Chat with Ashley Fox
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN.com NFL columnist Ashley Fox stops by to chat.
Fox joined ESPN.com in 2011 after 11 years as a writer and columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she covered the National Football League, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia 76ers. She also has worked at the Louisville Courier-Journal and Sports Illustrated. A North Carolina native, Fox lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and son.
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Ashley Fox (1:02 PM)
Hello everybody. Thanks for joining me today. I am back after vacation and a camp tour. It's been a tough 24 hours or so, with the news of the passing of Andy Reid's oldest child, Garrett. Puts things in perspective. Let's get started.
Rah-steam (Hackensack, N.J.)
Let me start by saying CONDOLENCES to the Reid family. For some reason I think the Eagles will rally around this loss. There was talk about Reid being on the hot seat, Philly not reaching their potential, talks of being a Dream Team. Now this puts everything in perspective and will lead to them just focusing on football. Your thoughts?
Ashley Fox (1:05 PM)
Well, to be honest, it's still hard for me to think about football at this moment. And I, too, send out condolences to the Reid family. It's really tough. As a parent myself, I can't imagine how devastating it would be to have to bury a child. It's awful. I think there is no question the team will rally around Andy. Howie Roseman put it very eloquently yesterday when he said they will be strong for the man who has been so strong for them. And they will.
OHL522 (Blue Bell)
Do you think the tragic death of Garrett Reid will slow the momentum of the team camp and result in a slower than expected start of the season?
Ashley Fox (1:07 PM)
To add a little more, I'm not sure how it will effect the team. But knowing Andy, he won't want it to effect the team at all. They are a veteran group with a veteran coaching staff that, for the most part, has been together for a while. So I think they will rally around Andy and play for him.
Alex Gutierrez (chicago)
besides healthy what is the biggest thing holding Vick from being MVP?
Ashley Fox (1:10 PM)
Staying with the Eagles for a moment, health is the biggest thing. He has to stay healthy and play well. The Eagles have surrounded Vick with talent. There is a question at left tackle with Jason Peters being out. He has been vitally important to that offensive line. But Vick looks great. I watched practice on Friday and he was sharp. He's watched a ton of film this offseason and he is burning to win. Will he avoid contact and stay healthy? He knows he must, but we will see.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What is your Favorite NFL Team?
Ashley Fox (1:11 PM)
I like all 32. Don't have a favorite.
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi Ashley - Last year there were 3 quarterbacks threw for over 5,000 yards. I think someone like Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees could reach the 6,000 yard mark, with the receivers Eli Manning has it's possible he could pass this mark. Do you see this happening this year or in the next couple of years and possibly someone else?
Ashley Fox (1:13 PM)
Don't forget Tom Brady, with all his receiver options (including the tight ends). It's crazy to say 6,000 could happen. That's an awful lot of yards. But you're right. Everything lines up for it to happen. Brees's record won't stand nearly as long as Marino's did. Might not stand past this season.
How many wins do you predict the Bengals to have this year?
Ashley Fox (1:16 PM)
I have not reached the prediction portion of my preseason just yet. Boring, I know. But I think they will be improved, particularly with Year 2 for the QB and WR. But the division will be tough, as always, and I would be surprised if another 9-7 season would get them into the playoffs.
Colin Kingston,NY [via mobile]
Which teams do you think will matchup in the superbowl?
Ashley Fox (1:18 PM)
The two that are hottest at the end. You either have to be consistently good or hot when it counts, like the Giants were last year. It is impossible to predict right now.
Aren't you glad you didn't pay Kevin Kolb a 7 million dollar roster bonus Ashley? Furthermore, did they actually think they had a shot to land Peyton Manning? This is a 4 win team, in a weak division. Agree?
Ashley Fox (1:19 PM)
I don't know about that. Only four? That's rough. But Kolb's injury history is a concern, particularly in light of the money the Cardinals have invested.
I'm very excited to see the Packers new Defense. I truly believe they weren't as bad as they were last year. Adding Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels I believe will make a major impact on the front 7, as well as undrafted rookie Dezman Moses (who is shining). What is your thoughts on the Packers D for this year?
Ashley Fox (1:22 PM)
Well, the statistics from last season said they were bad and the Packers obviously felt they needed to address it, just like the Patriots did. The thing with them, like with New England, is the defense doesn't have to dominant. They need to get stops and turnovers, but that offense is going to put up points and move the ball. But I agree with you. I think they will be improved.
Charles (Center City )
Not sure how Andy could say he would be back Thursday. I know that he could escape and grieve through footbal but what about his wife ? his other kids ? how can he come back so fast ?
Ashley Fox (1:24 PM)
I don't know. It seems fast to me, too, but it is certainly his choice. I wouldn't tell anyone how to grieve or what process they should take. He's got to do what he thinks is best for him and his family.
What do you think of Haslem buying the Browns? All I can say is wow! He seems to be just what the Browns need, an involved and caring owner.
Ashley Fox (1:27 PM)
I don't know much about him, but it is good news for Cleveland. It's going to be really interesting to see what he does with the infrastructure they have in place. They've got good, young building blocks personnel wise. A hands-on owner should be a good thing.
The NFL has limited many things in regards to players hours, will they ever regulate coach's hours at the facilities.
Ashley Fox (1:29 PM)
That's an interesting question. But no, I'd doubt it. Coaches would howl at the prospect. I've spoken to several over the last week as I made my way around different camps, and the restriction in players' hours has been an adjustment. The coaches hate it, of course, in particular the rule where, even if a player wants to watch tape with a coach in February he can't. Coaches want to teach, and they are now limited in the time they can do that.
