Go Long Podcast

Tyler Dunne

Tyler Dunne co-hosts the "Go Long Show" with Jim Monos, the "Ty & Bob Pod" with Bob McGinn and occasional 1-on-1 conversations with players from around the NFL. Go Long covers pro football through a humanizing lens. Our aim? Show you how this sport really works. Subscribe to GoLongTD.com to access everything, including Happy Hours with players around the league.

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A conversation with Joey Mulinaro... America's Cool Uncle
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A conversation with Joey Mulinaro... America's Cool Uncle
There’s a very good chance Joey Mulinaro has organically worked his way into your life online. He’s one of the rare humans making social media a fun place. Maybe it was his Modern Seinfeld sketch on “The Big Game” or “The Accidental Like.” Maybe you caught one of his impressions — Saban & Belichick, Cris Collinsworth, Mel Kiper Jr., Mike McDaniel, Patrick Mahomes, Gus Johnson, Colin Cowherd or, most recently, his 15 impressions on Catlin Clark in 100 seconds. He’s always making people laugh with his pal, Benedict. Here the two are in peak form.Well, Joey does stand-up, too. And there’s a good chance he’ll be performing in a city near you.This coming Wednesday, April 17, he’ll be performing at Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo, N.Y. You can secure a ticket here. He’ll also be at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay, Wisc., on May 16 and a handful of cities in-between. Here on the podcast, we chat about Joey’s meteoric rise — and how he balances it all with two kiddos. We discuss the timeless greatness of Seinfeld, his favorite all-time episode, the art of rattling off obscure NFL names and… he saves his best for last. Joey Mulinaro goes full Mahomes if Mahomes was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2017. In addition to the audio and video above, you can also access the podcast on Apple, Spotify and YouTube. This was a riot. Thanks for listening and sharing, everyone. If you live in WNY, hope to see you on Wednesday. Keep up with everyone Joey Mulinaro’s up to on X or his website.Subscribe to Go Long at GoLongTD.com to access our 2024 NFL Draft coverage in its entirety. Bob McGinn’s 40th annual series begins next week, and we’ve got a profile on David White Jr. live at the site right now. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe
'How the hell did I get here?' Chase Edmonds on 'rage' in Miami, rebirth in Tampa, QB Baker Mayfield & his plan to play 10 years
Mar 20 2024
'How the hell did I get here?' Chase Edmonds on 'rage' in Miami, rebirth in Tampa, QB Baker Mayfield & his plan to play 10 years
The offseason is a time for hope — for players, for teams. Everyone envisions a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.That was Chase Edmonds’ state of mind exactly two years ago.Something special was brewing in Miami with new head coach Mike McDaniel, quaterback Tua Tagovailoa, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Edmonds was positioned as the explosive running back central to it all. Go Long traveled to Florida the summer of 2022 to sit down with Edmonds at Dolphins HQ. With emotional detail, he guided readers through a turbulent life, from becoming a father at 18 years old to an extreme state of depression in college when an ankle injury threatened to crush his dreams to the expected takeover in South Florida. But instead of breaking out as an NFL star, Edmonds started to disappear like countless running backs before him. He rushed for only 2.9 yards per carry and dropped four passes on 17 targets, including a third-and-goal ball in the end zone vs. Cincinnati on national TV. The Dolphins traded Edmonds to the Denver Broncos. After experiencing some success on a bad team (4.8 ypc), he was then released. Edmonds signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of the 2023 season, suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and — finally — his luck began to turn. The 5-foot-9, 207-pounder from Harrisburg, Pa., found a role as a change-of-pace back to starter Rachaad White and a needed leader in the locker room. The Bucs made a surprise run to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs and decided to run it back with a slew of re-signings. Baker Mayfield, Mike Evans, Lavonte David, Antoine Winfield (tag) and Edmonds are all back in 2024. The implication is clear: Tampa Bay expects to compete.We catch up again with Edmonds to learn what happened the last two years.He’s aiming to play a full decade in the NFL. Not bad for a small running back from Fordham University. Audio and video are above. You can access Go Long Podcast episodes everywhere you pod, including Apple, Spotify and YouTube. Here is the written Q&A if you’d prefer to read.Go Long is powered by our readers. Thank you for supporting independent journalism. We aim to cover this game through a longform lens. ICYMI, from 2022: * The Beautiful Mind of Chase Edmonds, Part I: 'I was scared shitless’* The Beautiful Mind of Chase Edmonds, Part II: 'It’s over for me'* The Beautiful Mind of Chase Edmonds, Part III: ‘A match made in heaven’Bucs features:* Murder, cockroaches, belief: How Rachaad White bet on himself* Patrick Laird will make you think (our conversation in podcast form here.)* ‘We’re going to wreck shit:’ Carlton Davis bows to no man* Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers believe* Cody Mauch makes you laugh, then drives you into the dirt This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe
