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September 29, 2:36 PM ET
Chat with Kevin Seifert

Kevin Seifert
  (2:59 PM)

Hi everyone ... welcome to our weekly get-together. We'll keep things mostly tied to the NFC North, but it would be hard to ignore a few Lane Kiffin questions. Let's get on with it....

Mitchell (fargo)

how much patience does Zigi have for childress? for childress's sake I hope that it is more then I do!

Kevin Seifert
  (3:01 PM)

Ha. I think Zygi Wilf really wants Childress to succeed. Childress is the first coach he hired, and their reputations are tied together to an extent. I know for a fact that Wilf is disappointed in how things have played out but I don't have a feeling yet one way or the other if he'll make changes as a result.

Kimberly(Sheboygan,Wi)

I saw online that cullen Jenkins is done for the season so who will take his spot then?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:02 PM)

Yes, that is the report from the National Football Post. I doubt the Packers would want KGB playing every down, so I guess the options are Montgomery or Hunter.

Kimberly(Sheboygan,Wi)

Kevin, Have you heard how serious the injury is to AJ Hawk

Kevin Seifert
  (3:03 PM)

They're concerned about it. They should know more on Wednesday. Hawk is pretty tough but he won't do the team any good if he can't run.

Ryan (WI)

Kevin: I know it's an NFC North chat, but lets get this out of the way. The Raiders finally fire Kiffin, and Davis says without pay. Do you have any insight as to what grounds Davis can/will use to support the "without pay" part of the firing?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:05 PM)

I would imagine Davis and his people have been documenting everything that's happened the past few years, real or imagined. If it goes to court, they'll have to demonstrate examples of breech of contract. I don't know any specifics, but I'm sure Davis was waiting until he had enough perceived examples on his list.

Matt (Chicago, IL)

Do the Bears have a shot at winning the division?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:05 PM)

Sure. It's a 12-game race at this point. The Packers' injury situation at quarterback, and the Vikings' slow start, have absolutely opened things up for the Bears.

Docksquad

Are the Bears the luckiest team in the NFL? They play a less than 100% Manning and the Eagles without Brian Westbrook. I don't think they are not as good as their 2-2 record indicated. Your thoughts?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:07 PM)

They're definitely good enough to be 2-2 and could be 4-0 were it not for a few plays in each of their two losses.

Mike Cleveland, OH

If Brandon Lloyd's injury is serious, will the Bears look to trade or add another receiver through free agency?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:09 PM)

There is a young kid on their practice squad that might be worth a call-up. Brandon Rideau.

Docksquad (Chicago, IL)

Everytime you write about the Bears, I feel like you think they get lucky with every win. But how about the fact that they have beat two teams ranked in the top 15, and that they have led for most of 14 out of 16 quarters vs their opponents in 4 games? Maybe it's time to give them a little credit.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:09 PM)

Glad I didn't take your bait in the earlier question.

kim ( mandan, nd)

kevin, do you think childress will address the offence and start calling the plays again? the play calling is so vanalla!

Kevin Seifert
  (3:10 PM)

I don't think that's the answer, but I guess I can't rule it out. I think Darrell Bevell is working within the confines of the offense.

Adam (Philly)

They could just as easily be 0-4 if Manning and Westbrook were able to play

Kevin Seifert
  (3:11 PM)

"Luck" evens out. That's why it's fair for the Bears to be 2-2 at this point.

David (Chicago IL)

Are the vikings still on the market for a QB? Or a big play WR? Gus can't stick around forever, and with the team built to win, how long are they willing to wait with Jackson? Frustration has to be setting in with the fans.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:12 PM)

I'm sure people are frustrated. The move to Frerotte was a short-term, save-this-season kind of mood. I don't think anyone in the building knows how they'll proceed at the position next season.

Sank

Any news on the Lions GM search? I just read today that Lewand only wants to manage the cap and nothing else.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:13 PM)

There are a lot of ways to crack that nut. If he manages nothing but the cap but reports directly to the owner, he has a lot of power. There have been some informed guesses that the Lions will have a committee-style front office, with Lewand a big part of it, but no one knows for sure.

Jim (Austin)

Any insight as to why the Packers O can look so dominant on one series and completely out of sync on the next? Seems like O-line play is a big part of it.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:14 PM)

My one answer is that injuries and personnel turnover really left the line in flux all summer. The best offensive lines practice next to each other day after day, year after year. That's what it takes to get chemistry and consistency. The Packers just aren't there yet.

