Alex shares his experience of visiting the SoFi Stadium and watching the Chargers vs Chiefs game. Also the guys recap the playoff picture midway through the season and reveal which teams can make a run. Lou reveals his picks at the end of the show.
Episode #111: Picks on Fire!
Lou is on fire with his picks, and he is hoping to continue his winning streak. Also, Alex is completely disappointed with the 2021 QB class. Huge trades in the NFL with some big names moving on.
Episode #110: Trading Places
The guys discuss the impact of the McCaffrey's trade on the 49ers. NFL trading deadline, MVP front runner, Matt Ryan getting benched and Mac vs Zappe. Lou reveals his winners for Week 8!.
Episode #109: Alex's Kiss of Death
Lou and Alex talk about the winning formula for the two New York teams so far. What will the Giants do with Daniel Jones at the end of the season? Will the Falcons win the NFC South? The struggles for Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson and who will be able to turn it around.
Episode #108: East is a Beast!
Lou and Alex preview the big games this week including the Eagles vs Cowboys and Bills vs Chiefs. Guys are in awe over Micah Parsons and they compare him to a Hall of Fame legend. NFC East is officially the best division in football. What went wrong in Carolina as Matt Rhule is the first head coach that got the axe.
Episode #107: Ge-no! Ge-no!
Alex and Lou discuss which NFL quarterbacks have surprised the most so far through the first month of the season. Most vulnerable 3-1 team and 1-3 team with the most potential to turn things around. Which NFL head coach is feeling the heat?
Episode #106: Eye Test
Alex and Lou are talking about the Dolphins and Tua. Also were we overrating the AFC West teams heading into this season? Which NFL team has the best defense? The Eagles are soaring and remain the only undefeated team up to this point.
Episode #105: Comebacks or Collapses?
Tua's dazzling performance in the 4th quarter which led to the Dolphins improbable comeback against the Ravens, Jets vs Browns wild ending and the Raiders inability to finish against the Cardinals. Jalen Hurts star is on the rise. The guys are also impressed by the Jaguars and Lions in the early going this season. Trey Lance injury, and Lou is dishing out his picks.
Episode #104: Panic or Chill?
Surprises, disappointments, overreactions, kicking game mishaps and key injuries from week 1 action from the NFL. Is it time to push the panic button in Dallas and the Bills looked like a well-oiled machine against the Rams. Lou and Alex preview the big game between the Chargers vs the Chiefs on Thursday night and of course, the picks.
Episode #103: Picks Galore
The NFL season is back, and Lou and Alex are pumped about it. They preview every game in week 1 action. They look at the most exciting matchup on Thursday night between the Bills and the Rams. Take it to the bank, Lou makes his fearless picks at the end of the show.
Episode #102: Crystal Ball
Alex and Lou make their NFL predictions for the upcoming season. We pick our division winners and make our Super Bowl picks. Alex has a few surprises up his sleeve. Lou also brings his A game. We also point out a few surprise cuts that we just didn't expect.
Episode #101: AD99 Loses it!
Aaron Donald losing his mind during the joint practices and two back systems becoming even more popular in the NFL. Will Baker Mayfield lead the Panthers to the playoffs. Brady and Gronk were supposed to go to the Raiders, yet Gruden squashed it. TE Isaiah Likely standing out for the Ravens in preseason.
Episode #100: DeFiant DeShaun
Watson gets a longer suspension and a bigger fine handed to him. Episode 2 recap of Hard Knocks, and WR Amon-Ra St. Brown talks about the 16 WR's who were chosen before him on draft day. Zimmer to Jackson State, rookies standing out in preseason action, Saquon or CMC in fantasy and NIL deals debate.
Episode #99: MC/DC
Lou is psyched up about the first episode of Hard Knocks and is in awe of Dan Campbell. Then the guys discuss Mac Jones struggles in training camp and is Bill Belichick getting a free pass. Second year NFL QB's that we feel will have a breakout season, and Roquan Smith trade demands.
Episode #98: Slap on the Wrist
Dolphins tampering mess, 2019 2nd round and beyond wide receivers getting paid, NFL training camp rookie standouts, Deshaun Watson suspension saga, and 2022 HOF class.
Episode #97: No Video Games for Kyler
Bill Belichick showing praise for Mac Jones...say what? Mike McCarthy already feeling the heat, pressure on Tua, and Kyler Murray gets homework clause...hmmm? Trey Lance is officially the guy in San Francisco, and bye, bye Jimmy G.
Episode #96: Young Bucks
The guys are discussing Kyler Murray's big payday and wonder when Lamar Jackson's deal will get done. Lou and Alex reveal their most overrated NFL teams heading into next season. Also, which offensive player (non-QB) and defensive player would you build your team around in the NFL for the next decade?
Episode #95: Bottoms Up!