Go Long Show: Uncut 'Smoke' Dixon on '18 draft drama, Josh Allen, an all-time '24 class & the art of scouting QBs
Mar 13 2024
Go Long Show: Uncut 'Smoke' Dixon on '18 draft drama, Josh Allen, an all-time '24 class & the art of scouting QBs
Gerald “Smoke” Dixon brings the goods this episode. There is a 100-percent chance we bring him back on the Go Long Show soon. From 2014 to 2020, Dixon was a pro scout for the Buffalo Bills. As a result, he has many stories — and a ton of insight — to share. Especially at the quarterback position. For nearly two hours, Dixon dishes on everything:* Who pounded the table for Josh Allen inside the Buffalo Bills’ pre-draft meetings? Three individuals specifically made their strong opinions known. * 2018 draft drama. How did the Bills rank this class as a whole? The entire front office was sweating as picks began.* Lamar Jackson slipped through the NFL cracks… how? It pays to trust your eyes. Dixon also recalls a pre-draft conversation with GM Brandon Beane on the Louisville quarterback. * Allen was not living in the film room early in his career. His backyard style was always unique — in every sense. Dixon can still hear Allen’s fastball “whistle” and his mettle in the pocket was rare. * Art of scouting quarterbacks. Everyone can watch the same film of the same player and come away with completely different opinions. One rule of thumb Dixon follows? If a QB gets “a cinder block” thrown in his face, in the pocket, how does he respond?* Why he’s high on Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr.* Dixon loves the 2024 class of QB prospects even more than the 2020 group of Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, Jordan Love and Jalen Hurts. * Will Caleb Williams play for the Chicago Bears? Dixon says no. He sees the USC star somehow getting to the Washington Commanders. To him, a century of quarterback butchery in Chicago is to blame. * Larry Fitzgerald or DeAndre Hopkins? * A needed Hall of Fame rant.* One Pepper Johnson story that explains Bill Belichick’s greatness — the Patriots coach was constantly taking notes. (An innocent conversation with Sean McVay isn’t so innocent.)* Dixon’s thoughts on the first 48 hours of free agency. Who reached? * Pre-draft dinners. Dixon and the Bills learned so much about the incoming class of Ohio State Buckeyes at Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse in 2016. Especially, cornerback Eli Apple. His teammates were ruthless and relentless and Apple didn’t stick up for himself. Having a loose conversation with prospects — as opposed to a strict, formal interview — can tell a team a lot about mental make-up.* Why Dixon is not surprised one bit that DeMeco Ryans, his former ‘Bama teammate, has the Houston Texans on the cusp of contention.* How did college football players get cash in his day? By working certain, uh, “jobs.”* Dixon was around Stefon Diggs at One Bills Drive. He repeats what Isaiah McKenzie once said on our podcast: You’ve got to let the wide receiver get his emotions out. You can listen to the Go Long Show right here at GoLongTD.com or wherever you listen to podcasts, including Apple, Spotify and YouTube.Today, Dixon is an analyst for 24/7 Sports. A four-year starter at cornerback for Alabama (1999- ‘02) — winning the SEC title in ‘99 — Dixon coached at The Citadel (2008- ‘13) before scouting for the Bills. He also served as the director of operations for the XFL’s DC Defenders (2020), Director of Scouting for Vanderbilt (2021- ‘22) and the General Manager for Maryland (2022- ‘23). You can follow “Smoke” on X @CoachGVDixon.Thanks for watching/listening, everyone. Video is above.ICYMI: * Join our next Happy Hour to ask longtime Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster anything you want.* Why the Green Bay Packers, title contenders, got this right (and more free agency musings)* 'Why not three-peat?' Greg Castillo, Trent McDuffie and the inner-workings of a Chiefs dynasty* McGinn's Top 55: Where’s the defense? Scouts weigh in on the top prospects in the 2024 class. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe
Is Kirk Cousins destined to be a Falcon?
Mar 5 2024
Is Kirk Cousins destined to be a Falcon?
