Well, hello there. Anybody got any questions?
Do you think the Eagles will clean up the turnover problems anytime soon?
I think they will clean them up, because I do not think an average of 4.5 turnovers a game is sustainable over 16 games unless you're trying to turn it over. As for soon? Not sure. Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals don't look like a team that's going to make it easy on them, and the Giants and Steelers have both shown an ability to force turnovers as well. I'm looking at that Week 6 Detroit game as the first time you're not going to be completely terrified about turnovers as an Eagles fan.
Saw the Eagles ranked number 7 for this week's ESPN Power Rankings. Where did you have them ranked, Dan?
7, but I had Giants 6 and Ravens 8.
what are your thoughts on the skins d without Orakpo and Carriker?
I think it's going to be rough. That defensive front seven was my main reason for my optimistic 8-8 prediction, and I don't think they have a replacement for Orakpo. He's too important.
Where do you get off talking about Coach Schiano like that. Everyone has a different coaching style and if a Coach wants his team to play for 60 minutes than so be it.
That's an odd question, "Where do you get off?" I am paid to analyze the NFL. It's my job. Would you ask an accountant, "Where do you get off telling me what deductions I can take?" or a dentist, "Where do you get off telling me I need to floss?" I think Schiano was wrong, and those who are backing him are assuming he's telling the truth about why he did it, which I never assume with coaches. If he was really trying to win-at-all-costs, why not call his final timeout and try it twice? And why not do it at the end of the first half on the kneel-downs then? I think it was a fake-tough-guy move, trying to make a point, and I think it was foolish.
Is Andre Brown now the clear back up to Bradshaw? Is it because of David Wilson's Week 1 fumble and a Week 2 dropped pass?
Looks that way, and yes, I would think Wilson's inability to hold onto the ball has a lot to do with it. But don't forget, the Giants' roster is a meritocracy, Brown was in line ahead of Wilson. Just because Wilson's the first-round pick doesn't mean he must play. He has to show he can first, and if he doesn't, the Giants have no problem playing someone else while he works out his issues and continues his development.
Dan - just want to say keep up the good work. You sounded kind of beaten down in your mailbag this week.
Thanks, but let me address this, because I have read the post over and understand why people would misunderstand. I'm not asking anyone to feel bad for me or to offer support. I'm simply asking for better mailbag questions. I wouldn't mind sifting through the abuse if I was finding worthwhile questions to answer amid the abuse. But when it's ALL abuse and no good questions, it becomes something that's not worth doing. And that seems to be where it's been heading.
You really think the Giants would be the worst team in the league if Eli went down?
I think they have shown absolutely nothing else this year, and honestly I don't think they would have sniffed the playoffs last year without him.
I think it's a misleading statement that the Seahawks "pummeled" Dallas with the run game. Lynch had 10 rushes for 22 yards in the first half - the only reason Seattle's offense looked better in the second half was that Dallas' offense couldn't stay on the field.
They.... they play two halves, right? The Seahawks rushed for 182 yards. Of all the things I've written this week, I think the part about Dallas getting beaten up by the Seattle run game is among the least assailable.
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A lot of people keep saying that. I honestly do not know what to do about it.
Have the Rams always been cheap shot specialists, or is this a new thing under Jeff Fisher?
I think it's Finnegan's reputation more than it's Fisher's.
It looks like the times Vick throws his ints hes not seeing linebackers because of other players. Do you think his height is playing a factor in this decisions not because he is trying to force something but becasue he just cant see them?
I don't buy the height excuse. Never have. I think he doesn't read the field well, compared to other top QBs. But it's pretty rare to find a QB who's taller than his linemen, so I don't think height's the reason. It doesn't hurt Drew Brees.
What are your thoughts on the Giants trading Osi Umenyiora for a cornerback? It could very well be his final year. He's still a very good pass rusher. It seems to me if it becomes clear the CB spot could tank the Giants season, this is a possibility they should look into.
The Giants spend their resources on pass rush, not cornerback. I don't think they consider them positions of equivalent value. They're not trading Osi, not should they. They're not going to find a CB that helps them as much on the back end as he helps them up front.
Ok Dan, it's time for your take on the officiating - lot of grabbing, holding and cheap shots happening out there.
The officiating is what it is. These guys aren't good enough. It's not their fault. It's the NFL's. They have deemed this an acceptable product while they attempt to break the referees' union, and the reason is that the ratings continue to soar. As long as y'all keep watching, the league has no incentive to budge.
DeSean Jackson was telling the truth. He really is playing harder now that he got paid. Finishing routes, making tough catches, I like what I'm seeing!
