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What Is the Best & The Worst Stadium in the AFC South That you have Been to?
They are all pretty good. Indy is probably the best, Jacksonville probably the worst. But surroundings go into it, and I actually think EverBank is underrated.
OK, when the Jags play the Colts, its always Dallas Clark or Austin Collie in the slot that beats our defense. For the defense that we usually run, what possition should be improved to shut down that slot reciever more effectively, OLB, FS, or nickle corner? Obviously Daryl Smith shares my frustration with this. Twas evident when he fore-armed Austin Collie right out of the game.
That guy comes in different shapes and sizes. He can be a LB, a S or a CB. So there is a wide pool to find the sort of guy that can run with them and match up with them physically.
If there is a Free Agency with the release of MSW do the Jags now try to acquire a safety and wr? I could see Malcolm Floyd as a good fit.
Not impossible. But I would think their free agents will come on defense.
doubtfully starting but is there a chance we see two of the Mathews clan on the titans squad this year at C and LB?
They can use a linebacker like Casey, so perhaps.
If they find a trade partner, and considering the depth at D-line in the draft, would it not make sense for the Titans to move down from 8th and try to pick up a couple extra picks to fill more holes on the defense? Do they take an O-lineman this year?
What's better, one great defender or three that have a chance? You've got to use No. 8 and you have to hit with it. Maybe you can drop back a couple spots, but not a lot. They need an impact guy.
Using your vast knowledge, who would be a good draft pickup for the Titans at LB? Would they lean toward a journeyman in the later rounds or maybe a stud in the first or second?
What's a journeyman draft prospect? A guy who's transferred a bunch? I'd like to see them address linebacker in the top three, but it would likely mean admitting they are weak there and I don't know if we'll see that.
If a new bargaining agreement is reached in the next few days, do you see a mad scramble for free agents, especially if restricteds become free? There might be a few names out there teams in the South might go after.
When free agency starts -- whenever it is -- it'll be like the start of free agency. Some teams will run out, others will wait.
What SHOULD excite Titan's fans more... picking Gabbert, Mallett, or Newton with #8 or taking Bowers, Fairly, Dareus? (If any are still available.) I am saying DL all the way and go for Palmer.
The defenders there are more sure things. If I'm a Titans fan, I'm craving sure things.
With the draft so deep in defensive lineman is there anyway that Juilo Jones or AJ Green slip to the 16th pick and would the Jags be willing to risk 1st round pick on a WR?
I don't think they fall. But if one is there, I could see him being rated very high and winding up the pick.
What are the odds the Jags go for Robert Gallery? If they picked him up they could move Uche center and maybe get some kind of compensation for Meester. What say you??
Grasping at straws. It's akin to just picking a random guy, then wondering if you can get something for your guy on his last legs. Why Gallery? And old guys don't have a lot of NFL trade value. Usually none.
Paul, We have consistently heard Polian state that the offensive and defensive lines are the hardest places for a rookie to make an immediate impact. That said, do you think it might be better for the Colts to look to improve their offensive line thru free agency to be of help immediately, while the window is open, unless they can get a sure-fire, immediate starter at #22? If that is the case, maybe they should look to see if an impact, home-run receiver is available then? Thanks.
I've said I think WR could be in play there. Could Torrey Smith or Leonard Hankerson be worth the spot?
PK, saw on sportscenter last night where Warren Moon has been working with Cam Newton. Any Oilers/Titans connection there as far as the #8 pick in the draft goes?
Munchak played with Moon. Bam, connection. Doesn't mean his recommendation sways the Titans. Newton's not gong to be available at No. 8 anyway.
Possibility of Kolb going to the Titans or the Jags?
Jags, zero. Titans, 12 percent.
Paul, if the Titans want to draft a quarterback with the 8th pick and Gabbert and Newton are both gone do they take Mallet there in your opinion, i believe this comes into play if the the titans cant get a qb via free agency whenever that is
No. I do not think they will judge a QB worth eight other than Gabbert and maybe Newton.
With the safety position so weak in this year's draft, could Rahim Moore be a luxury pick at the end of the first round or is there still too much talent ahead of him at other positions?
A luxury pick for who? Someone may force it with him because there are so few other options. His value may rise because he's the best of a bad crop.
Am I high on Dowell Loggains since he's one of the few coaches from the Fisher era that I kept? Does it say good things about him that instead of letting Chris Palmer bring in Dave Ragone as QB coach, he came in as WR coach?
I don't know why him being a Fisher guy is a factor. Loggains is a young up-and-comer. Ragone has zero legit experience. You can't start him off with QBs, can you? And Loggains was retained before Palmer was hired, that hire was made over his head by Munch.
Is there sufficient talent at the safety position in free agency such that either the Texans or the Jaguars could pick up one guy which would have a significant impact to improve performance?