Free agency is one week away. Deals will be struck soon. The Atlanta Falcons may start the party, too. GM Terry Fontenot made it very clear they’ll be aggressive — the time to find a quarterback is now. For a full state of the franchise, I chatted with good pal Justin Felder from Fox 5 Atlanta this podcast episode. Felder offers his thoughts on the team’s quarterback shuffle, Desmond Ridder, Fontenot’s free-agent decisions (past and future) and the hierarchy of this organization. Who’s in charge on draft day? We both agree, too. Right now, all signs point toward Cousins heading south. If the goal truly is to win in 2024, Fontenot will try to make the veteran quarterback an offer he cannot refuse. Excellent analysis and insight from Felder.You can listen to the audio here and everywhere you pod, including Apple, Spotify and YouTube. Full video is embedded below.Thank you for listening and sharing.Go Long subscribers can access our exclusive 1 on 1 with Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot. In Year 4, the pressure’s on and Fontenot knows he must nail the quarterback position. New here? We’d love it if you joined our community. Bob McGinn’s initial top 55 will roll out this week with his 40th annual draft series to follow in April. ‘One-thousand percent:’ Terry Fontenot believes the Atlanta Falcons will win in 2024 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe
Go Long Show: Quarterback Whispers... and the potential steal of the 2024 draft
Mar 2 2024
Go Long Show: Quarterback Whispers... and the potential steal of the 2024 draft
The 2024 season is officially underway with the NFL Combine. General managers and coaches and scouts and agents all convened in Indianapolis to negotiate contracts and study college prospects.As always, the quarterbacks take center stage.This year, nearly a third of the NFL has to make a decision at the most important position in sports. Everything starts with a familiar name: Kirk Cousins. Will the veteran quarterback choose familiarity in Minnesota or earn every dollar he can elsewhere? We discuss on the podcast. He has chosen the business decision before. Dan Wiederer filled us in on the shaky trade market for Justin Fields earlier in the week. Co-host Jim Monos offers his thoughts this episode. We also shift our focus to the draft. You know Caleb Williams is this year’s odds-on No. 1 overall pick. Who’s the next best quarterback? Monos, the former Eagles/Saints/Bills personel man, has been studying the tape and loves the NFL readiness of Oregon’s Bo Nix. Finally, we hit on the wide receiver class and why this is the year the Buffalo Bills should double up at the position. You can listen to the Go Long Show right here at GoLongTD.com, as well as Apple, Spotify, YouTube and everywhere you pod. Go Long is your home for longform journalism in pro football. Our aim is to cover the sport through a longform lens.New here? Join our community today to access everything.ICYMI…Caleb Williams: 'I tend to create history and rewrite history'Time is now for the New York Giants to make their QB moveThe Chicago Bears are at a historic crossroadsBrian Gutekunst, Sean Payton and the intense pursuit of a quarterback This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe
Chase Griffin and the growing power of the college athlete
Feb 20 2024
Chase Griffin and the growing power of the college athlete
As the country shifts into full-fledged Draft Mode, the name “Chase Griffin” may not ring a bell. You won’t see the UCLA quarterback’s name appear in mock drafts. Griffin still has one year of eligibility and the former Gatorade Player of the Year in Texas hasn’t seen the field a ton.However, his impact off the field has been substantial. The two-time “NIL Athlete of the Year” has shown all college athletes how to navigate this new wild west. Griffin is the first active college athlete to testify in front of Congress on NIL (Name, Image and Likeness), launched The Athlete’s Bureau on Substack and has arguably been the most public voice on the subject. (You can follow Griffin on X and IG.)This is all strange new terrain for college sports with 19- and 20-year-olds jumping in and out of the transfer portral. What does the future hold? Griffin helps us make sense of it all. You can listen to the audio above or inside the Go Long Podcast feeds on Apple, Spotify and YouTube. Video is below.Also, for more, check out this piece on Griffin at Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, written by Carter Yates. Thanks, all.Miss Part I of our Mailbag this week? We discuss Brandon Beane’s drafts, the Tom Clements Effect, the 1950 Browns, potential NFL rule changes and what other NFL teams will take from Super Bowl LVIII. Right here for Go Long subscribers. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe
Go Long Show: Meet the man who believed in Brock Purdy
Feb 9 2024
Go Long Show: Meet the man who believed in Brock Purdy
