NFC South: Josh McDaniels

Film of the NFC South chat

December, 30, 2011
12/30/11
3:23
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We completed our final NFC South chat of the regular season Friday. I'm sure we'll be chatting more in the postseason, so stay tuned for details on that.

Here are some highlights of Friday's NFC South chat:

Chris (ATL): Safe to say Matt Ryan took a step forward this season?

Pat Yasinskas: A small one, yes. He's going to have best stats of his career. Would have liked to see him be a little more consistent. Also would help if he wins a playoff game.

Bryant (Charlotte, NC): Hey Pat, any rookie that isn't named Cam Newton that has made the biggest impact in the NFC South?

Pat Yasinskas: I'd have to say Julio Jones. Adrian Clayborn in Tampa Bay has had a good first year too.

Carson (Atlanta): Do you feel that Atlanta will/should lose both Coordinators during the offseason? Who is rumored as replacements? I would love to see either Norv Turner or Josh McDaniels replace Mularky. I haven't got an idea about defense because it is a Mike Smith defense scheme. Any thoughts?

Pat Yasinskas: We'll see. Mularkey could end up with head coaching job. If they don't win a playoff game or two, I could see one of the coordinators being the scapegoat. They came into this season with huge expectations. Regular season hasn't gone the way they would have liked, so there could be change.

Kevin (Hamilton): Pat do u think the Saints have a chance to advance to the Super Bowl?

Pat Yasinskas: Yes, definitely have a chance. Obviously, they'll have to go through Green Bay or San Francisco. But I think Saints are capable of beating either on a given day.

Jimmy (Houston, TX): all these people saying Dalton over Cam for ROY are total nuts, Give cam bengals defense he has 12 wins easy, am I wrong?

Pat Yasinskas: You are not wrong at all. Dalton's had a very nice rookie year, no doubt. But Cam has broken just about every rookie record. He'll win ROY easily.

Java (Tampa): Morris gone on Monday? Or do the Glazers take a little time?

Pat Yasinskas: Could be Monday. But Glazers' history has shown they sometimes take a little time.

Daniel (Metairie): If you had to let one go next season, would it be let Colston walk or Carl Nicks?

Pat Yasinskas: Neither. You find a way to keep both. There are some other ways to create cap room. They could cut some guys or restructure some contracts.

Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.
Lots of great questions in Friday’s NFC South chat. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Marcus (Concord, NC): Hey Pat, do you think that the Panthers are even gonna look at a guy like Josh McDaniels for the OC job? Also will they shop around their pick and try to pick up either Kyle Orton or Vince Young in a trade down?

Pat Yasinskas: I suspect whoever the Panthers hire as OC might be a bigger name than their head coach. They've got to get the offense right. Not sure if McDaniels would be the guy, but somebody like him. As far as QB, they've got to get someone who is at least a viable alternative to Clausen. With Luck out of the picture, that will have to come through free agency or a trade.

John (Mission, TX): Why does the Bucs win over saints not get any praise. All you hear is Ssaints had injured players. So did the Bucs and they had many rookies starting. Why does this happen? Bucs will be a team to look out for in the next year..

Pat Yasinskas: No argument here. Bucs went out and showed they can beat a good team. They're going to be good going forward. Heck, with Freeman, they should be good for the next decade.

redzonejones (NY): Do you think the Bucs will do what they did last year and grab two bookend DE?

Pat Yasinskas: Yep, in some way, shape or form. Might not be first and second picks like it was with DTs. But they may get a couple throughout the draft or draft one and sign one as a free agent. It's an obvious need and they know they have to take care of that.

Matthew (Mississippi): Pat, will Jerious Norwood ever be a factor in ATL? He has shown flashes but can't seem to shake the injury bug.

Pat Yasinskas: No, I think they'll let Norwood go and look for a speed back in the draft.

JP (Inverness, FL): Who are you more impressed with Ryan after a season and a half, or Freeman? I know Ryan developed a little differently, but it was not that long ago he was about where Freeman is now and since I think they may be the next great division QB rivals, now is a great time to speculate.

Pat Yasinskas: Excellent question. I really like them both. They're two different guys in two different offenses, so it's hard to compare them. But I think their presence means Falcons and Bucs should be good for the next decade or so. And Brees still has some good years left, so the NFC South is going to be strong for a long time to come.

Here's the complete transcript of the NFC South chat.

Reviewing film of NFC South chat

December, 10, 2010
12/10/10
3:10
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As always, we had an excellent crowd with some great questions in Friday’s NFC South chat. Here are a few of the highlights.

Trey Jones (Smithfield NC) Any chance the Panthers can get both Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh?

Pat Yasinskas: As I said in my post that just went up recently on the blog, I think Harbaugh is at least someone the Panthers will look at. And it's no stretch to see them getting Luck with or without Harbaugh. All right, we're rolling early on this chat.

Jeremy (Columbus, NE) Hey Pat, I love reading your blog. Is it wrong to think that Brent Grimes is better than Dunta Robinson? Interceptions alone tell the tale, and Grimes is getting paid much less for being one of the best corner backs in the NFL. Do you think Atlanta can afford to pay both Grimes and Robinson big bucks?

Pat Yasinskas: Grimes is having a very nice season. But so is Robinson. He's made their entire defense better and is part of the reason Grimes is prospering. I don't think INTs tell the whole story. They can pay Grimes pretty well, but he won't cost them a fortune. If he's on free-agent market, his height will prevent him from getting huge offers because he's not a No. 1 CB.

