Hey everyone...Matt's wireless went down, so he's going to his local Starbucks to start the chat. He'll be here around 12:20 once he gets settled.
Buzz, will Matt be able to see previously submitted questions, or should we re-submit them once he has his venti and connection?
I'm here! I'm here! Sorry about that, guys. I'll try to make it up to you. Let's go. Looks like we have 153 questions. I'll try to do 70!!
Enough about Plaxico already.....with him gone though, do you see the giants utilizing Kevin Boss even more this season? He came on real strong at the end of last year.
Ian, I think the biggest issue with Boss is that he sort of wore down in terms of blocking last season. But as a red-zone threat, yes, I think Gilbride will find different ways to use him. He's still not a polished player -- but he's getting there.
People seem concerned about the Giants' WRs lack of height. If #1s like Reggie Wayne, Greg Jennings and Lee Evans (amongst others) can do it at 5-11, why are people worried about Hakeem Nicks at 6-1?
Call it the Plax syndrome. You get spoiled with a 6-5 racing down the field making acrobatic catches. Hakeem Nicks is a younger, faster version of Anquan Boldin. There's no problem with his size.
BeastMaster, first off, can you bring me back a double espreso half caf, mocha please? thanks! now... How well do you see Igor filling the shoes of Canty? Do you think he can pressure enough to take some of the double team pressure away from Ware, and will he be an added help to Ratlif in the run stopping? Thanks and keep up the GREAT work! - and one more thing if I may BeastMaster - GO ANGELS!!!!
I think Igor's an adequate replacement for Canty. I didn't realize how enormous the guy was until I stood next to him. He's just a Beast -- if you will. And I'll be at the Ballpark tonight -- rooting for a Saunders meltdown!!!
Love the blog Matt. Do you think Celek can be a legit #1 TE? The Eagles haven't had one of those since the Chad Lewis era.
I was just thinking about Lewis the other day while doing some all-decade research. Very underappreciated player -- but a good one. I think it's too early to know if Celek's a so-called No. 1 TE. But he was clutch down the stretch for the Eagles in '08. No reason to think he'll take a step back. And Ingram's a tremendous athlete. We'll see how rusty he is.
Matt, isn't it premature for so many Eagles fans to claim that McNabb finally has weapons? Westbrook remains the only proven weapon. Jackson has shown potential, but only had 2 TDs as a WR last season; while Maclin and McCoy are promising, young players, it is still very rare for rookies to have significant impact in the NFL. McNabb is looking at two years to win a super bowl and history tells us that he will probably have to do it without these Philly proclaimed "weapons".
I don't think it's all that rare for rookies to have a big impact these days. Players such as Donnie Avery, Jackson, Forte, Adrian Peterson (his rookie season) and the list goes on. I think McCoy can have the most immediate impact. Rookie running backs can put up big numbers. Lots of evidence to support that. So I do think McNabb has a lot of weapons.
Matt, how exactly do you see the Giants utilizing Travis Beckum, if at all during this coming season.
I think they'll try to utilize him right away. I think he'll be sort of an H-back type guy. Very athletic, so you can line him up all over the place. I think he could make an immediate impact. At least that's what Gilbride and Pope think.
matt.. really love the blog. whats with all the talk of bradshaw not backing up jacobs. i have followed bradshaw for a long time and he is highly capable of filling wards big shoes. whats the deal???
I think Bradshaw will get his chance early in the season. I just know the giants love the Brown kid already. The trust level with Ware is a little lacking. Same thing for Bradshaw. I'm with you, though. I'd love to see Bradshaw get 10-12 carries. He has devastating quickness and speed.
Hello Matt,Assuming that Jason Campbell has a great year for the Redskins, do you think he will be more likely to sign an extension or go to another team?
