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May 13, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with KC Joyner

KC Joyner
  (4:00 PM)

Good afternoon! Let's talk some football!

Richard (West Virginia)

I was just wondering what is your opinion on the idea that Jamarcus Russell sucked so bad because the raiders receivers were so horrible. Were they really that bad and do you think they will drastically improve this season.

KC Joyner
  (4:02 PM)

I might agree with that assessment, but Russell's issues are reportedly more work-level related than anything else. If the QB have to be pushed to work hard, then it is likely that he won't have done enough to get in synch with his receivers.

jeremy (Va) [via mobile]

KC, my man! What's your take on Cushing? Do you think he deserved to keep the ROY after the second vote?

KC Joyner
  (4:03 PM)

I didn't vote in the AP ROY award (I vote in the PFWA award process), but had I been part of that process, I would not have voted for him as ROY. I would have instead given it to his teammate, Glover Quin.

Joe (Detroit)

With the crack down on PEDs are you scared that Goodell's gonna crack down on the "Football Scientist"?

KC Joyner
  (4:04 PM)

No worries here! Goodell could check all day long and he'd find no PEDs in my lab.

KC Joyner
  (4:05 PM)

He'd find tons of football related DVDs, books and magazines.



KC Joyner
  (4:06 PM)

They are both very good players but considering how well their backups performed in their absence, I have to wonder if other teams might think they are system players.

william (boston)

do you think brady is mentaly into football enough to get the pats back to the playoffs or has hollywood got to him and the life style he lives know

KC Joyner
  (4:06 PM)

He's all football. I wouldn't worry about his dedication level.

Steve (Irvine)

Hi KC - with the new additions to the Lions offense (Sims, Burleson, Sheffler and Best) to go with CJ and Pettigrew....what kind of season to you expect from Stafford? Thanks man.

KC Joyner
  (4:08 PM)

As long as the O line holds up, Stafford should have a much improved season. Detroit has done a very good job of stockpiling talent on both sides of the ball and could be a 6-8 win candidate this year if things pan out.

KwameF (Queens, NY)

Two questions:1. Can you please volunteer your services to EA? I want Madden to be super realistic2. Is there any possible way the average fan can get coaches tape of a game?

KC Joyner
  (4:09 PM)

EA has an office not far from where I live, so I do keep in occasional touch with them. Regarding game tape for fans, don't hold your breath. Those tapes aren't even available for media types (with the exception of Jaws, of course).

Tomwit NJ [via mobile]

Where does one go to get a Phd. in Pigskin? At what point in the coming season do you calculate my beloved GIANTS are mathematically assured of home field advantage in 2010 playoffs. Tell me something good.

KC Joyner
  (4:11 PM)

A PhD in pigskin - that's an honor I'd like to get! Regarding the Giants and home field, I would think they should be more concerned with winning a very tough division.

Matthew (Virginia)

Who do you think will have the biggest impact in his rookie year?

KC Joyner
  (4:12 PM)

Suh is my first choice. Detroit has needed an impact DL for a few seasons now and Suh gives them that. He'll do a ton to help their pass defense (almost like adding a good CB to their roster).

Cory (Alabama) [via mobile]

Why don't the Redskins ever spend money on 1 solid wide receiver?

KC Joyner
  (4:13 PM)

I think they are focused on trying to develop a #1 wide receiver rather than purchase one.

BSB (Philly)

At 36 years old, with more issues than Rolling Stone, why would anyone sign TO knowing that the headache will out weigh the production.

KC Joyner
  (4:14 PM)

BSB, you know I usually agree with just about everything you say, but in this case I have to disagree with you. Check out my Insider article today on Owens for reasons why he is actually still a high quality FA option.

lauren (michigan)

if you had to pick the 3 best teams in the afc right now who would they be thank you

KC Joyner
  (4:15 PM)

Indianapolis, SD and the Jets. Only caveat on the Jets is their QB situation but unless Sanchez has a big soph slump, they should be in good shape because they might be the most talented team in the league.

jeremy (Va) [via mobile]

Which team, in your opinion, has the greatest chance to have a turn around season? (please say 'Skins, please say 'Skins, please say 'Skins)

KC Joyner
  (4:16 PM)

You'd have to define turn around season. if it means a non-playoff team last year that makes the playoffs this year, I could say Skins.

KwameF (Queens, NY)

NFL, not that they need the money, would make tons of money if they made a coaches tape version of the game they put out on Wednesday after the game.

KC Joyner
  (4:17 PM)

I'm with you that there is a market for it, but I think the league believes it is a very niche market. They focus their marketing initiatives on material that will hit a wider audience.

