Shawn Zobel's Football Headquarters

Shawn Zobel, the former founder of, brings you weekly Minnesota Vikings discussions and interviews with interesting guests from around the world of football -- storytelling, opinions, insider information and more. Shawn cut his teeth in scouting and radio reporting for eight years all over the country, and after a brief hiatus that included time spent working behind the scenes in the NFL (league office, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and NFL Network) and rugby, Shawn is back with this new NFL Insider podcast. Shawn is the founder of Zobel Sports Consulting, a full-service sports management and consulting company with years of experience working in scouting, coaching, and recruiting. He has also worked with the University of Minnesota football team and currently coaches football at Eden Prairie.


Episode 26: Luke Rodgers

Shawn welcomed in Luke Rodgers (@thelukerodgers) for an in-depth chat about the NFL Draft process, thoughts on this year's crop of signal callers, what it was like to be in the green room the night his brother Aaron fell down the draft board to the Packers (plus how Shawn and Luke ended up at the same restaurant that same evening), plus his podcast Sports Related with this brother and former Bachelor constant Jordan. 
00:00:00 2/20/2018

Past Episodes

To sort through the Colts coaching drama and shakeups, Shawn welcomed in Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) of WTHR Indianapolis to chat about Josh McDaniels' 180, the hiring of Frank Reich, the future health of Andrew Luck, and the Colts' plans for the #3 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Plus Darren "Doogie" Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) of The Scoop Podcast called in to talk about the hiring of new Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and the possible pursuit of Kirk Cousins.  
00:00:00 2/14/2018
With the 2018 Winter Olympics upon us, Shawn welcomed in American bobsledder and former NFL player Sam McGuffie to talk about his transition from football and track, to rugby, and eventually to bobsledding and having the opportunity to represent his country in Pyeongchang. Plus Eden Prairie star, 2017 Minnesota Mr. Football, and Rice commit Antonio Montero calls in to discuss his football future.
00:00:00 2/7/2018
With the Super Bowl in town, Shawn has a full slate of guests with insight and info surrounding the big game. First is Andrew Brandt, of The Athletic and The MMQB, to talk about the Super Bowl and business side of the game. Next Allen Trieu from 24/7 Sports stops in to talk about the Sound Mind Sound Body Minnesota Super Showcase going down this weekend. Plus Brandon Lang, sports bettor and inspiration for the Matthew McConaughey & Al Pacino film Two For The Money, swings in to talk about the biggest gambling event of the year.
00:00:00 2/1/2018
Shawn is down in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl taking a look at the next batch of prospects that will be graduating to the NFL. He talks about the players that have impressed at practices this week and his takes on the big name quarterback prospects Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. Plus Shawn breaks down exactly what when wrong for the Minnesota Vikings in the 38-7 NFC Championship Game debacle versus the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday.
00:00:00 1/25/2018
With the Minneapolis Miracle still fresh on everyone's minds, Shawn welcomed in New Orleans Saints tackle Ryan Ramczyk for his reactions to the finish, what it's like facing Everson Griffen, and talk about his path from Winona State to UW-Stevens Point to Wisconsin to being a first round NFL pick. Plus Darren "Doogie" Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) stops in to talk about how he missed being at the Miracle game and his thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles standing in the way of the Vikings Bringing It Home.
00:00:00 1/18/2018
US Bank Stadium is about to be lit for Sunday's Divisional Round matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings. Shawn and Darren "Doogie" Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) preview the clash and suss out the keys to a Vikings victory.
00:00:00 1/11/2018
With the New Orleans Saints heading north to clash with the Minnesota Vikings, Shawn welcomed in Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) of the New Orleans Times Picayune to preview the Divisional Round matchup and talk how this Saints team is 180-degree different than the squad that was dispatched Week 1 at US Bank Stadium. Later Gary Myers (@garymyersNYDN) of the New York Daily News stops in to talk about the latest rumors surrounding the New York Giants and Bill Belichick, plus the future of the signal caller position with Big Blue holding the number two overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
00:00:00 1/9/2018
NFL Draft Season has begun for 20 teams in the NFL. Starting at the top, Shawn welcomes in Cleveland Browns beat writing legend Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) to talk about the latest front office shakeups with the Browns and their plans for the 1st and 4th overall pick in the upcoming draft. Then Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) of The Sporting News and Optimum Scouting swings by to talk about the early storylines surrounding the draft process. Plus Darren "Doogie" Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) stops by to talk about the Minnesota Vikings on the bye week awaiting the results of Wild Card Weekend.
00:00:00 1/4/2018
P.J. Fleck brought in a historic recruiting class for the Minnesota Golden Gophers this year. Part of said historic class joins Shawn today as Cole Kramer (@ctkramer5), all-everything quarterback from Eden Prairie High School, calls in to talk about his recruitment, why he picked the Gophers, and how he sees himself competing at the next level. Plus Darren "Doogie" Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) stops by to talk about the Minnesota Vikings and the upcoming NFC playoffs.
00:00:00 12/27/2017
National Signing Day is in the rearview and Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck came away with a prodigious 2018 recruiting class. The Gopher Report/Rival's Matt Jessen-Howard (@mjessenhoward) joins Shawn to discuss which recruits will make an immediate impact for the Gophers come fall. Plus Benny Sapp III, one of said recruits, stops in to talk about his Eden Prairie High School career, the impact of his father, and the recruitment process that led him to stay in Minnesota.
00:00:00 12/21/2017

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