Reporting As Eligible
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Reporting As EligibleAug 05, 2020
Reporting as Eligible - More like Loss Angeles
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, JR, and special guest Tyler Brooke of Fanbuzz, who wrote a book, get together in the spirit of thanksgiving to discuss the Packers’ scintillating win over the Chargers! Jordan Love broke the 300-yard game streak! Tucker Kraft just might be a player. Dontayvion Wicks is definitely a player. Jayden Reed is like, the king of the players, just like Tyler said he would be. Romeo, well, he catches touchdowns. Things look good.
So, can this team make the playoffs? And what about the defense? Rashan Gary showed up big, as did Kenny Clark, but is a secondary headed by Carrington Valentine good enough for this team to do some damage down the stretch? Will Joe Barry stay out of his own way? Will they actually play more than two down linemen against the punishing Detroit offense next week? And just how badly is Anders going to cost us?
All of that, plus listener questions as RAE rolls into the holiday season!
Reporting as Eligible - Lateral Thinking
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt and JR discuss the Packers as the shining example of a Wisconsin sports franchise at the moment, and whether we really learned anything against the Steelers, or if this was the same old garbage. They also went over Matt LaFleur’s definition of a down lineman, and why it matters including just how damaging Joe Barry was to the outcome.
But there were positives as well! Dontayvion Wicks is good! Luke Musgrave is rapidly improving. And Jayden Reed? He might just be a legit stud. The Steelers have a good defense and the Packer performance was probably better than you think. Especially if NFL replay actually worked for once. Plus, as always, questions from you, the listener.
Reporting as Eligible - A Rypien Good Time
On the latest episode or Reporting as Eligible, the gang is back together as Paul, Matt, and JR recap a Packer victory over what was almost certainly an NFL team, even though they cut all of their healthy quarterbacks the very next day. Was the defensive performance real in any way? Is Valentine the future? Is McDuffie actually good? Will Simone Biles still be our own Taylor Swift for a while longer? And is Lukas van Ness improving?
And what off the offense, which faced off against an actual NFL unit? Jordan Love finally hit a deep shot, but does it count if the receiver gets injured in three discinct ways on the play? Has Love ever been good at this? And can we take anything away to build on going forward, like the downfield presence of Luke Musgrave, or the ascension of Dontayvion Wicks?
All of that, plus listener questions, as the Packers roll into Pittsburgh!
Reporting as Eligible - There is no Sul, only Third Round Picks
On this spoooooky edition of Reporting as Eligible, Matt and Paul discuss the disappointing loss to the Vikings and the Packers’ historically inept first half offense, and offense generally. Why can no one catch the ball, and is a general culture of malaise impacting the entire team?
They also go over Joe Barry’s seeming lack of situational awareness, Minnesota’s success without a running game or Justin Jefferson, and why we can’t do that. Plus the Gary contract, the rasul trade, and of course, listener questions!
Reporting as Eligible - A Cornucopia of Failure
On an all new episode of Reporting as Eligible, JR, Paul, and Matt tackle the embarrassing loss to Denver, unweaving the rich tapestry of horrible failure binding the Packers into the the bottom five cellar of the NFL. Is Love struggling because of poor play calling by Matt LaFleur? Is Matt LaFleur struggling because he cannot trust his line? Is the line struggling because Adam Stenavich was Peter principled to offensive coordinator? Are Luke Musgrave and Jayden Reed struggling with incorrect usage, and is that Gute’s fault? Or Matt’s Fault? Is Joe Barry the shining star, or should we still pay attention to every time he send out nickel for 3rd and 1?
The answer, of course, is a little bit of everything. Is Christian Watson a bust, or simply struggling while learning the route tree, and with a quarterback who can’t throw a go-route to save his life. Why end zone fades? Will trades be happening? Will people be fired? And what, if anything, is there to be optimistic about after losing to one of the worst teams in football?
All that, plus listener questions! Wow, that exclamation point seems a bit out of place.
Uhm, Packsually - Pilot
On the very first episode of Uhm, Packsually, Paul Bretl of Packers Wire, Andy Herman of the Pack-a-Day Podcast, and Justis Mosqueda of Acme Packing Company face off in a battle of wits. Host Paul Noonan reads a series of statements containing one incorrect fact among them, and the guys try to be the first to identify, and correct the flaw. Clues span the entire history of the franchise, several types of media, and of course, we finish with the Super Question as these three titans of Packer media take it down to the wire.
Reporting as Eligible - Judge Jeudy
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, JR, Matt and Paul discuss the upcoming game against the Broncos, whether Russell Wilson was ever actually good, why people keeping making the wrong decision on Ejiro Eviro, Jerry Jeudy’s down season, the scary Marvin Mims, the scary Denver rushing attack, and just how bad a defense is if it allows 70 points in a game.
