Chat with Kevin Seifert
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert will drop in to chat about the NFL.
Seifert joined ESPN.com in 2008 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for eight years. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and daughter.
Send your questions now and join Seifert Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Kevin Seifert (2:00 PM)
Hi everyone. Thanks for joining us. This will be an abbreviated version of our chat, but I promise it will go at least 30 minutes. OK, let's get to it.
KS: You called this CHI victory a long, long time ago. Very well done! How big of an indictment on this coaching staff is Aromashadu? For me, he's just one more reason that they and their egos need to be shown the door.
Kevin Seifert (2:01 PM)
I did? Thanks. I barely remember that whole discussion. I'm not sure where to land on the Aromashodu issue. Who is to say he was this ready to play when the season began? What if the development time did him some good? What I will say is it's given Cutler a lot more credibility. He's been pumping this guy up from the start.
Al (Wausau, WI)
Kevin, does the fact that the Vikings scored 30 points in the last 23+ minutes of last night's game perhaps provide some hope for a better result in the Sunday game against the Giants? Also, if the Vikings end up losing their first playoff game, could some of the Vikings' coordinators/assistant coaches perhaps end up losing their jobs?
Kevin Seifert (2:03 PM)
Well, I will say we've seen a lot of teams run up some big point totals against the Bears defense this season. So all it tells me is the Vikings haven't given up on their season. I don't think any significant coaches/coordinators would be threatened if this season turns further sour, however. Childress has been pretty loyal to his staff over the years.
Justine (Detroit, MI)
I asked Len earlier and now I'll ask you.... What more does Louis Delmas have to do (short of being traded from the Lions) to be considered for DROY?He's having a historic rookie season and yet gets shafted because he's not a sacking pass rusher like Matthews and Orakpo who you've stated are more likely to be DROY.1. He became the first rookie to register an interception return TD, fumble return TD and a safety in the same season (second player in NFL history; Rams LB Rod Martin, 1984). 2. Delmas has scored more defensive points than any rookie in the NFL in 2009 and ranks second overall in that category with 14 points (1 Int-TD, 1 Fum-Td, 1 safety). All three defensive scores have occurred against playoff-contending teams (New Orleans, Green Bay, Arizona). 3. Ranks first among rookie defensive backs and third among all rookies with 89 tackles (61 solo) (including special teams tackles). Matthews is 13th and Orakpo is 15th amongst rookies. 4. Ranks 7th amongst rookies in interceptions. 1 more would place him 4th. Matthews/Orakpo don't have any.Seriously, besides the fact that he's a Lion, why doesn't he get more respect and hype around the league?
Kevin Seifert (2:05 PM)
I think it's fair to say Delmas has had a great rookie season, and I think that I have been pretty consistent with that assessment all season. Fair or otherwise, he definitely gets overlooked on a national scale because he plays for the Lions. And these awards usually hinge on a small set of stats: interceptions for DBs and sacks for DL and LBs. Because of that, Orakpo seems to be a favorite for the award. But I think Delmas is the Lions' best defensive player already.
Kevin, Happy holidays. Is it me or has the Viking swoon coincided with Brad Childress's contract extension.How is Chilly viwed by the players. I know how he is viewed by the fans(and I'm one of them.)Could Zigy get his money back???
Kevin Seifert (2:07 PM)
It has in terms of the timing, yes. Players have learned to accept what Childress is and what he isn't. I don't think they reacted poorly to the extension. They know what they're dealing with, both from a positive and negative standpoint. Wilf can't get his money back, no. But you look at it from the other angle and say this: What if he had not given the extension and the Vikings fizzle out in the playoffs. Do you fire Childress after winning back-to-back division titles? Or do you bring him back? If you bring him back, you have to add on to his contract somehow. Otherwise, he would be a lame duck because the last year of his contract was 2010.
