Chat with Gary Horton
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN's NFL "Caveman" himself, Gary Horton, stops in to talk some football and other news from around the league.
Horton, from Scouts Inc., works year-round on ESPN's NFL-related shows, including NFL32, where he breaks down film, earning him his Caveman nickname.
Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.
Send your questions now and join Horton Monday at 4 p.m. ET!
Gary Horton (4:03 PM)
The Giants keep amazing me every week on how tough and resilient they are. No matter what their regular season record is, they will be around in January. I think the two teams we thought were elite, the Texans and 49ers, realize they can't mail it in every week.
Rich (New Jersey)
Of the Giants, Bears, Vikings, Falcons, 49ers, Seahawks, and Rams which doesn't make the playoffs? Of the teams sitting at 3-3 who'll make the playoffs in the NFC?
Gary Horton (4:05 PM)
I don't think the Rams will make they playoffs, they just don't have enough explosive weapons. I think all the others teams should be favorite to get in. In my mind, the Bears will have the toughest road to the postseason.
Matt Russo (South Windsor, CT)
Who do you see emerging in a cluttered and surprising AFC East?
Gary Horton (4:07 PM)
I think it's strictly the Patriots division. I don't see the Jets, Bills or Dolphins as contenders. They will all struggle to be .500 teams. Although the Pats are not perfect, I think they will run this division and be the only AFC East team to make the playoffs. I really expected more from this division.
Coach Harbaugh (Crying in my locker room)
How come the Giants own me and my team? What can I do differently to beat those nasty G-Men?
Gary Horton (4:09 PM)
Well, if I was 49ers fan, I would be really concerned on how I loss to the Giants. They did to us what we usually do to other teams. They were just so tough and resilient. I think the 49ers are still a terrific team and this may have been a bit of a wakeup call. I don't think this will happen again. We've seen when Alex Smith doesn't play well; the Niners are not the same team.
Jerry (Pittsburgh, PA)
On the Steeler's struggles, do you think the problem they are having stopping the run is more of the defensive line or the lb's?
Gary Horton (4:11 PM)
I think their defensive line is not real deep right now, although their linebackers haven't all been healthy. They are all getting older and aren't as strong at the point of attack. The guy I think is playing the best right now is Lawrence Timmons. But this defiantly isn't the Steelers run defense we've seen in the past.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Which NFL Games surprised you in Week 6 & you did not expect?
Gary Horton (4:13 PM)
For sure the Giants-49ers. I was not surprised by Patriots-Seahawks but I think we've learned this week just how competitive the NFL is. If the Chargers lose tonight, there will only be two teams in the AFC with above .500 records. If you like parity, this is your year.
What do you think about the Titans? Will they have a better or worse record than 8-8?
Gary Horton (4:15 PM)
I think they are a 8-8 type team and a wildly inconsistent team too. One week they won't have a run game with Chris Johnson, but the next week he'll produce. They also have a question mark in the secondary. Without a consistent run game, they won't go too far. The AFC South has been another disappointing division.
Troy (Burlington, WA)
Can you give me your thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks?
Gary Horton (4:17 PM)
I really like Seattle right now, especially their defense. The have a terrific pass rush, they are physical and they play hard. I think their run game can carry their offense but I still worry about the QB position even though Wilson played great yesterday. They have to be perfect to win and I don't think Wilson can carry the team if he had too. They are nearly impossible to beat in Seattle though.
Do you think the Titans have a better chance at the AFC South Title this year, or the Wild Card spot?
Gary Horton (4:22 PM)
I personally think the only team coming out of the AFC South in Houston. Tennessee is the second best team but I'm not sure if they are good enough to win 10 or 11 games. Although, now that I think about it, you might be on to something because we just mentioned the AFC has a bunch of .500 teams so 9-7 record may get you in the playoffs.
Is RG3 a legit MVP candidate if the Skins are contending for a playoff spot late in the year?
Gary Horton (4:24 PM)
Oh, I don't think he's close to an MVP candidate but he's a Rookie of the Year candidate for sure. He's really fun to watch and I think that award will come down to him and Andrew Luck. I do like the way the Redskins are playing right now, but Griffin III isn't going to be perfect every week.
Franco (NY, NY)
Tonight's game is a virtual pick 'em. Who is your pick?
Gary Horton (4:25 PM)
I pick San Diego to win. I know that most people really like the way this Denver team is coming on, but I think the Chargers' defense is underrated. They are vets and won't make the mistakes in the pass. I think the Broncos are still a work in progress and should hit their stride in a month or so.
Bert (St. Paul, MN)
Is Tannehill the real deal?
Gary Horton (4:27 PM)
I wasn't sure a few weeks ago but he's really starting to settle down now. He's making mature throws and I see improvement every week. I think he will develop into a good quarterback.
The Browns win! The Browns win! (Best Harry Caray Voice) Is Weeden the answer in Cleveland, or will the Browns look at Geno Smith in April?
Gary Horton (4:29 PM)
I think they think Weeden is the answer but I'm not sure of it myself. He's really confusing to me because sometimes he makes great plays but then at times he makes bad rookie mistakes. It's hard to judge him because he doesn't have great talent around him. I do think the Browns will stick with Weeden and continue to groom him.
Gary Horton (4:31 PM)
I think a lot of people on the east coast don't pay enough attention to west coast teams and I think tonight's game will be very intriguing. Especially the matchup between Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers. They will both give their best. Thanks for the chat. Talk to you next week.
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