Helmets Off

HELMETS OFF is hosted by former NFL and University of Utah football quarterback and reality TV star, Scott Mitchell. In each episode of HELMETS OFF, Scott has a very personal and candid conversation with success people from all walks of life. The listeners of HELMETS OFF get to be a fly on the wall of a personal, insightful and unplugged conversation. They get to see their heroes and maybe their enemies from a different, entertaining and moving perspective. You can learn more at http://1035thearrow/helmetsoff

Episodes

  • September 2, 2021

    College Football Season Predictions & What Is The Alliance?

    Scott Mitchell is here with an all college football episode to celebrate the beginning of the season. He discusses who he thinks will play in the College Football Playoff. He also talks about who might and who WON'T win the Heisman Trophy. 

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  • August 18, 2021

    All NFL & College Quarterback Talk

    With the college football and NFL seasons right around the corner, it wouldn't be Helmets Off if Scott wasn't analyzing quarterbacks. It's his favorite pastime.

    We are talking about the Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence dynamic and who will be the University of Utah's starting quarterback.

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  • August 6, 2021

    Most Important Non-QB Players In The NFL

    With the NFL season almost here, Scott Mitchell discusses the most important players in the AFC and NFC who aren't quarterbacks. 

    He also discusses the upcoming Utah Football season.

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  • July 22, 2021

    Aaron Rodgers, Olympics & Zach Wilson

    Today Scott Mitchell is talking NFL quarterbacks and the largest sporting event in the world: The Tokyo Olympics.

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  • July 9, 2021

    NFL MVP Prediction & College Football Getting Boring

    Scott Mitchell is here to talk NFL quarterbacks. He discusses who he thinks is poised to be next year's MVP and whether or not Taysom Hill will start in New Orleans. 

    Mitchell also discusses why college football has gotten so boring for the top 5 teams. 

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  • July 2, 2021

    All NIL, All Day

    Scott Mitchell discussed the first day and future impacts of NIL in college sports. 

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  • June 10, 2021

    Jim Fassel's Impact On Scott

    Scott Mitchell discusses his college coach, Jim Fassel, who just passed away.

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  • June 4, 2021

    Zach Wilson In New York & NFL Free Agents Without Teams

    Today on Helmets Off Scott Mitchell discusses the star treatment Zach Wilson is getting in New York, the NBA playoffs and the Utah Jazz & NFL free agents who still don't have a team.

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  • May 21, 2021

    Sports Are Finally Getting Back To Normal & The NBA Playoffs

    Scott Mitchell, former NFL quarterback, talks about why he is so happy the world is starting to feel normal again. He also talks about some the pandemic-related changes in sports and which ones he thinks should stick around. 

    Mitchell is rooting hard for the Utah Jazz. 

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  • May 14, 2021

    Aaron Rodgers Situation & How It Impacts Jordan Love

    Today Scott Mitchell, former NFL quarterback, is talking about the Aaron Rodgers drama with the Green Bay Packers and how it impacts former Utah State Aggie and current backup to Rodgers Jordan Love.

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  • April 16, 2021

    NFL Locals With A Chance To Go Big & The Reason Behind The 49ers Trade

    The 49ers made an almost unheard of trade WAYYYYY before the NFL Draft, former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell thinks he figured out why. 

    Scott also talks about last year's NFL rookies from Utah and the ones who MUST perform this year to solidify themselves as NFL talent. 

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  • April 2, 2021

    The Hardest & Easiest Coaching Jobs In All Of Sports

    Today former NFL and Utah Football quarterback Scott Mitchell is talking about the hardest and easiest coaching jobs in all of sports. It's a fun conversation you won't want to miss with special insight into the hardest working NFL coaches.

    Scott Mitchell also discusses the NFL's new 17 game season and why he is all for it.

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  • March 26, 2021

    Scott's Best Teammate & Importance Of NFL Pro Day, Combine, Senior Bowl

    Scott talks about the NCAA Tournament in comparison to Bowl Games and the College Football Playoff and why he thinks basketball does it right, while football needs to improve. 

    He also talks about what it takes to be a great teammate and who some of his favorite teammates were and why.

     

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  • March 18, 2021

    Taysom Hill In New Orleans & Utah's (kind-of) Quarterback Battle

    Scott Mitchell, former NFL and Utah Football quarterback, is talking about NFL and Utah Football quarterbacks today.

    He starts off talking about the battle for quarterback at Utah, although he is sure the job will go to Charlie Brewer.

    Next, he talks about whether or not Taysom Hill with be the long-term guy for the New Orleans Saints which leads into a conversation about how the quarterback position is evolving. 

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  • March 12, 2021

    Zach Wilson Over Trevor Lawrence? What Is Alex Smith's Future In Football?

    Today former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell is talking the NFL Draft and NFL Free Agency. 

    He answers everyone's burning question, who is the number one pick in the NFL Draft? Trevor Lawrence or Zach Wilson?

    Next he moves onto former Utah quarterback who was just released from the Washington Football Team, Alex Smith. Scott predicts a reunion of coach and quarterback in Jacksonville.

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  • February 26, 2021

    Russell Wilson's Future? And What An NFL Offseason Is Really Like

    What is an NFL offseason really like? A former NFL quarterback explains.

    Scott Mitchell also talks about where he thinks Russel Wilson may end up and some of the best fits for the Seahawks signal caller.

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  • February 5, 2021

    Where Would The Buccaneers Be Without Tom Brady?

    Nowhere. 

    Scott Mitchell talks about the upcoming Super Bowl and how the Buccaneers wouldn't be where they are without Tom Brady's leadership. 

    Who do you think will win the Super Bowl? 