If I'm Jason Campbell, I'm not signing anything during the season. If he has the hot hand early in the season, maybe the Redskins try to extend him. I don't think he'd want any part of that. He loves his teammates and head coach. He doesn't trust management -- nor should he. But if he has a great season, I think the Skins will definitely try to make an offer.
Matt, I for one am sick of the lowballed expectations for my Skins. Don't these people know that Washington fans only have the months leading up to the season to be excited about the possibilities...don't sully that. I was wondering if you could comment on the Skins' secondary this year. Little has been made of the loss of Springs, but he is among the league's elite when it comes to guarding big receivers. With a lot of talented guys with big question marks (Smoot, Rogers, Horton, Hall) and an improved front seven, how do you see this group performing throughout the year?
Springs had sort of a lull in his career after a fast start. But you're right, he did an excellent job against big-time receivers. Ask T.O. about Springs. That said, Springs spent too much time in the training room with injuries. Rogers has a ton of ability, but he goes through some rough stretches. If Hall doesn't get spoiled by the money, he's poised to have a big season. I think the Skins have the second or third best secondary and NFC East -- and that's pretty good.
Matt , do you see the cowboys making it the playoffs this year? And if tony romo falls again down the stretch , could you see jerry jones looking for a replacement !
You could make an argument for all four teams reaching the playoffs, but obviously that can't happen. As of now, I do think the Cows will reach the playoffs. And no, Romo's not going to be replaced. He has a check from Jerry for $30 million. You don't back out on those type investments.
Who will be a starting QB first? Kevin Kolb, Colt Brennan, David Carr or Jon Kitna? Also would Wade Phillips even be allowed to pull Romo if he played real bad?
I've seen nothing to suggest that Phillips would ever pull Romo. Not even the presence of Kitna. And the answer to your question is Brennan.
Matt, in what order do you see the teams finishing in the NFC East?
1. Giants2. Eagles3. Cowboys4. Redskins
Do you see a possible move with Sheldon Brown do to his dissatisfaction with his contract and the Eagles trading for Ellis Hobbs? If so, for picks or a player, before or after the season like Lito. Thanks
If something happens, it will occur during training camp. When a starting cornerback in another camp is injured, Brown could suddenly have more value. (see Jason Taylor)...that's what the Eagles are waiting on. If nothing happens, they'll bury Brown on the bench -- just like they did Lito.
Hey matt big fan. was wondering if you think the giants are deep enough with safety, with really only one sure thing in phillips but michael jonson and cc brown as big question marks. do the giants view this as a concern???
It's not like teams across the league -- or even division -- are loaded at safety. Quintin Mikell and Q Demps should be fine, but they don't scare anyone. LaRon Landry and Chris Horton make a pretty good pair. But I think Phillips and Johnson are right up there with the best in the division -- and Brown's good security. So no, I'm not particularly worried about that position.
Matt, make a prediction of who you think the MVP of the Beast will be
If the skins keep 4 running backs not including Sellers who do you think it would be? CP, Betts, Rock, ??? have any of the alliterative new comers impressed enough to make the squad AA DD MM?
I'm very intrigued by Aldridge. Watched him play a bit in college. HUGE speed guy. I'd love to see him make the team. But Mason's the more likely fit.
Colt Brennan? Are you serious?! What on earth have you seen to suggest he's a starting caliber QB in this league? His arm is a noodle.
That's not what the question was, Vincent. Who did I see becoming a starter sooner? Carr, Kitna, Kolb or Brennan. I think the Skins are going to be more trigger happy with Campbell than the Eagles, Cows and Giants will be with their quarterbacks. That's all. Relax
Do you think that Patrick Watkins has a chance of stepping up and become a starting safety for the Cowboys? After all during his rookie season he was immediately thrown into the starting rotation.
With the arrival of rookies such Hamlin and the play of Alan Ball, there's not a spot on the team for Watkins. I think he'll be traded or released.
hey matt. i check the blog 3 times a day so for my first ever question ... this is big for me. Was wondering what the giants plan to do about robbins and cofield. they both seem to stick out as guys that dont fit this year. What do the giants plan to do about them?