SprungOnSports (Long Island)

Where would TO fit best right now and how do you think he would handle being a complementay player?

KC Joyner
  (4:18 PM)

At the end of the Insider article I name a number of teams that he would fit well with. They include Oakland and TB. Regarding being a complementary player, Owens actually has the skills to still be a starter in the NFL.

melissa (brooklyn) [via mobile]

Who do think has the best defensive backfield in the nfl? Jets, steelers, packers,niners other?

KC Joyner
  (4:19 PM)

Jets. Revis and Dwight Lowery ranked #1 and

Fulmzy (Troy, MO)

Please tell me that the Bengals won't go to the slate and sign Jamarcus Russell as a rehab project!! WE already will have a very fragile clubhouse, and don't need Jabba the Jamarcus and his textbook poor work ethic adding to the problems. Jamarcus lazy.

KC Joyner
  (4:20 PM)

All I can say to this is that Marvin Lewis has never met a reclamation project he didn't like. It wouldn't surprise in the least if he took on one more in Russell.

David (Denton Tx.)

Whats your take on the Cowboys Roy Williams? Is he really a bust?

KC Joyner
  (4:21 PM)

His best season came when he had Mike Martz kicking his tail every day. Unless and until Dallas finds a coach who can do the same thing, Williams will not play to his physical potential.

Matt (Fresno, ca)

Is gore going to become an elite RB this year

KC Joyner
  (4:22 PM)

Become? I'm of the mindset that he is already an elite RB.

Lucy (NE)

Guess who??!! Alex Smith. I'm nervous about this make-or-break season for Alex Smith. Sometimes he stands in the pocket upright like a standard store-bought Otter Pop! Sometimes he moves like he's stuck in a vat of donut dough. And other times, he looks like a textbook star. How do you see his 2010 season? Oy vey and good luck!

KC Joyner
  (4:24 PM)

Smith is a recurring topic in this chat, but it seems that every week this same question arises. My answer remains as it has been for a while now - Smith has the tools to be a dominant QB. The only metric area he struggled in last year was short passes and his receivers can do a lot to help him improve in that area.

Greg (Franklin, TN)

How bad is the Colts O-line, really? team sinking bad, needs improvement bad, or simply the weakest link on a Championship contender bad?

KC Joyner
  (4:25 PM)

It does a fine job in pass blocking, so it can't be considered a weak link. I'd also note that a lot of the Colts run game issues were a result of Addai not utilizing his blocking. I saw far too many plays where he received good cutback lane blocks and instead of cutting back he pounded the ball into the back of his blocker.

Jay (Kalamazoo)

Given the vast improvements to the defensive line and the questions in the secondary and linebacking core do you see the Lions dropping back in a lot of zone on 3rd and 7 or 8's?

KC Joyner
  (4:26 PM)

Gunther Cunningham has a pressure based philosophy, so I wouldn't look for him to play more drop back zone than he needs to.

Corey (D.C.)

Who do you think has the best chance to be the #1 WR in Oakland in the coming years, Murphy or Schilens?

KC Joyner
  (4:27 PM)

There are reasons to like them both but Murphy looks to have more upside.

Billy (Philadelphia)

How do you think Kolb will do this year?

KC Joyner
  (4:28 PM)

Kolb's main issue last year was bad decisions. The good news is that most of those bad decisions were of the fairly easy correctable variety, so I look for significant improvement in that metric this year. If that happens, stat-wise he'll be a reasonable facsimile to McNabb.

Ryan (Ohio)

Can you give me any positive news about Delhomme at QB and Mass and Robiskie as the starting WRs in Cleveland?

KC Joyner
  (4:30 PM)

A lot of Delhomme's interception issues last year were a result of the Panthers wideouts. Regarding Massaquoi and Robiskie, I think they have a chance to develop into one of the best receiving tandems in the NFL. Their metrics weren't great last year but there was plenty to like from a scouting eye perspective and that will eventually translate into consistent numeric production.

Yogi (Alaska)

Better long term Fantasy WR: Massaqoui, Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens, or Josh Morgan?

KC Joyner
  (4:32 PM)

Tough call in that each of them is paired with a risky QB (risky from a fantasy perspective, that is). I'd take Massaquoi if only because he looks like he could be a true #1.

KING Kevin Ryan (Austin, Texas)

Over the long term say next 5-7 years who has the bigger upside int eh NFL, C.J. Spiller or BAMA RB Mark Ingram?

KC Joyner
  (4:32 PM)

I might say Ingram but it all depends on where he ends up.

