Good afternoon everyone. Happy opening day of the new Yankee Stadium. (Home run Posada!) Please look for a blog column post on Bill Kollar, the Texans new defensive line coach in a bit. And there is already a link to Peyton Manning's interview on Nashville radio this morning.
Remember Paul, you've got to make it 2 hours if you want to keep up with the master.
We count the time he spends revealing himself as a video gaming geek? Just an hour today. Maybe two next week.
Do you think it would it would be smart for the Titans to trade a first round pick to try and get Boldin, Edwards, or Ochocinco?
The Titans' first round pick isn't getting any of those guys. Boldin or Edwards would take a first and a third, and both teams will get better offers than they would from the Titans, who don't feel as desperate for help at the position as most of us think they are.
With the additions of June and Davis at LB for the Houston Texans do you think they will still go LB? Why not grab a play maker for your offense? Perhaps a trade? Thanks for your input.
I don't expect them to go offense, because even with June and Davis they have huge holes on defense. You think two guys the linebacker needy Colts let walk will solve Houston's problems?
Why wouldnt the Titans be interested in A. Bolden?
I think they'd be interested in him, just not for a first and a third. And other teams will be more interested. They feel like they've made a major step at receiver with Nate Washington.
With steroid allegations surrounding Cushing and Mathews from USC how far do you think they will fall if illegal drug use is confirmed in the reports next week?
If confirmed, yes they have to fall. But we're presuming innocence until the teams get the reports.
Unrelated question... Who pays for the f16 flyovers before NFL games?
I suspect you and I do.
Sanchez to Seattle? That does blow up the Jags trade plans. Assuming McShay is correct and the Jags pass on Raji for Maclin, do you think this smacks of the mistake the Jags made when taking Reggie Williams rather than Dunta Robinson? I know Gene is a character guy but an unpolished WR at #8? I'd rather them reach for Rey.
Assuming a mocker is correct is always dangerous. I'd certainly lean Raji over Maclin for them if character doesn't blow one of them up. But if they love Maclin, I don't know that they can bag first round receivers all together because of past failures, especially when there is a new decision-maker.
hey Paul, great work as usual! Do you think that if the Titans were going to acquire Holt; it would have been done already? Seems there is less and less buzz about that signing.
People are obsessed with this. I've been saying all along that there is no reason, considering he's not in high demand, for the Titans or Jags to make a move with Holt before the draft. Buzz isn't what makes a signing happen. Seeing eye to eye on price does. Holt wants more than anybody's willing to give at this point.
Follow up... I am throwing a birthday party next week... How can I get a flyover?
Call info and ask for a number for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in DC. Commander in Chief lives there and can hook you. Happy Birthday!
I keep reading about the Eagles wanting a starting OT from this draft. But it seems to me that the really elite OT that you can draft and expect to be a starter immediately would be either Smith or Monroe. Those two would definitely be gone by the 5th pick. Any truth to the rumors flying around in Philly that they may swap their 2 #1's with the 3rd overall pick with my Chiefs? How awesome would that be for both teams? Chiefs needs the extra pick and Eagles getting their franchise OT?
Maybe. But who are we to say if some other guy can start? Michael Roos was the 41st player drafted in 2005 and none of us knew of him. And he started opening day at right tackle for the Titans.
Hate to belabor the Boldin question, but how about a 1st rounder and LenDale White? Arizona could use another RB, and Titans could afford to lose one.
You can't make a trade by simply picking a guy you don't particularly care for an adding him as a sweetener. White is limited and is only under contract for one more year. The 30th pick and White for Boldin is nowhere close to an even trade. The Cardinals would laugh
Do you realistically seeing Sanchez falling to 8 and the Jets trading with the Jags to get him?
If the Jets want him, yes it's possible. I don't think the Jags will get what they gave up for No. 8 last year, though.
