Greetings people and pets. I'm happy to see you here. It's beautiful where I am. Hope you've got the same opener to March.
1 win... Isn't that a big difference maker in the Peyton Manning saga? If the Colts win one more game, secure #2 pick and we are having a different discussion, aren't we? RG3 is work-in-process and he wouldn't have minded sitting behind Manning. Or the pick could have been easily traded.
Yup. That sums it up. They should have beaten the Steelers early on, too.
After the Colts Draft Andrew Luck who do they draft after him?
If there is a big time 3-4 defensive tackle, that might be my first choice. But they need help everywhere: Corner, offensive line, receiver.
What do you do if your Jacksonville? Sign Vincent Jackson and draft Melvin Ingram or sign Mario Williams and draft Kendall Wright/Michael Floyd?
I LOVE Vincent Jackson. But if you can get Mario Williams, I think you have to go that direction. Very good question. You have the lead.
Do you see the Texans going after Colston, Wallace, or Garcon?
None of the above. They don't have the money. Their receiver help will come from the draft or be a much lower profile free agent than any of those.
Can't hear you.
Am I getting a call from Tennessee at some point this offseason?
I don't understand why anyone would be interested in Hines Ward. He shouldn't be a top three receiver on your team. No. 4 receivers have to play special teams and big-name veterans don't. You don't really think he's got more play-making ability that Damian Williams or Lavelle Hawkins, do you?
Best Available is a great situation for the draft and I'd love to see the Texans draft a high ceiling WR in the 1st. With receiver stock rising after the combine do you think the Texans will have a solid WR option available at 26 without reaching?
Might be reaching. I'd say if there are two you like there, you can bump back a bit and get one of them. At this point that's my feeling, anyway.
Pete Kuharsky, I regret to inform your readers that I haven't heard from Jim Irsay. I don' think he likes me anymore. We haven't been communicating well and I feel left in the dark.
When you get to your new spot, I'm going to be your get-info-out guy. I can feel it.
So do you think the Colts will give me the big bucks, or will I be playing for some other team like the Jags?
Some other team. And it better be thinking you are a No. 2.
Hey Do you think the titans will tag me before the deadline?
I don't think they will and I definitely don't think they should.
<a href="http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/42739/nfl-with-paul-kuharsky" target="_blank">If Barron is there, Titans should pounce.</a>
Do you see the Jags trading up or down in the first round in any scenario?
My guess would be they would not be anxious to give up picks.
Paul, I know Titans have other needs, and I'm probably in the minority, but our best year in recent memory was 2008 when CJ AND Lendale were sharing the load. What are the odds we bring a solid #2 RB in free agency?
Slim. They've invested reasonable picks in Javon Ringer and Jamie Harper.
Just read today from Bob Kravitz that Mathis' contract talks are heating up. You see us using him as a stand up guy and moving Jamaal Anderson to DE? Also, what do you think is a reasonable contract given his age and recent numbers?Thanks Paul
Can't say on numbers. Have heard he loves the idea of being Terrell Suggs. Anderson isn't under contract, I don't believe.
Do you think that Matt Schaub foot injury is healed as they say, or will it beA career ender
They have not said it's healed. They've said it's progressing well. I'm not one to jump to an unsubstantiated conclusion that anything is career-ending.
Do the jags over pay me for another season, or is my laziness going to make me end up on the street??
You can't cut a guy less than a year after he gets a deal. You have to coach him out of it. May have quit based on QB play. Not an excuse.
Jags fan who recently moved to Nashville here. Paul, are Titans fans at the stadium hospitable to opposing fans or should I hide my affection for my beloved Jags when I'm there? Are they mean and nasty like Philly fans? Don't let the big man hurt me!
Probably as hospitable as you'll find, though I'm not in the stands a lot, and by a lot I mean never.
I keep hearing about the Jags going after Colston. Do you think he would be a good fit or is he a product of the Saints offense and Brees?
He is a product of the offense, like most good receivers are. And he could be part of a good offense elsewhere too.
I've seen you mention a few times that you think the Titans should pursue Mathis or Freeney. Chances you think it will actually happen?
Freeney is under contract. If he's released they'd have to look. And they have to look at Mathis. They know they need a guy with special rush skills and that there are few of them. But if someone is giving them crazy money, it probably won't be Tennessee.
Hang on folks....Paul's having some technical difficulties.
Apologies for technical difficulties. Looks like I am back. Hope you are still with me.
How much does Greg Jones have left in the tank?
