Chat with Adam Schefter
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter stops by to fill you in on all of the latest news from around the league.
Since joining ESPN in August 2009, Schefter has appeared on SportsCenter, NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and ESPNEWS and other ESPN platforms, such as ESPN Radio and ESPN.com's Insider section. Prior to ESPN, Schefter worked for the NFL Network and spent 15 years at the Denver Post covering the Denver Broncos.
A native of Valley Stream, N.Y., Schefter is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He has authored four books and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America.
Send your questions now and join Schefter Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET!
Adam Schefter (2:30 PM)
Hello, everybody. Happy to do another Friday chat till the 3 p.m. SportsCenter. Let's get to the questions!
Do the Bears have good potential?
Adam Schefter (2:31 PM)
Logan: They're 4-1, the Packers are beset by injuries, the Vikings have some injury woes of their own. Enjoy it. They're 4-1. At 4-1, they have the potential to have a very good season.
Adam, what are the major issues that could potentially result in a lock out by the owners in 2011? I imagine the NFLPA wants guaranteed contracts for all its players since they put their bodies on the line each week with a significantly greater chance of injury than other sports (although the owners would object foer that very reason).
Adam Schefter (2:33 PM)
Good question, Jeff, with lots of answers. Owners believe when they gave up 60 percent of revenues in the last CBA, it was too much. That is one issue. The 18-game schedule, and how the two sides work it out, is another. Then there is the matter of a rookie wage scale, which both sides actually are in favor in -- so long as that money then gets allocated to veterans. Then there are retired player benefits, and who funds them. But the bottom line is, money. Always.
Chad (North Carolina)
Have you heard any noise out of Carolina regarding possibly trading DeAngelo Williams? I know publicly they have to say there is no interest to do so, but behind the scenes and given that Williams' will leave after the season, doesn't it make a lot of sense for them to move him? They have Stewart and Goodson already to replace him as well.
Adam Schefter (2:34 PM)
Let's make this simple, Chad. The Panthers are not trading DeAngelo Williams. At least two teams have called Carolina to see if he would be available. They were told exactly what I'm telling you: No. Not happening. Williams, despite the fact that his contract will be up after this season, is not leaving Carolina now. And after this season, if the two sides can't get a long-term deal done, I'd guess Carolina franchises Williams before he could become a free agent.
Which one should I bench this week? Best, Calvin or BJGE
Adam Schefter (2:36 PM)
Let's get this out of the way early today, Mike. I appreciate the fantasy questions, I want to help, but I feel guilty if I do. Fantasy football usually is educated guesses. And ESPN.com has a great fantasy football site where people can go to the "2010 Points Against" Category. They can see how teams have done against opposing QBs, RBs, TEs and get a real idea of how a player might fare in a weekend. But it's always a crapshoot. And I'd feel too much guilt if I told anyone what they should and shouldn't be doing with their fantasy teams, especially when two teams are each 3-2. Go with your gut.
Do you think Brett Favre's legacy has tookin a big hit over the past 3 yrs? I have not just because of the off field allegations or the his will he or won't he retirement offseasons but his play on the feild i know he was great last yr but i'm talking big moments 2 of the last 3 yrs he lead his team tho the NFC title game and threw picks at the end of those games that coast his team a chance at the superbowl not just that but look at his long body of work 4-8 in his last 12 playoff games 24tds to 21ints if manning,romo,or mcnabb had those #s they be getting killed by the media i think favres gottin a big pass he's a all time qb don't get me wrong but for all the record breaking stats and mvps he only has one ring and people hype him up like he's montana.
Adam Schefter (2:38 PM)
Brandon: No matter what happens with Favre, he goes down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, with a consecutive game streak that, in my mind, blows away Cal Ripken's. But what also will be recalled about Favre once he is done playing is the way he waffled and the situation that was publicized this season, especially if the NFL winds up disclplining Favre. But there's no disputing his football greatness: Favre is an all timer. And nothing changes that.
Who is an anlylist you most admire
Adam Schefter (2:40 PM)
Too many to count, Ryan. I think Gruden and Jaws do a great job on our Monday night games. I'm a fan of Cris Collinsworth's. I enjoy listening to Troy Aikman and Phil Simms and Tim Ryan and Charles Davis and Mike Mayock. The truth is, these men are in these jobs because they're good. And I have all the respect in the world for the men that work their jobs, that put in the time. Anyone who does that gets my support.
Adam -- you're awesome. Thanks for everything.You know anything about how the GB backfield will look after Starks comes of the PUP list? Talented guy and the Pack didn't add a big name. I smell smoke... Is there fire?
Adam Schefter (2:42 PM)
Thanks for the kind words, Mike, appreciate them. Everyone's waiting on Green Bay to make a move at running back. There were people in that organization that really wanted the Packers to pull the trigger on a Marshawn Lynch deal before the Seahawks did. Problem now is, DeAngelo Williams is unavailable, the Packers don't seem to have any interest in Willis McGahee, and you name me another back out there that would work for Green Bay. I proposed in my Friday 10 Spot column on ESPN.com that Green Bay trade a fourth-round pick to Dallas for Marion Barber. It's a trade that makes sense for both teams. I think it should happen -- but it won't. Chances are, Green Bay will go through this season with the backs on its roster, plus Starks coming off PUP.
