The Ryen Russillo Podcast
Summary: Each week, Ryen Russillo will break down the biggest topics in football, both NFL and NCAA.
Russillo talks about the SEC's shaky opening week with losses by South Carolina and Tennessee. He hits Boise State's wild comeback, Hugh Freeze's coaching Liberty from his hospital bed, Michigan's defense, and more (2:25). Then Ryen is joined by Bruce Feldman to discuss Auburn's win over Oregon, Pac-12 implications, Alabama's injuries, Clemson vs. the ACC, Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma, and more (17:40)!
Russillo briefly rants on why CFB fandom is an annual kick in the teeth (2:35), before setting the stage for the 2019 NCAA season (12:25). Finally, Ryen is joined by The Ringer’s Kevin Clark to discuss Andrew Luck’s career, his retirement, the conversations it incites; They talk Jadeveon Clowney trade rumors, celebrity flag football games, and more (26:50).
Russillo rants about "football guy" during NBA free agency before asking SI's Andy Benoit and The Ringer's Kevin Clark a series of questions about the 2019-20 NFL season. They talk Todd Gurley, the biggest gap between front office and head coach, Tom Brady's 2018 season, Cleveland Browns hype, the first coach fired, Pat Mahomes II, hilarious headlines, and more.
Russillo talks with The Ringer's Robert Mays about the position of an NFL GM, how the job compares to GM positions in other leagues such as the NBA and MLB, and how sharing executive power with coaches can affect the job (0:10). Then Russillo talks about the NCAA transfer rules, and both sides of the coin when players lose their eligibility when switching schools (23:05).
Russillo talks with Eric Winston and DeMaurice Smith of the NFL Players Association about the upcoming collective bargaining agreement set to take effect after the 2020 season.
Russillo is joined by SI's Albert Breer to discuss rumors surrounding the NFL collective bargaining agreement coming in 2020, whether or not the Rams should extend Jared Goff this year, the Todd Gurley contract, how Andy Dalton will fare under a new head coach, and more (2:53). Then, Ryen talks about the NFL rule change on pass interference (34:40).
Russillo talks with The Athletic's Bruce Feldman about the Pac-12 conference, including questions surrounding commissioner Larry Scott's salary, its declining revenue, and how it plans to get back on track. They also discuss the 15-year saga of the Miami Hurricanes finally returning to the CFB spotlight, where they went wrong in past seasons, and what it will take before "The U" is officially back (6:34). Then Russillo talks with The Ringer's Kevin Clark to discuss the New York Jets' firing of GM Mike Maccagnan, Sam Darnold's development, the Jets' GM search, and more (29:26).
Russillo talks with SI's Andy Benoit about the 2019 NFL draft, teams that addressed needs and those that didn't, the Josh Rosen trade, the Giants' first-round decisions, draft sleepers, and more (1:40). Then, Russillo talks about mock drafts, the first-round QB bust ratio, trains, and more (38:30).
The Ringer's Danny Kelly and Kevin Clark join the show to discuss if there is any real drama with the first pick of the draft, Daniel Jones's value, trustworthy GMs, which prospect will have the best career, and the best player at each position.
In Part 4 of a four-part series, Russillo talks with NFL QB Josh McCown about leaving SMU his senior year to play for Sam Houston State, getting drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, learning from Jake Plummer, and stories from his time with Daunte Culpepper and JaMarcus Russell on the Raiders under Lane Kiffin. He also recounts battling for a spot with Chad Henne in Miami, backing up Jake Delhomme, playing in the UFL, playing in Chicago with Jay Cutler, his time in Cleveland, his highlight season with the Jets, and more!
In Part 3 of a four-part series, Russillo talks to Super Bowl champ Trent Dilfer about his rocky NFL start on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his Super Bowl win with and subsequent exit from the Baltimore Ravens, backing up Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle, his short stint in Cleveland, mentoring Alex Smith in San Francisco, and being called up for one last ride.
Russillo talks with 11-time Pro Bowl tight end and former 'Monday Night Football' analyst Jason Witten about his season in the 'MNF' booth and his departure to play football again with the Dallas Cowboys.
Russillo talks with Kevin Clark of 'The Ringer NFL Show' about the Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, Antonio Brown to the Raiders, dead money, why players rarely make it to free agency, NFL draft rumors, and more.
In Part 2 of a four-part series, Russillo talks to Danny Kanell about his story as a former NFL QB, from reluctantly playing football at a small Florida high school, to winning the Orange Bowl with Florida State, to a playoff run with the New York Giants, arena football, and more. They also discuss why Kanell's football career ultimately didn't work out.
In Part 1 of a four-part series, Russillo goes through former NFL and MLB player Drew Henson's story, from his time at Michigan to his time with the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, and more, to talk about why it ultimately didn't work out.