Greetings, people. How are we doing today?
Can the Titans trade Vince Young, or is that pretty much impossible at this point? It would be awful if they got nothing in return for him.
No player trades until the re is a new CBA. I can't imagine they'd wait for that.
Please, please reassure me that with the "8th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft the Titans" DO NOT select Cam Newton (another project qb with questionable off-the-field issues) but WILL choose a stud DT (because there are many) to go in between Babin and Morgan and beside a healthy Jones... Making the Titan's front four a sack machine and freeing up our lightly questionable secondary like they did during that masterful 13-3 non-Vince season.
I would hope they'd steer clear of a VY-like quarterback.
Paul, the upset that's becoming trendy to predict is the Packers beating the Falcons? Are you getting on the bandwagon, and is the fact that Matty Ice is 20-2 in the Georgia Dome a stat we need to be mindful of?
I picked Atlanta for the Super Bowl last year (ahead of schedule like usual, like with New Orleans the year before) and I picked Green Bay this year. So Atlanta probably wins this year, Green Bay next year when I pick Philly or someone who will win in 2013. You follow?
Hey Paul, any word on where Vince Young could end up? Washington maybe?
If there was word, this wouldn't be the first place you'd see it.
Paul, Jeff Fisher is basically on a one year deal it seems. Do you believe he will insist to Mike Reinfeldt to get a veteran qb a la Kyle Orton or Kevin Kolb or do they do the smart thing and build around a rookie since the team has far too many holes to contend next year?
No one has too many holes to contend next year. Did you see Tampa's turnaround? St. Louis'?
Hello Paul --- I was trying to look at the bigger picture with Vince Young...And I was wondering do you feel as Warren Moon mentioned, That Vince can somehow " climb his way back " and become what many hoped would be a great Quarterback in the league? If he changes his outlook I think he can.
I don't think he changes his outlook. If he doesn't get it now, why will he get it later? He thinks he's got it all down and people just need to stay out of his way. Moon's being a diplomat. Far more enlightening was his saying he can't get to Young because of how insulated he is.
Will ESPN lockout all of the NFL bloggers if there is a NFL lockout? What kind of work would Tim Graham be able to find given his unique skill set?
It's going to be tough on him. Any Star Wars conventions slated for Buffalo?
With the possibility of Dirk Koetter getting the Broncos job. Would Jacksonville be able to get a decent replacement given the fact that they would be coaching on a 1 year contract?
No. It'd be a terrible situation for Del Rio and the Jaguars if they lose Koetter.
I was thinking about what position the Colts might go for in the draft. Assuming everyone gets healthy, and there aren't any major players leaving, they are set at almost every position. O-line seems to be the only area worth using an early pick on. There's no longer any excuse NOT to use the 1st and/or the 2nd round picks on a lineman. Agreed? Oh and when will they wise up and pick a decent returner...
They have needs. It's not just about 2011. They need linemen, but they don't need to force it, particularly if there is a great corner or receiver there.
Would Peyton take less money to encourage the Colts to go after an FA or 2? A CB like Nnamdi would instantly make the Colts D a force instead of a unit that trys not to "lose the game". Maybe even some OL help if they wouldn't/couldn't afford a guy like Nnamdi?
A) It's not Manning's job to manage the Colts' budget for them. B) If they finally make a move in free agency -- if and when there is free agency -- I don't expect it to be the biggest move in the market. C) While he'd certainly help, they don't play the sort of man to man Nnamdi is great at.
Two part question:Should the Colts consider moving Collie to the outside? He played a lot outside against the Broncos and had 12 catches for 171 yards.Do the Colts need any changes on defense assuming all the injured DBs return strong?
If they are only using two WRs, sure, when they use three though, he's great inside. I think a big-time receiver to eventually take Wayne's place is now something they need to get. They could use a lot on defense -- tackles still aren't great, safety is an issue with Sanders' health and Bullitt's contract, can always use a corner and linebacker depth.
How many years will Jeff Fisher get to coach the Titans to 8-8 or worse?
