The Official Jets Podcast
The Official Jets Podcast: Former Jet & Current Actor Matt Willig (5/18)
Hosts Ethan Greenberg and Eric Allen recently caught up with actor Matt Willig, who played for the Jets from 1993-95. They discuss his transition from football to acting (2:24), the start of his friendship with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (17:39), his life away from acting (24:15) and more.
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with RG Alijah Vera-Tucker (9/27)
Host Eric Allen welcomes Jets right guard Alijah Vera-Tucker to this week's episode of the podcast to discuss a variety of topics. Allen is also joined by Bart Scott for a discussion on the current state of the team heading into Week 4.
A Conversation with Justin Hardee to Review the Jets' Comeback in Cleveland (9/20)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets special teams captain Justin Hardee. They look back at the Jets' improbable victory in his hometown (0:40), Brant Boyer's instructions prior to the onside kick (1:20), and the statement game for the special teams unit after a tough Week 1 (4:40). Hardee reviews the fake-punt conversion by Braden Mann and Jeff Smith (7:20) and talks about Braxton Berrios' prowess in the return game (7:45), The Cleveland, Ohio native discusses how special it was to play in front of his family/friends (9:00), his memories on the bus ride in (11:00), and how quiet the stadium got when he recovered the onside punt (12:40). Lastly, the guys discuss the play of rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson (13:55), the tight bonds in the locker room (16:15), and how quickly the Jets have turned their attention to a Week 3 matchup against the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. (20:30).
EA is then joined by Bart Scott to talk about the comeback victory against the Browns (28:40), the potential of the Jets offensive unit (30:55), and the message Robert Saleh gave his team this week (33:45). Finally, they break down the upcoming game with the Bengals by looking at the play of Cinci's offensive line (35:52), the huge matchup between Ja'Marr Chase and the Jets corners (39:00), and what Bart has seen from the Bengals' defensive unit (43:05).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Jets LB Quincy Williams (9/13)
Hosts Eric Allen and Bart Scott are joined in studio by Jets linebacker Quincy Williams. They look back at the positives that the team can take from a Week 1 loss to Baltimore (0:30), how much he enjoys playing in the base package (4:50) and the superpower of fellow starting linebackers C.J. Mosley and Kwon Alexander (6:40). Williams goes on to talk about his "why" (9:20), the mindset of playing a run heavy team in Cleveland (10:50) and the emotional game that teammate D.J. Reed had on Sunday (11:55). They talk about how Williams weighs going for the big hit vs the takeaway (19:35), and Scott aka "Mr. Night Night" offers up his expertise to Quincy to talk about the nuance of playing linebacker (21:00). Lastly, Williams talks about his swimming background growing up (22:05), how creative this defense can become when this defense wins early downs (25:46) and how the team is turning the page to Week 2 vs Cleveland (27:45).
EA and Bart finish by talking about an offensive remedy for the Jets this week (32:41), the stellar play of cornerbacks D.J. Reed and Sauce Gardner (34:01) and how the defense can contain the Browns rushing attack (35:15).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with QB Joe Flacco (9/7)
Hosts Eric Allen and Bart Scott are joined in studio by Jets quarterback Joe Flacco. They trace back to 2008 as Flacco recalls being named Baltimore's starter on the team plane (0:30), and then look ahead to find out how the Jets QB is preparing for Week 1 vs. his former team (3:48). The guys discuss the veteran leadership Flacco can bring to the huddle (8:00) and go in-depth about how far the roster has come since Flacco first arrived in New York in 2020 (11:08), where the former Super Bowl MVP's winning car is located (13:45), and why Joe is still playing at the age of 37 (14:20). Lastly, the guys talk about Lamar Jackson (15:45), how Flacco has bridged the generational gap with his teammates (21:10), and changes in the NFL since his rookie season (22:05).
