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April 30, 10:33 AM ET
Chat with Paul Kuharsky

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:03 PM)

Good afternoon folks, hope everyone is well. I'm ready to dive in and chat it up.

Kevin (Austin TX)

Since the Colts didnt spend a high draft pick on a WR, is it safe to assume they are confident in Gonzalez moving to the outside to replace Marvin?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:04 PM)

I think so. And it just so happens that I talked to Gonzalez yesterday and just put up a column about him in the last couple hours: http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcsouth/0-9-195/Inside-or-out--Gonzalez-a-breakout-candidate.html

Glenn (Cumberland, RI)

Paul, for a team that kept saying they were OK at DT, the Titans sure didn't act that way with S. Marks and Mitch King (who Mel is high on), yet didn't address DE which seems to be a weaker position. Any idea why?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:06 PM)

They did what their board told them. I KVB is back to form, I expect he re-signs. They aren't thin at DE this year with KVB, Kearse, Hayes, Ford and Ball. King doesn't have any great chance at a roster spot with the crowd in the middle unless there are injuries.He must not have head great offers, because you would think he could have found better opportunity.

Vince Young (Titans Headquarters)

Hey Paul, thanks for keeping it real in all your articles about me. But I've got a question... now that the Titans have not drafted a QB, what does my future look like for the organization? I mean that guy who took my job when I acted like a baby can't hang around forever. And we all know Ramsay can't take my spot. So what happens to the Titans in a year or two without me? The qb position looks rough, don't you agree?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:08 PM)

Their long term QB isn't on the roster yet and won't be until next year. I don't think they could have drafted him this year and then afforded to keep two backups -- one who is a question mark in Young and the other a rookie with no experience. They find their guy this time next year.

Cotten (Nashville, TN)

If Patrick Ramsey beats VY out of the number 2 QB job, will the Titans just cut Vince? What are the odds that VY will not on the final roster this year?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:08 PM)

I think it's possible. I can't predict until I see what VY looks like in camp.

Mike (Las Vegas, NV) [via mobile]

Do you believe that the signing of jeremiah johnson will create a 1-2 punch with slaton like the titans have with johnson and white?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:09 PM)

I think if Johnson was great, he'd have been drafted. I think Ryan Torian is going to wind up the compliment back to Slaton.

Brownsville, Tx [via mobile]

Hey Paul,do u think the Giants can win the division this year?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:10 PM)

Absolutely. I think they are in the NFC Championship Game this season.

Michael (Shreveport, LA)

PK - love the blog. Great article today on Gonzo. Now that the draft is over and Keiaho resigned, which is the greatest weakness on the Colts in terms of skill and/or depth? OT, WR, CB, or Special Teams

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:11 PM)

Well thank you. I say OT as I am not sold on Ugoh. But they have to be to not have drafted one. WR depth a concern as well. Special teams with a new leader can't be worse, can they?

Nick (Columbus, IN)

So are you and Kravitz predicting Addai to be cut before the end of training camp this year? lol, just kidding. What are your thoughts on the colts going to some 2 RB sets, with the idea of having your best 11 players on the field? Or maybe swinging Addai out to the slot with Brown in the backfield for a handful of snaps?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:12 PM)

I'm not big on the gimmicky putting both RBs on the field together much. But maybe they do it as a twist. More likely, I think, with one of them motioning out as you suggest.

lee, Pbc FL.

hey paul i was wondering if theres a chance the Titans will cut D. Nicky this year?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:13 PM)

Every year you think it's time. What a career he's had for not doing much. The seventh-rounder, Nick Schommer would likely have to beat him out.

Sebastian (Tallahassee, FL)

How much time do you see the rookie DTs for the Colts getting, vs. AJ and Foster?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:14 PM)

I would think if they catch on and have good camps, a lot.

Cay (DC)

Who do you think gets on the field more for the titans this season, K.Britt or L. Hawkins

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:14 PM)

Britt. By a lot.

Drew (Buffalo)

Did you like the Colts taking Brown over Wells? I saw Brown play in Toronto, he looked beastly.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:15 PM)

Who are we to argue with the guy that took Edge ahead of Ricky Williams? Haven't heard many complaints on this one, and you won't hear them from me.

Clay (Houston)

Obviously I am a little biased, but if the defense comes together under Frank Bush, and it looks like it might, do you think the Texans have a legitimate chance to do what Arizona did last year?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:16 PM)

I think that jump would be way bigger than Arizona -- because Arizona's division stunk. I think a winning record and challenging for playoffs would qualify as a success.

