All right, my people. NFC East chat is locked in and ready to go. Fire away with your questions.
Who is going to be the next defensive coordinator for the Eagles? When will we hear the change?
My sense is that this shakes out this week. The popular opinion around the league is that they will bring back Steve Spagnuolo, likely as defensive coordinator. The key is figuring out how to do that. They obviously don't want to fire Juan Castillo, who was put in a difficult spot, so they'd need to find another place on the staff for him. And if they're committed to line coach Jim Washburn's Wide 9, they're going to be imposing a scheme on their new defensive coordinator, which isn't ideal. But regardless of the details, I believe you'll have your answer soon.
How did you think Prince looked in coverage after Ross left the game? Webster and Rolle were saying he did well.
Better than he did a month ago, which is to be expected. But it's hard to judge the coverage units when the QB doesn't have time to throw the ball. Which is the way the Giants like it.
What's with all the comments and posts being deleted your threads? Even football relevant threads are being deleted.
Not my department.
What coaching position are the Redskins interested in using Raheem Morris?
I believe he was interviewed for defensive backs coach, but it sounds as though the Vikings interviewed him for defensive coordinator, which you'd have to think would be better.
As horrible as the story is, does it benefit the Giants at all that the Packers Offensive coordinator has a major distraction right now?
Horrible story, yes. And of course, it's more than possible that it will affect the Packers' preparation. I personally don't know how I'd have gotten out of bed today if I were Joe Philbin. So terribly sad.
The weather forecast for this game doesn't look to be great. With the Giants becoming a throw first team, and Green Bay relying on Rodgers, which team is helped more by a bad weather game?
People keep saying that, but Weather.com hasn't shown me any chance of Sunday precipitation in Green Bay all week. I've been checking it since Saturday. Right now it says 30 and sunny. Giants would sign for that in a second.
With all the talk of Jerry Reese this offseason not providing enough depth isn't it time to start giving him his due. All those guys going down yet here we off playoff time and the guys remaining are playing good football. I know he got lucky on a few calls namely Ballard and Cruz but how about the low key huge signings of Kiwi, Bradshaw, and the way he played the Osi situation. Your thoughts?
My thoughts are that his coaches and his QB bailed him out. I'm not going to sit here and give a GM credit for doing nothing in the offseason simply because the team ended up 9-7 and hot at the right time. Giants still have major, glaring holes that are being covered up right now by the brilliance of the defensive front, the quarterback and the receivers.
The giants seem to lack any explosive plays from their special teams all season. Why do you think that this?
Lack of roster depth. Same reason their coverage units struggle.
Has Coach Fewell solidified his job status with last Sunday's game or is there a possibility the Giants will look to make a change in the offseason?
Harry, I don't think Fewell was ever in trouble, and he obviously isn't now. Only way the Giants lose him is if somebody makes him a head coach.
Hey Dan...good work with the blog - any chance the Giants make a play for Fletcher, throw some experience into the middle LB position and tutor the younger guys for a few years, or is there no way the Redskins let him go...
I doubt the Redskins let him go, and it would be very much unlike the Giants to make a big-splash signing at that position.
Have you heard any updates on Aaron Ross and his possible concussion. And what will the Perry Fewell do to compensate if he isn't cleared to play?
Amukamara will have to play if Ross can't go. As for his status, it's a concussion. As I understand it, he has to pass several tests throughout the week and be cleared by a league-approved independent neurologist. So it's too early to know if he'll be able to play.
any chance that JJ resigns as GM if the fans apply enough pressure?
No. There is not.
what are your thoughts on the ability of NYG to move the ball on GB- appears weather will be in high teens but no real wind or other precipitation - bigger game bradshaw or jacobs and nicks or cruz
They moved the ball well against them in December, even on the ground at a time when they weren't running the ball well. The Packers were down two starting LBs in that game, and those guys will be back, so I'm interested to see if that impacts the Giants' ability to pick up yards in the middle of the field.
