Good afternoon from the home office in arctic Western New York. Let's get started.
Tim, John Murphy is reporting that Bruce DeHaven, scapegoated for Homerun Throwback all those years ago, is coming back to Buffalo. Can Bills fans hope that this move will lift the no-playoffs curse?
John Murphy is the Dickie Dunn of Buffalo sportscasters. If he said it, then it's gotta be true! Maybe it wasn't a Flutie curse after all. Maybe, in fact, it was a DeHaven curse.
if you could choose between jason taylor or joey porter to stay on the dolphins which would you pick.
With me, it would come down to the best guy in the locker room. Both guys create their share of drama. But if I had to have only one for a single season, I would go with Taylor.
sanchez stinks and everybody gives him so much credit. espn has this infactuation with new york teams. 12 td and 20 picks. from what i saw chad henne is much more polished quarterback at this point and espn doesnt say a word about him.
Exactly, because everything I've written about Sanchez has been so flowery. All year I wrote that he was Joe Montana with a better arm and Roger Staubach with more leadership charisma.
How many attempts would it take for you to make a thirty yard field goal?
That is the one thing I could never do in high school. I played receiver, cornerback, was the emergency quarterback and punted, but I could not kick a ball off the tee to save my life. I got to be the holder. So my answer to your question would probably be 42.
Actually, Tim, you said Sanchez was "Dan Marino with a better arm and Roger Staubach with..." Why do you insist on misleading us?
That's right. I knew you guys would keep me honest. I also wrote he was a better scrambler than Bobby Douglas.
Finally, Friday is here. Tim, what do you think of the Jets and Dolphins respective QBs of the future? After one year does it look like both will turn out to be good enough starters?
I think both will be good quarterbacks for years to come. I'm not convinced either of them will be a perennial Pro Bowler, but they have bright futures and long careers ahead.
Tim...I heard you were selcted to replace Shane LEchler as the AFC punter in the Pro Bowl...Care to comment?
Just because I punted doesn't mean I was good at it. In fact, I probably was the best onside punter in the Portage County League.
Come on now... Sanchez is a far better leader than I was! I mean I have the Hail Mary to remember me by, and he has his GQ photo shoot.
I heard Sanchez went back in time and taught Douglas how to scramble.
what should the dolphins do on both side o the ball this offseason in march with FA or the draft in april?
They need to address nose tackle, inside linebacker and receiver. Probably in that order. There will be some good options for them at linebacker with the 12th pick. They might have to get creative at the other two positions.
Are we going to talk about any Bills related topics I do not care about rest of league right now
Well, that was your shot to get a question in. So I will answer you by saying "yes."
hey tim, with nolan now in miami does this mean ELVIS will now enter the building ? from 1 to 100 what are the chances
Is Buffalo better off taking Clausen at #9 provided he's available, or picking the best LT available?
Sadly, they should have that left tackle already, buy they botched that royally with the Jason Peters fiasco and failing to draft Michael Oher last year. I'm a firm believer in shoring up the line before putting a young quarterback behind it.
Who are the Bills considering for Defensive coordinator?
Hard to say, really. I don't think anybody could have predicted the coaches Chan Gailey has hired already. He did warn us we wouldn't know many of their names, and he wasn't lying. The obvious names for defensive coordinator are Jim Bates and Clancy Pendergast, but it's tough to guess.
Hey Tim besides Vince Wilfork,What are the other FA nose tackles that can be in a miami uniform next year?Also,What number is rolando MCclain gonna have when he gets to miami ?:)
I think McClain would be a terrific fit with the Dolphins. As for free-agent nose tackles, the pickings are slim. I don't have the list in front of me, but if I can track it down by the end of the chat, I'll post it.
Are we waiting till Super Bowl to announce DC could he be on one of those staffs
Not that I'm aware of, but it could be possible.
ozzlo, please get out of the kitchen and go read your Chat Rule Book. In it you will find the rule that says 'No emoticons allowed.' That's 5 yards for illegal chat procedure. Repeat 1st down
Who do you see the Jets picking up with their 29th pick? Or do you see them moving up as they've done in recent years?