Charlie from Nashville

With Travis LaBoy released from the Cardinals, is there any chance the Titans make a run for him? I know they have good depth at DE, but LaBoy has proven to work well in the system and would be good to have if KVB can't return to his old ways. Would LaBoy just be too expensive, and do the Titans even have room on their roster for another DE?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:17 PM)

They gave up on him because of injuries, and it's hard to envision them wanting him back. If no one else emerges and he's cheap, maybe. They have five they like, but three heading for free agency next year. I've hear four other teams could chase him more aggressively.

Adam (Columbus, OH)

Hey PH, I commented this on your blog, but don't you think addressing the DT's in the draft makes our current LB core more than adequate? When I look at Wheeler, Brackett, Keiaho, Hagler and Session I'm not nearly as concerned as the "experts" are.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:18 PM)

Yes, I wrote a bit about that. They could still be more talented at LB. But if the DTs work like they envision, the smallish backers are free to make more plays.

Nick (Columbus, IN)

If you had to guess right now, who takes the most snaps with the Colts first team offense this season, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, Roy Hall? Or does a number 2 TE get more reps than any of them? Is Collie really just a long term project as some say? He may have left school a year early but he also was on a mission for 2 years, he will be 24 this November...

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:19 PM)

My guess right now, more on gut and injury history than anything, is Collie.

Jesse in Nashville

It looks like Rod Smith has a vested interest in Kenny Britts future.. do you see a spot for him on the Titans coaching staff at some point?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:19 PM)

Nope. And it's a big jump to presume a guy wants to go from three workouts a week with one player to a coach's hours.

Chris(Kaiserslautern, Germany)

Hey Paul, what do you think of the Titans picking Ryan Mouton over DJ Moore? Do you think it was a good or a bad choice? And how do you think local fans will respond if Moore ends up being another Vandy standout playing somewhere other than Nashville?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:21 PM)

I have no problem with it. The Titans aren't obligated to draft people their fans know. Their fans are obligated to learn about people they draft. A lot of guys the Titans don't draft wind up hits elsewhere. Nature of the beast. Vandy guys don't get points added to their draft grade.

Jason Chicago

Everyone talks about VY getting beaten out by Ramsey what if the "light comes on" with VY and he plays lights out like Fish said id give him odds on fav to beat out KC. Maybe im dreaming but Paul admit it you hate VY

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:22 PM)

Don't hate him. Haven't seen anything to suggest he gets it. VY would have to play great and KC would have to be horrible. I think the odds of both happening simultaneously are minuscule.

Harry (Nashville)

I loved the Titans draft, but was a little concerned they took a risk on two players who were injured last season. Mouton and Marks. They seem like they could be good, but what is the procedure for evaluating a hurt potential draft pick?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:23 PM)

They've examined both thoroughly and doctors gave a thumbs up.

Daniel (Jacksonville, FL)

Are you going answer a Jags question or is our fan base to small to consider?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:24 PM)

As soon as there is a good one! Honestly, I don't keep a tally. I see interesting questions or something I have an opinion and and I pick them. Yeah, I am paid to cover four teams, and from there I make all decisions based on the size of the fan bases.

J.B. (Dunmore, PA)

With Matt Schaub's injury history, backup QB for the Texans is a very important position. Is Dan Orlovsky good enough to fill in should Schaub go down again this season?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:25 PM)

The Texans think so. And they did a pretty good job with the last guy we didn't like much coming in with Rosenfels.

Ryan (Madison, WI)

Collie was one of the most underrated guys in the draft. Consistently blew by guys who were supposedly faster (on teams like UCLA, Washington and TCU, not just lower-level MWC teams). He's a perfect fit for Indy, and they are going to be able to move him and Gonzalez around all sorts of ways.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:25 PM)

I am posting this in the hope you might stop posting it. I'm eager to see him.

Jags fans

It's hard to see all of the questions with all of these tarps in the way

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:27 PM)

Zing. IN Jacksonville's defense, is it reasonable to expect them to fill a stadium that, even with the tarps, is still 5,000 seats bigger than Soldier Field?

Adam (Columbus, OH)

Here's a Jags question, as a popular pick to win the AFC South last season to possibly being last in the division this season, do you see Del Rio squarely on the hot seat this season?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:27 PM)

Yes. But I don't think he has to get in the playoffs to survive. I think if they show progress and are on the right track he can survive.