I would say so far so good on that, yes, and I had my doubts.
How does the coaching staff feel about Jarvis Jenkins' recovery from knee surgery and his development as a player. He seems to be in good shape, but hasn't stood out much in his limited playing time thus far.
The coaching staff likes him a great deal, and with Carriker out I would imagine you're going to see much more of Jenkins.
I am happy with the Giants win, but don't you think Osi and Tuck have looked old in the first two games?
Tough to say, since we haven't seen them! Seriously, though, this is a big mystery. I expected more energy and production from the Giants' pass rush this week and we didn't see it. Again, they deserve the benefit of the doubt, but I'm sure fans would feel more comfortable if they showed something soon.
With Andre Brown likely to start, do you think TC will still keep Wilson in the dog house, or do you expect him to split the carries?
I don't think it's a split thing, and I don't think the plan was to split carries between Bradshaw and Wilson either. I think they have certain plans in mind for Wilson, and that they've maybe cut those back due to concerns about ball security with him. There's also pass protection to consider, and if Brown is better at that than Wilson is, Brown's going to play. Manning is the most important player on the team, and they can't put him at risk.
anything to the rumours of chad johnson visiting philly today
I do not know where Chad is. I do know that I have been told the Eagles have no plans to bring him in.
Should the NFL always capitulate to the demands of their various labor forces? Or is it possible that the refs are just flat out asking for too much?
I mean, the refs aren't on strike. They are locked out. The league is determined to get the deal it wants and use the replacements until it does. I don't think they'd be capitulating if they were to negotiate. But they don't like to negotiate. They like to lock out employeees and wait. Two years in a row now. Owners are the common denominator.
Is Nnamdi having trouble adjusting to Castillo' defense, or are his best days behind him? He got torched in man-coverage on Sunday, which is supposed to be his specialty.
He didn't have the speed to run with Jacoby Jones. He said after the game that the plan going in was that he'd be on Boldin and DRC would be on Torrey Smith, since Smith has more straight-line speed. But when Boldin moved inside, Nnamdi stayed outside so they could keep Boykin inside. That created the speed mismatch with Jones. It showed up twice -- once on the TD and once on the TD that got called back. Otherwise, I thought Nnamdi played well.
Are Bradford & Amendola that good / the Saints that bad or was the Skins secondary just exposed this week?
I think exposed. All along it was the defense's weakness. It overperformed in Week 1, but the Rams found plenty of holes in the zone in Week 2. I think Week 2 is closer to the reality, unfortunately for the Redskins.
do you think its a bad idea for griffin to have 11 carries a game? I understand a few of those were scrambles/break downs, but dont you think the shannys are asking for trouble calling designed runs? He's not a big guy
Yes, watching Griffin you can't help but think he's putting himself at risk by running so much.
Dan, how impressed are you with the Eagles' LBs and S so far? They haven't given up any huge, long TD runs so far, which was a reasonable concern going into the season given the style of defense they play.
They've been fantastic. There's not a lot more to say. The Eagles' defense has played fast and tough and kept them in two games the offense tried very hard to lose.
Just want to point out that the eagles telegraphed a blitz on the smith TD and he was jamming at the line to prevent a quick slant. The blitz was picked up which was more the reason for the TD than Nnamdi.
Thanks. But we were talking about the Jacoby Jones TD.
Great point to "remind" your fans that the refs didn't strike, the league locked them out. The refs were happy to continue working with the terms of the expired contract while negotiations continued. But the owners want it their way or no way at all. Same thing with what's going on with the NHL now and the NFLPA being locked out by owners last year. Hardly seems like a fair way to resolve a labor disagreement -- hire incompetent scabs.
It's not fair, but the owners are not held accountable. Fans still watch, in record numbers, and few people seem willing to assess blame in the proper direction for fear of being called unfair. This is completely one-sided, and it's the league strong-arming its employees again, and it's more proof that they don't care what you guys think because they know you're not going away no matter what.
Trying to dig positives up from the Cowboys game on Sunday..I thought Bruce Carter looked quick and instinctive against the Seahawks, one the few bright spots I saw--agree?
Yeah, I love Carter in coverage. Plays a lot like Lee -- fast and quick and, as you say, instinctive. But he's not as good in terms of strength in run support, and I think it was an overall lack of physical toughness (by a lot of players, not just the LBs) relative to Seattle that got them beat this week.
Looking at the Eagles draft this year between Cox, Kendricks, Boykin and Foles in the preseason. Is it ok to be pretty pumped about this draft class already??
