John Pez (1:00 PM)
What a Week One!!! Tom Brady rings up 517, Cam Newton with a ridiculous debut. How about Bryant McKinnie cleaning out James Harrison on a few sweeps. Urlacher did his thing. Stafford was brilliant. Yeh, Yeh, Yeh. Let's get to it. What's your take on Week One of the NFL season. Let's roll.
Wes G. Myrtle Beach SC [via mobile]
Is Steve Smith fo real???
John Pez (1:03 PM)
Wes gets us started with a good one. All offseason we heard how Steve Smith wanted out of Carolina. He decides to stay after Cam Newton gets drafted and then erupts for 8 catches for 178 yards and 2 TD in the opener. When healthy, this guy is Pro Bowl material. Yes, he is for real and it helps him that the Panthers finally have some pass-catching threats at the tight end position.
Alex (Omaha) [via mobile]
if Brady has a soft schedule this year, could he possibly throw for 6,000 yards?
John Pez (1:05 PM)
Alex I don't know about 6,000, but Marino's record of 5,084 yards in 1984 may be in jeopardy.
Mark: Colorado Springs, CO [via mobile]
Can Baltimore win it all??
John Pez (1:11 PM)
Mark is already moving us to February in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl. Well that Baltimore offensive line with McKinnie and Ben Grubbs on the left side with Birk in the middle and Yanda and Oher on the right, not to mention fullback Vonta Leach and the tight ends blocking for Rice could very well be the difference this year for the Ravens. Switching Oher away from "The Blind Side" in favor of Mount McKinnie has been Harbaugh's key move. But hey, let's not get too carried away. The Steelers committed 7 turnovers in that game. Obviously, that's NOT Steeler football.
garret wisconsin [via mobile]
what impact will randell cobb in green bay
John Pez (1:16 PM)
Packers GM Ted Thompson waited patiently, resisted the urge to trade up and then selected Kentucky QB Randall Cobb with the last pick in the 2nd round. These picks seem to work with college QBs such as Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El, Brad Smith, that adapt to the WR-KR spot on an NFL team. Cobb seems to be the next one in line. Two catches for 35 yards and a TD in the opener plus that 108-yard KR for TD. He probably will not make more than 2 catches in any game this season just because the Pack have so many receiving options - Jennings, Nelson, Driver, James Jones, Finley. Jones was the forgotten man in the opener, but don't expect that to continue, especially since he signed a 3-year contract for more than $14 million on Aaron Rodgers' recommendation.
Bob atkinson, il [via mobile]
If kyle orton plays like he did last night, why not put tebow in. A win is a win no matter how the kid throws.
John Pez (1:17 PM)
Bob, I'm not sure how that patience meter is going to work in Denver. I think the question is would John Fox go with Brady Quinn before Tim Tebow despite the mounting fan pressure to hand the reins over to the Gator icon.
Brandon Atlanta [via mobile]
What do the Falcons need to do defensively to be a legit playoff contender this year?
John Pez (1:22 PM)
Brandon, that 30-12 loss in Chicago sure caused some red flags on the heels of that playoff disaster vs. Green Bay. Well on the bright side, Abraham had a couple of sacks, Biermann had a sack and returned a fumble for a TD and Lawrence Sidbury also had a sack. The run defense was OK as well. But the linebackers had problems with Forte on the screen passes and the secondary, especially the safeties, were exploited by Cutler. GM Thomas Dimitroff knew it was a position of weakness and attempted to rectify it by adding safety James Sanders last week after he was released by the Pats.
Juan Los Angels CA [via mobile]
How good is the Cowboys O-Line going to be after the performance against the Jets D
John Pez (1:26 PM)
Losing Andre Gurode, Leonard Davis and Marc Colomboobviously makes this an offensive line in transition. Rex Ryan has exotic blitz schemes, so allowing 4 sacks in the first game really isn't too bad. Tyron Smith and Phil Costa look to be solid building blocks, but hey, of course, there's going to be growing pains.
isaiah (new york) [via mobile]
how much did we learn from the buffalo kc game is buffalo actually good or is kc that bad?