The guys also discuss several reasons for optimism involving Denver’s splits, their edge rushers’ fake sack numbers, who could replace Joe Barry, who should be traded, who should be poached, who should be extended, who should be drafted, and whether or not we actually win this game. They covered multitudes, and of course, took listener questions!
Reporting as Eligible - MLF and the MOF
On this listener question-focused episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul goes over what exactly went wrong against the Raiders on all sides of the ball before going in to every question on the subject, from Joe Barry criticism, to Joe Barry criticism, to Jordan Love criticism, to all the criticism in between.
Paul is careful to remind us about small sample sizes before delving in to the lack of creativity on offense, the various scouting weaknesses of our players out of college, the offensive line, Aaron Jones, Luke Musgrave as a baby giraffe, and whether scheme should be able to mitigate against a lack of experience and talent.
Finally, we go over the defense, and how Joe Barry wasn’t really that bad when you get down to it. Oh God!
Reporting as Eligible - Turndown for What
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and special guest Matthew Pickett of Hey, We Love Your Podcast explain what exactly happened during the Thursday night game against the Lions, and why Thursday games really shouldn’t count. The guys contextualize why some of Jordan Love’s struggles in this game make sense, why his late surge is quite encouraging, and why Dontayvion Wicks needs the ball more, and AJ needs the ball less.
They also cover the defense, and whether the Packers’ shocking inability to stop the run in the Barry era is more on scheme, talent, or something else completely. Is Matt LaFleur all he’s cracked up to be? Should Nixon be returning more punts? Should Jayden Reed make a contested catch at some point? And are the Gold Package fans as bad as everyone says? All of that, plus listener questions, as Reporting as Eligible enjoys the mini-bye.
Reporting as Eligible - No Leap Til Detroit
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and JR discuss the thrilling comeback win! The early struggles! The late successes! The monstros pass rushes. And of course, the awful, awful running backs.
How good or bad was Love in this game, and what does that mean against a pretty good Saints’ defense, and what does it mean going forward? And is Joe Barry starting to get it after shutting down a team despite substantial secondary injuries? And who is better between Wicks, Reed, and Doubs?
The guys also go over the brilliant decision to go for two, and the brilliant decision to pick on a former Packer over and over, before moving on to a quick preview of the upcoming Thursday night tilt with the Lions for control of the division. Plus, listener questions, and the fate of SUBSECTION, all on an all new episode of RAE.
Reporting as Eligible - Still I Wonder, Who'll Stop the Run
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, JR, and Matub discuss the tough loss to the Falcons, whether the defensive lapses late in game were really Joe Barry’s fault, AJ Dillon’s continued decline, Bijan’s electric play, Aaron Jones’ absence, and whether running backs maybe do matter after all.
They also take on whether Jordan Love played well or not, if the passing game is sustainable, Desmond Ridder’s terribleness, mental mistakes on offense and defense, Wicks and Reed, the upcoming game against the Saints, and whether Pro Football Focus is doing ok over there. And hey, the NFC North is terrible! Plus listener questions!
Reporting as Eligible - State of Love and Trust
On a cracking new episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, JR, and Matub discuss the tragic injury to Aaron Rodgers, what it means for the Packers, and whether it’s really the end. But they quickly move on to better things, as the Packers destroyed the Bears, and they had many excellent individual performances to show for it. Unfortunately, lingering at the back of everyone’s mind was the question of whether the Bears are really just that bad, and if this was more like another preseason game. After all, Week One lies to us every year, but there were so many good signs The confident quarterback! The outstanding play calling! The fearsome pass rush! Sure AJ Dillon fell down a lot and the young players had a few issues, but the Packers played well, against the only opponent they had.
The guys also discuss the Falcons, why Chicagaons thought the Bears might not be terrible, the brilliance of Aaron Jones, and his limited snaps, Lukas Van Ness, Devonte Wyatt, and, of course, listener questions. The question on everyone’s mind? What is Love? Baby, don’t hurt me.
Reporting as Eligible - Separation Anxiety
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible Paul, Matub, and JR make fun of the Bears while the Cubs draw ever close to the Brewers in the background. Will it bite them? Probably not, because the guys also go through all of the advantages the current Packers hold over the current Bears, at quarterback, offensive line, secondary, running backs, etv. They do go over some possible advantages the Bears can leverage like quarterback running, and not having a rookie kicking at Soldier Field, and DJ Moore, but by and large positivity reigns supreme.
They also discuss parking, proper procedure for making rockets, SQL, and of course, answer all of your wonderful questions, as the regular season gets underway!
