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The Bill Barnwell Show

Bill Barnwell and friends talk all things sports and beyond.

Bill Barnwell and friends talk all things sports and beyond.

 

#200

Breakout Month: Defensive Players Making a Leap in 2024

On today’s episode of The Bill Barnwell Show, Jeremy Fowler joins the episode continuing the Breakout Month series, focusing on the defensive end of the ball. They break down the great expectations of Aiden Hutchinson, linebackers with the highest ceiling, and which safeties will make a huge jump this year. Plus, they conclude by picking which defensive player will be ranked in the top 10 in 2025. 3:50 Defensive tackles to watch 10:07 Edge rushers who will make a leap this upcoming season 15:50 Linebackers breaking through this year 21:35 Younger safeties making waves 27:03 Cornerbacks with superstar potential 32:45 Top Defensive Player in 2025  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Jul 2024

39 MINS

39:22

18 Jul 2024


#199

Breakout Month: Running Backs to Watch this Season

On today’s episode of The Bill Barnwell Show, Hayden Winks joins for the first episode of the Breakout Month series, analyzing which players will have a booming next season. Today, they focus on which running backs will reach new heights, including Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco. They also discuss the potential impact of Blake Corum at the Rams and the likelihood of Saquon Barkley having a monster season. Plus, will the Eagles use Saquon Barkley with the tush push? All that and more!  2:43 Kansas City Chiefs’ Isiah Pacheco 7:25 Buffalo Bills’ James Cook  11:50 Wild Card Tier: Dallas Cowboys Rico Dowdle 18:47 Los Angeles Rams’ Blake Corum 25:00 Steelers’ Jaylen Warren 26:21 Cardinals’ Trey Benson 31:00 Boom or Bust decision: Saquon Barkley Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Jul 2024

47 MINS

47:44

11 Jul 2024


#198

Fixing the NFL: Giving NFL Fans a Voice

On today’s episode of The Bill Barnwell Show, the final installment of the Fixing the NFL series comes to a close, with you, the listeners, giving us your thoughts on improving the NFL. Bill breaks down your suggestions, including some interesting takes regarding punts, and discusses suggestions that will only incentivize bad behavior. Plus, should teams be given all their timeouts for the season in bulk? Bill gives his take. Later, he discusses why opening up the replay review jar creates more problems. Finally, should the NFL Draft be abolished and replaced with an open auction for rookie contacts? Bill weighs the pros and cons. 1:52 lineman is required to carry the ball 3:28 field goals 35 yards an in only worth 1 point 5:11 runs less than 3 yards stop the clock 7:00 limit teams to 6 punts in a game 8:20 punting uses a timeout; each time gets three timeouts per half 9:21 teams get all their timeout to start the season and decide how they want to use them 11:47 incentivizing weird behavior 15:06 teams can kick an extra point if the person who scored the touchdown kicks it 19:02 field goal shootout in OT 26:47 opening up the replay jar 29:42 abolish the NFL Draft Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Jun 2024

35 MINS

35:55

26 Jun 2024


#197

Fixing the NFL: Improving the Game Off the Field

On today's episode of The Bill Barnwell Show, Doug Kyed of The Boston Herald joins the show for the next installment of the Fixing the NFL series, breaking down what changes need to occur off the field to improve the game. They brainstorm ideas like if The NFL Draft should come before free agency, implementing minor league teams to the NFL, and why the league should abolish the playoff seeding system. Later, they break down their "Boomer takes," including why teams should have nine wins to be considered playoff-eligible. Plus, Doug shares one of the most insane ideas on the podcast that would change life as we know it.  4:54 NFL Draft before free agency  11:39 Double the rookie pay scale 15:15 Cap benefit for keeping players drafted by teams 19:27 Abolish playoff seeding, and conference champions get to pick which wild card team they play 21:00 Boomer Take: Teams must have nine wins to be playoff-eligible  25:07 No spring leagues; bring minor leagues consisting of practice players for the Fall 31:10 Boomer Take: teams only play on Sunday and Monday 34:22: Boomer Take: bring back positional jersey numbers 35:29 Kyedian Calendar: shifting every month backward Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Jun 2024