Lou and Alex debate which NFL team is likely to go from last to first in their respective division this season. Also we look at some NFL breakout players, and they are all on the offensive side of the ball. We look at the most underrated team as well, we have one team in the NFC and one team in the AFC.
Episode #94: Moving Parts
Alex and Lou are back after being away for a month. They are talking about Baker Mayfield's trade to the Panthers and what are his chances of winning the starting job in Carolina. We also look at the other QB battles in the NFL. Big 10 expanding to the West Coast and KD trade rumors.
Episode #93: Goin' Down South
Lou and Alex breakdown the Draft selections for AFC South and NFC South divisions. Also, talking NFL free agents who are still on the market, FitzMagic retirement and some golf as well!
Episode #92: Northern Lights
The guys debate on how to fix the NFL Pro Bowl. Lou believes that Colin Kaepernick will sign the contract with the Raiders after his workout, NFC and AFC North division draft recaps. Alex doesn't have faith in Kenny Pickett becoming a good starting QB for the Steelers, but believes the Lions will win more games than the Bears next season.
Episode #91: West Coast Party
The guys talk about Drew Brees possible return, the big games on the NFL schedule, recapping the NFL Draft for the AFC West teams and best picks from Day 3. Lou and Alex gush about their favorite offensive players picked in the fourth round. Alex picks the LA Chargers to win the AFC West this upcoming season.
Episode #90: Brady's Ransom
Tom Brady gets the big deal from FOX, discussing the NFL schedule, Lou and Alex reveal their favorite Day 2 picks, breaking down the NFL Draft for NFC West teams. Seahawks get high praise from our guys.
Episode #89: Brown(s) Out!
Alex and Lou recap the 2022 NFL Draft. They debate the Walker pick over Hutchinson for the Jaguars. They pick their winners and losers. Their favorite picks and most surprising selections from Round One. Also the AJ Brown and Marquise Brown trades.
Episode #88: The Pick Is In
Lou and Alex predict every first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Plenty of wild surprises. A lot of speculation about the first overall pick. Offensive tackles dominate the top 10. A first QB off the board is a total shocker. The Packers finally take a WR early to make Aaron Rodgers happy.
Episode #87: CFL Bound
Morehead State Punter/Kicker Andrew Foster is the guest this week. He just recently signed with the Montreal Alouettes and is excited to play in the CFL. He talks about his soccer background as a goalkeeper, looks back at how his football career began in high school, his best games were against top competition and he discusses how he participated in the Specialists camps during this offseason. Alex and Lou predict how the top 5 picks will play out in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Episode #86: Jackrabbit Season
Jackrabbits S Michael Griffin II talks about his outstanding Pro Day. Versatility is his defining trait, a natural born leader on and off the field, and how he wound at SW Minnesota State. He took a gamble by transferring to South Dakota State, things he took away from last season, most challenging part about playing safety and praise for his teammate RB Pierre Strong Jr. Also Alex and Lou talk about teams which need to ace the draft, preview the WR class and Chiefs and 49ers biggest draft needs.
Episode #85: Bearcat On The Run
Lou Montagna sits down with Cincinnati Bearcats WR Michael Young Jr. who is a film junkie and prides himself on being a route technician. He talks about his training at EXOS in Pensacola, receiving a lot of positive feedback from his Pro Day, academics played a huge role in his household and that is why he chose Notre Dame out of high school. His close relationship with Coach Denbrock, his bond with his QB Desmond Ridder off the field and Coach Fickell being the ultimate competitor.
Episode #84: AFC Bias
Aztecs RB Greg Bell is the guest on this episode. He talks about being the No.1 JUCO RB in the country and why he chose Nebraska. What made him transfer back home to San Diego State, the special senior season, what his coaches taught him along the way, lessons he took away from the NFLPA Bowl, and the NIL deals he was involved in. Alex and Lou also discuss the most improved teams after FA.
Episode #83: Pierce-ing the 40
Cincinnati WR Alec Pierce was able to showcase his athleticism and speed at the Scouting Combine. He calls his ball skills and making plays in contested situations as his biggest strengths. He praised CB Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner for making him a better player and tips he took away from the Senior Bowl. Coming from an athletic family tree has made him a true competitor and how Coach Fickell has instilled a winning culture with the Bearcats. Also Lou and Alex debate why Bruce Arians abruptly retired.
Episode #82: Ram Tough
Playmaking TE Trey McBride from Colorado State talks about his recent Pro Day, running a 4.5 forty, takes us behind the curtain and describes what a typical day at the Scouting Combine is like He sees himself as a complete TE, why he chose to stay home for college, winning the John Mackey Award as a senior and scoring a 69-yard TD on a fake punt in his last game of the season.
Episode #81: Cheetah Sprints to South Beach
App State WR Corey Sutton tells why he chose Kansas State out of high school, talks about his upcoming pro day, the special camaraderie among the WR group, the spectacular catch that made it to top 10 plays on SportsCenter and takeaways from the NFLPA Bowl. Watson, Baker, Ryan and top WR's on the move.