I can't say I know them all well. I think Eric Weddle and Melvin Bullitt would be great additions for either team. And Bullitt comes with the benefit of hurting Indy.
With a deep defensive line class in the draft, will the Texans be pursuaded to take one? And will the upside of Missouri's Aldon Smith tempt the Texans with the 11th pick?
You think there aren't a dozen guys with upside available at No. 11? If you were betting, DE or OLB would be a safe place to go.
which player in the draft do you think is most the most nfl ready?
What would your move be if you had control of the Titans personnel decisions to secure the best QB for future?
As I've written multiple times, I would chase Carson Palmer. I think a change of scenery, good coaches, a good run game and the best protection he's had would help him have a renaissance.
Paul, can I fill in for you here in the AFC South if I can't find a team?
You've shown how good a media guy you are.
How is Dallas doing after his injury? Does he lose any snaps at all to Tamme?
Dallas talked at Super Bowl, said he was on a good track. I wouldn't give any of his snaps to Tamme. There is a big difference between Tamme filling in well and Tamme being as good as Clark. He's not.
How bout possibility of McNabb going to Titans or Jags?
The Jaguars aren't shopping for a veteran QB as far as I know, I don't know where that's coming from. They are looking for a developmental guy. I don't think the Titans like McNabb.
Chris Johnson has said he would run on the US track team, if there is a lockout. How has he learned to run straight ahead all of a sudden now?
Many of the mock drafts have the Texans taking Robert Quinn with their first pick, pretty much because they anticipate Miller and Prince to be gone by then. Sell me on Robert Quinn. Why should I be excited about a guy who got suspended for all of last year?
He's very talented. Just because he didn't play last year doesn't make him not good. And their ability to sell you on him won't factor into their decision, I am confident.
Paul, you've had a great blog day, just letting you know.
Thanks Dane. I hear you've been quite good at work today as well. Unless you are off or unemployed.
asomugha to the steelers? they need desparate corner help
And they always, always, always lead the charge in big-dollar, big-name free agency. Not a less likely team in the league for him.
Are there any RFA the Titans would offer long-term contracts to if a new CBA is reached? I'm specifically thinking of Tulloch, tackling machine but not an impact player, what's the word on Curran inside the training facility? Also would be ok with Harris not coming back...at least not at G.
Tully won't be restricted so long as free agency reverts to old system, which is expected. He'll be unrestricted. The Titans and I are aligned in thinking he's not worth what he will think he is.
Why would the Jags let go of both their free agent LB's in Durrant and Morrison? Unless they have a plan to obtain a free agent LB I would think at least keeping one of them would be wise. The free agent market at LB is thin.
If they don't like them, not having their replacements yet is not a reason for keeping them.
I am not a fan of Vince Young at all, but hypothetically if the Titans decided to keep him, then draft AJ GReen or Julio Jones at #8, wouldnt that offense be light years better than creating a gaping hole at QB? VY, CJ, Britt, Green/Julio, and Cook?
ATTENTION CHATTERS: The Titans have made their decision on Vince Young. They are not reopening this door, so neither are we. Hochuli?
How quickly do you think FA will be signed once the CBA is reached? Seems like there will be a furry of signings the moment an agreement is reached.
Why? Why will it be super fast? If they extend again and agree on March 20th, and free agency started March 27, what would be the rush? Are there games scheduled for the 28th I haven't been told about?
P.K., what it do? I saw your Rankings of WR's and I must admit I was more than disappointed in your scouting eye. Please explain how you rank Lloyd higher than Reggie Wayne? This must be for ESPN errrrr controversy's sake.
Lloyd was my biggest mistake in there. But Wayne is slipping.
If you're on the clock at 16, and you have to make the pick for the Jags. Which player would you choose between Watt, Kerrigan, and Aldon Smith?
Watt, of those three. Kerrigan second.
How hard is it going to be for Wade Phillips to put in his new scheme if there is any extended lockout? Is his defense complicated to learn?
He says not as complicated as people presume. But all teams with key new coaches will be hurt most.
don't you think Jax would be a good place for Kappernick? He wouldn't have to start right away, he could learn behind an accomplished vet and he can fit the system since Jax likes to use a lot of QB option, draws and he has the strong arm to throw downfield and off play action. Not to mention he'll have a good backfield to work with.
It would be a good place for any of the four second-tier guys. <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/21826/how-second-tier-qbs-look-for-titans-jags" target="_blank">How second tier QBs look for the Titans and Jaguars</a>
What would you say IF the Titans grabbed Julio Jones or Green at 8, IF they knew they had a good chance of getting Palmer? Jones and Britt would be a deadly combo on the outside and would open up the run game the way Moss was supposed to.
