Good afternoon, friends. Thanks for coming.
Paul, the old saying is you have to do two things to win the game: run the ball, and stop the run. With three teams running for over 200 yards and losing, is this axiom out dated now? Has the league become more about the passing rather than running?
I think there are teams built to function as exceptions. But still in the long run, over the course of a full season and the playoffs, odds are you are going to have to stop the run to win.Certainly, though, we've seen some transformations. Pittsburgh is a passing team now, right?
Do you think the Jags rookie wide recievers will make a impact this next week or will they end up being just another letdown in this dismal looking season? Or do we hand off to MJD 40 times an make houstonstop the run instead of passing 43?
I don't see a big reason for optimism. If they were better alternatives, they would have been playing already, no?Your MJD plan is the plan. They need to be Miami against Indy. But I don't think they can pull it off.Thing with Jags is, once they get two scores behind, their main attack kind of goes out the window.
Please stop taking up for me, Paul. I'm disasterously terrible. I'll admit as much. I should be purged and flogged with a cane.
Ease up on yourself Joe.
(whispering) Paul, why do I keep upsetting this guy? 21 catches, 356 yds
Dunno. Good question.
When does it become panic time in Jacksonville?
Panic over the season or the fate of the franchise?
Hey Pk, How worried should us Colts fans be about our Defense? Do you think its just adjusting to a new system and will take shape later in the season or something that we should as a major concern and potentially something keeping us out of the playoffs?
Looks to me like more of the same. So I would worry about more of the same. But Monday was probably worst case scenario and they still won, so you have to feel good about that.
Did Jason Jones actually punch a Texans player? No one has been able to say that there is film evidence of such a hit and the NFL levies a $5k fine which seems low for an infraction that would have a player ejected from a ballgame. You would think the fine would be more along the lines of Flozel Adams' $12k fine. So was there a punch? Did it happen?
Would seem to me if the league is fining him in addition to officials ejecting him that they are confirming he threw a punch. But I've not seen it and they've not offered it up.
If Vick is successful running the wildcat in redzone and 3rd down situations, is it possible we can see a similar role for VY?
I think it's a leap to say if Vick does it that a) it's the right thing for the Titans to do and b) VY could do it.
Detroit was just announced as having a blackout with some 10,000 tickets left. It's not only the Jags who are being affected. I mean, Detroit has lost 19 in a row, but the Jags have been the punching bag for this and it needs to stop.
Detroit was winless last season and sold out its home opener last week.Jags were the first and only team blacked out in the first two weeks.There is a difference there.At least talk about how much bigger Detroit Metro is than Jacksonville.
I was throwing punches all over the place yet nothing happened to me. It was clearly visible on the broadcast.
Maybe you've been fined and haven't shared it yet?
Who do you think is better, Reggie Wayne or Andre Johnson?
Hey Paul! Seems like every time Donald Brown gets the ball, he's a beast. When is he gonna get more carries?
Every time? Think you are overstating a little. The Colts hardly ran in Miami.I think the Colts are better talent assessors than you are or I am. And I think if they thought Brown was clearly the better option, they'd be giving him the ball more.If it's so clear, why aren't they doing it?
IM CONFUSED, What do I wear to the Titans/Jets game this sunday? Its another throwback week, so technically I can't wear a Titans jersey to a Houston Oilers/NY Titans Game??!!!
So will you let them force you to buy Oilers' gear?I missed the federal legislation that said a fan MUST wear team gear to a game.I'm a huge Yankees fan, a huge fan of the US National Soccer Team. When I go to their games, know what I wear? Normal clothes.In conclusion, no one is going to look at your Tennessee Titans gear and confuse you for a fan of the Titans of New York.
Is this a fair assessment of the Texans' oline? Eric Winston is a top five RT, but everyone else is a fringe player that needs to be replaced.
No. I think Duane Brown can be a good player. And they showed last year what they have can be good enough to run it.
I asked Nike to confiscate the tape of Jones punching that guy.
Mystery solved. Thanks!
Following up on your reply to Tom's question...the franchise. I think we knew the season was a wash. How can you panic when there were no expectations of even average?
I believe Weaver intends to see things through. And in this economy I don't think his phone is ringing off the hook with potential buyers checking in.
Why does Garrard get such a horrible reputation? He is a solid QB who puts up better than average numbers and for the most part just doesn't turn the ball over. The team not winning is hardly his fault, or am I misguided?
Misguided. He looks less and less like a capable NFL QB to me.
Has the Colts offense been on the field enough to give Charlie Johnson a grade at left tackle? If so is this the one area on offense that could cause big trouble this year?
Probably not.And yes.
In the offseason most national writers wrote-off the Titans because of the loss of Haynesworth. Most Nashville writers believed the coaching staff when they said he could be replaced by a rotation. Do you think that the local writers will now begin to analyze the Titans defense with and without Albert? All the sacks against Pittsburgh don't count because of their awful o-line.