Brad (Carlisle, PA)

I understand the Bears want to run the ball, control the clock, and limit turnovers... But in the 1st half Sunday night, Kyle Orton (gulp) looked great gunning the football all over the place. Why don't we see more of this with their struggling offense??

Kevin Seifert
  (3:15 PM)

That was a change-of-pace that clearly caught the Eagles off guard. They adjusted in the second half and you saw what happened. But it was important for Orton to get those plays on tape. Now opposing defenses are aware he's capable of moving the ball that way if given the opportunity.

Scott (Rochester, NY)

How good to JA look for not paying out the nose for Berrian?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:16 PM)

So far, so good.

Russ, DC

Ted Thompson gets a lot of heat for not signing a veteran backup. But that means giving up on Flynn or Brohm, right? And wouldn't it be a little early to give up on one of these guys, since you're not going to carry 4 QBs on your roster? (unless your name is Gruden)

Kevin Seifert
  (3:19 PM)

I can only assume they made the decision to go without a veteran before drafting those two guys. No way they take two quarterbacks in the draft if they had already signed a veteran.

Paul (St Louis Park, MN)

Kevin- You mentioned recently that McCarthy has a history of working with young QB's. Do you have any sense of how much time he spends with the two rookies or what impact he had on Rodgers development? Thanks!

Kevin Seifert
  (3:20 PM)

I think he spends a good bit of time with the quarterbacks relative to most head coaches. McCarthy is responsible for the over-arching plan to develop Rodgers, including changing his release point, but leaves many details to his assistants. But having a sound plan is half the battle.

Jarred (Boston, MA)

Why let Morelli off the hook for refusing to overturn a call that he could changed (unlike Hochuli) after looking at a great view on the replay? The call was nearly just as damaging and even more inexcusable since it wasn't a live game call.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:21 PM)

My only point here is the Vikings were in better position to overcome the call because it came earlier in the game. The Denver-San Diego game was basically over when Hochuli mae his call.

charles

Is it clear now to you on how the Bears will score points since you didnt know when the season started.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:22 PM)

Yes.

jumanji (africa)

what do you think about brad childress' call to punt with no timeouts and 2:30 left to play? and how much longer will i have to see him on the sidelines as the head coach?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:23 PM)

That's a fair criticism. I don't think Childress has a defense here. It seems like he just didn't want the game to get any further out of hand. I'm not sure if it will lead to his downfall, though.

Justin (Appleton)

How much, if any, will Jennings production be hurt if Rodgers can not go this week?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:24 PM)

I can only guess because we've never seen Matt Flynn in a regular season game. The Packers will still run the same offense, but you have to assume they won't put Flynn in too many tough spots.

Derrick, St. Paul

Do you get the sense Zigi is getting impatient with Jared Allen's slow start? We mortgaged the future for this guy!

Kevin Seifert
  (3:25 PM)

I think he's definitely elevated the pass rush. That's the folly with thinking that a defensive end could single-handedly change things. He is playing decently from what I can see. You can impact a game from the defensive end position, but they might have been better off spending the money on a quarterback.

Merv (So Cal)

Didn't the Broncos still have to convert the TD from the 9 and convert a 2 point conversion? How was the game over?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:25 PM)

From a time perspective. If I remember right, the Chargers didn't get an offensive play before time expired.

Ben (Baton Rouge, LA)

Will the Lions be tough considering they are coming off a bye week and should be fired up due to the off field stuff? Or do you expect the Bears to take care of business?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:26 PM)

I don't see how the Millen firing will affect the players one way or the other. You would have to pick Chicago in this game.

orangejello (NY, NY)

cedric griffin has been getting picked on an awful lot this season and he always seems out of place. Are teams throwing to his side more because he stinks or because winfield is holding his side down so well?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:27 PM)

Both. There's no reason to throw to Winfield's side when Griffin is on the other. And Griffin's coverage skills just have never improved. He as originally drafted as a cornerback/safety and maybe it's time to consider him a safety.

chauncey (teaneck)

was it a good idea for the raiders to fire Lane Kiffin?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:28 PM)

They needed to end the drama. But in-season coaching changes don't usually affect a team's won-loss record. It's not like other sports. The level of organization required in football usually results in more chaos.

Jon Ryan, Seattle WA

Kevin, think the Packers regret cutting me?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:29 PM)

Well, the sure haven't gotten much better at the position.

Zac (MN)

why do coaches take a timeout to see if they should challenge a play? Why not just challenge the play? Even if it doesn't get reversed at least you only waste 1 timeout instead of 2. (I am talking about Childress challenging the spotting of the ball).