Chris from Nashville

Do you think the drafting of Jared Cook means things are all but done for Scaife next year if Cook does his part? Crumpler is a given, but it seems like Scaife wants more money, and the Titans see his position as easily replaceable.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:29 PM)

Yes. If Cook's is on track through his rookie season, I see him as the guy beyond that. If Scaife finds no suitors at his price, he could circle back and they could get him back cheap.

Kev (NYC)

Is the drafting of Donald Brown a clear sign that the Colts don't believe Addai has much to offer?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:30 PM)

A clear sign that they are like the majority of the league and believe they need two. He missed four games last year, and he and Rhodes divided total carries pretty evenly.

Mark Howard (Nashville, TN)

I was wondering how much more I need to eat to look like Phillip Fulmer or am I already there?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:31 PM)

Put on some orange and we'll have a contest.

Adam (Hendersonville, TN)

Does Britt start the season as the #3 guy behind Gage & Washington? And what are the chances that by season's end, Gage ends up as the #3 guy?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:31 PM)

Depends on production and degree of Fisher and Heimerdinger loyalty.

Rob (Orange Park, FL)

Hey Paul...The CB from William & Mary that the Jags traded a 2nd round pick next year for...have you heard any scouts talk about this guy because the team is basically saying they used next year's 2nd round pick on this guy now. And the Jags Director of Player Personnel stated if he's not a starter in 2 years, it was a bad pick. They really like this kid.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:32 PM)

I know one team that had him graded as a sixth or seventh rounder. If the Jags love him, great. Did the rest of the league love him? They need to know that and get him in the appropriate range. If he's what they think, it won't matter. If he's not, it'll be a pick that likely defines some personnel folks.

Nate (Indy)

What do you think of what you've seen/heard of Jim Caldwell at this point? Unlike Howard Mudd and Tom Moore, fans hadn't heard of him until the word that Dungy was retiring started to spread.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:33 PM)

Seems like an intense, steady guy who's smart enough not to mess with a lot of what worked under Dungy. But we'll have to see.

Hartsville, TN

Hey Paul, why do the titans not venture out into free agency like other teams and pick up a big time free agent? Boldin or Edwards would look very good in Titan Blue!

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:34 PM)

Because neither one of those guys is a free agent? And because they signed Nate Washington as a free agent.

Massey (Columbia, TN)

Hey Chief..I have been wanting to call into the Zone and ask their opinion but I never do and I have not heard anyone saying it around town or on message boards...But with Tony Brown to become a free agent at the end of the season and us drafting SenDerrick Marks after we had just signed Jovan Haye in free agency, I see this move similar to the drafting of Jason Jones last year! We knew Big Al was going to be a FA and we drafted his insurance policy in Jones in last years draft. I think this is one reason we went DT in the second instead of CB so we can have Tony Brown's insurance policy if he leaves? Do you agree? Disagree?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:35 PM)

I don't think Brown will be a hugely popular free agent. But yes, if he leaves they'll have plenty left. By your thinking, with KVB, Kearse and Ball heading for free agency, why no DE?

jimmy savannah ga [via mobile]

How do you see the jags o line with our new additions?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:35 PM)

Competitive. A lot of people really like Britton and think he was a steal in that spot.

Chris from Nashville

I am happy about the Titans addressing the receiver position. Although everybody wants to complain about Boldin, and you even wrote an article about it which surprised me, I feel as if he was not as available as he was made out to be, and the Titans did their part in at least inquiring (I honestly think LenDale was on the block). Either way, Britt is exciting. I think his biggest endorsement is that they actually drafted him that highly. Not just any receiver would be picked in the first round by a team that hasn't done so in 11 years. It almost seems as even if Nicks were available, the Titans would've still went with Britt. Thoughts?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:36 PM)

If in fact Boldin could have been had for a second-rounder and a player or late pick, then that's where I felt the Titans should have gotten involved. Yes, I believe they liked Britt over Nicks.

Dallas Clark (Cornfield, Iowa)

Why does nobody like me? I try to be versatile and valuable on the field, yet I can't even make the Pro Bowl as an alternate, Owen Daniels beat me to that! Also, Peyton invited Gonzalez to caddy for him today with Tiger, not me. I thought we were friends!