JB (New York)
Thoughts go out to Coach Reid and his family during this difficult time. OHL took some of my thunder there, but can you see the club rally around their coach and carry this all the way to February?
Ashley Fox (1:33 PM)
I'm getting a lot of questions in the queue about Reid and the Eagles, and really, that's where my head is at today. It's been a tough 24 hours or so. On Friday, I spoke with Vick at great length about his relationship with Andy Reid and why they are so tight. Vick would walk through fire for Reid. A lot of the players feel that way. I think they are going to rally around him. Will it carry them to February? I don't know about that, but the Eagles are a talented team on paper. It's going to come down to the quarterback staying healthy.
Brandon (Googyear, Az)
First I would like to say my thoughts and prayers go out to the Reid family. Is Weapon X training with the Eagles on the offseason, if so are they looking into re signing Brain Dawkins?
Ashley Fox (1:33 PM)
I believe Dawkins has settled in the Denver area. And he is retired. That man isn't changing his mind. He is done.
John G (Wisc)
In all honesty, I think its going to be a rough start of the season for the Eagles. I'm going to try and not sound like a non caring person but looking at it from the outside, The only positive for the team is that it happened when the season isn't going. I look at what happened last year to the Packers. Joe Philpin's son passing away the week before their playoff game against the giants. To me that is the #1 reason why they didn't win or play like they did all season. The emotion was taken from them. That is why i say the only thing that you can find as a positive in a bad time. Wish them well.
Ashley Fox (1:36 PM)
I don't doubt it regarding the Packers. That was a brutal week for them. I was at that playoff game, and they weren't the same team. This is a game and these are professional athletes, but they are real people with real feelings. It is impossible for them not to be effected by something as crushing as that. It's awful and sad.
Robert (Las Vegas)
Do you think Eli is a Hall of Fame QB?
Ashley Fox (1:37 PM)
Yes, I do. I've heard other people say not yet. But I think he will end up there when it is all said and done. He's still getting better. He is super clutch. He's won two Super Bowls. And he's not done.
how much do you think the loss of terrell suggs will effect the ravens
Ashley Fox (1:39 PM)
It hurts, that's for sure. But the Ravens are hopeful he can make it back for the stretch run and then, hopefully for them, the playoffs. I was down there last week and was struck by how confident Joe Flacco is. He wants the offense to really step up and not rely on the defense so much, something he said has happened in the past. I'll have a column about it later this week (shameless plug, I know).
Jared (Colorado) [via mobile]
What's your prediction on how Peyton manning and the broncos do this year? The next few years?
Ashley Fox (1:41 PM)
I think if Peyton is back to being Peyton, they'll have a great shot at winning the division and getting to the playoffs. He's Peyton Manning. Plus, the AFC looks to be a little weaker than in years past. It's going to be really fun to watch that division. As we've noted here in past chats, Kansas City looks loaded, as does San Diego.
Al (Wausau, WI)
Ashley, in response to Rich's question, if Rodgers, Brees, Manning, and Brady could make up the "6,000 Yard Club", might Matthew Stafford make the club as well? Detroit looks like they could also have a lethal passing offense if Stafford stays healthy...
Ashley Fox (1:43 PM)
Yep. I think so. He had 5,038 passing yards last year, more than Eli and Rodgers. So he's in there, no question.
Being a parent, I cannot imagine how Andy Reid is able to function after losing his oldest. If I lost one of my kids, I think I would be locked in a room for a year and come out looking like Robin Williams in Jumanji. How do you see Andy Reid reacting to this? Is there a personality trait within NFL coaches that allow them to absorb this type of tragedy?
Ashley Fox (1:46 PM)
I'd be curled up in the fetal position probably for the rest of my life. I don't know if there is a personality trait with coaches, but most I know are matter of fact and total creatures of habit and routine. Andy is strong. He's real. He has been dealing with a lot behind the scenes for a while. I'm sure he's crushed, but I would think he would find some comfort within the structure of his job.
Tyler (Los Angeles)
I think that we shouldn't even be talking about football at this point.
Ashley Fox (1:47 PM)
That's kind of how I feel.
Shawn - Sandy Eggo [via mobile]
From a cowboy lifer / Eggle hater, just wanna send condolences and prayers to the Reid family, as great as this game is, times like this give us all perspective, and even not knowing Andy, you hear and can tell he is a class act ... God bless him and his family ...
Ashley Fox (1:48 PM)
Well said, Shawn.
Who do you think will be Coach Reid's replacement if he leaves the time for a while?
Ashley Fox (1:49 PM)
He left offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo in charge in his absence. But he apparently is returning to coach the team in their preseason game on Thursday.
Dan (Tulsa, OK) [via mobile]
Well done column on the Reid family. Gut wrenching stuff handled in a touching way.
Ashley Fox (1:49 PM)
Thank you. Was really tough.
Andy (Ann Arbor, MI)
Even as a Lions fan, I think Marty Mornhinweg could be a good head coach. He just started in DET too earlier and in too poor of a situation. Think he'll land a HC gig soon or stay around as an OC?
Ashley Fox (1:55 PM)
I am quite sure he would love another opportunity as a head coach. If the Eagles have success, he could get another shot. I thought he might get one after the 2010 season.
Kurtis (Houston, TX)
Ashley - What is your own power ranking for the top 3 in each conference?
Ashley Fox (1:56 PM)
I haven't gone there yet, but I believe we are scheduled to unveil an updated power ranking soon. I'll have that nailed down by this time next week.
Ashley Fox (1:57 PM)
Alright folks. Thanks for all the comments. I didn't get to as many as I would've liked. We will try again next week. And as always, hit me up on Twitter @AshleyMFox. Have a good week.