45 MINS

45:30

20 Jun 2024


#196

Fixing the NFL: Improving the Game on the Field

On today’s episode of The Bill Barnwell Show, NFL writer and podcast host Charles McDonald joins the show to kick off the first installment of the Fixing the NFL series. They begin by discussing changes they believe could improve the game on the field, including innovative ways to benefit defenses across the league. They then explore the intriguing concept of a relegation system in the NFL, envisioning how it could change how teams approach the league. Plus, they discuss whether the NFL Draft should be abolished and what would replace it. Later, actions have consequences. They share why players should be handcuffed if they fumble the ball in the end zone.  2:00 Eliminating spot fouls 7:44 Ways to help defenses 15:44 Relegation brought to the NFL 21:29 Should the Draft be abolished? 26:02 New horse collar ejection rules 29:21 Handcuffed if player fumbles in the end zone  36:02 Bringing jersey numbering by position back  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Jun 2024

42 MINS

42:14

13 Jun 2024


#195

Changing the Game: Impact of Justin Jefferson's Massive Contract

On today's episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, Geoff Schwartz joins the show to honor the memory of Larry Allen, his impact on the game, and why he is the greatest guard of all time. Then, they discuss the massive new contract of Justin Jefferson, how the wide receiver market has evolved, and if it's logical for a wide receiver to receive a contract of this magnitude. Later, they discuss how Justin Jefferson's contract will impact contract negotiations for receivers in the future. Plus, they share the most critical positions for building a roster.  1:46 Larry Allen's memorable moments 14:35 Justin Jefferson Massive Contract Extension  15:40 Is it logical to ask a WR to make this much money? 25:35 How Jefferson's contract will impact future WR contracts 37:08 Brock Purdy pay 40:27 Most important positions for building a roster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

50 MINS

50:11

06 Jun 2024


#194

Who is the Most Underrated Player in the NFL?

On today’s episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, NFL writer Dan Pizzuta joins Bill to discuss the one thing everyone can agree with… who is the most underrated player in the NFL? They break down their list of players who deserve their flowers based on who has been overlooked for the Pro Bowl and is not paid in the top 10 players in their position. Tune in for their pick of the most underrated player in the NFL.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

30 May 2024

45 MINS

45:26

30 May 2024


#193

Most Influential Game Changers

On today’s episode of The Bill Barnwell Show, Bill switches things up in the offseason. Author of Hoop Atlas: Mapping the Remarkable Transformation of the Modern NBA, Kirk Goldsberry, joins the show to answer the hot debate of whether anyone from the NFL can play in the NBA, the evolution of the league in the post-Michael Jordan era, and how true greatness is more about influence than banners. Then, they share why Steph Curry is the most influential player in the game and how he forever changed the NBA. Plus, they discuss the reckoning the NBA faces and share what changes need to be made for a more diverse offensive game.  2:04 Which NFL player could play in the NBA 5:28 How the NBA has changed in the post-Michael Jordan era 9:53 How Allen Iverson’s influence and the complexities of his legacy 15:18 Manu Ginóbili bridging the gap in the more modern efficiency era  25:48 Conversations with LeBron James 31:22 Steph Curry is the most influential player and has changed the sport forever  33:33 Reckoning of the NBA 38:46 What changes need to be made for a more diverse offensive game? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 May 2024