Very convenient how you cancel out sacks against the Steelers like they don't count. In the stats I have they are there. In ink.The Titans are a capable pass rush team that had a mediocre day against the Texans that was magnified by horrific secondary play.You may be ready to declare a verdict in the Haynesworth case. I am not.I will say again if they were a million dollars apart in 2008 that the Titans were fools not to close the deal.
Is anyone else having trouble with the chat? Seems like the gremlins have invaded.
Refresh. That helps sometimes. I had some difficulties early on.
would you grow a mustache already? everyone wants you to
This is the first I have heard of it.
What do you think the Cards' offensive game plan will be given a) their proficiency in the air; b) Indy's inability to stop the run; and c) the relative strengths/weaknesses of Arizona's run game vs the Colts' previous opponents?
Looked to me like Wells did some things last week. They need some of that, minus the fumbles.
With the Frenchy clearly the #3WR for the Colts, do you think they will throw in Baskett anytime soon? He's only been a ST player!!!
You mean in the whole one game he's been on the roster he only played special teams?!? How could they possibly under-utilize him so?
Hey Paul, do you think LenDale had been underused this season so far? Do you think his production will increase any time soon?
I think when they get a lead the run game will start to look more like last year's. If CJ isn't already standing in the end zone.
YOU POSTED BUT YOU DIDNT ANSWER: IM CONFUSED, What do I wear to the Titans/Jets game this sunday? Its another throwback week, so technically I can't wear a Titans jersey to a Houston Oilers/NY Titans Game??!!!
Answering again, it's there somewhere:So will you let them force you to buy Oilers' gear? I missed the federal legislation that said a fan MUST wear team gear to a game.I'm a huge Yankees fan, a huge fan of the US National Soccer Team. When I go to their games, know what I wear?Normal clothes.In conclusion, no one is going to look at your Tennessee Titans gear and confuse you for a fan of the Titans of New York.
Paul do you see a big shootout in Arizona or will the Cards try and control the ball a little more than usual?
I suspect it'll wind up a shootout.
Do you think the breakdowns in the Titans secondary can be attributed to their determination not to give up 100 yards on the ground to Steve Slayton? Coach Fisher said that Griffin bit on the playaction fake even though he was not supposed to be playing the run. Is it possible that the players were too determined to prevent a third straight 100yd game and thereby neglected the Texans passing threat?
Possible. Idiotic, but possible. A guy 25 yards downfield isn't needed to stop the run.
Do you think that Jacksonville would be crazy enough to take Tebow in round 1? They could probably get him in rounds 4-5 but he would lose the luster of being picked in round 1.
You don't pick a guy for luster. You pick him because he's worthy of the slot (that high) or at least the round (later on).
Pick one jim schwartz or Fat Albert.....
Peyton Manning has never called to invite me to the sidelines! Should I fight him or Tiger Woods?
do you think it is a simple miscommunication or bad play by the secondary of the Titans like they say, or do you think schematically Cecil is that much different from what Schwarz was running last year?
I do not think the scheme is dramatically different. Why would Fisher let it be?It's largely the same team. The 10 returning guys have the same talents they did a year ago, or should.
PK: What will the Titans record be after this Sunday? 0-3? How do you feel they match up with the Jets? Thanks........MM
C'mon Mike, you know I don't pick games.
Mustache? I want to see a beard on you PK.
I haven't shaved since Sunday. Maybe I will change my headshot.(Lie. Not about the shaving, but the picture stays.)
You just had a whole Pupperoni!Take a nap.
Is it really that complicated? The Jets were the Titans, the Titans were the Oilers. I already figured it out.
Good job. Available for tutoring? And clothing advice?
Should I track this for you? 2 weeks in a row of Tebow questions. What is the over\under?
Every week without a doubt.
Who is the best quarterback in college right now?
No idea. I'm the wrong guy to talk college football with.But pump up Columbia Lions coming off that great win over Fordham.
It just seems the Titans approach is outdated. They rush the front four and occasionally a safety or corner off the edge. Teams that play the Jets and Ravens say they never know where the pressure is coming from. With the Titans an offense knows every down whats coming.
And when they play well they can beat you anyway. They are three games removed from 13-3 and you think they should scrap their entire philosophy?
I'm stoked that Dallas Clark leads the NFL in REC yards. I know that won't hold, but do you think he might make the Pro Bowl this year?
Sure. Tony Gonzalez going to the NFC will help too.
Trade Scenario: Jacob Ford or Dave Ball and a 3rd or 4th rounder to Eagles for Sheldon Brown or Ellis Hobbs. This would put a corner opposite Finnegan (I'm writing Harper off, he's on the downside of career) and give more pt to "Big Play" Hayes to make some these big plays we need. Philly could use another end as well. What do you think?
