Chat with Scouts Inc.'s Rodd Newhouse
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Rodd Newhouse (4:02 PM)
Welcome to the Show! Great to have you all here today! Let's get going on some of the moves that have happened over the past week. Roll Call!
TimR: Plaisance, LA
What's up with Dallas, why don't we hear anything about them shopping for free safeties.
Rodd Newhouse (4:06 PM)
Tim, that is a good question. This team needs help in the defensive backfield in a bad way. Ken Hamlin is still out there, but it looks as thoug his asking price is a bit high right now.
Joe (Houston, Texas)
Asante samuel started his career as a solid nickel corner and has been moving up subsequently. Do you think he deserves being paid top cover corner money or is he a product of the new england system?
Rodd Newhouse (4:07 PM)
I ma not opposed to that. He has showed his worth year after year and improved as a player. A lot of players can be attributd to being "system" players, but that the players MAKE the plays that the coach draws up. So they go hand-in-hand.
Mark P (Traverse City, MI)
Hey Rodd, do you see the NYG signing any free agents or looking to the draft to fill in the holes?
Rodd Newhouse (4:09 PM)
Even though I am am an avid proppersonnel guy, I still believe teams shoudl not overspend in free agency just to get a few marquee players. That is what the draft is for. It makes sense for the Giants to hold tight and build through the draft as opposed to spending a bunch of cash on players that may not fit with a new coach, with Coughlin being on the hot seat in NY.
Hey Rodd, what are the chances of Atlanta putting a package together using Schaub and their 1st to get into the top 3 to get Calvin Johnson? It would make sense for all three of the top teams to get a franchise QB in Schaub.
Rodd Newhouse (4:12 PM)
That is a lot to give up for a reciever. No offense ot CJ, but they do not have ot go that high to get a mrquee reciver if that is what they are looking for. It sucks for Schaub, but I would keep him as well if he were on my team. he gives me added value that I need right now.
what do u think about RFA terrance copper?
Rodd Newhouse (4:14 PM)
Good young developing receiver that seems to fit in well with the Saints. I am sure his development was a factor in the reasoning behind letting Joe Horn walk. He needs to improve his route running skills, but does show good hands and is a competitive player. Not a major deep threat, but can make plays deep.
Jim Green Bay
What are your thoughts on the whole Randy Moss Situation? Could he hlep Favre regain some of his magic? Thanks Rodd
Rodd Newhouse (4:17 PM)
Depite Randy and his mental "issues", he is still a great threat and playmaker against any DB in the NFL. I am sure Favre would love to have him as a weapon. Who wouldn't. He can help any QB he plays with. (unless the QB is in Oakland) Ha Ha Ha
CC in San Diego
What do you think of this trade? Chargers give up Michael Turner,swap 1rst round picks with GB and get GB's 2nd rounder?
Rodd Newhouse (4:20 PM)
Good scenario, CC! As much as it sounds tempting, I would not do it. MT is too valuable ot a team that has an entirely new staff (pretty much) for 2007. He is a valubale insurance policy for a team that is already under the microscope for the moves it has made in the coaching area, and to keep dismantling a team that went 14-2 last year would be PR suicide, and not in the best interst of the club as they try and get a new stadium.
Given the whole Lance Briggs issue for the bears, do you think that the bears should try to trade him away? I would hope it didn't come to that, but right now it's looking almost like the best thing for both sides
Rodd Newhouse (4:22 PM)
Kev, absolutely NOT! I think Briggs is playing his case inthe medis too much and hurting his trade value. No team is going to trade for him right now anyway with the draft looming. The game is tough and rough, but to complain publicaly about getting $7.2 million for a season of football just does not resonate well in the public eye. His best and only recousrse is to stay mad, say he will show up, and HOPE the Bears trade him by midseason, or else he is just hurting himself.
Chuck (San Jose, Ca)
Is Ashley Lelie going to live up to expectations in San Fran or shoule the 49ers use their 1st round pick on a WR of the future?
Rodd Newhouse (4:28 PM)
The 49ers need help on the defensive side of the ball, but do not have a number one WR. Johnson would be a good fit with pretty much anyone in the top 5 picks (except ARZ). With so many holes to fill, the 9ers maybe on a quick fix leash and look for Lelie ot be their guy. WR coach Jerry Sullivan is know for his work with recievers, and Lelie and Johnson could be a lethal combo.
Terrence (Baghdad, Iraq)
I'm from Jacksonville, so you know where I'm going with this. I know we need safety, defensive end and wide receiver. I know Ted Ginn Jr., Reggie Nelson and Jarvis Moss all could be available at 17. I've also heard reports the team may move up. Should they stay at 17 and select the best available player, or is something brewing in Jacksonville and they're considering a monster leap up the board?
Rodd Newhouse (4:33 PM)
The first round of the draft is sectioned into 2 parts. There is primarily the Top 10 and then the rest of the 1st round. Any player taken in the top 10 is more than a solid contributor. If a team like JAX thinks they need more than a imediate impact player, then jumping up for a Ginn or Nelson might make sense for them to move. If the free agent places are in place then I see them staying put for now.
is Dieon Grant and Brian Russell and Upgrade from Ken Hamlin and Michael Boulwear?