Shanahan said in your interview with him that this year's draft approach will be similar to last season's. Is there any chance Shanahan is blowing smoke and willing to trade up for RGIII?
Absolutely. I really think he's looking at every possible option for QB. But he keeps preaching that they need depth, so he'd have to be real sure about the guy if he's giving up later picks for him. He wants his picks.
Dan,Why are Giant fans easily upsetable? They seem to be angry all the time, even when they are winning. They got angry yesterday when I told them they get all the calls, and they are still angry with you. What gives?
I truly wish I knew. You'd think they'd be happier.
What are the chances Peyton Manning becomes a Redskin this offseason?
Dan, regarding a Free Agent splash at Linebacker... have you already forgotten Antonio Pierce in 2005? Or Arrington in 2006?
No, I have not. But they haven't prioritized the position recently. They prefer to spend on the line and the secondary. It's a trend around the league, and they really hold to it. I'd be stunned if they signed a big-name middle linebacker.
What happens to the blog / chat after the Giants lose to the Pack this weekend? What do we talk about?
Giants win or Giants lose, the blog is not going anywhere, and neither is the chat.
What can we expect from this week's Friday Video Prediction? Pyrotechnics? A State Farm commercial spoof featuring only pineapples?
We really have raised the bar high. I can't believe last week's thrilling special effects didn't get more national attention.
Which non-Redskins free agent do you think has the biggest chance of wearing burgundy and gold this year?
Fun game, because this is a total guess. But I'll say Vincent Jackson.
Eagles brass have never been to open to listening to player demands; what do you see them doing with Samuel in the off-season? I can't see them just letting him walk away by cutting him.
I imagine they will work hard to trade him. He played well this year, should have some value.
Who's the better linebacker pick for the Eagles? Luke Kuechly from BC or Dont'a Hightower from Bama?
Man, watching Alabama last night made you want to draft everybody on that defense, right? I do think Keuchly is regarded as the better prospect, however, at this point.
If GB franchises Matt Flynn, what would be the asking price if the Redskins wanted to trade for him? Too steep for their continued rebuilding process?
Might not be as steep as you think. If Green Bay is going to franchise its backup quarterback -- thereby risking having to pay him $14 million or so next year to sit on the sidelines -- they're going to have to be sure they have a trade in place before they do it. Or their leverage is going to go way down. Pretty good chance Flynn is just a FA. My guess is Green Bay franchises its TE.
so, a little draft talk on the Giants. o-line is the biggest need, but if Hightower from 'Bama is still on the board, do you think the Giants take him? having him on the outside opposite Boley and move Kiwi inside would be a pretty nice LB look for the Giants. what do you think?
I agree completely, but I don't think the Giants are going to take a linebacker in the first round.
Will the Redskins get rid of Landry and Otogwe?
I think Landry's a goner. Atogwe a bit of a tougher call. Could depend on how they feel about Gomes.
When did "contain" become a noun? I hear sportscasters now say..."the end lost contain on that play. He was responsible for the contain..." What happened to "containment"?
It's a football-coach term that has seeped into the lexicon. Like saying a player is "out with a knee," instead of "knee injury." It's likely and unavoidable outgrowth of putting coaches in the broadcast booth.
Could the WR the Eagles just signed be the answer to their sad kick/punt return game?
Gilyard? Yeah, he's got the moves like Jagger.
If Green Bay is going to franchise its backup quarterback -- thereby risking having to pay him $14 million -- they're going to have to be sure they have a trade in place before they do it. Or their leverage is going to go way down. ---------------------------Couldn't the same thing be said about Philly and DJax?
Well, except Jackson would actually play for the Eagles. Paying him a franchise number next year wouldn't be a huge waste of money for the Eagles, as paying a backup QB a franchise number would be for the Packers.