Enough. But fullbacks are overrated. The big run game development for the Jags will be the return of Rashad Jennings.
How good can be Colts be with Luck under center to start the season?
Not very. Shaky line, likely questions at receiver, defense in transition.
Weakest spot on the Jags' O-Line?
Receiver. By a mile. O-line run blocks well. Britton's return will help round things out. [Apologies upon re-reading. Not in love with Will Rackley yet, but RT is a question mark until Eben Britton is healthy and proven. Time to find ceter of the future, also.]
Now I'm really hoping the Titans land Mark Barron after reading your article. Maybe you can raise my excitement by writing about a player MORE likely to be there when the Titans make their 20th pick? I just don't see this happening.
Root for him not to have a pro day. Maybe he's worth moving up for.
Can the Jags trade back in the first round to pick a different 1st rd (used for mike wallace) and another 2nd rd (draft another WR)?
Interesting idea. Not sure if you can do it without your original pick. If you can, you'd have to trade back well before the draft. Not a lot of teams want to make a big move up on that schedule.
if garcon and wayne both leave who are the wr's gonna be and do you think they go after colston
Well, Austin Collie would be tops. But he needs to be a second. If they can't re-sign Reggie Wayne or Pierre Garcon (and they can keep one with the tag if they want to) then how could they afford to chase someone like Colson?
do you see the titans trying to sign a WR like the ex giants steve smith? he was great w the giants and coming off injury was unproductive last year and could be cheap w high potential
I disagree that he will be cheap. I think the Titans like their top four and will look for a guy with upside to develop.
who will the colts take in the 2nd round
Who are the first 33 picks?
Paul, some mock drafts have Justin Blackmon going to the Jaguars, while others have them drafting Coples. Should Blackmon fall to the Jaguars in the draft, do you feel they should draft him? By the way, the weather is not too bad here - but we now have 14 inches of snow on the ground.
I don't know how they will feel about Blackmon. But Coples has serious work ethic questions that don't line up with what the Jags like and want.
From what I'm reading Kansas City is the front runner for the Peyton Manning sweepstakes if they were to land him how do you see that working out especially if they lose Dwayne Bowe to free agency
You should read different stuff. No one knows who the frontrunner is.
Should the Jags go after Wallace? Will they?
He costs a first-rounder. Is he worth the No. 7 pick? I don't believe so. I don't believe they'll think so.
Are the titans going to use their franchise tag or just let it pass?
I'd guess B. I think Griffin is the only guy in play.
Do you think moving to a 3-4 would increase the chances the Colts hang on to Brackett? He and Angerer could make an interesting duo inside with Mathis and Freeney rushing on the outside.
Sure, but not at his current price. Something on the blog a little later will touch on that.
Colts go 3-4 what do you do with Nevis,good potential but doesn't fit in 3-4 probably doesn't have much trade value?
Which is part of why it is a gradual shift, not a one-year overhaul.
Who did you think the Jags take if the were to get Mario and Colston in free agency with their number 7 pick in first round?
Would be a dream if Morris Claiborne was there.
I read you post " If Barron is there..", would you still take Barron over Decastro, Konz, Perry, or Mercilus if they are all still on the board. What about Harrison Smith or George Lloka in the 2nd?
I can't pretend to have looked closely at them all yet. But they aren't taking an offensive lineman in the first round unless they have a real shift in thinking. And I don't see a Mike Munchak/ Bruce Matthews huge shift in thinking.
Kubiak should know from his Denver time that his system can make a star of any RB. They should give Foster the minimum offer and HOPE that someone gives up a first rounder for him. If they did that and cut Jacoby Jones, might they have room to sign a free agent upgrade at WR?
They might. But if Ben Tate gets hurt early, aren't you in big trouble? If they lose Chris Myers and/or Mike Brisiel, can't a back who's been great in the system help offset the OL losses?
Other teams are talking about franchising their player and then trying to trade them. Why wouldn't the Titans try this with Finnegan considering he would be top corner on market?
He's not the top corner, he's one of the three top corners. You can spend an awful lot of time and energy trying that and risk this: He signs it and he's yours for the year at that number.
Paul, Why should the Jags take Couples over Ingram? Couples has been known to give up/take plays off/give less effort when his team isn't that good. Why would he give a better effort for the Jags when we all know that we aren't quite there yet. Personally I would like Ingram over Couples if we have to take a DE.
As I've said, I can't see them liking Coples with the effort issue.
Does Freeney fit in a 3-4 defense?
