Hang on folks. We're tracking down Dan.
Hey everyone. Dan got tied up with something. He'll be here at 3 p.m. ET to chat.
I'm sorry I was late. Those who know me know I meant no disrespect.
Who will be the starting QB, RB, and WRs for the Redskins this season?
John Beck, Roy Helu, Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong. On the WRs: I don't think they can get Steve Smith from Carolina, and I think re-signing Moss would be a better move for them than bringing in a high-risk guy like an Ochocinco or Plaxico or T.O. or that other Moss guy. I also think Leonard Hankerson becomes more of a factor as the season goes on. Assuming there is a season, of course.
Cowboys vs Jets - Sept 11, 2011 - Does Revis lock on to Miles Austin or Dez Bryant for this one?
I say Austin, if only because Dez will enter the season as such a question mark. If they play again in the Super Bowl, maybe he's on Dez. ;-)
where will plaxico end up?
Don't know, but the Eagles do make a lot of sense to me for him.
Do you think the Cowboys did enough to solidify the O-line with the drafting of Smith, Arkin and Nagy? This team has a lot of upside, if they can kept Romo off of his backside...
I think they did fine. They think Smith can start at RT right away, which is what they need. If they're right about that, and Free continues to show what he showed last year, they should be much improved.
If and when the NFL lock out gets settled, do you think the NFL will go to an 18 game schedule? I like the 16 game schedule but don't like paying full price for 2 home exhibition games.
No, I'm sure you don't, and the league is using that sentiment as justification for its 18-game plan. But the players HATE the idea, and I don't see them caving on it any time soon.
Do you think Clint Sintim is ready to take the starting spot?? So far he's performed below mine (and everybody else's) expectations.
We've seen no evidence that he's ready for that, but we've seen plenty of evidence that the Giants are willing to go with substandard personnel at LB.
Hey Dan, what year did you graduate PDS(not to date you)? I went to PHS but have a ton of friends who went to PDS. And with Bradshaw now hiring Rosenhaus do you see him bolting for the biggest deal if he is a UFA?
John, how, exactly, would answering that question not date me? The only thing I'll say is that I just looked it up, and it appears "Vogue" by Madonna was atop the Billboard charts. As for Bradshaw/Rosenhaus, yes, I would think that hiring Drew indicates that Bradshaw will go where the money is. Of course, that could be the Giants. They like him a lot.
Why wasn't McNabb released before the lockout? The Redskins can't hope to trade him because of that wacky contract, right?
The answer to your first question is that they did think they could get something for him, and I believe they still do. Even if it's a 5th-round pick, isn't that better than releasing him?
Hey Dan, what % would you say the likelihood of Nnamdi, Plax, Babin, Haynesworth, and a Kolb trade is? (Sorry-I know that's a lot to ask)
Most likely for Eagles, I'll say 1. Kolb trade, 2. Plaxico, 3. Nnamdi, 4. Babin, 5. Haynesworth, though I still think that's the PERFECT spot for Haynesworth and that he'd be a monster there. In a good way, this time.
Dan - show some love for my boy Sheil Kapadia @ Moving the Chains, the Eagles blogger for Philly. He got married this weekend! How big of a role do you see Clay Matthews lil bro as an LB? Is he even 1/2 the player Clay is?
Congrats to Sheil, whose blog I enjoy and read regularly. Word on Matthews is that he's not Clay, in terms of athleticism or drive. I think bloodlines may have helped his draft stock.
Am I crazy or did the cowboys draft a Felix Jones clone in Demarco Murray? super athletic and injury prone play maker? any insight in to that decision?
I think Garrett thinks he can't have enough RBs, they might lose Barber and a Felix clone might have some appeal, given the way they like to use Felix when he's healthy.
Do you think the Redskins can have the best safety duo in the NFC East, or even the NFC? Landry was a beast last year, and now we signed OJ.
Rolle/Phillips in NY might have something to say about it, but it's possible, sure.
Do you feel like the Eagles would be remiss in letting both Stewart Bradley and Quentin Mikell walk (assuming they are both UFA's)... i think it would really mess with the chemistry of the defense.
Agree on Mikell, who's a class act and a strong voice in the locker room. Bradley wasn't a factor last year and seems to have been replaced by Jamar Chaney. I think they're probably moving on from both. Teams with coaching staffs like the one the Eagles have generally rely on their coaches' ability to maintain that chemistry come what may.