Joe (Allen Park, MI)
There is minimal talk that Julius Peppers would be receptive to the idea of signing with the Lions in the offseason. If Lions opened their pocketbook, would it be a good move for Detroit? Yes, Peppers is an immediate upgrade at DE, but they are a young team who are still in the early stages of rebuilding. We've seen the positive effects Peterson/Foote had on our young LBs like Levy. Would adding Peppers to a D-Line with Jason Hunter, Cliff Avril, Andre Fluellen, Landon Cohen and possibly Ndamukong Suh instill in game knowledge, a good work ethic and veteran guidence?
Kevin Seifert (2:08 PM)
Where is this talk coming from? I would be really surprised if that were the case. Among many other reasons, I thought Peppers wanted to be an OLB in a 3-4 defense.
Did anyone ask Childress in the presser if they thought about going for two and the win at the end of the fourth quarter?
Kevin Seifert (2:09 PM)
No. I've seen a game where that happened -- 2002 Minnesota vs. New Orleans -- but I don't think it would have been a good idea last night. You take your chances in overtime at that point.
Is there any way that Aaron Rogers doesn't make the probowl?
Kevin Seifert (2:10 PM)
He's as close to a lock as there could be. Favre, Rodgers and Brees should be the QBs.
Who wins the rematch between the Vikes and Pack?
Kevin Seifert (2:11 PM)
Well, you have one team that is 6-1 over its past seven games another that is 1-3 over its past 4. That tells me Green Bay should be primed for this game. I thought the Packers looked outmanned in both regular season games, but both teams have changed since then.
J.B. (Dunmore, PA)
Kevin: So this chat will be much like last night's Vikings effort then, right?
Kevin Seifert (2:11 PM)
I prefer to consider it 30 minutes of fire.
Any shot the Vikings lose to the Giants next week?
Kevin Seifert (2:12 PM)
About as much of a shot as we thought the Bears had of beating the Vikings last night. More than ever, anything can happen in this league. How do you like that for an "expert's opinion?"
R.J. (Iowa City, IA)
Kevin, has either of the Vikings' safeties made a single play all year? They are the kings of anonymity. Do the Vikings need to address that in the off-season?
Kevin Seifert (2:13 PM)
I think so, absolutely. Madieu Williams doesn't want to tackle. His effort on Jay Cutler's scramble was weak.
J.B. (Dunmore, PA)
Kevin: I actually missed the crucial play in OT but understand that there may have been a face mask call missed on 'Stoney' Peterson's fumble. What did you see? I mean they officials missed a blatant pass interference call and block in the back as well so I guess missing a face mask would be par for the course.
Kevin Seifert (2:13 PM)
It sure looked like Zack Bowman had Peterson's facemask. It was definitely a fumble, but a facemask penalty would have overturned it.
Gil (Where Uncle Sam Says )
Lions fan here. If the Rams take Suh at Number 1 Who is the next best pick for the Lions?
Kevin Seifert (2:14 PM)
I'm saying McCoy or Berry, if he can play cornerback.
You think the mainstream finally may realize it wasn't as much Cutler's fault as it was the offensive line? He had time and looked good last night, and the one time he didn't he tried to force something, which of course ended up an int. I guess everyone should realize it was a combo of bad line play and him trying to force things because of it.
Kevin Seifert (2:15 PM)
I don't know about that. There have been some protection issues, for sure, and the line hasn't done much for the running game. But Ron Jaworski looked at every Cutler interception before last night's game. He determined Cutler was at fault for 22 of the 25. Even if you give or take a few, I think that tells you something.
Bigger pipe dream: Vikes still get #2 seed or Pack wins in the 1st round?
Kevin Seifert (2:18 PM)
Vikings getting the No. 2 seed is the bigger pipe dream.
Kevin Seifert (2:18 PM)
Sorry for the delay. My internet session expired here in the hotel. For all of you complaining about a shorter-than-usual chat, I can tell you we're luck to have pulled this off at all. Onward...
Ben (Sandy, UT)
I'm tired of Bears fan using the O-line as an excuse for Cutler, Rodgers has Swiss Cheese for an O-line and he's thrown 7 picks.