The Super Bowl is now two days away. As the nation gathers around their television sets, there will be many football coaches and scouts who watch Brock Purdy slingshot completions and wonder, “What did I miss?” But not Dave Boller. To get the inside story on Purdy’s rise, the “Go Long Show” welcomes on the longtime football scout who most certainly was a believer from Day 1. Boller knew the Purdy family as an Arizona guy himself and he tried to tell schools that the kid had it. Now, the lightning-fast processor has the San Francisco 49ers on the doorstep of Ring No. 6.Our personnel man, co-host Jim Monos, worked with Boller on the Philadelphia Eagles personnel staff. Boller is a well-traveled man. He spent two decades in the NFL, scouting for the Buccaneers (1995- ‘98), Eagles (1998- ‘04) and Rams (2004- ‘07), before working as the Lions’ assistant pro director (2007- ‘09), consulting NFC teams (2010- ‘12) and joining the Jets as an area scout (2012- ‘14). From there, he headed to the college ranks. Boller spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons in Louisville. First as director of on-campus recruiting, then as director of high school relations. He had a front-row seat to Lamar Jackson’s ascent. Then, it was off to Syracuse where Boller was the director of player personnel 2007- ‘22. Boller is the head of personnel for the St. Louis Battlehawks of the UFL today.He tried to convince Dino Babers to give Purdy a shot, but the Syracuse coach didn’t believe. (Babers wasn’t alone, either.)The revisionist history on Purdy gives Boller a chuckle. We get into everything and I swear that ‘Cuse crew you see on camera was at the top of the pile, a total coincidence. Boller, an open book, details why he had such conviction on Purdy, shares Jackson stories from Louisville — what did colleges miss here, too? — and takes you all the way back to the Philadelphia Eagles’ draft meetings ahead of selecting Donovan McNabb over Ricky Williams in 1999. They knew they’d be crucified by fans, and warned McNabb accordingly. You can access the Go Long Show right here at GoLongTD.com and inside the Apple, Spotify and YouTube feeds.Thank you for listening, sharing and subscribing.ICYMI: * A Super Bowl conversation with Brett Favre* Dallas Clark on the “walk-on mentality”* 'The Wild Side:' How George Kittle and Travis Kelce harness the animal within* Our 2023- ‘24 Awards are in* Go Long Show: First look at Chiefs vs. 49ers* 'The 49er Way:' Revisiting a conversation with GM John Lynch* The playoff dominance of Patrick Mahomes* Don’t ask Dan Campbell to change* Ty & Bob Pod: A special season in Detroit... with a bright future ahead* Go Long Show: Championship Sunday RecapStill to come:* The Magic of Mahomes* Super Bowl Predictions This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe
Dallas Clark on mowing Kinnick, holes in socks, Tight End U, Taylor/Kelce, the 'walk-on mentality'
Feb 8 2024
Dallas Clark on mowing Kinnick, holes in socks, Tight End U, Taylor/Kelce, the 'walk-on mentality'
To this day, Dallas Clark struggles to understand how he made it. Out of all tight ends profiled in “Blood and Guts,” his rise is most mystifying from a football sense. The kid from tiny Livermore, Iowa walked onto the Hawkeyes football team fresh off losing Mom in his arms. A traumatic ordeal. He was lost on the depth chart. His appendix nearly burst. He had collarbone surgery. He was a modern “Rudy,” mowing the field at Kinnick Stadium. But that’s the funny thing about the tight end position. In nearly all cases, Tight End chooses you. Not the other way around.The drive inside Clark always made him a natural fit. We published part of his chapter here at Go Long. How Clark rose to two Super Bowls, winning one in ‘06, speaks to the human condition more than anything. We can all take a little something from this rise. This week, we caught up again for a podcast conversation. I have a good feeling he’ll be back, too.Discussed…* Walk-on life at Iowa, from tearing up the siding at Kinnick Stadium on the mower to surviving on Grands! biscuits to equipment guys giving him a strange look for wanting socks with no holes.* Why he was able to hit it off with Peyton Manning. * What made him different than George Kittle (and many tight ends) off the field. * His (very) strong opinion on Taylor Swift.* Tight End U and the evolution of the position. * The similarity between these 2023 Chiefs and his 2006 Colts. Both were smacked in the jaw late in the season, and responded the right way. * Beauty of football. Clark articulates exactly what makes this sport different than anything else — and the secret sauce that builds a winner. Thank you for listening, watching, sharing. Go Long is completely powered by our readers. We aim to cover pro football through a longform lens. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe
A Super Bowl conversation with Brett Favre
Feb 8 2024
A Super Bowl conversation with Brett Favre
