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August 24, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Kevin Seifert

Kevin Seifert
  (1:01 PM)

Hi everyone. Sorry I'm a bit late. Too much excitement here in the NFC North for a Monday morning. I'm ready to get to it.

Brad (Gadsden,Alabama)

Kevin, What do you think of the packers new defense?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:02 PM)

So far, it's been exactly what the Packers said it would be: Intense, aggressive and focused on creating turnovers. That's a good start. But we all know that preseason performance isn't a fair predictor of regular season achievement, either positively or negatively.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:02 PM)

So far, it's been exactly what the Packers said it would be: Intense, aggressive and focused on creating turnovers. That's a good start. But we all know that preseason performance isn't a fair predictor of regular season achievement, either positively or negatively.

Gil (Kalamazoo)

Have Matthew Staffords mistakes earned him the back up spot in Detroit?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:04 PM)

I wouldn't say it's a done deal yet, but this shows that you can't make predictions based purely on practice performance. Culpepper hasn't been good enough to run away with the job, but I don't see the wisdom in starting Stafford unless he is an absolute prodigy.

DannyCooksey (Joliet)

Your thoughts on Cutler staring down the gun barrell on the safety blitz, delivering a bullett to Bennett between 3 defenders and never taking his eyes off the target?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:05 PM)

That's what great quarterbacks do. If I recall, the blitz was coming from the left side of the offensive line, so he could only have seen him coming from his peripheral vision. Good stuff.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:05 PM)

That's what great quarterbacks do. If I recall, the blitz was coming from the left side of the offensive line, so he could only have seen him coming from his peripheral vision. Good stuff.

TMadd (Charlotte,NC)

OK it's a uproar in Detroit because we were spanked by Cleveland in the preseason. From what I see Schwartz is doing more experimenting than game planning. Right now he's seeing who can contribute to this team. Preseasons is such fluff any cause of concern beside the obvious (0-16 last year) from what you observed from the Detroit Lions preseason games?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:05 PM)

I think it's pretty clear they have a long way to go. And that the jury is still out on their approach of signing a bunch of veterans in the offseason.

Brett Piersol (Red Lake Falls, MN)

After watching all of the NFC North preseason games, wouldn't you agree that Chicago looks to have the most complete team? It looks to me that they are firing on all cylinders. I don't think that the Bears need a #1 receiver. I think Earl Bennett will surprise alot of people this season.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:06 PM)

I would not, no. I've still got concerns about the Bears' defense, in particular with Tommie Harris and the secondary. There are some potential holes there. That said, every team has some holes. But if I had to pick the division's most well-rounded team at this moment, I'd say it's Minnesota.

A.J. Styles (Gainsville,GA)

Who will be a bigger part of the Packers passing game, Donald Driver, James Jones or Jordy Nelson?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:08 PM)

Looks like we had some weird things going on. The most recent answer was a question about whether I think the Bears would have the most well-rounded team. The one before that was about the conclusions I would draw from the Lions' preseason.

Chris (Yankton, SD)

Of course you would say the vikings since your the most biased person of all the bloggers

Kevin Seifert
  (1:09 PM)

And I fully expected to have someone respond that way. Why don't you make an argument as to why someone else is more well-rounded instead of assuming I'm being a homer?

Lyndon (Slave Lake, Alberta)

any idea whats up with pat williams?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:10 PM)

Childress said he will play against Houston. I think they're just keeping him rested as an older veteran.

Doug Pretty (Waterloo, IA)

Good to see you survived a hectic week, Kevin. I think Friday's game brought a dose of reality to people expecting Favre to be a savior, but I don't think he's going to be the disaster some are predicting. I'm always wary of extrapolating too much from preseason, whether it's good or bad. With several weeks before the season begins, and opening against the struggling Browns and Lions, I think he'll have ample time to at least play well enough to be a game manager. After all, if Gus "Headbutt" Frerotte was able to lead them to an 8-3 record as a starter last year, an old Favre should be able to do as well.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:11 PM)

That's been one of my arguments from the start. Frerotte's performance last year shows what this offense can do with competent quarterback play. I think Favre will at least be competent.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:11 PM)

That's been one of my arguments from the start. Frerotte's performance last year shows what this offense can do with competent quarterback play. I think Favre will at least be competent.

Jim (Minneapolis)

Do you buy that Favre's drop off in production that last 4 years is because of his age? Or do you attribute it solely to the lack of a dome and/or that most QB's numbers drop towards the end of the year? Thanks and keep up the excellent work.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:11 PM)

Combination of everything, but the biggest thing is age.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:11 PM)

Combination of everything, but the biggest thing is age.

Dereck (Florida)

What's you're take on Rodgers so far in the preseason? Are we looking at a posible MVP?

Chris (Yankton, SD)

Well it would have been nice for you to actually cover and post some Detroit Lions camp stuff like you did the Vikings who you updated about every hour.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:12 PM)

It was nothing but coincidence that I was in Detroit the day the Favre news broke. From any objective standpoint, it's hard to argue that I should have stayed in Detroit and ignored the Favre news story.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:12 PM)

It was nothing but coincidence that I was in Detroit the day the Favre news broke. From any objective standpoint, it's hard to argue that I should have stayed in Detroit and ignored the Favre news story.

al_harris (IL )

so im starting to think finley will be the starting Te this yr ? your thought?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:12 PM)

Whoever starts, Finley or Donald Lee, is secondary. By the end of the year I think Finley will be the Packers' best tight end.

