All right. Rare Wednesday late afternoon chat, ho. Fire away with your questions.
How much of this season do you actually put on Andy (I know you love percentages, so go ahead!)? I put much more blame on lack of execution on the players' parts than on the design (though, not giving LeSean McCoy enough touches is inexcusable). He can bring the horses to the water, but if they don't drink, how is it entirely his fault?
I won't do a percentage, because I think the system failure in Philadelphia is complete enough that everyone deserves blame. But I have said a few times that I think Andy Reid is an excellent coach who is having a very bad year and doing a very bad job coaching this year's team. Sunday's game plan was awful. His handling of DeSean Jackson has been questionable (though clearly, lots of blame goes to Jackson for that situation too). Everybody's entitled to a bad year, but Reid's has been a doozy.
You think Rob Ryan is one and done as the D-Coordinator?
I guess his name surfaced in some reports regarding the Jaguars' head coaching job, right? Would be an interesting choice for them. I imagine a head coach job is the only way he leaves, and I have to believe he's a dark horse for that. The Cowboys have to be paying him very well -- maybe even as well as the Jaguars pay their head coaches?
Most people believe that the Eaglea??s have no chance of making the playoffs. I disagree. I think it is a realistic possibility that the Cowboys, Giants, and Eagles could all finish the season at 9-7. The Eagles would thus win the NFC East with the best divisional record. Herea??s what I think could happen: The Giants lose to the Packers and Jets but beat the Redskins and Cowboys (twice). The Cowboys beat the Cardinals and Buccaneers, but lose to the Giants (twice) and the Eagles. The Eagles win out. What are your thoughts on this scenario?
My thoughts are that I have seen every game the Eagles have played this year, nine of them in person, and I can't imagine them "winning out."
Dan, I wanted your thoughts on the penalties that the league is giving on hits (ie. helmet to helmet, excessive roughness etc). I personally don't like the direction this is going in. Even the PC announcers don't like it.
I think if the league has decided it's more important to keep its players alive and relatively healthy than to allow helmet-to-helmet hits and "excessive roughness," then that's a wise decision and the complaints of fans and commentators shouldn't change it.
I dont see how Corey Webster was that bad the other day, he gave up one big pass to colston, if you look every big play the saints had against the giants was to the guy beng covered by ross or Grant who is just god aweful why he plays idk, and yea he gave up on that last td run but who cares the game was already over and he wouldnt of caught ingram any way
I think Webster has played great this year, but for some reason on Monday he looked like a guy who didn't want to be out there. Much less aggressive in coverage than he's been. Almost like he was upset or distracted. Weird game for him.
Grazzy,Are you here for 30 mins or an hour? If only 30, then I need to come with my best material early and often. If not, I'll need to hold back and save some stuff for the last 30 minutes.
I'll do at least an hour.
Who do we see play a game first: Bradshaw or Vick? Neither?
I think there's a decent chance that neither plays again until next year. But if I have to pick one, I'll say Bradshaw plays sooner because his team is more likely to have something to play for in December.
Dan, you're on the record as more or less blaming the Giants' problems (especially on defense) on Reese, right? But when the GM fills the starting lineup in the secondary with 2 1st round picks (Ross and Phillips), a second round pick (Webster), and a high-priced FA (Rolle), plus another second round pick (Thomas, on IR), what else should he be doing there?
I believe the Skins will work to make moves like that with guys like Cooley and McIntosh, who have already been replaced. I do not get the feeling from them that they feel as you do about Landry. I think he's a very talented guy who's played hurt all year, and the Redskins believe he's a high-impact player when healthy.
Dan, you do realize that most NFC East fans organize their whole week around your chats, don't you? Changing the day once is bad enough, let alone twice. I'd say the only fair consideration is doing the weekly predictions a day early; which isn't a bad idea with Ohilly playing tomorrow. Care to retort?
You'll get the Eagles pick tomorrow, the rest Friday. I apologize if my travel schedule impacted your week in a negative way. If it makes you feel better, spending five hours in the air and three more in airports Tuesday didn't exactly get mine off to the best start.