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:37 PM)

I think you're excellent and get loads of respect.

Seth (Denver, CO)

What are you thoughts on the NFL switching to an 18-game regular season? With that, and spreading the draft to three nights next season, I'm afraid the NFL might be approaching its saturation point. Your thoughts?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:38 PM)

Yes on saturation point on draft. I just don't get how that's fascinating TV. Set your phone to give you alerts on your team and get a life. No on saturation point for games. I'm in favor of two more games if it means the preseason is chopped in half.

The NFL Network

Who is the tool here? Comcast or me?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:39 PM)

I watch you eight times a year. Comcast should give a lot more bang for the buck. But free Starz as tradeoff ain't bad....

Nate (Indy)

Folks consistently talk about Boldin's contract requirements being too high. The list of teams who have the ability to handle that under their caps has to be less than those that can't. Can you think of anyone? Dallas maybe? Philadelphia?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:40 PM)

It can be done so first-year number isn't that high.

nate (tallahassee,fl)

Paul, with the two rookie offensive linemen taken in the first round which current vet is most likely to lose his starting job? What 5 linement do u see starting on opening day?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:40 PM)

Too early to say on five based on where the injured guards are. But I would think Pashos is ultimately going to be the weakest link.

if I were a Jag fan (not FL)

I'd ask if Greg Jones is finally going to make a significant contribution this year. Great player coming out of FSU, but just can't stay healthy.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:42 PM)

He's going to get the chance. I don't know that I would factor my excitement over Greg Jones into a decision to part ways with Fred Taylor. But you helped him get to the Hall of Fame, because he wins a Super Bowl in next two years. Maybe two.

Dustin, Stanford CA

Hi Paul, Should we expect another Cortland to emerge out of the 3 DBs the Titans drafted last weekend?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:42 PM)

That's a pretty high expectation. I'd say the Titans are ahead in the All Pro from a seventh-rounder category and unlikely to match it soon.

Seth (Denver, CO)

Peter King said that implementing a rookie pay scale would encourage underclassman to go into the draft before they should because it would offer little incentive to stay in school one more year and improve their draft standing and therefore their pay out. Which is the worse scenario: Paying rookies way to much for football of having too many juniors leave early?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:43 PM)

One year it would prompt juniors to jump and dilute the talent -- and only 32 guys would likely be affected, maybe fewer than that. I wrote about this last summer. If you send a note to my mailbag, I can send the link.

Ulises (San Antonio, TX)

How big is the drafting of Brian Cushing for the Houston Texans? Can he have an impact right away on defense?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:44 PM)

Sure he can, their linebackers are hardly great.

Demarcus Faggins (Baptist Park)

I'm here putting in extra work because i think i can unseat Nick Harper for the starting CB Slot, Do you agree with me or should I curb my enthusiasm

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:45 PM)

Curb it. Nick Harper, for some reason., gets way more criticism than he deserves. Here's the big secret -- teams in the NFL complete passes. Harper is a superior player to Faggins.

Massey (Columbia, TN)

Hey Chief..I have been wanting to call into the Zone and ask their opinion but I never do and I have not heard anyone saying it around town or on message boards...But with Tony Brown to become a free agent at the end of the season and us drafting SenDerrick Marks after we had just signed Jovan Haye in free agency, I see this move similar to the drafting of Jason Jones last year! We knew Big Al was going to be a FA and we drafted his insurance policy in Jones in last years draft. I think this is one reason we went DT in the second instead of CB so we can have Tony Brown's insurance policy if he leaves? Do you agree? Disagree?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:46 PM)

Scroll down, chief. I answered you.

Philip (Bowling Green, KY)

There are reports flying around that Favre has asked for his release from the J-E-T-S Jets and that he could be signing somewhere soon. Tony Dungy among others says that Favre WILL NOT remain retired, any truth to these rumors?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:47 PM)

It's not a rumor that he asked for his release. He's been released. Refer all further questions to Kevin Seifert at the NFC North blog.

LeBron James (Cleveland)

Could I play receiver for the Jaguars and finally be the big play threat they need? Im looking to change sports after my championship this season

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:48 PM)

Let's see you beat the Lakers first. But if you want a bigger market, a Cleveland to Jacksonville jump probably isn't going to satisfy you.

Sebastian (Ny) [via mobile]

Any luck Giants getting Edwards now that the draft is done ?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:48 PM)

I think all that stuff is done. Nicks is their man.