Intro: Pulaski at Night - Andrew Bird
Outro: Hands Open - Snow Patrol
Reporting as Eligible - The Wild Rover
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible (which was recorded on Monday before final cuts), as the preseason comes to and end and roster cuts begin in earnest, Paul, Matt, and JR discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of the game against the Seahawks, the new punter, Malik Heath’s outstanding college play, Jayden Reed’s under-the-radar struggles, Anders making big kicks under the lights, and the weird slow start on offense, including Jordan Love’s worst few series of the preseason.
They also discuss how Aaron Rodgers now looks like an old man, and of course, listener questions.
Intro: The Wild Rover - The Kissers
Outro: I just died in your arms tonight - Cutting Crew
Reporting as Eligible - Don't Throw Salt
On a brand new preseason episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and JR celebrate Milervine Day with a recap of the Packers’ “technical” loss to the Pats. Did Jordan Love really play that well? Did the receivers? Did Malik Heath? Did Sean Clifford? The answers are more complicated than you may think!
Did JJ Enagbare? Yes. Yes he did.
Did Josh Myers? No. He did not.
The guys also discuss the best football video game for kids, Milwaukee celebrities, Sterling Sharpe, cuts, signings, injuries, Anders Carslon, Carrington Valentine, whether Luke Musgrave’s is the cause of Love’s high throws, and of course, listener questions, as Reporting as Eligible rolls on.
Reporting as Eligible - Carrrington Means Sharington
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and a returning Tyler Brooke of Fanbuzz discuss the winover the Bengals, who looked good, who was good despite looking bad, and who was bad despite looking good. Was Jordan Love one of those options? Is Sean Clifford a thing? Who played better among Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure, Dontayvion Wicks, and Jayden Reed? Is Carrington Valentine the second coming of Sam Shields? And who exactly is going to play safety for this team.
Plus the nuances of kicking and Anders Carlson, AJ Dillon’s secret screw up, a big day for Emanuel, and of course, listener questions, as RAE preseason marches on!
Reporting as Eligible - Can't Help Winning
On the season premiere of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and JR take a fast and furious look at Family Night, camp risers like Devonte Wyatt, camp crashers like Josh Myers, and how everyone fits into the post-Rodgers scheme.
The also briefly discuss the KUBIAK projections for the North, why Justin Fields is likely to fail, why the Packers almost can’t help being somewhat successful, how long we need to give Love to know what’s going on, how long we need to give Joe Barry, and whether Anders Carlos represents a new type of nepotism issue. All of that, plus listener questions, as season five of RAE kicks off.
Reporting as Eligible - The New Blood
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt, and JR discuss the Jordan Love extension, and every single draftee, from Van Ness to Dubose. The guys go over whether the Packer process was sound, whether positional value was considered, and most importantly, whether any of these guys are any good. Explore Paul’s gripes with Jayden Reed, Matt’s gripes with Anders Carleson, and why Dontayvion Wicks may be better than just about any other receiver in this draft. The tight ends both comp to Travis Kelce, but who will make an impact first, and why exactly was Athony Johnson Jr. available late?
All of this, plus listener questions, as the offseason rebuild (or reload, or rese, or whatever) marches on.
Reporting as Eligible Draft Special - I Know I Need Unique New York
On this very special episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, JR, and Tyler discuss the Rodgers trade, reminisce about the good times, and praise the unique Packer structure as a catalyst for winning the leverage battle. And for handily winning the trade.
They also preview the draft, and the likely packer targets, discuss dream scenarios, nightmare scenarios, the quarterbacks, the receivers, JSN, and just how much it matters to jump from the 15th pick to the 13th pick.
Finally, they do their own little mini-draft, and as always, listener questions!
Reporting as Eligible - Burrow Hurts Ma Purdy Homes
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul and Tex discuss the NFC conference championship weekend, and just how different the two game are. The AFC is dominated by surefire can’t miss quarterbacks with middling defenses, while the NFC will feature a few longshot QBs in perfectly designed systems, and some stellar defenses.
Will the Eagles’ run defense be their undoing? Can the 49ers shut down the outstanding Philly receiving corps? Can Patrick Mahomes overcome his high ankle sprain to best Joe Burrow and the Bengals? And just how much like the Shanny 49ers are the Packers, and what will they be in the post-Rodgers era?
The guys also take plenty of questions from listeners who want to know how soon that era will arrive, whether a tank is imminent, and if there may be a quarterback or two in the draft worth looking at. Finally, they take on the many sliding door scenarios that have cost Green Bay over the years, and explain the Cowboys ridiculous nearly-hook-and-ladder play!
Intro: Coming Home - Brother Derek
Intersitial: Fishin' in the Dark - Yellow Ostrich
Outro : Come Back from San Francisco - Magnetic Fields
Reporting as Eligible - World’s Smallest Violin
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt, and JR wrap up the Lions game, and the season by going over what went right, and the far longer list of what went wrong. Unsportsmanlike penalties, RPOs, Lazard jet sweeps, missed blitz pickups, and Aidan Hutchinson eating small offensive linemen all played a role in the untimely demise of the Green Bay Packers. JR also talks of the Lambeau experience itself, and just what the atmosphere was like.