Is it likely the Giants fans get annoyed because nobody gives them any credit? You and others kept proclaiming that the other teams in the division were better despite the actual on-field results, even AFTER they beat Dallas to win the division. You proclaimed them not good before the season, discounted the 6-2 start, proclaimed yourself right after the big slide against GB/NO and co, and then never proclaimed yourself wrong even after they won. Even now, you're not really saying you were wrong, you're saying you were always right, the Giants are just magically better now.
I mean, I turned myself into a pineapple on a video that ran on a blog that gets 3-4 million page views a month. Not sure what else you want in terms of admitting I was wrong.
I'm not angry with JR in the least. This defense looked like it was going to be a monster until all the injuries in training camp.
Sure. We all have our opinions. You know mine. The Giants are making mine look bad. Happens.
Where will Brandon Weeden get drafted? Redskins maybe?
Fascinating case, Weeden. Somebody told me the other day that he'd be a top-10 pick if he were 22 years old. But he's not. He'll turn 29 early in the 2012 season. Could be great for someone next year, but no one will want to give him a first-round contract. Sure, I could see that as a Redskins solution, but he's a mid-round guy.
how many sacks do you think the Giants front will have Sunday? I'm thinking 4 to 6.
If that happens, I predict I will be in either New Orleans on San Francisco the following Sunday.
Is this the no Cowboys questions chat? Any chance of Dallas going back to the 4-3 defense?
I can't make up the questions! And no, I don't think so. Especially not with Rob Ryan running it.
Your prediction on whether RG3 will come out or not?
I believe he will enter the draft.
Of course everyone says the giants have to pressure rogers, but even when he's getting sacked or pressured it doesn't seem to bother him. Certainly not as much as guys like Brady.
Right. Rodgers is a different challenge for the Giants' pass rush because he's a threat to take off and run. Guys like Brady, Matt Ryan... you know where they're going to be when you go after them. Rodgers can disappear 15 yards up the field.
Dan, will you be in Lambeau Field on Sunday covering the Giants - Packers game? If so, will this be your first time there? I highly recommend getting a brat if you can!
I will be at Lambeau, but it will not be my first time there. Always enjoy the visit.
Who would you pick right now if you had the Eagles first round pick?
I think I'd try and get the Kuechly kid from BC
By the way, the pineapple video was classic. My kids watched it with me. After the game was over my little one goes, "Daddy the pineapple was right!" (They like the string pulling down the Atlanta pennant, and made me rewind it twice.)
That's right. Kids love those ultra-modern special effects.
From the outside, are you a fan of the Broncos and their run this season? Fan of Tebow?
As a reporter and analyst, I find the Tebow story fascinating. Mainly because of people's strong reactions to him. He's a great kid, honestly. Impossible not to like him if you meet him in person.
Any chance Ratliff and Spears get swapped?
You know, Ryan said all preseason he didn't want to move Ratliff to end, but I wonder if it's the kind of thing where, after a year on the job, he might be more willing to tinker with a guy who's got that much status. I think it might make some sense.
DG, how much better will dallas oline be nxt yr once they are healthy and add a few pieces with murray as the full time starter...
Really depends on how quickly Nagy and Arkin develop, for me. Center was a huge problem this year. Can one of those guys play it?
Early in the season it looked like a sure thing Brandon Jacobs would be cut this offseason. Now, with the way he has played lately, do you see a scenario where the Giants restructure his deal and put up with his attitude to keep him around?
I do not believe Jacobs is in the Giants' plans beyond this season. Things could change, but at this time I do not get any indication around that place that they expect to have him on the team next year.
Can I keep posting until you answer?
I forgot my keys at work. Can you let me in?
I like this reference.
Will Osi fetch a 2nd round pick on the trade market in the offseason?
If he stays healthy and they win one or two more games, I would say without a doubt. At least that.
Do your predictions for playoff games also have to wait until Friday?
Do you think Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen would/should target Peyton "Hogzilla" Hillis in free agency to improve their running game? He's a former Shanahan draft pick and only 26 years old.