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  • January 29, 2021

    The Tale Of The Two NFL Quarterbacks & Aaron Rodgers

    Scott is thrilled about the upcoming Super Bowl matchup between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. He can't wait for the Jedi Master to pass the torch to the Padawan. 

    Mitchell also discusses what he thinks the future of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay looks like. 

    Next, we move onto the NFL Draft. Is Zach Wilson a solid #2 pick?

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  • January 21, 2021

    Packers Playoff Motivation & Urban Meyer's Bright Future As NFL Coach

    In today's episode, Scott has to switch up his Super Bowl picks after the LA Rams lost. Scott talks about why the Packers have been so successful and mentions that Aaron Rodgers should thank Jordan Love for the extra kick of motivation.

    On the episode, Scott also talks about Urban Meyer's future as an NFL head coach and why he believes he will have a very successful career in Jacksonville.

     

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  • January 15, 2021

    NFL Playoff Predictions & The College Football Playoff Reruns

    Today on Helmets Off Scott talked about the late Ty Jordan and what he meant to the Utah football program. Scott tells a story of a time he lost a player as coach.

    Next, Scott airs his grievances with the College Football Playoff. He mentions it is like watching reruns. 

    Finally. The NFL expert offers his playoff and Super Bowl predictions.

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  • December 18, 2020

    Best Sports Moment Of The Year, College Athletics In The Supreme Court

    This will be the last episode of Helmets Off until the New Year. Scott wishes you all a Happy Holidays.

    We start by having a discussion about whether or not college athletes are amateurs anymore. Scott says absolutely not and things will soon change and the NCAA will no longer have the same amount of control.

    We also discuss some of the best sports moments of the year and Scott shares his favorite.

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  • December 11, 2020

    A Utah V. BYU Bowl Game? The College Football Playoff? What Happened To The Steelers?

    A lot questions and scenarios being evaluated in this week's episode of Helmets Off. First Scott talks about a situation proposed by KSL Sports that would have Utah and BYU play in their own rivalry bowl game.

    Next, Scott tries to break down the mess that is the College Football Playoff and finally he talks about the incredible comeback for former Ute Alex Smith and his team beating the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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  • December 3, 2020

    Positives For Utah Football, NFL Scheduling Nightmare & Super Bowl Predictions

    Utah football hasn't won a game yet, two games have been canceled because of an outbreak of COVID-19 and they lost their starting quarterback to shoulder injury. All of that seems pretty gloomy, but Scott is here to soothe Ute fans with the positives he sees for this one. The big one being that IT DOESN'T MATTER and you get a do-over next year. 

    Scott also talks about the nightmare that currently faces the NFL: Scheduling. With no bye weeks left, it's crunch time for the NFL.

    After that discussion Scott offers up his picks for the playoffs and even the Super Bowl.

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  • November 20, 2020

    Will Utah Football Finally Open The Season? And NFL Players Being Their Own Agents

    After having their first two games canceled due to COVID-19, will the Utah Utes finally play their first game of the season against the USC Trojans at Rice Eccles Stadium? Scott Mitchell is optimistic.

    Bobbly Wagner and DeAndre Hopkins decided to become their own agents, which is rare in the NFL. Scott discusses why he thinks this is brilliant and why more players should be doing this.

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  • November 13, 2020

    Utah Quarterback Watch & Tom Brady's Fall From Grace

    THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED PRIOR TO UTAH'S GAME AGAINST UCLA.

    How do cancellations impact the Utah quarterback battle? Scott weighs on.

    He also talks about Tom Brady's brutal loss to the Saints and what it means for his career.

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  • November 6, 2020

    Utah QB Watch & Good, Better, Worst Of The NFL Season

    *THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED BEFORE UTAH'S GAME AGAINST ARIZONA WAS CANCELLED*

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  • October 30, 2020

    Utah Quarterback Watch, Wild World Series & Antonio Brown Gets ANOTHER Shot

    Scott Mitchell, former Utah quarterback, is continuing his analysis of the Utah quarterback battle. According to the coaches, the team already has a starter but will not announce who it is until right before their first game. 

    Mitchell shares who he WOULD start, because the 2020 season is like no other, you make decisions you not normally make.

    Scott also discussed Justin Turner testing positive for COVID-19 during the World Series but celebrating with his team anyway...which is... WILD.

    Lastly, Scott discusses why Antonio Brown is getting yet another chance, with another NFL team. 

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  • October 22, 2020

    Utah QB Watch, Julian Blackmon's Shocking Season & Fitz-Magic Out

    Every week until the Pac-12 football season starts we are leading off with a special segment where Scott Mitchell, former U of U and NFL quarterback analyzed the three-way quarterback battle happening with the University of Utah football team. The team announced they won't name a starter until game week, which Scott believes is a smart decision. In the episode, he explains why.

    Next, Scott talks about the stunning season former Ute Julian Blackmon is having in the NFL even though it was less than a year ago he tore his ACL in the Pac-12 Championship game. 

    Finally, we play some audio of what Ryan Fitzpatrick had to say after getting benched. Scott feels for Fitzpatrick but also believes he will find his place with another NFL team. 

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  • October 15, 2020

    Utah Football QB Watch, The Return Of Alex Smith & NFL Injuries

    This week on Helmets Off Scott is breaking down the quarterback battle happening at the University of Utah. Coach Whittingham hopes to have a decision made sometimes this week. Scott recommends they make a decision as soon as possible in order to establish the leader of the offense.

    Next, Scott talks about former Utah quarterback and current NFL quarterback Alex Smith who made a miraculous comeback from a terrible leg injury and played in his first game last week.

    On that injury note, Scott also discusses the precarious uptick in NFL players suffering injuries. He wonders if it is because they had less prep time for the season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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  • October 8, 2020

    Utah Football Quarterback Battle, NFL Quarterbacks Making History & Drafting Quarterbacks

    Today is all about the best (in Scott's opinion) position on the field. First we are talking about the first true quarterback battle the University of Utah football team has seen in a while. Scott gives an analysis on what to look for as the Utes go through fall camp.