This final podcast episode with Brett Favre, the Hall of Fame quarterback relives the euphoric highs (Super Bowl XXXI) and crushing lows (Super Bowl XXXII) of the greatest game in sports. He experienced both emotions.Favre details everything that led to this iconic touchdown pass to Andre Rison in Green Bay’s 35-21 title win over New England. Defensive coordinator Bill Belichick rolled the dice, and lost. Of course, the memory of Terrell Davis running wild is fresh, too. Those Packers were so close to going back-to-back.Much of this episode is spent on this year’s big game in Las Vegas. He brings a unique perspective. Favre worked closely with Andy Reid. The Kansas City Chiefs head coach who’s quickly asserting himself as an all-time great was his quarterbacks coach in Green Bay during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Favre has spoken to the Chiefs’ entire team ahead of the Super Bowl before and shares his message. What makes Reid special? There’s beauty to the coach’s schematic simplicity. While he does see a lot of himself in Patrick Mahomes, Favre knows Reid is a major driving force. He doesn’t know where he’d be without Mike Holmgren, and isn’t sure where Mahomes’ career goes without Reid. It’s true we don’t discuss the marriage of coach and quarterback nearly enough. How good is Brock Purdy? “Dr. Purdy,” as he calls him, is more surgical. And a winner. There’s a lot to like in San Francisco’s unassuming quarterback. Audio and video are here at Go Long. You can also check out past episodes linked below.A quick note. The former quarterback’s Mississippi case was back in the news this week obviously. As he has said, there’s much Favre would like to discuss on this all. Due to a gag order, he cannot. When he’s able, we will check back in. Ahead at Go Long, I’ll be posting a conversation with Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark later today. He did not disappoint. Icymi, we’ve got a feature live on George Kittle, Travis Kelce and why the best of the best at the tight end position have a wild side. On Friday AM, be on the lookout for a deep dive on Mahomes. I spent the last two weeks chatting with everyone who knows him best to figure out where all this magic comes from. The Super Bowl’s closing in. We’ll host another Gameday Chat for the festivities.Thanks to all for reading and listening all season long. Past episodes of “FAVRE:”* Ep 1: Reliving an unforgettable moment in NFL history* Ep 2: Bar fights, throat-slashes and the car crash that could've killed him* Ep 3: The unique attrition of football* Ep 4: Time for Jordan Love to make ‘chicken salad’ out of ‘chicken shit’* Ep 5: Football will always need 'Rocky Balboa'* Ep 6: 'They hit a home run:' Brett Favre is all in on Jordan Love This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe
Go Long Show: Championship Sunday Recap
Jan 29 2024
Go Long Show: Championship Sunday Recap
The Michael Jordan comparisons are no longer hyperbole. Patrick Mahomes’ vise grip on the league only gets tighter. Kansas City’s quarterback was excellent in another AFC Championship and Lamar Jackson… was not. Over in the NFC, Dan Campbell coached this championship game exactly as he has coached all season. Aggressively. That’s the mentality that helped guide the Detroit Lions out of the doldrums. This night, it backfired. San Francisco capitalized on the Lions’ mistakes to punch its ticket to a Super Bowl rematch.Here on the Go Long Show — with co-host Jim Monos — we dive deep into both conference championship games. The first half is spent on Chiefs/Ravens; the second on Lions/49ers.You can listen/watch here at Go Long or within the Apple, Spotify and YouTube feeds. Thanks, all. Go Long is powered completely by our readers and listeners. We’d love it if you shared the word.Features, icymi:* How the Detroit Lions bring 'grit' to life* The Real Romeo, Part I: 'You’ve got to see who I am'* The Real Romeo, Part II: 'Perspective game'* The Spirit of Jonathan Owens* Man in the mirror: Alim McNeill explains the Detroit Lions* Why Ben Johnson is atop the coaching wish list* ‘You only get one life:’ The Juice Scruggs vantage point* 'Keep dreaming, baby!' Why the Cincinnati Bengals can contend with Jake Browning* 'You can’t run from the fight:’ Cam Heyward’s perspective* Erik Kramer Q&A: 'I’m here to help people'* Mike Daniels Q&A: 'When are we going to punch somebody in the face?'* Chad Brown Q&A: 'Who’s winning this battle? The owners.'* The McDermott Problem, Part I: Blame Game* The McDermott Problem, Part II: Lost in translation* The McDermott Problem, Part III: Let Josh be Josh* Delarrin Turner-Yell is the 'miracle' in Denver* Orlando Brown Jr., son of 'Zeus,' was built for the storm* ‘Sam can be the guy in Washington’* 'Does he have that something special?’ Kurt Warner on Jordan Love * A star is born: Nico Collins* Zach Sieler, the muscle in Miami* Q&A: Matt Hasselbeck still wants the ball...* Quarterbacks of the Future* Is there hope for the New York Giants?* Calais Campbell is defying logic* Chig Okonkwo knows tomorrow is not promised* The Cleveland Browns are a 'big, ugly machine'* Kenny Pickett vs. The World This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.golongtd.com/subscribe