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December 20, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Kevin Seifert

Kevin Seifert
  (2:00 PM)

Hi everyone. Let's do this....

Nick (MN)

Would the Vikings take Luck with the first pick or would they trade down?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:01 PM)

Early scouting reports suggest Luck is a once-in-a-generation pro prospect. If that remains the case in April, the Vikings would have to do it. You don't pass up that opportunity, no matter what it might mean for Christian Ponder. Worse-case scenario, both quarterbacks develop into good starters and you get the first-round pick back when you trade one of them.

Nathan (DC)

The company line out of Halas Hall seems to be that there was no possible way for Jerry Angelo to know that Sam Hurd was already under investigation for drug trafficking and money laundering when they signed him. Uhh, that's ridiculous, isn't it?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:02 PM)

I mean, I guess it's possible. But I don't hold it against him. Federal investigators don't usually tip prospective employers off on their undercover work.

Adam (Winnipeg)

There is barely any Stafford talk after he finishes his fourth 13+ comeback. This has NEVER been done before. Yet, Tebow still gets all the talk of being the comeback king. Where's the rest of the media on this one?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:03 PM)

Check the blog in 12 minutes.

shane (atlanta)

what is the latest on clifton and bulaga, becuase i dont think pack can win without atleast 1 of these guys.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:04 PM)

Bulaga is probably going to miss a week or two but should be ready for the playoffs. Clifton is a big wild-card. Hasn't played in a long time. The Packers have been hoping for several weeks that he could return to practice. The latest hope is Wednesday. We'll see.

Scooter, minny [via mobile]

If the vikings finish with a 2-14 record do u think they should hire a GM in charge of the football team?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:05 PM)

The best way to put it is that all options should be considered. A GM isn't a cure-all unless it's the right GM. Who out there is a slam-dunk candidate who would absolutely make the franchise better?

Dan (Detroit)

Jim Schwartz is sure to enter coach of the year conversation now that McCarthy has lost a game.....right?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:06 PM)

Oh, I think he was there already. Typically voters favor a coach who has led a big turnaround versus the coach whose team has the best record, anyway. Personally I've wondered if McCarthy had a shot, fair or not, if he didn't go 16-0. He's not going to, so I wonder if voters will look at the Schwartz/Harbaugh crew more than McCarthy.

zac (chicago)

Kevin, It seemed to me watching the Packers on Sunday that they had no edge. They were dropping balls and the defense was slipping and sliding. I know the field was a mess, but the Cheifs didn't seem to have the same footing issues. Was this just a case of mental fatigue that was compounded by a sloppy field? I know they are professionals, but will this loss cause them to refocus and play with greater intensity?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:07 PM)

I've seen a lot of people make that observation. I don't know. Maybe it looked different on TV. But I don't see the Packers as a team that typically plays with a ton of visible "intensity" or emotion. They're a professional, workman-like team whether they're winning or losing. Just my take.

Nikki (MN)

Would any team in the NFL make a trade to get Peterson. I mean he is the best running back in the NFL, but running backs are not highly valued anymore. The Vikings would be better to trade him if they could get some more pieces to form a team and just have Toby, Percy, and Webb be the running backs sure would be fun.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:09 PM)

Oh, I'm sure the Vikings could find someone to take him off their hands. But you're right, it's unlikely they'll get anything close to great value. That's not a quick fix for the Vikings.

Aaron (St Louis)

Have you heard anything about Delmas? Do you know the average recovery time for arthroscopic knee surgery?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:09 PM)

Varies widely based on the injury, but it's hard to imagine him playing this week.

Aaron (St Louis)

PTI insists the Raiders choked against the Lions. Do you agree? Is Detroit not good enough to earn the win?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:11 PM)

Everyone has a right to their opinion, but that wouldn't be mine. But I am surprised there hasn't been more talk of two Raiders decisions: Not going for two after their final touchdown and later throwing on third down before the Lions' final scoring drive.