Miriam:We're pleased that you stopped by. Clip and save this response. The folks in Cedarhurst will be quite impressed! I think the Giants want to have plenty of ammunition of the middle because they wore down there last season. Robbins was off to a great start last season. Both guys are a little banged up right now. In a potential trade, Robbins has the most value. You might see something happen during training camp if everyone else is healthy. But I'd like to see them keep Robbins.
Matt since nothing is off limits...what's up with the lack of Skins articles in the Beast? Scroll down the page and all you see is giants and cowboys with a few eagle's article thrown in the mix. What gives?
John, I do my best to even things out over the course of a year. There are times people would accuse me of being a huge Skins homer. I've done of ton of interviews with players such as Orakpo and Thomas this offseason. And I have a blockbuster interview lined up with Haynesworth during training camp. I'm based in Dallas, so obviously the Cowboys are a little easier for me to see on a weekly basis. But it all evens out over the year -- or at least I'll try to make that happen. But I appreciate your concern.
Congrats and welcome Miriam!And Mosley, what do you think about Trevor Laws in the Philly rotation at defensive tackle? How much time do you see him getting and how effective do you guess he'll be?
I was watching him pretty closely during training camp. He appears to have pretty good quickness and I think he'll be a versatile player. So yes, I think he could be in the rotation for 12-15 plays per game.
Hey Matt, great work as always and sic 'em. My question would be, do you see any veteran free agents ending up on NFC East teams this season and making a solid impact (such as Edge, Derrick Brooks, Deuce, etc.), and what role do you think these players will have?
I keep hearing all the stuff about Edge to the Eagles. I don't think it's a good fit with that zone-blocking style. He's not the same back he was in Indy (obviously), and he won't be happy as the third back. Personnel people think Brooks has taken a major step backwards, and they don't think his leadership would offset his deficiencies on the field. Deuce just needs some money to bail him out of the car business.
Matt what do you think about the tandem of the Andrews brothers running the right side of the line. I love the Big Kid but those two worry me
I think Stacy's a serviceable player. But yes, I'd worry a little about Shawn. Have we suddenly forgotten about him not showing up at training camp because of depression issues and then having back problems. I trust that he's received help on both fronts, but it's still something that has to be on everyone's mind.
The Eagles seem to have a lot a talented players on the WR position. What do you think the future holds for Reggie Brown?
I think he might have trouble making the team. If the Eagles could grab a fifth-round pick for him, do it.
hey matt ive been a cowboys fan in ny whole life and its not easy but really love having ur blog to help me out. Was wondering if u think the cowboys o-line will be ale to old up this year against such a ridicolously stacked d-line division???
I think the Cowboys better figure out a solution at left guard. Kosier was hurt last year and Montrae Holland isn't missing enough meals. I like Cory Procter, but he's better as a spot starter -- and drummer for Free Reign.
Hey Matt...just wanted to get your thoughts on Kenny Phillips this year. What kind of an impact is he going to have? What s his potential?
Eden:I think he'll have a huge impact this season. He doesn't have to think as much anymore, so he just reacts. I could see him having a seven INT season. Might be a good pick for breakout player of the year. I have to get a coffee re-fill to justify my use of the free WiFi at this place. Give me three minutes and I'll be back. We're at the 241 question mark. I'm looking to hit 300 before we quit. And look over there for a second and see how Ellis Hobbs is doing with his chat. That started 15 minutes ago.
So you definitely going to expense that coffee to ESPN right? In any event how do you think Aaron Ross will do for the giants this season, he seems like he could also have a break out year.
Yes, I just sent the receipt to Bristol. I loved Aaron Ross' work at UT and his fiance (are they married yet) is one of the best sprinters in the world. I think Ross is just becoming a very steady player. Nothing that flashy, though. Four picks and a strong season. Not the breakout year I'm predicting for Phillips, though.
