Hey! I'm back. Fire away. First question is a Giants question, per our weekly Twitter contest.
Will the fight for HB2 on the Giants depth chart be decided by running abilty or pass blocking skills? It seems the Giants are of the mindset the all HBs can run, but not all can protect.
It's a good point, Naeem, and worth watching. I'm not sure it will be "decided" by pass blocking, but I guarantee you that's a big part of it, especially if the team does decide they like them all relatively equally as runners. Pass blocking and blitz pickup are underrated aspects of Bradshaw's game. He's as good at it as any back in the league. So they'd love it if they could count on his replacement to help there as well.
The Dallas Cowboys seem to be drafting the top player at the position that was the weakest the year before. This year they traded up for the top CB in the draft and last year they took the top OT in the draft. Your thoughts??
Well, yeah. I agree. That is the way they have used their first-round picks in each of the last two years, yes.
Still too ridiculously early for predictions?
Yeah. What's happened in the past month to change anything?
Dez Bryant Question: (Hopefully only one) Do you think he'll get suspended at all? I mean Goff got a felony DUI were Bryant only got misdemeanor and this is his first ARREST. I mean he really isn't that much of a trouble maker.
It's an eye-of-the-beholder thing. The personal conduct policy gives the commissioner very broad powers in determining discipline. It doesn't HAVE to be tied to arrests or misdemeanors or whatever. There are no hard-and-fast guidelines. If Goodell decides that Bryant's behavior, since he's arrived in the league, has been detrimental enough to the league's image that he deserves to be suspended, he'll suspend him. But if I had to predict, I would say no suspension for this incident.
What is your training camp schedule look like? Is there a particular place you're looking forward to going? Not necessarily a team, but just a location.
Still finalizing exact dates, but I will go to all four camps, and will do so in the first two weeks.
Philly's biggest weakness/concern in your opinion?
I know they're not signing Fred Davis to a long term contract, but don't you think it would be a wise move though? Considering he has a chance to put up some big numbers with RG3, I would think his contract demands are going to be higher if he has a career year, right?
No, I think they're fine to wait. They have him real cheap this year.
Dan, who do you think will be the starting running back for the Skins? Helu and Royster showed plenty of promise last season, and last year's starter Hightower is coming off a knee injury.
Hightower will start if he's healthy. If he's not, I believe Helu is next in line.
Since you've been gone there have been some weird questions about TO coming to Dallas. Your thoughts?
I think there is something close to no chance at all of that happening.
Dan, in the modern NFL aren't predictions just silly anyway? Who would have thought the Giants would have gone on their run even when the regular season was over?
Out of curiosity, what were you up to at noon last week? Did you think about this chat?
Hm. That would have been 9 am San Diego time. I was finishing up a beautiful run on Coronado Island and ordering breakfast by the pool. Thanks for helping me remember.
Hey Dan, welcome back!With Jacobs gone, I feel that K. Gilbride and Coughlin will have to get more creative around the goal line to try and score TDs rather than try to pund the ball in because they have a big back. Jacobs was good, but not great in goal line situations and thus the Giants for years have settled for FGs way too much. What are your thoughts on some of the things they can/will try inside the 5 yard-line this year?
I think Bradshaw is enough of a power runner that they can punch it in with him. But if Barden makes the team, look for him to be a red zone target due to his size.
Hightower has had a reputation as a good pass protector, but according to ProFootball Focus he was actually ranked second to last according to their metrics...do you think Shanny cares or views things this way?
No, I know for a fact that Shanahan likes Hightower in pass protection.
Dan, welcome back! Was watching ESPN First Take and the question came about: Which NFC East team poses a bigger threat to the Giants: Eagles or Cowboys. With the Redskins beating the Gmen TWICE last year, do you think they deserve to be in this conversation?
I see your point, but my guess is (having not watched the show) that they're talking about biggest threat to unseat them as division champs, not to beat them head to head. And I think it's fair to view the Redskins as a step or two behind the rest of the teams in this division still.
