Huddle Up with Gus
Huddle Up with Gus

Episode 165 · 2 months ago

Huddle Up With Gus: Dan Manucci

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Gus Talks with fellow former quarterback Dan Manucci.

Welcome to what Sureley will be a doozy of a matchup. Brian here. Sports Fans, whether your game is on the Gridiron, at the diamond or on the links, we can only say get up off your seats and get ready for some real action. Welcome to this week's huddle up with Gus. Fifteen year NFL quarterback Gus Barratt. Passion for sports has taken him on the field and behind the benches. Playing for seven NFL franchises, with on tds under his belt, Gust knows who the players are and how the Games are won. If not every day you get to hang out with an NFL quarterback. Up. Okay, sports fans, from the decked out and plush sixteen thirty one digital studios, it's kickoff time, so snap your Chin straps on and get ready to huddle up with Gus. Hey everyone, welcome to another episode of Huddle up with Gus. I'm your host, fifteen year NFL quarterback Gus Frott, and I want to welcome to you to our show today. I've been on hiatus for a little bit. been busy doing other things and I want to tell you a little bit about that. So, Um, I've taken a little break from getting some guests on. I finally got another guest on today, so I'm really excited to talk to him. Fellow fellow gun slinger, so we're gonna have some good stories about all that. But uh, you know, what I really want to say is that, you know, I've been working on a new network with the NFL alumni. It's called NFL alumni ventures podcasts, and what we're doing is we're bringing former players on and it's all unfiltered. We're not telling anybody what to say. They're doing their own shows and we're having team shows. For example, we have a great uh, former player has his own show called get, get authentic with Marcus. So Marcus Ogden has an incredible show, Um, and he's been recording like crazy. So you can check us out at NFL A v PODCAST DOT COM if you want to go to our landing page and check us out. We're new, we're fun and I can't wait to see it. In our latest show, the next one upcoming is gonna be in the dog pound. So we got five old UH, well, they'd be upset if I said old, but we've got five guys who played for the Browns, Hanford Dixon, who actually coined the term dog pound, Leroy Horde, Eric Metcalf, Mike Tom Zack and frank stamps. They're doing a dog pound show this year. So look for that unfiltered show. It's gonna be a lot of fun. And we've got more of those upcoming Stars and Stripes with Ken Anderson and Anthony Monos and Jim breach. So we're gonna have a ton of those shows coming up. So check us out at NFL A v PODCAST DOT COM. All right, so I want to get to my guest today. I appreciate all of you listen, but my guest today, uh, he's been a host on rock and the minutes show for many, many years, as he was telling me before this, for eighteen years, over a decade. Um. Uh, they obviously talk sports. They're working with Fox sports now and he also does a lot of shows with the cardinals. He does different things with high school, with the Rattlers, uh, you name it. He's Mr Arizona, except he doesn't want to be out in that hundred twenty degree weather. So joining me today is Damon Nucci. How you doing, Dan August? I'm doing great. Thanks for having. Now, let me get this paraphrase with this weather thing. Just because it's a hundred fifteen, it's a dry heat. Okay. If we got a fifteen to twenty when we got a wind child about a hundred ten, okay, so we're good. You know, we can. We can handle that dry heat with a nice little breeze. Uh, if it gets down to a hundred five, it's Daniear sweater weather around here this time of year. So I think we're we're gonna just stay hydrated. Well, you know, at night it does get pretty cold comparatively. Right to the daytime, I would say, yeah, it'll. It'll cool down to a cool ninety five degree. Yeah, that's definitely sweater. Well, you can got the windows open, set the A C down. Yeah, that's the one thing about Arizona is that we get those hundred twelve, hundred, hundred sixteen degree days. It won't cool down. The last couple of years we've had a few UH, record...