Scott (NJ)

Finley has got to be hurting his contract, right?

Scott (NJ)

Did you happen to see Luke Rodger's, Aaron's older brother, comments blaming the WR's, TE, K and defense for the loss but did not mention anything about Aaron or it being a team loss?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:12 PM)

I think the Packers know what he can do and how valuable, But if he wanted to argue for a precedent-setting contract, he's missed some opportunities to compile ammunition.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:12 PM)

Sorry, that was the answer to the Finley question.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:13 PM)

As for Luke Rodgers' tweets, I did see them. He's a private citizen and, like the rest of us, has a right to an opinion. The mistake was people associating his views with Aaron's. Why should we assume Aaron feels the same way?

Brian (MD)

Enough with all this non sense- it is superbowls that matter not a week 14 loss that meant very little!!!

Kevin Seifert
  (2:14 PM)

Well, they had a really rare chance to make history, so it's notable for that reason. But, you're right, it's not time to hit the panic button quite yet.

WyattBurp (Chicago)

Tavaris Jackson is doing well with the Seahawks. Why didn't it work out for him with the Vikings?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:15 PM)

I'm not sure I would describe his quality of play as "good," but one thing for sure is that he's managed to stay on the field. Had a lot of injuries early in his career with the Vikings.

Sean (Memphis)

What are the chances the Bears will have a new starter at QB on Sunday?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:16 PM)

Typically, coaches that are hesitant to make a public commitment on Monday are planning to announce a change later in the week. I'd say better than 50-50 that someone other than Hanie will start.

Randy (Phoenix)

Given the severity of Sherrod's broken leg and Clifton's age does that now mean Bulaga becomes the first choice for a long term answer at LT this spring in GB? Would almost seem the Packers now need to draft another OT very high again this year

Kevin Seifert
  (2:16 PM)

I've not heard anyone say that Sherrod can't come back from this. My guess is they would prefer Bulaga at right tackle. Way too early to know, though.

J.B. (PA)

I think Grossman already has a TD pass for this week.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:17 PM)

But will he throw an interception?

Jason (NY)

The Packers have accumulated 5569 Yards but also given up 5569 yards, ironic right?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:18 PM)

Not ironic. An informative coincidence. It speaks to the performance of their defense, or lack thereof.

Forrest (Indianapolis)

Is it going to be (or WAS it) a tough decision regarding which game to attend this week? You've got 2 NFC North rivals playing each other (Packers/Bears) or the Lions and the red-hot Chargers with the Lions fighting for a playoff spot....

Kevin Seifert
  (2:19 PM)

It isn't an easy choice, especially when you consider this is the Christmas weekend. But I had originally planned to be in Green Bay and will stick to that plan.

Scott (Fort Myers, FL)

Do you think the Lions have what it takes to make a deep post season run?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:20 PM)

They have demonstrated some pretty strong end-of-game willpower, which means they can't be considered out of any game. That's a start.

Billy Mack (All Around)

I love Christmas and always will!!! Anyway Kevin, Ponder has had some dismal outings recently. Is he hitting the rookie wall, is it because of his terrible protection, or is his hip still bothering him?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:22 PM)

Nice Love Actually reference ... I mean, some movie I've never seen reference. ... Anyway, Ponder clearly has regressed. You could blame the lack of practice time because of the hip for his performance two weeks ago, but I'm not sure about now. He looks kind of shell-shocked.

justin (ky)

will cutler play this weekend

Kevin Seifert
  (2:22 PM)

Highly doubtful.

Jason (NY)

What are your thoughts on the Republican Candidates for President?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:23 PM)

It's true that I said any topic was open today, but I can't see anything good coming of me answering this one... other than to say that some of them have provided excellent fodder for comedians.