Just based on Mike Tannenbaum's track record, I would be shocked if they actually picked 29th.
fine but i'm takin this sandwich tim.
Tim, what do you think are the Patriots' most crucial draft needs?
A pass-rusher, third receiver and maybe running back, depending on what their plans are with all those veterans in the backfield.
Tim, you hung around Kuharsky last weekend. We're going to have to decontaminate you.
I do have this weird fungus that sprouted under my thumbnail Monday morning ...
should the dolphins give up on pat white at QB and move him to another position like receiver. what are your thoughts ? and do you think thigpen will battle for starting role ?
Tyler Thigpen won't be in contention with Chad Henne. That job is Henne's all the way. But I do think the Dolphins should figure out something constructive to do with Pat White. That's a doomed experiment.
Do you think the choice of Chan Gailey has head coach was strategic at all in the sense that if there's a lockout after next year, Buffalo didn't want to be paying a big-name coach big money to sit at home? Or was he the 'best' they could get?
If the lockout were a factor, then it would make sense to keep Perry Fewell as the head coach.
Tim, who do you think the Bills next DC will be?
If you read the chat, you'd have discovered by now that I don't know who it will be. I did mention a couple possibilities. But since you're knocking out everybody else's questions by copying and pasting this 56 times and counting, I'm hopeful you'll stop asking.
I've got a feeling of deja vu. Didn't the Bills DC question already get asked and answered?
My apologies folks, but a lot of your questions got buried by that hammerhead. Feel free to ask again.
Your AFC East division standings for 2010???
Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, Bills ... with the top three having legit playoff hopes.
Have the Bills signed a new D coordinator yet?
Do you hate Dan more than me?
I'll have to think about that ...
Hey now, don't go giving us a bad name Tim.
Do you believe shonn green with become a top rusher in the nfl?
He can. He plays behind perhaps the NFL's best O-line and has a coach who's not afraid to keep giving him the ball. The Jets do want to have a more balanced offense next year, though.
Wait wait wait...isnt it a little early to be asking AND answering questions about the standings next year?
If somebody wants to ask, I'll be happy to give them a worthless prediction.
when you picked the jets to win the division next year, how many Dolphin fans started crying and complaining? Over/Under: India
Dolphins sweep Jets again in 2010, unless Ginn doesn't make team.
Hey Tim, are the Jets going to keep Thomas Jones?
Mike Tannenbaum said yesterday that they expect him to be on the team next year, but I think the only way that happens is if Thomas Jones restructures his contract. He has a big roster bonus coming up.
Wow, I was waiting to hear the Pats would cheat their way back to the top instead of the Dolphin fans crying.
is there any use for ted ginn if the dolphins can find a #1 WR.
He's still a great kick returner.
and the defensive coordinator is......... (drumroll) brooooooooooooooooooooose smith!
That would be appropriate.
So Miami wasted a #1 for a kick returner...
Pretty much. Ninth overall, too.
Will I be able to afford to go to a Jets game next year?
No. You're going to get laid off next week.
Tim, what do you think about all the assistant coaches that the Kansas City Bills hired?
I hadn't heard of a single one before I typed them into Google.
Can Devone Bess get to number one WR status?
I don't think he has the speed for it. He's a classic possession receiver.
Any word on the McNabb situation in Philly...rumor has it they want to trade him out of the conference...if thats the case what would it take for Buffalo to get him...a 2nd?
A late first-round pick would do it. A second-rounder and a little extra could get it done.
Adam, I'm afraid Tim is right. Have you checked the unemployment rates lately?
man this bunch is all most as bad as Jim Rome's audience what has happen to Sports Media these days
For real, right? I mean, who would want Jim Rome's audience?
Your prediction, what do the Bills do with Trent Edwards? Will he be on the team for the 2010 season?
I'm confident he'll be on the roster for 2010. I'll even go so far as to predict Edwards will be the starting quarterback on opening day unless they make a trade.
