NFC South: NFC South chat

NFC South chat Friday at 1 p.m. ET

August, 23, 2013
Just a quick reminder that the NFC South chat will be held Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

Bring your questions on the Saints, Panthers, Falcons and Buccaneers and join us. Here’s your free pass into the chat.

NFC South chat Friday at 1 p.m.

August, 16, 2013
We’re almost halfway through the preseason and that means there is a lot to talk about.

We have the perfect forum for that. Bring your questions on the Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints to our weekly NFC South chat. It will be held Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

Here’s the link to get you into the chat.

NFC South chat Friday at 1 p.m.

August, 9, 2013
We’ve gotten out of our usual Friday routine the last two weeks because I was making my rounds of all four NFC South training camps. But we’ll get back on track this week.

The NFC South chat will be held Friday at 1 p.m. Here’s the link to get you there.

NFC South chat Friday at 1 p.m.

July, 19, 2013
With training camps starting next week, there’s plenty to talk about.

Our weekly NFC South chat is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday. Bring your questions on the Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints and join us.

Here’s the link to get you into the chat.

NFC South chat Friday at 1 p.m.

July, 12, 2013
We haven’t had an NFC South chat in a while because I was off for a few weeks. But it’s time to get back to our regular routine.

We’ll resume the NFC South chat Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

Bring your questions on the Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints and join us. Here’s your free ticket to the NFC South chat.

Film of the NFC South chat

June, 8, 2013
Let’s take a look at some team-by-team highlights from Friday’s NFC South chat:


Thomas (ATL): I'm not so sure why you want a veteran QB with Davis and Renfree in the mix. Traditionally, they've had a veteran to help Ryan grow and read defenses but now, he's mature and at the point of teaching others. With all the talk of not letting young players step up, why not let them play it out in camp, especially given the high quality of play from last preseason. If they both (play badly), then think about bring in someone. No point in drafting and developing someone to hold a clip board, in my opinion.

Pat Yasinskas: I just think a team like the Falcons -- a team that appears to be on the cusp of a Super Bowl -- needs to have a veteran backup in case Ryan goes down for a game or two. I like [Dominique] Davis a lot, but I think it would be a lot to ask him to go in and start at this point in his career.

Chris P (ATL): A big concern from most people is the Defense for ATL. However, last year I saw one of the best if not teh best Defensive effort against the Broncos. They had P. Manning lost most of that game. More movement from ATL than I've ever seen. Do you think we see a ot more of that style of D from ATL given they will give mixed looks between the 4-3 and 3-4 packages?

PY: That's a good point. They did a great job of disguising things in that game. Yes, I think you'll see Nolan do more of that this season.


Cory (Johnson City): Welcome Pat... What do you think the Panther's plan on doing with their remaining cap space? Sign a free agent or two? or roll over for upcoming extensions?

PY: You might see a signing or two, but what's really out there? I think their main plan is to carryover as much cap room as they can to help with next year's cap.

michael (hickory nc): Pat, I've noticed that a lot of people in the Carolinas and yourself seem to be low on Armanti Edwards, it seems that people forget that he went through a position change and had to adjust to a faster game than the FCS subdivision.

PY: The reports out of Carolina yesterday were glowing about Edwards. Maybe he finally is catching onto the WR position. Still might have a shot.


Marc (Metairie, LA.): Pat, which four linebackers do you see for the Saints will be in the starting lineup come the season opener against the Falcons?

PY: My early take on that is [Victor] Butler, [Will] Smith, [Jonathan] Vilma and [Curtis] Lofton.

Matt (Pensacola): What are your thoughts on the Saints after seeing them this week?

PY: Was amazed at how many different looks they were using on defense. Defensive attitude seemed much more aggressive. If they can just be decent on defense, they should be able to get back to where they were a couple years ago.


Matt (Sarasota, Florida): Pat, I've read reports that say that Demar Dotson has tremendous upside. He believes he can be one of the best RT's in the game. How do you feel about him?

PY: Still a work in progress, but I do think there's a good amount of upside there.

Nathan (Orange County): Hi pat. Happy Friday. Any word on Mike Williams' contract situation? It seems to be dragging it's feet a little. Tampa needs to lock him up asap.

PY: Seems quiet, but that could change at any time. I would think they'd want to get something done before the start of training camp.

Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.
A quick reminder that our weekly NFC South chat will be held Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

If you can join us, bring your questions on the Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints.

Here’s your free ticket into the chat.
Just a quick reminder that our weekly NFC South chat will be held Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

Bring your questions on the Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints and join us. Here’s your free ticket into the chat.

Film of the NFC South chat

May, 18, 2013
We had all sorts of great questions in Friday's NFC South chat. Here's a team-by-team look at some of the highlights:


eric (arcata, ca) [via mobile]: the last time the falcons dropped 100 mill on a qb it didnt turn out as well. do you think this time is different with matty ice and do you think he deserves it? thanks pat and happy Friday.

Pat Yasinskas: Yes, I think he deserves it. He's produced five straight winning seasons and I don't think there are any off-field concerns with Ryan.

Sean (Vegas): Which rookie in the NFCS is going to have the biggest impact?

PY: I'll say Desmond Trufant. Think he starts right away and opposing offenses will challenge him right away.

Nathan (Mayer): Pat, if Matt Ryan doesn't have an extension does he hold out?

PY: I seriously think something will get done before camp.


Rick (Charlotte,NC): Is it time to start giving David Gettleman a little credit for what he has managed to do with the Panthers given the situation he had going in?

PY: Yes, he's making the most out of it. And I think the DeAngelo restructure was bigger than people realize. They freed up cap room in 2014 and '15, which is hugely important because they already were way over where the '14 cap is going to be.

Hank (Charlotte, NC): What do you see Gettleman doing with the money D-Will's restructure freed up?

PY: I wouldn't get your hopes up too high. Might make a mid-level move or two. But I think he's just setting up as much carry-over money as possible for next year's cap.

Prashanth (San Jose): Pat, I liked your piece on the Panthers OC Shula where you mentioned that he should be better at this role than he has been in the past, due to better talent he has at his disposal. But I am still concerned that conservatism is a deep instinctual behavior and this may well affect the Panthers offensive production this year. What do you think?

PY: Give Shula a chance. Think you might be pleasantly surprised. He had nothing to work with in his Tampa days. Plus, some of the conservative nature (maybe most of it) was due to Dungy. Shula and Rivera are coaching for their jobs. I think they'll play to their strengths.


Scott (CJS): Why do you think Sedrick Ellis is out of a job? From what I remember, he was solid for the Saints.

PY: Wouldn't say he was solid. I'd say he was an underachieving former first-round pick.

Brian( Kenner LA ) [via mobile]: Hey Pat. Just a quick statement. I don't think the Saints D is as bad as the stats say. Everyone, even you, thought it was a middle of the pack D last year and with the additions of Bunkley and Lofton they were better. So when you throw in a new coach and all the bounty stuff. I feel like they were set up for failure. With the additions this year and some normalcy, I see a bounce back. At least to the middle of the pack. Which is all they need. Thoughts??

PY: If they can get to anywhere near the middle of the pack on defense, Saints will be in great shape.

Paul (Knoxville): Any chance the Saints are setting up to release Harper, sign a veteran S (Woodson?) to replace Harper, and start Vaccaro..then upgrade the pass rush?

PY: Half of Harper's base salary is guaranteed. They'd take a cap hit if they cut him.


Nicolas (Parkland, FL): Is there a good chance that Mike Glennon starts at QB over Freeman in the first regular season game?

PY: Let's not get carried away. Freeman's going to camp as the starter and I expect him to open the season in that role. If he starts off poorly ...well, then things could change.

Darin (Louisville, Ky): Hey Pat with a healthy Bowers and Clayborn, and the addition of Gholston and Spence... How u think the pass rush will compare to that of last year?

PY: Remains to be seen. But I think it's pretty clear the Bucs have very big expectations for Bowers. We'll see if he can deliver. The potential is there.

BMand (Sarasota, FL): When is Revis expected to be able to fully participate in practice?

PY: Dominik has said he's confident Revis will be ready for start of training camp.

Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.
A quick reminder that our weekly NFC South chat will be held Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

We’ll talk about all things Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints. Bring your questions and join us.

Here’s your free ticket into the NFC South chat.

Film of the NFC South chat

May, 10, 2013
Time for a look at some team-by-team highlights from Friday’s NFC South chat:


Jack (Atlanta, Ga.): Who's do you think would be the best free agent fit for Atlanta right now?