Wait, I don't get it. You're advocating for the Cowboys to give Dez Bryant help. He physically attacked a woman. This is not a sign of poor decision-making. It's a sign of mentally-deficient person. Add this to the fight in January and it's clear that Bryant is just a bully and a physically abusive person...
Part of what I wrote argued for people to not assume they know everything. Just sayin.
Dan - Thoughts on RG3 (and most of the top 10) currently not having contracts? Seems like everyone's at an impasse no?
I think this issue will have zero impact on the 2012 NFL season.
Dan - Do you find it strange that the same fans who support Micheal Boley are killing Dez Bryant right now?
No, I generally find that fans favor their own teams, often irrationally.
Will Osi be a giant after this season?
I really doubt it.
Might the much maligned redskins running game end up being a strength?
Yes, but it depends on the health and effectiveness of the offensive line more than it does on the backs, in my opinion.
Obviously Eagle's SS battle is a big one to watch. But do me a favor an get some interviews and reports on the Dion Lewis/Bryce Brown/Chris Polk RB battle. A couple of those guys could end up being nobodies or could be studs.
You got it.
We all see the headlines when players get in trouble with the law,but are the stats really higher for NFL players than everyone else?
Good question, and I don't know. But they also get a lot more headlines for performing well at their jobs than do the rest of us.
Hey Dan. I have a theory if Dez Bryant was playing for the Giants in their organization with from the Mara/Tisch ownership down to Coach Coughlin and Eli as his QB and a underrated lockeroom leader with the louder voices leaders of Tuck and Rolle. I doubt Dez would have these issues its about the Organization. Because at the time i wanted the Giants to draft Dez but it worked out well anyway with JPP. Just making a theory ?
Your theory is legitimate. Obviously we don't and can't know what would have happened, but in general I buy into the idea of the Giants' locker room as a more effectively nurturing environment than most.
Dez got in trouble for sagging pants and a disagreement with a jeweler, are these really worth noting in every article about him?
Probably not, but it goes to show how this stuff works. You get a reputation, it sticks like glue, and people just CAN'T WAIT until the next time you screw up. It's like we're all rooting for everyone else to fail.
"You're advocating for the Cowboys to give Dez Bryant help. He physically attacked a woman. " Yeah, guiness already has the police report. Anyone stop to think about his mother's history? Maybe his mother was offering him some "illicit substance" And his reaction was to oush her away and say "Get that garbage out of my face!!! I don't need that!!!" More likey a situation that him "beating down" his mother, no???
I would suggest that his mother's history is a large part of this entire issue, well beyond anything that happened Monday.
Am I correct when I say that the Eagles are as stacked as you can get in the NFL?
They appear to be loaded, yes. But they came up pretty darn small last year. I need to see them come up less small before I assume anything.
Hi Dan, what do think of Corey Webster? He's flown under the radar for a few years now, and means more to the Giants than he gets credit for.
I think that.
Will whoever becomes the Giants' third safety have a big role in their defense? By not re-signing Grant the team doesn't look like they will use a third safety as much, right?
Yeah. I think the additional depth at LB, and the hope that Amukamara and Thomas can both contribute at CB, will lead them away from all those 3-safety looks of the past couple of years.
Dan, can you comment on the job Shanahan has done at building depth on the offensive side of the ball. They may not have the best starters at each position in the division, but their backups at RB, WR, TE and QB are the best in the division(at this time Grossman is better in his own offense than Orton is at present having to learn a new offense)?
I think that's pretty fair. They do seem deeper at RB, WR and TE than the rest of the division does, though I'd argue the Cowboys have a better backup QB and, obviously, the starters at RB, WR and QB aren't as good as those for the other three teams, so that matters too.
Are the Eagles being overhyped?
I guess, but I generally kind of feel as though the whole league is.
It doesn't help that he plays for the Dallas Cowboys. There have been 28 other arrests made this offseason, some like Aldon Smith of niners twice already but seem to talk more about Dez, just like they nitpic everything Romo does. Results of playing for AMERICA'S TEAM.
