Wednesday, 6 January 2016

OFFSIDES...The Podcast. 1st episode of 2016!

Welcome to 2016 everyone! 
Our first OFFSIDES podcast of the new year was a fun one!
We open up with a great piece focused on Tom Coughlin, who recently stepped down as Head Coach of the New York Football Giants after 12 seasons and 2 Super Bowls.  As a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, I've come to appreciate Tom Coughlin's story and coaching methods.  He's a true legend and Coach Etch gives you guys some insight on what makes him so special.
From there we head over to Saskatchewan and talk a bit about Jordan Cooper and the brief opinion post he left in the Leader Post late last week.  The article questioned the hiring of Chris Jones, which would be fine if he had provided a little bit more research to back up what he was talking about.  I let Etch do the heavy lifting here because we all know what he thinks about "media narratives".  I'm used to media guys having opinions that aren't often based on anything but generalizations and as a player never really read the papers.  I'm sure it would have drove me off the brink if I had.
The Coach and I also get into the sweet piece done on about the (very early) candidates for MOP in 2016.  This actually goes off into more narrative busting, but also leads into a great look at actual football strategy.
As Coach Etch is drawing his point out he gets into the topic of formations and schemes, and that is when I ask him to explain ZERO-6 personnel and how some Defensive Coordinators in the CFL may scheme against this look.  I'm really happy we got a chance to do this and I'm going to try and get into more strategic football talk as the off season goes on in order to really let you guys into the football war room.  All of you future Defensive Coordinators out there who are just sitting on the cusp of greatness; I'm sure you will like these segments from now on.
In closing I mention that we'll be taking all questions in the comment section and answering them in the following weeks podcast, from this point on.  It will be a way for us to semi-continue what we did in the "Mailbag" column during the year, but now you guys will get the opinion of a former Pro AND a former Coach.
Coming at you this week after this podcast will be an interesting piece on becoming a CFL Player Agent, and the nuances that need to be accounted for when dealing with CFL player salaries in this day and age of our game.
You guys will surely enjoy it.
Much love folks!  Talk soon.  As always, the link to the podcast is below.  Listen right off the site, or download it by hitting the title in order to listen to it wherever your travels take you.


  1. Now that I think about it, Producer Sam isn't even a good producer.

  2. Coach Etch makes me a better fan, and maybe more importantly a better person. I just love how Etch always comes back to the data. We live in a world where emotions rule, too bad more people don't take the time to look at the data and think like Etch clearly does.

  3. If Producer Sam was sent on a blitz, you would probably need 2 offensive linemen, along with RB help just to block Producer Sam. That guy is a beast!