Andy Reid WAS a great coach. From 1999-2005: 7-5 in the playoffs, 4 NFC championship games, 1 Super Bowl appearance. From 2006-present (with arguably more talent): 3-4, 1 NFC championship game, 0 Super Bowl apperances. Hasn't advanced out of the Wild Card round since 2008, hasn't won a playoff game since Jim Johnson died. Time's yours.
I thought they had very good years in 2009 and 2010 considering how little they had on defense. I know those years didn't end well, but that's how almost every team's year ends.
Dan i wanted your thoughts on the Giants season coming down to the final four games...not even the packers game
My thoughts on the Giants have not changed at all since August 1. I don't think they're very good, and I don't think they'll be in the playoffs.
How is it the morning links are always posted at "8:00am", but sometimes they're not there at 8:10am... ;)
To my knowledge, they have been up at 8 am on every non-holiday weekday since May 18. I know for a fact they've been written and submitted by that time. That's a point of pride for me. Haven't missed once.
heard somthin bout coughlin talkin bout victor cruz bein a little banged up....can u please elaborate. thanks.
He showed up on the injury report with a hip injury, but all indications are that it's minor and shouldn't affect him much.
Do you see Dez becoming a bigger threat than he is now in JG offense???
Yeah, but maybe not this month, with Austin due back soon and Robinson and Murray having emerged as such big parts of the offense.
Is there any chance that Andy Reid just didn't prepare as well because of the team he had around him?
That's possible. There are a lot of possible explanations for Reid's 2011 flop, but none of them excuse it. He's got to wear this. It will hurt his legacy. This team should have been great.
Two "unpopular" decisions by Shanahan: Kerrigan (and picks) over Gabbert in 11, Williams over Okung in 10 cannot be understated.
The Williams pick in '10 is especially significant. Dan Snyder wanted to trade up and take Sam Bradford, and the Rams were willing to talk. Shanahan wanted to stay put and take the tackle he liked. It was a key early power play for Shanahan, and a sign that Snyder's promises to stay out of the way were legit.
Do you think Felix Jones is a possible threat in the passing game possibly as a slot receiver??
But why do they need him to be that? Isn't Witten basically that? I think Felix is a backup running back and kick returner the rest of the way in 2011.
I just can't keep my big trap shut! Any suggestions? Saran Wrap? Super glue?
This is all I'm saying about the Tiki thing, of which I am well aware. Ready? Here it is:
Since you don't think/agree Reid should/will be fired, any chance you think/agree Castillo should/will be fired/demoted? (sorry for all the slashes in there)
I think it's going to be hard to bring Castillo back in the same role. Demoted is my guess, but fired is possible.
When will I get fired?
No, and bring me back one wit wiz.
what are the odds Murray becomes another felix lots of flash and big plays in first couple years then fizzles out
Well, yeah, that's the next thing we have to learn about Murray. Some of these backs, they burst onto the scene and have a big year and then sort of fade away once they learn what it's like to get hit on every play by NFL defenses. Murray clearly has the ability to be very good, but we'll see. Is he going to be a Peyton Hillis or a Rashard Mendenhall?
Dan watching some of the college games Andrew Luck doesn't look that much better than the rest of the other top signal callers. Would the Skins be better served drafting another qb and depth or make a big trade for Luck. BTW is Matt Barkley the 2nd coming of the "Dirty Sanchez" if so I don't want him!
Scouts would disagree with you on Luck, who's working with extremely subpar receivers and still making things happen. He's got the whole package. But I really like Barkley a lot, and I don't think Sanchez is his direct comparable.
Murray will be better than Peyton Hillis or a Rashard Mendenhall!!!
If he turns out to be Mendenhall, you could certainly do a lot worse.
Whoa, I'm no Hillis fan, but are you giving up on him already?
No, just an example of a guy who burst out quickly and seems to have fallen to earth just as quickly. Perhaps there are better examples, since Hillis still has a chance to bounce back from this year.
Is Murray another Peterson should be the better question
See, now, that's aiming high.
