Hi everyone. Let's do this...
Kevin, Do you think Cedric Benson will have a big role with the packers?
He's got that opportunity, absolutely and without a doubt. He might be the best back on the Packers' roster, even if he has a lot of wear and tear on his body, and he should benefit from defenses that are poised to stop the pass. As long as James Starks keeps getting injured, there is an opportunity for someone to step into that role.
I want Kellen Moore cut RIGHT NOW!!! He is TERRIBLE!!! He makes me ANGRRRRRYYYY!!!That is all.
Surprised how many people feel this way. Quarterback is an important-enough position that he deserves more than one week of the preseason, right? Only the top 1 percent are ready to play when they are rookies.
Any optimism for MN pass D this year? Winfield healthy, Cook back (and on the rise), H.Smith promising contribution @ S, DL still tight
Maybe a little bit if they stay healthy, but who needs to pass when you can run for 260 yards, as the 49ers did the other day? Granted, Kevin Williams was among those not playing. But there were some poor angles and even worse tackling going on there.
Kevin: Do you see the Vikes bringing back EJ at any point or are they content with their current LB crop?
I would be surprised if they brought him back, but I guess stranger things have happened. They pretty much moved on in the offseason.
Two quick questions: Despite Frazier's diplomatic response yesterday, I'm getting zero vibes that Peterson will not be able to go week #1. Is that what you're hearing? And who is looking like the favorite to start opposite Harrison Smith at safety?
Well, the only person putting out vibes is Peterson, and ultimately he is only part of the decision-making process. But you're right, no one is really throwing up a genuine caution flag, either on or of the record.
Should Desmond Bishop be flattered or offended that you and Rachel Nichols think he's Cedric Benson?
My mistake for re-tweeting that. Didn't look closely enough. She corrected it in about two seconds.
Kevin, I know you don't particularly like to discuss potential trades, but with the abundance of talent the Packers has at wr do you see a trade with Miami becoming possible with similarities in offense and Coach Philbin running the helm? If so who would appeal to the Pack?
The obvious spot is at receiver. Who knows if the Packers would seriously consider trading James Jones. I wouldn't rule it out. I would also watch the Raiders to see if Reggie McKenzie wants to acquire some of the players he helped acquire in Green Bay.
I hate to say this as a bears fan but I feel if that Urlacher cant play at the high level he is capable of the whole bears season could go to waste along with all the additions we made in the offseason
He'll be able to play, by most accounts. The issue is going to be how effective he can be, and if he'll be able to get enough practice time in to stay in the flow on a weekly basis. Clearly his knee wasn't ready for full-time pounding, even seven-plus months after the original injury.
If my neighborhood had a block party, I wouldn't be invited...because I don't know what a block is.
Initially didn't know where you were going with that, but well done.
With the way the teams in the NFCN have been bulding, do you think the Vikes are playing too old of a brand of football? They're a run first team in a division against throw first offenses. With them playing 12 of 16 games in-doors, do you think they'll stand a chance of "running" to victory?
Ha. I think they're trying to move toward the mean by drafting Matt Kalil to help in pass protection, along wth signing tight end John Carlson and receiver Jerome to be new targets. They recognize they need to be able to throw it much better than they did last year.
Will the Lions new "Grey" scheme succeed?
I'm not sure how much they'll use it, especially now that it's been discussed publicly so much. But it's an interesting change of pace.
Kevin, most predictable question of the chat: Will Urlacher be on the field on September 9th? I certainly hope so, as the flight from Laguardia to O'Hare was non-refundable!
A few people have pointed out that the Bears have a quick turnaround in Week 2, playing the Packers in Green Bay on Thursday night. Would it makes sense to have him open the season against the Packers rather than the Colts at home? I could see that. Urlacher and the Bears seem to think he'll be ready by Week 1. Given that they also thought he would be ready for camp, I think we should consider all possibilities.
Which rookie has impressed you most thus far in camp?
There are a lot of impressive rookies this year, but the Bears' Alshon Jeffery makes it very easy to envision early success for. He's built to contribute on some level right away.
Have the Packers finally given up on me?
I don't think so, but they also know the can't wait around for you to get back. They'll re-set the situation when you're ready to play.
Kevin is it reasonable to expect 800 yards and 8 TDs from Kyle Rudolph this year?
Very much so, I would say. Ponder loves throwing to him, and that's half the battle.
Does Joe Webb really have a potential to contend for a starting QB position in the NFL? His first preseason week's performance seems to suggest otherwise.
Yeah, apparently he has had an up-and-down camp. That would be the worst-case scenario for the Vikings: They remove him from the other roles he was working to focus on quarterback, and he actually regresses in the process.
Please tell me Balthazar Bethel Johnson Jackson Monroe will be the 2nd string QB for the Vikes. His arm is the best on the team...by far.
If arm strength alone determined depth charts, the NFL's QB position would be turned over pretty significantly right now.