He'd seem to fit the profile, but RB is not a need area for the Redskins.
who will have a bigger impact Sunday, Matthews or JPP?
I say JPP, since the Giants have developed a running game now and the Packers really don't use one.
Think the Redskins will consider using Trent "Cheech" Williams as trade bait for moving up in the draft?
No. I think he's your left tackle next year.
Ok, Im gonna pggyback on the Eagles draft question...what would you do with the 6th pick if you were the Skins?
I'd really make sure I used it to get a quarterback. Whether that means take one at that spot, trade up, trade down... whatever. I'd want to make sure that No. 6 pick helped me fix quarterback, if I were them.
how good are the Giants chances this weekend?
I mean, I'd certainly take the 9 points.
Given how Jacobs looked on Sunday, is he upping the chances he comes back, or do you think he's gone no matter what?
I don't think there's ever any such thing as "no matter what." Just saying, the vibe I get around the Giants about Jacobs is that this is it for him there. Again, could be wrong, and even if I'm right it could change.
Do you think there is any hope for me to keep my job? Look at my defensive stats... we started shaky but we ended up the best in the NFC East...That's good momentum to use going into next year...
I actually do still think it's possible you keep the job. Not likely, but possible.
The Giants MUST re-sign Osi to a long term deal. Can't let him walk away.
I doubt they'd let him walk away. Either sign him long term or trade him.
There really isn't another back like Jacobs when he's playing like this.
No, you're right. 265 and that fast? But you don't see it consistently enough anymore to pay big for it.
In latest mock, people got Skins taking Tanehill at number 6. Is he a guy that fits Shanahan's system? And is he worthy of the 6th pick?
Whose mock is that now?
I think I made my point. Andy is on watch now...Do you agree with my decision?
Do you think Dallas cuts newman and lets spencer leave in free agency?
so i follow you on twitter and i can't decide if you hated the national championship game or loathed it
Yeah, what a catastrophe.
A lot of fans seem to be back on the Jacobs bandwagon. I still see him as a locker cancer, that runs his hardest when playing for his next contract.
I don't think he's a locker room cancer, and I don't think he's a perform-for-the-contract guy. I just think he's kind of a dope who says dumb things and forgets how he's supposed to act sometimes. And as well as he's playing now, he hasn't really shown this enough over the past two or three years for them to want to keep him around long-term, I don't think.
Assuming he plays up to par down the stretch, what do you think the odds are of the Giants signing Osi? Leaning more toward that, or a trade?
My guess is a trade is more likely. You don't say the stuff he said about your GM and have the GM just forgive and forget.
what do you think of the recent giants loud mouthing? it seems they used to let their play speak for itself.
I agree, and it has surprised me. But I really think it's all genuine. I think they're feeling extremely good about themselves and extremely confident right now, and they're not shy about expressing that.
Do you think there is any chance the Eagles bundle assets to try to move up in the draft to address QB? Vick's play was uninspiring this year and they have poor depth behind him. Thanks.
No, I think they'd take a talented project QB in the middle rounds if there's one there. But they're locked in on Vick.
Osi and Jacobs to move up on draft day would be a good move especially if they both continue to perform in the PO's. thoughts?
Sure, I guess. You could probably get good value for a package like that.
If the Gmen don't exchange field goals for TD's early on, I think they can steal this one. Must withstand initital surge early on. What are your thoughts?
Yes, I agree that they need to start fast. They have come-from-behind ability, but I think they need to maintain the run game as a viable threat to help out the pass protection, as they did Sunday. And if you get too far behind, you can't do that.
Dan,Great coverage this year... but I have to admit you spoiled me. The Celek story of his resurgence in spite of serious injuries completely fell off your radar.Please tell me you aren't trying to avoid good football stories to address the "Eli vs. Romo" stuff...?!?!
