Chat with Chris Mortensen
Mortensen, an award-winning journalist and one of the most respected and accomplished reporters covering the NFL, joined ESPN in 1991 and appears on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter.
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Chris Mortensen (11:04 AM)
Good morning! Hope everyone exercised the right to vote Tuesday. Always great to witness our democracy in process, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost. Now, what about your teams that are winning and losing?
If the Falcons enter the play offs as a one seed do you still think they will lose their first game?
Chris Mortensen (11:07 AM)
We're only halfway through the season, right? It's a little early. Football is a game of match ups. I don't know who the Falcons will be matched up against under your scenario. Last time the Falcons had a No. 1 seed, playing the Packers in a dome - yes, that was Advantage Packers because Aaron Rodgers had the hottest hand in the playoffs. And any QB will tell you they would always prefer to play in January in a dome. Maybe Matt Ryan will be the hot QB in a favorable matchup.
Travis (Plano, TX)
Yes, Mike Wallace has dropped some passes this season, but his explosive speed on that crossing-route against the Giants was incredible. Do you see him staying with the Steelers next season? If not, what are some realistic options for him?
Chris Mortensen (11:08 AM)
I know the Steelers really want to get Wallace signed. In fact, the team offered him a contract before the season, he rejected it, so they move on to sign Antonio Brown. But if he wants money that is remotely close to a Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald, then it's a problem.
Chris Mortensen (11:09 AM)
We're having a slight problem posting questions... I'll "fix" it. Ha!
Bud Adams was quite outspoken about the Titans poor play last week - If the losing continues do you see him making a change at head coach - he loves Munchak? The name being mentioned is Jon Gruden- is he ready to get back into coaching and do you see him as a viable candidate for the Titans position is they were to make a change at year's end?
Do you think that the Steelers, with the ravens coming up for the next 2 out of the 4 games, can come out 4-0?
The last 2 years for example the Team with the hot hand going into the playoffs won the Super Bowl. Packers in 2010, Giants Last year. Which teams do you think could get the hot hand at the end of the season and make a run?
Whats Denver Chances of makeing it to the superbowl
Chris Mortensen (11:15 AM)
Let's answer the "hot hand" question first .... we are actually discussing this topic on NFL32 Today (5 p.m. ET, ESPN). I can't rule out the Saints and they will be especially an interesting topic if they should win their home game vs, the Falcons. But that's the deal. Some team we're not really thinking about will get hot. The Steelers, I think, will get stronger as the season moves on. How good will Seattle get if Russell Wilson improves? That's one of my assignments for NFL32 today.On the Broncos, you certainly have to believe they are going to make a run. Texans, Patriots, Steelers, Broncos and maybe the Ravens are all going to be there but the Broncos will be knocking on the door.
Chioke Hassan (Baltimore,Md)
Should the league make up games when there is Natural Disater?
Chris Mortensen (11:18 AM)
Yes, if the natural disaster presents a danger to the public. In the case of Hurricane Sandy, with the blessing of NJ Gov. Chris Christie and assurance that MetLife Stadium was a safe structure, that responders to those in need would not be removed from the primary focus, then I think the right decision was made. I was rather amazed that the stadium was full for the Giants-Steelers game.
So can players playing in Denver and Seattle now smoke marijuana or is it still against league policy?
Chris Mortensen (11:21 AM)
Ha. It's still against league policy. Of course, if a player had a true life-threatening disease in which chemotherapy was so debilitating and doctors legitimately prescribed marijuana for that player/patient, then let's get sensible. The other thing you must remember is the NFL only tests ONCE a year for marijuana or street drugs UNLESS that player was dumb enough to be placed in the program because of a positive on that one test or an incident involving alcohol or drugs.
Forrest (Indianapolis IN)
Why do you think the Lions never break out their hurry-up offense to catch teams off-guard?? They're pretty good at it during 4th-quarter comebacks...why not mix it in throughout the game?
Chris Mortensen (11:22 AM)
I would imagine we will see more of it from the Lions. Makes all the sense in the world, although Calvin Johnson is so beat up that the tempo may have to be slowed down occasionally.