FA = Wilfork1rst Pick = McClain2nd Pick = Trade for Boldin3rd Pick = OLB or that McCluster kid from Ole MissAm i nuts or could this actually happen
It's just that easy.
Defense was clearly the reason the Dolphins missed the playoffs...with Mike Nolan at DC does that make the Dolphins instantly better?
It does. He will change the mentality immediately. He loves to get after the quarterback, and that's something the Dolphins didn't do enough of. The players already are excited about the possibilities.
Trent "The Rocketman" Edwards back as the starter?!?! That really is a bold prediction........
It's January. He still could rupture an Achilles while walking his dog.
Tim, you are my new favorite blogger... Since when is having fun while working a knock on the sports media? We can't always break down who we think might be the DC in Buffalo.
Did you just ask me who the Bills' defensive coordinator will be?
How much better will the jets be next year with the head coach and quarterback having a year of experience under their belt? Especially an AFC championship game appearance
They know what it takes to get there. I'm not as concerned with Ryan's experience, although he will be wiser. But Sanchez going 2-1 in the playoffs and looking good each game is invaluable for his development.
Tim what are the chances Darrelle Revis gets burned in the Pro Bowl?
I guess it depends on how seriously he and the receivers take it.
Tim, what are the chances Darrelle Revis gets burned by a Hot Pocket in the off-season?
Depends on how long he lets it cool off after he takes it out of the microwave. Best remedy is fork and knife.
What do we know about Chan Gailey's thoughts on O-lineman, will he priortize a OT or two over a QB in the draft?
Those types of questions fell under the "I'm still getting to know the team" category at his only news conference. I think he's going to speak again next week, and we'll also get him at the combine next month. We'll learn more about his philosophies then.
Tim, Whats the status of Troy Polomalu??
My sources tell me he's either rinsing or repeating. I'm still trying to get confirmation.
i've begun to disguise myself as brain from canada in hopes of getting myself on sportsnation. jets are already down to 4 draft picks this year. jenkins/rhodes/gholston on the trade block to add much needed depth to this teams roster?
I'm going to have to ban you, Brian. Sorry.
Hi Tim! how did you get to be a sports writer? were you just that bad at playing sports or did you actually plan it?
That's not an either-or answer.
Tim, if the Jets release Thomas Jones/Kerry Rhodes/Lito Sheppard/etc. can they use this money to sign UFA since they are currently part of the final 8 rule or are players they release excluded
The way Mike Tannenbaum explained it yesterday, cutting players wouldn't have an impact. http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/9880/tannenbaum-lays-out-jets-offseason-plan
you ban brian for being canadian or being an idiot??
Also not an either-or answer.
I've been impostered. Should I feel proud or violated?
Hey Tim, You wanna give me your Job in Five years?
So, what did you think of the decision by Rex to start Lowery over Sheppard?
I didn't like it. If he had those doubts about Sheppard, then why did he start the first two playoff games?
Tim, when i claimed i was being impersonated (which was true by the way, just saying) it lead to me and you arguing for 25 minutes of a chat! How come the Canadian gets a free pass?
It's a NAFTA thing.
Will Marshawn get traded?
It will be very difficult to trade him. He has a lot of baggage, a high first-round-pick salary and plays a position where quality players can be found in the third round.
Tim, I can see your house from here. Why are you keeping the beers out on the porch? No room in the fridge since you are all stocked up for your Pro Bowl party?
I don't have a porch. And I will be in Miami for the Pro Bowl. So I don't know where that leaves us in regard to your question.
Being a former NHL guy what did you think of the Helmet bashing? Also the scariest part of the clip is the reffs with their hands on hips watching the fight as if they had bet on it.
That's what linesmen have to do in a fight. If they jump in while the players are going at it, one of the combatants inevitably becomes defenseless for a brief period. Very dangerous. That's why the policy is to wait until they're tied up before stopping the fight.
do you think the patriots will go to the super bowl without Wes
He shouldn't miss all of next season. Expect him to be back in Octoberish.
