Good afternoon all. Good to be with you. Let's get chatting...
Paul, Do you think all of the TITANS depth on the Dline will make up for the loss of A. Haynesworth?
I do. When Travis LaBoy and Antwan Odom both left, that was solid platoon pass rush and 14 sacks out the door. I'm guessing you didn't miss them last year. Won't be as easy with AH, of course, and the loss of size will hurt. But they will still rush well with their front four.
How productive do you think I will be for my new team next year?
I think you can be a solid tone-setter and contributor. You'll have some big games, some where you aren't heard from much, I expect.
Who is more ready to start for the Colts, Fili Moala or Terrence Taylor?
Has to be Moala, I would think. The 136th player isn't usually more able to contribute soon than the 56th.
Hey Paul. I'm a die-hard Colts fan and love checking the blog for info on the AFC South! Every year around this time I start getting excited for the upcoming season. This year is a little different, and I'm starting to go into panic mode! How can the Colts overcome the loss of Tony Dungy, Howard Mudd, and Tom Moore all in the same offseason? With Peyton under center the team will be competitive every week, but I don't think you can underestimate the positive effect Moore and Mudd have had on Peyton's career. Do you think Clyde Christensen and Pete Metzelaars will be able to fill some very large shoes? Or, with the strength of the AFC South, is this the year the Colts slip and miss the playoffs?
I think Manning will still be Manning. And the Colts are as well equipped to handle this as anyone can be. Still, three major losses in the coaching ranks are going to hurt them.
Is this TE Cook going to be everything Ben Troupe was supposed to be? If so, can the Titans really carry 4 TEs?
I don't see why they wouldn't carry four. They finished last season with four, really, if Casey Cramer is slotted where he belongs -- as a TE not a FB. No backup for Hall and four tight ends are fine. And Cook is on the roster no matter what. If anyone winds up at risk, it could be Crumpler, though I don't see it.
How do you see Donald Brown fitting into the Colts offense this year?
I think he'll be very good. Potentially very, very good if the line play is solid.
Do you think coach fisher is conservative to a fault like I do and what do you think needs to happen for a change in offensive philosophy? I like coach fish but I wish we would open the playbook a little and employ some gadgetry here and there. I am of the opinion if we had grossman as the starter and added boldin; our path to a championship would be cake
Grossman? Are you a brother or a cousin?
How do u think the giants will do this year even with wide reciver worries
I think they are going to be excellent. I have them in the NFC title game at least.
Paul, Do you really think the Texans can surpass the Colts and Titans this year?
Maybe one, if one slips, not both. Conceivable they could be a playoff team from third place. And I suspect they will probably determine who wins the division. Probably 1-3 against Indy and Tennessee. Question is who do they beat?
Paul: Glad to be able to be here this week! In your blog, you appear to not be drinking the Texans cool-aid and think they will have a tough time improving on their record. Why do you think they have not improved enough in the off-season to make the playoffs. They will find an RB to back up Slaton for that system. I also, think other teams in the division may have taken a step back. We have shown our issue is with +/- and our divisions foes. I say 10-6 is a very real possibility. Your thoughts, and have you heard the new CD by Black Joe Louis & the Honeybears? I recommend it! Thanks,........MM
Still on the list for a listen. I still have questions about the Texans -- Schaub lasting 16 and the back end on defense. I think they can be better and threaten for the playoffs. But it's hard for me to see them moving ahead of Titans or Colts as of now. Turnovers and division play are the issues. Big improvements there and I can be wrong. And I reserve the right with all of this to change my mind after I see minicamps and training camps.
This chat has become the champagne bottle that christens the weekend's coming. Great article on the Jags LBs. I recall a conversation we had last year where I was concerned about the LB play while you were concerned about the o-line. I think our concerns were both proven. Do you think 2009 should prove those to be positions of strength? I am happy Smith is moving to the outside.
Champagne for everyone on Brian, you heard him! I like that group and expect more from them. But if Smith is moving to the outside, why are they covert about it? Strikes me as odd. LB depth is unproven. OL should have a huge turnaround if everyone is healthy and the rooks are quick learners.
Hey I am holding open try-outs for teams that are interested. Just hit up my cell 601-555-0658.
We'll pass it along, thanks. How's the high school team looking?