I would think this would be the last one.
The QB position is so important with the rules that promote the passing game, that if you replaced Garrard (whom I like and think is a pretty good QB) with a great QB like Tom Brady, the Jags would probably have been 11-5, have won their division, and would likely have won a home playoff game. That said, the Jags have the #16 pick in this year's draft and the top QBs will be long gone by then. If you were Gene Smith and you saw a top 5 pick QB that you thought would likely become a great NFL QB, would you trade your entire draft for him?
No. And no one is trading their whole draft for anyone. And it wouldn't cost the whole draft to go get that guy.
Hey PK, Colt's fan... I was wondering with the Vince Young situation there in Tennessee, do you think in the slightest way Vince felt Jeff did not want him there from Day 1 and as a young guy straight out of college, he was already doomed with not having a coach, that is 100% behind him?
He may have felt that way. but he's incorrect. I mean, only one coach gets the guy he really wanted in the first round most of the time. It doesn't mean he doesn't like who he gets. If I want Player A and am drafting 15th and he's taken 14th, does it mean I am against the guy we do draft?
Paul, what's your best guess to what the Titans will do at QB. If they target the draft, do you think they will use their #1 pick or wait and try to get someone like Dalton in later rounds?
I think, especially if the draft is before free agency, they draft one and sign a FA. If he's not No. 8, then he's a second rounder. Dalton's a popular guy in a lot of markets when talking of the next tier.
Sadly now that the Colts are done.....What the heck am I gonna do during the offseason?
You can find things. I swear you can. Spend time with your family, read a book, go grocery shopping so you can eat better, hit the gym, watch a movie, take a trip, wash the car, start a stamp collection, think up a Halloween costume, go out for a beer with your buddies, join a kickball league, ask a girl out on a date, invite friends to visit, have a garage sale, double check your gutters, paint the house, build an ark in case of a bad storm, look for four-leaf clovers, host a poker tournament, plan a garden, go to the batting cages, become a Big Brother...
With the NFL winding down there won't be any more accurscore reports to watch. Can you give Jenny Dell a weekly 60 second video post on your blog so we can get our fix?
I am officially accepting proposals for what we can ask her to do for us.
After all they did to convince Bud to cut VY, what credibility do the Titans have in shopping him around. Seems like they have effectively blacklisted him.
They can cut him and his resume is not their issue, it's his.
Paul, I appreciated what Moon said about Young in the article you posted ( Tennessean ) that sometimes players feel " invinceable " as if they do not have to answer to anyone. And that this could be the wake-up call as it were that could actualyl help Young in the longrun. Do think so?
Yes, yes I do. I think Vince read that (not) and clipped it (not) and photocopied it (not) and pinned it up all over his place in Nashville (not) and his steakhouse as an inspirational reminder (not). I think he's absolutely seen the light. Except for the part where he's completely in the dark and doesn't take phone calls from Warren Moon.
ATTENTION CHATTERS: If your question takes up nearly a full screen, I can't pick it. Edit thyself.
Hey Paul, Aren't you going to tell the people about the mock draft you did yesterday? All 7 rounds of it?
Do you think Weaver should be willing to match any contract offered to Koetter and name him the future head coach in the next one to two years of the Jaguars? I think he?s a far better coach than many Jags fans give him credit and a move that would really sting if lost.
I think he's a great coach. But A) Coach is better than future coach and B) It's not like Del Rio is pushing 90. He's got two years left. There is no viable scenario here. If Koetter gets the job, they lose him.
PAUL!!! All the colts have to do is fire their coach and go out and sign every free agent available and they will win every game every year!!!! Bill Polian is now dumb and we should fire him because he makes unsound football decisions out of spite!!!!....This is what rational colts fans are having to deal with. Please kindly tell the crazies to gain a little perspective. Colts need improvement (like every team) but this season hardly calls for a major overhall...agree?
You have no idea how much of this I am getting.
Is this the off season where the Colts finally decide to make special teams a priority? Their coverage is frightening and the returns are a joke!
