Good afternoon folks. Thanks for coming by. Looking forward to an entertaining hour. Let's dive in, shall we?
now that the titans are 0-3 why not plug in vince young and see what he has , to indeed see if he is the future. do you also see fisher putting him in the gm if kerry struggles sunday?
They are not finished yet. It's something they may have to address if they can't right the ship. But Jeff Fisher isn't an abandon-the-plan coach.
Paul, what's with Mike Pollack rotating with Kyle DeVan at guard for the Colts?
Apparently they like DeVan. OL drafting recently hasn't been great if Johnson and DeVan wind up better options than Ugoh and Pollak, huh?
"Wea??ll start on AFC South, but we can chat about anything you like. "How was your morning? It's starting to feel like fall here in Maryland.
Fall in Tennessee to. I hate it. I am a summer guy.
Now that Scaife is on his way back are we gonna see some of those two tight schemes with Jared Cook that were highly tauted during training camp? So far Cook hasn't appeared to be much of a threat.
So far Cook hasn't been healthy.
Do you think that the Texans performance is going to stay as poor as it has been? I know we are getting gashed on D but do you see them turning it around this season?
Well it was good enough to win in Nashville. They need to solve some things defensively, but they should wind up better than they've been against the Jets and Jags.
With his passer rating being the lowest in the AFC South in passes mote than 10 yards, Kerry Collins is in a no competition agreement. At this point, what does this benefit the team? Open competition should improve the team, and Jeff Fisher has always believed in competition in the past. What is really going on? VY's completion pct in his second year is greater than KC ever had. KC also throws interceptions, especially now that opposing defenses know that he can not escape. What is the harm in seeing how C. Johnson and VY play together. The Titans have many problems, including complete ineffectiveness in the second half from their qb. It seems competition would be healthy in this environment. Why the reluctance to adapt by the coaching staff?
You can argue that VY is more accurate than Collins, but you'd be absolutely wrong. Completion percentage doesn't tell all if all you throw are five-yard checkdowns.You know who has open competitions at quarterbacfk during the season? Rudderless teams who don't believe they have a No. 1 quarterback. Whether you agree or not, the Titans are firmly with Collins. Three losses is enough for you to give up on a guy that led 13-3 last year?Nice loyalty.
Sorry if I posted this question twice, I've got another chat window up too so I don't know if I accidentally posted this question in the other chat. Are you coming down to J-ville for Titans/Jags?
I'm going to be in Indy.
Paul, regarding Wayne Weaver's talk of am out of market game going to Orlando, I just don't think it will happen. They don't have an NFL caliber stadium and they won't build one or renovate the Orange Bowl for one game per season. Plus I don't want to drive to Orlando to see a game. Maybe hold training camp there perhaps?
Bad stadium or not, why not take one game there? Can't be worse.
As a Jaguars fan I always think about the Titans as our most hated rival, because of the history involved. Do the Titans consider the Jags as there Arch Nemesis?
Hi Paul, if Dallas fails to make the playoffs. Do you think Tony Romo's job will be in jeopardy??? because we all know that Wade Phillips will be gone
Who's the alternative?
PK if this turns out to be a bad chat, just blame it on the flu
Paul, some imposter is using my name to ask silly questions on these chats. Do me a favor and call him out on it.
Is it too early to start contemplating Manning's fourth MVP award?
If 3/16th of something doesn't qualify as early to you, what does?He's off to a great start. Why must we discuss MVP after Week 3 though? I hate it.
Are you a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan?
Love it. I feel I could make a contribution as a low-level writer and I am available. Empty gestures, for example, are right in my wheelhouse.
Out of curiosity, how many VY emails did you get this week? I know Fisher won't pull Kerry, but I'm thinking if the team is 1-5 at the bye week then VY will play. Agree?
More than I care to count, or answer. Don't know when. Don't think they know when. Anticipate it would start well, get hard and crumble and we'd wind up seeing KC again.
How lucky am I that the Texans fumbled the ball away in the end-zone?
What is the current time-table for Sanders' return?
They are not sharing.
when do i get named the starter, i'm outplaying Addai in all aspects and getting better in blitz pickup.
Don't obsess about starting like fans do. You're getting a good share of snaps already. Make the most of them.
Winston and Brown are playing great at OT, but the Texans may have the worst interior linemen in the league.
Who wins: Houston interior OL vs. Houston interior DL?
Does Chris Johnson's 2nd highest pecentage of rushes for no gain suggest that maybe his oline is overrated?
Hasn't played great so far for sure. Who on the Titans has?
Do you see the Titans at all trying to start Young at some point this season if the team as a whole continues to lose games? To at least get his trade value up, cause i honestly don't see them keeping him for 14 mil. next year. What's your take, Paul?