Yeah, but the folks who run the Cowboys need to make it clear to their players that that's the way the world works.
"Hey Dan. I have a theory if Dez Bryant was playing for the Giants in their organization with from the Mara/Tisch ownership down to Coach Coughlin and Eli as his QB and a underrated lockeroom leader with the louder voices leaders of Tuck and Rolle. I doubt Dez would have these issues its about the Organization. Because at the time i wanted the Giants to draft Dez but it worked out well anyway with JPP. Just making a theory ?" i recall a certain Plaxico that shot himself in the foot. Pretty much the same core, no?
Sure, but can't you also argue that, prior to the foot-shooting, the Giants got the absolute best out of known knucklehead Plaxico that anyone ever did? And that the locker room now is stronger and more seasoned than it was five years ago?
Dan, you said the Skins fans shouldn't be worried with RG3's contract situation and that it will have no impact on the season; however, you also said he probably won't sign before Luck. Since the Colt's training camp starts a week or two after the Skins, couldn't he potentially miss time in camp due to his contract and wouldn't that be significant for a starting rookie QB?
I remain steadfast in my belief that the worry is over nothing.
The police report is out BKW. His mom told him to leave after he was arguing with his half brother. In response, he grabbed her by her arms and hair and hit her in the face with his hat. She has injuries to her arms, wrists and hands.
It's not good, and no one ever said it was.
the afc west bloggers meet up for a retreat, i just found out. What are your thoughts on what an "nfc east retreat" would be like lol?
I think it'd be a bunch of you guys bitching about why my guacamole could be better.
"Experts" keep writing articles about how the Eagles are doomed if Kafka is the back up. Under Andy Reid, the Eagles have had a lot of success with backup QB's, even when the media said that they wouldn't. The popular name is Colt McCoy, with everyone suggesting that we should trade for him. With that being said, do you know if anyone inside the organization has shown interest Colt McCoy.
I have heard nothing to indicate they like McCoy. I think they like Kafka.
So you think the Giants' three safety package was designed to cover up some defensive weaknesses, rather than just a funky scheme/wrinkle?
Absolutely. They were very weak and thin at LB in recent years, and I believe Grant was re-signed last year after the Amukamara injury, right?
It sounds to me like something is missing in the report. It's not often that someone is told to leave and then all of a sudden he who is told to leave grabs his mother by her arm and hair and hit her with his hat. Either something happened after she told him to leave, or there was more to the part before she told him to leave, imo...
I generally agree with your premise, which I think is that those of us who weren't there can't really know what happened.
i think our retreat would look like a group of guys hitting each other with hats, another group whining about not getting enough respect, a third group worrying about being overhyped, and the last group worshipping a shrine of Shanny.
Just make sure and bring enough scotch, and I'm good.
Your guacamole sucks.
Fine. You can't have any. More for the rest of us.
Eli seems to have a good season every 2 or 3 years. What are the odds on him leading the league in interceptions (for the 3rd time)?
I dispute your premise. Eli seems to have a good season every year. He threw too many INTs in 2010.
Dan, there seems to be more national hype revolving around RGIII than Luck, do you think that's due to: A) He has more potential than Luck, B) The fact that the Skins gave up a ton to land him(whether it was worth it or not has yet to be determined) while the Colts simply used their given pick, or C) The Skins are expected to compete this upcoming season more so than the Colts.
A: No. B: Yes. C: Yes.
lol guacamole....Hey Should the cowboys consider trading Mike Jenkins for a WR, now more than ever.
No, I think Jenkins has more value to them right now than whatever WR he could bring back.
I mean, Bryant's still on the team, right?
Does Lewis secure the back-up job anytime soon?
What's the hurry?
Who do you predict steps into the #4 DE (aka Tollefson) role for the Giants?
It sounds like they like Adrian Tracy for that spot.
Dan, I know you have said several times we have nothing to worry about with RG3's contract situation. I'm curious as to the reasoning behind that belief, why do you feel this way? Because I, for one, am a little worried.
The main thing on which I am basing my reasoning is the calendar.