Do you understand who plays special teams? The backups. And where were the backups this season? Starting. That coverage team that let Cromartie go crazy had at least three guys signed in December.
Greetings Paul. The NFL may not admit to this, but do they prefer to have the matchup of Chicago vs. Green Bay at Soldier Field for the George Halas Trophy prior to a potential lockout next year? Do you see this match up great for ratings due to the level of the rivalry and for the birth of the Super Bowl?
Whoever is in the game, people will watch it.
With all of the AFC South teams eliminated does that mean that you'll be in Hawaii covering the Pro Bowl this year?
Hey boss, are you reading this chat?
With McNair laying down the law this season, do you see the Texans being players in Free Agency and in the draft?
Laying down the law? How so? By saying a 6-10 team was right on track and hiring an assistant coach?
How Far do You expect the bears to make it in the postseason?
Not as far as they've already made it. Big surprise to me.
Why was Fisher so quick to start a QB controversy this season (Game 2 vs Pittsburgh) after insisting in 2009 he did not want a QB controversy despite Kerry's poor play. Didn't that demonstrate that he didn't want VY regardless of the onfield success?
It demonstrated that he thought Young didn't prepare for that game, creating a controversy by his actions.
Timeout, Indianapolis. This is their first timeout, a 30 second timeout.
Am I getting a littel overexposed? Clarence is approaching 70. Should I hang it up?
I haven't seen you anywhere lately. And You can hang it up whenever you like. I don't make a habit out of telling people when to retire. You're awfully fit for a guy your age and you do have a life without C.
The Colts OL is in serious need of help, Polian has said he doubts there's a instant impact tackle out there and there looks to be a couple guys who will be available that wouldn't break the bank. Could we see Indy take a quick dip into free agency for a LT like they did for Vinatieri and Corey Simon?
You'd sure hope so. But it has to be hard for Polian to make that move when he's so staunchly against relying on free agents. And if the draft is before free agency, it complicates things further...
Hey Paul, do you have any favorite college players that you think will make an impact next year?
Love Jeffrey Taylor of Vanderbilt. But he plays basketball.
So Paul, VY has consistently stated since the locker room incident that he felt Fisher was against him. If that was not the case, why did VY feel that way? (which is the same way many fans felt) And isn't it Fisher's responsibility to make sure his QB knows he being punished for missing meetings? Why was there no communication? Sure seems Fisher wanted VY gone and was looking for an excuse.
How smart do you have to be to miss meetings, get benched and connect the dots? (Yes, though, Fisher should hold his hand and walk him through it.) Fisher even had Young's back then, actually fibbing about the missed meetings to Jim Wyatt. Fisher was still PROTECTING VY after the missed meetings.
Why didn't the Colts send Reggie "The Invisible Man" Wayne in motion or line him up in different spots Saturday to try and get him open? Is this an indictment on the coaching staff?
That part is. Also indictable: Wayne for not getting open and Manning for not finding him when he might have been.
Paul, regarding the new CBA, I read on multiple occasions that the reason the draft will be held is that the new players are not yet under contract, and because of that do no fall under the old CBA. Does this also mean, that teams could held a minicamp for their rookies, as long as they have not been signed?
That's a good question, I don't know. But I doubt that players on the verge of joining the union would be up for it and that owners locking out players would see a potential exemption and want to let some in.
On MCM the other day we were discussing the Titans possibly acquiring Champ Bailey because he wants to move to Safety or getting Nnamdi and moving Finnegan to Safety since he played the position in college. How feasible to you think either of those options would be?
I haven't met any top corners who WANT to move to safety. Why is Finnegan all of a sudden a safety? He's better than Verner and McCourty as a corner, most of the time. Did Bailey say he wants to move? I can't imagine he would, first and foremost because corners make more money. He should get better offers from Houston and Jacksonville, to name two.
Paul, is it ok to pay for a first date with a gift card?
Probably not if she can see it.
How come we and the Colts are so consistently excellent in the regular season and yet so embarrassingly bad in the playoffs? Can we not handle pressure? What accounts for the discrepancy?