With all due respect to the Colts coaches that have helped to maintain the high level of success for years, I'm not in panic mode as a Colts fan. I think Tony Dungy's resolve, experience and calm approach were pivotal in overcoming last year's start, but there's also the issue of known quantities. After so many years with the same approach from the same crew of coaches, maybe some new looks at the playbook will be a good thing. It's not as if any of the incoming coaches are overhauling the system like changing to a 3-4 or shifting to a West Coast offense. So if you keep the same systems that most of the players have been using for years but with the bonus of other coaches not knowing what you're going to do in various situations, I think you have an edge. Am I crazy?
You're not crazy. But I don't know if young linemen are going to be able to do they things they've done without Mudd. That's the big one for me. And at first sign of trouble, there are a lot of new guys for players to look to. That first moment is going to be a biggie. I am sure the Polian and Dungy tone and approach are instilled, but we still need to see.
Mr. Kuharsky, I love hearing you on 104.5 the zone in Nashville. Those guys are priceless sometimes. Long live THE GENERAL. My question is about our boy Mr. Lendale White. I have heard his interviews lately and have seen his recent pictures. I find it very hard to take anything he says as being sincere. No doubt, his contract is due, but I have mixed emotions. I've always liked him, but never have loved the guy's work ethic. Can he have the same production as last year and the Titans redo his contract or will it have to be much better? I would think the Titans have the upper-hand and say so.
I don't see him getting a new contract. Even if he matches the numbers, everyone knows they are largely a product of CJ's labors and the great situations where White gets the ball. I would think White will get to market and if Ringer is any good, the Titans will be fine with that. I certainly can't imagine an extension for him before the season is over.
Paul: I see the fans of this division more workmanlike and are more likely beer people, unless maybe you are in Indy, maybe!
Beer for everyone on Mad Mike, you heard him!
If Cook becomes the TE he is supposed to be, do you see the Titans releasing Crumpler before the season starts or do we keep him regardless?
He'd have to really fall off. Cook isn't going to do the dirty work they had Crumpler doing last year. (Cook has a lot to lern about the blocking part of the role.) And Stevens alone would not give them much security at that.
Who do you think ends up doing the Titans returns? Jones, Little, Giffin or someone else?
Way too early to say. It's not going to be Griff, unless they turn to a starter at a crucial moment once in a while, which would mean they don't have full faith in whoever wins the jobs.
We Colts fans love the beer. Titans fans love Zima.
Do they still make Zima?
Do you think the Texans improved their pass rush enough this offseason to overcome their lack of quality CBs?
Don't know. Would have liked it more if they'd addressed the rush and the coverage (with more than a fourth and a sixth). Maybe Quin or McCain can be a surprise, maybe we see a nice jump from Molden or Barber. The safeties worry me more than anything and have been underrated as a weakness in my eyes.
I love Zima!
Yes you do.
After the Texans were heavily critized for contact during voluntary mini-camps, have you seen a chance in the way they are conducted league wide?
I've seen one day of OTAs so far. There isn't a difference needed at places that weren't breaking the rules.
Paul: Can Garrard really be the guy for Jacksonville? I liked what consistency he brought two years ago and last year is hard to judge when you think about what we lost in offensive linemen, but I just don't seem him being the man to take the Jags to the next level. I understand that it may be too early to judge and considering the huge contract he just received almost inconceivable to think about drafting a first rounder next year, but he just doesn't seem to have the star power that someone else could bring. Not to mention a big namer could certainly help the ticket sales that they have been struggling with. I am not looking for a quick fix I just simply don't think he is the right man. Opinions?
I'm not worried at all about star power. I just want to see production. Huge year for him. No matter how many Jags fans have absolute faith in him, he certainly has to prove himself this season. I think coming into workouts slimmer was a good sign, and shows he's focused and working. The line should be way better, Holt's more reliable than the guys he was working with and these rookies should be able to catch passes.
Arizona, San Francisco, St.Louis and Seattle...I know the Cards did great things last year but I have no faith that Warner performs at the same level this year. Could we see a NFC West sweep by our beloved AFC South teams?
No. You're talking 12-0? I think 8-4 would be quite good. Teams always lose games we think they should win, and we have no idea how good those four will or won't be. SF, St. Loo or Seattle -- one of those three will be way better than most of us expect.
Hey Kuharsky, you seem to know a lil bit about football...what would be your reasoning for me not getting drafted after I received many accolades during my career at Iowa? And do you see me making the cut for the Titans and being a rotational DT for them to help replace Big Al?? Thanks man, I love the blog by the way!