Can and should Brady Quinn be the next Redskins starting QB for next season? Just saying last ND QB skins had was pretty good. #7
Watch that closely. If they can't find the guy they like as a franchise QB in the draft, don't put it past the Redskins to draft an impact WR and/or offensive lineman instead and then look for a QB who's already in the league. There are some interesting guys out there who are other teams' backups right now and could be available. Flynn from Green Bay, Hoyer from New England, Quinn in Denver, Orton, etc.
Its wiz wit not wit wiz, dont want you to get yelled at when you are in philly
Not my fault y'all say it backwards.
You guys don't think Andy Reid can coach, either.
Can you please stop saying how New York has a chance to win the division by sweeping the Cowboys? You're starting to make me nervous.
Well, I mean, technically, it's true, right? That's the Giants' hope if they lose this week and Dallas wins.
how many redskins will get cut this year? is dhall on this list?
You mean the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, DeAngelo Hall?
You mean the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, DeAngelo Hall?
id like to start by saying tom has been nothing but a good coach and won the giants a super bowl so i will always like him. that being said, if the giants miss playoffs this year do you say its time for him to go and then enter bill cowher?
No, I don't, but I can't say with complete certainty that Giants' ownership won't feel that way. As for Cowher, no idea if that's the guy who'd replace him. My guess is Coughlin comes back.
If the Skins win the next 5 games, the Cowboys lose the next 4 of 5, and Giants lose 1 of the next 4, will the Skins make the playoff? If so, why?
My rebuttal to your statement about the defensive the last few years: Andy picks the players and the coaches to coach said players. They got embarassed in 09 in the playoffs because they had no pass rush, so he trades up for Graham (who has been a monumental bust when healthy), ignoring Thomas, the pro bowl caliber safety, and taking Allen in the 2nd round, who played like he had never seen a PA pass before on Sunday. Then, he ignored holes at linebacker and safety this season and endorsed a defense that stresses talented linebackers. Just based on personnel decisions, not including his game day struggles (not running the ball, clock management struggles), he should be fired.
Okay, well, your rebuttal has been posted.
Dan-o. how do we solve who starts at WR once Austin comes back? Three very good recievers but only two starting spots.
Interested to see that myself, especially since Bryant's role really hasn't changed at all since Austin went out, in terms of where he lines up. He still plays the "Z" receiver spot, as he did when Austin was in the lineup, so it's basically been a Robinson-for-Austin swap. Can't imagine they'll just bench Robinson the way he's playing, so I wonder if Austin and Bryant share that Z spot.
Is Brandon Jacobs done in NY after this season?
Got to think so, right? What's the upside for player or team at this point?
Any chance Reese is gone after this year? The Giants clearly are lacking personnel, injuries or not.
That would surprise me. I don't think he should be fired. I just think he needs to do his job better, and I don't know why fans are always so quick to defend him.
Do you think that the Giants need a Running Back in the 2012 NFL Draft since they have the worst Rushing Yards in the NFL?
No, I think their run game problems are the fault of their terrible offensive line, not their running backs.
chances tyron smith and doug free swap positions next year?
Do the Giants need to beat Dallas twice or can they split? If they split how important would a win gainst the Jets be?
Well, if they split, that makes the Cowboys 8-5 and the Giants 7-6, right? So say Dallas beats Arizona and Tampa Bay and loses to Philly, they're 10-6. The Giants would have to beat Green Bay, the Jets and the Redskins just to tie them, and Dallas would win all the tiebreakers. I'd say the Giants need to win both.
Should the cowboys go heavy in the draft on offensive linemen? I'd go oline and dbs only. Stock up at both positions
I guess I agree with that. You could make the case for a LB or a D lineman, too.
Be honest, did you pick Bailey to be the kicker for the Cowboys considering the many choices we had to choose from?
No, Bailey has to be counted among the Cowboys' pleasant surprises.
The only way Giants can split is if CHI and DET tank and they can get a wildcard.
That's also possible, yes. But do you see both of those teams tanking? That Bears defense is pretty good.
what should the eagles target in the draft if Andy is still around, since LBs arent an option until the 5th round and he can't pick safeties?
No, that's really what they need. LBs and safeties. Maybe an impact WR, if Jackson is gone?