Nice. But does nothing to help get the ball back for any of those guys.
could there be a trade between Jax and Den for the jags to aquire state hero Tebow?
these owners are sneaky with their graphs and charts, I wish I could read them like I can read most of their teams defense, do you think you can help me with that Paul? you look nerdy enough..
I am not good with finances and numbers, actually.
Is Hughes of TCU a complete bust for the Colts or is there strong chance of success in the future?
Declaring busts after one season isn't the way to go.
Will the Titans look to improve their interior 0-line with some mid-late round picks? Amano and Harris (who looks like he still has potential) didn't exactly light it up last year.
Munchak seems to think the O-line can take care of itself, as is. But Leroy Harris may be a free agent.
I listen to you all the time on The Wake Up Zone. Seems like you always have something to say about the way other people drive. Any trafiic complaints you experienced today?
If you are going into the suicide lane, to turn left, GO. The whole point is you can go there so we don't have to stop and wait. If you crawl into it, it defies the purpose.
Courtland Finnegan seemed to take a few steps back last year, Would you agree with that or was that just the D Line giving QBs all day to throw. What did you see as far as him in the difference in the last 2 years?
He was not nearly as good. He didn't handle success well at all. He's defensive and can't take criticism. A pass rush would help. But he could help the rush, too.
Will 2010 be an outlier in Marcedes Lewis' career, or has he put it together/the Jags finally figured out how to use him?
I think B. I hope B.
*15 yard penalty on the Vince Young questions* It's been answered he will not be back. Do it again and you'll be ejected.
Appreciate the honesty. Do you think Lloyd is better than Wayne? Pouncey a good fit for the Colts?
He;s not better than Wayne. Pouncey is a good fit for anybody.
Weddle or Sanders? I would take Weddle any day of the week, and think the Jags/Texans may have LUCKED out with SD signing Sanders
Could have had both. Why does it have to be one or the other? Sanders was not expensive now.
I was looking at the WR power rankings and you have Bowe the highest at 3...I like him too, just wondered what your thought process was.
If I had him three, then how was he the highest? I love Bowe. I think he's great and getting better. Shutout by Champ Bailey late in the season was disappointing.
Let me throw an article out there...Current AFC South QB's on the roster and their combine reports...I would think that would be interesting refresher and comparing them to rounds they were taken and the current draft class.
Is Mike Thomas best suited as a #1, 2 or a slot? He has exceeded expectations of him...
Ideally slot. Can survive with him as a No. 2. If he's your No. 1, trouble.
How can a "soft" DC in Wade, make a "soft" Defense in the Texans better? Is that even possible? Doesn't soft + soft = softer?
I've made the same point. A hard ass would have seemed to have been a better direction to me. The Texans love to be gentle.
whats ur prediction for the Texans this coming year?
Drawing a tangent off of the best WR discussion, who would you rather have, Dwayne Bowe or Kenny Britt? They seem so similar to me, size, talent, occasional knuckleheadedness...
Bowe. He's showed up far more regularly already.
is Matt Schaub ready to take that leap into elite qb status?
What's "elite?" He's very good. Not the most clutch. Better than 12 or 15 starters at least.
Most underrated player in the division? Jason Jones?
I think he's rated as a pretty good player, which he is.
have you read anything from john oehser on the jags website yet? I think he's doing an awesome job so far replacing vic, have you met him before, have any stories or opinions about him?
Old friend. Good guy. Great for that job. Glad he's in a place where we can see his personality more.
If you had the choice of Newton and Gabbert who would you go with?
hey paul, hows the weather there in bristol? do you have a guest room??
I live in Nashville. I am pretty sure Gary knows that. Therefore I suspect you are an impostor, sir!
I contend Saftey is the biggest need for Colts. I know this draft is very weak at that position. Any chance the Colts take a flier on a saftey w/1st draft pick?
There is not a safety worth that pick in the first. If they re-sign Bullitt, where is the desperate need. Bethea is great and Bullitt is solid.
Charlie Sheen has inspired me. I'm tired of being polite and low key. I'm great, most of the defenses I face are terrible because of me and considering no one in the AFC South can sack me I may play for another 20 years. WINNING!
Interesting change up. May require me to write a news story.
PK, CBA questions for you: If there is a lockout 1) Do players get a credited a year on their contracts, even though they didn't play or get paid? They still aged a year. 2) Are players able to seek other athletic ventures, like Chris Johnson's tweet about joining the US Track Team? I can see a lot of min-wage NFL players looking for money elsewhere in sports. 3) Are NFL players still subject to NFL disciplinary guidelines? I know drug testing is suspended, but if someone gets a DUI, can the NFL legally fine/suspend them when football resumes? Thanks for taking these questions!
1) No. 2) Yes. 3) No. The would be locked out. How could the league lock them out and, at the same time, subject them to its policies or stop them from doing something ? Breakdown the term literally. "Locked" and "out"
I know you're not a draft guy but do you have a favorite QB in this draft?