47 MINS

47:22

09 May 2024


#192

2024 NFL Draft Recap: Holes Teams Need to Fill

On today's episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, The Athletic's Robert Mays joins the show to break down holes teams need to fill following the 2024 NFL Draft, including the Bears need to fill a left tackle position and the Raiders' reasoning for not targeting a quarterback. Then, they discuss the Falcons' sacrifice by drafting Michael Penix Jr. and their need for help in the corner position. Plus, Bill dives into the worst type of trade. Later, is it surprising that the Lions did not draft a wide receiver, and will it haunt them?  5:50 Bears need for the left tackle 11:08 Raiders need for a QB 14:27 Why did the Falcons draft Michael Penix Jr.?  20:11 Eagles' need in the interior  25:21 Who will be the tackles for the Patriots and Washington Commanders?  29:00 Chiefs not investing in Cornerback position 31:16 Dolphins not addressing interior offensive line help 34:34 The worst trade in football  35:35 Did the Bills do enough to address their need for WR? 40:42 The Colts' decision not to draft a QB 42:02 Is it surprising the Lions didn't draft a wide receiver? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Apr 2024

50 MINS

50:40

29 Apr 2024


#191

2024 NFL Draft: First Round Frenzy

On today's episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, ESPN reporter Brooke Pryor joins to break down the first round of the NFL draft, including the frustrations of Kirk Cousins after the Falcons drafted Michael Penix Jr. in the first round. Next, they discuss Sean Payton comparing Bo Nix to Patrick Mahomes and if he will succeed in Denver. Then, they break down the Vikings trading to draft J.J. McCarthy and discuss if the NFL is over the top in drafting quarterbacks in the first round. Plus, they react to Bills GM Brandon Beane's curious logic surrounding Buffalo's decision to trade down.  3:05 Atlanta Falcons draft Michael Penix Jr.  15:57 Denver Broncos draft Bo Nix 20:43 Vikings trade up for J.J. McCarthy  25:00 Are we over the top in drafting QBs in the first round? 28:45 Steelers draft offensive lineman Troy Fautanu 33:10 Bills trading down and Chiefs drafting Xavier Worthy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Apr 2024

44 MINS

44:36

26 Apr 2024


#190

Alternate NFL History with Mina Kimes

On today’s episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, Mina Kimes joins to discuss some of the biggest hits and misses of the 2018 NFL Draft and how they impact the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. Then, they dive deep into draft picks that could have changed the course of history, including if the Browns passed on Baker Mayfield. They also discuss whether Tom Brady would have stayed in New England if Bill Belichick had drafted Nick Chubb. Later, Mina and Bill turn their attention to the draft story of Lamar Jackson and what sets his journey apart from others. 6:14 Was the Browns drafting Baker Mayfield at No. 1 a mistake?  8:57 Would Saquon Barkley still be drafted at No. 2 overall? 16: 28 Can a guard go in the top 10? 18:23 Will Brock Bowers be a top-10 pick? 19:11 Josh Allen draft takeaways  27:21 Why was Josh Rosen the most pro-ready QB in 2018? 31:55 Should the Bucs have drafted Vita Vea or Derwin James? 34: 00 How often has trading up worked?  38:58 Are we undervaluing centers? 50:51 What makes Lamar Jackson’s draft story unique Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Apr 2024

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:15

18 Apr 2024


#189

Tier One Wide Receivers: Who is the Top Receiver in the 2024 Draft?

On today’s episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, the brain behind Reception Perception, Matt Harmon joins the show to break down the top wide receivers of the 2024 NFL Draft class. They discuss if Marvin Harrison Jr. is living up to the hype, concerns for Malik Nabers in the league, and if Rome Odunze is the best receiver in this draft class. Plus, they discuss how the Stefon Diggs trade will impact the Buffalo Bills.  6:07 Has Marvin Harrison Jr. lived up to the hype? 13:00 Concerns for Malik Neighbors at Pro Level  19:50 Is Rome Odunze the top receiver?  25:34 Who is in the next tier of receivers? 36:48 Can the receiver bubble burst? 39:42 The impact of Stefon Diggs trade Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Apr 2024