Dr. H. Doofenshmirtz (Tri-State Area)

Is the loss of Jennings bigger than the Packers want to admit?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:24 PM)

I don't think they downplayed it. A lot of fans might have, and some media members. But Jennings is an elite player. You can win without him, but it's awfully arrogant to think you're just going to keep motoring along as you were.

Travis Ploeger (Silver Spring, MD)

On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely is it that the Vikings play football in Minnesota during the 2012 season, given the lukewarm support for any tax revenue from any source (racino, etc) going toward it? This is a state that shut down the gov't for similar reasons earlier this year, and Wilf has not retreated from the stance of refusing to continue the Metrodome lease without shovels in the ground...

Kevin Seifert
  (2:26 PM)

The bottom line is that it doesn't appear they will have a place to go if they wanted to leave. The NFL doesn't appear ready yet on the LA issue. That doesn't mean it will stay that way indefinitely, but I think the chances of them playing outside of Minnesota next year are next to nil.

J.B. (PA)

Not to burst my fellow NFC North fans' bubbles, but Harbaugh should get the COY. He's winning with Alex Smith.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:26 PM)

And Schwartz is winning with a franchise that went 0-16 three years ago.

Jay (Kalamazoo)

Speaking of underachieving tight ends, Brandon Pettigrew was poised to take a huge leap this season, and especially of late has been very disappointing - disappearing for long stretches of games and dropping key balls. What do you make of his inconsistency?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:27 PM)

To me, he has always been a guy that has dropped a few more passes than he should and been unable to hold on to a few more that wouldn't be considered drops but should be caught. He has been awfully productive despite that inconsistency, but he has left a lot of plays on the field.

Tony (Det)

Stats aside, Suh hasn't seemed as dynamic or disruptive this year. Somehow, a little something seems to have been missing. Your take?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:28 PM)

You'll get no argument from me. He hasn't made as many plays, point-blank. Someone with more expertise than me would have to tell you whether that's because of opponent's attention, and if guys like Cliff Avril have benefited, or if he just hasn't played as well.

J.B. (PA)

True or False: The Packers are not the best team in the NFC?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:30 PM)

Wait, is that a trick double-negative question? I still think at this point they are the best team in the NFC.

Randy (MI)

I think the debate is over on who is the better rookie WR, Cobb or Young. I'll take Titus Young all day.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:30 PM)

I'm going to try to dig up their playing time statistics. That's a big part of why Young has been more productive. But there's no doubt he has been, as we suspected he would given each team's personnel situations.

Matt (Chicago)

Even if someone other than Hanie starts at QB do the Bears stand much chance at winning this Sunday regardless of Packer injury situation? I personally would like to Enderle start just to see if he has a shot to be a backup next year to Jay.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:31 PM)

It's going to be tough regardless. Without Cutler and Forte, and now Knox, the Bears don't have a lot of explosiveness on offense.

Randy (MI)

Cliff Avril is getting no love from the media. This man is a monster and deserves to go to the Pro Bowl.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:32 PM)

I did mention him in Stock Watch this week. He is absolutely a deserving Pro Bowl candidate. Who knows if the politics of it will work out....

Marqus (MN)

Would it be better for the Vikes to switch to the 3-4 with Singeltary as coordinator? or stay in the horrible cover 2 they have now that Frazier is so familar with?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:32 PM)

I don't think it matters. They need better players and better coaching, no matter what the scheme is.

ThankYouForSuh (Phoenix, AZ)

Who is the more important guy to resign this offseason? Avril or Tulloch. I say Tulloch, because with the focus on the interior line... without demeaning Avril, generating pressure from the outside shouldn't be that difficult to accomplish.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:34 PM)

I think Tulloch has made a huge impact, and I wonder if the Lions will pay big money to Avril with so much money already invested in their line. Tulloch would be cheaper. You would think he's got a better chance to return, but who knows. Avril might realize he's better off playing with Suh, Fairley, Williams, etc. than going off on his own elsewhere.