...lows. Gonna be record highs as lows, if that makes sense, five to ninety five degrees. So you just deal with it. You know, you can get your workouts in the morning or late at night, and I'm very fortunate when I trained my quarterbacks, at least on Sunday afternoons from two thirty seven thirty at night, I'm indoors at at bellbank Park Out in East Mesa, in the performance center which Dan O'Brien, which you're aware of, run step performance. So I'm in the I'm in the A C. So you know, Russ Gust, you and I. It's we get a little older, we gotta we need a little blow once in a while. So don't mind that at all. Yeah, no, I agree with you, like, uh, the indoor stuff is where I'm meant to be for training kids right because here in Pittsburgh, when the kids can train, they're usually playing other sports or it's snow in or it's raining. So you've gotta have an indoor facility to get that good work in. And I understand what you're saying. But, like, we've had storms two days in a row now. It's like crazy, the humidity, the humidities like today and it's like ninety degrees out. So you know, it's all. It's all relative to where you live and it's still smoking hot. So you know, these these kids don't realize you, you and I, I always said, we'll just think, O K, it's a hundred twelve out strive. You got two days coming up to get your morning practice, you get your four o'clock Flab ocock and I said so, you know, we worked hard and I said enjoy it while you can, because I would rather, guess, have a hundred fifteen dry heat. Then you're ninety and ninety. Trust me. You know, going to school case Staton Buffalo, we really didn't have that kind of weather like you guys do in Pittsburgh and back in D C, that when you were playing there. But try I take the heat over the dry heat versus what you guys are going with that. That is just that's miserable stuff there. Yeah, you know, there's two probably the hottest places I played. One was when I was in college at Tulsa. I mean we used to do our two days across from this place called Bama Pie. They made those little pies like Jerry, you know, apple, all those things, and they had this thermometer on the side of the building and it always was over three digits for two days in Tulsa and it was miserable. And any other place was when I played for the dolphins one year. Oh that was you're in shape. You're in really good shape. I mean you're sweating walking out the facility, you're sweating walking out to your car, no matter where you where, you were sweating and it was it was crazy there. But it's a great home field advantage because those teams, we played Denver my year in two thousand five we played Denver and they came from that high altitude, very dry weather. They were cramping up all over the field. So we had a good shot of piece that because when people would come to buffalo, like the rams or the raiders late the year, you know, it's maybe kickoff, winds blowing and they didn't want to be out there. And here we are, we're acclimated. But what you just said, going from Buffalo to Miami end of November, earlier Sember, where it's been fifteen to twenty five, and in those days we have any indoor facilities. You had to practice outdoors. No problem. We go down there, it's eight, eight five and the sun's beating on you. It's the opposite. We were hell, we were wearing out. You know, halfway through the game, going damn, it's hot in here. It is early December and they're doing just doing just great. So, yeah, that that Miami and Tampa Bay Sun Beats on a little bit late the year. If you're not used to it, it'll catch up to you. Oh yeah, it's vice versa two. Right, those guys come up to buffalo and and there's a foot of snow in the ground there and they're not enjoying that at all. Um, those hands, those hands don't seem to outstretch US far for the balls in that kind of weather. I get it, all right. So let's go. You grew up, you went to McClintock high school. Yeah, so you know, obviously I had a great career there and then you were able to get a scholarship to go to Kansas. Walk us through, like when you were young, like how you fell in love with sports. Was it? Did you have somebody that was around you all the time, or did...

...you have h somebody like uh, that you watched on TV? That said, I want to be like that. Everybody has a different story. So so kind of start up. Start us off how you fell in love with sports? I grew up in the in the mid sixties, watching football, baffootball, baseball as well too. I'm screaming. So growing up in that air. My Dad was a former picture quarterback, so we always had a ball around the house. We got in the backyard throw it. But I came up watching that era of watching the Bart stars, that Johnny use, Joe Namath, Roman Gabriel and that group of guys, Mid Lake sixties into the early seventies, and I was probably my dad said, you're one of those kids that would sit there and watch a whole football game. Um, I watched some baseball, but football. was intrigued to watch these guys and the guy that got my attention was probably Joe namath comes on the scene. The white shoes, Helly threw the ball fifties, sixties, seventy yards, throwing the ball down the field with the with the old NFL. So you, and knows, as you watch CBS, watch NFL, watching Gabriel, embarked star, and then you go to the go to NBC and watch hell. You'd Watch Joe, Nameeth, John Hadel, Lenny Dawson, Darryl lamonica throwing the ball down the field. I'm like wow, that ball is going more in ten yards. And then the way Joe did it with this his mechanics and his flip. I just went it just was so neat to see a guy with that cool, you know, flipping him pads back and since we're from Pennsylvania, we moved out from Erie when I was like three years old. So that here's this Pennsylvania guy, this johnny you guy, this Joe Nameeth Guy, and then to watch them. And then, as the things got older, Terry Bradshaw came on the scene, Roger Stauback came on the scene, Um, a lot of those guys started coming on the scene, win at all, number twelve, as you can relate to, and I was just like wow. So they influenced me even to want to read about them. You know, I had a strong arm. I was blessed with a real strong arm. I could pitch and throw. So I would in those days, you know, we didn't have any film or anything. I just would read newspaper articles. My Dad go get magazines. How did they become the kind of quarterbacks they are? Where did they do? And one of the greatest books as far as mechanics that I read was the book a matter of style by Joe Naman, and Joe talked about his plights that should about ten pages of illustrations of mechanics, but work follow through all that. So that just kind of helped me. And as I got into UH, junior high Paro Kial School Leagues Played Flag Football. I didn't play tackle with US until my freshman year high school. I was always too light. Yeah, this is incredibly strong arm, but pop warner and the boys and Girls Cup would not allow you to play because of my weight. Was this is too light. So I got to high school. I played with two teams. A hundred thirty pounds and above a hundred thirty below. Thank God I played a hundred thirty below that I could actually play and develop as a smaller guy. And then, as you have to be J V, I grew and Varsity I grew and could throw the ball and I got bigger, stronger faster. But I always tell people if your young kids Um want to play, develop them at a young age, they'll eventually grow. And wouldn't you know that probably of those guys on the peewee team are freshman year were the guys on Varsity our senior year that developed and grew. We had a really good team and playing under a guy named Karl Keifer, one of the greatest coaches in all of America, one of the greatest in Arizona. His influence on me, I'm being disciplined, consistent, um consistent, consistent and being that guy and understanding your responsibility, accountability as a quarterback, only a football player, helped me immensely and you know, you and I know the old saying is, well, hate me now love me later. As years went on, you know, we saw I sometimes, but as tough and...