John Pez (1:32 PM)
Yeh, that's a great question. Are the Chiefs still hung over from that blowout playoff loss at home to the Ravens. Allow 4 TD passes to Ryan Fitzpatrick, 100 yards on the ground to Fred Jackson and 2 TD to a no-name TE. Then to make it worse, star safety Eric Berry suffers a season-ending injury. This secondary is in trouble. One thing about the Bills is that the QB now has some continuity in Chan Gailey's system and has a good rapport with WR Stevie Johnson. Defensively, the Bills are still weak against the run. But the Bills will be better than I thought. Will probably finish at or near .500.
craig ny [via mobile]
I can't remember a week that special teams had so much impact on games. From blocked punts to clutch fieldgoals to punt/ kickreturns. Do you think the lockout had to do with any of this?
John Pez (1:38 PM)
Wild week with a 63-yard FG from SeaBass, a winning 50-yard FG by Folk, the blocked punt by McKnight, the 2 returns by Ted Ginn Jr., the record return by Cobb. The lockout probably contributed to poor kick and punt return coverage. Roster moves were certainly rushed which forces special teams coaches to scramble with their units. Plus, maybe coaches probably thought the kick returns would be more limited due to the 35-yard line rule. They were somewhat limited, but not as much as expected.
Josh [via mobile]
From a one to ten, what do you rate mark sanchez in his first game that he was really allowed to throw the ball?
John Pez (1:45 PM)
Well, Josh I thought it was strange that Plax didn't have his first catch until late in the 3rd quarter and then quickly added 3 more catches, including a TD. So I think offensive coordinatorSchottenheimer shares in the blame. I do blame Sanchez for fumbling after being hit from behind on the corner blitz. That's a critical turnover midway through the 4th quarter that he got bailed out on when McKnight blocked the punt to tie the game. But overall, he throws for 335 yards and 2 TD with 1 INT, so I guess even with the 2 turnovers I would give him an 8. But we all know with Rex's "ground and pound" mantra, the Jets will not have many games where the pass to run ratio is in the range of 48 to 16.
Lontay cali [via mobile]
Know that raiders started off the season with a win did you think they cont. Being a winning team and make the playoffs a be a raider team that can scare alot of the elite teams
John Pez (1:47 PM)
The Raiders continue to beat up on division opponents. After going 6-0 against the AFC West last year, the Raiders kick off 2011 with a road win in Denver. Once again, McFadden has a big game against the Broncos and the defense, led by Richard Seymour, Kelly, Shaughnessy and Houston on the line, win the battle of the trenches. I think Hue Jackson can get this team to 9 wins.
john deason [charlotte tn] [via mobile]
is there any hope for the titans?
John Pez (1:51 PM)
Hard to believe that a former Pro Bowl lineman like Mike Munchak would preside over a team that ran the ball just 13 times and that includes a scramble by Hasselbeck. Don't get it. You can be encouraged by the play of free agent addition Barrett Ruud at MLB and rookie LB Akeem Ayers on defense.
jesse(maryland) [via mobile]
How long do you think it will be before we see the grossman of old?
John Pez (1:56 PM)
Well, Jesse I'm sure that you're just thankful that Grossman's fumble after being hit by Jason Pierre Paul and recovered by Michael Boley didn't result in a TD. That would have tied the game at 21-21. Instead, Lawrence Tynes misses the field goal. But hey, give credit to Grossman for his 305-yard and 2 TD game. Some of his passes were high, forcing the receivers to make leaping catches, but overall, he stood in the pocket and took some big hits while making his throws.
J mccormick [via mobile]
sam bradford, legit or pretender this year? thanks!
John Pez (1:59 PM)
Bradford wasn't sharp in the opener, but that's an Eagle secondary with Asomugha, Asante and DRC. Plus, defensive coordinator Juan Castillo made sure that the tight end was bracketed, virtually erasing Lance Kendricks and Bradford was not counting on that. His receivers - Brandon Gibson, Amendola, Sims-Walker, Salas - are not good enough to get separation from Philly's DBs.
craig ny [via mobile]
Can you see the undefeated patriots taking on the undefeating packers in the superbowl? Those offenses looked liked they could score whenevery they wanted to and I can't see a team slowing them down
John Pez (2:01 PM)
Packers and Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Yeh, Rodgers and Brady duke it out in Peyton's house. But they will not go undefeated. The Pack and Pats have some defensive issues.
Jon (Detroit, MI) [via mobile]
Can Stafford be a top 5 QB?