Whiz wit = Cheese WHIZ WITh onions. Whiz witout = Cheese WHIZ WIThOUT onions. Not backwards, like football, you just do not understand.
Ah, thanks for the lesson. I wasn't ordering onions. Just the wiz.
Besides Bradshaw, who in your thoughts is the next best Giants running back?
Bad as he's been, the answer is Jacobs. The other guys haven't shown enough yet.
With their strength coach and a full off-season, I think the O-line in Dallas will be much improved and a Cornerback or Safety are more important to draft. Thoughts?
Eh, maybe. Still could stand to beef up, add depth there, I think.
Iggles need a backup QB, too. Young is gone after this year.
Well, they never have a problem finding those.
When are you going to blog your picks for this week?
Eagles game tomorrow, the rest Friday.
can the cowboys go deep in the playoffs if they make it?
I don't see them hanging with a team like the Saints or the Packers. Maybe if the defense was rolling like it was earlier in the year, but I think that's their ceiling.
Im noticing a snubbing of Redskins questions here - whats the deal?
I can only answer the questions I get.
If the Giants do have another second half collapse, will Coughlin even want to come back next year?
Worthwhile question. My sense is that he would, but I am not in his head, and even if I were, I'm sure the way he feels could change based on the way the next month unfolds.
When will people start saying Kerrigan is better than Orakpo?
I don't know. When he is, I guess. They're both great. I don't understand why some people so badly want Kerrigan to be perceived as better. Why does it matter, if they're both great?
If you don't think a team like the talented Dallas Cowboys can make a deep run in the playoffs than Dan what is missing!!!???
I think they can make a run. I just don't see how they stop the Saints or Packers, that's all.
Being that you are a writer, are you amazed at how poor some of the news writing has become? Is this due to the push to be timely, rather than correct?
I think that's part of it. I also think, in general in this business, there's been a trend toward undervaluing talent and trying to operate on the cheap. The product suffers. I am happy to be working at a place that doesn't operate that way.
Out of the Eagles sorry group of LBs, who is the best one of all and why?
Chaney. He's a legit NFL talent who I think will continue to blossom now that they're playing him in the middle where he's happier.
While he gets some mention, I believe Fiammetta is the key for Dallas to make a deep run in the playoffs. Am I overstating his impact on both the run and the pass?
I think you're overstating it, yeah, but that's not to say he hasn't been an important factor. They can win without him, but the offense does miss him.
what makes you think that the cowboys cant hang with the saints when clearly the saints D is not a strong point and you must know like most team oriented sports minded people, that D wins championships. In a matchup of Offenses I'd say both the Saints and Cowboys are pretty close in comparison, with maybe the saints having a slight edge. In comparisons on D I'd say the Cowboys win that discussion week in and week out. What say thee to this!?
Well, I was at the Saints game two nights ago, and what I saw looked like a freaking video game to me. Maybe my point of view was affected by how good they looked against the Giants, but the array of offensive weapons is incredible. The depth at WR, the depth at RB, the size and athleticism of Jimmy Graham...
Why is everyone calling for me head? Is it really my fault we can't score points?
No, it is not. You need better players, and I believe you will get them.
How dangerous can the redskins offense be next year with some actual play makers in the mix? As evident by last Sunday it looks like it could be some what promising, with a couple of additions.
Yeah, I mean, we'll find out. Helu looks like the real deal, but we have to see if he can hold up. The offensive line was playing very well when healthy. Davis is very good. They need a big-time WR and of course a QB.
How would rate the last game by the Skins? I mean they did win but another team that doesn't try to beat themselve would've kept the losing streak going. Thoughts?
Who cares? They won. It's hard to do that in the NFL. I don't understand why fans want to nitpick wins -- especially when you haven't had one in two months!
We appreciate the good job you've been doing. Moseley was good, but you've filled his shoes nicely.
I appreciate that. Mosley is a good man, a fine reporter and writer, and it makes me proud that people think I've been able to fill those shoes.
Hankerson is the big time WR they already have in DC, just develop him and the offense is potentially playoff worthy, with a QB that can throw to him.
Well, we don't know that, really, do we? He's not Julio Jones or AJ Green. He needs time to develop. His injury is very disappointing, because this would have been valuable time for him.