...hard as he was on us as quarterbacks. I really appreciate that because that took me the amazing community for two years, Kansas State and eventually getting drafted by the bills and played pro ball for seven years. Those early influences us an early development and early disciplines. I think that we're forced on me to either you get it or you get out. Really helped me as a quarterback to understand, okay, if I'm going to play this position at a young age and learn all that. I carried that through college in my pro life. That's kind of like you know, I didn't. I was kind of one of those late bloomers and throw for a lot of yards, had the talent, had the ability and just was patient all the way through and eventually, my senior year case statle in the big eight in passing and scouts. As you know. I tell young and look as far as recruiting, if you get to that level, to pro level, don't worry about it. Just go out and play your butt off, work hard. You never know who's watching, because you can eventually chase your dreams and get there. Don't get frustrated. I mean we all got that sad story right that we could have just quit, but you get up. I always gonna used to say if you get sacked, you gotta get up call the next play. But I also say, but understand why did you get sacked before you call the next play, so you don't keep that mistake going and you learn and you not that you don't go through training or go through give it. You have to grow through training and through a grame as a quarterback, as you and I very know that. If you don't get hit that piece of it Um, you'll get left behind. Now also tell these young men, and for me I learned Um, don't look, don't look back. I understand what you did, because if you look back all the time you'll stumble on what's in front of so there's gonna be more hurdles and challenges in front of you. Understand how to get through those hurdles and challenges as you moved down the road, learn your mistakes, move forward and handle it that way. So that's a really good basis of reading about all these successful quarterbacks. Growing up having great coaching with Carl Kieffer, great coach Alan Benedict as my quarterback coach, and Mesa, and then having a guy like Jim Donn and, thank God, my seniorear case state. You know all he's coach. He's a hall of fame coach. Now he was my offensive quarter a quarterback coach. Um, he ventured on a Marshall and Georgia and now it's a football hall of fame coach. He taught me so much about the mental piece of the game, film, study, all the above. But the other thing he else that taught me gus is not only how to throw a ball but how to pass of all. And so it's when you get those that stuff down. I'm just I thank the good Lord of today for all the people and trials and tribulations I put in front of me to be able to learn and grow and become the quarterback that I was and now to pass those same principles down to the young men that I trained. Yeah, Hey, everyone, you listen to huddle with Gus, appreciate you listening. We are talking with Danna Nuchin from at the Rock and minutes show out in Arizona where they have a nice, cool, breezy day every day in Arizona compared to us here in Pittsburgh. But yeah, Dan, you know, there's so many things that you just talked about that I want to hit on because kids, it's different today right than when we grew up. You know I mean I can remember watching film, like my coach would bring an eight millimeter film to watch from when he played right, and kids understand. Like I put together a VHS tape to send for recruiting and we had no idea what we did, how to do it right. We just had two VHS players, one recorded, one played, and then you just put different plays from and our film was terrible. You know what I mean? Like my dad was filming this stuff, so you know it was terrible. So how do you relate everything that that you learned? How you learned it? Because it is a different way to right. These kids are different, right. I mean, if...

...you think about it, you're training kids on how to be like things that you've learned as a professional. When I mean for me, I ran the wing tea in high school. You know what I mean, like I threw it forty times my whole career. So then when I talk to kids, I say it doesn't matter where you came from, if you have talent, you have ability and you work hard, they will find you. Yeah, I think that. I say the same thing to gus. It's like, look, if you've got the talent, ability, exause me, they will find it, they will see you. Classic case of that I'm I'm at Mixed Committee College my Sophomore Year and Don Baki was a recruited coordinator for Kansas State. He's there watching, uh, three of our receivers, three of our defensive Aligneman, and he's looking at the guys at Phoenix College and M CC. I'm not on his raider. He doesn't know Damn NUCCI is. So I'm out there throwing, you know, the five, the five plants backside, fourteen yard out on a rope. I'm in and out there seventy yards I'm deeper out some throwing the dig Um. Five hits, five plant and he's out there watching warmups. And I come to tell my guys a lot of recruiters, and you know this, watch warm ups, they might watch some of the game. They know who you are. But he said, he goes damn, he says, I recruited you watching you warm up. I said really, I said wow, because you hit that on a twelve to fifteen yard post. You hit five step plant out, you did hitch your plant. You you crushed it in there. He laid it out there. He said you made every throw that I needed to see. And then the game was the bonus, and I tell people that story all the time. He said you've got feet, you've got good feet, you throw the ball, ball, blah, blah, blah. And I went damn, just from watching warm ups and then the Games of bonus, because I was like, we didn't throw the ball a lot in Miss Community, nor did we get Kansas State. But but to that point, I tell you guys, if you don't have your mechanics, your mind right and your consistency is right all the time, every day, all day, then you just never know who's gonna show up for practice, or who's in the parking lot watching you from a distance so they don't know you're there. They want to see how you are without them knowing you're there. I had no idea Don Baki was there. He comes out to me out of the game says, Damn New Chum, Don Baki recreated Coordinat Kansus state. Man, you really filled the ball well. Blah, Blah Blah. Would you might? Would you think you want to come visit Kansas State? I couldn't say yes fast enough. Guys, are you kidding me? I mean I had had letters from University Wisconsin, stout smu in those days, I think set letters to everybody, because they the wink wink to do in those days. Um and so I was like yeah, and so New Mexico state and case state were on me. So I get on campus at case state and I you know, with the enthusiasm of the Midwest, as you know, Tulsa just the family and then in those days big eight football. Hell, every weekend I'm watching Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma state on and ongoing. Wow. But to your point, if you don't get all this, the mechanics down in your mind and your game right. Don't worry about it, they'll find you. So, whether it's any I A or FBS or FCS, and if you've got good grades. I emphasize that there's a place for you to go play. As far as the recruiting were almost concerned, yeah, I think it's. It's that's true, because I definitely didn't have the mechanics. I learned a lot, you know, in my freshman year at Tulsa and how to throw the football and and, like you said, five hit and throw, because that wasn't part of the wing t offense. Right wing T was very like structured. As far as I'M gonna open up to the right, you knownna take two steps, I'm gonna fake to the tailback and I gotta run the Waggle. Well, you know what I mean. There was just that was kind of it every time, like very kind of like, uh,...

