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December 14, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Matt Williamson

Matt Williamson
  (11:59 AM)

Here we go!

AJ (Oakland)

Should Patriots fans be worried the team is going the "Colts route" meaning poor drafts, a weak running game, and a porous defense is putting way too much pressure on one player, Tom Brady?

Matt Williamson
  (12:00 PM)

Not nearly as much. The Pats have-and have always had-MUCH better overall depth. They trade down on draft day over and over-and that brings depth.

Matt P (Berkshire, NY)

How can the Vikings utilize Joe Webb more? He is a huge playmaker and needs at least five to ten touches per game.

Matt Williamson
  (12:00 PM)

Starting to think that as well. Would like to see them work him as a WR here and there-few routes. Could see a package with him at QB to relieve Ponder every game for a series or two.

Barr (Minnesota)

Romo and Tebow are opposites...Romo cost them the game by scoring only 34 and not 41...Tebow kicks field goals and plays D too. Thank goodness Romo wasn"t holding on the block or that would have been his fault too! Agree?

Matt Williamson
  (12:01 PM)

Agree

Rayshawn (Boston )

MW- If you are a new coach of the Dolphins what do you do with Reggie Bush? Although Hes proven he can be a traditional running back and is having his best statistical season running the football, these numbers are middle of the pack and his receiving numbers are down. Do you keep him in this role or put him in a more Saints-like role?

Matt Williamson
  (12:01 PM)

More of a Saints-type role. Make Thomas more of a feature guy.

Ryan (Egypt)

Do you think the Giants secondary is as bad as it looks or is it just the quality of offense in the competition they've been facing lately?

Matt Williamson
  (12:02 PM)

Somewhere in between, but more towards the comp level. Rodgers? Brees? They do that to everyone. Dallas obviously has a very good and talented passing attack too. But still-too many blown coverages.

Henry Jones Jr. (Nepal)

It feels like Dallas is going to miss the playoffs. They won't make Tony Romo the fall guy, will they? And will anyone really consider Rob Ryan as a HC candidate with how poorly that defense has played?

Matt Williamson
  (12:03 PM)

RR doesn't seem like a candidate to me. Not this year. As for Romo-can't be the fall guy. Top 8 QB.

Stephen (Philly)

I know you are not a Sanchez fan but his numbers across the board have progressed from year 1, 2 to 3 and as actually quite respectable. Do you feel he has really progressed and what areas has he improved?

Matt Williamson
  (12:04 PM)

All true and I will say that he has played pretty well the past few years. Decisions have been better. They still don't ask a lot of him though.

Paul (Albany, OR)

The "auto update" is off how do I fix this? I need to know your music for the day

Matt Williamson
  (12:05 PM)

Not sure on the Auto Update from where you sit-sorry. But my iPod selection? Taking a different approach today and going with Stand Up-cracking up over here. So if I seem a little distracted, sorry! And can always use Stand Up recommendations.

Stephen (Texas)

Matt- Who are your top 5 defensive players for right now?

Matt Williamson
  (12:06 PM)

Well, I think these are the guys in the running for DMVP-Revis would be my vote. Suggs second. Allen and Ware have been real strong.

Mike (Virginia)

I can see Elway working with Tebow on his fundamentals for next year.. I think he can improve. That said, I think Denver would then need to look at a backup FA.. Who would be a good pick up?

Matt Williamson
  (12:07 PM)

But what kind of backup does DEN need? Playing their Tebow-O, QBs will take a beating. Do you add a guy who is a runner/Tebow type? Maybe two of them? Or to get a passer and use him for a series or two as a change up and maybe a backup plan if this all doesn't work out.

Henry Jones Jr. (somewhere in the Amazon)

Three games isn't much to go on--does Romeo Crennel have any chance at getting the Chiefs' job?

Matt Williamson
  (12:09 PM)

I would say there is a chance. I was on the air in KC this morning and they asked what I thought about Romeo as the Head Guy and in charge of the D and J McDaniels as the OC. That isn't terrible, but prob sounds better on paper than functional in real life.

tim (ny)

do u think the lions make the playoffs?