55 MINS

55:29

11 Apr 2024


#188

Stefon Diggs Traded to Houston Texans & Teams Who Must Nail the NFL Draft

On today’s episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, SB Nation writer Joseph Acosta joins to break down the news of the Buffalo Bills trading Stefon Diggs to the Houston Texans. Then, they discuss what led Buffalo to the decision to trade Diggs, how Buffalo will replace him, and his future in Houston. Plus, they break down which teams must nail the NFL Draft this year if they want a shot at a successful season.  :30 Bills trade Stefon Diggs to the Texans 10:30 Should the Bills draft a new receiver or target a veteran receiver?  17:08 Bills betting on Josh Allen 19:45 Teams who must nail the draft  20:37 Teams who must nail the draft: Denver Broncos 26:45 Teams who must nail the draft: New Orleans Saints 32:00 Teams who must nail the draft: Miami Dolphins 38:12 Teams who must nail the draft: Las Vegas Raiders 45:20 Teams who must nail the draft: Dallas Cowboys Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Apr 2024

59 MINS

59:05

03 Apr 2024


#187

New NFL Rule Changes: How will the game be impacted?

On today’s episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, Bill answers your burning questions about the new rule changes, including how the hip-drop penalty could impact the postseason and how players will adjust to the new kickoff system. Then, Bill explains how salary cap rollover works and the key to success for the compensatory picks. Plus, he breaks down what the best food city is! :41 Is there a future where a rookie first-rounder demands a no-trade or franchise tag clause in their first contract? 6:12 What is the over/under of how many playoff games will be decided by a hip drop penalty?  10:20 How many fewer scrimmage plays per game will there be with the new rules?  12:00 Opinion of the Titans predicted 5.5 win total in the Sportsbook? 15:46 Safety and running backs salary cap deals 20:23 How will the new kickoff system impact teams? 21:55 How does salary cap rollover work? 25:02 Why do teams ignore the compensatory pick formula? 29:12 Can teams over-invest in a position? 37:48 What is the best food city? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Mar 2024

46 MINS

46:07

28 Mar 2024


#186

Navigating NFL Changes & Vikings' Strategies: From Kickoffs to Quarterbacks

On this episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, Bill teams up with Kevin Seifert to tackle potential NFL kickoff rule changes mirroring the XFL, the strategic nuances behind these adjustments, and the Vikings' off-season moves, including their acquisition of Sam Darnold. They delve into the implications of new kickoff strategies, the Vikings' quarterback strategy, whether trading Justin Jefferson is on the table, and the team's interest in J.J. McCarthy. From rule changes to roster overhauls, this episode covers the evolving landscape of the NFL and the Vikings' tactical maneuvers. 0:00 Welcome to the Bill Barnwell Show 0:41 Introducing Kevin Seifert  1:28 Potential rule changes to the kickoff 7:45 Does it give special teams coaches importance 14:21 Proposed hybrid version of an onside kickoff  19:59 The Vikings have an odd off-season  29:58 Why did the Vikings go for Sam Darnold? 34:40 Are the Vikings trading up for another quarterback? 45:54 Should the Vikings consider trading Justin Jefferson? 53:23 Are the Vikings eyeing J.J. McCarthy? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Mar 2024

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:18

21 Mar 2024


#185

2024 NFL Free Agency Breakdown: Superlatives & Key Signings

In this episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, Bill and guest Danny Heifetz from The Ringer dissect 2024's NFL free agency moves with sharp insights and NFL Superlatives. From Mason Rudolph’s move to the Titans to Christian Wilkins' understated yet potentially impactful deal, they cover the major signings and predict the teams most likely to succeed. Featuring analysis on the Vikings' agreement with Sam Darnold, the strategic signings by the Eagles, and a unique look at which deals might "pull a Leonardo DiCaprio," this concise breakdown offers everything NFL fans need to know about this year's free agency. 0:00 Welcome to the Bill Barnwell Show 0:30 QB Mason Rudolph signs with the Titans 6:23 Top NFL Superlatives for the 2024 7:30 Titans signing WR Calvin Ridley 17:04 Vikings Agree to Terms with QB Sam Darnold 25:26 Most likely to pull a Leonardo DiCaprio: The Packers 30:30 Most likely to make a Billionaire mad: Robert Hunt deal 36:38 Most likely to succeed: The Texans 43:01 We opted for a good deal: Patrick Queen 52:43 Titanic Age before Beauty Award: The Falcons 1:00:45 The deal that's likely to be good and not matter at all: Christian Wilkins 1:06:05 The Eagles are buying the dip Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Mar 2024

