Greetings all. Thanks for coming.
If you haven't seen it, here is the All-AFC South Team:http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/20621/your-2010-all-afc-south-team
Dude, it's cold out here and Graham's alpaca ate my lunch. Let me in, already.
Isn't that you at my feet? Graham would have an alpaca.
Will V young de a good fit for minnsota
He's better than what they have. That's not saying much.
Hey Paul, do you think ill end up in Tennessee like McShay thinks?
Nope. Way too inaccurate.
How much does Hayden count against the cap this year, he signed a pretty big deal two years and seems to be very injury prone (like all of the Colts secondary) and not much better (if at all) then the alternatives (Powers and Lacey)? Maybe the Colts would be better off with the lower cost alternatives and spending that money on someone else.
I don't think he's at the front of the line for cuts. A Hayden, Powers, Lacey, Tryon top four would be great if mostly healthy.
With the ship being abandoned by the coaching staff for the Titans. How much will Adams new "win now" attitude come into play deeper in the offseason? Do you see any big name coaches or any decent free agents coming to Tennessee or will Adams set fischer up to fail?
This "abandon ship" theme makes it sound like Washburn and Johnson have done something nefarious. They didn't have contracts, had offers that weren't so good and they were offered better work. Johnson is not a huge loss. Having a lame duck and the win now demand usually go hand in hand.
Hey PK, I constantly hear colts fans complianing about donald browns lack of development. I dont see how you develoop a running back behind our offensive line. It's plain and simply horrible. However, when he gets the holes he needs, hes shown he can run effectively. ala 8 carries for 186 yards. Agree?
Addai, Hart and Rhodes all ran better than Brown behind the same line.
Does Mike Mu have an actual job and is he one of the handlers/enablers you've discussed in recent chats regarding VY/CJ and also how common is to have those type of guys around in NFL locker rooms?
Relatively common. He's not so connected to VY, now it's CJ.
Hey Paul, am I the only person wondering why the Titans let Jim Washburn, possibly the best defensive line coach in the game today go, but still haven't fired Chuck Cecil at DC??I know him and Fisher have ties and Fisher likes keeping his staff together but lets be honest, we need a new DC. We shouldn't be giving up as many yards passing as we do with the talent we have in the secondary (minus Chris Hope who I feel has lost a couple steps), athletic, smart, linebackers, and an aggressive defensive line that can get to the quarterback almost at will.Who do you think Fisher should go after for his new DC assuming he fires Cecil. Perhaps Gregg Williams, he and Fisher are close and he almost took the post 2 seasons ago after Jim Schwartz left and look what he's done.The Titans have the talent to stop teams from scoring, which you can see by their Red Zone Defense and lower Points Against Average than you would expect with the yards they give up. We just can't stop tight ends on third down, (AKA Fasano, Lewis, Boss, Witten, Gates, and Cooley.) All had more than 80 receiving yards when they played the Titans. What needs to change?
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The last few games really showed us what Owen Daniels can do when healthy. How important is he to the Texans offense when he's healthy, can they afford to let him go knowing they have depth at the TE position, and is he one of the top offseason priorities for the Texans? Thanks
They lost with and without him. They'd like to have him. But he's got knee issues I'd expect to resurface at some point. Price is going to have to be right.
How common is it for assistant/position coaches to switch teams for essentially same title in a new place? Would Coach Washburn have stayed with the Titans organization if he was offered a promotion (say Defensive Coordinator)? or was that something he didn't want anyway?
If your current team wants you gone, more common., If they want to keep you, not common at all. If you're not under contract, common. Washburn is not a coordinator and didn't want to be one. He could have worked three years in Tennessee, one for Fisher with two possibly for a guy who had no interest in how he schemes up front, or three with Reid. No brainer, really.
Hey, Paul. How big of a loss do you think Washburn to Philly is? I'm not too concerned about Craig Johnson, but losing Washburn might hurt. You think Babin might follow him?
We've been hitting on this. It's a very big loss. Babin and Ball are free agents. Washburn was a big backer of Morgan. A replacement on a one-year contract isn't going to be the same. That said, he could still be effective.
PK....it's difficult to watch the Titans assistant coaches jumping ship. Where do you think this is headed?
I don't understand the question. Fisher needs to sign assistants out of his remaining staff and a pool we don't know about. What's the big mystery about where it is heading. Are they supposed to drop out of the league?
There is great value at the top of the draft at CB. Though the Titans have 3 serviceable CB's, how difficult of a transition would it be for one to move to safety? Would it be better for the new guy, if drafted, to move to safety or Finny, Fuller, Verner, or McCourtey? Who would be best there if forced to move?
I like safeties to play safety. Don't solve problems in the most complicated fashion, solve them in the easiest fashion.