Josh (Grand Rapids)

I know I'm crazy for saying this, but I still think Stafford NEEDS to start for the Lions. He had a poor showing this weekend but I felt that Daunte was, again, too conservative. Isn't the Peyton Manning plan worth trying when you know this team is terrible anyway?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:14 PM)

I personally don't agree with that. In the case of Manning, I think he entered the NFL with a pretty unique football IQ. Stafford seems like he's on the way to being a good player, but historically speaking more quarterbacks benefit from watching than they do playing right away.

David (Minnesota)

How is Quinn Johnson of the Packers performing thus far? Is it possible for him to be the first string FB heading into the season?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:14 PM)

Wouldn't rule it out. He is a monster and I saw a few nice blocks on the highlights the other night. They didn't draft him to sit.

Ed (Bourbonnais)

Do you think Forte will have a better year that Adrian Peterson?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:15 PM)

Not if the Bears follow through on their plans to use Kevin Jones and/or Garrett Wolfe more this year.

Aaron (Chicago)

Are early critics beginning to regret their criticism of the Packers switch to the 3-4? The first-string defense hasn't given up a point in preseason, and they have been playing without some key payers.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:16 PM)

I don't know if anyone was critical as much as they were wondering how long it would take to make the adjustment. I still think it's fair to ask that. They're off to a good start, but don't make the mistake of believing it's a good indicator of anything. Most offenses aren't gameplanning at this point, or really preparing for the blitz at all, and the Packers are coming hard on every play. That's the way the preseason is.

josh (denver)

the nfc north has three quality quarterbacks can you remember a time that the black and blue division has had such a flashy media friendly division like this year

Kevin Seifert
  (1:17 PM)

No, I can't, and I'll be following that theme all season. Next installment posts on the blog in about 15 minutes.

Jeff (Versailles, Ky)

Kevin, daily reader, love the blog! With Dusty Dvoracek out for another season, do you think the bears D-line is at risk with regards to depth? Why is Rod Marinelli playing Melton and Gilbert is opposing positions from when they were drafted?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:19 PM)

I don't think the Bears were counting on Dvoracek to be a significant contributor, so no, I wouldn't say this is a huge loss as much as it is just a really tough blow for the guy.As for Melton and Gilbert, those positions are subject to change. But in the case of Gilbert, especially, I think the Bears believe he fits perfectly into that "under tackle" role that is asked to get penetration and make plays in the backfield.

Henry (Panama, Panama)

I dont't think the Bears will be able to limit Forte's touches as they plan. They will see a great dropoff form him to whoever is next on the depth chart and will be forced to ride him all season again. Your toughts.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:19 PM)

Yes, every team starts off the year planning/hoping to keep the running back fresh. So I won't believe it unless I see it ... in the case of not only Forte but also Ryan Grant.

Melissa (Hartland, WI)

Kevin, I never see any questions posted from women on your chats! What would your wife say about this? My question is, it seems like Atari Bigby is having a very quiet camp. Is it possible Anthony Smith will supplant him as a starter?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:21 PM)

I guess I assume every name on this thing is made up anyway, so I don't even pay attetion. As for the safety position, Bigby has been quiet but if Smith is about to overtake him on the depth chart, no one has mentioned it.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:21 PM)

I guess I assume every name on this thing is made up anyway, so I don't even pay attetion. As for the safety position, Bigby has been quiet but if Smith is about to overtake him on the depth chart, no one has mentioned it.

Adam Vinatieri (Yankton, SD)

Is there a reason you're ignoring my questions and only answering Chris? I'm the biggest thing to come out of this town since Tom Brokaw!

Kevin Seifert
  (1:21 PM)

Solid.

Mike (Detroit)

Why is it that people always say "it's just preseason" when things go different than they expect (like Stafford looking very good in his first game), but then use them as proof when something does go like they expected (like Stafford really struggling in game two)? Yes, Stafford is going to make mistakes. But every young QB does. Why are people deciding that the first game didn't count and that there's no way Stafford is ready?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:22 PM)

It's a week-to-week league, and as the preseason progresses teams start to install more plays and more complexities into their approaches. Also, unless I'm mistaken, Stafford worked against the Falcons' No. 2 defense in the first game and the Browns' No. 1 defense in the second. Those are valid points.

dave (nj)

thanks kevin for letting none of my questions go through as usual

Tom (San Diego)

What are your predictions/feelings towards the Bears Broncos game Sunday night?

Matt (Louisville)

Hey Kevin, hows the Collins contract thing gonna adjust with this rib injury?

Kevin Seifert
  (1:25 PM)

I guess it depends on whether it's serious, but I doubt in the long term it will change their approach one way or the other.

Kevin Seifert
  (1:27 PM)

Sorry about the strange sequencing here. My screen isn't showing the same thing as you're seeing. ... So I'm going to call this off and figure out what's going on rather than confuse all of us any more. Sorry about this. I'll keep you updated on our next chat time.