Matt Williamson
  (12:10 PM)

I do think so. Not that they are great, but I think they win this week and I don't think the competition for that spot is extremely brutal.

Guy (Boston)

Roy Helu has looked very impressive recently? How do you rate him as an overall rb and do you think Shanahan will allow him to be a fantasy star in 2012?

Matt Williamson
  (12:11 PM)

Shanny is so fickle at that position, so who knows. But Helu has been quite good. I don't think he is fantastic-he really doesn't change directions all that well or make people miss. But clearly the best guy for WASH right now.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Does Hue Jackson reel Carson in, and stop some of those bad TOs...or are we seeing the true Palmer?

Matt Williamson
  (12:13 PM)

True Palmer. That is who he was in Cincy the past few years. In his defense, OAK REALLY needs to get their weapons healthy and Palmer really hasn't played much with this crew overall. Still, he thinks he can make throws that he can't anymore.

Julius (Atlanta)

Do you think the 49ers hold on to the 2nd seed or will NO overtake them?

Matt Williamson
  (12:13 PM)

Gimmie the Saints. Picking PGH this week in SF if Ben is healthy. Saints are the better team and 2nd best team in the NFL to me.

J.B. (PA)

So who ices Dan Bailey this week, Tampa or his own coach?

Matt Williamson
  (12:14 PM)

Nice

Paul (Wisconsin)

Does Gronkowski deserve MVP consideration along with the Big 3 QB's. He could challenge Moss's TD record and is a great blocking TE!

Matt Williamson
  (12:14 PM)

Those three, esp Rodgers obviously, are well ahead of everyone, but Gronk is having a monster season no question. Is he 4th? hmmm...maybe

Jeff D (IA)

Should the Vikes trade Jared Allen to aquire draft picks? What would he be worth if traded before or during the draft?

Matt Williamson
  (12:15 PM)

They-and Yates-are extremely impressive. Could see a playoff win, but that is probably it.

Crowzerr (Ottawa)

Hey Matt with Fred Davis being a FA do you think the Skins let him go after this suspension? (I don't see how they could given how Graham Gronk and Finley are showing what mistmatch TEs can do for an offense)

Matt Williamson
  (12:16 PM)

Well, I wouldn't have any faith in Cooley. But Davis' suspension doesn't help his cause either. WASH needs a guy like him though. I bet he is back.

Dave (Charlotte)

Love the whole "Tebow" thing going on but also love Denver's D...if you are Bill Belichek, how do you attack Denver's D?

Matt Williamson
  (12:16 PM)

Not sold on DEN's secondary depth-might spread them out and keep them in nickel or dime. But protecting the edges is key.

Brad (NY)

Matt, SF NEED the 2nd seed right? I can see them getting blown out at the Superdome.

Matt Williamson
  (12:17 PM)

Agreed. Round 2 on the road could be a huge problem for SF

Greg (va)

given that dan snyder is the owner of the redskins we shouldn't expect hot seat news or new GM news with Bruce Allen i hope not... cause i could see them lose the last 3 @ giants vikings and at Philly ?

Matt Williamson
  (12:18 PM)

Certainly could lose those final 3. But I tend to think that group has one more season.

Tarek (NYC)

Hey Matt, what do you think of Mclain from the Raiders? He seems to get gashed a lot. Who it me smart for the Raiders to go to a 3-4 next year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:19 PM)

Love OAK's DL and they do have some 3-4 components for sure. As for McClain-too inconsistent. Flashes, but like you said, struggles too often...and often in coverage.

Mike (Virginia)

Best Super Bowl matchup would be?? Most exciting?