TIM, should the bills trade fred jackson for picks and schobel
Fred Jackson is one of the NFL's greatest values. Highly favorable contract. No way the Bills trade him.
Who is the best linebacker in the AFC east?
Tim, if they Jets release Thomas Jones should they be comfortable with a backfield of Greene/Washington or do you think they'll need to get another RB in case Washington is not 100%
I think they could survive with Greene and Washington, but it would be risky. One cracked rib or sprained ankle, and there goes the offense.
They are not breaking up fighting dogs I dont think the acidental hit of the wrong person would happen that offten. Though maybee the penalty would be to servere if it did.
Not telling you my theories. That's actual officiating policy. And I tend to agree with it. One guy gets tied up by a linesman and he (and potentially the linesman) gets whaled on by the other guy. Bad stuff.
I was having much better success as brian from canada but I'll give this another shot. Jets bigger need, CB or pass-rushing OLB?
I lean toward the pass rusher.
What's this I hear about a Graham-Yasinskas basketball grudge match down in Miami?
There's some talk of an AFC-NFC showdown: Yasinskas-Seifert versus Kuharsky-Graham. Should be interesting ... and thirst-inducing.
Do you see Maybin succeeding at all, ever in the 4-3?
I don't. He has some freakish size compared to his days at Penn State, and yet he still doesn't look or play big enough.
Wilfork's productive, but really fat, piling up nagging injuries at an increased pace, and 30. How much should the Patriots give him, or should they look to franchise then deal him?
Find me a good nose tackle who isn't fat.
Who should the Fins go after in the upcoming draft?
As mentioned earlier, inside linebacker. Maybe they also can draft the Bills' defensive coordinator.
Sando's like 6-7 and he doesn't make either team?
He knows that because I have no handle I make up for it with filthy defense. He refuses to step on the court with me.
Wait, you and Kuharsky on the same team? In related news, Satan just purchased some ice skates. You won't pass to him, will ya?
I can see our offense consisting of me posting up Yasinskas and Kuharsky lobbing the ball inside for a series of missed layups.
Do you see any big name free agents coming to the jets this offseason?
Free agents will be difficult to sign because of the Final Eight rules (linked earlier in the chat). The Jets will have to sit back and watch the party for a while, so that will hurt their chances of getting the players they want.
And you refuse to step into an Excell spreadsheet with him.
HOCHULI should throw a flag for "chicks in the chat" first time in 1 and a half years, emily!!!
We've had ladies in here before, Nick. In fact, Jennifer stopped by earlier. They just usually don't like the smell and refuse to come back.
Question I should know: Who's your Super Bowl pick?
I like the Colts.
any chance your basketball game will make it on tv. i'd rather watch that than the probowl
Better entertainment value at the bar afterward.
Epic fail, Nick.
And the queen of the AFC East chat ...
She somehow deals with the odor.
Over/under on number of injuries sustained in that basketball game?
Tim, are there any free agent offensive linemen the Bills could look to sign this offseason?
Sure, that's the position they overvalue most of all. Chances are they'll throw a bunch of money at somebody you'll need to Google.
You're chatting opposite pro gamer Prodigy. How do you feel?
Like whatever program used to be on CBS opposite "The Cosby Show."
hey tim do u have 3 point range or do you just chuck it up and hope for the best
I have no basketball skills other than height. And that's not a skill.
whats the chances of brandon marshall ending up in the afc east next year?
22 percent. Good talk, Russ.
Some of the women in this chat are paid to be here, more or less.
Tim, what are your thoughts on Dolfan priority75
If I had to pick an MVP, he might be it. Guy is annoying as hell, but he gets everybody worked up enough to comment.
Why are you so sarcastic about the Bills?
Because I'm sarcastic about everything.
Which side are you on: less filling, or tastes great?
I'll gladly absorb extra calories for flavor.
Yasinskas has the big body, but only average foot work and a below average jumper. Seifert is small with a quick first step, but doesn't handle the rock well. Kuharsky is slow but has the best aerodynamics. Graham has the biggest upside, but is consistent at missing shots. I think this may be a scoreless game.