    Next, Scott gives his idea on why so many NFL quarterbacks are posting historical numbers and it may have something to do with crowd noise or lack thereof.

    Finally, Scott thinks he has finally figured out why in the world the New York Giants drafted Daniel Jones and he has a similar story about why the Miami Dolphins drafted him.

     

     

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  • October 2, 2020

    NFL COVID Snowball? Will It Throw Players Off? Turf Or Natural?

    We are all NFL this week on Helmets Off. 

    First, Scott talks about the biggest story in the NFL, which is the first game postponement of the season due to players testing positive for COVID-19. He talks about this could snowball and impact the rest of the season, because the NFL schedule is a very large, very complicated puzzle. He also talks about how having games postponed like this could throw off guys and their routine, he said it would have likely thrown him off.

    The NFLPA has asked that all fields be changed to natural grass, not turf. Scott 100% supports this idea. He believes if the NFL really wants to get serious about player safety, which they say they do, they MUST change to all natural grass as soon as possible.

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  • September 17, 2020

    NFL Week 1 & The Big Ten Leaving The Pac-12 In Chaos

    NFL Football is finally back. Scott Mitchell, former NFL quarterback gives his week 1 takeaways. From Tom Brady being lackluster for former Utah Football RB Zack Moss' touchdown. All in all, we are just happy football is back.

    Next, Scott discusses the disaster that is Pac-12 football. The Big Ten was the only other conference to move their football season to spring, but they have since reversed course. Now, the Pac-12 has a lot to figure out. Scott explains the chaos, and tries to come up with a solution.

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  • August 27, 2020

    Pac-12 Image Problem Will Keep Getting Worse And Utes To Watch In The NFL

    The Pac-12 already had an image problem before they decided to cancel fall football along with the Big Ten, now, the problem will grow. Not playing a season when other conferences are will hurt their image and their name, according to Scott, especially since the College Football Playoff is happening and the Rose Bowl is one of the featured games. 

    Since we don't have Utah Utes football to watch, Scott talks about which defensive Ute he is most excited to watch in the NFL this season.

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  • August 14, 2020

    Cancelled Fall Sports, Spring Football & How That Benefits Some Teams

    The Pac-12 and the Big Ten pulled the plug on fall sports, including football, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both conferences said there is a possibility of spring football. Scott explains why is initial reaction to that was that it will never work but he then explains how he thought it through and that it might benefit some teams - including the University of Utah Utes. 

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  • August 7, 2020

    Pac-12 Player Demands, Larry Scott's Response & NFL Rookies

    Today we are taking two segments to break down the Pac-12 players behind the We Are United campaign and their wants/demands from the conference. We start with the players and finish with Larry Scott's response. Scott says what he would do if he were in Scott's shoes.

    Finally, on a lighter note, Scott talks about why he is so excited to watch all of the NFL rookies quarterbacks this season...especially Jordan Love, who he predicts will have great success with the Packers.

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  • July 23, 2020

    Zero Positive NBA Tests, The NFL & COVID-19 & College Football Changes

    Today's episode of Helmets Off with Scott Mitchell is all about what sports leagues will look like during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    First - The NBA. 

    In the Orlando Bubble, the league had zero positive coronavirus tests and starts games this week. They are a true model for what a comeback should look like.

    Next - The NFL

    No one really knows for sure how the NFL season will look other than certain teams playing with zero fans and others requiring social distancing and face coverings. 

    Finally - College Football

    Maybe the league with the most at stake. Some conferences announced they will play conference-only schedules and delay the start, while others are in wait and see mode.

    Scott gives his thoughts on what sports may look like this season and what changes may carry over and become "normal".

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  • July 15, 2020

    Washington NFL Team Name Change & The Silver Lining Of Conference Only Schedules

    The Washington NFL announced they would be changing their name due to it being a racial slur. Scott offers his thoughts. 

    The Big Ten and the Pac-12 announced they would only be playing conference football schedules in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other conferences may follow suit if there is even a season at all. 

    The switch to the conference only schedules really hurts independent teams like BYU who lost 5 games in two days from their 2020 slate. 

    Scott offers his perspective on what the 2020 college football season may look like and provides some silver lining about things that may change for the better in college football. 

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  • July 10, 2020

    Morgan Scalley, Patrick Mahomes and The End Of Pro Baseball

    In this episode of Helmets Off, Scott Mitchell, former Utah QB and Utes radio analyst discusses the reinstatement of Morgan Scalley after he was suspending pending an investigation into a 2013 incident when he used a racial slur.

    Scott also discusses Patrick Mahomes and the giant payday he received. And on the other side of the that he discusses how Cam Newton ended up making so little money. 

    Lastly, is this the proverbial nail in the coffin of pro baseball.

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  • June 26, 2020

    Detroit Lions Ownership, Favre/Tillman/Kaepernick & NASCAR and Bubba Harris

    Martha Ford, longtime owner of the Detroit Lions is stepping down. Scott Mitchell offers an insightful perspective into his time under the Detroit Lions ownership. He explains how franchise ownership determines the long term success or failure of a team.

    Brett Favre compared Colin Kaepernick to Pat Tillman. Tillman left the NFL to serve in the Army and was later killed. Scott gives his take on this comparison that Favre later clarified in a statement. 

    Scott also discusses the drama that unfolded at Talledega. NASCAR's only black driver was thought to be the victim of a hate crime when a noose was found in his garage. The FBI determined it was a garage pull. NASCAR released photos of the noose after the investigation concluded.