Matt Williamson
  (12:20 PM)

Prob NEng/GB...shootout at the OK Corral

Rory (Ireland)

Do you see the Steelers relying more on the running game more with Ben either limited or out against the 49ers and can it be effective against their ridiculously good run D? Steelers haven't been running nearly as much as they used to but surely can't put everything on an injured Ben or Batch

Matt Williamson
  (12:21 PM)

Yeah, I don't think the Steelers get much done on the ground in SF. If Batch is QB, they will run more. But if it is Ben-and injured Ben-then I think it just becomes a short passing attack.

Dr. H. Doofenshmirtz (Tri-State Area)

If the Broncos make the playoffs, is John Fox coach of the year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:22 PM)

Have been thinking that myself. Harbaugh's COY stock has dropped just a bit. I still think McCarthy needs to be considered...esp if he is 16-0!!!!

Mike (Cleveland)

If your the Browns and not sold on McCoy and you have a choice between RG3 and Barkley who do you take and why?

Matt Williamson
  (12:23 PM)

I am not yet on top of the prospects in detail, but I do think CLEV should not be sold on McCoy at all.

Dave (DC)

Matt, you and every other talking head who fawn over Belichick and Brady had better wake up to the reality that they are one and done this year. That defense couldn't stop a college team at this point.

Matt Williamson
  (12:24 PM)

Not arguing with you. I was asked what SB matchup would be most exciting. I also think BALT and PGH are superior teams.

Julius (Atlanta)

Do u think the Falcons make the playoffs?

Matt Williamson
  (12:24 PM)

I do. Betting on ATL and DET as wild cards.

Patrick (NYC)

Lance Briggs is another strong candidate for DMVP

Matt Williamson
  (12:25 PM)

Briggs has played very well, but not on that level

Chuck (Atlanta)

Is SF overrated? But they are like 0.500 against teams with a winning record. I think they will be one in done in playoffs.

Matt Williamson
  (12:27 PM)

Could be. Very sold on their D. But their protection and right side of their OL is very suspect. Still not entirely sold on Smith either.

Rick Anderson-Rodgers (Madison, WI)

Charles Woodson DMVP again?

Matt Williamson
  (12:27 PM)

Nah-hasn't been great in coverage. Makes a ton of plays though.

Tarek (NYC)

Which team get's the last AFC wildcard spot? Jets, Titans, Bengals, Raiders?

Matt Williamson
  (12:27 PM)

Going with the Jets. Playing the best of those four right now-clearly.

Steve (Bristol)

Wilfork for DMVP? To me he never seems to get enough love for the position he plays and how well he plays it.

Matt Williamson
  (12:28 PM)

He is great, but he is great against the run...and the Pats' opponents rarely run!

Rick Anderson-Rodgers (Madison, WI)

Any chance Peyton Manning ends up in SF next year after the Colts draft Luck?

Matt Williamson
  (12:29 PM)

I guess that is as good of a fit as any. Certainly could see him in a different uni

richard (VA)

do the broncos have good drafting skills

Matt Williamson
  (12:30 PM)

I don't think McDaniels did, but this crew did well with Miller, etc.

Patrick (NYC)

Regarding the DMVP, I hate how it always goes to the big name. Ledarius Webb has more tackles, TDs, forced fumbles, pass deflections, sacks and touchdowns than Revis. If a CB is deserving of the award, it has got to go to Ledarius Webb.

Matt Williamson
  (12:31 PM)

Nah. CB stats are very misleading. QBs throw at CBs that they think they can expose. I like Webb though-no doubt, but def not a DMVP type of guy now.

Craig (NY)

Matt prater is an absolute BEAST. that is all

Matt Williamson
  (12:32 PM)

Can live with that. Ross and I just did our Pro Bowl votes on the podcast-download it. We both took Janikowski, but Prater easily could be the AFC Pro Bowl kicker.

Steve (Bristol)

What would it take for the Skins to get the Colts pick? Would their 1st and 2nd round picks plus Torrain do it? Or is there no way they move from that #1 pick?

Matt Williamson
  (12:32 PM)

That isn't nearly enough. And Torrain isn't worth a thing. Colts will take Luck. They understand the value of a Franchise QB for the next X years.