...you know, fooling the defense, like where the balls going, kind of like an option is but but you're right, like the kids today, I need to understand that it's okay too. I mean, yeah, you don't want somebody to fail. No, but it's okay because you're growing, you're gonna get there. Just keep working hard and parents, they think they're kids at ninth grade are gonna be Joe Montana. And now and then that's it's not the kids usually. That I felt like I had to deal with right, right, because I coached high school for for a few years and you know, it wasn't that. It's never the kids. The kids want to do the right thing and work hard. Yeah, it's it's mom and dad usually. Yeah, all right, you know what, I agree that. And and then when they start training with me, we all have an understanding and and here's kind of a deal. And if I get the helicopter mom, a helicopter dad, Um, it's like, Hey, relax, I've got this. You know, you can have them when you get home. The only thing I asked for is that they have the consistency that I ruing in the field they do at home too, because I'm a you know, I'm a disciplined guy. We're gonna do it right. You know, I'm gonna Love You, I'm gonna Discipline You, I'm gonna do all that because this is the way you need to do it if you want to play this position, because because you and I know, if it was easy there'll be ninety of them out there practice and I'll go five to six at a group, probably no more than ten, because I just I want my hands on them. But I want them to understand that you gotta work Um. Physical mistakes are gonna Happen, but what they what I try to emphasize is you've got to be mentally dialed in that you can't make two, three, four mental mistakes a practice or even out there at our quarterback training, because coaches got to be able to trust you. I'M gonna be able to give you a play. You've got to digest in your mind and deliver it. Now, if you screw up physically, that's gonna Happen, but if you do it mentally and continue mentally, I trust you to play this position because I need you dialed in. I need you. I'd rather have a guy that's got a hundred dollar arm, a hundred dollar brain and a ten dollar arm then the guy's got a hundred dollar arm and a ten dollar brain. Does that make sense? A lot of guys away that there's there's been quite a few of those guys come through the NFL. You know what's funny? And I tell guys that's the guys I you know, I was just consistent. I knew my playbook. I knew I knew the defense is. There'd be guys that could fling it through a car wash and not get wet, right, but they just they couldn't get that metal piece. They could recognize cover two versus man, versus this versus that, and they wouldn't they would wait till the guy would break. They wouldn't anticipate. You know, you, you've seen those guys. They got you know, they could crush it, but they just they weren't coachable. I got this arm although no, for me it goes back to what you said about okay, the game is a bonus, but for me is I've seen a lot of guys do seven on seven right. Come into the NFL. I played fifteen years. We watch a lot of people come through the door seven on seven, some of the team where in practice they do okay, but then when the real ship hits a fan. Yeah, that's the bonus period that you're talking about and that's where you're gonna find out if this guy is what he says he is, because does his MC Doo? His mechanics stay intact? Does he do the same things he did when he was relaxed, you know what I mean. Like when you see the great ones, that doesn't change, and when you see the guys that you wonder why he was in the League for a year. They were just for training camp because they had those things happened to him. They had mental airs. UH, they couldn't handle the pressure. Um. And so there there is that, that bonus period. I like how you put that, because that bonus period is very important for people who are coaches well. And and what I do at the end of our our practice...