ANNOUNCEMENT: Vince Young has NO TRADE VALUE. He is due a bonus of nearly $5 million around March and carries a $14 million cap number in 2010. Who is trading for that? No one. Please pass the word and let's never speak of it again as if it's a possibility. Thank you.
I'm starting myself in my fantasy league.
I might be closely connected to another team that will be starting you as well.
What is your opinion on Tim Jennings? Seems like every time a team needs to convert a 3rd and long they throw his way.
Lot of cushion. But surely he isn't the fall guy for everything.
Paul, I saw the article you posted about the % of CJ's runs that go for 0 or neg yardage. Couple this with the fact that TEN was 2-3 last season when LenDale got less than 10 carries and 11-0 when he got 10 . He hasn't had 10 carries in a game this season and we are 0-3. Is coaching blowing it by underutilizing LenDale? All those CJ carries that go for nothing don't seem to fit very well with Fisher's clock control style offense.
White works best when they are ahead, or when they are in the red zone. They haven't spent much time in ahead or in the red zone.It's very funny that last year everyone moaned about him getting too many touches and stealing TDs from CJ. And now the answer to their troubles is to play him more and sit potentially the most explosive guy in the league.Craziness, if you ask me. Which you did.
Do you think that with Dwight Freeney out that Robert Mathis and Raheem Brock will continue to put pressure on QB's like they did against Arizona or will we see a major dropoff?
It will be hard to be as good without Freeney. But I think they'll do OK. The third and/or fourth guy will be significantly weaker now.
What do you think the Jags need to change in the secondary in order to stop teams from throwing all over them?
Probably another draft.
I've always been a big fan of Jeff Fisher and I can't picture anyone else on the sidelines for my Titans but looking at things objectively, he's done a mediocre job this season, espcially last week. While I know 0-3 is a small sample, if the Titans bomb this year - following big expectations - do you think it might be worth having a new coaching philosophy in Nashville?
I am not a big believer in change for change's sake, and Fisher would be snatched up faster than Gruden.He's not getting fired.
If you had to pick six AFC playoff teams right now, which six would you pick?
Baltimore, Colts, Jets, Chargers, Bengals, Patriots.
Why does Fisher keep a DL as inactive every week? Dave Ball was the one this past week, I believe.
They generally keep only eight DL up. Ball and Marks were inactive in NY. They need players at other spots for special teams.
Who wins next week: Indy or Ten?
They could both win as they aren't playing each other.
The Colts went against a great passing team (Arizona) without 3 of their 4 starters in the secondary (Sanders, Hayden, and Jackson only playing nickel). Great depth by the Colts or poor play by the Cards?
Both. And credit the pass rush too.
Do you think that Houston can shut down the Raiders run game?
Depends on what qualifies as shut down. Do better than they've done? Yes. Win? I'd hope so.
What are the odds of Hentrich ever punting again?
What team in the league has surprised you the most at this point in the season, good or bad?
Denver huge good surprise, but I think it's been the schedule some.I thought the Titans were going to be good and was way wrong.Jets and Bengals both better than I expected.
I need a survivor pool lock of the week. Which one of these teams would you pick?Chicago home vs. Det.Indy home vs. SeaSan Fran home vs. StLNYG at. KCWashington home vs. TB
I can only help with minor suggestions. If I am in that situation I cross Chicago and Washington off the list of possibilities.
Do you think that a screen pass to Chris Johnson would have been a good play call in the 4Q when the Jets were obvisouly blitzing?
Yes. But the Titans aren't a big screen team, and when they were good and you were happy, you liked that they did what they did and said stop us. Difficult for a team to change philosophies, but this one needs to mix it up.
Paul,How can we get some different guys announcing the Titan's on TV?The lag with Titan's radio is disconcerting.
The lags is the FCC's work. Pause your TV for about seven seconds and sync it up.
Why can the Titans stop the run so well but not get much pressure on the QB?
Two completely different things. Doing one doesn't say much about one's ability to do the other.
Should the Jags trade Reggie Nelson and their 1st rounder for Melvin Bullitt?
This isn't baseball. They'd never make that offer and give the Colts their first rounder.And why would the Colts want Nelson? They have a shot to win it this season, they aren't going to mess with their roster like that.
Why didnt the jaguars let Mike Thomas play sooner? This guy looks like he could be a play maker for them...
Good question. Still a little banged up from preseason perhaps?
I used to have wings...and then you ripped them off, Kuharsky.
Yes, I am the reason you quit on your team, don't work hard, can't throw accurately, take a checkdown on two of three plays, etc.I love being so powerful.
Paul anything different about the team practice this week? Like did they seem fired up?