Episode #80: Bye, Bye Baker?
Iowa RB Ivory Kelly-Martin talks about his upcoming Pro Day and how he is looking to surprise people on March 21st with his performance. His sprinter background in HS, the true essence of being a Hawkeye, Kirk Ferentz, and trying to change the program for the better after some ugly things surfaced. Also Brady, Watson and Baker discussion.
Episode #79: Razor-Backer Sharp
Razorbacks LB Grant Morgan went from being a walk-on to being named an SEC All-American and winner of the Burlsworth Trophy. He talks about his wife being his biggest supporter,having his older brother in his corner, and the inner confidence in himself. He is happy with his latest Pro Day performance. He also discusses how the former DC at Arkansas believed in him and his prowess as a pass rusher. Lou and Alex look at the FA frenzy, the Christian Kirk insane deal and the Khalil Mack trade.
Episode #78: D.W.A. Mentality
Hawaii CB Colby Burton talks about the athletic genes that were passed on to him from his father, his twin sister and the family environment at McNeese State. Discusses eye discipline for a DB, heart over size, D.W.A. mentality, trusting the process and the versatility he demonstrated at the Tropical Bowl. Also recapping the Scouting Combine, the Russ Wilson trade, the Carson Wentz move, Aaron Rodgers signing, and the Calvin Ridley wagering mess..
Episode #77: Buyer Beware
DE Brandon Barlow lists the biggest attributes that he brings to the field, and the guidance he received from his dad which has prepared him mentally for the game of football. His most memorable games, the true essence of being a Boston College Eagle and the Red Bandana Game. Also instinctive DB Evan Horn talks about basketball which is his favorite sport, how he wound up at New Hampshire, being a two sport athlete in college, Allen Iverson being his favorite athlete, and his thoughts on Pitt QB Kenny Pickett. We also discuss some interesting NFL free agents.
Episode #76: Prime Cuts
LB Jordan Young talks about breaking the career tackles record at Old Dominion and the family atmosphere around the program. His dad played in the NFL and what he instilled in him. Playing QB in high school, his biggest strengths and the connection with Todd Bowles. Then Alex and Lou discuss the potential cuts in the NFL and the top 5 teams heading into next season.
Episode #75: Mr. Clutch
Western Kentucky versatile DB Omari Alexander talks about his underdog story, how he finally earned a scholarship and his father playing DB at Louisville. Being a true survivor, impact his coaches had on him at WKU, praises his teammates QB Bailey Zappe, DL DeAngelo Malone and WR Jerreth Sterns. Also recap of the SB, Kyler Murray and Carson Wentz discussions break out.
Episode #74: Fire Alarm
Villanova RB Justin Covington talks about leadership, his track background, his career with the Wildcats, key 4th & 1 conversion this season, playing against Penn State and training at TEST Academy. Also Ball State FB Cody Rudy went from being a walk-on, switching to fullback and winning the MAC Championship in 2020. His passion for farming, how his late Aunt Joey inspired him and the shooting incident that put his whole life in perspective. Also, we preview the Super Bowl.
Episode #73: Meltdown
Boston College RB Travis Levy describes his running style and the special teams experience that he brings to the field. Also his Pro Day training in Maryland, the lasting memories from his college days, winning the Determination Award and his QB Phil Jurkovec. Alex and Lou discuss the NFL head coaching hires and the Brian Flores drama.
Episode #72: 13 Seconds
LA Tech RB Marcus Williams Jr. looks at the biggest takeaways from the CGS and the Tropical Bowl all-star games, his daily grind routine, what made App State the perfect destination, and his love for outside zone running plays. Then Mr.versatility CB/WR Melvin Rouse II from Yale tells us what goes through his mind when he is returning punts and training at Velocity in Charlotte, NC with Steve Smith Sr. Yale vs Harvard rivalry, his friendship with QB Daniel Jones, winning the Ivy League Championship his freshman year and the Tropical Bowl. Lou and Alex discuss Sean Payton and the NFL Playoffs.
Episode #71: No More Belly
Versatile OL Andrew Rupcich tells us why Culver-Stockton College was the best place for him. Talks in depth about EXOS training facility in Texas where he is currently training, his new nutrition plan, level of competition, NFLPA Bowl invitation and provides a self scouting report.