How high is lesean mccoys ceiling? i think hes the best rb in the nfc east now
Without question, Mark. McCoy can do it all, and his explosiveness makes it look as if he hasn't even sniffed the ceiling yet.
I have to ask you. How did Jason Witten not make it into your top ten? He is a great blocker and catching threat!
Top 10 offensive players in the entire NFL? I considered him, but I don't think he's on that list. Who would you have him replace?
Is Arizona Kolb's only potential suiter? What happened to teams like Buffalo, San Fran and Redskins? None of those guys drafted a QB.
Buffalo continues to behave as if it doesn't need a quarterback. San Francisco has said they'll stick with Alex Smith for now (and, presumably, Kaepernick soon). And do you really think the Redskins are trading for another Eagles QB after what happened last year? Pool of suitors is drying up.
How can people call Tony Romo overrated? Lets compare Romo to Matt Ryan. Ryan has a career completion percentage of 60.8%, avg per completion is 6.9yds, and almost 2-1 TD to INT ratio. OH and winless in the playoff. Romo has 64.1% completion, 8.0 per completion and a 2-1 TD to INT ratio. And romo is 1-3 in playoffs. Romo has started 5 seasons (2 shortened by injury 1 shortened by Drew Bledsoe) and Ryan has played 3. Yet Matt Ryan is considered a top tier QB and Romo is overrated? I just do not get the critics - can you help explain?
He dated starlets? He gets hurt? He fumbled that field goal snap? He should have beaten the Giants in the playoffs? There are blots on the Romo resume, for sure. I think he's a top QB, but I'm not sure I'd take him over Ryan.
Dan- think the Giants give Portis a shot?
I do not.
GraziD,I'm curious with your most recent list, was it based on career or last season? The reason I ask is Peters. Last season was like black and white for him. The first half he really wasn't playing well at all. Than after the surgery he was back to playing above avg to good. I don't understand how he ranked so high and Free simply got an honorable mention. Free played at a good level consistently all year a far surpassed any and all expectations and answered all of the critics questions
Lists like this, I tend to use "Which guy would I want on my team right now?" as the criterion. So I guess Peters' track record probably moved him ahead of Free for me. Surely, Free was great last year and Peters was one year removed from being completely awful. But he's obviously still a force when healthy. A year from now, Free may be way ahead of him. But that was my thinking as of now. Thanks for asking nicely!
I read a report on bloggingtheboys.com that says if the Cowboys release Roy, they actually can save $5.1 million this year. I say release Roy, Barber, Newman and Columbo and go out and get Nnamdi, C. Jenkins, and Huff. Resign Free, Bowens, Hatcher and Sensabaugh and we have the foundation for at least a winning season. The Cowboys can play as close to the salary cap max as they want. The Jones' aren't strapped for money. Your thoughts?
Sure. But I think they could do better than Sensabaugh.
Chances we see Pierre-Paul's potential shine through this year?
I think he'll develop very quickly in that spot, but still part of a rotation for now.
How exactly is Plex a good fit for Philly. He won't supplant the starters, Avant doesn't play STs and neither will Burress. Thus no Special team help from the WR position. Add to that, that Plex probably wants a larger role than 3rd WR, right?
I think any Plaxico speculation has to assume that he'll be happy with any job he gets. As I've said before, I've never been to prison, but I have to believe it humbles you. As for how he fits, they don't have anybody with his size in that WR corps, and I think that's his appeal to Andy Reid. A receiver who can dominate with his size in the red zone.
I haven't heard anything about the Cowboys moving Free to the right side, or even putting him at the swing tackle. Why would they draft Smith 9th overall and not even consider him at left tackle?
If he develops enough that he's better than Free, make the switch then. But for now, what's wrong with having two LT-quality tackles?
Do you think It's the best option for the Eagles to keep Kolb this year and hope they can franchise him next year (depending on the new FA rules) to get compensation next year. I hust don't see any reason to get rid of him this year if they don't have to.
I completely agree. That said, if they can get great value for him, then they do it. Price must be right.
do you think the redskins will add a veteran rb this season, or possibly bring back portis at a lower salary (since it looks like no one else wants him)
I do not think RB is a position the Redskins will target in free agency, and I do not think Portis will return.
