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Rich Eisen Podcast: Michael Lombardi

Ravens Safety Ed Reed and Punter Sam Koch rock their “Punters Are People Too” T-shirts at the Ravens practice facility this week. (Billy Jones/Ravens)

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Rich welcomes back podcast regular Michael Lombardi for his front office perspective on the latest happenings from around the league. Rich and Michael discuss the 49ers quarterback situation and coach Jim Harbaugh’s latest announcement that Colin Kaepernick would be starting week 13 against the Rams. The guys also touch on Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Remembering Steve Sabol

NFL Films President Steve Sabol passed away Tuesday September 18, 2012 at the age of 69. (NFL.com illustration)

Jerry Jones, Sterling Sharpe, Bob Costas, Michael Lombardi, Carl Peterson and Steve Mariucci all join Rich to reflect on the life of Steve Sabol, one of the NFL’s and televisions most influential and incredible men. This special edition of The Rich Eisen Podcast remembering the life and contributions of Steve Sabol also includes Steve’s last appearance on the podcast just prior to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, where Steve’s father Ed Sabol was nominated for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2011.

NFL Films is more than a production company, it’s an institution. The life’s work of Steve Sabol, a football player turned artist who transformed American television for half a century.

In 1962, Ed Sabol won the rights to film the league’s championship game and NFL Films was born. In a sense, so was Steve, who was there that freezing day at Yankee Stadium working as a cameraman. For the next 50 years, he never stopped working for the NFL.

Few men in the League have ever had a longer run. None has ever had a better one. He was the game’s first quintuple threat. An Emmy-winning



Rich Eisen Podcast: Tony Gonzalez, Russell Wilson and Michael Lombardi NFC South preview

Be sure to catch “The Rich Eisen Kickoff Special” when it re-airs on NFL Network Saturday 10a.m. ET and again Sunday at 1:00a.m. ET (Alix Drawic/NFL Image)

Sixteen-season veteran and sure-fire Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez joins Rich on Falcons Cam just days away from his return to Arrowhead, when his Falcons face off against the Chiefs at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. It marks the first time since leaving Kansas City that the NFL’s all-time record holder for touchdowns, receptions and yards as a tight end will return to face his old team.

Next up, Rich welcomes Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who beat out veteran Matt Flynn for the starting spot in Seattle, defying the many doubters who said a quarterback of his height couldn’t make it in the NFL. Wilson will look to prove doubters wrong again when he leads the Seahawks against the Cardinals on Sunday.

We wrap things up with none other than our front-office man Michael Lombardi, who returns to preview the NFC South and… Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Michael Lombardi AFC East preview

Rich welcomes back NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi to the podcast to preview the AFC East division leading up to the 2012 season. Its another comprehensive team-by-team breakdown that provides insightful analysis of what to expect in one of the toughest divisions in football for the upcoming season.

It’s all capped off with a chat between Rich and his producers that involves an entertaining “incident” 30,000 feet up, a baby, and… Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Michael Lombardi NFC East preview

Can Michael Vick lead the Eagles to the playoffs and beyond in 2012? Michael Lombardi discusses on the latest edition of “The Rich Eisen Podcast.” (AP Photo/Brian Garfinkel)

Rich welcomes NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi to the podcast to preview the NFC East division leading up to the 2012 season. Its a comprehensive team-by-team breakdown that is an insightful analysis of what to expect in one of the toughest divisions in football for the upcoming season. Read

Rich Eisen Podcast: 2012 NFL.com Mock Draft

Rich Eisen Podcast: 2012 NFL.com Mock Draft

Listen to the entire 2012 NFL.com Mock Draft hosted “commissioner” Mike Mayock, featuring picks by Rich, Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk, Brian Billick, Steve Mariucci, Melissa Stark, Michael Lombardi and Charles Davis, in its entirety. Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Peyton Palooza

With the news of eleven time Pro Bowl QB Peyton Manning choosing the Denver Broncos as his next team, we decided to take the “best of” Rich’s five and a half hours of live television and turn it into a special “Peyton Palooza” bonus edition of the podcast. Read

Rich Eisen Podcast: Hue Jackson, Mark Wahlberg, Champ Bailey, Michael Lombardi and Jim Mora

Rich Eisen Podcast: Hue Jackson, Mark Wahlberg, Champ Bailey, Michael Lombardi and Jim Mora

Guests include the former head coach of the Raiders, Hue Jackson, who joins Rich just one day after being fired in Oakland. Following Coach Jackson, the star of the action-thriller film “Contraband”, Mark Wahlberg phones up the podcast to discuss his beloved Patriots and their chances against the Tim Tebow led Denver Broncos… And speaking of the Denver Broncos, 11-time Pro-Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey joins the program and weighs in from Broncos Cam on how the divisional round matchup with New England will end differently then when the two teams met just a few short weeks ago.