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  • June 17, 2020

    Scott Is Joined By The People Who Know Him Best... His Sisters

    Two of Scott's three sisters joined him on the podcast to talk about what is was like growing up with Scott and being the sister of an NFL quarterback. 

    They also talk about a run-in with fans that featured Scott's mom yelling at fans who were bad-mouthing Scott. 

    Stay tuned after the first two segments for a bonus segment where Scott talks to his "favorite sister."

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  • June 11, 2020

    Thoughts On Morgan Scalley, Jerry Sloan & The NBA Finals

    Scott Mitchell, former NFL and Utah quarterback, shares his thoughts on the situation surrounding Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley who was suspended pending an investigation into an incident in 2013 when he used a racial slur in a text message. 

    Next, Scott shares his thoughts on the late Jerry Sloan, legendary Utah Jazz coach. He talks about his favorite memories and most admirable qualities of the coach. 

    Finally, he talks the return of the NBA and whether or not his favorite team, the Utah Jazz, have a shot at a championship and whether or not this year's championship should have an asterisk.

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  • June 2, 2020

    Sports And The Life Of Scott In The Coronavirus Pandemic

    We have been offline for a while. This episode of Helmets Off is all about catching you up on what Scott and the world of sports as he sees it has been up to.  

    We start with Scott's life, as he shares the life lessons he has learned during the coronavirus pandemic, including the fact that he could live without toilet paper.

    Next, he moves onto sports and how important they are for the world's psyche. We have learned that throughout the pandemic. 

    Scott also makes his suggestions/predictions for when both NFL and college football may be able to return. 

    You can find Scott on twitter @scottmitchell19. You can find Helmets Off on KSLSports.com.

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  • May 20, 2020

    Best Of: How Social Media Is Hurting Sports

    Tennessee tried to hire Greg Schiano (Rutgers, Penn State, Tampa Bay, Ohio State) as head coach.  The students freaked out and accused him of covering up Jerry Sandusky's crimes.  

    Helmets Off host Scott Mitchell talks about how Tennesse should not have bowed to student demands.  Social media is killing aspects of our society.  

    There's something similar with Roy Moore, candidate for US Senate from Alabama.  The allegations are different, but they're still just allegations.  Is it right to end people's careers over things like this?

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  • May 20, 2020

    Best Of: The Most Underrated Position On The Field Has Two Jobs

    The most under rated position in NFL football came up in conversation today. Scott starts with the definition of under rated and explains which position he chose and why. Don't agree? Tell us on social media.

    Hint: It's someone who touches the ball every play. 

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  • May 18, 2020

    Best Of: Scott's NFL Dream

    Scott is asking for your help on this one. He has a dream haunting his sleep about his time in the NFL but the dream has recently changed. This time he went back in time to play for the New England Patriots but Bill Parcels was coach...someone help him.

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  • May 15, 2020

    Best Of: NFL Quarterbacks Who Are Actually Worth $40 Mil...Not Dak Prescott

    Dak Prescott thinks he is worth $40 million. Scott recalls the first year of NFL Free Agency when the salary cap per team was $32 million. That means the team had to spread $32 million across the ENTIRE TEAM. Scott doesn’t think Dak Prescott is worth $40 million. He isn’t even a top 10 quarterback in the NFL. We have a list of quarterbacks worth $40 million dollars: Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. Dak Prescott is not on the list. He should have took the offer of $30 million.

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  • May 15, 2020

    Best Of: Boston Celtics Are Clear Evidence Of Karma In Sports

    Helmets Off host Scott Mitchell talks about a number of subjects

    He cheered for the LA Dodgers, but is glad the Houston Astros won the World Series.

    He wishes the University of Utah would play with a chip on their shoulder all the time, not just when they've lost 4.

    The Celtics are clear evidence of karma in sports.  After losing Gordon Hayward, they're on top.  Even missing a super star.

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  • May 15, 2020

    Best Of: Athletes and Mental Health Scott Opens Up About Personal Struggles

    Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers recently opened up about mental health and his personal struggles. Scott talks about the intense requirements put on professional athletes to be perfect. It has been reported, but not confirmed, that NBA owners now want access to player's mental health records. Scott goes through a whole slew of issues that could come from owners gaining this access. In the second segment, Scott opens up about his own struggles with mental health during his time as an NFL Quarterback. If you are someone you know is struggling with suicide or depression reach out here: Call 1-800-273-8255. Scott Mitchell was a record setting quarterback at the University of Utah. After being drafted into the NFL he played for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens. What do you think? Tell us at facebook.com/helmetsoffpodcast or @helmetsoffshow.

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  • May 6, 2020

    Best Of: The True Lesson Of Sports Playing To Win... Every Time

    Helmets Off host Scott Mitchell talks about his University of Utah Utes.  Sometimes it feels like they're not playing to win.

    In sports at that level you have to always be playing to win.  Sometimes it feels like the Utes are playing to not lose.  There's a difference.

    This happens in life as well.  Scott sees it a lot in golf, where the pros are made up of a lot of PGA players who just kind of float along.  Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelsen, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, all play to win.

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  • May 6, 2020

    Best Of: Detroit Lions Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata Discusses his trials and Winning a Super Bowl

    Former Highland High School, Oregon Duck and current Detroit Lions Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata talked about why he decided to play College Football for Oregon rather than playing for Utah or BYU.

    He reflects on his experience when he was drafted as the 12th pick in the draft. Baltimore traded up to get him. He had an experience of playing with Ray Lewis. Scott had a story of his interaction with Ray. Haloti was able to win a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. It was one of the biggest accomplishments of his life. That was the Super Bowl that lost power against the San Francisco 49ers.

    Scott asked Haloti if he hates Quarterbacks. He doesn't like them on the field but is fine with them off the field.