...us as gus as, I do what we call rapid fire. So it's a combination of getting their cardio up, having to make a throw, being their grill. And we'll do ten to fifteen, twenty throws in all light, all five of them up. Guy Pops up, three hitch out spread out of their next trap. Pop Um. We just gets kind of a they go, go, go, go. And and the other key is I I got two or three receivers standing down there. I'll tell them to the right, middle, left, pop, Bang, Eskay, pop up. So they get their heart rate up. Also they gotta make a throw, but also they're compete with the other quarterbacks, because I always say you don't want to be that guy. Don't be that guy, because if you screw up, we're gonna start over with the other guys. So now I'm putting direct pressure on them to have to perform while their heart rates up, and then they've got, I'm in their grill. So they got a lot of stuff coming at them that they're gonna get in the game. To your point of you think it's Huckey Dory out here. Okay, let's take the Floatyes, off going to deep bin and you gotta get to here, here and here, and then if you don't make it, guess what, we to start again. So there's that competitive edge. Like I don't want to be that guy. I want to make every throw. And they're they're gas, they're freaking gas by the time we get done, and I'm like, y'all, good, yeah, I try to take a blow. Twenty second I do it again, like damn coaches. So okay, what have you gotta go over time? What have you got to do? Two minute drill? What are you gotta do this? And then you start to realize what the real world you and I went through with that mental anguish, with that exhaustion, and now you've gotta make a throw. Yeah, it's fourth and five. We gotta get filgy. You gotta make the next stow and you're freaking toast. Let's do it. You have out. So what are you gonna do? I said, you think that coach is gonna Replace Your Butt? Since you've been in the whole game? Forget it. I said tag your hit, you started, you finished it. So there's that little mind minutia or or stuff. I'll throw it then or I'll give them, when they're gassed, different things that they've got to do, that they got to think before they throw under pressure, under exhaustion, and those are things you and I know, real life game stuff without actually playing a game. That I put them through. That's probably different than a lot of guys and just showing up and yeah, we're gonna work on throwing over the bar or whatever. No, WE'RE gonna do game type training. So it's not foreign to you when you get into a game, and I think what you and I learned is how to be comfortable in the uncomfortable situations and and have it under control. Take it de Breath, I got it. I'm not freaking gas, I don't need oxygen. I got it, because those guys are looking at you to make the play because they're just as gas as you are. Talked to offensive alignment about you think you're tired. I gotta protect you, but I'm sliding, I'm pulling, we're doing waggles, we're doing booths. Yeah, I got. I got a guy hit me in the face every play. Yeah, what. So what is your site? Where we're working? People find you to that want to work with you, because I'm assuming and you do online, in virtual as well. If you want to get my twitter side, is that QB manuch? Is that QB M A N U C H um? You can also feel free to email me Um at Dan Manucci would be Dan Manucci at Gmail dot com, Dan Manucci at Gmail dot com, or that's the best way, at Qb Manuchi and Dan MANUCCI GMAIL DOT com. You can also text me, um email me and I'll get back to you and you'll see if you go to my in my facebook, go to Dan Manuci on facebook, you'll see a lot of the quarterbacks I trained, a lot of guys like I've got brock purty. I'm getting him ready for San Francisco. For you diners, Mr Irrelevant himself since, Oh Gosh, tenth grade. Tyler Shucks, who starts at Georgia, at Texas Tech. I'm in training hips in seventh grade. Chubba purdy, who's in Nebraska, and AFHIMSON's eighth grade. Interesting Story About Cheba. Chevin would come out brock and Brock's UH, two years older. He's this phenomenal athlete.

He didn't want to be out there quarterback in but chuffle would be honest grill, I mean his group. Now he's this top Notch d one kid that's out there. Ty Thompson's an Oregon. I've had him since like sixth grade. Um. So there's a lot of guys you know. Dalton Sneed, he's gonna playing with great story. He's not playing with the suit falls indoor football league after he got cut by Winnipeg blue bombers. Love the game, so he's gonna go that route, which is great. And I've had, you know, quite a few guys you know like that. And bryce Perkins, WHO's the third string quarterback with the rams. I've had him since us, since ninth grade. So you'll see a lot of those guys on my twitter page or going to my facebook page. Damn the NEUCCI can also just message me, foller me and I'll get back to you. But my passion Gus. I love working with this young man. My goals and get them to the next level. And I trained them. I don't train them at this level. I want to train them to you gotta Wean them up right. You gotta, you gotta, you know, you gotta get him to crawl, walk, spread to where they understand what it takes to get to you. And I know what's on the other side of the mountain top. You're not both into the mountaintop. So we know what takes to get there, but we also it's on the other side to to be able to sustain that get there. And I remember brock comes home now and he'll be home a couple more times before it goes back to San Frand and he says, coach, all the drills we've been doing for so many years, especially that last year I told you about. He's playing Oklahoma, he's playing in Texas and he's freaking gas. He's got something to rely on to bring it in order to make plays. Tyler shut the same way, Ty Thompson tells me. But all the guys come home and said there's any particular mental aspect that gets them through its theast particular Joe's. We did because that's what you and I had to go through or grow through in order to get them to maintain that level during a game. So those are the three side off site for our radio show. Just go to at Rock, R O C and N H and, uh everyone. So while mixing a decent thought, you know. Well, we reintain you, guys, one way or the other. Or you also go to at Um, Fox sports nine, ten is also another site when we go to. Yeah, no, that's awesome. Hey, everyone, thanks for listening to all guess we appreciate you listen. Go to your wherever you listen to your podcast, or you can go to huddle up with GUS DOT COM. We're talking with Dam Manuch MANUCCI. Uh, you know, I don't know. You probably got a ton of nicknames. So, speaking of that, Um, when you got into the NFL, the NFL, obviously there's always great locker room stories. There's always great things that happened in the locker room that people want to know. So tell me one of your favorite locker room stories, whether it was that the NFL or the USFL. I know you were in the CFL too, so you've got a ton of good stories. Tell me a great story from the Locker Room. Um that you can, and I think we should. You know when we when we acquired Conrad Dobler with my second year. They're bearing in Buffalo. I just you know what you're backing up Joe Ferguson in those days and just some of the stuff that would happen in the locker rooms. So before he gave Conrad had this stuff called D MSO in those years was only used by horses, for horses herself, his ankles, his knees, shoulder whatever. So I'll never forget this. So we're sitting there in the locker room and so, Connie, as you know it speed was very prevalent in those days. Guys would use a lot of speed and this and that. So all of a sudden we're sitting I don't know if it would halfway through the year. We're gonna take on the steelers and rams and it's a big times in Buffalo. This is a game that's can help put us establish ourselves as far as we're in the the A F C East. So all of a sudden we come back and after warmups and we're sitting there and we put our pads on, because we go out warm up without our our shoulder pads on. So all of a sudden Connie's putting when his pads on and it's...