D: much stronger force of personality
This is a definite "yes" as part of the answer to the Luck-Griffin question a few minutes ago.
If you had to make a friendly wager, more receiving yard Djax or Maclin?
Do you ever read the comments on your blog posts?
If Petrus beats out Boothe for the starting LG spot, is there a chance that Boothe could slide over to center if Baas still struggles?
Scotch and guac ? I think I may have to miss this retreat.
Yeah, when you put it that way...
Welcome back Dan,Slightly off topic, but I wanted to ask you last week if you thought any team from the East was in the running for Gordon. Boys and Skins were mentioned a bit. Do you think they were in the running, and what do you think of CLE's price?
Now, I was on vacation, so remember, I wasn't paying very close attention. But the sense I had the week before was that teams might have been interested in the fourth or fifth round. Nothing I heard indicated second. So if Dallas or Washington was interested, I'm sure it never got to the point where they had to seriously consider it. And I think the Browns have had a pretty rotten offseason.
Oof. You read the comments? Isn't dealing with us in the chat painful enough?
You guys know I read the comments. Sometimes I even respond to them.
Bell as good as advertised? Or they just making him feel good?
Thing is, there's no way he's as good as Peters. The question is not whether he's a downgrade, but how much.
"The main thing on which I am basing my reasoning is the calendar." Come on man. You keep avoiding giving a good rationale. What about the calendar? Rookies reported Monday. We know how much Shanahan values camps/workouts. I am sure that he is not happy about it. Not getting in the work has to be worse than getting in the work. RGIII himself has stated the importance. The impact may be small, but the Skins need all the help they can get, as does RGIII.
Everyone's welcome to believe what they want to believe. I personally feel as though this is a terribly overblown issue that will have no effect on anything. I have been wrong before.
Dan, who do you see winning the #3 WR spot for the Skins behind Garcon and Moss?
I think you can expect to see a lot of both Hankerson and Morgan, assuming they're healthy.
Any news on the health/contract situation with Cooley? Do you think he'll be on the roster come the season opener? I would say only if he redid his contract and took a lower salary.
I agree with you and would add that he must prove himself healthy and willing to accept a reduced role.
What are the chances the ROTY comes out of the bEast?
I don't know. I guess 1 in 8, right?
A BGN blogger suggested Dion Lewis would not make the team because of his incident at the hotel. I think its a minor fault and is ridiculous to suggest it would affect his ability to make the team, especially considering the lack of experience behind him. Thoughts?
I agree with you. He could get beaten out, but I doubt it'd be because he got drunk and pulled a fire alarm in a hotel.
"Everyone's welcome to believe what they want to believe. I personally feel as though this is a terribly overblown issue that will have no effect on anything. I have been wrong before." So then at what point do you feel it does become an issue?
I promise I'll let you know.
Which training camp are you most looking forward to checking out?
Cowboys. They have In-n-Out Burger out there. #jokesiveusedbefore
"I promise I'll let you know." You suck. I still like you, but you suck.
How is pulling a fire alarm a felony, but slapping your own mother isnt? sheeesh
I am not an attorney, but my guess is that it endangers more people?
Welcome back Dan, I don't know if you heard Mike Missanelli's interview with Mike Vick on 97.5 the Fanatic where Vick said that he learned from his experience and that he has second and third down to get farther down the field, do you think Vick has changed?
Was this the one a few weeks ago during minicamp? I heard that one while I was driving through Philly on my way to Redskins minicamp. As for whether he's changed, I mean, we'll see. It's all talk right now. Vick looked fantastic in camp last year and then showed up throwing interceptions and fumbling the ball in September. Nothing about the Eagles can be known until the games count.
How often have you lied about preferences to keep it fair in the reporting? Not insinuating you like one team better than the other, but it is inhumane to not have bias.
Never. I honestly don't care who wins the games. I don't know why people have such a hard time understanding that. I have no loyalty or animosity toward any of these teams. I report and write what I learn and believe, without bias.
your guacamole tastes like poop.
It does not, and you and Mook can sit there and watch while the rest of us enjoy it.