John Pez (2:04 PM)
First two years, he played 13 games and missed 19 due to injuries. If he plays at least, say, 13 games, I think he would still rank behind Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Rivers, Vick and Roethlisberger, but Stafford would be right there with Ryan, Romo, Schaub and Eli.
myrtle beach, sc [via mobile]
how about the eagles? With a week one win, new acquisitions living up to the hype?
John Pez (2:08 PM)
The big three of Vick, McCoy and DeSean are tough to stop. Secondary is amazing. Jason Babin had 2 sacks, Cullen Jenkins had 1 so the D-Line is solid. I think the offensive line can be exploited and the linebacking corps has to improve against the run. They gave up 91 yards on the ground to backup Cadillac Williams after Steven Jackson produced 56 yards on 2 carries before getting hurt.
Mark, Phoenix [via mobile]
Thoughts how the Cardinals will stack up in West after week 1 performance?
John Pez (2:11 PM)
Well 8-8 may be good enough to win this division. Last year, 7-9 did the trick. The biggest impact move of the 4 NFC West teams was the addition of Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals. Now the concern here is with the young cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson. Cam Newton lit this secondary up for 422 yards and 2 TD.
bob ne [via mobile]
Where was ochocinco last night? Can you see a trade coming? I can't see him not becoming a distraction if he's not playing
John Pez (2:15 PM)
Is it possible that Tom Brady throws for 517 yards and Ocho makes just one catch. Yeh, where was he? Brady looked much more comfortable with Welker, Branch and his tight ends Hernandez and Gronkowski. Ocho might as well have not suited up.But Belichick will get him involved in the offense in the next few weeks. Now that opposing safeties will be locked in on the tight ends and Welker, that should give Ocho one-on-one coverage. That means for him, it's time to put up or shut up.
Brandon [via mobile]
Can the Redskins make the playoffs?
John Pez (2:20 PM)
Brandon, I think the offensive line isn't quite strong enough. They gave up 4 sacks to a Giants defense that was missing Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. There will be protection problems for Rex Grossman along this 16-game journey. But the defense has some serious building blocks with Orakpo, Kerrigan and Landry along with solid vets like Fletcher and Cofield.
craig ny [via mobile]
The only way to beat the pats is to put pressure on brady with your front 4 and play zone. I don't know why dolhpins tried playing man. Didn't they watch tape of the playoff game vs the jets?
John Pez (2:25 PM)
Craig, I think you have to consistently change your defensive looks against Brady. But the Pats especially took advantage of cornerback Nolan Carroll and safety Benny Sapp. Miami couldn't get pressure even with Cameron Wake coming off the edge. Good debut for Pats rookie T Nate Solder starting for an injured Vollmer.
cory -Wa. St [via mobile]
What happened with L. Blount in week one? Do you think he picks it up in week 2? More so than say Frank Gore? Also, who do you recomended, Chargers team Qb vs NE or Detroit TQB vs KC?
John Pez (2:37 PM)
Blount was not happy with just 5 carries in the season opener. Graham had 6 carries and 8 catches. Week Two at Minnesota, look for Blount to get 15 carries against a Vikings defense that will again be missing defensive tackle Kevin Williams. But you have to go with Frank Gore vs. Dallas in Week 2. Rivers vs. the Pats or Stafford vs. the Chiefs. Tough call. Go Stafford against a KC secondary missing Eric Berry
sid no la [via mobile]
No defense will the saints be one and done like last year who dis
John Pez (2:39 PM)
Sid, this week against the Bears will be telling. But no, I don't think the Saints will be one and done again. Needless to say, that Green Bay team is tough to defend.
daniel, San antonio, TX [via mobile]
With coach Harbaugh in the driver seat, gore healthy, and alex smith finally looking confident, how far do you think the 49ers might go this year?
John Pez (2:42 PM)
Daniel, the opener wasn't that encouraging. Ted Ginn bailed the Niners out with those 2 TD returns. Alex Smith threw for just 124 yards in an ultra-conservative game plan and Gore was limited to 59 yards on 22 carries. The defense took advantage of a young Seahawks offensive line - 2 sacks for Justin Smith and 2 for Parys Haralson plus a sack and 3 QB hits for Ray McDonald.
josh warners jenson mi [via mobile]
Calvin johnson 100 catches and 14 tds?
John Pez (2:44 PM)
Those 100 catches are Herman Moore numbers. You remember Herman, right. Let's go 92 and 12 for Megatron.
cory -wa [via mobile]
With Rivers throwing for 300+ what's up with V. Jax' limited production?