You're short. And a much higher percentage of teams are going 3-4, where you don't fit. I think you're going to be a great story, but the Titans have a quality crowd at DT, so it's going to be tough.
Do you think I could run the wildcat? And can you tell the Colts I can be their third receiver. *Snif Snif*
I am anti-Wildcat. The fascination factor is just inexplicably high. I'm pretty sure the Colts like their options for No. 3 better than you.
You find out anything on Jennings dropping? I know last time you said you were going to look into it.
Not yet. I'll ask around at mini-camps and OTAs in June if I haven't found out anything before then.
Do you think the Titans will decide to restructe VY's contract to keep him as a back up? Or will they go with another QB through the Draft or FA...cause lets face it Ramsey as a 2nd String QB is something I am not comfortable with.
Well if you are not comfortable with Ramsey, then i am sure Heimerdinger will change his mind. VY's contract is manageable this year, not next. He could lose No. 2 this year. But there is no way he's around under this deal next year -- $4.5 M roster bonus, cap number over $14 M. And the sort of "restructuring" you are talking about is really a "severe pay cut." Why would Vince agree when he's bound to think he can do better elsewhere, where he isn't so misunderstood? And why would the Titans offer it?
I was hoping we actually might get out of this chat without a Vince Young question. With all this beer, champagne and Zima going around this was a major buzz kill.
Sorry. If it makes you feel better, I am intent on scaling way back. On the Vince Young questions. Not the Zima.
How bout the ravens getting Boldin
I don't see it happening. But you might want to ask Mike Sando, who covers Boldin's division, or James Walker, who covers Baltimore's.
Can I advertise here too, like Brett did? I need a job. Did Bill Polian change his phone number or something? I can't seem to get through.
Donald Brown knows it.
I just read your piece about Fili Moala, and although I agree with a lot of the points you made, I'm curious as to how much pressure you find on their first round pick, Donald Brown. A lot of people expected a WR at that pick and RB as more of a luxury pick.
I think he's going to find yards and be an immediate contributor but faces no more pressure than your average skill position first rounder, probably a bit less.
Is the AFC South going to be the toughest division to win in?
No. NFC East Philly-Giants battle will be epic and NFC North could be three-deep to the end.
Mr Kuharsky, your typing seems to be strangly absent of ellipses, have you been drinking?
Not a drop, sir. But I know you'll still write me up for something. Just give me the ticket please, sir, and can we be done with it?
Is Kerry gonna have a better year statistically with all the additions on offense(Cook, Britt, and Washington) or is he gonna follow his statistical trend of never having a consecutively good season when he was with the same team?
I think better, but not by leaps and bounds. People have really picked up on that trend. I need to look it over.
It seems as if the Jaguars need a QB. Think the Titans can work a trade for VY?
Just broke my rule, but had to. You're kidding, right?
Who do you see winning the 6 way WR/TE battle to be the 5th option in the Colts O (Garcon, Hall, Collie, Gijon, Santi, Tamme)?
Garcon or Collie. That's just my gut read. But I suspect it'll be week-to-week and the TE vs. WR part may be largely matchup based.
I know I played poorly last season, but the jaguars are too invested in me to simply just demote me. Could I possibly contribute at gaurd and keep my $5 mil a year?
I think Britton is more likely to be at guard than you are. If you deserve demotion, they swallow the salary and demote you.
Hey Paul, good to see you on here. So Does the Titans still like me. (gets tripped up by Ben Roethlisberger)
Yup. I have to tell you Nick, you've had a way worse March-April-May than you had October-November-December in my eyes. Fans just kill you. It's as if they believe no passes should ever be completed. I think you've been a solid complimentary player.
With the addition of bigger DTs. What do you see that doing for Freeney and Mathis? Do they have a huge year this year or just about the same?
Both Pro Bowlers last year. Hard to be a whole lot better, but if it works as it should and you're both healthy, I'd expect big things.
Do you see the Titans drafting a Quarterback next year?(Definitely not first round, but maybe after)
When do coaches start to get an opinion of the rookies? Surely the minicamps aren't enough.
Scouting combine, pre-draft meetings. Then a little at minicamp. They get a new layer when they are mixed with vets for some OTAs or a minicamp. That's already happened with the Jags.
When am I going to be able to mindlessly follow all your OTA trips and meetings via twitter? I need random pics of the place you are to fill my day when the blog is slow.
The blog Tweets, but I don't. I'm told my Blackberry camera isn't getting it done, either. Accepting suggestions for a purchase.