I don't see practices, and if I did they'd look the same as they did last week and the week before. Anyone who tells you a team is different this week at practice and more fired up is reading into things or covering a really badly run team.
Which are the three worst/best NFL organizations. Not necessarily the six best and worst teams right now, but the best and worst organizations as a whole?
Best, not in order: NE, Pitt, NYG, Indy.Worst, not in order: Oak, Cincy, Wash, Clev.
With the return game the cause of a loss, and the secondary having injury problems and the lack of depth to boot, don't you think the Titans screwed themselves by no showing me the money?
ANNOUNCEMENT: The next Chris Carr question like this may force me to smash my head through my computer screen. If you're a fan of the Titans, you have to have heard by now that Baltimore offered Chris Carr the return jobs and the nickel job. The nickel job was not open in Tennessee, therefore the Titans were not as attractive to him. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please let's not speak of it again.
How many targets will Garcon get this week? Is he gaining as much trust as it appears?
Gaining trust for sure, but still third at best. Wayne and Clark will be the focus and should be.
If a coach sets the tone for the team, what should we take from Del Rio laughing off that terrible challenge?
He figured it was worth a crack. I took more from his selling out his booth guy for saying "inconclusive" when he meant "haven't seen it." Shouldn't they have that whole thing worked out very precisely by now?
The trade deadline is in a few weeks - I know it's a typically dormant period for TN, but isn't it possible to find a DB playing a similar scheme available for a reasonable price? I just don't see how Kaesviharn, McCourty and Mouton will solve our pass d woes. Granted, 2 are rookies and may eventually flourish, but we need some help asap and they may take time to develop
No one is looking to give away a good DB at a reasonable price.
Can you give some bold predictions for the AFC South games this weekend? Winners/losers, big performers?
I don't generally pick games.I think CJ will run well and Collins will play better.I think MJD will hurt the Titans catching the ball.I think Nnamdi against AJ will be as good a matchup as their is Sunday and that Kevin Walter could key that game. I think Seattle will leave Indy thinking they could have won with Hasselbeck.
Hey Paul one VY trade possibility VY to Oakland for J.Russell! (This is intended to be a bad joke.)
Why didn't you or Sando tell me about how horrible those Seahawk road unis are? We haven't been communicating and I feel left in the dark.
Do you have to wear sunglasses to watch that film?
Paul, should Terrance Knighton get more consideration for defensive rookie of the year? He's been outstanding thus far this season.
I can see your complaint. Three out of 16 games into the season and the guy isn't being talked about for a season ending award. Travesty!How about we let them all play about 12 games then reassess?
how many times a chat do you get ridiculous questions from people asking about why there team doesnt just go and get a certain player to fill in a position? Do people realize that there isnt endless talent floating around the league?
No they do not. Please go spread the word for me?
When will people stop asking about trades? Or making up some of the most far fetched ones ever? So Paul since the titans are 0-3, do you think if they lose this week to the jags they will trade Kerry Collins for a 1st rd pick next year?
No, two first rounders and Boldin.
Which is the real Steve Slaton : they dynamic 2008 version, the unimpressive 2009 version, or somewhere in between?
Between.Where, by the way, are all the people who insisted he had to be in the debate when I went CJ vs. MJD with Matt Williamson this summer?
Paul,I have asked this 3 times. Could you please answer my question? What happened to fili maola? The colts 2nd round pick. Do they plan to use him at all?
He's not as good as the guys playing in front of him, that's what happened to him.
Paul, I'm a bit surprised that Chris McAllister hasn't been offered a job by any team since being released from the Raven's roster. Chris, in my opinion, is one of the 10 best CB's in the league. He has shut down some of the best receivers in the league. Why won't anyone give him a shot?
Old corners aren't hot commodities.Just because he's a known name doesn't mean he's better than a kid somewhere with upside.
Is Gene Smith's first draft class really as good as it seems, or is it still too early to tell?
Good so far, but early.
Paul why are you in indy when two teams from the AFC South are playing in Jacksonville?
Because those two teams have one win between them, I've been with Tennessee a lot and will be at Indy-Tennessee next week.Can't be at them all. In hindsight, I'd rearrange last week.
Do you get access to game film set up for you by a snazzy "quality control" assistant, or do you rely on standard TV to review the games?
Standard TV. HD if I am lucky and it's a game on in Nashville.Hard to see who's who in a lot of situations when you really try to break down a play. I know I have your sympathies.I appreciate everyone's help with those "Further Review" entries. Do they get thumbs up?
Do you see the UFL becoming a decent feeder system for the NFL? Some players don't get drafted becasue they play in such gimmicky offenses in college that pro teams have no idea if they can play in a proper offense. The UFL will give them a chance to show this.