EA and Bart breakdown the Jets' Week 1 matchup vs the Ravens (25:00), where the Jets can take advantage of Baltimore on defense (26:40), and how the defense can slow down Lamar Jackson (30:24). The guys analyze the Jets' ceiling (32:20) and the players that will step up in crunch time this season (34:15).
The Official Jets Podcast: 2022 Jets Roster Breakdown with Assistant GM Rex Hogan (9/1)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets Assistant General Manager Rex Hogan. They first talk about how the last couple of days have gone for the front office during the construction of the Jets' initial 53-man roster (0:45), the competition created at each level on the Jets roster (2:45) and break down the undrafted free agents who made the initial roster in Tony Adams (4:30) and Zonovan "Bam" Knight (7:15). They go on to discuss the transition of Lawrence Cager from receiver to tight end (9:00), the tight end group as a whole (11:10) and the speed at the skill positions (14:50). Lastly, they talk about the impressive training camp cornerback Sauce Gardner had (16:10), how tough the defense will be on third-and-long situations (18:20) and his emotions heading into the 2022 season (20:10).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Jets Legend Laveranues Coles (8/26)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by former Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles. The guys start out by talking about what Coles saw from the wide receiver group when watching training camp practice (1:20), how important it is to have a veteran QB in Joe Flacco (2:45) and how the tight ends group will change the offense for the Jets (4:45). Coles goes on to discuss what he has seen from second year head coach Robert Saleh (6:20), reminisces about his rookie season in the Green & White (6:40) and shares his best memories of the famous "Flashlight Game" against Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2000 (11:25). They dive deep into what Herman Edwards meant to his career (12:20), the advice he would give to Zach Wilson (13:55) and how much he enjoyed being teammates with Wayne Chrebet and Santana Moss (15:20). Lastly, Coles talks about his favorite night as a Jet, the Monday Night Miracle vs the Miami Dolphins (18:55), his connection to the Jets fan base (22:50) and what has changed most in the receiver position since his retirement (25:00).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Marty Lyons on the 2022 Jets (8/23)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets radio analyst Marty Lyons. The guys talk about the 40th anniversary of the Marty Lyons Foundation, the granting of wishes for children, ages 3-17, diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness (0:20), and Marty's 36th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic (14:00). They switch gears and discuss the changes the former Jets defensive lineman sees under Head Coach Robert Saleh (21:00), if Marty would have enjoyed playing for Saleh (23:35), and the veteran leadership that Quarterback Joe Flacco brings to the team in Zach Wilson's absence (27:15). Lastly, they dive deep into the D-line rotation (29:15) and the next step for the young Jets (33:00). Plus, Marty reacts to fellow Sack Exchange alum Joe Klecko being named one of three Senior Finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2023 (37:30).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Pro Football Hall of Fame Seniors Finalist Joe Klecko (8/19)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by former Jets defensive lineman Joe Klecko. Klecko reacts to being named one of three Senior Finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2023 (0:20) and explains how he still needs 80% of the vote in January to cement his induction (5:00). They also discuss the Klecko support from Hall of Famers (6:30) and dive deep on what made Klecko such a versatile player (9:15). They recall Klecko's record-breaking season in 1981 (12:45) and chat about how his amateur boxing career helped him in the NFL (17:01). Lastly, the guys talk about Klecko's mentality heading into his NFL first training camp as a sixth-round selection out of Temple University (20:35), the story behind Jim Jones from Poland University (21:33), and the meaning behind The Sack Exchange (24:00).