Benson picks Packers over Lions and Raiders. Is there any word on the difference in offers, or was it purely signing with the team with the best chance of winning?
I saw that Benson said as much over on Fox Wisconsin. Sometimes players don't differentiate between exploratory calls and actual hard offers. I can't confirm from the Lions' perspective that they actually tried to sign Benson, but given their situation, they would have been smart to at least keep tabs on his conditioning and frame of mind this summer.
How can the Packers justify playing anyone in the slot besides me? I am a threat to take it to the house every time I touch the ball. Surely they can't think that James "Stone Hands" Jones and Donald "Over the Hill" Driver are better options than me.
Ha. I wouldn't be surprised to see you on the field more than either Jones or Driver this season. How's that?
Do you see the Bears being able to pick up a serviceable linebacker once teams start making cuts?
Yes. Anyone who is close to being able to do what Brian Urlacher has done even in recent years? No.
Mike McCarthy may have never seen this many injuries, or anything like it, but how about you? Have you ever seen this many Kevin?
The problem is that teams are classifying injuries differently than they did before. In the older days, a player was expected to practice through soreness. Now teams hold them out to prevent further injury. Just eye-balling it, there does appear to be many more players sitting out practices. I don't know if that means more "injuries" though.
Kellen Moore will make the roster. How much playing time will he have this Friday against the Ravens, and why didnt Archer play last week?
The Lions have carried three quarterbacks throughout the Schwartz era, so it wouldn't be surprising if Moore makes it and gets a year or two to develop with the Lions' offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan and quarterbacks coach, Todd Downing. As for Archer, I have to assume he is a camp arm only.
How much does Hargrove's and Neal's suspensions play into them making the final roster?
Irrelevant. They would go on the suspended list and thus wouldn't count toward the 53-man roster. The decision to add them to the final roster, or cut them, would come when their suspensions are up.
Kevin, since we're in the dullness of preseason, why don't we see more teams going for it on 4th down regardless of where they are on the field or more onside kicks? The game would go slightly quicker, fans would have reason to get somewhat excited and in the end, opposing teams would have something to think about when teams go for it on 4th down in the regular season. Of course, unless you have a punter competition, you have to let them punt the ball away.
Totally agree. Why have an experienced kicker go for a 25-yard field goal when you could give your offense another red-zone snap? Let's stop pretending these are anything other than full-pads practices.
Are team like the Lions, Packers really going over and above regarding concussions or are they actually following the "new" procedures the NFL has put in place?
I didn't say they are going above and beyond. Just said they are doing more. Whether that's mandated by the NFL or by their own choice, they're freely acknowledging it.
How much 5 wide do you think the packers will implement this year?
Rarely. But 4-WR sets could happen more often.
Bigger Bears concern...Urlacher or Left Tackle?
Interesting. I trust a 70-pecent Urlacher more than a 100-percent Webb at the moment. Put it that way.
How are the Packers even thinking about starting Bush at corner?
I don't think the are. Even after Davon House got hurt, the turned to Casey Hayward instead of Bush.
Two quick questions: 1) What is the latest on Jennings, and 2) how large of a role do you expect Jerome Simpson to have based on what you have seen in camp? Thanks!
Greg Jennings is still recovering from a concussion but there are no indications this is a long-term thing. As for Simpson, he'll be the starter when he returns from the suspension. So he'll have as big of a role as he can handle.
I think A.J. Hawk is barely adequate don't you?
He definitely doesn't make as many big plays as Desmond Bishop when healthy. But he plays an important leadership and organizing role on the field.
Any chance Armando Allen beats out Khalil (fumbleitis) Bell as the 3rd RB for Chicago?
He looked good late last season and also in training camp this year. Good burst. He's got a chance, I would think.
saw mixed reviews on nick perry...some liked, some didn't whats your take?
Important to view him in the context of a new position. If he shows flashes, you can be encouraged because it means his raw skills are pushing through the inevitable confusion.
Do you see any chance of Alshon Jeffrey regularly lining up opposite Marshall, keeping Bennett in the slot where he is comfortable? Is it too early to think that he is ready for that?
I can absolutely see that, although Devin Hester will get some plays on the outside as well.
Do you think Kyle Rudolph could have a Jimmy Graham-like explosion this season, or is that asking way to much?
That's too much. Graham is such a rare athlete. But Rudolph can be a really productive player in this offense.
I thought Harrell reminded me of Flynn in preseason in past years... after Thursday my concerns are lesser, how do you feel about him?
Definitely looks like a guy who needs reps. He'll get them this preseason. But I don't see any evidence that the Packers will give up on him.
Do you think TT is going against his philosophy of draft and develop players by signing some questionable character guys. In an attempt to win now as he sees the window of opportunity closing considering several players are in line for huge raises in the next couple years.