SamVol is an idiot

Paul - Since the Titans have made it a habit of not re-signing their big money players.. Why wouldn't they just trade someone like a Big Al the year before and get a couple draft picks that are better than the compensatory picks? I really think they know full well that they aren't going to resign some of these guys.. Thanks

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:50 PM)

Why do I give up picks and trade for you if I know I can sign you as a free agent next year? You're thinking is very MLB not NFL. Doesn't generally work that way. Guys re-signed for relatively significant money: Finnegan, Roos, Collins, Bironas.

Josh (SF)

Paul, Bigger problem for the Texans, turnovers or defense not stopping the run?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:51 PM)

Turnovers. I think if they don't turn it over and are clicking, they can get into the 30s a lot of Sundays, and if they are in the 30s, the other team needs to throw to keep up.

Jake (Htown)

Is Dunta Robinson going to resign? He says he wants to retire here and that it is a business, but I think he might just be blowing smoke. If we offered him Chris Gamble money why wouldnt he have taken it? Whats your take on the whole situation?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:52 PM)

He can't go anywhere this year with the tag, which he will sign in time if there is no new deal.

The Ellipsis

Paul...we used to be tight...but now you never use me anymore...what is up with that?...

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:52 PM)

I caved to pressure. Miss you too. You complete me. One for old times...

JT: Houston

Only beef I would have in expanding the season is that I think a greater emphasis should be put on divisional games, but doubt it would happen because the scheduling issues (2 teams would have more div. homes games if they went with 9 div. games). Thoughts?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:53 PM)

You can't have more than two against division opponents.

Nate (Indy)

So, the AFC South is arguably the most talented division in the NFL, but it also has one of the smallest market bases across the division (Houston ruins the curve). How does an uncapped year (or multiple years?) affect the division as a whole?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:55 PM)

Uncapped year is not the tragedy it's been portrayed as. There are multiple mechanisms to balance it out: Six years instead of four for free agency, an additional franchise tag, regulations on how active the best teams can be in free agency. The reason you don't want the uncapped year isn't because your market will suffer -- it's because it will be hard to get the cap back on.

Adam (Louisville, KY)

Paul, you easily have the most diabolical headshot of any espn writer. Was that planned, or do you always look so conniving?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:55 PM)

I look how I look. But diabolical? Gee, thanks!

Josh (SF)

Do you think Dunta Robinson is being truthful when he says "he wants to retire a Texan" or is he just posturing to get out?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:57 PM)

I think he's like to stay provided he gets paid. Guys do better with their original team than after a move the vast majority of the time.

Seth (Denver, CO)

"Paul, you easily have the most diabolical headshot..." This is true. I thought you looked like a jerk, but then I heard you on ESPN Radio and thought to myself, "hey... he doesn't sound like jerk."

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:57 PM)

Ever heard the one about books and covers?

Dustin, Stanford CA

Is it good bye to P. Williams, Mike Otto, and Chris Davis?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:58 PM)

Otto and Davis have a chance, Davis if no returner emerges. But they should be done with Williams, Henry and Davis in my opinion.

Mike, MD

Who is the favorite to win the divison? thanks

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:59 PM)

I am reluctant to make picks at this stage -- I've not see anybody do anything on the field since the end of the season. But I think it will be difficult to unseat the Titans if they stay healthy.

Tim Graham (AFC East)

Hahaha! Adam from Louisville is really me!

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:59 PM)

Are you winning your Dungeons and Dragons game?

Seth (Denver, CO)

"Ever heard the one about books and covers?" Now I think you're a jerk again.

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:00 PM)

C'mon that was funny! I don't know any Seths I really like, but I am not holding that against you.

Mad Mike (Houston)

Paul: Thanks for keeping us in the loop in the AFC South. I very much like the draft we had and expect a playoff spot this year. I think the 4th round TE Hill could be a target to add weight and move to OT, your thoughts. Thanks.......MM

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:01 PM)

I think he'll stay a TE and be a great guy for heavy and jumbo packages.

Mad Mike (Houston)

Paul: With Casey as well, I see Red Zone with 3 TE's and the D trying to figure what we will do. Agreed?...MM

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:03 PM)

It's at least something they can dabble with.

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:04 PM)

Well folks, I much appreciate your time and interest. Will see you same time, same place in a week. In the meantime, hit the mailbag anytime. Cheers!