SUPER-Dan, do you have any insight on how the Giants players feel about Coughlin? I understand he has softened some, but he still just looks like "That Angry Jerk" of a high school coach to me.
I think the Giants' players, for the most part, like their coach. He's not warm and fuzzy, and he's not going to pat them on the back and say, "Nice try." He treats them like grown men and expects them to act as such -- responsible for their own actions. I think most of them appreciate that, though there are some notable exceptions who have left and have expressed quite clearly that they did not.
Do you think we can win out? If so what happens if we take the number 3 seed win wildcard round beat the 49ers all the while the saints marching through green bay and then its a saints at cowboys nfc championship game? Aren't the saints garbage on the road?
You have outlined the Cowboys' dream scenario. Lots would have to happen for it to play out like that, though. Eventually, they will wish they hadn't given away that Jets game. Or that Patriots game. Or that Lions game...
It wasn't picking at wins just trying to find out what we are learning from this team and the true direction of it. They give hope one moment and despair the next. Just would like a little consistency.
Well, young teams aren't going to be consistent. And they don't have the depth of talent on offense to be consistent there. They're getting there. The defense has been very good, no?
You have pretty awesome celebs up in here today. Nate-Dogg, Romo, Shanahan Jr. That's impressive. Do you think the Skins win against the Jets this weekend? :-)
Our chats attract the creme de la creme of the sporting world. And predictions come out on Fridays.
If Dez gets hurt on a punt return, who do you think gets the blame? We all know that people are clamoring to get Dez back there, but peoples opinions will instantly change if he does get hurt.
What if he gets hurt running a post pattern? Would that mean he shouldn't have been playing WR?
I am fine with Coughlin treating players like grown men, but his body language and IMHO, over reation to anything negative has got to wear down players a little. We all assume they are trying, but he just seems so emotionally unstable. At some point, especially when losing, he has to lose A LOT of players.
I think he's pretty emotionally stable. I just think he's kind of grouchy. But he doesn't hide what he is. The players know what they're getting, and I think they appreciate that.
So....Barkely or RGIII a better fit for Kyles Offense?
I actually think Griffin would be, though I think Barkley's a better player.
Dont you think that is would help Jason Garrett to show a little emotion on the sidelines. No expression, no oomph, nothing. I'd like to see him rip into players when warranted.
I don't think people should fake it. If that's Garrett's personality, than to act otherwise would be phony, and would turn off players. I think Garrett's doing just fine.
Yes the Cowboys did blow three games this season! But as it stands now you can alro make an argument that they learn from experience and are getting pretty darn good at closing out games with DeMarco Murray at the helm!
I think they're very good. Before the season, I predicted they would finish 10-6 and make the playoffs. I don't think I'm going to be far off...
think the Eagles get a top 10 pick this year?
No. I think they'll win two or three of their remaining five games.
Is a FA or rookie QB really going to play better than Rex has the past three weeks? Moved the ball against Miami -- and he had no help at all. Put the team on his back against Dallas -- no running game and was throwing to scrubs. Then led a comeback in Seattle, the toughest place to play in the NFC. If he keeps it up, he'll be back and he may even start.
This is not out of the question, though I know Redskins fans don't generally want to hear it.
How about the effort of JPP on Monday? Not much to be said about the rest of the Giants' D, but man has he been impressive this season. The play on 4th down to stop the fake punt and then another TD-saving play where he tracked down a receiver 30 yards downfield shows the effort and athleticism in this kid. How high is his ceiling?
As high as anyone's. His talent and athleticism are superstar-level.
Aren't runs from shotgun awesome third and short playcalls?
Not with a line that can't get any push up front, they're not.
Been thinking on Dez's role when Austin returns and have read what you and others have written. I just don't like the idea of his WR plays reduced regardless of using him on PR which I support.Broaddus game breakdown mentions that on Robinson's 1st TD last week he was only WR on field. I get the rapport but really , Robinson over Dez? No like. If not because he's more talented the for the reps and development.