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Jets TE Coach Ron Middleton (8/14)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets TE Coach Ron Middleton. They talk about his 2-0 record as a head coach after leading the Jets to a win over the Jaguars and guiding the National team to victory at the Senior Bowl (1:30). They dive into the motivation behind his viral pregame speeches (2:00), and how he got into coaching after his NFL playing career (4:15). Coach Middleton reflects on former David Cutcliffe's influence on his coaching career (6:40), his experience coaching with with Nick Saban at Alabama in 2007 (9:15), and what was his first impressions of Robert Saleh as an assistant coach when they coached together in Jacksonville (14:00). Lastly, they break down the tight ends room, starting with veterans CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin (19:05), rookie Jeremy Ruckert (20:58), and Kenny Yeboah/Lawrence Cager/Trevon Wesco (22:20).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with NFL Network's Judy Battista on the 2022 Jets (8/5)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by NFL Network reporter Judy Battista. Judy gives her training camp takeaways after talking to Coach Saleh post-practice (1:30) plus how does the team take the next step this season (3:05). They discuss the second-year quarterbacks around the league (7:30), why Judy is buying into the Jets' culture change (10:00) and how important it is for the Green & White to be successful inside their division (13:05). After chatting about Sauce Gardner (17:04), they review the improvement of the defense (19:00), what Mekhi Becton has to do to in Year 3 (25:30), and top NFL training camp storylines (29:00).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Jets WR Coach Miles Austin (8/5)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets Wide Receivers Coach Miles Austin. They talk about the homecoming for Austin coming back to New Jersey (0:30), what he tells his players about his experience in training camp (2:15), and what is unique for receivers in this offensive system (4:15). Coach Austin goes on to explain what "strain" means to the Jets (6:33), how the team is growing up together this summer (8:18), and what is the next step for Elijah Moore (9:30). Lastly, they talk about what it's like to coaching first round pick Garrett Wilson (11:05), the benefits that this is a skills group that can grow up together (13:30), and what is the difference in Zach Wilson in Year No. 2 (16:05).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Willie Colon (8/2)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by SiriusXM radio host and former Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon. They start by catching up on all that Colon is working on both in sports media and reality television (0:30). The guys discuss what is on the horizon for the Jets in Year 2 under Robert Saleh (3:05), Colon's first season wearing the Green and White (5:20), and what the Jets have been building currently on the offensive line (7:05). Specifically, Colon breaks down what he is seeing from Mekhi Becton (9:05), offensive line play as a whole around the NFL (12:55), and Zach Wilson next steps in Year No. 2 (17:36).
The Official Jets Podcast: Training Camp Preview with Offensive Coordinator Mike LaFleur (7/26)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets Offensive Coordinator Mike LaFleur. They talk about his close relationship with older brother, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur (1:50), the nuances of a run-first offense (4:20), and how Zach Wilson's athleticism helps him as a play-caller (6:15). The guys discuss the addition of former 49ers guard Laken Tomlinson (8:05), the competition at left tackle between Mekhi Becton and George Fant (10:20), and how the offseason additions can help the development of Wilson (11:45). They dive into the revamped tight end room (13:00), how Coach LaFleur characterizes his play-calling (17:30), and what to expect from Wilson in training camp No. 2 (19:00). Lastly, Coach LaFleur talks about his approach to training camp practices (22:15), his relationship with new Dolphins Head Coach Mike McDaniel (24:10), and his favorite camp memory (26:55).
The Official Jets Podcast: Training Camp Preview with Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich (7/25)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets Defensive Coordinator Jeff Ulbrich. They go in-depth about the type of players the Jets added this offseason (1:30), the importance of winning on early downs (4:15), and the state of the run defense (6:10). The guys discuss the return of edge rusher Carl Lawson (12:30), the rotation favored along the defensive line (15:05), the transition Ahmad 'Sauce' Gardner will face from college to the pros (18:20), and the depth at the cornerback position (21:55). They dive deep into the safety position (26:00), how excited Ulbrich is for the upcoming season (33:20), and how the entire defensive staff is united by mindset (36:20). Plus they take a quick peek at the 2022-23 schedule (38:00).