How come Brett Favre and the Packers were 1-1 in Super Bowls and no one ever whines about them? I can't explain the Colts' consistent failures to advance as far as they should. But they overachieved to me this season.
How is the potential lockout going to affect free agent signings?
There is no free agency until there is a new agreement.
Now that Rob Ryan wont be retained and he is actually a creative DC I am a total goner right?
That would be a heck of a hire.
Do you think teams like the Colts, Chiefs and Seahawks actually hurt themselves by making the playoffs with inferior teams? I think the Colts would have been better served in the long term missing the playoffs and infusing some talent with the improved draft position.
The object isn't to get higher draft picks. Teams don't ever sit down and make plans for their season that include getting higher draft picks with their finish. If you can get into the playoffs, you can get on a little run. You'd much rather have the playoff experience even if you lose. But you want to pass on a chance to lift an AFC or NFC Championship Trophy and to go to the Super Bowl so you can draft 18th instead of 24th? Really?
Do you think that Jacksonville will be able to take the division from the Colts next year?
Probably not. But there is a lot that remains to be seen and I'm not picking the division in 2012 in January of 2010.
If you want to get around the rules about acquiring players for draft picks, let me give you a scenario (not saying I think this will happen just that it could): there is a player at 39 Green Bay knows will not be available when they pick again so they trade their 2nd round pick and a 2012 5th rounder to Tennessee for the 39th pick. Then when the CBA is signed, sealed and delivered, the Packers trade Matt Flynn to Tennessee for the 2012 5th rd choice acquired from Green Bay ). This is for all practical purpose the same trade that Seattle and San Diego did for Whitehurst.
That would requite a lot of talk between the Titans and Packers about player for pick trading and I don't think that's going to be the way people operate.
I think its obvious Lewis will be franchised to ensure he doesn?t get away if there is a free agency. My question is, do you try to resign Sims-Walker or is he just another possession receiver that?s a dime a dozen? Do you think Jason Hill earned a chance to come back to see if he can be that deep threat the Jags have been missing for ages?
We don't know whether there are usable franchise tags or not yet. Don't know when we will know. Jason Hill looked good. They still need weapons. After they get a quarterback.
any chance the titans trade the #8 pick for kevin kolb?
Repeating yet again -- no trades involving players allowed until there is a new CBA. And I think the Eagles would want more for Kolb if they deal him.
Why didn't you tell me beforehand that Coach Caldwell was going to call a time out in the middle of the chat? We haven't been communicating well and I feel left in the dark.
You are consistent. At a beach yet?
If Young does prove you wrong (say multiple playoff wins), will you be willing to write a Mea Culpa article? Obviously you don't think it will ever happen, so this isn't a risk. Challenge accepted? Trying to spice up the chat....
I'll write I was wrong about his potential to get it right, sure. But he could win 10 Super Bowls and it doesn't change what happened in his first five.
Do you think the Titans should trade VY, Javon Ringer, and Ryan Mouton for Tom Brady or should they just sign Peyton? (How many questions do you get like this?)
So many it makes my stomach hurt.
Nobody should be questioning Polian. The Colts are a healthy season, a good draft and maybe a complementary player away from being right back to their old selves. Look at NE two years ago same thing, everyone claimed they were finally done with all the turnover on D.
Still, you can question him. Recent draft record at the top has been poor.
if the Jags pick up a cover corner in FA or the draft...will that free up putting Mathis at free safety?
Why don't they just get a safety to play safety. I favor people who play the position playing the position.
Do you have a rough guess on your radio schedule? Currently you hit 1045 3 days a week. Once a week still or what?
Same. It's year round. Tuesdays at 8 CT, Thursdays at 7 CT, Fridays at 8 CT. Thanks for listening.
I am encouraged by your answer (about being able to move up for a QB at a reasonable cost). Assuming Gene Smith gets his guy and is still able to fortify the secondary, do you see the Jags as a strong contender for the division next year? Or is the gap between the Colts and the rest of the division too great?
