FBF Podcast: 2015 College Football Preview, Big 12 Conference

We begin our FBF 2015 College Football Preview series of the power five conferences by looking at the Big 12.  FBF writers and former NFL players Brady Quinn (Notre Dame), Ben Leber (Kansas State), and Matt Chatham (South Dakota) take an in-depth look at the upcoming Big 12 football season.  Quinn (Fox Sports color analyst for the Big 12 & Pac 12) and Leber (Fox Sports color...
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Matt Chatham: Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas Show Hardball Often Best Strategy

Russell Wilson is trying to play within the system, and from everything Matt Chatham has heard about Wilson’s pristine character, that doesn’t surprise Chatham in the slightest. The problem according to Chatham, a former NFL linebacker, is that being nice isn’t always the best business strategy. While Wilson keeps saying all the right things about his terrible (from a player’s...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Five thoughts on what Bobby Wagner is worth to the Seattle Seahawks

The contract story of the year has unquestionably been Russell Wilson. However, the Seahawks have another massive contract issue on the horizon: middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Drafted one round ahead of Wilson, the two have become essential pieces to the Seahawks success. Both have been playing for relative pittance to their level of play and rightfully are expecting to get paid...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Brent Grimes’ One-Handed Interception Was NFL’s Best Catch Of 2014 (Video)

Not to pull a Kanye West or anything, but Brent Grimes had the best catch of all time. Sorry, Odell Beckham Jr. The Miami Dolphins defensive back wowed fans when he elevated to snag a touchdown away from Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, arguably the best receiver in the NFL. But it was Johnson’s lack of effort on the play that led to the remarkable grab, according to...
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

NEW FBF Podcast: How to Improve the NFL (the football part)

How can the NFL make its on-field product live up to its potential?...without all the senseless interruptions, rules confusions, and ticky-tack nonsense.  Former NFL linebackers Matt Chatham and Rocky Boiman join former offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer as they walk through the on-field rule changes that Roger Goodell and the league made this offseason.  The guys then dive into all...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham Explains How NFL Players Use Media To Negotiate Contracts

The media isn’t always a bad thing for players. San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant both find themselves in the midst of contract disputes with their respective teams, with their battles now being fought in part through the media. Former NFL linebacker Matt Chatham points out in his latest post for Football by Football that can be incredibly...
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Inside The Play: Joe Haden Shows Incredible Awareness On Tip-Drill Interception

Joe Haden and Donte Whitner put on a tip-drill clinic in Week 9. The Cleveland Browns had little to brag about during the 2014 season, but they can certainly boast about the fantastic interception that included Haden perfectly tipping the ball to Whitner for the pick against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in November. The combination of Haden’s awareness, timing and the teamwork...
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Inside The Play: Jeremy Maclin’s One-Handed Grab Made Possible By Perfect Pass

Jeremy Maclin might have received all of the praise for his incredible one-handed catch against the San Francisco 49ers last season, but Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles deserves some of the glory too. In Football by Football’s newest feature, “Inside the Play,” former NFL linebacker Matt Chatham broke down Foles’ pass that led to the diving grab in Week 4, noting...
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: NFL’s Desire To Grow Will Overshadows Other Pressing Issues

The NFL has many, many issues, but sometimes, the only one it seems to worry about is figuring out how to grow its product. This growth obviously comes in a variety of ways, but it’s no secret the league wants to physically grow, in terms of teams and in terms of footprint. There’s been talk for years about relocating or adding a team (or teams) to...
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Adrian Peterson’s Rant Sheds Light On Power Imbalance

Adrian Peterson has quite the bone to pick with NFL contracts. The Minnesota Vikings running back, who has stayed away from OTAs this week, unleashed a string of tweets Thursday afternoon, arguing why NFL players should have the same type of guaranteed contracts that players in others sports receive. While Peterson might be “the worst possible spokesman right now,” according...
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: NFL OTAs First Step To Building Crucial Team Chemistry

If you began the 2014 season with a fantasy football roster consisting of Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett, you would have felt pretty good about your chances. The real-life Chicago Bears boasted that assemblage of offensive talent, yet in actual games on football fields the Bears only ranked 23rd in scoring offense. Now...
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Roger Goodell Fails NFL’s Own Personal Conduct Policy

Much is made of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s responsibility to “protect the shield” whenever a new incident of player misbehavior comes up. Whether on the field or off, players who run afoul of the league risk unpredictable and indiscriminate punishment. It often comes down to the league’s so-called personal conduct policy, which gives Goodell...
May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Roger Goodell’s Super Bowl Press Conference Highlights NFL’s Mistakes

