NFL Playoff Insights from Coach John Beam of Last Chance U


It’s one of the most exciting times of the year in sports, meaning it’s the perfect time to check in with pro sports gambler Bill Krackomberger and self-proclaimed action junkie Jon Orlando.

This week on the show, the guys welcome legendary Coach John Beam who was featured on the hit Netflix show Last Chance U.

Huge NFL Divisional Weekend

This was one of the best divisional weekends in NFL history. Period. We’ve also had some of the best games we’ve seen with the Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills going into an absolute gunfight in the final two minutes that was finally decided in a highly contested overtime.

It was all smiles on Wise Kracks this week as the guys look back at that, and forward at the Conference Championships to come.

“This was a great weekend,” said Bill.
“Was it not a great weekend of football?” said Coach John Beam.

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John Beam Shares NFL Insights, Life Lessons

We’re so excited to welcome Coach John Beam to the show. With the NFL Playoffs coming down to the wire it’s a fantastic time to have someone on the show with so much football knowledge and experience, not to mention a truly inspiring story.

Beam is a Hall of Fame coach who has been coaching for over 40 years. At Skyline High School, he won 15 league championships, 11 section championships, and four undefeated seasons. He became Laney College’s head coach in 2012, and he and his Eagles are featured on Season 5 of the smash Netflix Show, Last Chance U.

John discussed his efforts to get his players prepared both athletically and academically.

“We take kids that weren’t even going to get a sniff at Division 1,” explained Coach Beam.

Coach Beam talks about the rewarding nature of what he does and how he is fulfilled by seeing his athletes succeed on and off the field.

In this far-ranging interview, Coach Beam also shows a lot of support for Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s been getting a great deal of negative media attention lately.

“The guys win games, at the end of the day, isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?” stated Coach Beam.

The media will keep talking about the 49ers needing to replace Jimmy, but he’s continuously gone on to be successful and win games. His stats may not reflect a top-tier quarterback, but he continuously gets the desired result, which is a win.

Coach beam was in agreement with Jon and Bill that the NFL desperately needs to change its overtime rules.

“I think the Rules Committee needs to look at it and, in the playoffs, both teams should have an opportunity,” stated Coach Beam when talking about the NFL’s overtime rules.

Bills Should Have Squib Kicked

Monday-morning quarterbacks around the country came out this week to point a out a big mistake by the Bills.

With 13 seconds left, the kickoff by the Bills ended up being a touchback with no time being taken off the clock. Many argue that a squib kick could have taken a large portion of time off the clock. With 13 seconds left, the Chiefs could walk down the field in two plays and get into field goal range using their final timeout.

It may have been a critical error by the Bills to waste that opportunity to take more time off the clock.

Tony Romo was also very critical of the Bills’ decision to rush for defenders rather than only rushing three on the final play leading up to that field goal. Krack was very interested in hearing what our guest coach John Beam from the last season of Last Chance, had to say about this.

“They’ve already thought it out,” said Coach Beam when talking about the kickoff play call. Beam explained that NFL teams have such a robust coaching and analytics staff, every possible play has been studied, practiced and is done intentionally.

We will never know if kicking a squib would have changed the game’s outcome. However, everyone agrees that the NFL overtime rules need to be adjusted to allow each team to have the ball as winners are often decided by a simple coin toss.

MLB Hall of Fame Voting

Jon and Bill were very disappointed by the MLB’s Hall of Fame voting results this week and talked it through on the show.
Barry Sanders and Roger Clemens were both snubbed for their final year of eligibility to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The snub is a result of both of those players’ careers being tainted by the use of steroids.

“If they make an exemption in the voting for those two, they need to make one for Pete Rose,” said Bill.

Many people are split on this choice, and no exemption will likely be made you get these to put into the Hall of Fame anyway.

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