...real quiet and all of a sudden you here is all right and we're all looking at you here is all right, and he pulls out this jar. Any of you, sorry, Mo fries, need to get up for this freaking game. Come and see me now, and he's got this jar speed and I can help you get you there and we're gonna get you there because we can't. We cannot lose this effing, effing game, Babba, so get your ask daddy if you have a hard time get enough. Joe Fergus is there. I mean I looked at that away I said, Damn, you know, all these years, just you guys are smoking whatever. If there's one thing that set out in my mind, it was just that for like how serious it is for big time, for big time ball and and doing the things, and they were it just copping out cards like okay, if you need a little boost, a little like I call it, because I've asked guys what was it like to do speed? They said, but it's like you're over invigorated with KAFFE's. Imagine Tin Cups, a calf of coffee and going out player and just wired. I went okay, not for me, but if that's what it takes, well, so that's that. To this day I tell that it's like a wow, because whatever it takes, you know the old say, whatever it takes to get you there. That was one, though. I mean I get it. I mean I've seen guys do a lot of stuff in the locker room, because those are guys are running every play right, I don't care if you're a linebacker, tight end, whatever, you're running all the time. So that speed, that will wear off, like if you got but as a quarterback, if you're staying on the sidelines, you know you haven't, like especially if you're the backup, like I was a bunch of games and you're sitting there and you're like, I don't know, I can't get rid of this energy, like I don't know what to do, like there's no way you can that. You don't think we all right? We're back. Yeah, you're you're you're shape. There's no one, because I used to hold filled with my helper, Tom demse and nick mckamier and then Dave Humpty. I there's no way. I mean I've got to have all my faculties and and most of the guys that that. I assume you were linemen, defensive backs, cores, whatever, receivers, receivers, receivers, uh, you know what I mean. I'm like you. There's I need to be able to think and not be so wired that you you can't think too but it was. And then Conrad was just one of the old school guys from back in the day, right. He was the last couple of years and I guess I admired Um him that, no matter what, it truck to get ready. You know that. But he was broken down but he was still doing the job. I love kind of this day. But if there's a story that that's This Day, I'm like okay again, not to just, you know, encourage that with anybody. It's just like, I guess get yourself ready, mentally ready more than anything. Well, you know they have these big games in college, you know, the National Championship, all the Bowl Games and everything and you think about how important they are to those kids. That's every game in the NFL, right. That intensity, that flying around, that step up of Adrenaline, that's every game. If you don't bring that in the NFL, you'll you'll get left behind in the heartbeat. And I think that's what they talk about when they talk about how, how? How can you handle the speed of the game? Yeah, exactly, and and that's and you have to go through that. And what I try to tell young men going from, you know, high school to college is probably a second year to third year, and going from pros, I mean from college to the pros, is like going from us here in further fourth year to like a seventh year, if there is one, because of the speed of the game, the quickness, how quick it is, not only physically gus, but mentally how you have to re react throw, I mean, and you just have to make that part of your day and practice and practice that way. And you mentioned earlier the guys that played for many, many years, like yourself and all pros and all stars, they do that every day in...

