The NFL season is upon us again, and with that comes all the great analysis and hot takes that you are used to. Below is a list of the best NFL podcasts of 2016. I can recommend that all are worth your subscription and to be a part of your listening habit.
Note that while I know many of you enjoy fantasy football, I have dedicated this list to just pure NFL discussion. If you are desperate for fantasy football news, just tune into Matthew Berry’s podcasts and enjoy. Anyway, on with the list!
1) The Bill Barnwell Show
If you’re unfamiliar with Bill Barnwell, he is a great sportswriter who dives deep into all sorts of technical football analysis. He was part of the old Grantland team as well, and was one of the must-reads on Mondays after all the NFL football action on Sundays. His podcast is more of the same great analysis – Bill really knows his NFL football, and he’s a great host as well. He also has solid guests on to dive deep into analysis. For instance, this week featured a common guest of his, Daniel Adler, former Jaguars Director of Football Research. The two of them go well beyond any of the hot takes usually spoken about it today’s sports media world. It’s for the deep analysis, the quality of the guests, and for the sheer entertainment that I strongly recommend The Bill Barnwell Show as the best NFL podcast of 2016.
2) The Bill Simmons Podcast (Cousin Sal Episodes)
Bill Simmons is one of the most successful podcasters of all time. In my opinion, part of the reason for his success is specifically for his long-running podcast series with “Cousin” Sal Iacono of the Jimmy Kimmel Show. In The Bill Simmons Podcast during the NFL season, Simmons and Iacono banter for an hour every week and eventually get around to guessing the Vegas odds for each game. The 2016-17 season of the NFL celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their podcast series together, which is remarkable for the podcast industry. I believe the only time they have missed weeks is during Simmons’s ESPN suspension during the 2015 season. It’s great to see the back of them together for this season on the Ringer network, and I look forward to listening to their series’ in the years to come. Hopefully Bill can finally give up ballghazi (it’s over, Bill).
I should note that if you’re a Cousin Sal fan, he has a new home on Facebook Live for his new picks each week. Enjoy and congratulations to Cousin Sal!
3) Around the NFL
Around the NFL is hosted by writers at NFL.com as they break down all the week’s games. While I don’t typically enjoy the “hot takes” delivered by podcasts of this sort, the quality of discussion is enthusiastic and engaging enough to look past. The main hosts Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Chirs Wesseling and Marc Sessler are all of high craft and they know their stuff. The best of all – the show can actually be funny, which many podcast roundtables can lack. It is for the quality of the hosts, and for the engaging, enjoyable discussions that I rate Around the NFL one of the best NFL podcasts of 2016.
4) Pardon My Take
Pardon My Take is a podcast hosted by two of the biggest sports tweeters around, @BarstoolBigCat (Dan Katz) and @PFTCommenter (???). Their ludicrous and hilarious tweets about all things sports translate well into the podcast world as they break down the NFL. While this isn’t necessarily only NFL-related talk, their love is clearly in this sport. If you are a fan of all things sports-twitter related, I highly recommend Pardon My Take as one of the best NFL podcasts of 2016.
5) Pardon the Interruption
Pardon the Interruption (PTI) is the replay of the ESPN show with the same name. Primarily hosted by Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, PTI is one of the highest quality shows on ESPN. Not only is the analysis of Kornheiser and Wilbon excellent, they have a great chemistry that shines through the broadcast that other ESPN commentators lack. Even though the Pardon the Interruption podcast is simply a replay of the ESPN show, the show is snappy enough and offers some of the best banter that sports media has to offer, and for those reasons it is one of the best NFL podcasts of 2016.
6) The MMQB Podcast with Peter King
Recently reviewed on The Podcast Nerd, The MMQB Podcast with Peter King was highly praised. The primary reasons for its high praise was for its deep, thoughtful interviews with NFL guests. If you’re a fan of other deep, long-form interviews (think The Axe Files for political podcasts), then I plead you to tune into this show as well. If you’re unfamiliar with Peter King, he is the founder of the praised MMQB site that has recently spun into its own brand off of Sports Illustrated. While his show is new for this year, I can already recommend it as one of the best NFL podcasts of 2016. You will not be surprised if this ranked higher next year!
7) The Herd with Colin Cowherd
Colin Cowherd is a radio commentator on Fox Sports Radio. The Herd with Colin Cowherd is a replay of his radio show. While I do not like usually recommending non-podcast exclusive shows, his team offers a “Best of the Herd” each day giving the highlights of interviews and break downs that Colin offers. He’s a great host, and when combined with the highlights for each day, it’s well worth subscribing to as one of the best NFL podcasts of 2016.
8) The Ringer NFL Show
The Ringer NFL Show is one the flagship Ringer podcasts. Hosted by ex-Grantland staffer Robert Mays and ex-WSJ writer Kevin Clark, The Ringer NFL Show is a podcast that is highly entertaining, yet offers deep analysis and great interviews. Past guests have included Eli Manning and Maurice Jones-Drew. The show is wide-ranging and is of extremely high quality much like other podcasts in the Ringer network. I strongly recommend it as one of the best NFL podcasts for 2016.
9) The Tony Kornheiser Show
The second Tony Kornheiser recommendation on this list, The Tony Kornheiser Show is Kornheiser’s new daily podcast. Crafted much like a radio show, Kornheiser and his team break down the news and analysis of the day’s NFL and sports happenings. As Tony has many great connections in the media world, he has interesting and engaging guests on. I strongly recommend his show as a daily listen to get all your NFL news.
10) His & Hers
Last but not least, His & Hers rounds out our best NFL podcasts of 2016. A replay of ESPN’s radio show with the same name, His & Hers features Michael Smith and Jemele Hill to break down sports news with a fun gendered twist you don’t see in many podcasts and shows today. While it might be everyone’s taste, I recommend it for a few shows to see if it whets your appetite.
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What NFL podcasts are you interested in hearing more about? Feel free to recommend your own. As always, thanks for reading!