J.B. (PA)

And with the 2nd pick the Vikings would take...?

Matt Williamson
  (12:35 PM)

Would be listening to offers to move back I would think. But I don't think they could go wrong with a stud LT, WR or CB...maybe be able to swing getting an extra pick in the process from a QB-needy team.

Rick Anderson-Rodgers (Madison, WI)

Justin Blackmon would look good for St Louis at 3.

Matt Williamson
  (12:35 PM)

No doubt, but I can also live with Lloyd, Clayton and all those youngsters. How about Claiborne from LSU? That CB situation is dire.

Sign of the Times (Denver, CO)

John Elway & Tebow walking down the street. Local guy says to his pal next to him, "Whos the guy with Tebow?"

Matt Williamson
  (12:36 PM)

What can I add to that?

Tarek (NYC)

Outside or Cam and Dalton, what have you seen from the 2011 draft QB's? Locker has looked really good when he has come in.

Matt Williamson
  (12:37 PM)

For sure. Exciting. Still need to see much more. Taking that sack last week was rough. Not sold on his accuracy either. I like Ponder-way too many bad decisions, but everything else I am fine with and he will improve. Gabbert looks terrible.

Chet (LA)

Do you think the Chiefs need to draft a QB? I know they spent big on Matt Cassell, but he does not look like a starting QB for a playoff team.

Matt Williamson
  (12:38 PM)

I wouldn't turn a great QB prospect down in KC. Plus, they don't have THAT many other huge needs. Or...take a guy with big tools in the 2nd round that is just a big work in progress.

Shu (The ATL)

Would you resign Anthony Spencer or try to draft a better pass rusher?

Matt Williamson
  (12:38 PM)

Wouldn't break the bank on Spencer, but I have no qualms with him.

Mike (Cleveland)

Sheard has looked really good for the Browns this year. Do they need to add another young stud opposite him or fill other holes in the draft?

Matt Williamson
  (12:39 PM)

They need a lot! As for Sheard, I have him on my Pro Bowl team actually. Very happy with what he has done. All around DE.

Corey (D.C.)

Do you think Robert Quinn has the ability to be a pro-bowl type player?

Matt Williamson
  (12:41 PM)

Yes. Very impressive raw prospect. Natural pass rusher. Very athletic. Will need help with run/pass recognition and being able to play every down.

Craig (NY)

What comedian r u listening to now?

Matt Williamson
  (12:42 PM)

It is on random, but Robin Williams is on-hilarious

AJ (Oakland)

Why is Bill Belichek so opposed to drafting pass rushers?

Matt Williamson
  (12:43 PM)

I don't get that either. They went to more 4-3 this offseason and landed some quality vets like Carter. But it does shock me that he doesn't use a real high pick there.

Olga (Fl Lauderdale)

Does Matt Moore deserve another year at QB? If not do you see the Dolphins drafting a QB or bringing in a vet?

Matt Williamson
  (12:44 PM)

With MIA, I wouldn't overspend to land a QB. But if the opportunity was there, pull the trigger. I do like Moore, but in the end he might be Kyle Orton/Matt Cassel type guy, which isn't good enough.

Barry (Minnesota)

Interesting take on the rookie QBs...IIRC Jax jumped up to "steal" Gabbert. Still early but Vikes got that better part of that!

Matt Williamson
  (12:45 PM)

No question-and in fact, it isn't even close

Anthony (NYC)

M-Dub at this point in the season what can we say about Kevin Kolb??? Is it fair to say that with the play of Skelton that next season theres a QB competiton at Arizona?

Matt Williamson
  (12:47 PM)

It is a problem. Kolb has played better since his return, but not enough to get excited about. Skelton has not been great either, but he does have better tools and has shown flashes for sure.

Judy (Columbus, OH)

When will the "Marenovich Project" be rerun?

Matt Williamson
  (12:48 PM)

Not sure...I don't handle ESPN's television programming believe it or not

Frank (Pittsburgh)

Also, who's your pick for DPOY? I'm leaning towards either Suggs or Revis. No one else really sticks out in my mind...

