SCHOOLED with "The Professor" John Clayton

Can't get enough of the NFL? Get Schooled with “The Professor” John Clayton. Each week, 710 ESPN Seattle’s human database dives deep into a particular subject in and around the National Football League. In-depth analysis. Player interviews. Stories from a Football Hall of Fame career. Further your football education with new episodes each Thursday.
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Sep 27, 2017

It was a great time to catch up with Steve Hutchinson on SCHOOLED with The Professor. It's hard to believe Hutchinson has been out of football for five years, but he's still heavily involved in the league, working in the personnel office of the Tennessee Titans. He's also in his first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A seven-time Pro Bowler, Hutchinson and former Seahawk Kevin Mawae have chances of making the Hall this year.

Hutchinson gives a Hall of Fame performance on Schooled. He discusses how the offensive line grew and helped take the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in Detroit. He goes in depth explaining his strange departure to the Minnesota Vikings via the transition tag. Hutch also goes in depth discussing the state of the offensive line in the NFL now. He looks at the current offensive line problems both as a former player and a current personnel evaluator.

Sep 20, 2017

Former Seahawks owner John Nordstrom joins us this week on SCHOOLED with the Professor and he gives us great insight on the NFL franchise he started, and how he and others reached out and got billionaire investor Paul Allen involved in buying the Seahawks to save football in Seattle.

The timing of this podcast is perfect. On Sunday, the Seahawks celebrated the 20 years Allen has owned the franchise. Nordstrom goes into great detail on what was needed to bail the Seahawks out of a bad ownership situation with former owner Ken Behring, who was trying to move the team to Los Angeles. Nordstrom tells us his favorite memories of being the owner of the team, reveals how closely he follows the team now, and tells us about one of the former Seahawk players who lived near him: Marshawn Lynch.

Sep 14, 2017

I know I'm The Professor, but I sure gained a lot of knowledge about NFL offenses through the years listening to Brian Billick, former Baltimore Ravens coach - and one of the great offensive minds in the game - who now works for the NFL Network.

Class is in session in this week's edition of SCHOOLED with The Professor. Brian gets into why offenses got off to such poor starts in the first week of the season, why it's hard for teams to develop quality offensive lines, and we spend some time on the Seahawks own offensive issues.

Brian also gives us his opinions on some of the best defenses in the NFL. He likes what he sees with the addition of Sheldon Richardson. 

Sep 8, 2017

Long time Raiders beat reporter Steve Corkran educates us on Schooled With The Professor about Al Davis. He wrote the book, "Al Davis, Behind the Raiders Shield," which just came out this week. Cork tells us plenty of the inside stories about Davis' successes and his failures. He goes into the selection of Marcus Allen in the draft. He details the hiring of Jon Gruden and how Davis consulted his employees about trading Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Corkran also discusses some of the struggles he had in his final years hiring coaches. Most importantly, he talks about some of the highlights of how Davis made the Raiders one of the best and most dominant franchises in the NFL.

Aug 31, 2017

Justin Forsett joins this week's edition of Schooled With The Professor. The topic is running backs and how the position has chance since Forsett played football. He retired after a nice, nine-year career. Like so many football players, he started at the age of seven. He’s watched the workhorse backs who would get 20 or more carries a game. But by the time Forsett got into the NFL, things changed. More teams started to have running back by rotation. It has gotten to the point where last year only one back averaged more than 20 carries a game and only 13 had 1,000 yard season. Backs have also watched their salaries drop. Still, Forsett had fun. As a small, quick back, Forsett was a perfect role player in a rotation. He was also a college and Seahawks teammate of Marshawn Lynch. Forsett tells some Marshawn stories. He also talks about his Shower Pill company that is freshening up athletes after workouts.

Aug 24, 2017

In this week's edition of Schooled with the Professor, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik the toughest time of year for a general manager: final roster cuts. Dominik details what Seahawks general manager John Schneider has to decide on in determining a final roster. The job isn't easy. Dominik goes into great detail taking you through the daily planning and long-term planning needed to craft a winning team. And this year is different. Instead of having two cuts (one to 75 and another to 53) the NFL has only one cutdown day that follows the final pre-season game. Dominik discusses whether this is a good decision or a bad decision. He also covers how the salary cap plays into final roster decisions. Listen to Schooled with the Professor and get educated on the life and times of an NFL general manager.