Harry (NY, NY)

Will the Lions secondary be healthy enough by the second round to stop any of the NFC's premier passers?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:35 PM)

That's a very good question. Carson Palmer's day has been overshadowed by the Megadrive. Chris Houston looked like he was having a hard time running, and who knows when Delmas will return.

Andrew (WI)

I feel like I'm opening up a big can of worms here, but if we're going to hold Schwartz partially responsible for the behavior of his team, all the unsportsmanlike penalties, shouldn't that work against him in COY consideration?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:37 PM)

You can hold him responsible for it, but in the end the record is the record. If you think the Lions went overboard in a few games, you should note that they lost most of them -- San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago and Green Bay, especially. So that issue does count against Schwartz in a sense, with his win-loss record.

Greg Jennings (Soon-to-be IR list)

Team got exposed with me huh? Let's be honest, Jordy Nelson is open because I'm double-covered.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:37 PM)

Not sure I would go that far. But I do wonder if Nelson got freaked out a bit by the two early offensive PI calls. We didn't hear from him again until the fourth quarter.

Jay (Kalamazoo)

If GB wins this weekend and clinches home field throughout, now that 16-0 is out of the question, what kind of game do you see them playing against the Lions week 17? Will it partly depend on whether or not the Lions are already in the playoffs or not?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:38 PM)

I don't think they'll do anything to hurt themselves, like rushing back injured players. But I don't think they'll rest healthy players, either. Just my guess.

Jeff (ABQ)

By no means does this imply the Packers aren't still king, but...might there be a formula now? Who's the most dangerous team (that aren't the Cheeseheads) right now & in postseason?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:39 PM)

The only formula that came out of the game is to not turn the ball over. But I think every team sets out to do that every week.

Mathew Stafford (Detroit)

Kevin, do you realize that in the 11 games I've played with out a broken finger and glove on my throwing hand I've thrown for 3200 yards, 26 TD's and only 5 INT's?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:39 PM)

I heard that somewhere.

Randy (MI)

Who has the better career moving forward, Stafford or Rodgers? Even as a Lions fan, I would say Rodgers but you can't deny what Stafford has shown at the age of 23.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:40 PM)

Ok, now it's out of control. Personal foul, excessive celebration. Enforced on the kickoff.

John Scrotedangle (NY, NY)

Has Martin Mayhew turned things around on a semi-permanent basis or is this Lions team a flash in the pan?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:40 PM)

A lot of their best players are their youngest, so....

Paul (SF, CA)

How badly does Ponder have to play for the Vikings to seriously consider any of the non-Luck QBs in the draft? If not a QB who would the Vikes take with there presumptive top 3 pick?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:41 PM)

Assuming they're not at No. 1, the logical choice would be USC LT Matt Kalil.

Aaron (Wisconsin)

Are the Packers putting too much stock into Clifton? He hasent played for 9 weeks. How effective could he be in the playoffs?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:42 PM)

I'm not sure they're putting a lot of stock in it. The just haven't given up on the possibility.

Tony (Det)

Kev, would a healthy LeShoure have eliminated notion of lions having no run game. i think we really could have been feisty with him...

Kevin Seifert
  (2:42 PM)

As opposed to their current state...

Joe (Oak Park, IL)

Is there any way in God's green earth that the McCaskeys do the right thing and send Jerry Angelo packing? Or at least find someone else to draft for them?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:43 PM)

Ha. I don't think they'll fire him. The question is whether Angelo will retire. Sounds like no one is expecting that at the moment.

Mike (Buffalo Grove, IL)

Why because the Packers lost a game, do people feel there is a formula? Watching the game against KC, I thought the reason GB didn't win was more due to errors and miscues that they made i.e. dropping passes rather than anything KC did.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:44 PM)

Some people are talking about the press coverage the Chiefs were playing, but that is also their style. I'm not sure if every team can emulate that.