Pat Yasinskas: I'll go the popular route and say Richard Seymour. But probably not until after June 1 when they have more cap room.

Brad (Atlanta): Do you think Roddy remains the #1 WR as long as he is a Falcon? Or do you think Julio takes that role soon, and if so should there be a worry that Roddy would be too "diva-ish"?

PY: Think they're already kind of 1A and 1B. Roddy certainly has some diva tendencies, but he's a guy that wants to win first and foremost.


Rob (Houston): Pat - should the Panthers try to sign Quentin Jammer as a #1 CB? I'm surprised with the former Charger pipeline set-up that he hasn't at least been brought in for a visit.

PY: Probably a reason he's not already there. He showed signs of age last year.

Tyler (In Class): I used to think fairly highly of Marty Hurney. But the more research I do, the more I dislike him. He brought in some great players, even possible hall of famers. But when it came to the business side I think he really messed up.

PY: Well, they do have a cap mess now. But not sure Hurney deserves all of the blame. Think he might have been ordered by ownership to give some contract extensions that weren't all that prudent.


Mark (NH): What are the expectations for the Saints now that "Bountygate" is virtually behind them? Coach is back, players are back, and the team has changed a bit. What type of team will they field?

PY: Think just getting Payton back is going to help tremendously. But they still have to play some defense.

Scott (Northglenn, CO): Fair to say that injuries were the reason for Jimmy Graham's regression last year, and that if he's fully healthy, he should be dominant again?

PY: Think that's probably fair to say and I think the injuries also factored into his issue with drops.


Brenden (Florida) [via mobile]: Hey Pat, I know by some of your earlier articles that you were never a really big fan of Ronde Barber in the hall of fame and I was just wondering if you have changed your stance yet on wether Ronde should or could be in the hall and if so do you think he will make it on the first try? Also had Ronde played another year and pushed his career interception total to 50 and his career sack total to 30 he would have been a lock for the hall? Considering if he had gotten significant playing time.

PY: He's in the conversation for HOF. But I don't think it's the slam dunk that so many seem to think. Terrell Buckley had 50 INTs and nobody even thinks of him as a potential HOF. Aeneas Williams had over 50 INTs and he can't get into HOF. Ronde has a chance, but it's not automatic.

kyle (northampton, pa): do you see Doug Martin rushing for 1500 yds this year? with 8-10 TD?

PY: Think that's entirely possible. Having Nicks and Joseph in front of him for an entire season is only going to help his numbers.

Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.
Just a quick reminder that our weekly NFC South chat will be held Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

Bring your questions and join us if you can. Here’s the link.

Film of the NFC South chat

May, 3, 2013
From Matt Ryan’s probable contract extension to the usual questions about Carolina’s secondary and New Orleans’ pass rush to an inquiry about Tim Tebow and the Buccaneers, we covered lots of ground in Friday’s NFC South chat. Let’s take a look at some of the team-by-team highlights:


Matt Riddle (Atlanta, GA): Hey Pat, A lot of people are expecting Ryan's extension to be finished soon. You seem to think he should get Flacco and Rodgers money, but others point to his 1 playoff win and not winning a SB. Would you expect Ryan's agent to aim for $21+ Million per year?

Pat Yasinskas: Yep, his agent wouldn't be doing his job if he aimed for less.

Anthony (New Jersey): To sign their rookies will the falcons have to cut anyone with such little cap space?

PY: Not necessarily, if they want until after June 1, they'll get a cap bump for Clabo.

Devin (Atlanta): Bradie Ewing makes his "return" this year....which is basically his introduction to the Falcons. What does a healthy Ewing bring to the Falcons offense that we didn't see last year?

PY: In theory, he should give them solid all-around play at fullback. They think he can be a very good one.


Mark (NC): Without any real talent in the secondary aren't the Panthers settng themselves up to have to air it out also to keep up on points?

PY: Yep, they're not looking too strong in secondary right now. I'd like to think Gettleman has something up his sleeve. But not sure where help is going to come from at this point.

Domo (NC): The Panthers finished with the best secondary (statistically speaking) of the NFC South last season and were ranked in the top half of the league as far as passing yards given up. While the Panthers may not have any big names, they still have have the same corners that helped end the season on a positive note. Why do you think the Panthers should bring in more competition than they already have brought in?

PY: To be totally honest, I think their CBs are all No. 2 or No. 3 guys.