How would you rank the NFC East back-up QBs
You guys LOVE backup QB talk -- and I don't mind it.1. Jon Kitna2. David Carr3. Kevin Kolb4. Todd Collins/Colt Brennan
Matt most of your co workers have bashed DeSean Jackson up and down calling him a hot dog. Do you think he can improve on his stellar rookie season or was it a flash in the pan like most other Eagle WRs that have been drafted? ( see Reggie Brown, Chris T. Jones, Freddie Mitchell the list goes on...) Also who will eventually have a better career D. Jackson or Jeremy Macklin?
A wide receiver in this league acting like a hot dog? Say it ain't so! DeSean Jackson is a very confident guy and that turns into cockiness at times. As long as he catches 70 passes and has 1,000 yards, I wouldn't care about all that other stuff. And Maclin will eventually be the better player.
Hey Matt. I am double dipping now. If Jason Campbell struggles early, do you think they would want to see what Colt Brennan can do? The team still maintains that he is the third QB.
Rob, I've warned you about that! I think Brennan will be the backup by midseason.
Matt, what DO you like about the Eagles? You've managed to question their depth at RB, 2/5ths of the O-line as well as their safety position.
I think the Eagles are a legit Super Bowl contender. Does that mean they are without flaws? Not at all. Actually I don't recall questioning the depth at RB. I think LeSean McCoy will be really good and we'll see if Booker actually has anything. And when did I say something about safety. Sounds like we have a thin-skinned Eagles fans among us.
Damn...reading over the Ellis Hobbs transcript just now and that dude seems like he genuinly did not want to leave New England.
Very interesting. I'll take a peek at that in a moment. Anything revealing in there.
Hey Matt, love your blog man, its my go to site everyday. Is there any news on weather the Skins are going to utilize Orakpo at DE or are they really gonna play him at SAM? Also how do you think Horton will do this year now that he is on film and other teams can expect him?
Thanks, Paul. I'll be in Virginia soon. Hey, if anyone wants to participate in a true "live" chat, I'm at the Starbucks at Preston and Forest. And yes, I still think it's a bad idea. I want Orakpo going after the quarterback constantly -- like Ware in Dallas. And don't talk to me about scheme. Good D coordinators find ways to utilize amazing pass rushers.
Let's say the Redskins miss the playoffs and Zorn is fired. In order to attract Cowher or Shanahan, Snyder is going to have to fire Cerrato and give up total control. Will he be willing do to that? He did give Gibbs total control, but for some unknown reason, loves Cerrato.
He's fired Cerrato before -- during the short-lived Schottenheimer era. And if he hires a strong head coach who wants Vinny out, then that's what Snyder will have to do.
Care to revisit your Roy Williams predictions? You had him at like four catches a game for a little over 50 yards for the balance of the season. Since at the very minimum we know that he is putting in more effort this offseason and has more talent surrounding him than ever before, isn't it more likely that he has one of his best years as a pro? The table seems set for this to happen. What are your reservations or better yet why did you predict such low numbers for him?
Well well well. It took you awhile, Samoyed. And where's the pic of that little white dog? I think the Roy Williams workout story is completely overblown. Yes, he may have recommitted himself to the weight room, but we don't know if that will translate to big numbers on the field. I think the ceiling for him this season is 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns. Would you be satisfied with that?
Matt, when do we Not have thin-skinned Eagles fans with us?
Believe me, there are a few out there. My buddy Gonz from the Inquirer is one of them.
Matt as a teenage Cowboys fan living in NJ i try to be as knowledgeable as possible, just wondering if you see Bobby Carpenter or Jason Williams as a legitamite backup considering that Brooking is 33 and hasn't played in a 3-4 system in the recent years.
Mike, here's the best advice I can give a teenager: Don't put any faith in former Ohio State linebackers. I've given that speech at several local high schools here in Dallas. This will help you in life, son.