I'll be surprised if it completes its inaugural season.
Have Chris Johnson's big plays hurt the offense in that they have not yet this year been able to get into their normal plodding pace or is it, as you wrote, that CJ's zero and loss runs are preventing establishing an offensive flow?
I don't see how a quick TD that demoralizes a defense ever hurts.Fisher: "Chris, come over here. We CANNOT score that fast. We are a plodding team. I know you have world class speed, but for God's sake, don't USE it."
Paul can you bring the MJD vs CJ article back up for all the slaton lovers
I will report in tomorrow's "Reading the Coverage."
what chances do you give the texans to beat the raiders this week?
To break out a boxing analogy do you think pound for pound or inch for inch, MJD is the best player in the NFL?
No. Without even thinking about it, I'd take Manning over him for starters.
PK if you need game film all you have to do is ask!
Great. Send me all AFC South games, Monday delivery.
PK I was one of those people who thought he belonged in that discussion as well. Isn't it, as you've said so far in this chat, too early for me to be eating crow though?
Yes, too early. But he's clearly third right now.
Paul, to add to Fitz argument, you said you like summer. Is not Jacsonville more summer like then Indy<
Point taken. But I don't choose destinations based on their weather.
Titans #2 quarterback in 2010: Colt McCoy, Tebow, Young, Ramsey, Other?
Who's No. 1?No. 2 is other, I think.
What's your take on LenDale remaining with the Titans next year onward?
Doubt it happens, especially if someone else wants him at a high price. I don't know if Houston likes him t all, but he'd be awfully good with Slaton, I think.
Paul, dating back to Tennessee's 10-0 start last season, the Titans have since lost 7 of their past 10 games, including the loss at home to the Ravens in last year's AFC divisional round. Is it safe to say that Tennessee is overrated?
They are rated very poorly right now. So I don't know how they are overrated.
Do you have any problem with how Jim Mora Jr. called out Olindo Mare?
No. But I think the key to the whole thing is to then replace the guy. He seemed to miss that part.
What are your thoughts regarding Ingle Martin signing with the UFL?
It made me yawn.
I like the further review columns. Speaking of which, did you do one on the Colts game (I may have missed it)?
No. Not going to be able to do one for every game every week, I don't think. So then I lean to best suggestions, games that feature two AFC South teams, games I wasn't at, or games I didn't see. I was at Titans-Jets and saw Colts-Cards, so I focused on Jax-Hou this week.
Who is to blame for the big plays the Texans have given up this year?
Who isn't to blame?
How ould you rate the play of Colts LT Charles Johnson so far?
Better than expected. His toughest challenges are ahead, I expect.
will it take a serious playoff run to show andre is hands down the best receiver in the league? it should be obvious already that he is
Playoff performances do a whole lot to validate a guy to a broader public.
As a Colts fan, I sure fear and respect the 0-3 Titans more than the 3-0 Broncos.
I would too if I was in your seat. I don't think much of Denver. In five weeks the Broncos could be 3-5.
Vic never answers my questions, you rock! Garrard got yanked off his show, any thoughts?
Cmon, no Graham insults today? Are you getting soft?
He's under attack from TO, so I didn't want to pile on.
Is there ANY chance that Reggie Nelson redeems himself and develops into a consistent (if not Pro Bowl worthy) starter?
Clock is ticking.
Paul- love the coverage, one question- do you think that Vickerson and Ford will be inactive anymore this season if they aren't injured? I still can't believe they kept Chris Henry active against Houston and de-activated both of them.
Depends mostly on Ball and Marks.
NFL Kickers hit on average 85% of the time - you can expect Olindo Mare to miss at least one kick if he has 6 attempts. You deride knee-jerk reactions constantly yet you want a team to get rid of a 12-year veteran kicker for missing one more than you would expect? I guess Kerry Collins should be released too then
I don't want him cut for his performance. I think if you call him out like that you have to follow through and get a replacement. Mora destroyed him.
It's a bit early to talk about this right now, but from the looks of things the Baltimore-Indy game later this season looks like it could be a AFC championship game preview. Indy has pretty much dominated Baltimore this decade, but the Raven's new found offense makes them as dangerous a team as any in recent memory. What do you think of that matchup?
Hope I am at that game Nov. 22.
What are the Colts going to do with Bullitt when Sanders returns?
Get him in some packages, know they have him if Bob gets hurt, let Bethea walk at season's end.
Texans question: apparently Bernard Pollard is going to see significant time this week. How come every year they pull some guy off the street and jam him right into the lineup? They couldn't address any of that in the offseason?
They have no idea what they are doing at safety, I don't feel like.
I felt like we had a nice balance today, all four teams well represented. Wanna do it again next week?
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