and The Raiders remain one the most interesting stories in sports. Jon Gruden returned to the NFL after a decade on Monday Night Football to sign a 10-year deal to be the coach. He’s also making the personnel decisions. With that in mind Schooled with the Professor went to Bill Williamson of Raiders Snake Pit to breakdown what is going on with the Raiders. Gruden traded Khalil Mack, who is having an MVP season and has...


Gary Myers: How 'Bout Them Cowboys

Two weeks ago, the Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys, 24-13. The Cowboys couldn’t get much going on offense. But they have a lot going on as a franchise: They're "America’s Team", generate the most revenue, have one of sports' most interesting owners, and are one of the most fascinating teams in the NFL. Joining us on Schooled with the Professor is Gary Myers, who covered the Cowboys for the Dallas Morning News before moving to the New York Daily News. Gary's on HBO and is known as one of...


Mike Sando: 2018's Wild Start

Le’Veon Bell’s holdout...Earl Thomas’ hold-in, where he refuses to practice if he doesn’t feel right. The new helmet penalty rule. Controversial roughing the quarterback penalties. Upsets. Upsets. Upsets. It’s been a wild start to the 2018 season! To break it down on Schooled with the Professor, we get together with Mike Sando of to review the first crazy three weeks of the season. Mike gives perspective on the Bell and Thomas stories sharing with us what some of the front office...


Doug Farrar on Modern Schematic Innovation

It's a creative time in the NFL. Scoring is up. Offensive innovation is at the max. And timing is everything. Doug Farrar just published a book that hits on the current trends and the history of schematic changes in the National Football League -- Genius of Desperation: The Schematic Innovation That Made the Modern NFL. On this week's Schooled with the Professor, Doug educates us on the current run, pass option trends and how it plays into the game. He goes into great detail on how tough it...


Samoans in the NFL with Rob Ruck

Rob Ruck, author of "Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL," joins The Professor to give a complete history lesson on Samoans in the National Football League. It’s a fascinating subject because it involves some of the NFL greats: Junior Seau, Jesse Sapolu, Troy Polamolu and so many others. (For those who follow Washington Huskies football, they know the impact of great Samoan players.) Ruck digs back in the history of how football started on the islands...


2018 Seahawks Football Begins, with Steve Raible

The football season has started. For Schooled with the Professor, we thought it would be great to catch up with the voice the Seahawks and discuss one of the more interesting seasons in franchise history. Steve Raible talks about the re-set of the roster and the expectations for 2018 seasons. Steve’s long history with the team as a player and broadcaster captures what you need to know about the team. He puts the offense in perspective by discussing the impact of Russell Wilson and how much...


Sal Paolantonio, "Philly Special"

The Philadelphia Eagles defied the odds last season, coming out of nowhere to win 13 games in the regular season. Doug Pederson became one of the most aggressive play-callers in the NFL. Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury and then Nick Foles shocked the world, beating Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. Capturing the stories and excitement of the Eagles ride is ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, who just published the #1 sports book in the country, "Philly Special." Sal Pas had great access behind the...


Special 100th Episode Edition with Chris Mortensen

It's hard to believe, but we made it to 100 episodes! In recognition of a special moment, I link up with the most influential person in my career, my ESPN partner Chris Mortensen. Together, we take a look back a life and career in sports and all the stories that connected us as friends and co-workers. Chris shares cherished memories from our history and the differences between covering football in the 80's, when there was no internet or cell phones. He also goes in-depth on the helmet rule...


Guts and Genius: The NFL in the 80s with Bob Glauber

It’s always great to look back at the history of the game of pro football. Having had the fortune to cover the NFL for more than four decades, I can say the 1980s were special. Thanks to great coaching and great players, pro football went from a physical game that featured running and defense into a smart, situational type of game in the 1980s. So much of that had to do with coaching, and Bob Glauber, who’s been covering the NFL since the 1980s, has written the definitive book on the 1980s....


Contract Negotiations with Leigh Steinberg

In his 44 years as an NFL agent, Leigh Steinberg has seen it all. He helped build up the salaries of quarterbacks in what has become a quarterback-driven league. Leigh joins us on Schooled with the Professor to assess where the NFL and players are in contract negotiations. We get into plenty of big current topics: Are the holdouts and lack of progress in talks with Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack a tipoff that teams may be shying away from paying quarterback-like money to defensive players? We...


New Territory and Past Memories with Randy Mueller

Today's guest on Schooled with the Professor is Randy Mueller. Randy was the vice president of operations for the Seahawks, and a GM for the Dolphins and Saints. Now, he is venturing into new territory as a GM for the Salt Lake City franchise of the Alliance of American Football. He also gives some thoughts on the current Seahawks and remembers one of his favorite past Seahawks, Cortez Kennedy.


Seahawks Stats & Projections with Mike Clay

If you are into fantasy football, is loaded with rankings and studies. So on Schooled with the Professor, we sought out Mike Clay of ESPN to do some studies on the Seahawks. Clay goes into great detail in projecting what to expect from the Seahawks running game this year. He was a big fan of Chris Carson when he was coming out of college. You’ll be surprised how strong he is on Rashaad Penny, and he goes into great detail on how many yards both backs will gain. Clay breaks down...


Great Stories from a Unique Career with Peter King

Peter King has left Sports Illustrated and MMQB to work for NBC sports, and he joins John Clayton on Schooled with the Professor to go over some of the best memories of his esteemed football coverage career. Peter and John have known each other for more then 30 years - King covered the Cincinnati Bengals when Clayton covered the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they talked all the time. This episode, they cover his memories during his 29 years at SI and MMQB. SI gave him the freedom to use his...


Fred Jackson on playing in the American Flag Football League and how running backs are evolving in the NFL

Running backs are the main topic this week on Schooled with the Professor. Recently retired RB Fred Jackson talks about the halfback position and how it has changed through the years. Jackson had a long career with the Buffalo Bills and ended up with the Seattle Seahawks. He talked about his ex-teammate Marshawn Lynch, why he was so good, and his impact in the league. A big topic was the current running back position. When Jackson entered the NFL in 2006, backs had a heavier workload....


Gridiron Genius with Michael Lombardi

On Schooled with the Professor this week, you will really get a chance to get a great education. Former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi has a book coming out Sept. 11 that details the behind-the-scenes brilliance of three NFL greats: Bill Walsh, Al Davis and Bill Belichick. The book is called "Gridiron Genius, A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL." Lombardi worked with all three geniuses. Mike has always been known as a great student of the NFL, so...


College Football Preview with Phil Steele

What a thrill it is to have Phil Steele on this week’s Schooled with the Professor! Phil has perhaps the best preview magazine in all of sports: "Phil Steele’s College Football Preview." There is more information packed into more pages than just about anything you can find in any pre-season magazine. This week, we get into the many analytical and statistical tools he uses to project how well schools will do in a season. Two years ago, he picked the University of Washington to be the...