One last question and then Im heading off to football practice. Assuming that Jenkins gets the starting job, are you confident that he can be a very productive corner. Thanks for your time. Shoutout to Lindenwold football, working towards a state championship!
I don't think he'll start. Scandrick will win the job. And thanks for the shoutout. I see big things for Lindenwold this year, although the lack of depth in the secondary scares me.
MM, do you see ANY of Dallas' backup linemen being able to replace FLO in a couple of years? We don't develop our linemen well
Ding Ding Ding! You're the lucky winner for the most obvious -- and correct -- point of the day. What, you haven't enjoyed the evolution of Pat McQuistan and Doug Free? It's a huge problem, Matt. And you can blame some of it on our old pal Bill Parcells, who was on this chat for the first 15 minutes.
BeastMaster "I think the ceiling for him this season is 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns. Would you be satisfied with that?"I would be VERY pleased with that, but ONLY if it were do to a more run focused Off! If Jason can do change his focus AND Roy puts up those numbers, do you see your earlier prediction of the Cowboys ending up in 3rd in the division changing for the better?
If Roy ends up with 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns, the Cowboys will be in the playoffs. Yes.
BeastMaster, Are you ready for "tkabbin Day" tomorrow?
Someone please explain this to me.
Beastmaster, who do you see returning kicks for the Giants this year? I've always thought Moss could be effective, and Aaron Ross was pretty good doing it in college, yet neither has gotten a real shot. Who's your money on?
Ahmad Bradshaw will do the honors.
What are your thoughts on the Skins rookie LB Robert Henson? Did you see a lot of him at TCU? Can he develop into a starter?
Too early to project him as a starter. But he's a very capable player who will stick as a special teams guy.
More sacks this year Tuck or Osi?
Tuck -- of course.
Hey Mosley, what's up with Danny Ware? The pre-draft talk about him made him sound like a breakout player in '09, but now he's fallen out of favor with the coaching staff? I was looking forward to seeing what he can do in a game that mattered, but it sounds like Brown will probably pass him on the depth chart.
Dan, let's not get ahead of ourselves. I think Ware will get a shot to prove that he's grown up a bit. He just didn't know the plays like he should have in the past. Seriously. To be fair, I'm talking about specific assignments. I just don't think there's a high trust factor with the player. Dan, are there any good bars in Albany?
I think everybody is underestimating the cowboy's this year.the moves this year improved the team(brooking over thomas,canty
Ken, you really didn't pose a question, but I wanted to reward you for having the most patience today. You showed up on time -- and waited 20 minutes while I searched for free WiFi. Thanks for your participation. OK, we've gone over an hour. You guys want a little more?
Please tell me there is gonna be somebody other than the robot, Patrick Craytong returnign punts this year for the Cows.
I think the Cowboys would love to develop another punt returner. I'd like to see Felix back there, but he's a little shaky fielding the punts. How bout Miles Austin? Good hands and a lot more elusive than your guy Crayton.
Corey Webster will emerge as an elite CB this year. Am i crazy??
I already have him there, Steve. So based on the little info I have on you, I don't guess you're crazy.
Matt - best Beast Defense this season?
I've lost my dog? OH NO! Actually, I think it is your link that is not downloading the picture. He's still here. As for "little," he's over 100 lbs. Anyways...I think you're in the ballpark with UT Roy and around 1100 yds and eight TD's. Let's increases the difficulty a bit. Apart from Williams and Witten, who steps up for that all important third option? Austin, Crayton, Bennett, or Jones? Care to predict the third place person and numbers?
Felix Jones will run for 800 yards and have 600 yards receiving. He'll score a combined 12 touchdowns. There ya go.
Who gets more carries...Barber or Jones?
Stewart Bradley....first thing that comes to mind? Twin of Urlacker?