    Haloti Ngata is nominated by the Detroit Lions for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Haloti is leading the fan vote by 250,000 votes. He is also up for the Art Rooney Award for being a great example on and off the field. But Haloti is a tough guy on the field and Defensive Tackles gave Scott nightmares.

    When Haloti was a freshman in college, his father passed away. It hit him really hard to the point where he was thinking about quitting football. Then the year he was drafted, his mother passed away from Diabetes. Diabetes does concern him because of his family history and his culture and what they eat. Haloti knows that and opened a gym to help prevent weight gain.

    If Haloti could play for any team in any era, he would play with Reggie White with the Eagles. That is the reason why he wears #92.

    Haloti Ngata mentions giving a donation to John Hopkins Hospital for Diabetes.

    Now it is time for the Gauntlet of Truth. His greatest highlight is breaking Ben Roethlisberger's nose. His biggest regret in life is not knowing how to speak the Tongan language. With all of his experiences in life. What is the one thing he would want to tell his children the most is that he wants his kids to be serviceable and to be a good servant. Other than his wife and parents, the person with the biggest influence in his life is his high school coach Larry Wilson.

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  • May 6, 2020

    Best Of: The NFL Is Not Fair And They Are Finally Getting Help

    Believe it or not there are some really smart Buffalo Bills fans. The NFL has granted some money to a group of mathematicians in order to help them figure out the unfair scheduling in the NFL. The mathematicians were tired of the Bills playing teams after a bye week or Thursday game. The group of researchers said this is one of the most complicated problems they have ever faced.

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  • May 1, 2020

    Best Of: Did Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott get Tired of Winning Super Bowls

    Hall of famer Ronnie Lott joined Scott Mitchell on Helmets Off podcast.

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  • May 1, 2020

    Best Of: Evolution of The NFL The Very First Super Bowl

    How can the very first Super Bowl not be a ground breaking moment in NFL history? The NFL can chalk most of its success up to television. But leading up to this game the New York Giants did something that was considered shady. The AFL and the NFL eventually merged and the rest is history.

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  • May 1, 2020

    Best Of: How Would a Millennial Fix The Super Bowl

    We have Millennial Josh on the show today to talk about how a millennial would fix the Super Bowl. The ratings were down and Josh is here to fix it. He says millennials want a high flying offense. We want Patrick Mahomes. Scott asks Millennial Josh whether or not they care about the Super Bowl commercials.

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  • April 21, 2020

    Best Of: NFL Draft Predictions & Misinformation - Draft By Need Or Quality

    The NFL Draft is upon us. It's a day fans love because it brings faith that their teams might actually improve. Scott talks about all of the misinformation that is flying around because coaches know how to play games by falsifying who they want in the NFL Draft. Kyler Murray is so obviously going to the Cardinals even if John Gruden is trying to sway decisions. Scott give his picks and predictions.

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  • April 21, 2020

    Best Of: A Look Back At Last Year's NFL Draft

    The NFL Draft just happened. Scott is ranking what he thinks were the best moves in the NFL Draft. Some teams seem to always get it right while others seem to always get it wrong. The Pittsburgh Steelers really got it right in the NFL Draft this year, but not as good as the Washington Redskins.

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  • April 21, 2020

    Best Of: Creating the Perfect NFL Quarterback

    We are creating the perfect NFL Quarterback with parts from all of the legendary NFL Quarterbacks. There are four categories: Feet, arm, head and heart. Scott Mitchell, former NFL quarterback, offers great insight into what makes the perfect quarterback.

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  • April 14, 2020

    Best Of: Dave Kreig- Nearly 2 Decades As NFL Quarterback

    In 1980, Dave Kreig tried out for the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Milton College.  Seattle picked him up as their third string quarterback.  Dave immediately started working his way up.  In 1982, he started for Seattle.

    After Seattle, Dave Kreig played for Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, and Tennessee Oilers.

    Helmets Off is hosted by Scott Mitchell.  Scott was a record setting quarterback for the University of Utah.  His NFL career included Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals.

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  • April 8, 2020

    Best of: The Only Thing Better Than Playing In The NFL

    “Zachary Mitchell with the touchdown!”

    Scott Mitchell’s son scored a big touchdown during his high school football game this past weekend. Scott was and is elated. This was Zach’s first varsity football game. He is a junior in high school. Scott has a hard time finding words for his excitement in this heartwarming episode of Helmets Off.

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  • April 1, 2020

    Best of: Travis Pastrana Talks Best, Dumbest Stunts and Red Bull Air Forc

    Travis Pastrana and Luke Aikins, both extreme athletes, came on Helmets Off to talk latest projects, biggest jumps and dumbest stunts. Last night Aikins flew into Salt Lake City over the capitol building to usher in this year's Nitro World Games. Scott asks the duo why they do what they do and when enough is enough. They talk their biggest goals and how their interest is now in helping the next generation of extreme athletes succeed. 

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  • April 1, 2020

    Extreme Athlete Travis Pastrana Talks Best, Dumbest Stunts and Red Bull Air Forc

    Travis Pastrana and Luke Aikins, both extreme athletes, came on Helmets Off to talk latest projects, biggest jumps and dumbest stunts. Last night Aikins flew into Salt Lake City over the capitol building to usher in this year's Nitro World Games. Scott asks the duo why they do what they do and when enough is enough. They talk their biggest goals and how their interest is now in helping the next generation of extreme athletes succeed. 

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  • March 26, 2020

    Mark Eaton- "You Can't Teach Height"

    "You can't teach height".  That's what Utah Jazz coach Frank Layden said when signed an unproven 7ft4inch center named Mark Eaton.

    Mark went on to become an NBA All Star in 1989, and was twice NBA Defensive Player of the Year.  

    His defense paired with Karl Malone and John Stockton's offense made the Utah Jazz one of the great NBA teams.