Things don’t end there though, when podcast regular and one of the best information men in the business, Michael Lombardi joins Rich to talk about the latest rumors surrounding the Dolphins courting of Jeff Fisher and recap the wild-card round of the playoffs. Last, but certainly not least is the Saints all-time winning coach, Jim Mora, who discusses the Saints chances at a title this year. And as the official movie reviewer of the Rich Eisen Podcast, Rich couldn’t let coach go without getting his predictions for the weekends Golden Globe awards…

It’s a fun, informative listen, thanks for downloading and enjoy. Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Tony Gonzalez, Brian Williams, Michael Lombardi and Jim Brockmire

It’s a special lineup for the Wild Card Weekend edition of the podcast — a legend of the booth, a trusted American voice and the most prolific tight end in the history of the National Football League, all in one show.

First up, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez joins us mere days before taking on the Giants for the right to move on to either Green Bay or San Francisco. Would you believe that, with all the records and stats requisite for a first-ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Gonzalez does not have a single playoff win under his belt? He enters Sunday’s game 0-for-4 in career playoff appearances and, of course, we talk about whether that’s on his mind when he suits up this weekend. We also hit on whether or not the Falcons’ inconsistencies on offense are behind them, the skills of rookie Julio Jones and the unreal talent that his success seems to have spawned at the position throughout the league.

Next up, one of my favorite guests we’ve had on the podcast to date: NBC News’ Brian Williams, the most trusted newsman of this generation who also just happens to be one of the driest wits and best raconteurs of all-time. Williams took a few minutes to join us from his set at 30 Rock during the middle of a very busy day — Iowa Caucus Tuesday — to discuss his beloved Giants. Williams is a New Jersey native who grew up loving the Giants while attempting a (sadly short) run at high school gridiron glory of his own. It is a tale of woe not to be missed. Williams chimes in on the controversy-ravaged Jets and why it’s difficult for him to predict a winner on the Lions-Saints wild-card matchup on his network Saturday night. Then we sent him back to the world of Romney, Santorum et al.

Another Jersey boy — Michael Lombardi — joins the show to make heads/tails about the vacant coaching situations and why there aren’t openings in Chicago, where the GM got fired, and San Diego, where the GM didn’t. Why did the Colts finally part ways with the Polians and what’s their next step on the Peyton Manning front? What in the world can the Jets do with a disgruntled receiver, a regressing quarterback and a coach who is suddenly under fire despite having gone to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two years? You’ll be especially keen to hear to whom Lombardi compares the current Jets. A hint: it’s not very flattering.

Lastly, a fourth visit to the studio by the legend of the booth himself, Jim Brockmire. The Hall of Fame announcer whose famous on-air meltdown led to the precipitous fall of his career has been on the comeback trail thanks much in part to this podcast, on which he has delivered the plays of the month for September, October and November. Now, Jim is back with the plays of the month for December and also with a strange looking half-goatee. There’s lots to discuss with Jim, who also laments the firing of the Polians and gives his latest unique take on his favorite topic: Tim Tebow.

It’s all in one mega Wild Card Weekend podcast to enjoy. Lots in the hopper for the divisional round podcast on tap for next week. Stay tuned. Read


Rich Eisen Podcast: Dan Patrick, Dave Dameshek and Michael Lombardi with Jason LaCanfora

Guests include Dan Patrick, who joins Rich from the studios of his immensely popular and successful radio and TV show, appropriately titled “The DP Show”. It’s always a fun time when these two get together as stories of the past are shared as well as DP’s thoughts on the closing weeks of what has been another incredible NFL season.

Next up from NFL Fantasy Live is Dave Dameshek, who makes his inaugural appearance on the podcast. No stranger to medium himself, Shek also plays host on his own ‘cast called “The Dave Dameshek Football Program”. His Shame Report and podcast can also be found on NFL.com.

We close this holiday week podcast with two of the best inside men in the NFL, Michael Lombardi and Jason LaCanfora sit down with Rich as he hits them all of the burning questions after a crazy week 15 that has left more questions than answers in two divisions. Who will emerge in the AFC West? Can The Eagles go from down and out to the 4th seed and winning the NFC East? It’s all hit on with Rich, Jason and the Godfather himself, Michael Lombardi.

We hope you enjoy this holiday edition of the podcast, thank for listening. Next week Little NFL Guru’s return, plus the hilarious Jeff Schaeffer and Alec Berg are back in-studio. Read

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