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 (2:23 PM)
Welcome to our weekly Friday chat. Thanks for your questions and hope we can get to as many answers in the next half hour as possible.
What are your thoughts on the Bears? I believe their the biggest slepper team in the NFC. Everyone talks about the Eagles,Gaints,Falcons,Saints,Packers,and even the upstart Bucs but their 7-3 lead their divsion and I know Cutler is flapable at times but when he's hot he's hot any chance he could turn it on like Eil Manning 3yrs ago i know his weapons are weak but the bears just keep winning remember a lot of the same personal now was part of the SB team 4 yrs ago not saying their gonna win it all but they can go deep in the playoffs in a weak NFC.
Adam Schefter (2:25 PM)
Brandon: The fact that their defense is allowing only 14.3 points per game, the lowest average in the league, makes them a legitimate contender. And at 7-3, if they split their last six games, they'd still finish with 10 wins. So barring a collapse, they're going to make the postseason. It's just that it's hard to get past the turnovers and sacks that this offense allows. If they can limit each like they did during Thursday night's win in Miami, then this team can go far. If not, the postseason run won't last long.
Adam W (Palo Alto, California)
Too soon for your take on likely headcoaching moves this off-season? Are Gruden, Cowher, Billick likely to get back in the game in SF, Dallas, Min etc?
Adam Schefter (2:27 PM)
Adam: Thanksgiving to me marks the start of what I like to call "Hunting Season", when head coaches get hunted down. I think Gruden will be back next season, I think Billick wants to be back next season and I think Cowher would return only if the situation were right next season, though it's hard to tell which situation is the right one. Dallas wants to hire Jason Garrett if the Cowboys can perform well down the stretch; if not, I think Gruden tops Jerry Jones' list, though Billick could also get a look. And if Minnesota decides it's going to make a change, it has its successor on staff: defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who will make a fine head coach.
Keith (Andover, Ma)
Hey Adam-know this is your busy season but any new book projects on the horizon?
Adam Schefter (2:28 PM)
Keith: No new book projects on the horizon. You have to understand that writing books is the male equivalent of giving birth. It's a brutal nine-month process. Not saying I wouldn't do another book, because I would. But it would have to be a great opportunity and none have come my way and I don't know if any will.
Hey Adam, any chance that Parcells will come take the Vikings job?
Adam Schefter (2:28 PM)
Don't see that, Joe. See Leslie Frazier as the guy in Minnesota is the Vikings make a change and the Wilfs decide to eat the remaining years on Brad Childress' contract.
Way to pick MIA yesterday. Is there any love for Da Bears?
Adam Schefter (2:29 PM)
Don't confuse picks with love, Michael. I picked the Dolphins but I loved the way the Bears played, especially on defense. Props.
KEVIN (NEW YORK)
Hey Adam. The Jets had to go to overtime two weeks in a row. Both of those games, they won. As you know, it's hard to win in the NFL each week & to me these are character games that will benefit the Jets come playoff time. They have not peaked yet on both sides of the ball, but I sense it's coming
Adam Schefter (2:30 PM)
Could be, Kevin. I know people have made a big deal out of the fact that the Jets haven't looked great. And that's true, but so what? They're winning.
Hi Adam, really appreciate the great reporting you do! I've been wondering lately if Vincent Jackson is allowed to practice with the team or if his suspension requires him to avoid all league/team activities. What's the real deal? And, if he can't practice, when can he again and what's you're feeling on how involved he'll be in the game plan for week 12?
Adam Schefter (2:31 PM)
Geoff: First, thank you for your kind words. Second, Vincent Jackson is allowed to practice. But he cannot play until the game versus the Colts later this month. But talk about a team getting healthy. Malcom Floyd is expected back this week, Vincent Jackson next week, and Legedu Naanee anytime now. Philip Rivers is going to have some weapons to throw to as San Diego aims for another undefeated December under Norv Turner. Watch out for the Chargers.
Richard (Stratton Mountain, Vermont)
There are a lot teams at 7-2 & 6-3 in both conferences. Do you see a couple teams finishing at 10-6 or 11-5 and not making the playoffs?
Adam Schefter (2:33 PM)
Doesn't happen often, Richard, and especially not in a season when there is as much parity as this one. By season's end, the cream will rise and the non-cream will sink. 11-5 will be good for the playoffs and I strongly suspect 10-6 will be too, even if it doesn't look that way today.
Justin (UMass Amherst)
Should i start Malcom Floyd or Braylon Edwards on my fantasy team?