Kevin Seifert (2:19 PM)
Exactly. A heavy rush isn't an excuse to force passes.
Albert (New Orleans)
Who would you rather have as your QB at this point in the season..Brett Favre with major turmoil with Childress or Aaron Rodgers with confidence?
Kevin Seifert (2:20 PM)
I will say that I don't think Favre's performance has been impacted by the Childress feud. The Vikings as a whole might have been, but not Favre.
Any reason as to why Zygi gifted the contract extension before seeing tangible playoff results?
Kevin Seifert (2:21 PM)
I think he knew he wouldn't bring Childress back in 2010 as a lame duck and decided he wasn't going to fire him, either. So an extension was the only option left.
Damien (Chicago, IL)
Chicago @ Lions. Will this final game of the season determine your "Have at it"?
Kevin Seifert (2:22 PM)
No. I already "decided" that I think the Bears are closer than the Lions. Feel a little better about that after Monday night.
Feds (Upper Michigan)
hey Kevin: After all the animosity and scrutiny given to Ted Thompson and to a lesser extent Aaron Rodgers last year by media and even Packer fans, isnt it time to reverse that and give both credit? Every week Aaron Rodgers shows why Ted Thompson was right to transition to the Packers QB for the next decade.
Kevin Seifert (2:23 PM)
Yes, but I've never denied that. My problem last year, and continues to be, the execution of the decision. If they were going to move on, which clearly was a fine decision, they shouldn't have let it drag on into training camp. I think they would probably agree on that point.
Do you see the Lions drafting for need in the first round (OL) or best player available (Berry, McCoy)?
Kevin Seifert (2:24 PM)
I think it will be the best available. But it sure would help if a left tackle moves up the charts here in the college all-star season.
Kevin....it was a wierd press confrence from chily last night. do you read into that all? he seemed like a coach that has lost his team.
Kevin Seifert (2:25 PM)
No, I think Childress is annoyed that the feud story became so big and with some of the reporting that went on with it. A couple of those reporters were in attendance and he tweaked them. I doubt he even knew it was being televised.
Kevin, I've been reading that the Bears' victory last night may have saved Lovie Smith's job. Please tell me that the Bears' front office is not foolish enough to base any decision on one game...
Kevin Seifert (2:25 PM)
They would be making a big mistake in letting that game influence them, one way or the other. There is plenty of evidence during the entire season to cull from.
Jerry Angelo (Halas Hall)
Gaines Adams what?? I picked up Devin Aromashadu! Thats gotta count for something right?? Pure Genious Kevin!!
Kevin Seifert (2:26 PM)
And it only took three months to get him on the field!
Can we finally stop saying the bears have a receiver problem. They might not have a true number one but they have lots of good young receivers who can only get better. Plus it looks like cutler really has a connection with aromashadu.
Kevin Seifert (2:27 PM)
No, I'm not ready to say that yet. When one of their young players establishes himself to the point of requiring a double team, then I'll say that. The Bears at this point have no one who commands special attention from defenses. That makes them easier to gameplan against.
Aaron (Eau Claire, WI)
What's up with Winfield? Any insight...
Kevin Seifert (2:28 PM)
He's definitely still hurt. I think he's acknowledged the foot won't be totally healed until the offseason. The Bears were wise to test him last night.
Hester on the trade block?
Kevin Seifert (2:30 PM)
A number of you are asking about that. I haven't heard about it. And I don't think the Bears have enough offensive playmakers to start dealing one of them away.
Craig (Braintree, MA)
Did it seem to you that the Vikings were having footing issues on that field last night?
Kevin Seifert (2:30 PM)
A little bit. Soldier Field was in terrible shape. Bad for both teams.
I think Finley is the best receiver on GB. Thoughts?
Kevin Seifert (2:31 PM)
It's been that way during the second half of the season. He gives them a different dimension. Opponents are giving him the underneath routes rather than letting Jennings and Driver go deep.
Kevin Seifert (2:32 PM)
OK everyone. I'm gonna cut it off here. Thanks so much and we'll chat with you next week.
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