I guess this question could be for all the bloggers, who do you think is the fastest offense in the league right now? I personally would say Philly, with Green Bay a very close second.
Yeah. On speed, it's hard to imagine anyone has the Eagles beat. Fastest WRs, fastest QB...one of fastest RBs.
Yeah. On speed, it's hard to imagine anyone has the Eagles beat. Fastest WRs, fastest QB...one of fastest RBs.
Who's leg do you have to hump around here to get a question answered?
Have another martini, Brian.
Hi Dan, Are you in the camp thinking Beck is really who Shanahan intends to start, or the other that suggests this is a smokescreen?
I think he put the Beck stuff out there publicly for a couple of reasons: 1. To let other teams/agents know he's willing to go with Beck if they're planning to stick him up on cost for someone else, 2. To prop up Beck in case that's who he's stuck with (remember, he's not allowed to call Beck and tell him himself) and 3. To prepare fans for the possibility that they won't be able to do any better. My theory. But in the end, I think he's willing to go with Beck if he can't get a favorable deal for someone better. I don't think they're going to break the bank for QB two years in a row.
If the Eagles wait and franchise Kolb, then they are guaranteeing him a mega salary and themselves mega compensation for him. That gamble may not work. Then they are stuck paying two guys franchise QB money, with no draft pick compensation to help build their team.
Ah, but depth at that position is so critical, and Vick can be fragile...
How much of an impact can a coordinator change like Rob Ryan in Dallas have upon a team. Let's assume the personnel doesn't change that much
Not much, if personnel doesn't change. But if the personnel was underachieving for the previous guy, it can appear as though the new guy is having a great effect. The example is the Giants in the first half of the 2010 season.
Why doesn't the NFL have the Redskins and the Ravens play every year like they do the Colts and Patriots. It's a great local rivalry.
Do the Colts and Pats really play every year? I know it SEEMS that way, but have you gone back and checked? Anyway, I think the league's schedule format is pretty rigid. Else why not play Jets-Giants against each other every year, if we're doing local rivalries?
Dan- Did you head down to the Jersey Shore this weekend? Get your fist pumping on!
Stayed local. Memorial Day in Ridgewood is a big day. 10K run and mile "fun run" with the kids, then barbecue. Still shaking off the weekend.
For all the speculation about Haynesworth to Philly, what has to happen for that to be possible? Is he going to be released or will it be a trade because I think the Skins would be hesitant to deal with the Eagles again after the McNabb fiasco
If I were the Redskins, I would not trade Haynesworth to Philly, where his old D-line coach from the Titans is ready to turn him back into a star.
"He dated starlets? He gets hurt? He fumbled that field goal snap? He should have beaten the Giants in the playoffs? There are blots on the Romo resume, for sure. I think he's a top QB, but I'm not sure I'd take him over Ryan."1. You'd trade places with him in a second.2. So it was his fault Crayton dropped the pass that would have allowed the Cowboys to run out another 2 minutes of the clock, leaving the giants with less than a minute left to score.Yeah, no bias here.
Dude! Chill. I was answering a question about why people don't like Romo, and I was theorizing since I don't know or understand why. I think he's great.
Gun to your head, are the G-Men a playoff team?
No guns allowed in here, Steve.
The Eagles pick of Danny watkins did one thing for me...made me feel confident that the Eagles were seriously targeting Nnandi, but I wasn't thrilled with the pick. What are your thoughts?
I didn't love it. Drafting a 27-year-old when everybody else is picking 22-year-olds seems, obviously, to cost you five years. Drafting a guard in the first round...meh. But I can't count the number of things Andy Reid's done over the past year or so that I disagreed with, and they usually seem to work out for him.
Which division will fare better against each other next season? The AFC East or the NFC East? I think the NFC East is the superior division, especially because, if and when the lockout ends, the Jets will possibly have a lot of turnover which could take away from one of the better teams in that divison. What are your thoughts?
I'd take the Pats and Jets over any NFC East team, and then the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys (in some order) ahead of the Dolphins and Bills. Would definitely rank the Redskins ahead of the Bills, and depending on free agency could move them ahead of Miami as well. Have fun with that.
Dan, love that you can chop it up with us. Will we see you attending some of the Beast games to live blog with us this year?
I'll attend at least one division game per week, assuming they play any.