Trae (Charlotte, NC): A lot of people seems to speculate that DeAngelo Williams is going to traded or released. Can you explain their logic in that? He is still a great player.

PY: He's taking up a lot of cap space, not only this year but in the future. And they've got cap issues now and in the future. It's not about his ability. It's about the cap.


SJ (Alexandria): How is Akiem Hicks progressing?

PY: They haven't even hit the field yet. But Loomis has talked about how they have high hopes for him.

T Scott (Grand Saline TX): Hey Pat, I saw that some ranked the Saints Undrafted Free agent class as 3rd best. Personally I am pumped about their draft picks this season, especially about the pickup of Chase Thomas. Given their current roster, what do you think about Chase breaking into the starting lineup this year or at least in the rotation?

PY: Think he'll have a chance to compete with Butler, Wilson and Galette. Have heard a lot of good things about Thomas.

StShockey (Mississippi): I don't think the pick of Vacarro automatically dooms Jenkins or Harper, but it's obvious that Loomis and Co. believe he is the future. Your thoughts on moving Jenkins to SS, finally, Vacarro to FS, and Haprer as a Joker/Blitzer?

PY: Could be something like that or maybe Jenkins sliding inside for nickel situations?


Nicolas (Parkland, FL): Do the Buccaneers have one of the leagues best secondary's with the addition of Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson, and Jonathan Banks?

PY: Potentially, yes. And don't forget Mark Barron. I think he could be ready for a big year.

Tuck Bucs Fan (Philly): Im worried about the leadership Tampa would lose in the locker room if Ronde doesnt come back. Assuming he does, who do you see being able to step up and fill that void best?

PY: Think Goldson and Revis can bring some leadership.

Tony (Daytona): Pat why all the hate for Tebow what can it hurt to bring in tebow and give him a chance. I mean god forbid he unseats mike glennon for backup i mean what would the bucs possibly do if that "great" pick didn’t mean anything.

PY: Look, Tebow's a great guy and I respect him. But let's be real honest, he can't throw a football. That's kind of important for an NFL QB.

Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.
Just a quick reminder that the weekly NFC South chat will be held at 1 p.m. ET on Friday.

Bring your questions on the Panthers, Saints, Falcons and Buccaneers and join us

Here’s the link to get you into the chat.

Film of the NFC South chat

April, 26, 2013
As we wait for the NFL draft to resume in a few hours, let’s take a quick team-by-team look at some of the highlights from Friday’s NFC South chat:


Zach (Starkville): What do you see as the Falcons biggest need now that the CB hole has been filled?

Pat Yasinskas: Don't see any remaining huge need areas. All about depth now. Maybe D-line, maybe LB, maybe a TE and maybe one more offensive tackle. That's about it.

Eliot (NY, NY) [via mobile]: Confidence Holmes/Johnson will be able to start in place of Clabo next season?

PY: Not sure. Offseason isn't over yet. Could see one more guy brought into the mix.


Tyler (In Class): Pat, Gruden seems to think Mathieu is the best corner in the draft. What if carolina takes him in the 2nd? he could play safety as well couldnt he?

PY: Not sure Jerry Richardson would sign off on that one.

Norris Gastonia, N.C. [via mobile]: Hey Pat! What do you feel are biggest needs for the Panthers to address in today's rounds and who do you see them drafting? Thanks!

PY: Secondary. Not sure they can trade up. They only have four picks remaining.


Tony (Richmond, Calif.): Should the Saints have gone with a LB or DL instead of taking Vaccaro when they did?

PY: You could make that argument. And a part of me believes they should have gone with a pass-rusher. But Vaccaro is versatile and he'll help a secondary that needs help.

Will (NOLA) [via mobile]: Think the Saints try to get into the 2nd round? And do you think The Chris Ivory trade is coming today or tomorrow?

PY: I think a Chris Ivory trade will come at some point during the draft. But don't think the Saints have the resources to get into the second round.


Andrew (Annapolis MD): Do you think Blount will be traded during the draft? If so, what's logical compensation?

PY: Think it certainly is well known that he's available. But doubt they'll get more than a 6th or 7th round pick.

Mike from mass [via mobile]: I disagree with the TE pick for tampa and am convinced they will take a D lineman what are some good options for tampa on the D line?

PY: I wouldn't argue with d-line. Margus Hunt or Carradine or a DT.

Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.