What are your thoughs on global warming and our job crisis?
I'm against it.
how is eric wood doing?
Great question, Bill. That's a perfect offseason topic. Keep an eye out on the blog. I'll see what I can find out and write it up.
Remember when Bill Simmons wanted the Timberwolves to hire him as GM? Me neither, but you should start a campaign to be the Bill DC. We'll all be able to say we knew your when...
I don't know if I could handle the pay cut.
Tim, you're last article has already started an argument at AFC East fullback and obviously Polite's legion of followers are burning up the comments. Who would you pick? Polite or Richardson?
Are you a conan guy or a leno guy?
Conan by a mile. The only thing Leno does that I find funny are "Headlines," which his show doesn't even write. So I guess he doesn't do anything I like.
If the Bills draft someone under 300 lbs in the first round, Buddy needs to go.
So the Bills are looking for a defensive coordinator you say?
Was my rookie season and DPOY the best I'll ever be?
I think there's a lot of room for Mayo to become a more complete player. He should be great for a long time.
MSN is reporting that Billy Idol will be the next singer for Aerosmith, and no I am not making that up.
A few more questions and then we have to wrap it up.
With the last pick in the 2010 draft, the Bills select Tim Graham as locker room joke-maker.
In other words, Mr. Irrelevant. Appropriate.
Wow - Is Aerosmith run by Ralph Wilson?
whats for dinner
Typical night-before-traveling fare: cleaning out the leftovers. I'll be gone for eight days, so I need to rifle through the fridge. I think I have some wings in there.
Is it true that Dan Reeves wants to come to Buffalo to coach on Gailey's staff??
He said he would be interested. But I don't think there's a spot for him.
Thanks for the chat Tim. Who starts opposite Lee Evans?
It better be James Hardy, or you can label that pick a bust, too.
I couldn't care less about pro video gamers, but I tried to ask Prodigy how it felt to be chatting against the great Tim Graham. Alas, he did not respond.
Prodigy doesn't have time for the likes of me. Maybe CompuServe would entertain your questions.
Tim, why do you answer so many dumb questions/comments and ignore actual football questions like the ones I submit every chat?
Because I find you shallow and pedantic.
What is the atomic weight of iron?
Tim, why do you want your chat to be fun to participate in, instead of answering the same questions over and over?
Who will be the AFC East champ next year, in your humble opinion?
As I said earlier, the Jets.
Jeff, because Tim is about fun. We don't whine about the questions. We enjoy it. That's 15 yards for whining. Repeat first down
are you already down in mia?
What does pedantic mean? Are you a kid's doctor's helper?
Tim, Can you Dunk?
Never been able to dunk. I was a college high jumper, so I should have been able to, but I never could coordinate the dribble and get the ball to the rim without losing it.
What do the Bills do with Butler next year (assuming he's healthy), keep him at RT or move him back to guard?
I think Butler at right tackle is risky, but not as risky as keeping Demetrius Bell at left tackle.
Hey, folks, before we wrap up. Head over to the blog to vote for the All-AFC East team.
Tim, how tall are you?
I'm a natural light heavyweight, but would need to lose 35 pounds to get back there.
Why does everyone always hate on me. If i'm not the best player on the dolphins then who is!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jake Long. Ronnie Brown. Randy Starks.
oh i get it, you got fat from all the wings...i dont blame you. I'd eat that stuff for every meal. Lucky i live in Philly cause my body is a TEMPLE. Have a good one Tim.
No, I just got fat. I turned the corner when I lived in Las Vegas. I'm the kind of guy who needs a last call. Las Vegas doesn't have one of those.
Who needs girls in this chat when enough guys in here want to date you?
Are you still here?
neither does buffalo, TIM
Have a last call? 4 a.m.
Geez Tim, get out of here and go have a life already! You've done your time.
Great idea, J.B. ... As always, I had a blast. Talk with you next week at the same time (I think). If there's a change in the chat schedule because of the Super Bowl, I will let you know.