Yeah, he's pretty impressive. But the first thing comes to my mind is "cerebral." Very, very smart kid.
Who do you think will return kicks for the Eagles this year? My money is on Maclin returning punts, but kickoffs could be Maclin, Hobbs, Macho Harris, or Quinten Demps. Who's back there? I'd just like to add that it is lovely to have options after watching Reno Mahe do it for a couple years, and holding my breathe when they put B-West back there. Bout time they adressed it!
Hobbs and Demps returning kicks. That sounds about right to me.
does de. ware lead the nfc in sacks or someone else.
Ware will have 16 sacks, but he'll still be an absolute beast. Tuck will have 15.5 sacks.
So the Giants have Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks as receivers and that is hunky dory and the Cowboys have Roy Williams and Miles Austin/Patrick Crayton and that is cause for extreme concern. Or is that your cottage industry of poor Cowboys comedy would be threatened if you actually called it straight?
You leave my cottage industry alone!
Andre Carter's sack totals this year..prediction?
How long would it take you to put on and then lose the weight like Skins lineman Mike Williams?
I could get from my current weight (200) to 300 with about eight months of serious inactivity, which includes constantly sitting on airplanes and actually taking the turkey stick option on American Airlines. But to drop the 100 pounds, it would take at least a year. And I'd have to go to that same Duke fat camp where Williams went. Actually, I'm sure that's the official name of the Duke program.
NFC East Matchup to watch this year?
Eagles-Giants of course. Can the Giants cover Westbrook? We'll see. Boley needs to get well -- in a hurry.
Is there anything to the thought that Haynesworth can actually help the Skins put up more points? One of their problems last year was field position - they were 19th in offensive yardage but something like 28th in points. Maybe more sacks/pressure/INT can help the offense?
Yes, more sacks and turnovers obviously help in tha department.
Are the Eagles making the same mistake they made a few years ago with no punt returner by not having a 3rd rb?
Let's stop obsessing about a third-string running back. Seriously!
Coming off their second year from major knee surgery, what kind of expectations can skins fans have of Carlos Rogers and Rocky McIntosh?
McIntosh in a contract year is a good thing. I think he'll return to form this season. And Rogers is the big, physical corner that a lot of teams covet. I think they could both have strong seasons.
Where on Earth is Marcus Washington?
John, I think he's still on the street. I mean not literally, but you know what I'm saying. You'd think someone could use him. But then I thought the same thing about D. Brooks.
Do you think Zorn will get Fred Davis on the field more and use him and Cooley together?
Isn't it a bit risky to put Felix back returning punts? I like the idea, but that could prove costly in the long run. I guess the same would go for Scandrick?
How bout Jenkins? It's risky to put anyone back there. But the return game has killed the Cowboys for years. Having a threat back there would add another dimension. Zuriel Smith, where have you gone?
Who do you prefer more in the Athlete Music genre? Shaq or Free Reign?
Love what Free Reign's doing because they're actually writing some music. Very impressive. And my man Leonard Davis is actually taking some lessons on the bass this offseason. He's becoming a pretty steady presence in the band. And Colombo as lead singer brings a tremendous amount of energy. He uses his 6-8 frame wisely. Davis is a throwback bass player who projects a lot of power with a cold stare and his 6-6, 350-pound frame.
Thanks for getting to my question BEASTMASTER! Love the blog! Don't listen to some of the hater, your doing a great job. This Soldier has your back!
Matt, that means a lot. We're thinking about you guys all the time! And don't worry bout the haters. They just keep adding to the Beast's ratings.
I don't think the cows can risk 1 of the first 3 corners back there. That is a spot that is already thin. Any of the 27 rookies drated have any potential?
The Cowboys used to put Deion back there -- and he was one of the best corners to ever play the game. Get it done somehow. You guys have been awesome. We were creeping up on 400 questions -- in late June!! That's remarkable. OK we've gone an hour and a half. I better cut it off. Thanks again!!!