Chat with Matt Mosley
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com NFC East blogger Matt Mosley stops by to talk about the NFL offseason.
Mosley, an award-winning writer for The Dallas Morning News for seven years, joined ESPN.com in January 2007 and writes columns, features and blogs about the NFL.
Send your questions now and join Mosley on Tuesday at noon ET!
brian schiff (larchmont)
bigger impact -- nicks or hixon?
mosley (11:59 AM)
By the end of the season, it will be Nicks. he could be starting by October. At least that's what Coughlin keeps hinting. By the guys, I only have 30 minutes today. Let's make a good one.
Trenton C (King of Prussia, PA)
Matt, I am curious as to your opinion on the Redskins Receiving Corps this year, as well as Marcus Mason's expected role. Do you think he'll be put in ahead of rock?
mosley (12:00 PM)
I think Mason will be a nice change-of-pace back. And yes, I think he'll be ahead of Cartwright on the depth chart. With the injuries that Betts has had, you need a guy like Mason to be ready to go.
Mike (Orlando, FL)
MM- Love the chats. Do you think the Eagles are set at the safety position with Macho Harris or is there more shuffling to come?
mosley (12:01 PM)
I love what Macho has done in the preseason. But Demps will be the starter. They have good depth. I'm not as worried as others.
everyone is talking about the giants defense having trouble without spags running the defense. what about the death of johnson?
mosley (12:02 PM)
I think both situations will bear watching. The Eagles didn't show many of their blitzes in the preseason, so it's probably too early to panic. Same goes for the Giants. Plus, both DCs have dealt with a lot of injuries. Let's give it at least one game before we turn this into a major storyline. Cool?
Henry (ashburn, VA)
good afternoon matt...what do you think about Dan Snyder, especially after this whole ticket fiasco that came out in the Washington Times last week?? is he holding the redskins back from winning it all???
mosley (12:04 PM)
I don't think that ticket story, which was actually in the Post, has anything to do with what's happening on the field. But there is a credibility problem that the organization has with Snyder at the helm. I know he'll try about anything to put a good team on the field. But it's easy to question the way he goes about doing that.
is cerrato starting to look like a genius? most of HIS draft pks are still on the team....good sign? or bad?
mosley (12:05 PM)
You better be hitting on those Day 1 picks, although it hasn't always happened. But Cerrato and his staff are doing a really nice job landing guys in the late rounds. Chris Horton and Marko Mitchell are just the latest examples.
Darrick Knight (Durham,NC)
Hi Matt, I am nervous about Shawn at RT. Do you think he can do the job.
mosley (12:06 PM)
I think he's immensely talented. But that back condition scares me. If he can make it through the first four games, then you'll have a sense of where he's headed. But he needs to hang in there and fight through the soreness. We'll see.
which team has the best combo of safeties in the beast?
mosley (12:07 PM)
Matt: when are teams required to submit their depth charts to the NFL? The Giants do not have one on their website yet, and I was wondering what the WRs and LBs look like? Who is going to be the 3rd and 4th Wr and who is going to start for Boley against the skins?
mosley (12:08 PM)
I don't always put a lot of stock in those depth charts. They use those things for the flip charts in the press box. A lot of times you'll see a third-stringer playing more than the second-team guy in Week 1. I don't study that stuff because it doesn't mean anything.
Being a West Coaster, I haven't had a chance to really see the Eagles in the preseason. From what you've seen, how has McCoy looked? Is he ready to adequately spell Westy for the 2 games he inevitably will miss???
mosley (12:09 PM)
Yatin, I think McCoy's had his moments. He doesn't always make the right cut and his blitz pickup needs some work. That said, I think he'll be fine. Put him down for 7-10 carries per game.