Sometimes I look back over a week and say, "I wish I'd done more with _____." The news that Celek had two serious surgeries last week was an opportunity to write something along the lines you suggest and I did not take it. I blame Lurie.
I told you in August the Giants were a mediocre team. When they were 6-2, they were a mediocre team with an easy schedule. When they dropped 5 of 6, that's who they really were. Now, they're an overachieving mediocre team. If they win the Superbowl, they'll be a mediocre team who pulled off a miracle. I was right all along!
Finally, somebody who's making some sense!
Can Maclin be the #1 reciever if Jackson goes? He may be inconsistent some times......but I think he can handle it if he doesn't get injuries......
I have no doubt Maclin could handle that role, and I don't think the Eagles do either. Health is the only concern with him.
Did you count the number of times Brent Musburger said "Honey Badger" last night?
I didn't, but whatever the number was, it was that many more than the number of plays the Honey Badger made.
Why is GB's passing D so bad statistically? Don't they have good corners, e.g. Woodson?
Teams are always behind, so they're throwing a lot to catch up, is one reason. But fundamentally, I think Green Bay has one of these defenses that's pretty good, not great on the back end and tries to make up for it by going for the turnover. Eagles used to do it that way. The Packers are good at it, but when you play that way you're always at risk of giving up a big play or big yards.
How does Aaron Rodgers play in cold weather? Are they slowed down at all?
Really? The question is how the Green Bay Packers' QB plays in cold weather? My guess is "just fine."
SPAGS back to the Eagles by week's end?!? Per Philly.com. Did you know about this?
I think another network is reporting that. Like I said at the top of the chat, could happen. Lots of chatter about that move around the league the last few weeks.
After last night, Dre Kirkpatrick > Morris Claiborne?
I don't think so. Did they throw at Claiborne much last night?
Oh boy... looks like its gonna snow on sunday in lambeau. I know you said green bay is fine in the cold, but this has to effect the game somehow. More running less passing? If so, is that good for the giants?
I still don't see any snow in the forecast. Where are you seeing it?
How safe is Shannahans job right now? Both of them.
With Jarvis Jenkins healthy do the skins need to keep Carriker? DO you think he's around next year?
I'm having a hard time handicapping the Carriker situation. I know Fletcher's their top priority as far as their own FAs go. I guess it depends on whether someone else gets aggressive in pursuing Carriker early in the process, or if he's willing to wait around for the Redskins to fill other needs and re-assess what they want to pay him.
I saw earlier you use weather.com, don't. try using noaa.gov main source for weather for pilots.
Thanks. Here's what that says: "Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 25."
That also says nothing at all about snow on Sunday.
How can you simultaneously claim that the Giants won't take a LB in the first round and that they are slaves to their draft board. By your own logic, if the LB is their top-ranked player they will take him. Deny that if you can, sir!
All I've said is I'd be surprised. They don't prioritize the position. They've overlooked it for the last three drafts at least. And I'd be surprised if they went that way in the first round, based on the way they draft.
Hey Dan just watched First Take do you agree even after the way he's played all year and even if he were to win another SB that Eli would still not be considered elite?
I think Eli's one of the five best quarterbacks in the NFL right now at this very moment. If that's not "elite," then no, I doubt he'll ever be considered that. But if I were a Giants fan, I'd be pretty freaking happy with him and wouldn't much care what anyone else thought.
doesn't it freak you out that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is named Rooney Mara and has no ties to football whatsoever?
Well, she herself has plenty of ties to football. Which is how she got her name.
If there were to be bad weather in Green Bay would that benefit the Giants? They do have a revamped running game and a strong D-line.
I don't know what shook me up more -- your name or the fact that you were question No. 666. Anyway, if the weather were to be bad Sunday, which it does not look as if it will, I'd have to think that would favor the home team, since they're used to it. But I doubt it would affect the Giants as much as it might affect, say, the Saints or the Falcons or the Dolphins.
Hey I'm gonna go now. Thanks for all the questions. You guys are the best. The BEST.