When will the Cowboys cut their losses with Dez Bryant? The guy is a walking time bomb and toxic to the team.
Chris Mortensen (11:24 AM)
Jerry Jones has been fairly tolerant. Now, Bryant's hip injury was something we all witnessed when he made the great effort against the Giants. I would say if there are more distractions, the countdown will be on. Personally, probably another year of waiting for more maturity.
You had a couple of quotes from Chuck Pagano's pregame speech in a short piece for Mon countdown, is there anywhere we could see a transcript of that, the quotes you had were inspiring
Chris Mortensen (11:29 AM)
I do have that transcript and may find a way to provide that from everyone. I think Chuck is OK with it if it will help the cause of Chuckstrong, the campaign undertaken by the Colts Foundation to assist families who are dealing with cancer. He presented a $219,000 check (the first of many, he hopes) to the doctor as he re-entered the hospital for this round of bone marrow chemo. His goal is to build another wing for cancer patients there. Please keep him in your prayers and I will try to alert everyone through my @mortreport Twitter account if I put this pre-game speech transcript online.
Mort, what is the word on Mike McCoy as a HC next year? He worked wonders with Tebow last year, but how much credit does he get with Peyton's success this yea?
Chris Mortensen (11:32 AM)
I have seen him on some coaching candidate lists. I thought last year was very impressive because of the radical nature in which they had to revamp the offense with an unconventional quarterback. I'm impressed this year because he checked his ego with a QB of Manning's magnitude but I know Peyton truly appreciates McCoy's work and the run-scheme again has been very effective.
What do the Texans have to do on Sunday night to win in Chicago?
Chris Mortensen (11:34 AM)
I could give you my wise-guy answer - score more points than the Bears. But clearly, if the offense will not allow the Bears to force turnovers, then that Texans' defensive front must dominate. Really looking forward to the game. If you were a Texans fan, you certainly want to see Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson have a couple of game-changing moments.
Shane (Robins Air Force Base, GA)
If you had to cast your vote for Comeback Player of the Year today, would it be Peyton Manning or Adrian Peterson? Both are deserving but curious who you give the edge to.
Chris Mortensen (11:37 AM)
Shane, this is something else that came up in a phone conversation with an NFL friend the other day. Both are remarkable comebacks but anytime you're talking about the depths of where Manning was after his neck surgeries with nerve regeneration that remains a work in progress (believe it or not) then I would lean toward Manning. But Peterson? Wow. We are watching a Hall of Famer in Adrian. So impressive. What a football player. What a pro.
Mort, what's your take on the Eagle's situation. Is there any chance either Vick or Reid are still with the team next season?
Chris Mortensen (11:38 AM)
There's a chance if they get crazy hot the second half of the season and make the playoffs. Otherwise, I think both would be gone.
Mike H (Acworth GA)
Say Sean Payton has a chance to be the Dallas coach only if Jerry reliquinshes GM duties. Would Jerry pull the trigger?
Chris Mortensen (11:40 AM)
Payton being the GM would have nothing to do with the technicalities of the contract and his ability to choose another franchise. Jerry is not going to relinquish his GM title. However, as he did with Bill Parcells, I believe Jones would provided Payton with more personnel power than what Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett have enjoyed. Jones and Payton are very close. I still think he probably stays with the Saints but there are some interesting circumstances on this story.
How bad is the blood between John Fox and the Panthers? Plus, with the allegations of Carolina's owner disrespecting Peyton Manning during the lockout negotiations, do you see the Broncos hanging 50 out of spite on the the Panthers this weekend?
Chris Mortensen (11:43 AM)
I think there is some ill feelings there but Fox and Manning know those things are petty compared to the fact they have to win a road game against a Panthers team that should have beaten the Falcons on the road, lost to Bears by one point on a last second field goal on the road and just beat the Redskins on the road.
Chris Mortensen (11:44 AM)
Thanks for your time and patience! Tune into to NFL32 with our new weekday time of 5 ET/2 PT or set your DVRs. We truly get to 32 teams during the hour. Sunday NFL Countdown at 10 a.m. ET. God Bless!