Who is the best coach in the beast?
mosley (12:10 PM)
Anthony L. (VB, VA)
Mr. Mosley,A lot of praise has been given to the giants all off season for the way the sured up depth along the d-line, but with all the off-season surgeries and injuries do you still believe that this defense will still avoid wearing down late in the season?
mosley (12:13 PM)
It's a good question, Anthony. I think it hurts to have Jay Alford out for the season, but players such as Barry Cofield, Fred Robbins, Rocky Bernard and Chris Canty should provide solid play and depth along the line. Coughlin thinks the depth angle is overrated because of all the injuries, but it's still pretty impressive to have an DE rotation of Kiwanuka, Umenyiora and the mighty Tuck. In some ways, Osi's injury probably helped the Giants.
Tuck or Ware?Osi or Cole?Haynesworth or Tuck?Orakpo or Cole?Haynesworth or Ware?Boss or Celek?Ratliff or Canty
mosley (12:14 PM)
Ware, Umenyiora, Tuck, Cole, Ware, Boss, RatliffSome of those guys play different positions, so I'm not sure this was a helpful exercise. But I always stop down for our German audience.
Who is the best GM in the Beast?
mosley (12:15 PM)
I think you'd have to go with Jerry Reese right now.
Steve (Arlington, VA)
Offensive rookie of the year in the NFC East is...???? Defensive rookie of the year in the NFC East is....????
mosley (12:15 PM)
Nicks and Orakpo.
Daniel (San Antonio)
Hey Mosely, How about those Baylor Bears on saturday?!?!
mosley (12:16 PM)
Daniel, it was a huge win for the program. I heard from Coach Briles this very morning. Onward and upward!
Marc (Malden, MA)
Call me crazy, but I think the Redskins go 10-6. I can see going 3-3 in the Beast, then beating all 4 AFC West teams (SD won't play their starters in week 17), Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and they could beat Carolina (which would give them 11).
mosley (12:16 PM)
I'm calling you crazy.
youre having technical difficulties!!!!
mosley (12:16 PM)
Really? What's going on?
Trenton C (KoP, PA)
One more question - what do you think of the Eagles' decision to keep Kolb over Feely?
mosley (12:17 PM)
Kolb's a lot younger and they still think he has potential. And we don't know how long Vick will be around. You have more invested in Kolb (second-round pick).
Jarem (College Park, MD)
Really??? Tuck over Haynesworth???
mosley (12:18 PM)
I shouldn't have even answered that. They have completely different styles and play different positions. I retract my answer.
What happened to Joe Mays? He was great last preseason but blew his chance to start this year.
mosley (12:19 PM)
I think it was just a little too soon for Mays. That's a lot to ask of a second-year pick from a small college to jump and there and replace Stew Bradley. It's not really an indictment of him. He'll be OK.
Brandon Gibson (Philly)
Who gets more playing time, Me or Maclin?
mosley (12:19 PM)
Follow the money, Brandon. Maclin will get the most opportunities. That's the way this thing works. Why do you think the Cowboys have co-starters at CB?
bradshaw taylor (providence)
Do you think Barden is going to contribute this year? I did not see anything in the preseason games but heard a lot about his practices.
mosley (12:21 PM)
He could be a big-time contributor in the red zone, Bradshaw. He's not a complete receiver like Nicks right now, but he's on his way. Barden sort of hit a wall late in training camp -- and that's normal.
Charlie S. (Norfolk, VA)
Malcolm Kelly: Over or Under 500 yards receiving this year?
mosley (12:21 PM)
Based on what you've seen and heard, what kind of impact do you think Kelly has if he can stay healthy for the Redskins? I think he's set to surprise a lot of people who wrote him off.
mosley (12:22 PM)
He certainly surprised me. He has excellent hands and he's just shown a lot of maturity. No matter what they say, the Skins still don't trust Devin Thomas. They have a lot of trust in Kelly.
Megan Brown (Auburn,OH)
I know it's ludicrous for someone to label the 1st game of a season as a "must win" but how important is for the Cowboys to start THIS season off with a win on the road against a depleted Bucs team?
mosley (12:23 PM)
About the same importance as the Eagles, Giants and Skins getting off to a strong start. The Cowboys need a good start to validate all their talk about improved chemistry and that type stuff. But we've seen hot starts from this team in the past. And it doesn't lead to playoff wins.