Kevin Seifert
  (3:30 PM)

Yes, that was a huge mistake. It looks like the Vikings got jobbed on the call, but Childress should have just challenged it and not taken a timeout first. I guess you could argue he didn't want to lose one of his two challenges for the game, but timeouts are precious, too.

Mike (New Orleans)

Haven't been able to watch to much of the Vikings this year, but they're the type of team that historically gives the saints problems - a tough running football team. What's your prediction for the MNF game?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:31 PM)

They'll definitely be able to run the ball on the Saints but that doesn't mean they'll score a lot of points. That's been one of their problems. The move the ball into the red zone and can't always capitalize because their passing game is still underperforming. So I think the Saints have the upper hand in this game.

Scott (Marysville, OH)

What in the world should the Lions do to turn this thing around? Even though finally canning Millen is a good thing, this organization is so inept, Lions fans have no faith that Willy Clay Sr. will get it right. Give us some hope...

Kevin Seifert
  (3:33 PM)

I actually think they had the right idea with the Millen concept: Hire a football guy to implement an organization-wide vision. They just hired the wrong football guy. To me, the best thing they could do is put on a full-court press and give Scott Pioli the keys to the franchise. But the Millen era was so bad, I doubt the Lions will want that structure again.

David (Chicago)

So you just said that the vikings would be better off having spent their Jarred Allen money on a QB, but because of Brad Childress' campaigning for Jackson, Zigi didn't do that. So, is Childress feeling his seat get warm? Or is he simply losing his title as a QB genius?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:34 PM)

All of the above. He tied his reputation so closely to being a quarterback guru that his failure with Jackson was a major, major blow.

Tom (Arlington, VA)

Boy, the Bears fans do sure cry a lot of "NO RESPECT!" for a team that's .500 in the standings. On that point, based on schedule, who do you see start to take control of the division in the next few weeks (since it's obvious the NFC North will only send one team to the playoffs)?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:35 PM)

The Bears have as good a shot as any team right now, especially now that the Packers are dealing with so many injuries.

Ryan (WI)

Kevin: In the challenge situation, if Childress gets the challenge right, don't they then give him back his timeout? I seem to be remembering that as a rule, maybe I'm just imagining things.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:35 PM)

If he gets it right, yes. But if he loses the challenge, he loses a timeout and has only one more challenge available to him the rest of the game.

Jim Lyon (Sterling Heights, MI)

What positional group would be the best help for the Lions chances to improve?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:36 PM)

I'd say defensive line and linebacker. They need more playmakers in groups.

SanRav

Do you honestly believe the Bears can win the division with Orton at QB?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:38 PM)

They've done it before. See 2005.

ray gordon reid opelika ALA 36083

question to kevin seifert at 3.4O PM HI KEVIN HOW LONG IS GUS FEROTTE OUT

Kevin Seifert
  (3:38 PM)

I think he'll be ready for the next game, Monday night at New Orleans.

orangejello (NY, NY)

In your opinion, is childress the master QB moulder he thinks he is, or was donovan mcnabb just going to be good no matter what? (I think its the latter since childress even brought in McNabb's college qb coach and Jackson didnt seem to progress at a decent pace)

Kevin Seifert
  (3:39 PM)

Yes, McNabb definitely had more pedigree than Jackson. I'm sure Childress helped McNabb, but it has to be a two-way street.

Simon (Columbia, SC)

Kevin, what do you expect from Ryan Grant for the rest of the year?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:40 PM)

He needs to get healthy. He doesn't look like he has his burst yet after the hamstring hurt him all summer.

jiggle billy (Cranston RI)

outside the NFC north but do you think Lane Kiffin will end up as HC in syracuse?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:40 PM)

No idea. I do know that he interviewed for the Minnesota job here before Tim Brewster got the job. A lot of people were impressed with Lane.

Quentin (San Diego, CA)

Who is the best 2-2 team right now in the NFL?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:41 PM)

I'm going to say Jacksonville but I've been known to be stubborn.

Renzo (dinkytown)

how would you rate jared allen's performance thus far? we paid an awful lot for him, and he has two sacks in 4 games. they mentioned on sunday he leads the league in QB knockdowns, is that actually a valuable stat?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:44 PM)

Yes, it is. When you think about a great season for a defensive end, you figure what, 15 sacks? That's 15 plays out of what, 1,000 for the season? So what he does on those other 985 plays is pretty important. He can affect a game pretty dramatically that way.

eddy (miami)

what was the point of benching tavarus jackson becuase if they are going to loose like that with a old gus forotte then y not keep a young jackson in and mold him atleast can make moves with his legs if the play breaks down

Kevin Seifert
  (3:45 PM)

I think it shows that the quarterback is a big problem in Minnesota, but not the only one. .. Regardless, Jackson needs some time away after a pretty traumatic run here.