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  • March 10, 2020

    Favorite Female Athlete, Coronavirus & Sports, Tom Brady Drama

    In honor of International Women’s Day Scott is talking about his favorite women. He starts with his mom and daughters, but then we talk about Scott’s favorite women in sports. His favorite female athlete is a professional golfer because of her quiet confidence. 

    As the threat of a spread of Coronavirus increases many professional and college leagues are preparing for the possibility of playing games with no fans in the stands. Scott talks about what it would actually feel like to play a game with no fans in the stands. 

    Finally, onto our favorite topic of Helmets Off - where will Tom Brady land? It is looking more and more like it will not be with the New England Patriots...and it gets even weirder as Antonio Brown joins the conversation.

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  • February 27, 2020

    NFL Draft, Combine, NCAA Transfer Rule

    Scott Mitchell hated/hates the NFL Combine. He tells his personal story of the NFL Combine. Scott’s problem with the NFL combine is that it is dehumanizing. He also talks about how often scouts just get it wrong. Look at Aaron Rodgers and Lamar Jackson.

    There are lots of great quarterbacks in the NFL Draft this year. Scott predicts and places each quarterback with the team he feels would be ideal for each player. 

    The NCAA is hopefully moving closer to treating student athletes like actual human beings. Scott talks about players not having to sit out for a season if they decide to transfer. 

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  • February 19, 2020

    NBA All-Star Game Is Finally Watchable, Tom Brady Needs To Retire

    How does playing in the All-Star game impact the careers of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell? Scott shares the experience of going to a quarterback's club that changed his career after being around legendary players. 

    Drew Brees announced he is returning to play football and it is likely the Saints are in talks with him but what does that mean for Bree’s backup and BYU great Taysom HIll? Scott shares his thoughts about the future of the Saints, Brees and Hill. 

    Rumor has it that free agent Tom Brady is not leaving to visit teams who may be interested in him, they have to come to him. To that rumor Scott said, “It is time for Tom Brady to retire!!!!”

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  • February 11, 2020

    XFL, Tyler Huntley, NFL Free Agent QBs

    Scott Mitchell brings a special guest to talk about their takeaways of the XFL. Alex Kirry, host of KSL Unrivaled, enjoyed the XFL. Scott and Alex compare the XFL to the failed AAF league. They talk about whether or not they think the league will last and the different rules.

    Mitchell shares a few ideas of some players from local colleges who he thinks should head to XFL immediately before trying their hand at the NFL. 

    There are plenty of big name NFL Quarterbacks who are now NFL Free Agents. We will follow them all through the off-season. Most recently, the San Diego Chargers officially said goodbye to their franchise quarterback, Phillip Rivers.

     

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  • February 6, 2020

    Super Bowl LIV, Pete Rose and Tom Brady

    We have a good lineup today. Scott reflects on how happy he is for Andy Reid. He talks about the qualities that make Andy Reid so amazing.

     

    Pete Rose wants to be reinstated into baseball after the Houston Astros cheating scandal. Scot agrees. 

     

    Tom brady is an unrestricted free agent, where will he end up. Scott offers his prediction. 

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  • January 31, 2020

    Kobe Bryant, Super Bowl LIV & Taysom Hill

    The tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant rocked not only the sports world but the entire world. Scott reflects on the lessons he has learned in evaluating and mourning this tragedy.

    Also, believe it or not, the Super Bowl is this weekend. It seems with all of the tragedy, no one is really excited. Scott gives his predictions for the Super Bowl, per usual. But he makes this conversation more fun by talking about the prop bets. And there are some hilarious ones regarding Andy Reid.

    Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints, thinks former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill will be a starting quarterback in the NFL...soon. Will it be with the Saints? Will he be successful? Is this even realistic? Scott Mitchell answers all of these questions with the lens of former NFL quarterback.

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  • January 22, 2020

    Patrick Mahomes Begins A Dynasty, 49ers Quarterbacks & Aaron Hernandez Doc

    Helmets Off is going to be looking a little different now, but it will allow us to dive deeper and better analyze topics. Scott will now be doing one episode per week, focusing and analyzing three different topics in a longer-form episode. 

    This week we are staring with the NFL Conference Championship games. Scott predicts Patrick Mahomes is the next NFL legend. He breaks down some plays that prove it. Another shocking thing the conference championship games is that the 49ers only threw the ball 7 times! 7 times!! Scott was dumbfounded by that and predicts the Chiefs will beat the 49ers by making Jimmy Garrapollo throw the ball.

    Lastly, Scott watched the new documentary about Aaron Hernandez’s life on Netflix. Scott breaks down the things that surprised him most and the things he learned about the situation that he never knew before.

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  • January 15, 2020

    Winning In The NFL Is A Losing Proposition

    Scott Mitchell, former NFL quarterback, is explaining why it doesn’t pay to win in the NFL. 

    It takes an extreme toll on your body and mind to prepare for each game in the NFL.

    When you really stop and think about it...only one team each year actually wins it all. ALL of these players work so hard, and only one team wins...but that could also be what makes the game great.

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  • December 17, 2019

    Being An NFL Fan Is A Heart-Breaking Experience

    Scott was recently on vacation and had the realization that being a fan of the NFL can be really hard. If your team doesn’t break your heart this season, they will in the next five seasons. When you stop and think about it there is only one fan base per year that doesn’t get their hearts broken. 

    Scott tells a story about the first time he ever went to an NFL game as a fan.