Read the blog every single day, MM... great job! How long will it be until Maclin takes the starting spot?
mosley (12:24 PM)
Sort of depends on how Curtis holds up. I think Maclin might spend the entire season as the backup -- but an injury could change that.
question about the scoreboard in Dallas....lets say for arguerments sake a play gets broken....and the QB instead of throwing out of bounds pretends to throw one down field and bonks one off the scoreboard....would that be a do over, and save them an incompletion and loss of down on a broken play?
mosley (12:25 PM)
I think we've been over this scenario. I'm not convinced a QB could hit the board -- unless you're talking about Vince Young. He's good at floating passes. If the QB hits the board, I think it's a do-over and you re-set the clock. I think Schefter wrote about this
Tom (Coon Rapids, MN)
Hi Matt. What is your opinion of Jerry Reese's statement that this team is better then the champion 07
mosley (12:26 PM)
I think it's true. But the difference is that the other teams in the division have also gotten better. Our time here grows short. I'm trying to take care of the early birds right now.
i am concern with the eagle's tight end situation. I know Brent might be a star in a rise and Tony Curtis is an veteran tight end that can block; i was wondering if the eagles still planing on adding another veteran tight end to the roster?
mosley (12:27 PM)
Yes, they'll keep looking around.
It's likely the Giants will be without Aaron Ross and Jay Alford, have a limited Chris Canty, and be a little out of sorts with the fluctuation in their health with regards to their projected starting lineup. Factoring this in, how do you see the Redskins attacking the Giants this weekend? Do you think this opens up a specific weakness Zorn would like to attack, or is this a relatively even loss across all areas of the Giants' defense?
mosley (12:29 PM)
I think the Redskins feel like they have to run the ball. I think you'll see them try to run Portis at least 16 times in the first half. That smashmouth approach worked pretty well in the first half of '08. Last year, the Skins weren't ready for the Giants in Week 1. This year will be a little different in zorn's second year.
Matt, the Cowboys whiffed on a whole lot of draft picks this year, including the two DBs from Cincy. Add that to all the injuries the draft class has had to this point and there's a serious depth problem. Jenkins and Newman have both had injuries in the past and I assume starters will be asked to fill on in special teams more often overall. So what's the plan? Sign a vet or two after week 1? who's out there?
mosley (12:30 PM)
No magic plan out there. They're just praying they stay healthy. And you're right, they have MAJOR depth issues. When's the last time they drafted and developed a good offensive lineman? Ummmmm...Andre Gurode in 2002?
Could you see dan snyder making a run at mike shanahan is zorn on hot seat since dan's the owner?
mosley (12:31 PM)
Every employee in the building is on the hot seat -- with the possible exception being Vin Cerrato, an avid reader of the Beast blog. So yes, I think it's obvious Z's on the hot seat.
gerry (wilmington NC)
Huge fan! How much do you think Andre Woodson will help the Redskins with his knowledge of the Giants offense. In the past when the Giants brought some of our guys (Pierce, Arrington) it was a huge help to them. Lavar even brought the playbook.
mosley (12:32 PM)
That deal is SO overrated. The Giants will change a few audibles, but Woodson's not going to lead the Skins to a win with his vast knowledge of the Giant's playbook. You think the Skins haven't already been scouting the Giants pretty hard? You think a 23-year-old kid with a pretty grasp of the playbook is that huge of a weapon? I certainly don't.
Brian G (Maryland)
Do you think that Andre Woodson would do the Giants dirty like that? How do you think the Giants will prepare for that?
mosley (12:33 PM)
Who's writing the checks to Andre' Woodson right now? Heck yes, he'll "do them dirty."
Have the Giants receivers played better than expected during the preseason?
mosley (12:34 PM)
No, not really. In fact, Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon haven't really lived up to expectations.