Aug 16, 2017

Pro Football Focus grades and analyzes every single player on every single play - almost instantly! 30 NFL teams use their analytical data, and this week on SCHOOLED, Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo joins fellow stats junkie "The Professor" John Clayton to explain exactly how PFF does what it does.

Then, the guys turn to the Seahawks. They break down defensive schemes, how the O-Line is graded, why Michael Bennett is one of the best defensive players in the game, and where Russell Wilson ranks among the league's top QBs.

Aug 9, 2017

The Professor's first guest returns to SCHOOLED! Seahawks radio analyst and NFL Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon joins John Clayton to discuss Kenny Easley's HoF induction and career, how Moon's induction changed his life, and the upcoming Seahawks 2017 season and what they expect to see from Russell Wilson this year.

Jul 26, 2017

Author Ryan Holiday's books "The Obstacle is the Way" and "Ego is the Enemy" have been embraced by many coaches, GMs, and athletes including John Schneider, Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick, and Nick Saban.

On this week's SCHOOLED, Ryan and John discuss why his philosophies seem to translate so well to to the game of football. Holiday says he was surprised by how popular his books were in the sports world, but understands that every team is constantly trying to gain the mental edge. He explains the importance of letting go of things that are out of your control, learning from adversity, and how the Seahawks and Patriots have achieved success doing so.

Check out Ryan's new book "Perennial Seller."

Jul 19, 2017

Super Bowl Champion DE Chris Long joins John Clayton on this week's SCHOOLED. Chris talks about growing up in an NFL family, winning a Super Bowl with Tom Brady, and how a chance encounter with Joe Buck at a bar in Tanzania led to him launching Waterboys: a foundation that has funded 23 wells providing drinking drinking water to 69,000 people in East Africa. To learn how you can help, visit

Jul 12, 2017

Sports Illustrated writer, editor of, and NFL Hall of Fame voter Peter King has covered the league for over 30 years. On this episode of SCHOOLED, Peter and The Professor discuss the early days of their now decades-long reporting careers and how sports media has changed over the years. Then, they pull back the curtain on how NFL Hall of Fame voting works and whether they see any changes coming in the future.

Jun 28, 2017

Should college athletes get paid? On this week's SCHOOLED, The Professor talks with Josh Luchs, a former sports agent and author of the book Illegal Procedure, in which he reveals some of the moral dilemmas he encountered as an agent and his strong feelings that college athletes should be paid. Luchs recalls to John the moment he realized that college athletes were being paid and that he would have to pay them as well if he wanted to be competitive.

Jun 21, 2017

Wade Phillips, son of legendary coach Bum Phillips, is a Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator and former head coach who has been in the NFL since 1976.

On this week's SCHOOLED, The Professor talks to his old friend about the hard-hitting defenses of the Houston Oilers & Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, Wade's 2016 Super Bowl win with the Denver Broncos, and which athletes have impressed him the most in his 41 year career.

Pick up Wade's new book "Son of Bum" wherever books are sold.

Jun 14, 2017

As a sports agent for 16 yrs, Joel Corry represented players such as Ronnie Lott, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal. Now a writer for CBS Sports, Joel is an NFL salary cap expert, and, like our beloved Professor, a man all about the numbers.

On this week's SCHOOLED, Joel tells Clayton that we are seeing a shrinking middle class of NFL players as salaries get to a level they have never reached before. Joel also takes a look at changes the NFLPA might be looking to make in the next collective bargaining agreement and breaks down what the Seahawks will need to offer in order to re-sign Justin Britt, Kam Chancellor and Jimmy Graham.

Jun 7, 2017

Curt Warner is a former Seahawks RB (drafted in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft), a two-time All American at Penn State, and the father of twins with autism.

On this episode of SCHOOLED, The Professor talks with his old friend about meeting as player & journalist way back in college, Warner looks back on his time as a Seahawk and says he has no regrets in his career but wishes he didn't have to battle so many injuries.

