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December 29, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with Len Pasquarelli

Danielle (Atlanta)

Does Peterson's fumble last night cement the idea that Chris Johnson is now the best running back in the NFL? Who would you rather have?

len
  (11:03 AM)

a lot of people think, sir, that johnson was the best back before the fumble. great year by johnson, nio doubt about it. he's the best back this year, but a lot of folks, me included, would take peterson over the long haul

Kevin (Pittsburgh...not the team of the decade)

With 4 of the first 60 picks right now in April do the Pats go all defense or look for a RB (Gerhart) and # 3 WR ?

len
  (11:05 AM)

i don't know about ALL dfense, but that unit has got to be aadressed, sir, and BB knows it. don't know enough about gerhardt yet, but, yeah, they've got to coe up with a no. 1 back instead of playing musical chairs all the time

Raheem Morris (Tampa Bay)

This morning a large supply of business cards got dropped off at my office. They read Bill Cowher - Head Coach - Tampa Bay Bucs.Should I worry, start packing, or somebody is playing a joke??

len
  (11:07 AM)

just a joke, sir . . . miserable year for the bics, but i saw then sunday and was impressed by josh freeman and cadillac williams should be comeback player of the year . . . as to whether or not raheem comes back, well, that's anothter story

Awayne (INDY)

Is Shannahan just playing Snyder for more money or is there a chance he will go somewhere other than DC?

len
  (11:09 AM)

there is a chance, sir, but the other places in which he's interested may be shautting down on him .. . . as i indicated in my notes last week, rumor is that shanny is willing to give up some control, so maybe washington will work for him

Frazier (Philly)

With the AFC wildcard standings a mess, what two teams do you see getting in?

len
  (11:10 AM)

baltimore and the jets, sir, but you're right, it's a jumbled mess right now

Katelyn (Syracuse, NY)

What's the latest on Weiss and Buffalo?

len
  (11:12 AM)

charlies likes wings and beef on a weck, ma'am, so maybe it will work . . . seriously, other than rumors, haven't heard much . . . but weis fits the kind of coach i think will end up there

tyler (spartanburg, sc)

from what you hear around the league, is there any chance ndamukong suh doesn't go first in the draft?

len
  (11:14 AM)

only if pigs fly, sir . . .early to talk draft, but suh is generally viewed as one of top five DT prospects in 20-25 years

Awayne (INDY)

Has Holmgren bit of more than he can chew?Pit and Balt. front offices are top notch and they aren't likely to fall over the next couple of years.Getting the mess he has in Cleveland in the playoffs in the nex 3 years would be tough task but add in the quality of the opponents he is facing to win that division,does he stand a chance?

len
  (11:16 AM)

mike, sir, is a terrific football man .. . and, like many of us, he's got an ego . . . . i think he learned a lot as exec. vp in seattle, and will delegate a lot of things to his hand-picked people in cleveland

Sean (Philly)

How much does the loss of the Eagles center hurt the team? They had already been playing with a patchwork line as it was.

len
  (11:17 AM)

the loss of any center, sir, hurts a lot .. . . they'll have to move cole, i think, as they did sunday, and that's disruptive . . . that said, juan castillo has done one of the best unsung jobs this year of any asst. in the league

Justine (Detroit)

Why doesn't Louis Delmas get more hype for the DROY award? He doesn't get sacks like Clay Matthews or Brian Orakpo, but he kills them in every other facet of the game and has been more impressive. He's the first rookie ever to return a fumble for a TD, return an INT for a TD and record a safety in the same season. Only the second player ever in the history of the NFL. And he did it against three playoff teams. He's 1st among rookie DBs and 3rd amongst all rookies in tackles with 89 (61 solo). Matthews is 13th and Orakpo is 15th.He's 7th in interceptions and only 1 INT away from fourth. Matthews and Orakpo have none. Why doesn't he get more credit for his season than the two pass rushers?

len
  (11:20 AM)

probably, ma'am, because he plays in detroit and most people nationally (and for that matter locally) don't pay much attention to the lions . . . but you make a great point, super year for defensive rookies like matthews, cushing, byrd, orakpo, and others

Chris (Boise, ID)

Is Hasselbeck in Seattle next year? Or is he in Cleveland with Mike? And what is the quarterback situation for the future in Seattle?

len
  (11:22 AM)

interesting scenario, sir, with the cleveland deal . . . until the last couple weeks, when his arm looked tired, i thought matt had enough left to stay in seattle but needed better receivers . . . now, i don't know

Matt (Chicago)

Is Aromashadu the real deal? Sure looks like it to the layman...

len
  (11:24 AM)

some guys, sir, just take a while to mature and to land in the right place . . . i remember talking to a few colts players about devin a couple years ago, and they felt he had tremendous sills. . . maybe this is his time, sure looked like it on monday

lyle (Roanoke, VA)

if shanahan takes redskins job. will he bring alex gibbs and posibly gary kubiak with him?

len
  (11:26 AM)

don't know about kubiak, since i think he'll stay in houston . . . maybe gibbs as a consultant . .. . look for jim goodman to be part of personnel dept. overhaul

Michael (Milwaukee)

How far can this Packers team go in the playoffs?

len
  (11:27 AM)

scary team, sir, and probably a tough "out" for someone . . . they're one of those teams that isn't a favorite but which no one wants to play

Awayne (INDY)

I don't necessarily agree with the Colt's pulling their starters Sunday but the outrage boggles me.It's not like this was something that came out of the blue.The more I think about the way Painter looked the more the decision looks good.Why do you think this has caused such an uproar?

len
  (11:29 AM)

i'm in the very small minority, sir, who thinks it was an OK move . . . obviously some people (michael irvin among them) feel that being a footnote in history is a lot more important than being a champion