Trust me. I traded for Dez in my fantasy league and hoped he'd be a boost for the playoffs. I'm as frustrated as anyone! But Romo-to-Robinson is working right now and they're winning games. As long as they're winning, I wouldn't expect much dramatic change. Dez still exists as a scary downfield threat that teams have to account for.
what kind of a game do you think shady has Thursday night
PJ, the Eagles are listing him as questionable with that toe injury. And even if he plays, Seattle has been pretty tough to run on this year. For everyone except Super Roy Helu, I mean.
Serious question: It seems the Skins play with a ton more heart this year. Isn't that something fans should be thanking Shanahan for rather than attempting to crucify him?
l.pens, if you keep making sense like that, we're not going to let you back in the chat next week!
Time for dinner...come out of the office...dear...
You're bluffing. I don't smell dinner.
Why no ROY talk for Dan Bailey?
I would say, just a wild guess here, because he's a kicker?
Have you ever seen a receiver harder to take down after the catch then Dez?
That really is an amazing attribute of his. Sometimes it's to his detriment, because the longer he's up, the more chance he has to fumble the ball. But he does seem to hate the idea of being tackled, and to resist it with great effort.
I seems as if the NFL is in a no-win situation with the "excessive roughness" fines. People say that it's "ruining the game". Yet if they did nothing players in the coming years would we moaning about the NFL not doing anything to protect them. it's still a rough game people...the NFL isn't doing this to get the fans mad, it's to protect player so thay can play longer and be healthier.
I think I could do your job pretty well with a little training. I recently quit my job. Any chance I could be your intern? I will work for free.
"I think I could do your job pretty well with a little training." You really know how to butter a guy up!
but seriously how amazing is JPP? I feel like he has been pretty under the radar so far considering how well he has played in his second year.
Well, we've had him on the All-Division Team for quite a while now. So he's on this radar!
Dan fantasy question. Would you Bench Dez for Piercy Harvin???
I wouldn't, but Eric Karabell has Harvin ranked 19th this week and Dez 20th, and he's better at that stuff than I am.
i know you cant post it but acknowledge my joke was funny!!!
Can D-Ware make a strong push for DPOY with a dominating finish?
I think the guy who leads the league in sacks always has a chance for that award.
Dez just does not do the small things (run proper routes, get the correct release etc) that you see the best WR's doing, which is what holds him back. Any idea on if his work ethic has improved?
I think there are quite a number of players who have become successful in the NFL without achieving their full potential by the end of their second season. I think you just need to give the young man time.
Let me Re-phrase my question: I admire your work. Any chance you need an intern?
That's better! But no. Thanks.
you've raised so many questions about Mark E Mark's joke now
It was pretty good. But not appropriate for this forum.
Graham over JPP, one example of the reason Andy doesn't have talent to work with on defense
You know, and at the time, JPP was considered a risky first-round pick, since he was thought of as super-talented but raw. I would submit that the Giants are a great environment for a young, talented defensive end who needs to learn from the best and develop, and I'm not sure JPP would be quite as good right now if another team had drafted him. That make sense?
Dan, you said earlier in the chat that Dallas would regret their losses earlier in the season when it came time for playoff seeding. Couldn't the same be said for the Giants? They lost their home opener to the Skins and in Week 5 @ home to SEA. For all intents and purposes, the Giants could've been 8-0, and the damage of their losing skid would a view a lot less harshly.
Yeah. Difference is, the Giants have a brutal second-half schedule, and those losses likely will keep them from even making the playoffs.
Why is nobody critizing Vick for not playing with broken ribs. Romo did....didn't miss a snap.
A lot of people have raised that, actually. My answer is that I don't think you can assume the injuries are identical. Each guy has quite a number of ribs. Perhaps the ones Vick broke make it more difficult for him to throw the ball effectively than the ones that Romo broke did for him. Perhaps they are different ribs, in a different location. Vick wanted to play 16 games this year. I don't think he's dogging it. I just think the Eagles don't want him in there if there's a chance he's going to be as scatter-armed as he was after he broke them in the Arizona game.
That actually does Dan. Thanks.
Thanks. I know how to quit when I'm ahead. Something I wrote makes sense, so I'm out of here, folks. Talk to you next week, when we should be bac to the regular day and time.