Brendan (Denver, CO)
Have you heard of anyone in the NFC East trying to pick up Brandon Marshall? Shouldn't the Giants be inquiring for him?
mosley (12:35 PM)
No, the guy's a knucklehead. The Giants finally parted ways with that type of guy in the locker room. I think that would be a really bad move by Jerry Reese -- and that's why he's not going to do it. I have time for maybe two more questions. You guys have been outstanding -- as always.
Charley (South Bend)
What's your take on Brian Hoyer backing up Tom Brady? He was very solid in his pre season exploits, but that was against other back ups. If Brady unexpectedly goes down again, how will NE fair?
mosley (12:36 PM)
Brian Hoyer will not be the backup to Tom Brady.
Amro S. (McLean, VA)
Will the redskins make the playoffs, and why is there so much hype in Dallas, Romo is unproven and now that TO is gone their offense seems one dimensional what is your opinion?
mosley (12:36 PM)
Seems like a leading question. I think there's less hype about the Cowboys than we've seen in several years. And no, I don't think the Skins will make the playoffs.
Angel (New York )
Hi Matt, do you see any last minute trades or pick ups for the NFC beast?
mosley (12:37 PM)
Cows will continue to look for help at CB and the Eagles and Giants will be on the lookout for TE help.
Barden, Hixon, Toellfoson and second round pick for Brandon Marshall?
mosley (12:37 PM)
Erin (Pensacola, FL)
Are the Cowboys depth issues at WR over with the upcoming of Miles Austin, Sam Hurd, and undrafted free agent Kevin Ogletree... I know none are T.O but I really like how our players are progressing... how about you Matt?
mosley (12:39 PM)
Well, the depth issues aren't over because you have to see if Austin and Hurd can make it a few games without an injury. Those guys get hurt a lot, and that will cause some issues. Fortunately, the Cowboys have two excellent tight ends and a talented group of RBs to cover up for some of that.
Hey Matt, When the phins make the playoffs u can tell everybody at ESPN you told them so. Thanks for the love The Phins are no fluke.
mosley (12:40 PM)
Don't sleep on Tony Sparano!!
Todd (Ft. Worth, TX)
Best in East? QB? WR? RB? TE? DE? CB? Safety?
mosley (12:41 PM)
Manning, Jackson (with Moss right there), Jacobs, Witten, Tuck (Ware plays OLB), Asante, Mikell
What's you expect from Michael Vick this season. How much time you think Vick need to regain his form as running qb and passer?
mosley (12:42 PM)
Lots of Wildcat appearances. Early on, I'd look for six or seven plays per game. Once McNabb has a big game, everyone will be calling for Vick. He may be the starter in 2010. There, I said it.
Marty B (dallas, tx)
Who's a better big-play receiving threat --- Martellus or Witten??
mosley (12:43 PM)
Witten's still the better player, but Bennett may have more plays of 20 yards or more.
adelawon (new york)
i recall hakeem nicks stating he would like to win offensive rookie of the year do you think the giants will give that chance because i believe he has that type of talent?
mosley (12:43 PM)
sure, he'll have a great chance.
Mikell over Phillips? What happened to the break out pro bowl year you've been talking about?
mosley (12:44 PM)
I think Phillips will definitely have a breakout year. But Mikell's already broken out. He's the best safety -- as of today. And I know I left Landry off the list. He's a good one, but I'm waiting for him to actually take over. We talk way too much about his potential
Brian (near Philly)
Long time reader, since the HashMarks days. gt2590 on the comments pages. Bear with me Matt. Long question:Now that the new Cowboys Stadium is built and up and running, and his "legacy" is done with the construction phase, do you see Jerry, maybe in a couple of years, kinda of losing some of his zest, and stepping back from the day-to-day operations?I have always been a big fan of Stephen's and if memory serves me well, most of the decisions he has input on have turned out well. He is certainly able, IMHO, to take over the day-to-day duties. He would almost certainly delegate more of the work to football minds. I'd just hate to see Jerry viewed in the future in the same light as Crazy Al is now.Just wondering...