Adam Schefter (2:35 PM)
Don't like to answer fantasy questions, Justin, sorry. Just yesterday, someone said, Should I start Ronnie Brown or some second-rate receiver. I wanted to answer Ronnie Brown but didn't for this resaon: It's a crapshoot. You never know. If I had told that person Ronnie Brown, he would have gotten one point last night and his wide receiver this weekend probably would go off and I'd look like an idiot. I try to diepense as much information as I can and let others make the call. Plus, there's a great chart on ESPN.com in the fantasy section called "2010 Points Against." Best thing to do is go there and see how QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs have done each week against a team's defense. It's a handy guide -- and better than the guesses I could offer. Sorry.
Adam - what's your take on Megatron v. Big D secondary this Sunday?
Adam Schefter (2:36 PM)
FJ: If he's healthy, he's going to have a big day. But keep in mind he was limited in practice this week due to a knee and shoulder injury. Lions are tight lipped about how severe it is (but being that I'm going against Megatron in one of my fantasy games, it wouldn't bother me one bit to see him have an off Sunday).
Bing (Denver, co)
Whatever happen to Myron Rolle?
Adam Schefter (2:37 PM)
Bing: Tennessee drafted him, cut him and re-signed him to its practice squad. I've had the pleasure of meeting Myron a few times -- impressive young man. Don't think he needs football to succeed in life.
Chris (The Miller Lite Scientist) (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Need some of your insider information! Do you feel Reggie Bush will play this weekend? If yes, do you think he will be a major part of the game plan?
Adam Schefter (2:38 PM)
Let's see, a question from South Carolina about a New Orleans player? I get it. A veiled fantasy question, Chris. I'll give you what I know, and you make the call. This is the game that Bush has been targeting to come back. He has planned to play, but he was limited in practice the past couple days. New Orleans needs him and wants him back and when he gets back, and gets back in playing shape, he'll have his usual significant role. But it might take a little time to build up to that. Good luck with Bush on your fantasy team.
Hi Adam,Best guess on where Kevin Kolb is traded next season. AZ? What type of comp. do you think PHL would expect to receive? Think they can get a 1st for him?
Adam Schefter (2:40 PM)
Ted: My best guess is Philadelphia does not trade Kevin Kolb this off-season. And they certainly wouldn't do it for anything less than a first-round pick and then some (and the some could be a lot). Kolb's salary drops next season to $1.4 million; Philadelphia already has invested its time and money in Kolb. The Eagles are not trading him just to trade him. If they get a blockbuster offer back, they'd consider. Otherwise, he's back in Philly. That's where I think he'll be.
Stevie (Dallas, TX)
With the QB situation as bad as it is in Carolina, and the possibility having the 1st Overall Draft PIck, do you think the Panther would take Andrew Luck if they have the opportunity?
Adam Schefter (2:41 PM)
Any team that has the first pick has to take Andrew Luck if he comes out, Stevie. The question is whether Luck will come out. No knock on Buffalo even though fans there will take it that way, but if a rookoie wage cap is implemented and you're Andrew Luck and you know you're going to Buffalo, is that going to make you more apt to return to Palo Alto for one more season? It very well might. Andrew Luck will get to see who has the No. 1 pick and decide whether he wants to go live and work in that city for the next decade.
Is Fox out after this year?
Adam Schefter (2:42 PM)
As out as 2010, James. We're going to get 2011 and we're going to get a new coach in Carolina. The intereting part is where Fox will wind up. Not quite clear yet, but somewhere.
Colts are going to win Sunday. Book it.
Adam Schefter (2:42 PM)
With all due respect, Brian, I think we have learned that there's nothing that can be booked in this league -- other than a Ravens victory over Carolina on Sunday.
JP (Columbus, OH)
Who's coaching the Bengals next year?
Adam Schefter (2:43 PM)
Great question, JP. My sense is, it won't be Marvin Lewis. His contract is up, and if he were going to stay, how come the two sides haven't worked out a deal yet. My guess today on November 19 as to the Bengals next head coach: Mike Zimmer.
Daniel (San Diego, Ca)
Hey Adan i know you picked the Giants over the Eagles on Football Today, but with all the injuries the giants have, what is the main thing you are basing your pick on?
Adam Schefter (2:45 PM)
Daniel: First of all, I'm in the reporting business, not the picking business. Big difference. Saying that, I think the Eagles will be hard pressed to play at the high level they did Monday night, I think the Giants will be hard pressed to play at the low level they did last Sunday, I think the Giants have the pass rush to attack Michael Vick and the rushing attack to keep the ball away from him. And let me ask you this: If we took last weekend's games out of the equation entirely, and no one knew they happened, wouldn't most people be on the Giants team that at this time last week was being considered the best in the NFC? So we'll see. It's my pick, and that's all it is. A pick.