Sounds reasonable.But I feel confident the Titans aren't working the phone desperately looking for a corner. It's just not the way they function.Jeff Fisher doesn't dump a veteran starter after two bad games.
Think I can beat Warner's stats from last week?
Paul are you saying you don't like the way Shack Harris drafted?
Felix Jones, Rice or Lynch? who u got?
Is there any chance I play on Sunday night? If not, then why did they take me off the PUP for me to play in the first 6 weeks? They don't need me against Seattle, and week 6 is a bye. Are they just hoping I can shut down CJ in Week 5?
Guessing no. Let's see today's injury report, though.
Paul , Vince will play soon????
PK, regarding Holt's comments (and JDR's contradiction of Holt's statement), did you see a Jaguar team pressing during your visits? Is JDR right...Holt...or can they both be right?
I haven't been with them since the Indy game. Didn't see pressing then. Don't think it's a huge contradiction that Holt says they should be looser and Del Rio doesn't want to endorse it because if he did he'd be admitting they're tight and who's fault would that be?Tight isn't an issue. Talent is an issue.
Paul, how is Cecil seeming to handle the criticism as of late?
He was fine when I spoke with him yesterday. Wasn't happy after Pittsburgh and took a long time to gather himself but was even-keeled while we talked. Didn't have more than one line for one guy after Texans. Doesn't love it, but who does? Accepts it's a piece of things.
What do you think of Sean Considine? He's seems to be playing very well and is the smart, steady saftey Jacksonville's D has needed.
Better than I expected.
I've got one word for you mister: Gillette.
I know that's not you! You'd call yourself T-Bone.
What is your opinion on the Jacoby Jones play? The same play was an incomplete pass in the Raiders-Chargers game.
I don't think it was exactly the same, but yeah it didn't seem like a consistent enforcement.
Kevin Kolb or Jeff Garcia?
Kolb. Least of their problems last week.
Paul, you are a great defender of all things Titans. We could use a man like you in our PR department.
Yeah. I think they've played great. Fantastic. I really was fond of the pass coverage against Houston and Kerry Collins' fumble. It's amazing how much time I've spent praising those things. And the 12 spot drop in the power rankings vote? Pretend.
I saw Mitch King was released from the Titans PS. Is he just too small to make it in the league?
Right now he's hurt, injury unknown. I expect he gets a chance again somewhere.
Fisher has pulled some miracles before (i.e. 1-4 start to AFC Championship), but if Tennessee goes 0-3, how much chance do they have at playoff contention?
Like six percent.
Nov 15. Colts and Pats in Indy. Me and you race in the parking lot at Lucas Oil and I earn bragging rights. What say you?
I'm game. Dude I won a Coke off CJ in a "race."
Ready to change your pick for the division winner? Or are you sticking with it?
I can't scrap my preseason predictions after two weeks. Some of them sure don't look good so far.
How bad was the Jags 08 draft. Harvey, Groves, Thomas and Trae Williams, and C.Washington. Giving up two 3rds and a 4th to move up for Harvey is even more pathetic.
The sort of week3end that sets a franchise back. And now they say they don't think of Harvey as a big sack guy.
Sophomore slumps for Steve Slaton and Matt Forte? Which rookie do you like better this year...Beanie Wells or Knowshown Moreno?
Moreno, particularly if Denver can play like they've played and be in games. They are better than I expected.
Whats the story with Jarad Cook? People are dying to see what this guy can bring!
Wasn't all the way healthy, but was off the injury report yesterday.
Pua,l i think what the pretend Bud Adams meant is you take the same Jeff Fisher approach that you don't think they should change anything.
I don't think you tear things up after two bad weeks, no.
Who would u pick up on waivers S. Moss, Breaston, N. Washington, Walters, or Knox.
which team is rhe best right now in the nfc i got giants,Vikings,ATl,then saints,49ers do u agree vw/ that top 5 order?
Giants, Falcons, Vikings, Saints, Packers...
i don't know about you but your return game with mouton looked pretty weak, what are the chances that by week 5 we have ringer or someone else returning kick?
It's not my return game.Mouton did return punts, Ringer kicks. They seem intent on sticking with them.
I am listening to Kravitz and Eddie right now (sport talk overload). They are discussing P. Manning being named Player of the Decade. Kravitz, as usual, is saying it should be Brady, while Eddie agrees with the selection of Peyton. Who's side you taking?
I'd like to see the conclusion of the decade if I may.(Cop out?)
How much playing time for Vick this weekend?will he score(pass/run)?
No, you shouldn't even think about playing him if that's what you are asking.
Gee after 2 weeks fans want the Titans to scrap their defense,think Tom Brady is on the downside,think the Jets are are a Super Bowl contender,and are saying Drew Brees may throw for 5500yds and 60 TDs.(Well the Brees part might be right!)Please explain to people that the NFL is not a sprint it's a marathon and peaks and valleys are to be expected.