...practice. So it's not foreign to them in Games. So and I can appreciate that so it's learning how to get there mentally, to have this physical piece set. So the next thing is you have to play. You gotta you gotta go through it. That's why San Francisco like brock purtty so much, because he's played since his freshman year. He's been at that speed, he's been at that tempo, he's been doing this, he's been doing that more so than a trade lance. And again, may He may not have the arm talent, but he's got he's been there and done that. He's been down every road and every NOOK and cranny. What I like to say when you come to the fork in the road is a quarterback. You gotta have it. You gotta make a decision, but it's right or wrong. You gotta make a decision to go whatever way you're gonna go and just stick with it. If it's wrong, okay, come back and do it the right way. Yeah, yeah, I mean when I watch these games and you see a new kid playing like that you really haven't heard of, you know what I mean, and and you just want them to do so well, and then there's like two or three mistakes and you're like no, like, you know what I mean, like if you see, if you're there, and I've been there, like I was the seventh round pick with the first rounder in front of me, and you just don't know. But the only thing you can do is work hard and when you get that moment you got to make the most of it. Um That's what I tell kids. Be Be ready. You know the old saying proper performance prevents piss poor I mean proper preparation prevents Chuck Knoxa though the Piss poor perform. It there for us, but it's true. You'll be ready, you know, as a backup. You know this for a little bit. You're all dressed up but nowhere to go, you know. But if if that guy goes down, you better be able to you know, have the plays down, have the film stood down, have it all down. So I tell guys for backup it's almost harder because, you guys say, mentally focused and physically you gotta force yourself over the week knowing you're probably not gonna play, to get extra reps and you're not getting any reps and you're not get any reps. so you gotta do a lot of stuff after practice. If somebody will stay out with you after practice, to get those frozen. Yeah, no, that's why scout team, I say, every backup quarterback should be the scout team quarterback, like don't you gotta get your throws in, because if you think you cannot do that and then go out and Sunday and be able to make throws, it's not gonna happen. It just really isn't. Yeah. Yeah, Hey, everyone, I appreciate you listen to how to up with gusts. You can check me out on how to up with GUS DOT com, or you can go to our new network, UH NFL A v PODCAST DOT COM. You can check out a lot of great shows there are and more upcoming shows. So in our last segment here, uh Dan, I really wanted to talk to you about your show, uh, rocking the news, and what you guys really do there, Um and and how everyone can listen to you. So tell me a little bit about rocking the news. Well, right now we've been doing this for guys, will be eighteen years of September. It's it's we call it sports tainment, so it's sports with some entertainment. Uh Yeah, we like XS and OS. For me it can get boring all day, so we'll throw some. I don't know, it didn't sound like it gets very boring for you. You know, we talked. Well, we'll talk about all the stuff here, your Phoenix, you know, with sons and cardinals, obviously, and all the four sports. We've got the colleges, you know, we've got four majors here in town. But we also like to look at pull the curtain back. You have guys on the show like yourself or other guys, and not just talk XS and Os and I guess what, what? What? What got you where you are today or to your point, you know, looking at the surrounding things. And you know, we get your Buddy Mark Mayon quite a bit. May Day comes on from yeah, we get mark on and uh, Max starts. We get a lot of we get a lot of wee at least three guests today, three hour show. We'll do one thirty. So we'll get a guest and we'll talk about certain topics. You know, what's topical, what's trending, and then, uh, you know, we get a lot. We'll do like a few, you know, Um giveaways here and there, but we we really talked sports tainment, to the sports genre entertainment and not to get silly, but I had a lot of things into it that are that are there. You know, mass of the day.

Um, you know you have to fill three hours, right, oh, we fill three hours. Yeah, and so we there's a lot of stuff. Myself, Mike Morocco and Jim Brinson. Jimmy B was abroad. He was he did NBA Games for over close to thirty years. Jimmy myself and Mike Morocco had been doing in Morocco. Rock is a guy from Philly, Philly guy that moved out here and work with the cardinals and now he's senior vice president for Bell Bank Park, a huge, uh facility venue for any you know sports, indoor outdoor sports. So our our show is more you know, we're very opinionated. We're not afraid to pull punches. Were not affiliated with any of the teams, so we don't have to be proper and what we say, but we're fair and balanced most of the time. And but we put it out there and talked a lot of guys and gals and get different perspectives and and really try to make it worth your while to live and so I would probably more of a sports tayment. By the way, I should have coined that phrase many, many years ago, you know. Yeah, I mean, go free to use it, guess you know. Oh, Yep, sorry, we're back. Yeah, no, Um, no, that's great. I love that that you do all those things with your show because that's what keeps people come back and you can use those all those snippets and everything sounds like your show would be great on our network, because our networks it's called unfiltered, right, because you don't want to tell anybody what to say. Want you to speak your mind and because a lot of guys don't want to talk about in in in the real ways that we've been talking to locker room, and that's what a lot of us want to do, but we can't. We know, we come on Sports Talk Radio and we're not guys gonna lay it out there like like we should. So, Um, I'm glad you do some of that. So it's funny you say that because it's it's we we coin. Is If you're sitting at the sports bar just shooting the BS. Right, okay, this is this we get into topics, whether you agree and disagree, you respectfully. I respectfully agree or disagree with rock might say. Jim, you might say, but I think that that's an element. It's funny to bring that up. That we try to do is give you, give the listener a little snippet of what that locker room was like, without naming names, and and pull the curtain back and say, hell, we talked about this, this and this, because Gus, you and I both up we had a tape recorder back in the day with the with the the barbs going back and forth and the and the busting each other's chops or whatever, and some of the comedic ways of how guys would work each other and bust each other's chops. Hell, we would be millionaires. We were Richard Pryor before Richard Pryor Yeah, you had some guys in the locker room that were just unbelievable right, and didn't care, like just we're out now, just who they were. That's what they were and nobody crossed the line. Um, if there was an issue to resolved, you know, and wed Reggie, Reggie Mackenzie and Joe Ferguson and I think Comrade, comrade and Isaiah Robertson and Reggie wardred captains, if something got out of line or something which should be handled. We handle it. Our coach said, you guys got it, take care of because I don't want this estalating to me or they'll be held to pay or, you know, find the book. You know you don't want to do that. So I think that's the thing about with me and rock if he's the fan former S I d I'm the player that can enlighten him and I like. What I like to say is I'm the I'm the realistic guy on the show that brings him back to reality. You know, well, why can't I guy do that? Rock, here's because this is why they can't do that. You know, we're not that. We're not robots. It just doesn't happen. You don't turn this on. And you know he's still upset about Ron J worstie for throwing the free interceptions. He's an eagles fan. To Uh to Martin in the Super Bowl when the eagles lost to the raiders,...