Probably could. But when you're as good as he is, I don't know why you'd want to move or why they'd want to mess with him.
why do you think Michael Griffin has been so wildly inconsistent, he shows flashes or greatness and then follows it up by getting burned
Because he's not that good.
Wallace would look really good with are offense...he is worth the 1st round pick#26
Maybe. But the contract you have to give him is a lot bigger than the one No. 26 will get.
Is there a chance the Titans sign Mathis and still take a DE in the first round?
Colts need 10 -12 new starters some would say as many as 15,and don't have a ton of cap space so FA will be of the min. wage type guys.If they can fill 3-4 starting spots longterm from this draft they are on the right path.
And don't assume cutting people saves money. Guys like Gary Brackett or Melvin Bullitt can cost as much or more if let go due to acceleration of their remaining prorated bonuses.
Who has the better chance to hit free agency Lowery or Mincey?? And of the two who has the better chance of Being resigned by the Jags??
Lowery is way, way more important. Safety was terrible and they fixed it. Keep it fixed.
Do the Titans go out and get another WR in FA or early in the draft? Or are they naive enough to think that Brit will play a full season when he hasn't yet done so?
They don'r rank WR ahead of other needs: DBs, DE for sure.
Munch has been hinting at that the Titans will not go O-Line in the 1st round. If DeCastro is there, how do they pass on him?
He won't be there. And they won't go O-line in the first.
In your article about how you would run the Titans, you didn't mention anything about starting QB. Who do you start if you're the coach?
I'd let them compete. But I'd start off with Matt Hasselbeck leading.
I thought Brayton and Anderson were good, cheap additions for the Colts last year. Think they should keep them on the cheap/will they still be as cheap?
All depends on how Chuck Pagano views them. No one will knock down their doors.
Ted from SF, a system can help a RB be good but not great. A RB like Arian Foster is great because of his special skill-set and abilities. Also, why would you want to give up the best 1-2 Punch in the league with Foster and Tate? Gotta sign him.
What he said.
You can revoke a franchise tag up until July 15.
Not if he signs it.
Do you see an increased roll for Donald Brown in the Indy offense next season?
I don't see how not.
More important at this point WR to catch Luck passes or OL so luck has a chance to throw passes
Have to balance them.
Is center or guard more of a need for the Titans? I think Amano is descent at guard, if he moves over that just leaves center.
Best guy they can get and figure it out from there.
the titans have flirted with the idea of signing another linebacker in free agency to add depth or to compete with witherspoon. who do you think they'll target if they do go after a linebacker? also whats the chance the jason jones ends up in st louis or philly?
Having a guy in for a visit is not the same as coming close to signing a guy. I am sure Washburn likes Jones, but do the Eagles have room or need?
Your thoughts on Gene Smith saying the Jags won't be as active in free agency this year as we were last year. Kind of upset me. I understand building through the draft but free agency is a very nice tool you can use.
Don't like it. Hope it's not a set up for a reveal that Shahid Khan won't spend all that money. Two big guys and a draft, that'd be fine.
I understand not wanting the Texans to reach for a first round WR, but do they have much of a bigger need right now? Obviously there are holes, but the one at WR seems to be the biggest if Andre isn't at 100%
Still you don't force it. There will be a great guy there at another spot who will help your team in the long run.
Do you think Blaine Gabbert has what it takes to succeed in the NFL?
Too early to say.
I've read that people think Hughes would be a better fit as a stand up LB in a 3-4... think that pick could end up being worth something in this new system afterall?
I agree. He's got a huge third or fourth chance here.
Are there any offensive free agents that could draw interest from the Colts, in order to give Luck some weapons? Michael Bush, Mike Tolbert, Manningham?
We can't know. Have no idea what Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano believe in or want to try to do yet. Blank slate.
If the city of Houston gets it's wish and Jacoby Jones is cut, do you see another team taking a chance on him?
Yeah, he'll have a second stop.
Paul should try to hold on to Taylor Swift or do I try and trade for a more expierence veteran? Please help I'm not used to all this attention.
I like your spot if reports are accurate.
Why haven't we heard anything about Williams contract negotiations or Arian's contract?
Because there is minimal talk or because both sides in each case want things quiet.
What do you think the Titans record will be with the 2012 schedule and who is your favorite AFC South team?
You actually think I have a favorite team when I cover four? C'mon man! I think I need to know what they do in free agency and the draft to be in any position to predict what they'll do.
Thanks folks. Sorry for the missing time. I will make it up to you at some point. Cheers!