1 HR 20 MINS

1:20:32

14 Mar 2024


#184

Winning the Quarterback Lottery

On today’s episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, ESPN NFL draft analyst and insider Jordan Reid joins the show to break down his most recent mock draft and share his observations from the NFL Combine. Then, he gives his predictions for where Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Jayden Daniels will land. Later, Reid shares his top three wide receivers, how Xavier Worthy’s record-breaking 40-yard dash will impact his draft stock, and who has wowed him from this year’s tackle draft class. Plus, he shares this year's most underrated player heading into the NFL Draft. 3:19 Quarterback-heavy draft 15:30 Breaking down the top 3 wide receivers 19:37 Xavier Worthy’s record-breaking 40-yard-dash 29:05 Players who moved into the first round based on the NFL Combine 32:00 The deepest stock positions in the 2024 Draft 35:35 Most underrated players Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Mar 2024

41 MINS

41:57

07 Mar 2024


#183

Battle of the NFL Fields: Which Surface is Best?

On today’s episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, senior writer and NFL injury analyst Stephania Bell joins the show to discuss the debate of what surface is the safest for players, the impact of Aaron Rodgers' injury, and how the NFL is implementing the B.E.A.S.T technology to test field safety. Then, they discuss how the NFL and NFL Players Association are working together to come to a solution and how the FIFA World Cup could impact the future of the NFL field surfaces. 5:00 What makes a good field surface? 10:23 What is the B.E.A.S.T, and how is it used to test the surfaces? 25:00 How the NFL and NFLPA are working together to solve this issue 36:21 FIFA’s impact on the NFL  41:03 The future of NFL surfaces Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Mar 2024

50 MINS

50:46

06 Mar 2024


#182

Most Optimistic Time of Year: NFL Draft Season

On this episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, co-host of First Draft and The Fantasy Focus Football Show Field Yates joins the show to discuss his first mock draft of the season, why he is projecting Jayden Daniels as the second overall pick above Drake Maye, and how he evaluates players who have a tremendous spike their final season. Then, they discuss if the Patriots should draft a quarterback with their current infrastructure, why J.J. McCarthy will be a top-10 pick, and if the Giants will stick with Daniel Jones or draft a quarterback. Plus, they discuss what positions are the most undervalued. Later, Field shares his surprising first-round mock picks.  8:07 Jayden Daniels as the second overall pick? 22:05 Should the Patriots draft a quarterback? 29:20 Will J.J. McCarthy be a top 10 pick? 34:00 Should the Giants draft a quarterback? 41:17 Undervalued positions 55:05 Surprising first round pick Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Feb 2024

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:03

22 Feb 2024


#181

Super Bowl LVIII: Game Changers, Missed Opportunities, and Corn Dog Motion

On today’s episode of the Bill Barnwell Show, Nate Tice joins the show to break down the most significant moments of Super Bowl LVIII, including game-changing players for the Chiefs’ defense, missed opportunities for the 49ers, and why Brock Purdy is a regular season quarterback. Then, they discuss if Kyle Shanahan made the right decision to take the ball first in overtime, who the Chiefs should re-sign, and how aggressive the 49ers need to get in the offseason. 3:29 How Leo Chanel changed the game for the Chiefs 6:54 Chris Jones MVP of the game 13:15 missed opportunities for the 49ers 14:53 Brock Purdy concerns 31:05 Kyle Shanahan’s overtime decision 38:28 Which free agents should the Chiefs re-sign 42:58 How aggressive do you get in the offseason if you are the 49ers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Feb 2024

54 MINS

54:14

13 Feb 2024