Matt Williamson
  (12:48 PM)

Yeah, I would give Revis the slight edge over Suggs. Plus, Revis went to Pitt.

CC (Atlanta)

Sean Weatherspoon is quietly having a huge year! Have you or anyone else for that matter noticed?

Matt Williamson
  (12:50 PM)

Big time! Download today's Football Today podcast. I put him on my Pro Bowl team.

AJ (Oakland)

Are Eagles fans calling for Reid to get fanned crazy? He's a proven winner and so many franchises would kill to have a coach like that?

Matt Williamson
  (12:50 PM)

Yeah, I think Reid is safe myself. At least one more year. Keep him with Vick, who isn't going anywhere. But they need a new D Coordinator.

Mike (Boca Raton)

Is steelers ILB Lawrence Timmons playing as poorly as it appears?

Matt Williamson
  (12:51 PM)

Has been a poor year for him. Standards and expectations were super high too. He was my preseason bet for DMVP. He has played some OLB, which didn't help, but Timmons needs to play better-and is very capable.

Yogi (Alaska)

Why do you think some people look at Sanchez's success and say its not him, its the Jets defense and run game, but when Denver does the same thing its all because of Tebow? Just fans being fans?

Matt Williamson
  (12:52 PM)

I will say that there are some similarities between Sanchez and Tebow in that both QBs are not very good passers, but they consistently play their best when it matters most-and their teams win.

Eric (San Jose)

They've (49ers) got to move Anthony Davis to guard right?

Matt Williamson
  (12:53 PM)

Well, he is a terrible RT. SF needs to add a RG/RT type-and they are not that rare. See what to do with Davis in camp, but with solid competition.

Patrick (NYC)

re: yogi from Alaska, the Jets win in spite of Sanchez's turnovers. Tebow doesn't turn the ball over, whereas Sanchez consistently puts the defense in horrible situations.

Matt Williamson
  (12:53 PM)

Well, that is certainly true too

Andrew (DC)

If the Colts did trade Peyton, what could they get in return?

Matt Williamson
  (12:55 PM)

Not positive what his contract is, but I am sure they owe him a MONSTER bonus. They might just have to cut him if they can't/won't pay the bonus.

AJ (Oakland)

Why are the 49ers not using Vernon davis more, especially in the redzone?

Matt Williamson
  (12:55 PM)

Well, he hasn't played great and SF also needs him to help blocking as well more than they would like.

Awayne (Indy)

Do you think the Colts biggest problem now is the scouting staff(basically Polian)?They have drafted positions that make sense the last couple of years but the talent of those players is well..0-fer.

Matt Williamson
  (12:57 PM)

Yes. Their drafts have been ridiculously poor. I actually think this latest one might be quality, esp Costonzo...but we shall see. Drafts have been just awful for like 5 years.

Yogi (Alaska)

re: patrick from NYC. Thanks for making my point. To think the Broncos arent winning despite Tebow's inabilities 90% of the time is silly. Do more homework and reply next week. Ill be here.

Matt Williamson
  (12:58 PM)

Oh I am always up for promoting a good fight!

Shu (The ATL)

I've heard that there is a 2 - 4 day window where the Colts can release Manning and not have to pay him $24 million or whatever the crazy number is. Is this true?

Matt Williamson
  (12:58 PM)

That is what I thought too, but I can't confirm that. That has to be why he isn't on IR yet. They want to activate him and really judge his health-even just in practice.

Chet (LA)

You should definitely put Justin Smith in the conversation for DMVP. I know a lineman in a 3-4 defense will never win it, but he has been the best defensive lineman in the game this season, and it isn't close.

Matt Williamson
  (12:59 PM)

No question Chet. I did a Top 50 players at midseason and took a lot of heat for having J Smith as a Top 10 player overall in this league. Love him.

Matt Williamson
  (12:59 PM)

Folks, that is a wrap! Do it again next week