Curt also discusses his family's fight to end autism and his experiences having twins that are autistic including a fire one of the boys set that burned down the Warner's home. Now, Curt and his family have started the Curt Warner Autism Foundation and are working on a book in hopes of raising awareness and helping other families.

May 31, 2017

This week on SCHOOLED, The Professor talks with Brandon Marshall. Current wide receiver with the NY Giants, he has played for the Broncos, Bears and Jets as well. They discuss how they both grew up in the same area of Pittsburgh, why Marshall declined an offer to play at Florida, what we can expect to see with Odell Beckham Jr. and Marshall playing together this year, and his journey to becoming a mental health advocate.

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May 19, 2017

On this week's SCHOOLED, George Atallah, Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs for the NFLPA (the labor organization that represents NFL players), talks to The Professor about the NFLPA's stance on marijuana use, the collective bargaining agreement, concussions, the NFLPA starting their own media company that produced a Travis Kelce reality dating show, and Richard Sherman being an important member of their committee.

May 12, 2017

A must-listen for Seahawks fans, this week's episode of SCHOOLED has former Hawks offensive tackle Ray Roberts. Ray tells The Professor about his time in the league, gives his opinion on the decline in quality offensive linemen, and why he disagrees with the Seahawks emphasis on "versatility" at O-line.

May 5, 2017

ESPN writer Luke Knox crunched the numbers from the last 15 NFL drafts and came up with what he calls the "biggest football factories" - colleges & universities that produced the most Pro Bowl NFL athletes, the most long term NFL starters, the most starting NFL QB's and so on. Does your alma mater make the cut? Where do UW and WSU rank? And which schools was The Professor surprised to NOT see on the list? Find out on this week's SCHOOLED!

Apr 28, 2017

Hall of Fame GM Bill Polian joins The Professor John Clayton live from the NFL Draft after a very unusual first round in Philadelphia. It seems everything about the league is has changed over the years, and the draft is no exception. So what's different? And how do you build a successful team in 2017? Those answers and more on this week's SCHOOLED.

Apr 21, 2017

Former CEO of Seattle's Seahawks and Sounders, Tod Leiweke is the NFL's #2 man. On this week's SCHOOLED, the first COO since 2003 talk s to The Professor about reinventing the Hawks under owner Paul Allen, climbing a mountain with Roger Goodell, and his unlikely journey to the league.

Apr 14, 2017

Host of the NFL Draft on ESPN Trey Wingo joins The Professor to talk all about the upcoming draft. Who's looking good? Who's overrated? Will Cleveland blow it again this year? If there's going to be a draft and an NFL team in Vegas, should the league get rid of its no-gambling rules? That and more on this week's SCHOOLED. 

Apr 7, 2017

We all know that over the lifetime of an NFL team, not every year is a Super Bowl year. So what makes a Super Bowl team? No one knows better than Gil Brandt.

As chief talent scout for the Dallas Cowboys since the team's inception in 1960 until 1988, he is responsible for many of the scouting techniques considered standard practice today. On this week's SCHOOLED, Gil talks to The Professor about the Seahawks potentially losing Richard Sherman, why this year's draft is the most unusual Gil's ever seen, and much more.

Mar 31, 2017

This week, citing player safety, the NFL created a rule banning defensive players from jumping over the line during FGs and extra points. Why eliminate such an exciting play? Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton is at the literal center of this recent change, and on this week's SCHOOLED he talks to The Professor about feeling conflicted about the new rule, the mechanics of long snapping, and more about this unique position.

Mar 20, 2017

The man some call the best Defensive Tackle to ever play the game joins us this week on SCHOOLED to talk about playing for the Steelers in the 70s, and encouraging a young high school sports reporter named John Clayton.

John Clayton, our beloved Professor, began his Hall of Fame career as a 17 yr-old boy in the locker room of the Pittsburgh Steelers. A team of legends who would go on to win 4 Super Bowls in 6 years.

Check out Joe's book "'Mean' Joe Green: Built by Football" anywhere books are sold.

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