Episode #70: Wrong Number
Beat writer Scott Petrak discusses what Cleveland should do at QB moving forward, Baker Mayfield is the hot topic of conversation, OBJ, who gets moved in the offseason and the Browns culture. Also WR BJ Byrd talks about his epic senior day versus Stetson, setting records at Morehead State, his all-star circuit experience and his favorite WR drills. Alex and Lou breakdown the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Episode #69: Big Dream
Hawaii versatile safety Eugene Ford discusses the family atmosphere and the brotherhood at Hawaii, the culture and the state of the football program right now, head coach Todd Graham and how he got his nickname the Dream. Also QB Cameron Dukes stops by to talk about his stellar career at Lindsey-Wilson College and on being a winner. He was a nominee for the William V. Campbell Trophy. Alex and Lou make their fearless picks for the NFL Wildcard Round.
Episode #68: Outta Fingers!
Clemson LB James Skalski talks about his cerebral approach to the game, being a part of the Bruise Brothers tandem, NFLPA Bowl invitation, and winning Championships at Clemson. Also being a Cowboys fan, his soccer background and what he learned from HC Dabo Swinney and coach Venables. We discuss the Black Monday in the NFL which was in full effect and it appears that no one was safe.
Episode #67: Killer B's
UTEP RB Quardraiz Wadley tells us his story of perseverance. He talks about his mom and how she has motivated him all of these years, overcoming the injuries, his friendship with current Packers RB Aaron Jones and the responsibility of wearing the #2 jersey for the Miners. Bengals, AB, Baker and Big Ben are the other topics.
Episode #66: BOOM!
Kansas WR Kwamie Lassiter II talks about his late father, former DB of the Arizona Cardinals and how he influenced his journey. The special win against the Longhorns this past year, his WR coach being a mentor to him and taking lots of pride in his blocking. Also DL Michael Badejo from Texas Southern discusses the consistency and the energy that he brings on and off the field, sweet meat, the responsibility of being a team captain, Michael Strahan's impact on his football program and improving his stock at the FCS Bowl. Lou and Alex look at the NFL playoff picture as well and John Madden's legacy.
Episode #65: Bad Cards
All-American safety and punter Jefferson Fritz (Mary Hardin-Baylor) discusses the special camaraderie on the team this year which led to an undefeated senior season. Winning the National Championship and getting inspiration from Pat Tillman. Also, the guys talk about the Cardinals, Bucs, Ravens gutsy call and the picks.
Episode #64: Swiss Army Knife
Monmouth WR Lonnie Moore IV talks about the versatility that he brings to the football field. The memory of his twin sister that inspires him to be great and the moment he realized he was a playmaker for his team. The lineage of great WR's at Monmouth and DeSean Jackson being his all-time favorite player. Also Alex and Lou wrap up the discussion about the Urban Meyer saga.
Episode #63: Eggshells
Jaguars beat writer John Shipley talks about the tumultuous Urban Meyer tenure that eventually cost him his job. Also Trevor Lawrence, player disappointments and finding a few bright spots for the future in Jacksonville. A second guest is WR Ryan McDaniel from North Carolina Central. He mentions his experience at the FCS Bowl, playing at an HBCU school, his best game and favorite route.
Episode #62: Bow Tie
ESPN NFL Nation reporter Turron Davenport talks about when Julio Jones is expected to return and the turnover issues for Tannehill. Adam Bobo's impact on the Titans and the unsung heroes. What to expect from Tennessee down the stretch. Also, Alex and Lou praise the Lions for getting their first win of the season, Tua and the Dolphins and T.J. Watt is their DPOY.
Episode #61: Time is Up
WR Bryce Nunnelly talks about being a decathlete in high school, responding to adversity and offers advice about transferring. He recaps his final season at Western Michigan and the bond with his Chattanooga teammates. TE Aubry Payne stops by as well and discusses what makes Georgia State a special place. Winning streak in the second half of the season, bowl game on Christmas day, the bond with Reggie Carter and Coach Stepp being a great mentor. Also, Big Ben's time is up with the Steelers and will he play for another team next season.
Episode #60: Chiefs Like Us
ESPN NFL Nation reporter Adam Teicher tells us whether you can trust the Chiefs again. Is it 2019 season all over again? Defense rising to the challenge in recent weeks, Melvin Ingram making a difference and Willie Gay is the X-factor.
Episode #59: Show Me the Money!
The best D-II WR in the nation L'liott Curry from Henderson State discusses the importance of film study and perfecting the box fade. His best college game, developing his technique as a wideout and showing a lot of love for his grandmother who raised him. East Carolina OL Justin Chase talks about his versatility, being a late bloomer, his most memorable team win, making the bowl game this season and the close bond with his family.
Episode #58: Taylor Made
QB Jared Bernhardt recounts his lacrosse career at Maryland and his transition to QB at Ferris State. The undefeated regular season, his relationship with Coach Annese and Lamar Jackson being his favorite NFL player. Also Lou and Alex talk about Mac Jones, Kyle Shanahan, Matt Nagy and the Colts.