The guys also discuss nebulous concepts like who wanted it more, home field “advantage,” leadership, how everyone loves Jamaal Williams, and how much of the Joe Barry problem may actually be a Matt LaFleur problem, which may be more than is commonly understood. All of that, plus a fantastic bunch of listener questions!
Reporting as Eligible - The Nixon Administration
On this week’s Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt, and JR discuss the Aaron Rodgers’ twitter hack, Keisean Nixon’s unbelievable brilliance, Jaire backing up his trash talk, and the risks of getting a big head, JJ Enagbare’s amazing rookie season, Justin Jefferson’s frustration, and Aaron struggling in a game where defensive backs were allowed to be physical.
They also preview the Lions, the emergence of James Houston, the return of DJ Chark, and the surprisingly strong play of Jared Goff. Hey, did you know the Packers took Amari Rodgers before Amon-Ra St. Brown?
Finally, they go over the Lions’ recent success, where there may be weaknesses, how the weather may actually help for once, and of course, listener questions, some of which are about wetting the middle of the field for strategic advantage.
Reporting as Eligible - Three Dudes at the Same Time
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Matt buys a website, Paul sings a song, and JR laments being the only one never to be on SportsCenter, which is, to be honest, pretty ridiculous.
They also break down the win over the Dolphins! The luck! The good plays! The bad plays! The potentially crushing injuries to Christian Watson, Yosh Nijman, and Keisean Nixon! The far less crushing injury to Dean Lowry. And why Bo Melton is terrible, and playing for Rutgers isn’t an excuse, but is another data point in favor of a player being terrible.
They also go over the Elgton Jenkins extension, the amazing Allen Lazard block, some analytical shenanigans by the Dolphins, the Marcedes Lewis game, the nature of old age, and, of course, listener questions!
Happy New Year everyone!
Outro: Pearl Jam - Alive
Reporting as Eligible - Quay on a Sleigh
On this holiday episode of Reporting as Eligible, Tyler and Paul recap the victory over the Rams, Romeo’s big night, Christian Watson, quiet, but effective night, whether it was Aaron or Allen, the best 36-yard rushing performance ever, Keisean Nixon’s absolute greatness, and JJ Enagbare’s potential place in the record books.
They also preview the absolutely terrifying Dolphin offense,which has two receivers in the top 4 of DYAR, plus Raheem Mostert at running back. They do stop to mention the fairly atrocious miami defense, which has a strong defensive line, but not single good defensive back. There’s a path to victory here! And of course, they answer all of your well-thought-out questions.
Happy Holidays to all, safe travels, stay warm, and enjoy a nice cup of RAE on the trip.
Reporting as Eligible - Cast Iron Pants
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt, and JR take a look at some big moments in Packer history, many of which relate to the Rams for no good reason. The big comebacks, the crushing choke jobs, Matt Flynn as the Packers' Frank Reich, the amazing receiving corps of the early 80s, the unheralded running backs, and the legend of Don Beebe in a high school gym. There's Vonnie Holliday, Atari Bigby, and many more, including JR positing that Samkon Gado is the most "remember some guys" Packer, which is obviously correct.
They also discuss some of the most disappointing Packers, the upcoming game against the Rams, the definitions of many of the advanced stats we discuss week-in and week-out, Paul's new Choose Your Own Adventure game, and of course, listener questions.
Reporting as Eligible - Bearly Breathing
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt, and JR go over the Bears game, and just what this win means. Is it a good win because they rallied back in the fourth, proving their mettle under pressure? Or was it a disappointing win over a terrible opponent who managed to hang around longer than they should have? Or a little of each?
They also discuss crappy Bears quarterbacks, if Justin Fields is good, whether the Bears stopped him from running on purpose, Jack Sanborn’s ascent, AJ Dillon’s ascent, and whether Christian Watson’s ceiling is Tyreek Hill or Randy Moss.
Finally, the guys take questions, including those about stickiness, itchiness, Homestar Runner, and bye week shenanigans on Lake Minnetonka. Plus, tiebreakers!
Reporting as Eligible - Packers’ Cheese Staked, Can’t Stop the Runs
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Tyler, and JR discuss the Eagles’ record-setting performances on the ground and also WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING? Along those lines, would former Badger defensive coordinator and interim head coach Jim Leaonhard help the situation?
Then it’s on to offense where AJ Dillon finally showed up, Aaron Jones hauled in the deep ball, and Christian Watson proved once again, that he’s the fastest person on earth. Aaron Rodgers also suffered an oblique injury, which means we got some Jordan Love time, and hey, he was pretty good! But, was he good enough to get excited about, or is this just small sample size nonsense?