I didn't say reasonable. There is a long way between giving up your whole draft and reasonable. I still think there will be a gap, but like I said, there is a lot that has to unfold between now and then.
Other than Bill Belichick who do you think is the best coach in the NFL right now?
McCarthy, Payton or Tomlin.
Will the AFC South blog ever be free of Vince Young?
We can hope.
What chance do you give Seahawks beating the Bears Sunday?
Whenever free agency hits, how will the Titans convince anyone to come to Nashville, knowing the coaching staff and schemes could easily change the following year?
Everyone makes a huge mistake thinking that stuff matters. You know what matters? Money. Offer the most money, and they come. You think Kubiak's a lot safer? Del Rio? Plenty of coaches are a bad year away from being fired.
Personal Foul on Jeff Fisher for not holding Vince Young's hand and making sure he got to meetings on time. 15 yard penalty, replay first down.
This is what it's come to.
do you think that the titans will need veteran leadership after this debacle of a 2010 season?
Absolutely. They need to add like they did the Hope, Thornton, Mawae year. If Fisher can't see that he's doomed.
PK, I'm thinking about setting up a special like Lebron did with "The Decision" to decide where I should take my talents to next.. Is that a good idea?
Yeah, you talking for an hour on TV would do a lot to rehab your image.
Do I deserve my fair share of the blame for building a non-playoff winner? I did publicly decry that we would become a running team back in 03' when Edge was stopped at the 1 vs. the Patriots and we lost home field advantage. I have failed for 7 years in this department, haven't I?
I'd say so. But building a "non-playoff winner" is a term I've not hear before. He was in the Super Bowl LAST YEAR. And how well did they run it the year they won it?
"Probably not. But there is a lot that remains to be seen and I'm not picking the division in 2012 in January of 2010."Its 2011
...if you'd let me finish please... Or in 2011, either. Thanks.
Can teams sign cut players between Feb. 7th and March 4th, even if there is no CBA?
Yes. Which is part of why I don't see teams cutting many players. http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/20450/cba-chatter-why-players-may-not-get-cut
What's up with coaching candidates turning Denver down for interviews?
I see "turn it down" and I hear "wasn't getting it."
Manning finished his contract with the Colts. Can he be a free agent?
He will be if he doesn't have a new contract when the 2012 NFL year starts after a new agreement. It doesn't mean he'd be going anywhere.
PK, you are reduced to juvenile jabs at VY because you know you can't account for his W-L record and high passer ratings. A la Nixon, you and Titans coaches won't have anyone to kick around next year when the Titans continue losing without him.
High passer ratings? That's funny that you went plural there. 2006 -- 66.7, 2007 -- 71.1, 2008 -- 64.5, 2009 --82.8. Wow are those huge. You're right, I've missed the light on this guy. Have you met him? Have you heard him? That's the guy you want to lead your team?
The Titans will still cut VY before Feb., because they owe him $4.25M, right?
Don't owe him anything is he's locked out, unless the contract language says "March X, 2011" instead of "the Xth day of the 2012 NFL year."
Best burger in Nashville: 5 Guys, Gabby's, or other?
Do I deserve the blame for not becoming a "consistent" running team that can pick up 3rd and 1s, force our will on others, and have a better playoff record than 9-10 with a HOF QB?
Any chance Fisher swallows his pride a little bit and trys to rehire Ernest Byner as running backs coach.
Why would Byner come back?
"All Texas Longhorn homers, please report to the AFC or NFC West blogs for further Vince Young worship." Just trying to shake a few off for you Paul.
Unsportsmanlike conduct on the entire city of Austin, TX for failing to realize that Vince Young is a below average QB. 15 yard penalty and you have been ejected from the game.
Hello old friend, you've seen me many times, once each week in fact. Any decision on my status, am I tied to the potential lockout? When will we see my buddy First Question next :)
I preferred the first last question, but it's gone. No one knows when we return. It's a supply and demand issue. I'll let you all read into that. Thanks for coming, have a lovely weekend.