Assuming there is no CBA, would you rather the Titans take a QB like Gabbert in the first and a solid defender with their 2nd, or would you prefer a stud defender and possibly one of the QBs that fall into the top of the 2nd?
Gabbert will not be there at No. 8. I prefer a second- or third-round QB at this point. But I'd like to know if they are able to trade before that or not and we have no way of knowing.
Paul if you had to take your best guess. where are the Titans most likely to look for a new quarterback? Will it be a veteran like Orton Kolb, Mcnabb or Hassellback or will they look to the draft?
Both. Not McNabb.
Do you think Matthews deserves to compete for the starting center position (or other o-line position) next year. Other than one notable botched snap, he didn't look bad.
Not ahead of Amano and Velasco. Backup at best in second year.
WHO WOULD U PICK AT NUMBER 24 NEW ORLEANS? AND WHY?
Tell me the 23 guys who are gone?
Personal foul on Robert Holman for excessive post length. Chat will resume from the previous spot. Automatic first down.
Self policing is good.
More pressure: Peyton (soon to be highest paid player in the game) or Polian (trying to regain his draft mojo since he'll have to use more minimum-salary players based upon Manning's massive contract)?
My gut answer is Polian. Though neither is in any trouble, so what's pressure really?
Hey Paul, do you think MJD is frustrated in Jacksonville? Do you think he wants out?
What's your feel for the offensive coordinator position for the Titans going forward. The only coach with a contract is fighting cancer. That's a touchy situation.
Very touchy. Jeff needs to have someone else on staff who's qualified and capable.
Who, if anyone, could replace Vic Ketchman at jaguars.com seeing how personal of a relationship he developed with most of his readers and also how integral was he to the ticket sales this season if at all.
People leave jobs. They get replaced. The people who relied on them and worked around them move on. I wrote fondly of Vic yesterday. But I'm sure he's uncomfortable that some are saying, literally, that it's like a death in the family.
do you see any big name free agents coming to the Texans or is it still the build through the draft strategy?
They should spend.
Would you be willing to host the next Peoples Choice award?
I don't want to ruin Gervais' roll. He took a flamethrower to that place!
What do you think about Alex Smith as the Titans next QB? He seems like a guy that could benefit from a change of scenery. He seems to have all the physical tools and may have turned out better for SF if they hadn't switched OC's so often.
Please no. He's horrific. And he's like the guy with the tiny hands in the Burger King commercial.
Hey Paul. What do you feel is the likelihood that the Colts will continue to call Jim Caldwell head coach?
Do you think that the Jets offense can generate enough offense to defeat the Steelers or do the Jets defense have to generate turnovers to give the Jets a short field?
Jets have to run. Sanchez in third-and-10 won't win.
how much better would the colts O line have been had Howard Mudd stuck around?
Do you know if Vic Ketchman is going to continue to write "Ask Vic" or anything like it?
I'd ask Vic.
If Fisher were to get fired after next season could the Titans persuade Cowher to get back in to coaching?
That's not the kind of guy they'd chase. With all the young, emerging and far less expensive coaches, they'd try to find one.
TITANS Question: 2 TE's 1 catching 1 big bodied Crumpler type, and a Thumper RB.... do u think these are major Offensive Draft poss as opposed to QB in high rounds?Bears Question: Taylor and Forte are very similar ... do you see them keepin both?
How could they possibly draft a RB or TE high with what they spent on CJ and Cook and with all their other needs? No idea on Bears.
Who ends up with a better record in 2011 Vince Young's team or Tennessee Titans?
You seriously want me to tell you how many wins a team we can't name will have next season? You do know that even if VY is in the lineup, 52 other guys will factor in?
Are the Colts really as locked into an off/def line pick in 1st rd as people seem to think? Seems like we have questions everywhere and could just as easily go wideout or cornerback with Hayden and Collie's health issues. Only positions that would be head scratchers are TE, DE, LB, and maybe S
No one is locked into anything. It's January.
I think Wyatt referenced "differences" between washburn and "the defense". Can you speak on that statement or if you know anything more than just better opportunity.
I'm sure he was annoyed that the linebackers made no plays and the secondary was porous.
Paul, You have covered the Titans for many years and probably have the best gauge on Fisher. Is he done after this year? Or do you think he can still work some magic despite no QB and assistants leaving. What is your take?
Playoffs or pink slip, just like 99.
No Robert, you are not the only one who feels that way about Cecil, let me try to simplify your question. PK, is it too much for fans to ask for Fisher to change the D coordinator? And assuming Cecil stays, can fans really have hope next year that he'll have an improved D next season?
Jim Schwartz and Greg Williams were not great early either. I can't declare the Titans have no chance to be better on defense next year with Cecil. That would be silly. He wasn't good, but his talent was overrated by the team from the start, and some of the guys he relied on played poorly.