Finally, the guys preview the beaten up Bears, and answer all of your questions about the current state of the team!
Intro - Calabasas - Hey, Marseille
Outro - My Rights Versus Yours - The New Pornographers
Reporting as Eligible - Rudy Can't Fail
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt, and JR discuss the huge win in the McCarthy-Bowl, the ascension of Chirstian Watson, and just how big of a deal it is, Aaron Jones’ ascension to first in DVOA, and RYOE, and Rudy Ford’s ascension to “better than Darnell Savage.” They also give thumbs up to Aaron’s thumb, which is apparently healed enough to restore him to MVP form, even if he is swearing at his coach for his conservative, end-of-game play-calling.
They also discuss the Packers’ self-scouting problems, Amari’s continued terribleness and whether this is finally the end, undrafted free agents, Derrick Henry, Drew Bennett, the Titans’ amazing run defense, their equally terrible deep passing defense, and Darnell Savage as a slot corner, or the worst blitzer of all time. Plus listener questions!
Reporting as Eligible - From Hopium to Copium
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul and Tyler go over just how bad the loss to the Lions really was, between scoring 9 points, to gaining 236 yards on drives that resulted in no points, to not using Aaron Jones enough, to getting him hurt. They also go over the many, many injuries, player comments on turf fields, the prognosis for Rashan Gary, and just who might play receiver going forward. They also make a strong case for this game as Aaron’s worst of the season.
They also stick up for the defense, which really wasn’t that bad! Jaire Alexander in particular was excellent, and Detroit’s offense was mostly stymied. Then it’s on to the McCarthy Bowl, where some poetic justice may take place as the Packers face one of the few NFC Super Bowl contenders, and their old coach.
All of that, plus an important update to QBOPS, and listener questions!
Intro: You Suck - The Murmurs
Outro: The End - The Doors
Reporting as Eligible - Know When to Run
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and JR discuss the eventful NFL trade deadline, and the complete lack of any action from the pack, the Hockenson deal, the Claypool deal, the issues with Claypool, the issues with being sellers, buyers, and whatever it is they just did.
They then move on to the Buffalo game, and whether there is any reason for optimism from a frisky performance, or if the same old issues are still too much to overcome given injuries, age, and Joe Barry. Why can’t they stop the run? Why doesn’t Devonte Wyatt play more? Is Darnell Savage really that terrible? Is Quay Walker?
Plus, Paul takes a Toure’ victory lap, the fun of uber-specific predictions, a preview of the Lions, and listener questions!
Intro: The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
Outro: That Funny Feeling - Bo Burnham
Reporting as Eligible - My Mom Says I’m Cool
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, JR, and Tyler discuss everything that went wrong against the Commanders, what it means in the long term, and whether it’s even possible to right the ship at this point. How much of this is Aaron’s fault, how much of it is everyone else’s, and given that everyone is stuck together, does it even matter? What do they do if Allen Lazard can’t go? Is Zach Tom the answer at tackle? And what exactly did the commanders do to dominate the second half?
They also preview the upcoming slaughter at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, and whether there’s a path to victory over the NFL’s best team, or if they get completely embarrassed. The Packers are still talented on defense and Buffalo doesn’t run particularly well. Will that be enough to keep Green Bay in the game, and can Aaron Rodgers get his head out of whatever hole its in long enough to score some points?
All of that, plus listener questions!
Intro: All I need is a miracle - Mike and the Mechanics
Outro: It’s not over ‘til it’s over - Starship
Reporting as Eligible - If You Can't Spot the Sucker
On this completely fire episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul uses statistics for their intended purpose: Unhinged rants. Matub and JR bring needed levity as they discuss The Royce Newman Conjecture, how Aaron gets played over, and over, what can be done to fix this mess, and why it may not happen.
They also recap the game itself including some positives from the secondary, where changes did in fact happen, before returning to lament the the atrocious run defense, the Jets winning by 17 despite playing terribly on offense and on special teams, Mike LaFleur’s influence, Washington’s unfortunate similarity to the Jets, Taylor Heinicke as an upgrade from Carson Wentz, veterans getting too much rope, and the RPO poker game. Plus listener questions. It’s heated. It’s fun. It’s Reporting as Eligible.
Intro: We Care A Lot - Faith No More
Outro: The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie - Colter Wall
Reporting as Eligible - The Bluff
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and JR go over all of the absolute trash that occurred in England. Is Aaron washed? Maybe! Are there disturbing statistical indicators supporting the idea? Yes! Will he improve, or are we stuck with a $33 million version of Jimmy Garoppolo? It’s far more likely than it should be!