John Pez (2:48 PM)
There was one play Sunday where Rivers missed a wide-open V-Jax and just threw his hands up in the air. A total of 144 yards went to the backs Mathews, Tolbert and Hester and 94 yards went to the tight ends Gates and McMichael. You know V-Jax will have a bunch of 2 for 31 games and then he'll sprinkle in some 6 for 85 yds and 2 TD games. On Sunday, he'll match up against corners McCourty, Dowling and Bodden.
Joshua Olathe, KS [via mobile]
Any hope for the chiefs?
John Pez (2:51 PM)
Josh this could be quite a fall. After going from worst to first they could go back to worst in the AFC West. No, well not behind Denver I guess. Tamba Hali is a star, but guys like Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey must improve if this team expects to contend. The loss of Eric Berry is a damaging blow.
Jake Baltimore, MD [via mobile]
Could the Ravens have the best offensive line in the NFL?
John Pez (2:56 PM)
Yeh, Jake we discussed this at the start of the chat. They spent big bucks to retain Yanda at right guard. Even with Matt Birk at center, they signed Andre Gurode when he became available. On the advice of Ray Lewis, they signed Bryant McKinnie (the U) after he was released by the Vikings. He goes to the blind side, sorry Michael Oher, you go to the right side. With Ben Grubbs at left guard, this could be the best offensive line. Plus you add the premier blocking FB in Vonta Leach and this will be all about power football on the offensive side for the Ravens. Ray Lewis is going to enjoy watching them play.
Jon (Detroi, MI) [via mobile]
Thoughts on Fairley's impact when he becomes healthy? Slow start?
John Pez (2:58 PM)
Jon, you would think that they would ease Nick Fairley into the rotation. These foot problems can linger if you look for too much too soon.
will Pnw [via mobile]
With the Seahawks Def looking pretty stout, do you think they can keep the Steelers offensive production fairly low like they did to the Niners as in around 200-250 total yards?
John Pez (3:06 PM)
Pete Carroll designed his defense to bottle up Frank Gore and it worked (59 yards on 22 carries, 3 catches for 19 yards). But you can do that when Alex Smith is the opposing QB instead of Ben Roethlisberger. Steelers have a much more balanced offense than San Fran with much better receivers. On the other side, how will the Seattle offensive line keep the Steelers away from Tarvaris Jackson after allowing 5 sacks to the Niners?
al florida [via mobile]
Is there any hope for the dolphins?
John Pez (3:15 PM)
You have to be encouraged with Henne, Brandon Marshall, Bess etc. But Incognito at guard had his problems and Bush is not an effective inside runner. After gaining 20 yards on his first 2 carries Monday, Bush had 18 yards on his next 9 carries. He's still an excellent pass-catching threat. Secondary is weak at safety and CB Nolan Carroll was especially exploited by the Pats. Hard to believe team is 1-8 in last 9 home games.
Jake Palm Beach [via mobile]
Do you think with Henne showing a big improvement in last nights game will he turn this team into a contender?
John Pez (3:27 PM)
Jake, Henne has all the tools to be a solid QB. This backfield needs Daniel Thomas to spell Reggie Bush (who is not a 20-carry back) and both receivers Marshall and Bess to have big seasons. Offensive line has solid blocks in Jake Long at tackle and Pouncey in the middle. Defense has issues, especially at the safety spots.
John Pez (3:32 PM)
OK,once again thanks for your participation. We'll wrap up this Tuesdays with Mobile Chat reviewing Week One of the NFL season. By the way, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Romo played "one of the best games I've ever seen him play" on KRLD-FM, the team's flagship station. Should we leave the Chat on that note. No, let's go to Justin from Richmond
Justin Richmond VA [via mobile]
You dont beleive that Romo is a choke artist do you? i really think they need to put some blame on special teams and defense
John Pez (3:40 PM)
No, I don't Justin. The fumble was inexcusable, through, with your team a chip shot field goal away from taking a 10-point lead. The interception (right into Revis' hands) was obviously a miscommunication with Dez Bryant. But I think Romo can QB a team to the Super Bowl.Right now, they're debating this topic on "Numbers Never Lie" on ESPN2.
John Pez (3:41 PM)
And on that Tony Romo note, we will wrap up this Tuesday Mobile Chat. Thanks again for your participation and we will see you next week.