Mark (Spring Valley)
Is Michael Vick really as good as they say or is he over hyped?
Adam Schefter (2:45 PM)
Did you watch him Monday night, Mark? That cannot be overhyped. Tell me the last time you saw a quarterback play like that other than on a Madden video game?
Steve (Syracuse, NY )
Whats the latest news on Rookie wide-out Mike Williams of the Tampa Bay Bucs? Earlier, there were 2 conflicting reports on weather or not he was going to make the trip to San Fran for Sunday's match-up.
Adam Schefter (2:46 PM)
After deliberations, Steve, the Bucs decided to bring Mike Williams to San Francisco today and plan to start him. The Bucs are not happy with Williams, and he's going to have to address his team and the captains this weekend. But Tampa is keeping him in its lineup.
Scott (South Dakota)
What's up, Adam? Love the tweets. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? You get any time away, or will it be "business as usual" for you?
Adam Schefter (2:48 PM)
It'll be business as usual, Scott. Morning Sportscenter, afternoon Sportscenter, get ready for Sunday pregame show, work on the Friday 10 Spot for ESPN.com, and hopefully wrap up in the late afternoon in time to watch some football and have some turkey with the family. And by the way, Happy Thanksgiving to everybody and their families.
Adam, will Mike South play or won't he? That's rhetorical, however how many times a week/month do you get conflicting information like this? Is it safe to assume it happens all the time?
Adam Schefter (2:51 PM)
I assume you mean Mike Williams South, as opposed to Mike Williams West, Eric, and no, stories don't happen like that. What happened here was that the reports of his arrest came out and I got a call from a high-ranking Bucs official that said the reports are not what people think, that it was a speeding ticket and no DUI, and that Williams will be playing. Now if people knew this person, they wouldn't question it. So I reported it. Then another high-ranking Bucs person saw the report and said, Hold on, He's not playing. Clearly the second high-ranking Bucs person wanted a bit more info and the team wanted to have some meetings with its captains. It's part of the real-time world in which we live, in which we report on things as they happen. But there's a great point there and it's a danger of reporting jobs. Just because something is true one minute doesn't mean it will be true the next. I can have a coach tell me that Joe Smith will play Sunday, and then Joe Smith can go out Sunday and be more sore than he thought. Things happen. Plans change. And we do the best we can to get the most accurate info as fast as we can, but life changes. And that's what happened today with Mike South Williams.
Dennis in Pittsburgh [via mobile]
Over the years teams that spread out the Steelers defense and complete short passes have been successful.The Saints did it and the Patriots always do it,how can they stop it and why dont more teams do it?
Adam Schefter (2:53 PM)
Pretty simple, Dennis. The Saints quarterback is Drew Brees -- he's pretty good. The Patriots quarterback is Tom Brady -- he's pretty good. Not every team can trust their entire offense and direction to the quarterback and have him execute against Pittsburgh the way those two did. If Jason Campbell can do it this weekend, then Pittsburgh should be very concerned.
Hey Adam. As always, thanks for being the hardest working guy at ESPN. Do you think Sidney will take the bait and play suit up this weekend? Also would you think about starting Kitna over Garrard this week?
Adam Schefter (2:54 PM)
Thanks for the kind words, Steve. The Vikings haven't made a decision yet on Sidney Rice. I'm told it's the same deal as last week. We'll find out tomorrow if they do or don't activate him. As for fantasy, you're on your own. Go check out that chart at ESPN.com -- it'll tell you everything you want to know.
Please rank these NFC East WRs (based on what their career stats will be): Hakeem Nicks, Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin.
Adam Schefter (2:58 PM)
That's a real interesting question because you have to factor in so many other aspects. Off-field behavior, longevity, systems they'll play in. No way to know how accurate the answer will be now, but if I had to guess, I'd go DeSean Jackson first, Dez Bryant second, Jeremy Maclin third, Hakeem Nicks fourth. Jackson had some character questions coming in that haven't turned out to be worthwhile, Bryant had some injury questions coming in that worried some teams, Nicks has those injury questions, and Maclin is being compared to three super-freak talents. We'll see how this checks out in about eight years. Check back with me in 2018.Wanted to thank everyone for your questions today. Have to go get ready for the 3 pm Sportscenter on ESPN News, and Sunday NFL Countdown at 11 a.m. -- please tune in.Until then, have a great weekend, enjoy the games and happy thanksgiving to everyone and their families.Peace -- Adam
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