They also go over why Newman and Lowry still even play, if Darnell Savage can ever be anything, Rasul’s under-the-radar catastrophic performance, and some truly disturbing facts about Joe Barry’s defense, especially compared to Ejiro Evero in Denver.
Finally, they go over whether Aaron always making the “right” call is leading to an overly predictable offense. Plus a huge number of listener questions!
Intro: The Smiths - There is a light that never goes
Outro: The Jets - Crush on You
Reporting as Eligible - From Axel to Zappe
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and JR recap the closer-than-it-should-have-been overtime victory over the Patriots and Bailey Zappe. Despite not blowing out a clearly inferior team, Paul is strangely optimistic about the offense, and tells you why you should be too. They also discuss the continued issues stopping the run, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb as efficiency stary, Rashan Gary making bank, and whether Joe Barry will ever make a midgame adjustment.
The guys then move on to the Giants and merry olde England, where it’s likely they’ll face another third string quarterback, and have to stop an impressive running back. They let you know what the Giants do well, where they struggle, and why this one shouldn’t be a problem for the Pack. Plus listener questions!
Reporting as Eligible - it’s Always Been a Matter of Trust
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, JR, and special guest Tyler Brooke review everything that went wrong against the Minnesota Vikings in excruciating detail, from Christian Watson’s drop, to Jake Hanson’s expletive line play. They also go over the relative value of man v. zone coverage, why the Packers decided not to Shadow Justin Jefferson, whether they might next time, and provided a fair assessment of the defense as a whole, which, believe it or not, wasn’t entirely bad!
All of that, plus Aaron Rodgers against the shell, Sammy Watkins actually being open a lot, Aaron’s cratering numbers under pressure, the rookies as a whole, the return of Big Bob, and the backs in the passing game, and of course, the Bears, and listener question. It’s a jam-packed episode as the season kicks off.
Reporting as Eligible - What Condition My Condition Is In
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and JR discuss the crazy weekend of college football and how great it was, the Bears and their silly stadium proposal, how they are cursed, just as Oedipus was cursed to kill his father and sleep with his mother, and of course, the upcoming game against the Vikings.
Why is it especially bad to face the Vikings in the first game? Is Cameron Dantzler really that slow? Is Patrick Peterson still good? Are the Vikings still beset by nepotism? Who is going to cover Justin Jefferson? And what if Allen Lazard can’t go?
The guys discuss the Packer offensive line, and what will happen if Jenkins and Bakhtiari can’t go, whether Jalen Reagor can be useful cog in the Viking offense, a hunch about Christian Watson, and why Chandon my be a bigger key to the game than you think. Plus, listener questions from Patreon, Twitter, and the APC discord, and JR getting mad about the Brewer game in real time.
Intro: Little Red Corvette - Gear Daddies (Prince Cover)
Outro: Super Sex - Morphine
Reporting as Eligible - You Win Samori, You Lose Winfree
On the cutdown episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and special guest Tyler Brooke discuss who made the team, including the surprise cuts, the surprise non-cuts, and the positions where they likely need to go out and grab someone else’s cuts. Paul revels in victory after his consistent Samori Toure’ projections come to pass, Tyler laments the dismissal of a tight end from his high school program, and everyone speculates about who won’t clear waivers, and make the practice squad.
The crew also reveals their RAS scores, discusses the final preseason game, opines on Jordan Love’s continued inconsistency, and Tyler pretends to be JR. And of course, listener questions from Patreon, Twitter, and the APC discord.
Reporting as Eligible - Mark Murphy's Law
Everything is coming off PUP lists for Green Bay, and a well-executed offseason means the Packers have a plan for every perceived weakness. So, what could go wrong?
On the true season premiere of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and JR walk through the perceived Packer weak points, and why none of them are really that scary as we prepare to kick off the 2022 season.
The receivers are inexperienced,but the front office went all in with draft capital and free agency, and even Amari Rodgers looks better. At edge depth, the team may a have surprise star in rookie JJ Engabare. And on the offensive line, the surprise return of David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins has turned a problem area into one of the deepest positions on the team thanks to the undersized for crazy athletic Zach Tom.
While the preseason features almost entirely backups, those backups have largely impressed, from Quay Walker and Chris Slayton, to Rico Gafford and Shemar Jean-Charles, and depth may not be the issue it once was. Even Jordan Love finally put a good game on tape. The guys discuss all of these reasons for optimism, as well as what may still go wrong as Reporting as Eligible kicks off its fourth season!
Intro: Bring on the Dancing Horses - Echo and the Bunnymen
Outro: I Stay Away - Alice in Chains
Reporting as Eligible - Double Watson, Single Doubs
On this post-draft episode of Reporting as Eligible, Matt, Paul and Jr discuss the draft, every new player, what they’re good at, what they’re not, whether trading up is ever worth it, what needs to happen for it to be worth it here, whether Quay is the way, when character concerns become slander (and when they don’t), what “raw” really means with Christian Watson, and every late draft steal from Zach Tom to Rasheed Walker.
