Title: Landry Football Podcast
Date: October 31, 2017
Length: 49 minutes and 48 seconds
Cast: Host Chris Landry
Extra: You can find episodes on Landryfootball.com or subscribe on ITunes.
If you’re reading this, you probably love football. Say what you want about where the game is heading or what the ratings show, but it’s still the most beloved game in our country. As the podcasting business continues to boom, the number of shows centered on football grows higher and higher, which means the competition grows only tougher. However, Landry Football stands alone, because of its instant credibility.
There’s only one football podcast that provides views and analysis from a former coach, scout and administrator. Landry football, hosted by Chris Landry, brings you inside the film room, out on the field and even inside the locker room on the biggest stories in both college football and the NFL. In 1992, Bill Belichick hired Chris as a full-time assistant with the Cleveland Browns. He would later serve as a scout, both in college football and the NFL, amongst other stops in his career. Gaining credibility with an audience is difficult, but Landry’s impressive professional background helps make his podcast unique.
What stood out as I listened, was how the former coach recognizes the line between too technical and making it relatable to the average football fan. There’s a small amount of people listening that could define what a Cover 2, three-technique or route tree consists of, so you have to understand how to get your point across without the listener feeling lost and confused. Landry excels in that aspect, by avoiding certain verbiage and phrases that would seem foreign to most.
Another great quality of Landry Football is the level of detail each topic receives. In this episode, Jim McElwain’s firing at Florida is discussed at great length. What it made it particularly enjoyable is that I felt like Landry took me inside many different rooms. He brought me along into the meeting room between McElwain and the Florida administrators. He took me inside the office where the athletic director and president held their conversations, and he helped me understand how the final decision was made. I realize that McElwain was fired because he likely lied about the death threats he claimed he received, but Landry provided the ‘why.’
Listeners are smart enough to know the basic details of a story, but you have to dig beneath the surface. Landry gets high marks, because he tells the story by giving the point of view from everyone that’s involved. From the head coach to the athletic director, you see each perspective, including the implications that each one is faced with. That’s incredible insight and something you can’t find on many other podcasts.
But what if you’re not a Florida fan or could care less about SEC football? Would you still listen to that segment of the podcast? In my opinion, it’s a resounding yes. Why? Because no matter if you have any affiliation to the program or not, Landry brings up detail after detail that draws you into the story. Just when I felt I had my fill of McElwain’s down fall, Landry made me look ahead to the future for the Gators. Anyone can bring up a list of potential candidates, but Landry gave me opinions on how to hire a coach and the pros and cons of some of the rumored candidates. He even made a point to mention a personal experience he had with former Raiders owner Al Davis. That added a great deal to the discussion at hand. When you feel like you’re getting exclusive content, you stick around. And that’s what I felt like while listening to the first 40 minutes of the podcast.
I respect anyone who’s able to solo-host an entire podcast and still make it entertaining. In this case, Landry gets high marks in that category. For an entire 49 minute episode, I felt engaged with all of the topics and enjoyed the various ways he tackled them. There were a few long pauses that made me think the episode stopped playing, but I’m willing to give that a pass to someone who’s going full steam ahead on for nearly an hour.
This podcast doesn’t seem like it’s a job for Landry. I genuinely felt like he truly loves his routine of breaking down football. To me, that translates to a successful podcast. I love when I discover a podcast that has a niche that none other can claim. Landry Football has that with its instant credibility and ability to take you where nobody else can.
Moving forward, I’d love to hear Landry hold an 8-10 minute segment with a well-known guest and talk football. I’m sure his contact list is impressive, and if he committed even a small amount of time to just one podcast with a quality guest, his product would shine even more.
I would highly suggest subscribing to this podcast and listening to Landry’s two episodes he puts out a week. You won’t just be entertained, you’ll feel like you’ve learned something. Both of those are invaluable when it comes to listening to a podcast.