Tyler (Hot-lanta)

In a dynasty league I just traded Braylon Edwards and Devin Hester for Pierre Garcon. My top 2 WRs are Fitz and Steve Smith (Car). Did I overpay for Pierre?

KC Joyner
  (4:34 PM)

In a word, no. Garcon is a true vertical threat and he should have a great 2010. Edwards and Hester are both paired with question mark QBs (again, question mark from a fantasy perspective). You traded two potentially good WRs for one who is almost certain to post quality numbers immediately.

KC Joyner
  (4:34 PM)

In a word, no. Garcon is a true vertical threat and he should have a great 2010. Edwards and Hester are both paired with question mark QBs (again, question mark from a fantasy perspective). You traded two potentially good WRs for one who is almost certain to post quality numbers immediately.

Ryan (Germantown, MD)

What kind of career do you think Hakeem Nicks will have?

KC Joyner
  (4:36 PM)

I've liked Nicks ever since I broke down tape of his senior season. He ran the entire tree in college and that has translated into pro success. He's in a good situation with his QB and organization and I think a Pro Bowl berth is in his future.

thomas knudsen (Copenhagen)

Hi KCWill Hue Jackson and Tom Cable be able to optimize the talent around Jason Campell this year?Thanks :-)

KC Joyner
  (4:37 PM)

Hello to Copenhagen! I hope things are well with you. Regarding Campbell, he posted quality numbers despite playing in a very difficult situation in Washington. He's used to changing offensive systems so he should be able to acclimate to Oakland quickly. Look for the Raiders to get their most consistent performer at QB since Rich Gannon.

kevin (baltimore) [via mobile]

Who would make the better nfl player:the Hulk at linebacker or Flash at running back?

KC Joyner
  (4:39 PM)

To quote that old Raiders line - Speed Kills. I'd take the RB.

Brian Cushing (Houston)

Would I be respected more if I claimed innocence but also said I dont deserve the award? I mean, I cheated, so it seems silly to be proud of myself by accepting it.

KC Joyner
  (4:40 PM)

The main issue I have with all of this is the re-do of the ROY award. I understand why it was done but it does beg the question of where does that kind of thing stop? Do they re-do the 1990s baseball awards because of the admission of PED use by players then?

Pink (Seattle)

Am I crazy to think that Jordan Shipley can get around 50 catches in that offense, and be someone who (i cant believe Im saying this) a true Wes Welker-type?

KC Joyner
  (4:42 PM)

I did some tape review of Shipley and what stood out was that he was solely a short pass target. Welker has some vertical chops (something he illustrated more frequently than ever before last year) and it kept teams from clamping down too tightly on his short routes. If Shipley can show even a modicum of downfield skills, I'd be on board with 50 catches.

Corey (D.C.)

What would you do about Chris Johnson if you were the Titans? He is getting paid like the 100th best RB in the league. To me this is nothing like the recent Boldin situation.

KC Joyner
  (4:44 PM)

Al Davis has a saying- you have to pay the players. Chris Johnson has a chance to be the most dominant RB of his generation. I'm sure Tennessee wants to be sure he is motivated by the idea of a big future paycheck, but I'm also sure they realize underpaying a player can come back to bite them. If he's playing like an All-Pro, pay him like one.

Xander (Philly)

KC, how do you think the Bills will fare in the 3-4? That defense is actually pretty deep (especially if Schobel comes back), but i think it all hinges on the 2nd round pick Troup. Can he anchor that D as a rookie?

KC Joyner
  (4:46 PM)

The key to the Bills D will be can they stop the run. The odd part is that performed well in the POA metric quite often last year but then would give up a few big runs that skewed their yardage totals. If they can keep those big runs to a minimum, they should have success in 2010.

Ryan (San Diego)

Lets be real, the Jets dont have the talent the Chargers do. Funny joke!

KC Joyner
  (4:48 PM)

No joke here, Ryan. The Jets have a better O line, better CBs and an equivalent (and potentially better) receiving corps than the Chargers.

Eric (Chicago)

KC, regarding Chris Johnson...he's under contract that HE and his agent negotiated/ under your hold out, you lose money, that simple. Will the Titans miss him? Yes. Will Chris Johnson still be the same runner when he comes back from his hold out or after he gets his big pay day? Probably not.

KC Joyner
  (4:49 PM)

Eric, I'm not arguing Johnson's contract status or the right of the Titans to take the "you signed the contract, you're stuck with it" approach. I'm merely pointing out how that philosophy can backfire and why Tennessee might want to take a different tack.

kevin (baltimore) [via mobile]

Ehh ur probably right. The hulk would get busted for PEDs anyway. But then again he would still be ROY...