What is this I hear about you and the dunk tank?
The rumor is gaining steam. Better go to Fan Fest in Nashville in Feb. to find out.
Do you think Fisher will have the ability to bring in Quality Assistants with the uncertainty of the current situation?How much impact do position coaches really have? (expect for QB and of course Washburn)
They have no influence at all unless they coach QBs or are Washburn. They are all just there for appearances. #sarcasm.
Any chance I slide all the way to 16 and replace David Garrard?
Unbelievable. You are currently rated the top QB in the draft in a quarterback-needy league and we're talking about you lasting to 16.
do you pick which questions/comments you answer?
Yes. Not much to work with today.
More important to resign: Addai or Bullett?Colts have more options at RB than S, and Bullett will be starting somewhere next year.
Tough call. Probably Bullitt. But I'd sure want both if I am the Colts.
Any chance the Jags denied the Rams to talk to Koetter because if JDR doesn't make it to the playoffs next year, WW will offer Koetter the HC job?
More creation of story lines in quiet times. Yes, Weaver isn't worrying about now, he's plotting for 2012. If you're firing JDR you probably didn't love what his staff did.
Paul, Anne Hathaway is playing Catwoman and Tom Hardy is Bane in the next Batman movie. Thoughts?
Highly interesting. I like her.
What do the Houston Texans need to do in the offseason to avoid the midseason collapse like they had this year?
Acquire much more talent.
Why is Polian in Caldwell's corner so publicly? Not one Indy Colt has improved under his regime. Clyde C. is a joke of a Coordinator and they pay him handsomely. Isn't it about time we bring in a "better" offensive mind, say Jon Gruden? This coming from a Colt fan who is fed up with the O.C., Peyton, not receiving the game planning "we" need. No way Reggie gets shut out w/ Gruden. What say you Paul?
Tamme's not gotten better? Collie? Powers? You are way overstating. They aren't bringing in Gruden.
Hey Paul, what two teams do you think play in the superbowl?...Love listening to you on the wakeup zone!
I think Packers-Steelers. But kind of pulling for Jets.
Paul why dont u answer my questions? VY 1-10 rate him
How do you rank these so called "All-Star" games in order of most to least entertaining: NBA, NFL, and MLB?
MLB, NBA any others you can find, then NFL. There should be teams, but no game.
do you think the colts will bolster their secondary or will they rely on injured players to come back. they have to be better next year, right? after getting starters back and the experience gained by some backups, dont they have to improve with the cast they have now?
They'll be better just from getting healthy. Then they'll add OL, DB, WR.
I realize the Colts have multiple needs, especially OL. However, the passing attack really needs someone on the outside who can run by corners. Your thoughts.
Very true. Garcon is a deep threat. But they need the next Wayne.
If the Colts try to bring in a 2nd tier free agent which position is most likely to be addressed-DT or OL?
Reasons that have been forwarded to fire Jim Caldwell: "the Timeout", the special teams, the Huey situation, Hughes "lack" of development, etc. etc. I personally feel that Caldwell did an admirable job this year given the circumstances, but that apparently puts me at odds with the majority of the fanbase. What was your honest assessment of Caldwell, and if you were a GM, what would you do?
Special teams were a direct result of injuries this year. I'd do what they are doing and leave things alone, heal up. Behind the scenes talk clock management and timeouts.
whats the question count up to?
Super Bowl champs next year with VY leading the way
Nevermind the fact that you'll be the least talented team in the division.
Best places to watch a game in the South:1. Reliant2. Lucas Oil3. LP Field4. EverBankAgree or disagree?
I like them all and have a hard time judging from a fan perspective as I sit in press boxes. If I was suggesting to friends, I'd go 1) Lucas; 2) LP; 3) Reliant; 4) EverBank.
Ron Jaworski stated early last year that he saw some "erosion" in Peyton Manning. I saw that Manning was still making all the throws when he had time to do it. What are your feelings?
He could be my quarterback.
How impressed would you be with the Jets if they reach the Superbowl beating Manning, Brady, and Big Ben?
Quite a run. And then if they beat Rodgers?
Who was your childhood football idol?
Loved Phil Simms.Also Greg Pruitt.and Brian Sipe.
That's illegal chat procedure against Pete Kuharsky for using a Twitter hashtag in the chat. 5 yards and repeat 1st down.
Had to be done. Too many people fail to recognize sarcasm and I didn't want to spend the week explaining.
Should the Colts try to trade Bob Sanders? I know he is a great player, but he always gets hurts. And then draft a safety?
Too many people think to many guys have trade value.
Phil Wilson said he thought the Colts were looking for DTs which to me sounds like that means their looking to bring people in. Do you think we've seen the last of Muir and Johnson?