I'm not sure if it's that tightly-wrapped in theory. But he would be silly to ignore the fact that he has the best QB in the game at the moment, and that he won't leave a stone unturned to ensure maximum results out of Aaron Rodgers' prime.
When your LT position is a battle between Webb and Williams, you better have a lockdown on RT position.
True that. And the Bears feel pretty good about Gabe Carimi.
Should I be concerned that Urlacher's injury actually causes two shifts in the defense...Roach moving to the middle and Hayes in the SAM role...wouldn't it be better to leave Roach on the strong side. Or am I overthinking it because they will play nickel half the time anyway?
It's a fair point. They'll play a lot of nickel, but there's a reason that Roach isn't usually on the field in the nickel.
When are you going to post your division prediction? I'm thinking: Packers 11-5 Bears 10-6 Lions 10-6 Vikings 5-11
Not a bad stab at it. Our season preview comes out in a few weeks.
Is it safe to say BJ Coleman is definitely ending up on the practice squad and we can expect Harrell to take 90% of the preseason snaps?
I'm not sure where Coleman will end up. The Packers have been good enough at QB development that if they express interest in someone, people notice. If they try to put him through waivers to put him on the practice squad, they run the risk of losing him. The Vikings lost Tyler Thigpen a few years ago in the same way. He was also a 7th-round pick, and who would have thought there would have been a market for Tyler Thigpen?
Cedric Benson will rush for 1050+ yards and score 7 TDs. Have I lost my mind?
How many carries? 300?
Sorry, that wasn't nice. If the Packers run the ball enough times, Benson could definitely put up those numbers.
With Titus Young having a really good training camp, any chance he becomes the Lion's #2 WR over Burleson?
I'm not sure if will be noticeable that way. They use a lot of 3-WR sets anyway.
Do you think what Jordy Nelson did last year was a fluke or is he a legit deep threat again this year?
If Bishop stays out, can the Packers return to their 2010 defensive form?
It's a blow for sure. It will all depend if their defensive line/OLBs can get more pressure on the QB.
how are you feeling about Harrison Smith? Is he the answer we were looking for back there?
He's got fresh legs and is aggressive. That's an improvement over some of the guys they've run out there in recent years.
What % would you say that Colt McCoy ends up in Green Bay?
At this point, 10 percent. Really don't think the Packers want to give up on Harrell, and he hasn't been bad enough for that.
Kevin when are you going to update your ESPN photo? We all see the grey in the blog videos. Rock it like a champ.
I just need to fix the lighting for the videos. It's all in the lighting.
With House and Shields injured can we expect to see a lot of Hayward in the upcoming preseason game?
Yup. He's got a real chance to earn the starting job -- permanently.
Do you have any Viking stadium updates? I now actually like those better than analyzing glorified practices.
They sent out a request for proposal to architects today. How's that?
With all of the LT competition talk with the Bears there has been a fair amount of criticism for not addressing it in the off season. In your mind was there really a whole lot that Emery could do? Drafting a decent tackle was probably not going to happen and there wasn't exactly a lot of serviceable free agents floating around was there?
Could they have traded for Jake Long or Joe Thomas? No. But did they do anything substantive to plan for the possibility of Webb not taking the next step? Not really. They went all in on Webb, with Chris Williams as the alternative, and it's clear they don't want Williams in that role. That's where they are vulnerable. If Webb flops, ultimately that's on Emery, Lovie and Tice for believing so strongly that he could do it that they didn't think they needed to hedge.
Kevin more likely to happen: Bears have a top 5 offense, Packers have a top 5 defense, the Vikings win 8 games or the Lions make the NFC championship game this year?
Oooh, I like that. Might use that later this week. My first blush answer is ... that it's a really tough choice. I promise to follow up.
A few more here while I recover from that question.
Any chance that Jahvid Best will play this year or do you think he will retire?
The Lions are very, very confident that he will play. But they were also very, very confident he would be ready for camp. So I'll say 50-50 that he plays again.
Re: Carlson... He wasn't signed to catch passes... He was signed to block. Rudy will have over twice as many rec yards as the new million dollar TE
Wrong on the former, but might be right on the latter. Carlson is a pass-catcher first.
Kind of a half-answer to the Harrison Smith question. U could apply the fresh legs/aggressive label to a great many young players. Does he look good in coverage? Does he take good angles? Is he holding onto INTs?
He looked really good in coverage from what I could say. Understand angles, for sure. Good instincts. Waiting on tackling...
Kevin, you are the Bears GM for one day...that day is draft day 2012 and in the 2nd round you're faced with DeCastro or Jeffrey...who you taking and why?
DeCastro is available in the second round? If that's the case, for the Bears, I still take Jeffrey. They're fine at guard, I think.
Will Jim Shwartz and Harborough actually throw punches this season?
I predict that will be the most anti-climactic season of Week 2.
OK everyone, thanks so much! Chat with you later.