I have a question about trades that has been bothering me lately. I don't see what the big deal is about trading top draft picks for a proven player. For instance, with this Anquan Boldin deal, let's say it would take a 1st and a 3rd round pick for the Titans to land him, hypothetically. Why is this such a big red flag? Isn't it more of a sure thing to pull the trigger on this than it would be to draft a WR with the no. 30 pick, or beyond? A draft pick has as much potential to be a bust as a boom. For every Larry Fitzgerald, theres a Mike Williams. However, trading for a proven player seems like a safer scenario. Also, in order to address a need, it would seem wiser to make the move rather than to save the picks for more Paul Williamses and Chris Davises (plural). I know there are more details to consider, such as in Boldin's case the need for an expensive contract extension, and for players such as Chad Johnson, the extra emotional baggage, but in general terms, why are teams so hesitant to let go of their draft picks for proven commodities?
Huge money for Boldin as compared to what those picks would make in their first four years. And let's list all the wide receivers who changed teams and were better in their second stop. I've got Plaxico Burress. Who's next?
Do you think Marvin Harrison will regret asking for his release from the Colts considering no one will sign him? Better to make less money than no money at all.
It's not like if he didn't ask they weren't going to release him.
What posiotion is consider a bigger need for the Titans, Wr or Cb? Wich player will make more sence for them?
They get one of each for sure. Big picture, I'd say corner by just a bit.
Hey Paul... Assuming Sanchez is still available at the 8th pick... What do you think the odds are the jags will get to trade out of the 8th pick? Also, who do you think they will do the trade with?
Thirty-five percent. Jets are the one obvious candidate.
What's your thoughts about MJD's new contract in Jacksonville?
Seems reasonable on both sides. Bigger question to me is are they really that sold on Greg Jones as a 10-carry guy?
Over/Under: Vince Young will be a Titan at this time next year?
Under. Won't be.
Any word on anyone interested in Marvin Harrison? It sounds like no one's going to take him in the offseason, but do you see him joining a team a week or a few weeks into the season if injuries change a team's circumstances?
Maybe in camp if a team suffers some injuries or does not like their group. Has to be willing to take less money and less of a role than he'd like.
With the signing of Patrick Ramsey, do you see the Titans trying to trade Vince Young in the draft?
He IS NOT tradable. No one is trading for that contract, no one sees him as having value if the Titans have given up on him.
Tim Graham referred to you as "a notorious gangbanger in Nashville." What is your response to this?
Seems a little over the line. But he was probably in a hurry to get back to his game of Dungeons & Dragons, so I give him a pass.
Do you think another passing record will be broken this year with all these rule changes?
I think the rule that prohibits lunging from your knees to get to the passer will have zero influence over the way football is played.
Randy Moss got better in NE, but I guess technically that was his 3rd stop. Still point taken. Also, keep in mind what big name WR wants to come to Tennessee and see his reception total drop by 25-40%? I'm the biggest Titan fan there is, and I know we have no shot at Anquan. Torry Holt, though, still makes sense...
The one that gets paid. If they offered big money to a big receiver, he'd be here in a second.
Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, or Percy Harvin... Assuming all three fall and they actually draft a 1st round WR, who do you see as the best fit for the Titans?
Nicks. They already have Harvin, their version is named Chris Johnson.
Will the cowboys look to do somethng crazy during the draft, maybe for WR, maybe Boldin, or will Jerry Jones play it safe this year?
They already did something crazy for a receiver. See Roy Williams.
Say the Jags have Orakpo as BAP when they pick and they select him. Where would he fit in their front seven?
I would think Hayward would see his time shrink and they'd have to get Harvey, Groves and Orakpo the bulk of the time.
PK, saw your potential road trip schedule for the '09 season. Are you all business on those trips, or are you gonna come tailgate with us in the Yellow lot at Reliant for MNF?
Usually all business. Have a lot on the plate in the hours before kickoff, and can't be checking if the beer is cold right before work.
Why is Peyton not worried? DO you think the Manning brothers will be disapointed? I mean losing Marvin for Colts and Plaxico for NY.
Did you see Harrison last year? He was not very good.
As we all have heard and seen the Titans like to go best guy available no matter where they're picking(although with the Chris Henry pick if he was BPA Reinfeldt was off his rocker). If a QB happens to be the highest rated guy left on their board anytime second round or later, do you think they pull the trigger? They've done crazier things and Ramsey could easily be a training camp cut
I think they'd like to not carry three this year, and if you draft one you have to carry three. I won't say no for sure, but I see them addressing it next year. And after top three, it's probably third round before another full time QB goes.