Rodd Newhouse (4:36 PM)
Yes and No. Russell is a former Pro Bowler who is not what he used ot be in terms of dominace and speed as a player, but does have the smarts the Hawks are looking for in the secondary. Grant still has range, but I still questiion his long term durability. But both are an upgrade over the play of Boulware. Boulware has not been a smart player for the Hawks. As for Hamlin, I think he is one of the premeir safeties int he NFL and should be one of the next big free aganets to sign before the draft. I think the Hawks kose a lot if the do not re-sign Hamlin.
Rodd Newhouse (4:39 PM)
With rumors flying that the Bucs are done with Simeon Rice, giving up first round picks for a solid, but not outstanding pass rusher seems to be a lot to give up in my opinion. Grant is athletic, but not the pass rusher the Rice is, so to let Rice go to bring in Grant does not seem worth it. Remember, the Bucs already gave up Booger McFarland for an extra second round pick.
pete (rockville, MD)
Hi Rodd, Why do you think Roderick Hood chose AZ over NO? Thanks.
Rodd Newhouse (4:42 PM)
Hood can be used as a return man, and likes doing that. In NO, he has to compete with his position and Bush as the retunr man. ARZ gives him a real chance to beat out Eric Green at the CB spot opposite Rolle, and can serve as the team's punt returner and seemingly will try his hand at returning kicks as well.
With the reported gap in what Justin Smith is asking for and what the Bengals are offering, do you see them trading Smith for a draft pick(s) or maybe a Swap with DA Bears for Briggs?
Rodd Newhouse (4:45 PM)
Sounds like that would work, but not practically. Why trade 2 franchise players in differnts positions in areas neither one really needs help? I see both players staying put for a while.
now that curtis is with the eagles, is he an upgrade, downgrade, or the same as stallworth?
Rodd Newhouse (4:48 PM)
Curtis is a solid number 3, maybe a number 2, and nt a number 1 receiver. I see this a slightly backwards move from Stallwaorth, and I am not a big Stallworth fan. Curtis is a small marginal player, where Stallworth is more physical and tougher despite his hamstring and "being inthe Program" issues. As players being equal, Stallworth is better.
Adam (Lawrence, KS)
Heard anything on Trent Green get traded?
Rodd Newhouse (4:48 PM)
Nothing more yet...stay tuned.
James (Tacoma, WA)
What do you think of the Pollard signig? Can he be effective in the Hawks offense?
Rodd Newhouse (4:51 PM)
Decent, but not that special. Pollard is a slow, but athletic TE. He will help the Hawks in their run game ans the Hawks look to implement more 3 WR and 1 TE packages giving them more options to run and pass from these sets. Pollard does have good hands in tight spaces.
Is Reggie Nelson a possibility at 11 for the Niners, especially with Roman penciled in at FS. Roman's a solid player who won't beat you but he's certainly not gonna change a game for you and he just doesn't carry the phsycial attributes to be a ballhawking centerfielder that we would need being the fact that Michael Lewis will be playing in the box alot?
Rodd Newhouse (4:54 PM)
Absolutely! With so much neede in this defensive backfield, Nelso is defintely a possibility, but the 9ers need to get a pass rush up front to help ou the defensive backs, so do not be surprised ot see them go in a diffrent direction.
Do you think Al Saunders will be smart enough to run the ball more this season with CP and Betts? With that tandem the Skins should not be throwing the ball much.
Rodd Newhouse (4:56 PM)
The Skins under Gibs are a run first throw second football team, so you will see a lot of that this season, especially now that it looks like running backs are being measured by the best tandem instead of best player.
Rod, I would love to see the Bengals deal Smith for Briggs. Smith is a Blue collar Bears kinda guy. Briggs is a premadonna
Rodd Newhouse (4:58 PM)
Briggs is no premadonna. The trade just does not make sense in the realm of football bookkeeping and player movement. The reason behind franchising both players is because neothr team really sees them a s long term anwer for the future, but know they need each player respectively as they continue their respective runs towards the championship next year.
Jim: Ocean Springs
I disagree on Curtis-Stallworth. When the Saints drafted Donte, I thought it was going to be an all time move. But Stallworth became a joke in NO---the players still joke about all his aches and pains to get out of practice and games. At least Curtis will show up for 16 games. The money NE paid was way too much for a part time loafing reciever.
Rodd Newhouse (4:59 PM)
I do not disagree on the money aspect, but player to player, Stallworth has more ability when healthy, than Curtis when healthy. We are splitting hairs on two margninal players in my mind.
Rod.. did you watch many Skins games last season?! Saunders had Brunell and/or Campbell throwing the ball like 35 times a game. He would almost always pass on first down and get away from the run early almost every week. It's not Gibbs I'm worried about... Saunders is the one calling the plays and last year he did a terrible job of it.
Rodd Newhouse (5:01 PM)
First of all yes, I did watch Skins' games. Taht is why they are going to run more this season, becasue thet passing stuff Saunders did, did not work for Gibbs and he will look to get back to what he knows best, especially with Campbell at the helm, becasue he will not be able to carry the team on his arm.
Nick (lansing, MI)
Hey Rod, how about a Lions question? Should the Lions try to trade Backus to someone in the mid first round then draft Thomas #2 and Willis with the pick you got for Backus?
Rodd Newhouse (5:03 PM)
Just for you Nick! No. Do not trade Backus for anyone. Keep your OL in tact and move backus to laft guard or right tackle. You win up front first and those are two solid building blocks.
Rodd Newhouse (5:04 PM)
Sorry guys, my time is up. Get back to your college hoops brackets and let's chat again on Monday at 1PM EST! Until...I'm out!