Why do none of the experts talk about mccoy and maclin when talking about young stars? both these guys are 22 and both have already put up good numbers and are only going to get better. your thoughts on them?
I think you need to read different experts. Those guys are both studs in the making, and I don't think it's any big secret.
Dan, do you feel Mike Shanahan's job security could be in jeopardy if the Redskins have a particularly poor season in 2011?
Is it time for the G-men to move on from Shaun O'Hara - the drop off in his run blocking the last two years has been astonishing.
Well, he was hurt last year, so I'll cut him some slack and see if he gets back to being himself once healthy. But the Giants' O-line issues last year were a reminder that you have to try your best to stay ahead of the aging of your O-line.
What final lineup do you see in NFC East at the end of 2011 season?
I keep saying I can't answer this until after free agency, and I stand by that. But I will say that I expect a close three-way race between Dallas, Philly and the Giants, with the Redskins still rebuilding.
Hey Dan!Was wondering if you think the 'Skins should sign Cullen Jenkins. And if they do, what will that 3 man front look like with him, Adam Carriker, and 2nd round pick Jarvis Jenkins?
I still think they need to target a big NT, develop Jenkins at one of the DE spots and move him inside once they think he's ready. Green Bay took a year before moving Raji inside, and Jenkins is no Raji.
Eli is one of the top 10 QBs in the League true or false?
On paper the Giants have probably the most talent in the Division a veteran team and minus the miscues should be one of the favorites in the NFC to get to the Super Bowl..............why is there so little respect for them by the media?
At last month's All-Media Convention, we took a vote on which team we should all fail to respect this year, and the Giants won a very close vote. The debate was quite heated and could have gone on for days, but we had to cut it off so we could talk about which teams we were all going to be biased in favor of this year.
If the Redskins don't do well this year like most people are predicting, how does Shanny's job situation look next summer?
He will have three years remaining on his five-year contract. Our job situations should all look so good.
If the lockout goes into training camp, which NFC East team do you see best suited to succeed through it?
Dan, I see you will be attending some of the divisional games? Any tailgate tricks or food favorites you wish to pass along to your loyal bloggers?
You all have more tailgating experience than I do. How's this? I'll keep you posted on my schedule, and I'll do some research. I'll visit a different tailgate each week and grade you all against each other. It's one of the more delicious plans I have yet concocted.
Nicks or Dez in 3 years?
Excellent question. Dez is the more explosive, higher-upside guy. But I worry about the knucklehead factor a bit. I think Nicks is the safer bet, and wouldn't be surprised if they both turn out to be All-Pro caliber guys.
Dan, if the Rookie Salary cap is instituted, do you think teams return to coveting the top overall picks like they used to? I think that in olden times, a single RB, QB, or WR could transform an entire franchise. With teams continuing to find diamonds in the rough, it's been more of a curse rather than a blessing to have the top spot.
I think the biggest change would be in QB value at the top. I don't think you'd see teams forcing a QB into that No. 1 spot the way, say, Carolina did this year. If they rein in bonus money for the top guys, then you might see more teams go "best player available" there. Also might become easier to trade those very high picks.
can Vick possibly have as good a year in 2011 (assuming there is a season)?
Possibly? Of course.
Are all divisions like the NFC East where we all sincerely despise the other teams in the division, despise the other coaches, the other fans and the other players....or is this division special?
I think there are equivalent rivalries elsewhere (NFC North jumps to mind), but I do think that's a special thing about this division. I actually mentioned that to our NFL editor when I was interviewing for this job as something that I believed would make it fun to run this blog -- the hatred of all other teams by fans of each team in the division. So far, it's lived up to my expectations.
Is there anything short of winning a SB Romo can do to get the nay-sayers/haters off of his back? The main point in the Eli vs Romo debate for the Eli side always is the SB win. With that logic Eli and Dilfer are both better than HOF QB's Marino & Kelly, which is definitely not the case.
There is much wisdom in your post, Mr. Scary. See what happens when you chill?
Why don't you like to answer our questions?
I adore answering your questions, and I defy you to find evidence to the contrary.
Do the Giants win the division, yes or no?
Good thing you didn't bring a gun like that other guy. I'm going to say....no. But if they can finally find a way to beat the Eagles head to head, they will prove me wrong.
Do my bloggers miss me?
They still talk about you a fair amount...