Doubt both are gone.
Paul,Amobi Okoye, personally, I think he's a bust. What are your thoughts on him?
Underachiever who looks like less of a 3-4 than 4-3 fit to me.
PK, I am an elite quarterback! Your thoughts?
My thoughts are well known: I think you are delusional. You ever heard an all time great make such a pronouncement?
15 yards on Kuharsky for picking the Jets. He always says he does not pick games he likes good story lines. Repeat Fist Down!
Playoffs are different. And I meant like, as in, "appreciate, hold in high regard," not as in "to win." Actually picked Pack and Pitt.
If Mark Snchez wins this weekend I've heard he'll have more road playoff wins than any other QB in league history...should I be stockpiling canned goods? Is the world ending?
I'd check that out. But your team has to be less than great to get so much travel in the playoffs.
not plotting, but if you say one and done to your HC you need some sort of back up plan.. and a lot of coordinators take over as HC if the HC is fired.. there were 3 just this yr in Hue Jackson, Jason Garrett and Frazier.. better to go with what you know than what you don't, no?
I don't think the fan base would be excited about a promotion from within when Weaver finally decides to change direction.
What am I thinking?
I bet you can guess. See earlier hashtag for a hint.
Do you think Reggie Wayne is unhappy with Peyton and the Colts Is he going to be back next year because I think he is not happy with his contract
So? He's not happy with his contract. So he sits out the year? He's not in control.
The NHL is rocking the playground style picking for their All Star game, how big of a pain would it be for me to influence that? And if I did it, do you think it'd be awesome or what?
I think it's great. Would be cool to see Brady and Brees do it.
I assume you will be hanging out at the SB again with the other ESPN bloggers. Any races or basketball games planned?
I will not be there and they'll be fine. Colts gave me a fun ride last year.
So when are you gonna give up that toy for 14-year-old girls and get a communication device for grown-ups?
I gave up on you and got the toy. Your screen was too tiny.
PK, I admire your sharp edged wit and candor. We'd make a great comedy team. I am doing a benefit for the Church of Scientology. Would you like to join me ?
I am in. Cheerio.
nfc north blog just said they r planning publicly to draft a QB would that put the kibosh on VY to MINN?
They could do both, no?
Paul, What is your favorite prop bet for the Super Bowl you have ever seen? Personally, mine is over/under on length of the national anthem.
Go coin toss and get it over with early.
Titans 2011 quarterback roster: Chris Simms, some 2-3 round pick, and Rusty Smith = complete failure.
All teams with seasons that start in September should be judged on their January rosters. And I don't think Simms is under contract or will be back.
Confession time paul... Give us your guilty pleasure movie. The movie you secretly like... and are embarrassed that you like it. Armageddon? Road House? Titanic?
American President. Is that embarrassing or do I need to go worse?
in The Big 12 VY was elite and thats why he will be the principal sponsor of the Texas ESPN network u agree?
I would like to host the daily hour VY show and I proposed this title: "EliTe."
Is Chris Johnson already burned out?
Yeah, he's completely done. Any back who can only run for 1,364 yards and 11 TDs is a joke Again: #sarcasm..
Anything that would prevent free agency from happening in 11' if new cba is reached?
The CBA happening very late.
American President... wow... that's... that's bad. I didn't expect a chick flick. Now this is kinda awkward.
You offered Titanic!
How much of a role will Ben Tate have for Houston next year if he comes back fully healthy?
No. 2 back.
How much do you think it would cost for a team to trade up for me in the top 5 of the draft. Let's say the colts.
More than they'd spend.
If Haynesworth wasn't worth a second round pick... why do we think the Titans will think Orton is?
Different times and QB is a tad more important in the grand scheme.
mannings next contract Over/Under 6 yrs
Five or six.
Do you think that the only reason the bears have got this far is because they have been getting lucking all year
No one gets to a conference title game on luck. #silliness
Shouldn't Ahmard Hall been in consideration for your all AFC South team at FB?
Nope. Dropped off like the line.
care to share with the rest of us your choice? Is it one you haven't answered yet?
It's a 12-way tie!
Would it take a 2nd and 3rd round pick plus Jerry Hughes and Donald Brown.
People are dying for players that aren't panning out for the colts. This is a common misperception by fans of Team A, that their mediocre players are more valuable than they are.
With all of the changes happening/coming in Nashville, do we have any chance of a decent season coming up or should I just focus on besting the other team's mascot each game?
ATTENTION CHATTERS: Anyone go into 2010 thinking Tampa would be good? Kansas City?
PK, I'm about to have to go on air again...I've missed so much lately what your Nashville weather forecast?
Chaos. It's snowing and there will be chaos and you will love it, fuel it, get a bonus for it.
Sadly, our time is up. Enjoy the games. Cheers.