How come more people don't post comments on your blogs? AFC North, NFC West...those fans are always posting long string of comments and having discussions...where is the love from the AFC South fans?
Must be an author deficiency. I do think with two expansion teams and two relocated teams, our fan bases are not as deep and have a lower percentage of crazies/ ultra-die-hards. (Begin flaming...)
PK, in years past June 1st was always a big day as far as roster moves, people getting cut etc. What happened to that? Is that just teams handling the cap better or what? Also, Zima ceased production last October...
A moment of silence for Zima, then. They kind of washed away the June 1st clause in the updated CBA. If I recall correctly, teams can designate a cut player (or maybe two) as a "June 1st cuts" ealier in the offseason and get the same cap benefits, where they can push some of the cost into the next year. But teams are doing a lot less of pushing cap hits into the future, seems to me.
Are you jealous Kevin Seifert gets to cover Brett Favre 24/7?
I might have sat next to Seifert in St. Paul Monday night at the Springsteen show. And I might have told him how sorry I feel for him over the Favre stuff. And KS might have been very fired up that Rosie came out.
Is Vince pretty much a lame duck quarterback, why cant the Titans make a trade and get at least a 5th or 6th rounder for him?
Why would anyone trade for an unsuccessful guy whose contract calls for a $4.5 million roster bonus and a cap number over $14 million next year?
I know that the Colts are technically relocated from Baltimore, but it won't be long before they've been in Indy (25 years and counting) longer than they were in Baltimore (30 years). Hard to believe, eh?
It really is. But still, if they'd had 55 in one place, the passions would run even deeper.
Whats up with Bulluck not being at practice? Im not going to blow up his knee or anything. YES Im talkn bout practice!
They haven't let you into practice in years, chief! All we can do is take Fisher's and Bulluck's agent's word at this point. I don't think it means a whole lot.
If you've got Verizon then get the Samsung Flipshot. It's got a GREAT camera, perfect for those scandelous photos of LenDale you got ;-)
Yeah, but then I can't use the BB for email and texting, and I am married to it. (It's my second wife, not my first.)
PK, do you ever browse teams message boards looking for opinions/etc?
I wish I had more time for such visits. I try to poke in to some occasionally. Like to chime in at times when something I've written is being discussed and I can clarify, and I like to get to know some of those folks on their turf, while hoping it brings them to mine. But I've got no lack of opinions, as you might suspect.
How well do reporters really know who the NFL teams covets in the draft? Every year I really think reporters think they know but they really dont.
We don't. (Unless Denny Green is doing the drafting; I'm told he tipped his hand all the time.) We might have good inklings about a guy or two a team really likes or really doesn't like. That's about it. That's a big reason I'm not a big draft guy.
I feel with the loss of Haynesworth, and the addition of the 2 300+ DT, that the colts will be on top of the division this season. Do you see this as possible or am I in dream world?
Certainly possible. I don't know that the DTs tip the scales. But they were only a game different in the standings last season. Either of them winning the division won't be a surprise.
You still coming over tonight for DnD and some of my Zima stash? Mom made bruschetta!
Can't make it. Committed to a bowling event. Can you sneak the Zimas into the Strike and Spare? Any of you in Nashville should try to come -- look up Eric Yutzy's charity deal. Kearse, Hall and Reinfeldt among the scheduled Titans celebs, I believe.
do u forsee the vikings making a serious run in the playoffs or would they just be gettin the farve of old
I am not on board with the Vikings, with or without Favre. I've actually got a good feeling about the Packers for some reason.
With Fred Taylor gone, how much production do you see coming out of Greg Jones... Will the big guy do more than block this year??
He's supposed to get 10 carries or touches a game. I don;'t know why they love him so, but am interested to see it.
Paul: When Mini-Camp comes the first beer is on me and it will be a local beer, you in? Thanks........MM
As long as I'm eating, too. Great food town.
Well folks, that flew by. Usually first time I look at the clock it's 2:45. Today it was 3:02. Good stuff. Thanks for the good questions and the laughs. If you did break open your Zima stash, please call a cab. Same time, same place next week. Hit the mailbag -- link is under my picture on the AFC South page -- anytime. I do my best to answer everybody. Have a wonderful weekend...
What was take take of the Xcel Energy center? Not a bad place for a show or a Wild game....
Loved it. Nice and steep. I was upper deck, side stage and plenty happy.