The guys also cover just why Romeo Doubs might solve their receiver issues, scouts versus metrics on Kingsley Enagbare, and potential special teams roles for the new blood. Plus plenty of listener questions, and Paul celebrating Samori Toure getting assigned number 83.
Reporting as Eligible - Yesterday's Price is not Today's Price
On a Reporting as Eligible pre-draft special, Paul, JR, and special guest Tyler Brooke take a look at all of the prospects that might be on the radar of the Green and Gold, especially the receivers. Will Chris Olave make it to the end of the first round? Will it be George Pickens? What of Treylon Burks, Garrett Wilson, Jameson Williams, and Drake London, and why does Paul hate Skyy Moore.
Tyler also goes over the non-receivers that make sense, and whether an edge rusher or two could be in their future, especially if the Packers can pull off a deal for a veteran before the draft starts. The guys then go over a few DBs, and relay folly of going after a safety early, before moving on to punt god, running backs, Jahan Dotson, George Karlaftis, Josh Paschal, and whether a trade-up may be in the cards. Plus, listener questions!
Reporting as Eligible: Davantaking My Talents to Vegas
On this special episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul and JR discuss the surprise Davante Adams trade, and where the Packers go from here. They also talked about Za’Darius Smith joining a long line of former Packers angling for revenge as a Viking, the returns of Rasul, Campbell, and Preston, and the addition of Jarran Reed, including his previous suspension for assault.
Finally, they cover the other extreme wackiness of the NFL, the quarterback carousel, Tyreek Hill, bionic punters, Julio Jones, Will Fuller, DeVante Parker, and listener questions!
Reporting as Eligible: The Last Dance 2; Electric Bugaloo
On this special episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matub, and JR discuss the Aaron Rodgers contract, the financials, the impact, and what it says about the future. They also spend quite some time comparing it to the Russell Wilson deal, and whether they would prefer the draft pick haul.
It’s then on to Jordan Love’s future, and what you could potentially get for him, Davante’s unhappiness with the franchise tag, the franchise tag as evidence of the weakness of the NFLPA, and if this whole thing will be worth it, or if we’ll wind up regretting it.
Plus an absolute slew of listener questions, and Aaron Rodgers Instagram as an outro. They did not mention Carson Wentz, as is warranted.
Intro: The Boys are Back in Town - Thin Lizzie
Outro: Aaron Rodgers' Instagram
Reporting as Eligible - The Undiscovered Country (Real Episode)
On the season finale of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt, andJR discuss their season MVPs and LVPs, the future of Aaron Rodgers, whether he was the true MVP of the team, how much credit to give Rasul’s clutch play, unsung heroes, and whether Aaron is Aaron without Davante.
They also revisit the dreaded “cover-2 shell” and whether it ultimately cost them in the playoffs, MVS’ struggles, the staggering lack of bomb touchdowns, Rashan Gary’s greatness, Darnell Savage’s struggles, and the big coaching shuffle.
They also talk about special teams and tiny pants, plus listener questions!
Intro: Am I Wrong - Love Spit Love
Outro: I am trying to break your heart - Wilco
Reporting as Eligible - Bojo’s Tiny Pants
On this melancholy yet angry episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt, and JR break down everything that cost the Packers what should have been a picturesque, snowy victory against San Francisco. The curious decision to not start Nijman, Bakhtiari’s absence, Marcedes’ fumble, Aiyuk’s non-fumble, Mason’s awful kickoffs, Tyler’s poor field goal blocking, AJ’s special teams’ injury, Matt’s playcalling, Aaron’s misses, and the blocked punt all make an appearances.
They also give props to the defense for a well played game, before talking about Eric Stokes dropped pick-six, George Kittle’s drops, Aaron Jones’ attempt to fake out Jaquiski Tartt, Dennis Kelly’s all around badness, not going for it on 4th and 2, and whether Lazard or EQ was more open. Plus, the worst special teams of all time, Randall Cobb coming back too soon, Aaron, Davante, the future, acid jazz, and of course, listener questions!
Intro: Fight Test - The Flaming Lips
Outro: Goodbye - Bo Burnham
Reporting as Eligible - Do You’se Bet, or You’se Check
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt, and JR preview the 49ers as only they can. They take a look at their first matchup, compare and contrast key player additions and subtractions, adjust for Jerome Boger’s incompetence, account for coaches, strategic tendencies, and come up with rock-solid reasoning as to how the Packers should proceed. They also make fun of Mike McCarthy, and how he kept his punt team on for a first down play, and why it happened, though the real reason is just as bad as the speculation.