Mike Leach (Lubbock, TX)

I'm tired of all this "sir" nonsense-- get in the equipment closet!

len
  (11:30 AM)

guess i'm just concussed, sir

Awayne (INDY)

Would it make sense for a guy like J.P. Loseman or similar guys to sign for the league min.with Indy or New England and learn how to play QB then try and find a starting job elsewhere?

len
  (11:32 AM)

yes, sir, sometimes taking a seeming step backwards i the best strategy for moving forward

lyle (Roanoke, VA)

are the redskins interested in bill cowher at all?

len
  (11:33 AM)

i'm sure they are, sir, but it takes two to tango . . . and, for now at least, it's hard for me to believe dan snyder wants out of the dance

Katelyn (Syracuse, NY)

Weird question, but Jim Sorgi intrigues me. He's been Peyton's back up for years, and although he has seen little time the Colts brass obviously believes he could step in if Manning went down. Do you think he could be a diamond in the rough for some team looking for a starting QB?

len
  (11:35 AM)

i don't think any of us, ma'am, have seen enough of sorgi to make a good call . . . but there's some reason the colts keep him around and never seem very aggressive in trying to replace him

Peyton Manning (Indy )

How many coaches can get away with blowing your teams chance at making THAT kind of history?

len
  (11:36 AM)

more than you think, peyton . . . by the way, sir, take that helmet off on the sideline . . . . every one knows there was a pout underneath it

JARED (West Union IA)

If you would have told me that Denver would be 8-7 with one to go I would have called you a liar in August. With that being said what are the areas they need to improve on and will they resign Marshall

len
  (11:37 AM)

i think, sir, they'll keep marshall . . . they need to throw the ball vertically a lot more

Brad (NM)

Those who should be the most upset about Indy tanking last week's game are those who paid their hard earned money to watch their team play to win..but instead were treated to a pathetic second half performance. NFL tickets are not cheap, sir.

len
  (11:39 AM)

i don't disagree, sir, because times are tough and, as you point out, those tickets aren't cheap . . . neither are preseason tickets, but people spend on them to see much worse performances

SteveFitz (Cicero, IL)

Did last nights win pretty much shut up all the talk regarding Lovie's future with the team next year? I hate to say it, but I think it did.

len
  (11:41 AM)

i don't know, sir, that i subscribe to the theory the win saved lovie's job .. . i think (again in the minority) he was coming back for 2010 anyway

Katelyn (Syracuse, NY)

Doesn't replacing starters and losing put more pressure on the Colts to win the Superbowl then going undefeated would? Now they need to win the Superbowl to justify resting their guys. If they don't win, resting them looks pointless.

len
  (11:42 AM)

couldn't agree more, ma'am . . . let's see what happens

SprungOnSports (Long Island)

Len, any word on Jack Del Rio's status in Jacksonville? If they bring in a new coach and draft Tebow it would breathe new life into a fan base that's definitely on life support?

len
  (11:44 AM)

geez, i wrote a couple weeks ago, sir, about what a nice job del rio has done and the jags haven't won since . . . . so maybe i'm the jinx . .. seriously, i think he'll be back . . . . as for breathing new life, winning consistently sells tickets

CC (Atlanta)

Will the Falcons get the 43 yr monkey off their back this weekend in Tampa?

len
  (11:44 AM)

finally, sir, i think so

Pro Scout (2009)

Who's the better QB Freeman, Sanchez, or Stafford?

len
  (11:47 AM)

from a purely physical standpoint, sir, probably stafford .. . . living in atlanta, i saw him play a lot in college, and he;s got one of the best, most effortless arms i've ever seen .. . . but i really liked what i saw of freeman on sunday. first i've seen him in-person, other than meeting him in training camp, and he was impressive

Garrett (Nashville)

I wish everyone would just stop praising the Texans every year and giving them a playoff spot on paper. This team is picked to be a "Sleeper" every season and yet they are 7-9,8-8 every single season.

len
  (11:49 AM)

i'm not right on much, but i never bought into the texans as a chic pick this yer, sir . . . and still don't .. . .they're one of those teams that usually finds a way to lose

Michael (Milwaukee)

Does Favre look old to you sir? He had a great comeback last night but he seems to be fading late in the season

len
  (11:51 AM)

i think, like every qb of any age, sir, he looks bad against pressure up the middle . . . that said, very few qbs could have mounted that type of comeback last night

Bob (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport)

who is to blame for the g-men's struggles?

len
  (11:52 AM)

didn't realize, sir, that steve spagnuolo was so irreplacable, did you? . . . defense, which couldn't get itself off the field, was main culprit

Katelyn (Syracuse, NY)

Is Steve Spagnoulo in danger in St. Louis? Would he go back to the Giants in a heart beat if let go?

len
  (11:54 AM)

he'll get at least another year, ma'am . . . giants would take him back, though, in a heartbeat . . . especially the players

JOHN (PITTSBURGH)

If the Steelers make it to the playoffs, do you think that they have a legit chance of wininng the superbowl?

len
  (11:54 AM)

alas, sir, not with that defense

Bob (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport)

was manning really worth the 97.5 mill?

len
  (11:57 AM)

it's all relative, sir, especially if you don't have a franchise-caliber quarterback , , , is peyton going to be worth thr $150 million he gets? . . . to the colts, who wouldn't win many (or maybe any) games witout him, yeah

len
  (11:58 AM)

good point, sir, but the steelers and texans have only themselves to blame for being in their respective positions

len
  (12:00 PM)

well, it apears we've run out of questions . . . thanks so much for your time and interest . . . have a great new year and enjoy the playoffs! thanks again