You posted the question about what starter would Colts fans want replaced and Addai was the big winner. With the young o-line guys having a year under their belts and Lilja returning do you think the Addai of old will resurface or is the problem deeper than that?
I wish I knew. If we see them draft a back or offensive lineman early that it means they have a concern there.
Will Jeff Fisher ever shave the stache?
No. You should make some big pledge to charity if he'll do it, that is the only way possible, I think.
Lets say the Best Player Available at 30 is a RB, do you think the Titans will use yet another high pick on a RB
As hard as it would be to swallow, it's not impossible. LenDale White is a UFA next year if there is a labor deal.
There's been some debate among Colts fans about Gonzo. Some say he was drafted to play the slot, others say he was drafted to replace Marvin. What do you think?
I think they'll play him wherever he fits best at the time. Clark is going to occupy the slot a lot too.
If the Titans defensive line has another great season (without Albert) and puts up big sacks, will Washburn garner DC attention somewhere? Be a tough position coach to lose.
I don't think he wants to be a coordinator.
Matthew Stafford just said he would like to be drafted by an AFC South team just so he can be covered by you. Your feelings on that?
He just shot up my "draft board."
Better risk for the Jags at #8: Andre Smith or B.J. Raji
What's the Raji risk? A denied report that he smoked pot? That's nothing compared to showing up to the combine completely unprepared, leaving without saying anything, and running sans shirt and man bra.
hey Paul, do you have the line on where I can purchase one of the throwback jerseys the Titans will don a couple of times this year?
I'd look at the merchandise section of nfl.com. Economy is good in your house, I'm glad to know.
What constitutes a reach in the NFL draft? Last year people said that Derrick Harvey was a reach at 8 but I have hard time seeing who should have been there instead. Mayo? Supposedly he was reach too. I think too many reporters have WR and RB too high on their board and not enough premium positions.
If you take a guy at 10, even if he's a Pro Bowler, and every one else in the league had him rated as 25th, then I believe you still overspent. You should have a feel for where he is, then, in that example, get to 20th or 22nd and take him there.
Justin, I'm cool with my taxes going to flyovers rather than foreign aid to Hamas. Paul, any thoughts to the Titans vs. Jets game being moved up to noon so as to avoid a conflict with the start of Kom Kippur for Jets fans?
League is looking to accommodate the Jets there, I could see that chance if it's a help to those observing the holiday. They could move Giants at Tampa Bay to late, so Giants and Jets wouldn't be head to head.
I'm taking my 14 year old son to see Kings of Leon and the Walkmen in St. Augustine (Walkmen aren't half bad). As a recent member of their fan train how incredible will this be? I'm hoping for a great bonding moment outside of football with the boy.
Hope he likes them. Hope you've got earplugs for him. Just wrote down Walkmen on my "check-them-out" list.
Is there any chance the Titans draft chris wells and trade white for a late round pick? I think it will be a MAJOR upgrade.
Why trade the effective guy you have for a low pick, then use a high pick to do what the guy you just traded did? If Chris Johnson wasn't the lead guy, I could maybe start to see where you're coming from. But probably not.
Yo Kuharsky, I'm feeling a bit rebellion, wanna go make it rain?
I know the guy, you think I think he could find his way into a chat room, type a question and wait for an answer?
Who has the best chance of removing their "bust" label: Chris Henry, Paul Williams, or Vince Young.
Oh for three.
I know you are tired of talking about it, but don't you feel as if the Titans are as much at fault as Vince Young is for this whole QB fiasco? They drafted him with the knowledge that this kid was going to be a project, possibly taking 3 years to see the field, much like Steve McNair. Then they threw him onto the field in his rookie season and saw him win Offensive ROY. Then, defenses caught on just like they did to the Wildcat last year. The Titans refused to surround Vince with playmakers, getting rid of receivers like Drew Bennett and Bobby Wade, who he was beginning to build chemistry with as well as their main offensive weapon Travis Henry (which turned out alright in hindsight). They did nothing to improve the receivers and expected a guy not known for his precision passing to flourish. Now, a QB should never give up on his team, which he did, but the Titans knew of these maturity issues and may have crippled them beyond repair when they really should have let him develop as an understudy before throwing him into the fire.
