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The Playcallers

The Athletic

The Playcallers is a five episode series that gets inside the dynamics of the N.F.L.’s youngest coaching family: the Kyle Shanahan/Sean McVay tree. Hosted by The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, The Playcallers takes listeners inside the real story of how the N.F.L.’s most popular offensive system evolved through N.F.L. head coaches Shanahan, McVay, Matt LaFleur and Mike McDaniel, and its personal and professional impact on these coaches and many more in their breakneck pursuit of play-calling “perfection.”


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Latest Episodes

Welcome to The Playcallers - a five-part podcast series that explores the innovation, competition and sometimes even self-destruction inside the N.F.L.’s youngest coaching family. more

4 months ago

Once candidates for the same head coaching jobs, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay's dynamic gets complicated as they turn into NFC rivals in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Host Jourdan Rodrigue goes inside how both coaches' modern offenses take shape and... more

4 months ago

How far can Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay go to evolve their own offenses? Each coach hires a defensive coordinator who is their perfect schematic opposite. In San Francisco, Shanahan and Robert Saleh's epic practice battles shape what are now the NFL... more

4 months ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 67 ratings
  • Great recommendation from Move The Sticks

    I must thank DJ from Move the Sticks for recommending this podcast. It is a fascinating look at the evolution of modern offense and defense in the NFL. If you love Xs and Os or just enjoy thinking about matchups and how systems of play evolve, I think a coach of any sport would be fascinated by this series. I loved the insight on Vic Fangio too. Listen to how Mike McDaniel sees a play that San Diego State runs versus Air Force. He installs it in 2018 and now you see that play all over the NFL. A... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Must listen for any football fan

    This podcast is incredibly fascinating. Great production value and really fun to listen to.

    Apple Podcasts
    Buckle Warlord
    United States4 months ago
  • Most Informative and Insightful NFL Series

    Have got to say this was the most incredible and informative NFL podcast I’ve ever listened to. Truly groundbreaking! Jourdan has a knack of storytelling detailed concepts like i’ve never seen before.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom4 months ago
  • Repeating Episodes Fixed

    Great show and a great concept. Jourdan is amazing. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom4 months ago
  • Any episode will be the best podcast you listen to this year.

    I heard Jourdan Rodrigue talking to Marc Sessler on the ATN pod, Marc spoke very positively about this series and I agree. This is a great listen.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States4 months ago

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#28 Belgium/Sports/Football
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#78 Poland/Sports/Football

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