"I report and write what I learn and believe, without bias."Then speaking objectively, you would admit that the Eagles are more fun to watch than the other 3.
Vick is a lot of fun to watch, as is McCoy. The Eagles are exciting and fun to watch when they're clicking. But jeez, I thought the Giants were a lot of fun to watch in January.
Can we get a fantasy league together? Or are you too good for fantasy?
Already in too many leagues!
Just throwing this out there, but James Walker does a "Homer of the Week" entry every so often. I could see that being absolutely hilarious in the beast
I've seen it. And I'm not above stealing James' ideas. Maybe we'll give it a try.
Are you going to answer one of my four questions that I submitted? No, didn't think so. Keep taking comments about your guacamole or whether or not people can play fantasy with you. Thanks, Dan, for a solid chat. You're pathetic.
I can't remember if you do a bloggers fantasy league or not. If so, you should only be able to draft from the division you cover.
We don't, but I'd take my chances. Seifert would be pretty tough, though, with Rodgers and Calvin Johnson.
Dan probably the best July Chat in the History of July Chats.
Are you in a agreement with me that maclin is better than jackson? And maclin will have a breakout year.
I don't think he's "better." I think they're very different players, and that Maclin better fits the mold of the traditional WR1 than Jackson does. And yes, I think Maclin will have a very good year.
I know you say that the eagles generally have the best grub for the media....give me the worst grub!
In the division? Redskins.
You were in SD? Did you go to Comic Con?
We left the day before it started, and spent the rest of the week in LA. There were some folks already arriving early, though. Must have been some scene.
"In the division? Redskins." I'll get right on that. Next time we will have guacamole.
Guacamole is a bad press box food. Can't leave it out more than a half hour or so or it goes brown.
Clayton did an article a couple days ago about free agency situations for all the teams, and the Eagles are very well locked up for the next two years. I could see them keeping Reid on for those two years and then blowing up the team and firing him if they don't see success at that point. Agree?
Yeah, but I still say all bets are off if they really flop again this year.
Any word on how Niles Paul is doing with transitioning to TE? He sure has the size to be a decent blocker and a good recieving TE.
Early to tell, since they haven't practiced in pads yet and we haven't seen him block.
Ah, now I understand why I was banned from commenting. You actually read them!
I don't have the power to ban. It is a common misconception that I do.
Now hold up. Skins have the worst food in the division? Is it "bad" or just not as amazing as the other spreads?
It's pretty bad.
What are the chances we see Barry Church as the starter Wk 1?
I think decent. He seems motivated, and he's only got to climb over Brodney Pool to get it.
Of the coaches you get to interview...which one is the most amusing and entertaining off the record?
Shanahan, believe it or not. Reid a close second.
I'm suprised Snyder does't charge $12.99 for the the press box food.
No team in the NFL charges for press box food that I'm aware of. One reason it's better than covering baseball.
Romo gone if cowboys don't make a significant run this year?
Coughlin isn't the most amusing or entertaining? You hate the Giants!
Tom Coughlin is a very nice, decent, professional man, and a pleasure to talk to. But entertaining? Not so much.
When will things get interesting again? Week 3 of preseason?
I think two weeks later.
Has a player ever tried to intimidate you during an interview?
only a press guy woud compain about free food.
Hey, I'm answering questions!
Cowboys won't make a run with Romo there!! Right Dan?
I don't see how you can be sure of that. Romo's very good.
should i go see Ted tonight?
I liked Ted. But I would insist that everyone who goes to see it must have already seen at least one full season of Family Guy, or you're probably going to hate it.
give us the #1 thing you'll be looking for at each of the training camps...a little teaser for the stories to come
Fine. Eagles secondary. Giants' new offensive pieces and line. Cowboys' defensive improvements. And of course... R.G.3.
Slow offseason question: What's your favorite moment from your time covering sports?
The 2003 and 2004 ALCSes between the Yankees and Red Sox were as exciting and compelling as anything I've ever seen.
Hey, I'm out, folks. See you again next week.