The Official Jets Podcast: Training Camp Preview with Special Teams Coordinator Brant Boyer (7/22)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets Special Teams Coordinator Brant Boyer. They review the offseason movement that will impact the special teams unit (2:45), All-Pro returner Braxton Berrios' reaction to his strength rating on EA Sports Madden NFL 23 (3:30), and the upcoming kicker battle between Greg Zuerlein and Eddy Piñeiro (6:15). The guys discuss LB Del'Shawn Phillips' special teams strides (10:50), the big spring that WR Jeff Smith had (12:10), and the progression of punter P Braden Mann (15:10). Coach Boyer also dishes on the consistent nature of long snapper Thomas Hennessy (16:20), what makes Robert Saleh a great coach to play for (19:50), and how he is already diving into AFC North tape (22:00).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Jets DL Coach Aaron Whitecotton (7/19)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets defensive line coach Aaron Whitecotton. They review what was different in the second year of spring workouts (0:20), what changes for young players in moving from college to NFL (3:00), and the additions the team has made on the defensive line this offseason (4:05). Coach Whitecotton looks back at draft night and the picks of Jermaine Johnson and Michael Clemons (6:00). They also discuss what makes Carl Lawson so unique as a pass rusher (10:45), the defensive line mentality and rotations (13:50), and the versatility of John Franklin-Myers (16:05). Lastly, they delve into Quinnen Williams's next step in his career (17:20), Coach Whitecotton's favorite Lou Holtz story from his playing days at South Carolina, and his journey from offensive lineman to coaching the defensive side of the ball (21:55).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Jets Safety Jordan Whitehead (7/12)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets safety Jordan Whitehead. The veteran DB talks about his introduction to the Jets fans at the MetLife Stadium Draft Party (1:10), why this could be the best secondary Whitehead has played on in his career (1:42) and the talented cornerback pair of DJ Reed and Sauce Gardiner (4:00). The guys also discuss his transition to the Jets defense (8:43), the term box safety (10:07) and how close he has to be with C.J. Mosley to call/align the defense (14:15). Lastly, they chat about how a safety balances going for the big hit or the takeaway (17:51), Jordan's family connection with former Jets CB Darrelle Revis (20:00) and what it means to be from Pittsburgh, PA (21:33).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Jets Legend Jerricho Cotchery (7/5)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by former Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery. They start by talking about J-Co being drafted in 2004 (1:15), his rookie season with the Jets (2:30) and his breakout campaign in 2006 (4:45). The guys also discuss what Chad Pennington meant to Cotchery's career (7:35), what it was like playing for Rex Ryan (9:15) and the playoff runs in 2009 and '10 (12:50).J-Co reflects on his 2010 play vs Browns when he injured his groin but still made a huge catch in OT (14:30), how tough it was to say goodbye to the Jets organization in 2011 (20:35), and his thoughts on the current team (26:00).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Jets WR Corey Davis (6/28)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets WR Corey Davis. They talk about dealing with injuries in Year 1 with the Green and White (0:53) and how early last season he clicked with QB Zach Wilson (2:37). Davis goes on to discuss his rehab to get back on the playing field (4:13), his spring work out in Nashville with Wilson (4:45), and what the game last season vs. the Titans meant to him (6:37). The guys discuss what type of WR group is building at 1 Jets Drive (9:40), specifically about what he sees in rookie WR Garrett Wilson (1030), and what has changed in the tight end room (12:05). Lastly, they talk about the biggest difference between brothers Mike and Matt LaFleur (14:22), what Davis has seen from Sauce Gardner on the practice field (16:00) and his relationship with head coach Robert Saleh (18:00).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Jets QB Coach Rob Calabrese (6/21)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets QB coach Rob Calabrese. They talk Year 2 in the system (0:26) and review Calabrese's offensive coordinator stint at the Senior Bowl (1:00). The guys also discuss the impact that Greg Knapp had last season and his lasting impact (4:45), Zach Wilson's rookie season (11:10), and how different the QB is this spring (14:40). Calabrese comments on his relationship with offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur (15:15), why this is the right spot for him right now (19:03), and what he took away from his Denver coaching experience (21:45). Lastly, they talk about Calabrese's high school days on Long Island (24:20), playing both QB and WR at UCF (26:15), and his thoughts on the weapons surrounding Wilson (28:45).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with C.J. Mosley (6/14)