I saw that you didn't like the pick of Watkins for the Eagles, but who cares about his age when this team is built to win now with Vick? If he can come in and start right away then that will be huge. The offensive line really was the only major fault of the Eagles offense this past season and Watkins was one of two major moves the Eagles have made to fix that up. The other major move being them bringing in Howard Mudd.If the Eagles offensive line improves like it should with Watkins and Mudd, especially that right side of the line which is Vicks blindside, then I really don't see how teams stop the Eagles offense in 2011.
Your points are all valid. He should upgrade the OL at a key spot for 2011. Just saying, with draft picks it's about value, and a first-round pick should have long-term value -- for me, at least. I agree with you on Mudd and I think the hiring of Jim Washburn for the other line will be huge as well. The Eagles know what they're doing. They don't need to care what I think. But someone asked, so I offered my opinion.
So in your estimation the Giants are the second best team in the division behind the Eagles? So if they get the Eagle off their back they are home free
That's...not what I said. Is it?
Do you find it more ridiculous when people bring up the SB win as the reason Eli is better than Romo, or when people respond to that point with the Dilfer/Marino comparison?
Dilfer/Marino is obviously more ridiculous than Romo/Eli, which I continue to believe is a close call. But I do think people get too hung up on championships as a way to define a player -- even a quarterback. It's one factor, not the only one.
No guns here, so with an angry rabbit held to your head...do you see 2 teams from the NFC East making the playoffs this year?
Sure. I think the division has three good teams, and I liked John Clayton's point this morning about how playing the weak NFC West could help beef up the NFC East teams' records.
Can we just ALL AGREE that Eli and Romo are even and fall in the same tier of QBs- not elite but above avg?
Going off the offensive player rankings that came out today, I have this question: do you and the other voters account for scheme? Scheme has a ton to do with production and certain guys in other schemes don't work *cough* Haynesworth. Just look at the Eagles: They have small fast recievers that fit into a west coast scheme but would lack production with say, the Dolphins.
It's a very good question, and I can't answer for the other seven guys. My feeling is, we can only evaluate what we see. If a guy isn't achieving in his "scheme," I'm not going to sit here and say, "Well, I'll rank him higher because he's being held back by scheme." I think I rank based on accomplishments and ability. D Jackson's 47 catches last year may have been a result of a "scheme" holding him back, but it is what it is. I can't project and say he'd have caught 85 if he'd played for the Packers.
In your opinion who were the best players taken in the draft by the beast teams? Do you see any of them contributing this year with very very limited practice and experience with their new teams?
I think Helu could produce in Washington as starting RB. I think Kerrigan has a chance to be a monster on the outside in the 3-4 in Washington, especially if Orakpo draws the focus of the opponents' blocking schemes. And I think Amukamara will have an impact for the Giants, though not as much this year as down the road. For now, he's in a rotation in that secondary, because that's the way they like to do things there.
Dan, you gotta work on your connections to NFC East teams. No invite to Romo wedding? I heard the pizza bar was amazing. Wonder what Jerry gave them as wedding gift?
I'm willing to bet it was something outrageously spectacular.
Three more questions, then I'm out.
Let's clarify it some then. Pick a QB that you would want for this season alone....Romo or Eli?
I take a healthy Romo over Eli in a close race.
Bourbon or Cognac?
Bourbon, but Scotch over both.
You kinda forgot to mention any Cowboys rookies...pessimistic or forgetful?
No neglect intended. I have no reason to doubt that Smith will help instantly on the O-line, and I expect Murray to move into the RB rotation and take a large role if Barber is gone.
See the hangover 2 yet?
No. The reviews have scared me off. I loved the first one so much, and I fear this one could be so bad as to affect my feelings about the original.
Thats 4 questions, can you count?
Dan, if your girl friend buys you a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue a a graduation gift, great girlfriend or greatest girlfriend?
She can't be the greatest. I married the greatest almost nine years ago. But that's one hell of a graduation gift, Mortimer.
Which coaching change do you think will have a larger impact on their respective team? Mudd, Castillo, or Rob Ryan?
Going to say Ryan, because I think the Cowboys underperformed last year and will come back up. So it'll LOOK like Ryan, and I'll look really smart.
Loved this, folks. Next week we're back at noon, and I promise not to mess it up this time. Tip your waiters. I'm out.