Episode #57: Lock it Up
IUP ballhawking CB Nazir Streater talks about taking the PSAC conference by storm and having a special season in 2019. Reggie Bush being his favorite player growing up and how making it on ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays impacted his football path. Also RB Jawon Hamilton relieves his memories at UCF and James Madison and discusses why he chose Eastern Michigan for his final season. Talks about the National Championship game and the birth of his daughter.
Episode #56: Cheek to Cheek
Elon QB Davis Cheek talks about watching film and preparation. He also discusses a special diet plan which helped him gain 30 pounds before his freshman season, overcoming two major injuries and why he chose Elon. Lou and Alex hand out their midseason NFL report cards and look at the playoff picture.
Episode #55: Miller Time in LA
WR Jack Sorenson from Miami, Ohio talks about what it takes to be a great route runner. His friendship with his teammate Ben Kimpler, sacrifices and failure, the dream of being an NFL player and Rodgers or Favre. Our guys discuss the impact of the Derrick Henry injury and the Von Miller trade.
Episode #54: Stacking Pennies
Troy LB Carlton Martial talks about his biggest accomplishments, working his way up from being a walk-on, Trojans' stalwart defense and the Coastal Carolina matchup coming up. Also CB Joshua Flowers (Winston-Slaem State) explains what his coach Robert Massey has meant for his development, discusses how the team has turned its season around, training with Darius Slay and what it means to play at an HBCU school. Trading deadline and the next NFL head coach to get the axe are the other topics on deck.
Episode #53: Family Affair
Hank Carter, Head Football Coach at Lake Travis High School, discusses this year's team. Provides stories about his former QB Baker Mayfield and talks about Friday Night Lights at Texas. Also Brown QB EJ Perry joins the show. He tells us what makes the Ivy League atmosphere so special and the major difference between playing for his father and uncle. Also Cowboys and Raiders chatter.
Episode #52: Gorilla vs Lion
We welcome one of the best TE's in the nation in Isaiah Likely from Coastal Carolina. He talks about how he came up with his Twitter name. He also mentions his basketball background, family and his career day against Arkansas State. We are also joined by Idaho QB Mike Beaudry. He discusses his football journey of perseverance. Talks about the role his mom has played in his life, winning the D-II National Championship, running a pro-style offense and how the TEST Football Academy has made him a better QB this past summer.
Episode #51 In The Cards
Alcorn State WR LeCharles Pringle talks about setting the single season school record for TD's and the connection with his QB Felix Harper. The comeback win against UAPB and the Steve McNair legacy. Also Lou vents about his big ache and the Cardinals are on top of the world.
Episode #50: The Manning Dynasty
Nelson Stewart, head football coach at Isidore Newman High School, is the guest this week. He talks about what makes his star QB Arch Manning so special. He praises his character. Arch loves the grind and his preparation sets him apart. How does he deal with the pressure of being the next great QB. Also Coach Stewart calls OBJ - a tireless worker and relentless in his pursuit of greatness. Other topics include Darnold, Rams, the CJ Henderson trade and HOF talk.
Episode #49 Just Win Baby
Lou and Alex welcome two guests to the show this week. Fayetteville State Joshua Williams is a long corner with very good speed. He talks about his dad being a role model for him, praises his teammates in the secondary and mentions the coaches who have helped him get this far. Also LB Willie Eubanks III from The Citadel discusses his most memorable win at the school and the improvements he made over the offseason. Are the Raiders for real?
Episode #48 West Is Best
QB coach Tony Racioppi tells the guys what he has learned over the years training quarterbacks of all ages. He talks about Pitt QB Kenny Pickett, Manning Camp, the importance of the three P's, traits he looks for and explains bad habits. Also the NFC and AFC West divisions ruled the day after week one in the NFL.
Episode #47 LA Story
Talking about the Rams with Jake Ellenbogen. Stafford, Goff, McVay and Justin Hollins. Jake also makes his Super Bowl prediction. Alex and Lou preview the biggest games in week 1 and make the picks.
Episode #46 Kool-Aid or Vodka?
Andy Buckler from Dynasty Nerds gives a lot of valuable insights on Fantasy Football and how you should proceed with your draft. Also JaguarReport beat writer John Shipley discusses Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence.
Episode #45: Getting in the Film Room
Lou and Alex welcome the athletic, left-handed, dual threat QB Holton Ahlers from East Carolina to the show. He is a film junkie whose ultimate goal is to get to a bowl game this season. He talks about his mental toughness. He is also the owner of Built When Broken apparel. Also Ryan Spagnoli from Pats Pulpit joins the guys and talks about the QB battle between Cam Newton and Mac Jones.
Alex and Lou have officially moved the Pros Like Us Podcast to Malka Media and Megaphone. They want to thank their loyal listeners and welcome new ones. Also, they'd like to thank Chris Horwedel of UnderDog Podcasts for helping them along their journey.