Host Eric Allen is joined in studio by Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley. They begin with thoughts on the Jets' home opener against Mosley's former team, the Baltimore Ravens, (0:20) and the Weeks 1-4 run against the AFC North (3:00). The guys also discuss how much instincts play a part of the game (7:00), Mosley's leadership role (10:00), and the growth of fellow LB Quincy Williams (14:20). C.J. talks about the linebackers he watches around the league (20:45), what separates the successful teams (22:40), and what he likes most about what he's seeing this offseason on the field (23:40). Lastly, they talk about Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner's play in OTAs (24:50), the moves that Joe Douglas made in free agency (28:05) and the jump that quarterback Zach Wilson can make this season (34:30).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Mark Sanchez (6/7)
Host Eric Allen is joined by former Jets QB Mark Sanchez. They reminisce about when Mark was here at the facility to start his career (1:58), his private workout with the Jets before the 2009 NFL Draft (5:22) and the four seasons he played for the Green and White (9:10). Mark shares the story behind his engagement proposal to actress Perry Mattfeld (13:50), what he is seeing from Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh during OTAs (20:30) and his thoughts on current Jets QB Zach Wilson (23:47). Finally, Mark gives his opinion on why Saleh is perfect for this young team (27:45) and dishes on his most memorable stretch playing for the Jets (28:30) including the 2010 playoff victory at Foxborough over the Patriots (32:30).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with RB Michael Carter During Jets OTAs (5/31)
Host Eric Allen is joined is studio by Running Back Michael Carter. They discuss the difference preparing for Year 2 as opposed to a rookie year (0:35), the veterans in the locker room who've impacted him (1:32) and the impact Carter's family has had on his life (3:15). Carter talks about what he did the offseason (7:20) and his thoughts on GM Joe Douglas calling him "Young MC" (9:55). They reflect on the the mental side of the NFL (14:05) and break down pad level and contact balance (17:15). Carter dishes on the addition of second-round pick Breece Hall (23:52), shares a fun story about a chance meeting with Brian Baldinger an airport (25:07) and his first-guy up mentality (26:10).
The Official Jets Podcast: A Conversation with Damien Woody on the Jets' Offseason (5/24)
Host Eric Allen is joined by former Jets OL/ESPN analyst Damien Woody. They discuss the direction of the team (1:00) and Robert Saleh's changing of the culture (2:00), the Jets' standing in the AFC East (3:10) and the potential of the offensive line this season (6:50). Damien gives his take on both the next steps for QB Zach Wilson (8:30) and the improved weapons around him at wide receiver (11:55). They switch to defense and review what the Jets have done this offseason (13:50), the synergy between Saleh and GM Joe Douglas (18:18) and follow with a breakdown of the 2022-23 Jets schedule (19:25). Finally, they turn back the clock and look at why Damien chose to come to play in New York (22:05) and why he decided to stay in the area following retirement (33:05).
The Official Jets Podcast: The NFL's Mike North Discusses How the 2022 Jets Schedule Was Made (5/17)
The 2022 Jets schedule has been released and host Eric Allen is joined by the NFL's Vice President, Broadcast Planning, Mike North, to break it all down. The guys discuss the league's schedule unveiling (01:35) and how it is a combination of both art and science (2:15). They review the decision on the Jets' one prime-time game (7:25) plus North explains the league's thought process behind making Week 1 a home opener for the Jets (10:45), if rest differential goes into the thinking of creating a schedule (11:40) and how most teams recently have declined byes coming back from London (14:25). The guys discuss the rare start of the Jets' slate with the Green & White opening up with four games against the AFC North Division (16:05), the thought process on how the league likes to stack division road and home splits (19:15) and how the increasing number of broadcast partners impacts schedule-making (21:15). Lastly, North gives some insight on the flex scheduling that occurs as the NFL season rolls on (25:30) and some advice for someone looking to pursue a career path in the NFL programming industry (28:40).