The Wells Report found enough circumstantial evidence to peg New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as the guilty party in the Deflategate scandal, but it left plenty of questions about the NFL’s investigative process. Questions, former NFL linebacker Matt Chatham says, that we should have had after commissioner Roger Goodell’s pre-Super Bowl press...
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Roger Goodell Thinks Fans Are Stupid In DeflateGate Ruling

Any fair-minded person who has read the entire Wells Report knows the NFL’s punishment of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots was draconian. Anyone who believes otherwise is either biased or just doesn’t have time to read an entire 243-page report on deflated footballs. And that’s just the way Roger Goodell and the NFL want it. That’s the take...
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

More Probable Than Not That NFL “Independent Investigation” Was Anything But

The Wells Report is mindblowing. And not because of the contents. Because of the arrogance, the ineptitude and the lack of neutrality. Roger Goodell commissioned this as an “Independent Investigation” despite the fact that it was being led by an NFL Executive Vice President in Jeff Pash and by Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss, which had several lawyers who had represented...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Chip Kelly, Eagles Don’t Love Sam Bradford, But That’s OK In Today’s NFL

Sam Bradford is not the quarterback of Chip Kelly’s dreams. Neither, apparently, was Nick Foles, who the Eagles traded to acquire Bradford this offseason. But according to‘s Matt Chatham, that could actually be a good thing. The way Chatham explains it, most players in the NFL are not the ideal player their team would live to have at that position. Accepting...
May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham’s NFL Draft Rules: There Are No Winners, Losers Until Players Play

Every year after the NFL draft, you can expect to hear people complain (or brag) about their team selecting a player who has never been on the field in a professional game. You can expect them to lament when their team passes over a player who comes out of absolutely nowhere during the regular season, as if they knew all along that the player would...
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Football By Football Week in Review

FBF Inbox Answered: Understanding the NFL Zone Blocking Scheme You hear that term used over and over in NFL broadcasts, but what does it really mean?  Matt Chatham walks through all the basic terms and concepts that make up (and distinguish) the ever-popular zone blocking scheme... The FBF Podcast, Episode...
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April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Right Tackle Vs. Left Tackle Debate Overshadows O-Line Balance Importance

Versatility is key in professional sports, and that’s especially true when you’re talking about an offensive line. There are longstanding theories about where certian offensive tackles should be slotted. Many feel that more athletic tackles should be placed on the left side of the line (assuming the quarterback is right-handed) in order to protect the...
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Beat: Guests Mike Loyko and Matt Chatham

Your browser doesn't support audio. Please download the file: audio/mpeg Patriots Beat gets you ready for the NFL Draft with Guests Mike Loyko of and Matt Chatham Former Patriots Player, NESN Contributor and founder of
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham Breaks Down Terms, Concepts For Zone Blocking Schemes

Class is in session with Matt Chatham. The former New England Patriots linebacker recently took the time to explain zone blocking schemes, providing definitions for terms and concepts of what has become the preferred approach for a number of teams around the league to run the football. Chatham details the value of agile and athletic qualities in offensive linemen as opposed to...
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: Backup Quarterbacks Act As Insurance Policies For NFL Teams

Is Jimmy Garoppolo more important to the New England Patriots than, say, Brandon LaFell? Former NFL linebacker Matt Chatham might say yes. While it sounds crazy to think a backup quarterback with 27 pass attempts to his name could be more vital than a starting wide receiver, it makes more sense when you think of a backup QB like an insurance policy. If...
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Wilson’s Baseball Dream Shouldn’t Be Written Off As Fantasy

Can a modern athlete successfully play two sports at the professional level? Former NFL linebacker Matt Chatham doesn’t reject the notion outright. “(C)an a player realistically do pro sports polygamy at a high level in today’s sports?” Chatham writes on “Most would say ‘no’ based (reasonably) on the fact that nobody...
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Wilson’s Best Course Of Action Might Be To Hold Out For New Deal

Ideally,it’s not a great sign sign if your quarterback holds out, but Russell Wilson is a different case. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback has been one of the biggest bargains in the NFL since breaking on to the scene in 2012. Russell’s production — while still on his rookie deal — has been matched by just a few quarterbacks, and it could be argued...
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: NFL Wasted Year By Delaying Study On Goal-Line Cameras

Roger Goodell is late again. After a year of turmoil that saw the NFL commissioner infamously only make the tough decisions once public outcry grew loud enough, Goodell is taking the same lackadaisical approach to an in-game issue: fixed goal-line and boundary cameras. This is an old issue that Goodell & Co. are somehow only now addressing, according...
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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