Not really. I don't like any of the top four. Gabbert's got the best chance of them. But I'd just as soon take less of a risk with a second-rounder and Ponder, Kaepernick, Dalton or even Stanzi.
which team would do worst, pats without brady or colts without manning?
I think Cassel answered that question for us. Colts would stink without Manning.
Clint Session...does he come back? I know the Colts don't worry too much about the weak side LB spot, but Session seems like a very effective player for them.
Depends on the price, as with most guys due to hit the market.
Paul, texans fan here. What order would you take as Texans GM in taking either prince amukamara, robert quinn, or julio jones with pick 11... though i think we should trade down and grab kerrigan
Quinn, Prince, Jones.
Steve Smith is a #1 WR and he's almost the exact same size as Thomas and probably about the same speed, think maybe, just maybe, Thomas could eventually become #1 guy and not be trouble for the team?
I didn't say it was all about his size, did I? I need a bigger, faster, stronger guy as my No. 1.
Do you think the Oregon DT whose name I can't spell would be ideal for the Colts?
I would think Corey Liuget would be in play for Indy.
The texans need a veteran CB and I think Asomugha is the best fit, but I keep hearing he would never come to houston. Do you think this is true and if so who would be a good replacement veteran CB.
Offer him enough money and guess what? He'll come to Houston.
Do you think Weddle will be too costly for the Jags considering he is the only top quality FS on the market? Seems he will be in high demand with very little supply.
That's the place they put themselves in. Time to pay up.
Hi Paul, can you name some NFL head and/or assistant coaches who have a background in, and you think could coach other collegiate or professional sports?
Del Rio played baseball at USC. Which hardly makes him qualified to manage the Rays. But off the top of my head, that's all I've got.
if you were to start a franchise, would you pick manning or brady as your qb?
Can I go younger and try Rodgers? I'd take Manning.
why do so many people think the Titans need me? TN barely have enough competent LBs for a dime set...
Because they are clueless. Titans should play all nickel with the backers they have right now.
If the Colts WR's can stay healthy, with Wayne, Garcon, Collie, Gonzalez, and Blair White, do you really see WR as a pressing need this offseason?
I see having a Wayne-caliber guy for when Wayne is no longer that guy as a priority, yes. None of those guys will be that clear No. 1 for Manning that Wayne has been. And Wayne's starting to slip.
Think Fish comes back in 2012, or is he a TV star now?
If not 2012, 2013.
Gene Smith will be answering questions tonight for ticket holders. What question would you most like him to answer?
Talked to him extensively at the combine, so don't feel he's not answered anything. I guess it would be about if they have a No. 1 WR and if he believes a team needs one.
PK, have you checked my latest Chat Host mock draft? Despite concerns about your weight, I think you have tremendous upside. I see you as no worse than a 2nd round pick.
How can I get into the first?
Better milkshake: Bobby's Dairy Dip or Rotiers?
Rotiers is the best milkshake. Ever.
You've said that the Titans overestimate what they have in RB Javon Ringer. Could you elaborate on that? He's looked pretty good in the (admittedly few) times I've seen him.
I missed that. I thought he was average. Who would you rather have now, him or Blount?
Wait... what evidence do we have than Tn has enough competent linebackers for a dime set?
Not a lot. But keeping the right ones on the field for nickel was hard enough, I don't want to ask too much.
I did notice a dropoff in Wayne's performance this season...but I wonder if he's "starting to slip" or if it had more to do with his unhappiness with his contract...
He's a pro. You think being upset with his contract prompts him to drop a key third down pass? Ridiculous. Hochuli, Tyson from new Mexico has a one chat suspension.
Gene Smith closing in on Bill Polian as 2nd best drafting GM in the AFC South?
Listen, I like Gene Smith and two drafts are not a lot. But who exactly are these grand slams? Knighton is excellent. Britton and Monroe will be good and Alualu is on a good track. Were Larry Hart and Austen Lane great and I missed it? Have we seen Zach Miller? Didn't Derek Cox get benched for a long stretch? No impact guys in eight picks fifth-round or later that I see. That's where a drafter can often make his biggest mark.
If TEN has to play all dime, Jax has to play all 46, oh wait, he only have one decent linebacker since we let 2 become free agents.. can we just put all our lineman on the field?
A secret: Letting a guy become a free agent is not a guarantee that he is not back. Again, why the panic? If they don't like them, they SHOULD let them go, not re-sign them to please your fear of temporarily empty roster spots.
We don't have any brackets yet, but how do you think Vandy will fare in the tourney?
I have little faith in them right now.
Here's a little twist - Let's end this with a Haiku - Thanks for coming folks
Nice twist. Be well everybody...