You just did. Well done. If I even need a sub, I may look you up.
Colts play the Jets in Week 16. Playoff implications?
I suspect yes.
How would you rank the divisions safeties? Sanders is awesome but always injured. Nelson and Griffin are supremely talented but undisciplined and give up big plays.
Griffin has been bad this year. To call him undisciplined and rank him with Nelson is a stretch.
Hey Paul, do you think Torry Holt regrets signing with the Jags? He's come out and basically said the team is in disharmony.
No he really didn't. He said it's just his opinion, but he thinks they could be looser.I didn't see other teams jumping for him.
You said I could be your sub if necessary and now you're telling that to the other guy. We haven't been communicating well and I feel left in the dark.
I always try to leave a light on for you buddy.
Who do you like better, Kravitz or Eddie? I prefer Eddie because he is a homer! Will Kravitz ever kiss and make up with Colts Bloggers?
Seriously, when I am on with them Tuesdays at 3:35 ET (shameless plug) we always have a great time. I think they are great. It's the best local radio I do outside of Nashville.I have a great deal of respect for Kravitz, who I've know for a while. Eddie's newer to me and not from the same newspaper background. Also a great guy.
PK: The Colts did well to pull out the game on Monday night, but do you see more teams taking same approach as the Fins and can the Cots overcome that on a consistant basis? Thanks...MM
It's easy to say, just do what the Fins did. But not everyone is constructed to do it. And if the Colts go up two scores, can you stick with it.Now several teams are equipped or have done it to them before -- Titans, 49ers, Pats, Ravens.
Paul,What did you think of the OL play in week 2. Seems like they held up well agains porter and taylor.
Yeah they did. But it was just for a handful of plays.
I would be more than happy to be Finley's side kick I think he has more experience with AFC South teams than I do.Is he willing to do radio?
Lot of heavy breathing, but he'll certainly leave you a lot of room to talk.
Unsolicited TV suggestions: "Community" and "Modern Family" were both great.And everyone should pick up on "empty gestures" and "pleasantly surprised" from the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" opener.
I agree Griffin has been bad, but lets not paint Nelson as a heady player. It was his undisciplined play that lost Jacksonville their week 1 game against Indy. In fact, Jacksonville coaches have said their other safety is actually better.
I wasn't.I was saying Griffin is way better than Nelson, even with the bad start.
PK, since the Colts play the late game Sunday is their injury report still due on Friday? I was wondering about Jarraud Powers.
Same schedule for injury reports no matter what time you play on Sunday.
You see Slaton losing carries to Chris Brown inside the 20s? Fumble-itis can be incurable...
Ideally, yes, they'd like for it to unfold that way.
Any hope of beating the Jets this weekend? % chance?
PK, what station are you on with Kravitz?
Indy ESPN 1070.http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/3549/afc-south-blog-on-the-radio-tuesdays
Will Rashard Jennings ever get any touches, or will the Jags constantly be passing, trying to catch up?
Most likely B.Don't know why you'd want to get him touches ahead of MJD.
you gonna watch Flash Forward tonight?
DVR is set. Looks like a good concept.
Reggie Nelson follow up. Is his job in jeopardy? Is that why they are stockpiling safeties? Kenard Cox, Russell, Alexander.
I think they want to be sure to have alternatives and depth, yes. Would think Alexander is first in line, no?
I saw no mention of my 60th birthday in your blog. What's up with that? Thought you were a fan.
Listening to you from St. Paul in the spring as we speak. Belated Happy BD.Hard to weave you into the blog sometimes. Looking forward to seeing you here in November. Want to do dinner?
No chance for the titans to beat the Jets, the Jets are hot and on a mission to make a statement to the rest of the AFC!
And we all know that whenever a team is viewed as a lock, it always wins.
What are the chance of the Colts win this weekend, can the defence stop offence from making t.d Do you defence stil tried from monday game.
I think the Colts have a good chance. The Cards need to get the defense tired again and quickly.
Are the Texans as good as displayed last Sunday? Can they continue to win with Slaton in his "Sophmore slump"?
Two games does not a slump make.
Paul how does a college student get an internship with a pro team; what advice do you have?
Write very good letters. Follow up with very polite phone calls and pray for a friendly secretary.
Unsportsmanlike conduct on Bruce Springsteen for wanting PK to mix business and pleasure.
He can do what he likes, Edward.
What is the percentage chance that you just make up a random percentage whenever someone asks one of those questions?
0.1 percent.And on that note. You've been a great crowd. Thanks for coming. Hit the mailbag. Follow me on Twitter. Friend me on Facebook. Send me chocolate, Springsteen tickets, stuff for Finley and ways to make fun of Graham.