I said let it go. Johns was a hell of a quarterback. Sucks, you know, if through three picks. Yeah, yeah, yeah, okay, yeah, I'm the same way, like I'm the realist, like, okay, yeah, he was bad. I never go that route. I'm like he was amazing. He was an honest quarterback. Played a lot of years. Do you know what it takes to play in the League that long? You know what I mean? And starting that many games and play against the teams he played against in that division? That is crazy. All Right, last question for you. Give me the over under on wins for the cardinals this year. Oh Man, okay, so you got basically deado Hopkins out the first six games of the year. Rodney Hudson, their first center, is going to be coming back as of yesterday. Kind of Murray should sign his extension here in the next couple of days. All the above. Seventeen Games. If I do the Kansas State math, I'm going to say cards either at eight and nine or seven and ten. This year, eight nine or seven. I'll say eight as it over, because they're still talented, if they just not fade like tissue paper and the rain storm last seven games like they did the last two years. Guess if you can figure that out, it's a phenomenon. It just they just fell off the cliff. Is like they were walking towards the Grand Canyon and they didn't know where it was and it just was yeah, and and I don't. Two years in a row they've done that. I don't. I don't understand it. I don't get it. But kinda. Murray's got to stay healthy, um, those last six or seven game. But they've got a tough schedule. Over under. I'll say this. I'll say overun normal. Put it seven. I'll put it seven is over under. Yeah, you know, that's kind of where I was with them, looking at their schedule, their conference, Um, not having their best receiver, probably, you know, top three or four players on their team. You know what I mean? That losing him for six games, that's that's that's rough. And and you gotta you gotta be able, Kylie. There's no doubt he's got to stay healthy and he can't take those hits. Um. You know he's not. He's not six four and thirty pounds. You know what I mean. And and when he gets out of the pocket, you know what those defensive people are saying. Oh Man, yeah, and you know, with one arm. You know, he's the only guys on kids. We were at the draft in the Nashville when they drafted him, doing our radio show, and you know, he barely us five ted barely and he's about a buck seventy five. He's thick, thick kid, he's kid. But you're right. I mean you get body slammed or chased down, got a guy six five, six, six, four or five chasing your button down and they just get fast. You're fresh meat man. They're looking at hammer you like a big dog. I mean they're they're looking to get after you. So you're right. He's got to stay healthy. He's got to learn to win from the pocket if he's going to be successful with this team. Yeah, and I think the other part two is that I feel like he always wants to make the big play, right. Yeah, okay, but you don't have to write. Get the down, get the guy that's open, get the ball here. I remember my rookie year, Chuck Knox at Number One. You talked to all his quarterbacks. Number one, take care of the ball. Uh. Number two ain't gonna throw a home run ball. Text every play. And number three, I'll never forget. This is at it's okay to punt. Okay, just remember it's okay to put. Don't force the ball. If it's not there, I'll take take the sack. We're not about whatever. It's okay to punt, we'll get the ball back. I went Hallelujah, I guess I don't have to throw a touchdown past every throw. Yeah, you're just be patient. You know things will work out, unless you play for the chargers now they don't put everything the fourth down. But Anyway, Dan, it was great meeting you. It was great talking to you. Um Love to do your show and please let all of our fans know where they can find you. You have so many things you're doing. Please let them all know where they can find you and follow you. You can go to my twitter page at qb minute Jimmy, and you see H are your show at Rock and Manu R O, C and maim, or...

...hit me on facebook, Dan Manucci, or You'all send an email Dan Manucci at Gmail dot Dan MANUCCI GMAIL DOT COM. You can find me all right, everyone, we'll find him. He's gonna help you with your mechanics, he's gonna wear you out and he's gonna get you to the next level. And you know what, he's a real guy. He's gonna tell you like it is on his radio show too. So, Dan, we really appreciate you joining us on huddle up with gus today. Hey, my pleasure. Thanks for having me. I appreciate it. Yeah, I appreciate you. All right, everyone, that's another show and huddle up with Gus. Appreciate you joining us. Don't forget to go to our new network, which I'm on, NFL A v PODCAST DOT COM. You can check out a bunch of brand new shows, so go to it. You can put in NFL a podcast, so all of those things can go there. CHECK US out a lot of great shows on there and we'll be introducing more and more as the weeks go on. All right, thanks for joining us and we'll see you next time on how do I up with gus? And that's a wrap. Sportsman, thanks for joining in the fun. At the sixty thirty one digital studios for another at two huddle up with gus, featuring fifteen year NFL quarterback Gus Feratt. Huddle up with GUS is probably produced by sixteen thirty one digital media and is available on Apple Music.

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