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  • December 3, 2019

    Don’t Bench A Super Bowl Winner With A Limited Skill Quarterback

    The Jacksonville Jaguars benched Nick Foles. Nick Foles who won a Super Bowl is on the bench being replaced by Gardner Minshew. Scott doesn’t fully buy the Minshew Mania. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback, he gets it. He doesn’t agree with benching your Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

    Gardner Minshew is not a long term fix in the NFL, according to Scott

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  • November 21, 2019

    Stevenson Sylvester: Former Ute/Steeler Linebacker Makes Career Out Of Being Good Person

    Stevenson Sylvester was a linebacker at the University of Utah and was drafted by and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills. After his NFL career he moved back to Salt Lake City and began giving back to the community. Philanthropy is his passion. Scott and Sly talk NFL, biggest regrets and best coaches. 

    For more information on Sly's turkey bowl visit athletestrong.org.

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  • November 20, 2019

    "Kaepernick Should Play Football While He Still Can"

    Scott Mitchell knows the pain of no longer being able to play in the NFL. He also knows what it means to have to take a risk in order to stand up for yourself. As a young NFL quarterback, he chose to put his name on a lawsuit that had the potential to get him blackballed from the NFL. Instead, the lawsuit ensured NFL free agents would be treated fairly for years to come. This story is the basis for Mitchell's take on Colin Kaepernick's planned workout for NFL executives and coaches. 

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  • November 15, 2019

    Myles Garrett Should Be Arrested

    On helmets off we are talking about a helmet literally coming off and hitting someone on the head. In last night’s Steelers v. Browns game Myles Garrett hit Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet. Scott Mitchell said that without a doubt, Garrett should be arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. He classifies the incident as workplace violence. If this happened on the street, someone would be arrested.

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  • November 13, 2019

    Scott's NFL Dream

    Scott is asking for your help on this one. He has a dream haunting his sleep about his time in the NFL but the dream has recently changed. This time he went back in time to play for the New England Patriots but Bill Parcels was coach...someone help him.

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  • November 11, 2019

    Good, Better, Worst: The Yin and Yang Of Football

    We are about halfway through the NFL season and this past weekend saw some defining moments for this year’s NFL. Scott tells some personal stories about his defining moments in the NFL before getting into the defining moments that happened during this weekend’s games. We are talking about the Bears, Saints, Lions and Chiefs.

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  • November 4, 2019

    Is Lamar Jackson Better Than Patrick Mahomes?

    We are talking the good, better and worst of the NFL this week. We are halfway through the NFL season and the best thing about that is that more than half of the teams are still in the hunt for the playoffs meaning there are lots of really good teams. There is one reason Scott thinks Lamar Jackson could be better than Patrick Mahomes - his feet. He said a new generation of quarterbacks are changing the NFL.

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  • October 30, 2019

    College Football Polls Are All About Money

    Just when Scott thought he could begin to respect college football polls...this week’s came out and he is scratching his head.Utah is ranked #9. Clemson is a joke, the ACC is the worst Power-5 conference. Scott thinks each conference has two or three good teams. How can you have five teams in the top-10 from one conference? And the fact that Oregon is ranked over Utah? Thanks Nike and Justin Herbert. 

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  • October 28, 2019

    Two Reasons Drew Brees Came Back This Week

    Drew Brees returned as the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints this weekend after he had surgery on his hand. Some people were wondering why he came back so soon especially when his backup was playing well and the Saints are coming up on a bye week. Brees said he’s a football player and just wanted to be back on the field with his teammates. This statement nearly brought tears to Scott’s eyes. He said - hands down - the best thing about playing in the NFL is the relationships you have with your teammates. He misses it so much and explains nothing will ever compare the camaraderie of an NFL team.

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  • October 23, 2019

    Herm Edwards Restores Scott’s Faith In Humanity

    Herm Edwards, aka Reverend Herm, restored Scott’s faith in humanity this weekend when he apologized to head coach of Utah Football Kyle Whittingham for the way his players played during Saturday’s game. There were a lot of cheap shots and unessicarly rough plays made by the Sun Devils against the Utes - including targeting, roughing the passer and unsportsmanlike conduct. 

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  • October 22, 2019

    Sam Darnold Wasn’t Ready To Come Back

    New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was mic’d up during the team’s loss to the New England Patriots. He was caught saying, “I’m seeing ghosts.” His game was awful. The Jet’s offense scored zero points. Darnold has been out with mono over the first games of the season. Scott Mitchell understands EXACTLY what Darnold is talking about. He said Darnold wasn’t ready to come back.

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  • October 21, 2019

    Urban Meyer Wouldn’t Fit In The NFL

    Urban Meyer publicly said he would want to be an NFL head coach...for the Dallas Cowboys. Scott thinks this a perfect example of Meyer manipulating the media. He hopes the fact that he wants to coach in Dallas goes viral enough for Cowboys management to hear it. Scott is of the opinion that Meyer is made for college football. He’s a tyrant and that doesn’t transfer as well to the pros.

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  • October 18, 2019

    THE MADDEN CURSE IS REAL

    Patrick Mahomes went down last night and it looks like he will miss three games after a knee cap dislocation. People and calling it the Madden curse and Scott is one of those people. 

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  • October 14, 2019

    Observations From The Pocket: The NFL Is America’s Best Reality TV Show

    The Dallas Cowboys spurred today’s discussion about the NFL drama. It seemed they were Super Bowl contenders at the beginning of the season but it appears that the wheels have fallen off. Now, everyone is calling for Jason Garrett to be fired...even though they are in first place in their division. It is weird to see the NFC East struggling so mightily. The Minnesota Vikings are also providing NFL fans with plenty of drama lately.

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  • October 4, 2019

    ESPN Sees BYU As Mid-Major or Group Of 5 Team

    An article by ESPN gave a percentage to non-power 5 schools to make a College Football Playoff. A few schools featured were Boise State, UCF and BYU. What makes this article confusing is that they grouped BYU as a group of 5 which is inaccurate. This is a silly, fantasy land article. The only thing correct about this article is that BYU has a tough schedule.