Episode #44 Grizzly Sighting
WR Samuel Akem (Montana) discusses how his older brother has always been a huge motivating factor for him as far as his football career. He grew up a Longhorns fan, how he was a late bloomer, what makes him a fierce competitor and his biggest strengths. Also we talk about the rookie QB's during the preseason.
Episode #43 Gold Teeth to Gold Jacket
WR Andrew Kamienski from North Central College talks about his preparation and film study which led to his big season in 2019. His mom has supported him the most throughout his football journey. He also discusses how he has gotten stronger in the offseason, his best trait as a player, the Rams and whether the NFL is a dream or a reality at this point. Also Alex and Lou talk about the HOF inductees and a debate over the top NFL QB's of all-time breaks out.
Episode #42 Gentle Giant
OG Jimmy Burchett shows his big personality when he stops by. He talks about why he chose Notre Dame College, his love for the Browns, his wrestling background and the importance of being a captain. He shares some O-line stories, why he enjoys pass blocking and the highlight of his career. Lou and Alex discuss the Carson Wentz injury and the importance of having a capable backup QB.
Episode #41 Another Last Dance?
DL C.J. Brewer (Coastal Carolina) is the guest on this episode. He talks about where he got his nickname, his go-to pass rush move, praises the Chanticleers OL unit and recounts the magical 11-1 season. He discusses the BYU game from last year, QB Zach Wilson, HC Jamey Chadwell and what makes his own QB Grayson McCall special. Also Alex and Lou dive into the Aaron Rodgers situation.
Episode #40 Safety First
UL Monroe safety Austin Hawley joins this show. He talks about the new coaching staff, the new evolution of playing safety, his first recollection of playing football and how losing his parents has made him a stronger person. Alex and Lou are amazed by Tom Brady and list their top 5 NFL defensive players.
Episode #39 Master Wayne
South Alabama WR Jalen Wayne joins the show as a guest. He talks about his basketball background, the keys to route running, his uncle Reggie Wayne, the energy the new coaching staff brought to the program and how his mom being his hero. Also we have a Fantasy Football discussion.
Episode #38 The Magician
The guys welcome Villanova QB Daniel Smith to the show. Lou gives Daniel a new nickname that feels appropriate. We recount The Play with him. He talks about his magical season in 2019, what led him to Villanova and the expectations for the team in 2021. Who is the best athlete in his family and his recruiting experiences. Also we look at the top triplets in the NFL. Lou and Alex get into a heated debate on this topic. Euro 2020 recap, Chris Paul finally getting his respect and will the Suns win the NBA finals.
Episode #37 Wynn-ing At The Rock
Today, we are joined by Slippery Rock WR Jermaine Wynn Jr. He talks about his outstanding 2019 season, his speed, his clutch gene and the adversity that he has overcome in his life. His love for the Steelers, Antonio Brown being his favorite player, what it is like to play at the Rock and how he has stayed active on campus off the field. Alex and Lou look at Chris Simms top 40 NFL QB’s list. No one is safe. Baker Mayfield, Matthew Stafford and Cam Newton come under fire. Who will win Euro 2020 in soccer.
Episode #36: Smooth As Glass
The guys are joined by Alabama AM QB Aqeel Glass. He talks about the undefeated season and on capturing the SWAC title in the spring. Also he tells us what it meant to him when he won the 2021 Deacon Jones Trophy. Being a captain, his best trait, an NFL player that he models his game after and what to expect from his team in the fall. Lou and Alex also talk about Frank Clark legal troubles, LeVeon Bell talking his way out of the league and Euro 2020. Which NFL QB is next to get that huge payday.
Episode #35: Cover Boys
Lou and Alex welcome ESPN.com Titans writer Turron Davenport to the show. He analyzes the Julio Jones trade and the impact that he is already having on the team. He also recaps the Titans draft. Turron is a big fan of the Elijah Molden pick in the third round and sees him as the perfect nickel corner. Then WR Jarrin Pierce discusses why he chose Middle Tennessee out of JUCO, scoring his first TD at the Big House and where he got his nickname. We are also talking about the new Madden cover and recap Euro 2020 so far.
Episode #34: Fullback Love
On today's episode, we are joined by Chiefs newly signed FB Mike Burton. He talks about his NFL career with the Lions, Bears, Washington and Saints. He opens up about why he joined the Chiefs. He went from being a walk-on at Rutgers to captain and talks about his journey of perseverance. He shares a few stories about Calvin Johnson and Drew Brees and discusses what made those players special. Also Julio Jones chatter. Are the Titans the favorites in the AFC South with the new addition. Alex and Lou open up about their favorite TV shows when they were younger.
Episode #33: Time To Step Up
On this episode, we are discussing NFL breakout players for next season. We have a few surprises up our sleeve. Alex is on board with Panthers QB Sam Darnold while Lou believes Daniel Jones will take a step forward this upcoming season with all of the offensive pieces around him. Plus NFL head coaches who are vastly overrrated. John Gruden and Mike Tomlin make the cut. Gruden is just living off his past accomplishments. And Tomlin has fallen short in the big games in the playoffs more than any other head coach in recent memory.