CC (Atlanta): Haven't been hearing Sam Baker's name/number called nearly as much the last 4-5 weeks. Safe to assume his play has improved some?

Pat Yasinskas: Yep, talked to several people with Falcons who think Baker has definitely made some strides this season. Still has a way to go, but they're encouraged with what they've seen over the last month or so.

John (Mission, Texas): Why not bring the Bucs to San Antonio? Texas is all about football, everyone knows that. I would buy season tickets. Wasn't San Antonio trying to get Saints at one point?

Pat Yasinskas: Bucs aren't going anywhere -- at least not yet. Now, if they go a couple more years with attendance problems, then it becomes an issue. But I think sales will improve next year because the team is respectable and should keep getting better.

redzonejones (New York) Do you think the Bucs should give some consideration to Josh McDaniels as their OC?

Pat Yasinskas: Why????????????????????? Greg Olson's doing a great job. And it ain't like Josh McDaniels is a hot property right now.

Here's the entire transcript of the chat.

Carolina Panthers mailbag

December, 9, 2010
12/09/10
10:21
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Let’s start today’s series of team-by-team mailbags with the Carolina Panthers and work our way up through the NFC standings.

Michael in Hickory, NC, writes: My comment is about the "sports writer" who thought about putting Carolina at number 33 in the rankings and putting a UFL team above them. I have been a long time Carolina fan and always will be. I think it is ridiculous to think that a UFL team can beat any NFL team. I am sure he wouldn't say anything like that if his favorite team was 1-11. I would say before you start saying something like that you might want to back it up with facts.

Pat Yasinskas: Umm, that was a joke. I thought that was pretty obvious. Sometimes, we use humor, creativity, wit and sarcasm here. It comes in especially handy when we’re talking about the Panthers this season. If we stayed completely literal, all I’d be able to write about the Panthers is “they’re 1-11 and have the worst record in the NFL’’. This kind of reminds me of the time last year when the Giants thumped the Bucs and I wrote that Derrick Ward, who had just left the Giants for the Bucs, was trying to get on New York’s bus after the game and one reader actually bought it.


Pete in Raleigh, NC, writes: I think John Fox is safe. I think Marty Hurney will be let go and Fox will have more control next year. You cannot bring a new coach in and have a winning season right away. It will take some time to build a program at Carolina. It took Bill Cowher 15 years to win the Super Bowl. Panthers fans are not waiting 15 years. Jerry Richardson said the problem will be fixed next year.

Pat Yasinskas: You better hurry up and call Fox, because he’s already got his bags packed and his resume out for other coaching jobs. Seriously, I totally disagree with your read on this one. If Richardson wanted Fox back, a contract extension would have been signed long ago. Besides, I think Fox is anxious for a fresh start and has no interest in fixing Carolina’s problems. I also think Hurney’s job is safe.


Mike in Goldsboro, NC, writes: I have a question about the Panthers' future coaching vacancy. Do you see Josh McDaniels as a potential candidate? After all, he is an offensive-minded coach who had great success in New England. His teams in Denver weren't always very talented, but they seemed to be well-coached (take his 6-0 start for example). And being a young, relatively unproven head coach, he would not command a huge salary like those of Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden. So, do you see Josh McDaniels being hired in Carolina?

Pat Yasinskas: Nope. McDaniels’ run in Denver was far from impressive and questions about his maturity surfaced. He’ll have to redeem himself as a coordinator before getting another shot at as a head coach.

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas


I just took a look at the latest SportsNation NFL Head Coaches Approval Ratings and we’ve got a new leader. He’s from the NFC South.

After narrowly trailing San Francisco’s Mike Singletary for several weeks, New Orleans’ Sean Payton has moved into the top spot. He’s got a 94-percent approval rating, a full point ahead of Indianapolis’ Jim Caldwell, Denver’s Josh McDaniels and Atlanta’s Mike Smith.

Once you scroll past, Payton and Smith, it’s a long time before you hit another NFC South coach. John Fox’s rating is 26 percent, which probably means that 74 percent of Carolina fans approve of Bill Cowher.

Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris comes in at 15 percent. On the bright side, there are four coaches rated below Morris.

Morris addresses QB trade talk

August, 26, 2009
8/26/09
4:29
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- There could be even another element to the quarterback situation for the Buccaneers.

The team could be looking to trade one of its quarterbacks for a draft pick. Coach Raheem Morris wouldn't confirm an NFL.com report that the Bucs are shopping three of their quarterbacks for a trade, but he didn't deny it either.

"Oh, man, they're Nostradamus," Morris said when asked about the report. "Everybody in this league, all 32 teams around this time start calling front offices. I can't control who calls us. Everybody's interested in everybody's roster and everybody's looking to nit-pick off everybody's roster. Everybody has talent and you're trying to accumulate the best talent on your football team. That's just all that talk is what that is."

But it makes total sense for the Bucs to at least try to find out what the market value might be for Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown or Josh Johnson. They're not about to let go of rookie Josh Freeman, who they call their franchise quarterback.

But that's likely in the future. For now, it appears the Bucs will open the season with either Leftwich or McCown as their starter. They're about even at this point and a potential trade could play into Morris' decision, although the Bucs likely would be able to get only a late-round pick (at best) for any of their quarterbacks.

Leftwich, a former starter in Jacksonville, probably has more trade value because of his experience. McCown has only seven starts. Johnson, a second-year pro, has yet to play in an NFL game and probably wouldn't bring much in a trade.
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