You think Bennett and Wade would have turned Young into a player? Those guys are hardly big playmakers. How would Jerry Rice in his prime help VY if VY can't read the coverage or throw it accurately? They wanted to let him develop as an understudy. It's hard to do in today's league with a high pick. In the end, it would have improved his chances some, but I think he would have wound up in the same spot.
How do you see the second year AFC South running backs - Slaton & Johnson - fairing this year if they stay healthy? The secret will be out on both of those two for sure
I think the secret was out the first time defenses put on film. Those guys weren't secrets for five minutes after their first big game. I expect them both to be electric playmakers.
So who is this years "Biggest draft day mistake ever"? Referring to Mel Kiper's reaction to Texans picking Mario williams?
Mel was crazy to go out on a limb like that. Why wasn't he on the Williams bandwagon like everybody else?
I keep listening over and over and "Queen of the Supermarket" is so bad it makes we want to cry. Admit it, Pauly, the Boss laid an egg.
Couple songs that may not be my favorites do not an album or a career kill.
Will the jags draft Stafford if he falls to them? And try to trade garrard for maybe a 2nd round pic to maybe the jets, vikings, and maybe broncos?
I just don't understand where we pull these trade values for guys. We think Garrard with a monster contract -- albatross potential -- is worth a second when one of those teams could go get Josh Freeman? If the Jags drafted a QB, they'd have Garrard and that QB this year.
Hakeem Nicks, Hayword Bey, Knowshon Moreno, Peria Jerry, Ziggy Hood still on the board 27th pick who do the colts take.
Nicks is my guess.
What's Paul's philosophy? Build through the draft or free agency?
Who's won with a build-through-free-agency philosophy?
I just read somewhere that each F16 costs about 5k and hour in fuel for the flyovers... Thats 20k every time there is a flyover... If they do it every game, thats close to 5 mil a year just for flyovers for NFL games... Not including MLB... Is it worth it? Do they have flyovers at every game?
No. Special occasions. And I don't know who's paying, teams may pay or kick in.
Any thoughts on Madden's retirement?
He paved the way for a lot of ex-coaches.
Texans question: a lot of people are speculating Jenkins from Ohio State for them at 15. After Dunta, Reeves, Bennett and Molden, is that really an option? Or could they move him to safety (which i think he did some in college)?
You feel like Reeves, Bennett and Molden are so good they'd hold off a good first round pick?
Paul - I'm not too huge on the KOL new(est) CD. The first 2 were incredible, third was still great. If you want a good read check out the Rolling Stone archive on a feature on them from 2004/05. Pretty cool.
Leave it in your car playing for a week. You'll love it.
Texans people, here's Bill Kollar talking about all the Dlinemen: http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcsouth/0-9-80/Some-D-line-insight-from-Texans-new-assistant.html
Let me clarify my last comments. No, Bennett and Wade are not big playmakers, but I'm saying there was a chemistry being built with the little firepower they had. Then it was back to square one with a worse receiving corps in 2007. And of course Jerry Rice in his prime would help Young. His ability to read coverage is not as bad as you make it out to be. You go rewatch those Monday night games from the '07 season, both of which had VY displaying his actual abillity as a passer. I'm going to emphasize the MNF game against the Broncos, which they lost. Now you tell me if that was because VY "couldn't read coverage" or if there really were a significant amount of drops from the incompetent receivers. He makes stupid decisions, yes, but give some credit where it is due.
He was great against the Broncos. Do we get to play this game for every bad quarterback, picking his best moments and making a case for how his team has let him down instead of vice versa? Do you know what it takes to get benched by Jeff Fisher? Familiar with Deron Jenkins, Lamont Thompson, Chris Sanders?
Whats the chances the league sends a team from the AFC South to play in England in the near future (to be more exact, my jaguars)? How do they decide which team to send each year?
I think they ask which teams would be interested in sacrificing a home game and go from there. And in this economy, having one less game in your season package may not be a bad thing in a lot of places.
Well folk, time flew. Thanks for coming, thanks for the good questions and thanks for the funny ones. See you here next week.