Love your work, Adam, but why do you tease us Packer fans with potential trades? We know Thompson won't make a move! That said, what's your outlook on GB's chances for the playoffs and beyond?
Adam Schefter (2:45 PM)
Jeff: I'm not teasing any trades in Green Bay. I'd love to see one, because this offense needs another back. But I'm not running the team; I'm just reporting on it. Injuries really have hurt this team this season. There are so many to overcome -- Ryan Grant, Nick Barnett, Jermichael Finley, Al Harris, Atari Bigby. Morgan Burnett, and on and on. Teams can't lose that many players and expect to be nearly as potent as many predicted.
What are your thoughts on the New England offense going forward... Do you think they can continue to be succesful without the deep threat of a guy like Moss?
Adam Schefter (2:47 PM)
David: As good as Randy Moss is and was, he caught only nine passes for the Patriots this season. What he brought to them this season was more of an aura than anything else. Now that aura is gone. Now it is up to Tom Brady to carry it forward. The Patriots have a lot of good young players -- Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman -- and I think the football world is going to become more and more familiar with some of these players. And yes, New England will be New England.
What's the status of Darren McFadden?
Adam Schefter (2:47 PM)
Hammy, Omar. Hammies for running backs are not good. And McFadden has had a tough time overcoming injuries in his career. Just when he was making big-time strides this season, he gets this. Disappointing for everyone involved.
Why arent the Steelers using Mike Wallace on special teams returns? Isn't that why they drafted him?
Adam Schefter (2:48 PM)
Zach: Didn't Antonio Brown return a kick for a touchdown against the Steelers? And hasn't Mike Wallace turned into one of the premier deep threats in football? And aren't the Steelers off to a 3-1 start? What's the problem? Sit back and enjoy. What they're doing seems like it's working OK to me.
is deon branch really the answer in NE?
Adam Schefter (2:49 PM)
He's part of the answer, TJ. Keep in mind, that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady really likes Branch. And if Brady is happy, then the team is going to be happy. Branch is not going to carry their receiving game. He'll be one component of it. But there are enough weapons in New England for this offense to play well. It's hard to see how it's as explosive and dangerous without Moss. But it still will be potent.
What's the most difficult part of your job?
Adam Schefter (2:51 PM)
Paul: Just the quantity of news and information. It never stops, at 3 in the afternoon or 3 in the morning. There's always something going on. But saying that, that's the part of the job that I most love, too. It's always happening. It never stops. Not too much time to rest. This is a crazy league and it makes my job one that I wouldn't trade for anything.
Trap game for the Giants this week vs. Detroit, or do you think Coughlin/Gilbride/Fewell will have that squad fired up to stomp a lesser team?
Adam Schefter (2:52 PM)
A couple of thoughts there, Phil. Yes it is something of a trap game for the Giants. I really think the Lions are improved and dangerous and their record should be better than it is. Saying that, the Giants are playing some good football. They've got the No. 1 defense in the league. If the Giants play the way they have the past two weeks, New York wins. But if the Giants let up at all, and if Eli Manning throws more interceptions the way he has done a little too often this season, the Giants will open the door for an upset.
What is the latest on Shady's McRib? Is it of any concern to fantasy owners?
Adam Schefter (2:53 PM)
LeSean practiced today, Randy, and he's expected to play. Look, if he played with the rib injury last Sunday night in San Francisco, why would he not play Sunday against Atlanta?
What's Jed York thinking in San Fran with his playoffs talk? I met him a few times at Notre Dame because my high school buddy was roommates with him for 4 years. I know he's a homer for the Niners, but c'mon, playoffs?
Adam Schefter (2:54 PM)
Scott: In any other division, the 49ers are dead, roadkill. But in the NFC West, they actually have a chance. Their schedule is set up to where if they can get some wins, they can make a run at the division title. They still have played only one division game, so they're going to have a chance to knock off the teams in front of them. It's not going to be easy, and it probably still is a longshot, but it's definitely within the realm of possibility.
Adam, Is there any hope in Buffalo besides getting a franchise QB next year?
Adam Schefter (2:56 PM)
You nailed it, Nick. Next year. Franchise quarterback. That's everything. Think about how bad the Colts were for years and years. And then they had a choice between Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning. And made the right one. The Bills are going to have to pick the top quarterback in the draft in April. Right now, I'd say it looks like Andrew Luck of Stanford. Maybe it'll be Jake Locker. But whoever it is, the hopes of an entire city and region will be pinned on him.
WITH THE 1ST OVERALL PICK IN THE 2011 NFL DRAFT THE BUFFALO BILLS SELECT_____________?
Adam Schefter (2:56 PM)
Mikey: Just hope it's not another running back. It has to be a quarterback. The best quarterback. A player to build around for the next decade.OK, gotta go do the 3 pm Sportscenter. Appreciate all the questions today and sorry I couldn't get to more. Have a great weekend and enjoy the games Sunday.Best,Adam