They also address differences between the 2019 49ers and this team, how to contain Deebo and Kittle, the ascendant Aiyuk, and San Fran’s weakness in the secondary.
Finally, the guys take a quiz on Packer playoff history during the Rodgers era, and answer listener questions about everything that could possibly go wrong, like it did when the 49ers beat the Packer with only 6 completions from Jimmy. But really, what are the odds that happens again?
Intro: Sweetness - Jimmy Eat World
Intermission: Do you wanna taste it? - Peacemaker Theme
Outro: Winner Takes it All - Sammy Haggar
Reporting as Eligible - Yes Virginia is Mommy Dearest
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, the guys wrap up the Lions game, what was accomplished, what wasn’t, the razzle-dazzle, Amon-Ra, Patrick Taylor, Davante records, and Love struggles. What does it mean for the playoffs?
They also discuss the George McCaskey press conference, and the state of the Vikings and Bears after their front office and coaching changes, before moving on to dissect just who to root for, and against this weekend.
Finally, they praise the surge of Allen Lazard, the troubles of MVS, Football WAR, and likely upsets. Plus listener questions, and a deep-voiced Matub!
Intro: Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Outro: All Eyes on Me - Bo Burnham
Reporting as Eligible - Zimmer Switch
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, Matt, and JR discuss the futility of the Minnesota Vikings, and the dangers of hiring your kid, the pointlessness of starting Sean Mannions, the real cost of Kirk Cousins not playing, Aaron’s brilliance, Allen’s ascension, and Davante making it look so, so easy.
Paul also stopped by our good friends at Cheesehead TV, where he had the chance to ask AJ Dillon a few hard hitting questions. AJ, by the way, is now 2nd among RBs in yards per target, and first in RB success rate. Finally, they talk about how to handle the second bye week that is the Lions’ game, Amon-Ra St. Brown, the imploding Bucs, and of course, lots and lots of David Moore.
Intro: Skyway - The Replacements
Mid: The Trees - Rush
Outro: The Trees - Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid) - Sufjan Stevens
Reporting as Eligible: Plowed by Chubb and Johnson
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul and Matt recap the narrow win over the Browns, whether these one-score games are becoming a problem, how DVOA may spell an early exit from the playoffs (or not), passing when you average eight yards per carry, and Baker Mayfield sucking.
They also go over the legacy of John Madden (something near and dear to Matub’s heart), and how he was not just some goofy announcer with a video game franchise,
Finally, the boys preview the mess that is the Vikings, Adam Thielen’s injury, Davlin Cook’s return, Kirk Cousins’ dopiness, and why they’re still scary even though they’re stupid quitters.
Plus, listener questions!
Intro: Hastily Created Cleveland Tourism Video 3
Outro: The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota - Weird Al
Reporting as Eligible - Paul Wins, Flawless Victory
On this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul and JR discuss the Tyler Huntley bowl, what the young quarterback showed us and where he struggled, Mark Andrews against Darnell Savage, Hollywood’s poor opening, Aaron Rodgers using the other weapons for once, Marcedes and Tyler, some weird running decisions, and two-point analytics.
They also cover the Browns, who were hit hard by Covid, but are also having a disappointing season, partially because they overperformed last season, and partially because Baker Mayfield is unfortunately, “just a guy.” Their stars and scrubs defense will also be without some key people, and the guys discuss just how good an offense can be when it’s anchored by running backs and Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Plus listener questions on analytics, journalism, and what Paul would be willing to give up to get Tyler Huntley.
Intro: Cleveland Tourism Video
Outro: Burn On, Big River - Randy Newman
Reporting as Eligible - Raven ‘Bout Special Teams
In this episode of Reporting as Eligible, Paul, JR, and a returning Matub recap the Bears as much as humanly possible before discussing special teams. There is the brilliance of Rodgers and Adams, of LaFleur, of Allen Lazard as a big slot, Aaron Jones in the passing game, Marcedes, Josiah, and the unsung offensive line!
They praise the defense, the transcendent Rasul Douglas, the sublime Rashan Gary, the highly motivated Preston Smith, and ruminate on whether they would have Douglas if Alexander had been healthy all year. Kenny Clark is a wrecker, and maybe Campbell is still recovering, but he’ll be fine. The defense: Pretty good!
And then they talk about special teams for like, a long time. And the history of bad special teams, and all-time good kick and punt returners. And Tyler Ervin, and Jeff Janis, and stuff like that. I mean, they rank last in Special Teams DVOA, and last in several subcategories of Special Teams DVOA, and they really need to fix this!
Finally, they take many good listener questions, and Paul rants about Tyler Huntley, his very high college QBOPS and CPOE, why he is good, and why getting an injured Lamar Jackson is probably better for Green Bay.
Intro: Baltimore - Tori Amos
Outro: Theme Song - The Wire