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Discussing Nick Caserio's Departure with Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal

Bob Socci talks with Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. They discuss the departure of longtime Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, new general manager of the Houston Texans, and how the Patriots may look to offset the loss of someone who filled many roles within the organization.

Patriots Offseason Preview with Alex Barth

Bob Socci is joined by Alex Barth of 985TheSportsHub.com to discuss the Pats, including how a 20-something diehard is dealing with the team's first losing season in two decades.  As we look back briefly on the major story of last offseason, we look ahead to the primary storylines shaping up for the coming offseason.

What if the Bills Drafted Patrick Mahomes?

NFL reporter Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) joins Bob to discuss the long search for the Buffalo Bills to find their quarterback, change their culture and win their first division title since 1995.  Plus, they discuss his new NFL newsletter www.GoLongTD.com, the clairvoyance of Sammy Watkins and the resilience of Logan Ryan and his wife Ashley.

Discussing The Patriots' QB Position - Now and in the Future with Jeff Howe

This week on The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci's guest is Jeff Howe from The Athletic. Jeff and Bob talk about the present state and future of the quarterback position for the Pats, including the possibility of trading up in the 2021 draft and one of the top prospects who'd be a potentially great fit…

Brady/Belichick Relationship with Jeff Benedict, author of "The Dynasty"

This week on The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci talks to Jeff Benedict, author of "The Dynasty," which recounts how Patriots owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady came and stayed together to launch and sustain the greatest championship run in modern American sports history.

Talking Quarterbacks with USA Today's Mark Schofield

Bob Socci's guest this week is Mark Schofield (@MarkSchofield) from Touchdown Wire at USA Today.   We talk quarterbacks, from the Patriots current depth chart to the top young QB's around the NFL to the most promising QB's coming out of college in next year's draft.  

The Gridiron & Beyond: Author Jason Cole (Ep. 71)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond with Bob Socci, Jason Cole (@JasonCole62) discusses his new biography "Elway: A Relentless Life." Gifted with in both football and baseball, Elway entered the NFL as the top overall pick and exited as a player with two Super Bowl titles, a future bust in the Pro…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald (Ep. 70)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci speaks with Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. They talk about the NFL's decision to play the Patriots game at Kansas City on Monday night, its handling of the recent spate of positive COVID-19 tests and the ramifications in the near and long term. …

Football Historian Michael MacCambridge

Bob Socci is joined by author and football historian Michael MacCambridge, who's written or edited nearly a dozen books, including '69 Chiefs: A Team, a Season, and the Birth of Modern Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom.  Michael describes how Andy Reid rebounded from being fired in Philadelphia and rebuilt the Chiefs into an eventual Super…

The Legendary Brent Musburger

Bob Socci chats with Legendary Broadcaster Brent Musburger, who after a half century as a lead voice of CBS Sports, ESPN and ABC Sports is in his third season as the radio voice of the Raiders.  Brent tells us about the Raiders, present and past, and shares a few of the countless anecdotes in his…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Dolphins Recap & Seahawks Preview with Doug Farrar of USA Today's Touchdown Wire (Ep. 68)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci's guest is Doug Farrar from touchdownwire.usatoday.com.   Doug breaks down what was new — and old — about the Patriots’ offense under Cam Newton in the opener and previews Sunday’s visit to Seattle.   Plus, the Bills seem to have another defensive star in…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Patriots/Dolphins Preview with Josh Tolentino of The Athletic (Ep. 67)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, the Voice of the Patriots, Bob Socci previews the Miami Dolphins in anticipation of the season opener with Josh Tolentino of The Athletic. They talk about the wholesale changes for Dolphins, who spent $200 million in free agency and drafted a quarterback they feel is the…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Pro Football Hall of Fame Writer Rick Gosselin (Ep. 66)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci has a conversation with Pro Football Hall of Fame writer and voter Rick Gosselin.   With Bill Belichick and Tom Brady bound for Canton, we discuss the Hall of Fame candidacies of many other all-time Patriots, from Richard Seymour to Stanley Morgan and Adam…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Former Patriots GM Upton Bell (Ep. 65)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci talks with Upton Bell, the former Patriots general manager and Boston radio-TV host and commentator. Bell discusses the legacy of Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee Bill Nunn, a super scout who helped build the Steelers into a 1970s dynasty, by scouting talent-rich Historically…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Mike Dussault of Patriots.com (Ep. 64)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci talks to Mike Dussault (@MikeDussault19) of Patriots.com about the last week and a half of training camp, plus how Mike succeeded in a crowded field with an independent Patriots blog, became the foremost authority on Bill Belichick's sideline attire and went from Hollywood sit-coms…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Rainer Sabin of the Detroit Free Press (Ep. 63)

On the latest episode of The Gridiron & Beyond, Bob Socci talks with reporter Rainer Sabin of the Detroit Free Press talking about the Big 10's decision to cancel its football season, the impact on players with NFL aspirations and a pair of former Michigan Wolverines now playing for the Patriots.

The Gridiron & Beyond: Chris Gasper of WCVB NewsCenter 5 & 98.5 The Sports Hub (Ep. 62)

The Patriots opened training camp this week at a time like no other off the field, facing a degree of on-field uncertainty unseen in more than a decade.   Chris reacts to what we saw and heard from Patriots veterans at the outset of camp. And takes time to discuss how we now see and…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Jim McBride of the Boston Globe (Ep. 61)

My guest is veteran Patriots reporter Jim McBride (@GlobeJimMcBride) of the Boston Globe. He's been at the Globe since 1988. We discuss the impact of the Patriots losing six players who have opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, and how they will try to overcome those absences. Plus, Jim and I talk about…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Tyler R. Tynes of The Ringer (Ep. 60)

My guest is Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) of The Ringer, who reported, wrote and narrated the recently-released six-part podcast min-series, "The Cam Chronicles."   Tynes literally followed in the footsteps of Cam Newton's football journey to, as he says, "start unraveling the mystery around this enigmatic figure" he describes as "the vanguard to the current young…

The Gridiron & Beyond: Brad Feldman, Voice of the New England Revolution (Ep. 59)

My guest is Brad Feldman (@BradFeldman), the voice of the New England Revolution.   We talk about the "MLS is Back" as soccer became the first American major league sport to return to play since competition was halted due to the novel Coronavirus. Although the tournament overall got off to an inauspicious beginning, the Revs…