Loren (MPLS)

when Madieu Williams finally comes off his neck injury, how much of an upgrade will that be over Tyrell Johnson?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:46 PM)

I really don't know. No one saw Williams do much of anything in camp because he got hurt so early. The presumption is that he is a good cover safety but I can't say that first-hand.

Quentin (San Diego, CA)

What is the mood in Minnesota with the Vikings rough start?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:47 PM)

Ranges from disappointment to ambivalence.

Anthony (NY)

Do you think the Giants are one of the most underrated teams, other then the Bills? The Giants have won a superbowl, and are now 3-0 at top of 1 of the toughest divisions. One of the only 3 undefeated teams.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:47 PM)

Check today's updated power rankings. The Giants got my vote as the No. 1 team.

Renzo (dinkytown)

will the return of Bryant McKinnie be a big boost to the O-line of the vikings, and to our passing/running game?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:48 PM)

Couldn't hurt, although on the list of the Vikings' problems, I would put left tackle very high up.

Jim (New Orleans, LA)

Do you think it is an improvement for the Lions to bench Kevin Smith and start Rudi Johnson?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:48 PM)

In the very short-term probably. But is Rudi Johnson the Lion's future? I doubt it.

eddy (miami)

i dont think lane kiffin is a bad coach i think he had a valid point about not being able to put his own coaching staff together but you cant speak ut against a owner like al davis

Kevin Seifert
  (3:49 PM)

Yeah, we'll never know what he could have done in a "real situation." Of course, in a "real situation," he probably wouldn't have gotten the job.

Brandon (Florida)

Offensive Line would move the lions in the right direction. You have to win this game in the trenches

Kevin Seifert
  (3:50 PM)

They've got some decent players there. I'd like to see how the rookie Cherilus develops.

Josh Storms (Buford, GA)

How much "no huddle" do you think we will see from the Bears with the success they had on Sunday?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:51 PM)

Well, teams now have to prepare for it. But I think that was specific to the Eagles. I wouldn't guess they will do it regularly, but what do I know?

Jim Lyon (Sterling Heights, MI)

How do you think the Lion's offense matches up against the Bear's defense?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:51 PM)

If Charles Tillman can't play for the Bears, things could get moderately interesting.

john

There has to be changes coming for the vikings there underperforming so much this year. Something has to change either with the play calling or the coaching staff. If they lose on monday night and go to 1 and 4 do you think there will be any big changes. I am ready to start wearing a fire childress shirt.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:52 PM)

Ha. I don't know that anything would happen at 1-4. But the bye is Oct. 26. Something to keep an eye on, at least.

Matthew (Harlem, GA)

How do you feel with Kiffin's decision to kick a 70+ yard field goal? Should they have gone for a long pass because Russell has a strong arm. So why did they attempt the kick?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:52 PM)

Self-destruction?

T Ro (Illinois)

Tommie Harris of the Bears has not played well all year. His knee condition has to be worse than what the Bears are telling everyone. What's your take on Harris?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:54 PM)

He definitely doesn't look the same physically. Is that because of the knee? Is it because he recently signed a big contract? I don't know. But he isn't nearly as quick off the ball.

Paul (St Louis Park, MN)

Kevin- It seems like coaches are getting much younger. Is Kiffen's lack of success tied at all to his experience? Are owners getting burned on rolling the dice on inexperienced coaches?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:54 PM)

Some young coaches are ready, like Jon Gruden was in Oakland. Some aren't. As much sympathy as Kiffin gets, I think it's clear he wasn't ready.

Renzo (dinkytown)

Were you the vikings head coach, what do you take from the first 4 games as the 2 or 3 most important things which have to be done better?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:56 PM)

Much of the same stuff that's been going on for years. They have to get better in the red zone. They can start by taking more shots in the end zone. And sorry to keep hitting this horse, but they have to figure out how to use Peterson and Taylor together.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:56 PM)

Ok, one or two more, folks.

Brandon (Florida)

Sportsnation says 65% believe Al Davis is the reason behind the Raiders failures. What about that atrocious offensive line, a rookie QB, no-name receivers and an erratic defense

Kevin Seifert
  (3:57 PM)

Well, who picks the offensive line, the quarterback, the receivers and the defensive players?

alex, lake minnetonka

are you going to watch twins-sox game tonight?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:58 PM)

Uh, I think I have to clean out the garage. Thanks everyone! Chat with you next week!