Mike newyork [via mobile]

Do you see a better vikings team next year or will they struggle ?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:45 PM)

They're going to have to make a lot of changes. The big thing will be getting Ponder in their offseason program. He missed it last year because of the lockout.

Levi (Madison)

As a Packers fan I'm curious of one thing, why do you hate the lions so much?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:47 PM)

You might not believe this, but over the years I've had people ask me the same question about all four NFC North teams. No one has that much hate, and I definitely don't reserve any of mine for professional sports teams.

Nick (Marshfield, WI)

I think what KC did that was impressive was get a consistent rush from their front 4 while still dropping 7 into coverage. That upset Rodgers rhythm, without allowing him to extend the play and have get somebody open. It was at least partially due to the Packers OL issues, and I don't know if other teams will be able to accomplish it.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:48 PM)

Agreed. It helps to have that defensive end on your team.

J.B. (PA)

So you believe Ponder will enter the off-season as the #1 QB then. If that's the case, what do you do with Joe Webb?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:49 PM)

The Webb question is tough. I do think Ponder will be their guy going into the offseason. That leaves it up to them to spend the winter innovating and finding ways that us regular people couldn't fathom to get Webb into the game.

James (Denver)

Which would be worse for the Packers, not getting home field throughout the playoffs, or the Saints getting a bye?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:50 PM)

I'm not sure if either would impact them more than the other. The Packers have been pretty good on the road over the past few years.

Jeremy (Kewadin, MI)

Let's say you can go into the past and get a former Lions star in him prime and put him on this Lions team. Who would you go get?! And don't say Barry Sanders because that is the obvious choice.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:50 PM)

OK, Billy Sims. ... No, I think I would grab one of their Hall of Fame DBs.

Jay (Kalamazoo)

The safety position is extremely banged up for the Lions. John Wendling looked laughably overmatched against the Raiders. Please tell me we will won't be seeing any more of him literally running by tackles Christmas Eve. Will any combination of two of Spievey, Harris, Delmas be ready to go?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:51 PM)

Doubtful on Delmas. We'll see on Harris.

Frank (Minneapolis) [via mobile]

Antoine Winfield a Viking in 2012?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:51 PM)

His salary has already gone way down because of a playing time clause, so I think there is a decent chance, yes.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:51 PM)

OK, a few more here.

Tony (Det)

Kev, i love KVB, but these younger DE's are pretty impressive (eg, Aldon Smith, et al) How many more years does he start at right end for us, IYO?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:52 PM)

He's had a pretty good year so far, especially with the plan to rest him one day a week during practice. No reason to think he won't come back in 2012 as a starter.

Corey (D.C.)

If the Bears keep Martz and Forte, what do they need to do on offense to take another step? Bring in a better WR? Could they make a play for Desean? Would he fit?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:53 PM)

A lot of people asking that one. Or maybe it's the same person submitting under a lot of different names. Anyway, I can't think of an offense in the NFL that wouldn't benefit from having a player with his skills.

John Baldscrote (NY, NY)

Why doesn't anyone enjoy pudding after the age of 8 and before the age of 60?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:54 PM)

Pudding or putting?

WyattBurp (Chicago)

Aldon Smith. He's been all-world. Is he the DROY this year?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:55 PM)

I don't think so. Great production. Not a full-time player. If you're going on sack numbers alone, you go with Jared Allen.

Jason (Grand Rapids, MI)

Will the Kardiac Kitties make another showing in the final two weeks of the season?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:55 PM)

It would be fun, for sure.

Cody (Florida)

I've been looking at all the 2012 Mock Drafts I could find, and more than half are saying Detroit should draft a CB or a saftey. Is the secondary situation more dire than the OL situation for Detroit?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:56 PM)

Are you sure those aren't 2011 mocks? Offensive line is the one position the Lions haven't overhauled since 0-16. We'll see.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:56 PM)

OK everyone. Thanks so much! Chat with you next week and have a great holiday.