Episode #32 Big Brother
Aaron Rodgers talk dominates this week’s show. Has he played his last down with the Packers. Also the guys look at the teams who are close to winning a Super Bowl that have never done so in the past. The Bills and Browns are on the cusp of capturing their first title next season. Julio Jones is definitely done in Atlanta and we look at the possible landing destinations for him. Lou praises Phil Mickelson for winning a major Championship at the age of 50. We link his win with what Tom Brady did with the Bucs.
Episode #31: Call Me Crazy
On this week's show, we are joined by Tarleton State WR Tariq Bitson. He talks about balancing football, school and being a father. He discusses his journey in the CFB landscape. He talks about why he left Oklahoma State, his stellar year at Adams State in 2019 and how he found a home with a new team. Making the top 10 plays on SportsCenter was a surreal experience for him this season. Alex and Lou also predict a few suprise playoff teams next season. Which teams are bound to take a step back in 2021.
Episode #30: No Love for Love
On the latest episode, the guys look ahead to the 2021 NFL schedule and pick out some key games. We focus on week one matchups to start the season. Bucs vs Cowboys and Jets vs Panthers. Sam Darnold gets to face his old team. Key QB battles around the league to keep an eye on including the Bears, 49ers, Broncos and Patriots. Alex doesn't show any love for Jordan Love. Tim Tebow is in the news again and he is making a comeback with the Jaguars as a TE. Will Julio Jones stay with the Falcons or is he a goner.
Episode #29: Gadget Guys Win
On this episode, the guys put on the finishing touches on the 2021 NFL Draft. We recap the best and most disappointing selections. We look at the winners and losers as far as teams are concerned. We discuss the best value picks in each round. A few disagreements occur between Lou and Alex. Smaller receivers went higher than anticipated. A few hybrid players fell further down in the draft. Is Aaron Rodgers done in Green Bay and does the selection of Davis Mills signal the end of Deshaun Watson in Houston.
Episode #28: Sir Lance-A-Lot
On this episode of Pros Like Us, Lou and Alex recap the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Impressions, surprises and disappointments from Day 1. Alex is ecstatic to see the 49ers select QB Trey Lance. Mac Jones landed into the Patriots lap at No.15. Bears got aggressive and traded for Justin Fields. Alex explains why he isn't as high on LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase and it was a surprise that the Bengals selected him with the 5th pick in the draft. We also look ahead to Day 2 and talk about the top prospects available on the board.
Episode #27: Chips, Anyone?
On this show, Alex wants the 49ers to choose Trey Lance and makes a case why he is the third best QB in the NFL Draft. Lou is starting to believe the Mac Jones hype with the No.3 selection. Does it matter that Trevor Lawrence doesn't have a chip on his shoulder. We offer our solutions for how to fix the LA Chargers and what they should do in the draft. We look at the Over/Under win totals for NFL teams next season. We are believers in the Browns. Alex is buying the Cardinals hype while Lou is selling the Cowboys.
Episode #26: Smokescreen Season
Alex and Lou are discussing Dolphins draft needs. We talk about what the team should do with the No.6 overall pick. Is an edge rusher the right way to go with the 18th overall pick in the first round. We have our doubts about Mac Jones being the pick for the 49ers and wonder if Justin Fields is the QB they are targeting all along. Will the Panthers still draft a QB at No.8 if the right guy falls to them. We also look at NFL head coaches on the hot seat entering the 2021 season. Is Julian Edelman a HOF.
Episode #25: Geography for 800, Aaron!
On this episode, the guys discuss the Sam Darnold trade. The QB finally escapes New York. With weapons and a competent coaching staff, we believe that he has a great chance to succeed with the Panthers. We debate whether the Bengals should draft an OT or a shiny new weapon with the No.5 selection. The presence of Florida TE Kyle Pitts is certainly an enticing one. We also talk about what Cincinnati should do with their other picks. Aaron Rodgers is the guest host of Jeopardy and his post career might be set for years to come.
Episode #24: Shanahanigans
On this Pros Like Us episode, NY Daily News beat writer DJ Bien-Aime praises Jets FA signings. He is a big fan of WR Corey Davis and edge rusher Carl Lawson. He discusses team's draft plans. He talks about which QB he prefers with the No.2 overall pick. Early impressions of HC Robert Saleh and advice on how the new rookie QB should deal with the New York media. Alex and Lou are confused and wonder which QB will the Niners select with the No.3 overall pick. We also offer a quick fix for the Broncos.