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  • October 2, 2019

    Observations From The Pocket: Interceptions Are Declining. Why?

    Do you know who Paul Krause is? It’s ok if you don’t. Scott will tell you. We are talking about quarterbacks today in our weekly observations from the pocket. An article caught Scott’s eye about the declining interception rate in the NFL, which is surprising because pass attempts have increased dramatically. We talk about those records that are just untouchable...but most are made to be broken.

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  • September 30, 2019

    Jamal Williams' Injury Stirs Up Scary Memories

    Jamal Williams, a former BYU and current Green Bay Packers running back was carted off the field after a pretty serious head injury. There were two instances in that single game where players were carted off the field. Scott talks about how hard it is for a team to move on during a game when one of their own is seriously injured. Scott tells a personal story of a scary moment from his career.

     

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  • September 25, 2019

    NFL Or College Football: Am I Crazy?

    Scott and his producer had an interesting conversation about why some years he can’t stop watching the NFL with absolutely no interest in college football. And other years it is the exact opposite. His producer agreed. It just depends on the year for both of them. They can’t be the only ones who feel that way? Right? Scott tries to figure out why his interest oscillates. He thinks it depends on whether or not his teams have a good team.

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  • September 23, 2019

    Observations From The Pocket: Baker Mayfield Is Overrated & Bye Bye Harbaugh (Maybe)

    Jacob Easson of Washington looks good and will look even better as his season, coached by Chris Petersen, comes to a close. Speaking of college quarterbacks...How does USC’s third guy, Matt Fink, beat #10 Utah and their high caliber defense. Moving onto the NFL. Baker Mayfield is overrated. He can't stay in the pocket. That spurs a conversation about what makes quarterbacks rise to the next level. 

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  • September 18, 2019

    Does Your Team Really Suck? Or Are They Just Working Things Out

    Scott Mitchell, former NFL quarterback, is giving a list of the NFL teams he thinks will work out their growing pains. He is also telling you which teams you should just give up on and wait until next year, or the year after that. Some fans who shouldn’t give up? The Bills, the Bears. Some fans who should give up? The Redskins.  

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  • September 18, 2019

    The NFL Has Always Had Players Demanding Trades - Don't Change It

    Steve Young recently compared the NFL to the NBA with players demanding trades or waivers. Scott agrees, but says this is not new territory. Look at when Steve Young or John Elway got drafted. While Antonio Brown is deplorable for other reasons, requesting trades is the least of it. Scott also wants to ask Steve Young if he has ever played for a bad team...FYI it sucks!

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  • September 16, 2019

    Observations From The Pocket: Injured Quarterbacks Could Lead To Next Tom Brady?

    Ben Rothlisberger, the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers is having season ending elbow surgery while the New Orleans Saints starter Drew Brees is out for weeks with a torn ligament. Scott wonders if this is the beginning of the next Tom Brady. If you remember - Tom Brady only got playing time when Drew Bledsoe got injured. Teddy Bridgewater will go in for Drew Brees. The Steelers situation is a big question mark. Another starter, Eli Manning of the New York Giants may also be getting replaced… but not because of injury.

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  • September 13, 2019

    Soon All College Athletes Will Be Paid

    The state of California has passed a bill that would allow college athletes to make money for their likeness. The bill only needs a signature from the Governor. Scott Mitchell doesn’t always agree with California but he does on this one. This is the beginning of change for the NCAA and for good measure. The NCAA has gotten away with too much for too long. But in all honesty, players are already getting paid and getting perks, just not legally. 

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  • September 9, 2019

    Observations From The Pocket: Calm Down - The First Week Doesn’t Mean Anything

    Here’s what you need to know about the NFL according to a former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell. There can be major adjustments made from week to week unless you are just really bad. So...bad news for the Dolphins. In other quarterback news - Tom Brady still has it and Patrick Mahomes has yet to show any weakness. 

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  • September 9, 2019

    Antonio Brown Should Be Banned From The NFL

    Scott Mitchell, former NFL quarterback, is perplexed by Antonio Brown. Did he actually plan all of this chaos to get to the New England Patriots? The organizational culture with the Pittsburgh Steelers is very similar to the Patriots, Scott explains. Next, he wonders if New England even wants Antonio Brown, because he wouldn’t. Can Bill Belichick be the Wide Receiver whisperer with Antonio Brown? He has been before. 

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  • September 6, 2019

    No One Was Ready To Play In Last Night’s NFL Kickoff

    Last night’s game was a perfect example of the NFL needing to expand its preseason. None of the starting players of the Packers or Bears were ready to play last night. Scott said the players need more time to get in tune with their instincts.

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  • September 4, 2019

    Here’s Who Will Win The Super Bowl...Maybe

    Andrew Luck blew Scott’s Super Bowl prediction. We are picking again. One AFC champion. One NFC champion. And an overall champion. Scott doesn’t think the Rams will get back to the Super Bowl. One of Scott’s picks begins their season on Thursday. He also is not picking the Patriots, admitting he will probably be wrong.

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  • September 3, 2019

    Observations From The Pocket: Zach Wilson No-Show and Aaron Rodgers’ First Game With New Coach

    BYU freshman quarterback threw XXX interceptions in the team’s game against Utah. Zach Wilson didn’t talk to the media in post game press conferences. Scott took notice and has some advice for Wilson. We are so fascinated with quarterbacks here at Helmets Off and most sports fans agree so this year during football season we doing a segment called observations from the pocket. Each week we will look at the most interesting quarterback related topics from the NFL and college football. 

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  • August 27, 2019

    Andrew Luck Shocked The World - Good For Him

    Andrew Luck shocked the world of NFL Football when he announced his retirement. He is young and seemingly healthy but said he needs to take care of himself and get his head right. Scott shares his thoughts and personal experiences to help make sense of this story.

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