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Standig Room Only: A show about the Washington Commanders and D.C. sports

Each week The Athletic's Ben Standig brings you the latest stories surrounding the Washington Commanders and other sports around the D.C. area.

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Recent Episodes of Standig Room Only: A show about the Washington Commanders and D.C. sports


Commanders' fantasy reality

Commanders' fantasy reality

The Athletic's Ben Standig is back from Vegas and talking about Commanders football, real and fantasy:

*Why Washington hired former Panthers GM Scott Fitterer (3:20)

*There's a market survey in the field asking (me and others) about where the new stadium should go and team name options (6:30)

*Fantasy Football legend John Hansen joins Ben to chat about Washington's 2024 season, the fantasy draft day plan for Jayden Daniels and the Commanders' other playmakers. Plus, fantasy studs, sleepers, and roster-building strategies. (24:10

*Lastly, Ben shares his impressions from NBA Summer League on the Wizards three...

Episode 18 July 2024 1h, 29m and 46s


Brian Mitchell

Brian Mitchell

The Athletic's Ben Standig is back talking Commanders with Brian Mitchell (106.7 The Fan). Who better to discuss the NFL's new kick return rules and how Washington can attack the changes than arguably the greatest kick returner in league history? The guys also share thoughts on those spring practices, the new organizational vibes, Austin Ekeler's usage, the most interesting position group, and Doug Williams rejoining the front office.

Episode 11 July 2024 36m and 31s


On the defensive

On the defensive

The Athletic's Ben Standig is back to break down the Commanders' defense. In part two of his chat with film analyst Mark Bullock, the guys discuss the unit's potential growth under the new coaching staff and how the scheme aids Emmanuel Forbes. Which defensive backs play the most? Edge rusher options. Johnny Newton. More. ICYMI, Ben and Mark talked all about the offense in part one.

Episode 1 July 2024 37m and 12s


Commanders embracing analytics

Commanders embracing analytics

The Athletic's Ben Standig is talking about the Commanders and analytics with ESPN's Seth Walder -- and fresh changes made in the department. Ben opens with a reaction to Eugene Shen's departure after only eight months as SVP of Football Strategy, Doug Williams rejoining the front office, and other moves announced on Tuesday. Then Seth enters with a look at Shen/the analytics group, the Commanders' transactional offseason, Jayden Daniels, if Washington made the proper choice with Montez Sweat, and why the receivers struggled to get open last season.

Episode 25 June 2024 34m and 25s


Commanders' offense analysis: Jayden Daniels

Commanders' offense analysis: Jayden Daniels

The Athletic's Ben Standig is back for a deep dive on the Commanders roster with film analyst Mark Bullock. Part one focuses on the offense. The best of Jayden Daniels and the sacks discussion. Puncher's chance at left tackle with Cornelius Lucas and Brandon Coleman? Ben Sinnott's versatility. WR room depth. The backfield roles. Chris Rodriguez fit. More.

Episode 24 June 2024 1h, 3m and 1s


Minicamp review: How the defensive pieces fit together

Minicamp review: How the defensive pieces fit together

The Athletic's Ben Standig is here with more on the Commanders' minicamp and offseason practices. After talking about all things offense in the prior episode, part two dives into the defense with Mitch Tischler (Monumental Sports). Who sticks on the defensive line? Is Jamin Davis a linebacker or edge rusher -- and on the roster bubble? Jeremy Chinn's versatility means what for the safeties and back-7? Also, what we learned from Washington's behind-the-scenes of the NFL draft video.

Episode 17 June 2024 36m and 6s


What we learned from Commanders minicamp

What we learned from Commanders minicamp

The Athletic's Ben Standig is here talking about Jayden Daniels and the Commanders' three-day minicamp with Mitch Tischler (Monumental Sports). In part one, the position-by-position review focuses on the offense, starting with Daniels' maturity, mile markers, and the quarterback "competition." Curiosity with running back usage on offense and special teams. Are Dyami Brown and Cole Turner ready to push beyond being summertime teases? What do the guys like about the line and thoughts on the tackle options?

Episode 13 June 2024 1h, 6m and 49s


Joe House talking Commanders (and some Wizards)

Joe House talking Commanders (and some Wizards)

The Athletic's Ben Standig is here talking about the Commanders with some basketball mixed in. There is no better guest for that combo than Joe House (The Ringer). Ben opens with a commentary on the biggest disconnect with the Caitlin Clark debates via Washington and Jayden Daniels's arrival (2:20). Then Ben and Joe chat about the positive vibes around the Commanders (27:55). 2024 hopes through the prism of the Vegas win total line. Singing from the same song sheet. Josh Harris making moves. Gonna go to home games or wait for new digs. Then, thoughts on the state of the Wizards with...

Episode 10 June 2024 1h, 6m and 47s


Pump up the Volume

Pump up the Volume

The Athletic' Ben Standig discussed a chatty but focused Washington Commanders OTA practice with Nicki Jhabvala (Washington Post). Coordinator Joe Whitt's passion and energy had the defense taking center stage on the field and at the podium. What Whitt chose to say about his schematic and lineup plans. Ben and Nicki also banter about why digging up the old-school practice field artificial turf is much more than about appearances, Jayden Daniels' development, and Dan Quinn's comments on releasing Brandon McManus. Ben also talks about the LB room.

Episode 6 June 2024 41m and 45s


Help wanted: Kicker needed

Help wanted: Kicker needed

The Athletic's Ben Standig is here talking Washington Commanders with Entertainment Weekly's Editorial director -- and lifelong fan -- dalton Ross. Ben opens with a breakdown of Washington's kicker situation now that the organization has released Brandon McManus. Then Dalton enters for a wide-ranging chat. The franchise overhaul, 2024 patience, Jayden Daniels, Jahan Dotson, RFK nostalgia, how they deal with negative reader comments, team name and more.

Episode 3 June 2024 1h, 12m and 58s

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