Episode #23: Jordan Status
On this episode, Alex and Lou offer their solutions for the Panthers. It starts with drafting a QB in the first round. They also have to address their O-line and cornerback positions. We like their underrated moves in FA on the defensive side of the ball. We also see WR's signing in FA. Kenny Golladay got the big deal from the Giants. Alex is a believer in the Cardinals next season. Also March Madness discussion breaks out. We make our predictions for the Final Four and some more upsets in the next round.
Episode #22: Bill Opens the Vault
On this Pros Like Us episode, the guys are talking about the NFL free agent signings. The Patriots are being aggressive and free spending like there is no tomorrow. Alex believes that most of these moves will backfire for Bill Belichick in the end while Lou defends the signings. We mention a few deals that we are big fans of. We also discuss the retirement of Drew Brees and who will be the starter for the Saints in 2021. Alex reveals the algorithm that he created to pick the winners for the NCAA tournament.
Episode #21: Fixing the Falcons
On today's episode, Malka Sports CEO Pat Capra gives us some insight about the life of a sports agent and how the landscape of the business has changed recently. How he goes about finding future clients, what advantages he offers to them and his typical work day. He also talks about making documentaries on different subjects. Also Ball State RB Caleb Huntley joins us. He tells us what sets him apart from the rest of the backs in this draft and what it meant for Ball State to win the MAC Championship this year. Our guys also offer solutions about how to fix the Falcons.
Episode #20: Staying or Going
On today's episode, we discuss the top WR's of all-time that we would pay to see live. Lou reveals a surprise WR that no one sees coming. J.J. Watt signing with the Cardinals for a lot of money and Alex believes Arizona is the favorite in the NFC West now. Where will QB Alex Smith surface now after the release from Washington. Will there be a reunion with his old coach. Other NFL players getting the axe. We wonder if the defensive centerpiece Von Miller will return to the Broncos or find a new home in 2021.
Episode #19: Big Mac and Fries
This week, Jaguars beat reporter John Shipley stops by. He discusses Urban Meyer's impact in his first season, rookie RB James Robinson, what players will make a major leap next season and Jaguars possible targets in free agency. Also our guys look at Alabama QB Mac Jones. Where does he rank with the other top QB's in the draft. His strengths and weaknesses as a prospect. We look at NFL players who are more likely to get a franchise tag this offseason. Panthers are looking to dump Teddy Bridgewater and make a move for Watson.
Episode #18: Watt's Up?
On this episode, the guys look at the top NFL free agents. We speculate where some of these players will sign. Will Dak Prescott return to the Cowboys. A number of offensive playmakers and a couple of veteran corners are available on the FA market. We also look at the cap situation for most teams. QB Carson Wentz traded to the Colts. GM Chris Ballard once again makes a bold trade in the offseason. Can HC Frank Reich fix his former pupil. Texans released one of their franchise cornerstones in J.J. Watt and we discuss the perfect landing destinations for him.
Episode #17: Failed to Make an Adjustment
On this episode, Alex and Lou recap the Super Bowl and talk about what went wrong for the Chiefs in the big game. Bucs DC Todd Bowles was the real MVP and designed a terrific plan to stop the explosive Chiefs offense. Lou believes that Kansas City was too stubborn on offense and failed to adjust their gameplan. What happened to the run game. We remember Terez Paylor and Marty Schottenheimer. We recap the 2021 HOF class and the regular season NFL awards. Did Steelers TJ Watt deserve the DPOY award over Aaron Donald.
Episode #16: Chiefs All the Way
On this episode, ESPN NFL Nation reporter Adam Teicher joins the guys to talk about the Kansas City Chiefs. How does this team compare to last year's squad that won the Super Bowl title. He discusses Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, Eric Bieniemy and Brett Veach. He also previews the Super Bowl in Tampa. Then Alex and Lou make their Super Bowl prediction. We also recap the Matthew Stafford trade for Jared Goff. The Rams are all in for next year while the Lions are set up well for the future. Who is the next QB that will be traded.
Episode #15: Baffling Decisions
On this week's Pros Like Us podcast, Lou and Alex recap the NFL Championship games. Some coaching decisions made on Sunday left the guys scratching their heads. Coaches need to be more aggressive in some of those key situations especially the Packers. We also discuss the possible landing spots for QB Matthew Stafford. Alex talks about a team that would be a perfect destination for Stafford. Alex also believes it is time for the 49ers to step up and trade for QB Deshaun Watson. The curious hire out of left field by the Eagles.
Episode #14: Remember the Titans
On this week's episode, ESPN Titans writer Turron Davenport joins the guys to discuss Arthur Smith being a fantastic hire by the Falcons, Titans OC options, lack of a pass rush this season, FA and Draft options for this team moving forward. Turron dives into the Eagles current problems and makes his Super Bowl pick. Lou and Alex preview the AFC and NFC Conference Championship games. We debate whether Urban Meyer was the right hire for the Jaguars. Alex loves the jets move to get Robert Saleh and questions the Chargers move.