KC Joyner
  (4:50 PM)

Didn't his bulk come from radiation? We need a comic book expert to sort this out.

Steven(Modesto ca) [via mobile]

I watched the 30 for 30 on the la raiders the other day. Do you think al Davis is was a visionary or just crazy?

KC Joyner
  (4:51 PM)

Absolutely a visionary. Davis' philosophies were ahead of their time and, in all honesty, many are still ahead of their time.

Jeremy (NH)

To Quote...If he's playing like an All-Pro, pay him like one. But how many players are more than willing to give back $ when they no longer play like All-Pros. He signed a contract, deal with it.

KC Joyner
  (4:53 PM)

I'm with you on players getting overpaid but unless and until the league gets to a point where it rewards performance, this type of thing is going to happen.

Ryan (Germantown, MD)

Speaking of the Bills D, should I be concerned about the Giants run D under Fewell?

KC Joyner
  (4:54 PM)

I'd say no if only because a lot of the Bills issues against the run came because they tend to go for smaller defensive players. NY doesn't do that.

Carl (Miami)

Easy standard for redo of award: if player cheated, they lose the award...simple....otherwise teaching kids cheating does pay

KC Joyner
  (4:57 PM)

So by that philosophy, we should go back and take away the awards that were given out by baseball in the 1990s. Do we then re-vote for the winners of those awards? And do we note that the award was re-voted or just eliminate the mention of the previous award winner (and thus eliminate the teaching the lesson possibility)?

brent (Montana)

Would you take Leinart or Alex Smith?

KC Joyner
  (4:57 PM)

Smith, hands down.

tomwit nj [via mobile]

Its gamma rays for HULK and ya gotta make him mad every down.

KC Joyner
  (4:58 PM)

We have a clarification! Only question is do gamma rays count as a PED?

Steven(modesto,ca) [via mobile]

Thanks kc. As a follow up to the Davis question. Why is he portrayed as a villian by so many. Everytime I turn on espn al Davis or the whole raiders team is getting bashed. Why does he not get the respect he's deserved?

KC Joyner
  (4:59 PM)

He was the first NFL owner to move his team (or at least the first in the modern era). Fans like nothing less than seeing their team move and that made Davis an easy person for fans to dislike.

Eric (Chicago)

KC, would it be 100% possible to have every sport have contracts that are incentive-based contracts? Perform and get paid or get paid the minimum! Sounds like that would be somewhat interesting and more effective - injury gets paid so in corporate America when you hit your goals you get a raise or bonus or something to that nature. Do you ever see this as a possibility?

KC Joyner
  (5:02 PM)

It would only happen if the players could trust that the team wouldn't try to use those incentives in a negative way. Just imagine if an RB was slated to get a $2 million bonus for gaining 100 yards in a semi-meaningful game the last week of the season and his coach suddenly decided to platoon him to rest him up for a playoff stretch run. There would be accusations that the coach was doing it to save money, that the GM put pressure on the coach to sit the player and that the player was trying to play a full game for the money (and not be concerned enough about being fully rested). It's easy to see how this could turn into a nightmare scenario.

Ed Hochuli (Chat Ref)

All of this talk about superheros and no mention of me and my mighty guns? KC, you should be ashamed.

KC Joyner
  (5:03 PM)

Ed, if they ever do a comic book about football officials, you'd get the cover!

Mike (Ohio)

He didn't just move with the team, he fought with the NFL too. And didn't he side with the USFL in their suit?

KC Joyner
  (5:06 PM)

He did fight with the NFL over his right to move the team. The funny part about that is that the other owners fought tooth and nail to stop him, and yet they have all made tons of stadium money because his move ended up giving them the right to move. If you want to read more about that situation, check out a book called The League by David Harris. It is one of the best sports books I have ever read and it details the Davis/NFL fight in extraordinarily superb detail.

JCVD (Brussels)

KC, are performance bonuses allowed in NFL contracts? Maybe I'm oversimplifying this, but why not structure a contract so that if the player performs at an all-world level, he's paid accordingly, but has a decent guaranteed base so that the player is protected from missing time due to injury?

KC Joyner
  (5:07 PM)

Performance bonuses are allowed with certain restrictions. Part of the issue is also that teams really don't want to pay young players who perform over their contract level (or at least some don't).

diane (mass)

colts win super bowl

KC Joyner
  (5:08 PM)

I could agree with that. And that looks to be as good of a segue as any to say it's time for me to run. Just an FYI before I go - you can follow my material on Twitter at kcjoynertfs. Hope to see you all here next week!