I would say so. The first three have been instant contributors and the fourth is the backup QB. Not bad.
You mentioned in your column about the injuries to the Redskins defense resulting in Kerrigan getting more double teams as he is the biggest pass rushing threat with Orakpo out. My question is, do you think that with more attention on Kerrigan, one of the other guys in the linebacker rotation could shine, and if so who would you predict?
Well, sure, if Rob Jackson is up to it. But he's no Kerrigan, and he's no Orakpo. Which is why Kerrigan will see the double teams.
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I don't know Dan, that monday night game was a snoozefest. Too many more games that slow will probably turn away the casual fans.
Well, again, if that does happen (and count me as extremely doubtful), that's when the league might be prodded into action.
Where did you rank the Seahawks, above or below the 'boys?
I had COwboys 13th, Seahawks 20th. But last week I had them 10 and 28, so that's a pretty significant bit of movement.
Are you surprised by Vicks poise and play at the end of the first 2 games? I mean, he has not played great yet, but in the 4th he had driven the team down the field twice, scoring the winning touchdowns both times. Is this a more mature, more determined Vick we are watching?
Well, yeah, in the fourth quarter it is. The turnover problems early in games are same-old, same-old stuff, though. But I guess you'd rather have him at his best when it counts, right?
I think the turning point in the Cowboys game is that no-call on the Lee hit. The Cowboys weren't doing much but it was still 13-7 in the 3rd quater. That seemed to mess the Cowboys up mentally and the Seahawks just started pounding them with Lynch. Opinion on that?
Well, if that's the case, then you'd have to question their mental toughness as well as their physical toughness, wouldn't you? I think Seattle beat them up and wore them down and that it's hard to win on the road in the NFL.
Do you think that the indecisiveness of the replacement refs actually benefits someone like Andy Reid whose clock management is already questionable?
I think this is a funny but possibly wise question.
Have you watched any of the Cardinals games? Are they for real or should they be due for a let down game this week against the Birds?
I think the defense is legit. Could look a little like the Browns game if Eagles can't protect the ball. And I imagine Kolb will be motivated, if nothing else.
Are Brandon Graham's limited snaps just a product of a deep DE rotation? I was surprised to see he had less than 10 snaps on Sunday.
Yes, I think they are that.
Are the Eagles planning to sit Maclin for a week or two to let him recover from the hip pointer, or are they planning to start him this weekend?
They have not decided that, to my knowledge. He looks like a guy who could stand a week off, to me.
How do you think RG3 fares in his next start?
You know, those predictions, they come out on Fridays around here.
Is this year bigger for Vick, Reid or Nnamdi?
I think you have the right order.
Do you think the Skins missed the Waiter (Garcon) this week? Do you think he'll be able to go against Cincy?
No question they missed him. The offense is designed for him to be the leading receiver, and they had to adjust down. As for this week, no word yet. Have to see about practice tomorrow and the next day.
How do you see the Giants defense matching up with the Carolina offense? since you can't predict a Thursday night game on Friday that is.
Yeah, we'll do that Giants pick tomorrow or Thursday. But to your question, Newton's a hard guy to pressure, so they'll have to contain him. Problem there is, they're not covering well, so contain gives him time to find open targets downfield. Could be another shootout, I think.
are you at all surprised that fred davis is not looking like the fred davis from the first half of 2011 and more like the fred davis from week 14-17 (non existent)
Yes, but it appears to me that, on the plays where Grossman might have used Davis as his safety valve and dumped it off, Griffin runs instead.
I saw you reviewed the Vikings for Power Rankings. I didn't get to see them. Can Ponder throw a decent deep ball, or will their offense be AP and Harvin on horizontal routes all year?
I think Ponder can throw that deep ball. I don't know why they're not asking him to.
Can someone say something nice about Juan Castillo?
He's a very pleasant man to talk to. Informative, engaging, sincere. I like him.
Is Prince going to be available thursday?
Waiting on a post-practice report, but planning an afternoon post on Giants injuries, including that one.
Is there a possible suspension looming for my boy Desean? People are claiming he threw a punch in the chaos on Sunday.
He absolutely threw a punch and I was surprised he wasn't kicked out of the game. I'd imagine a fine is coming.
Is Nicks missing practice yesterday and today mean he is jeopardy of not playing Thurs. or precautionary due to quick turnaround this week?
I would imagine the latter.
first, thanks for your blog, Dan, do you think Andy Reid and Marty are starting to use a lot more the tight ends (Celek and Harbour) in the passing game?
Well, Celek, obviously, but they have a lot of injuries at WR and that could have something to do with it.
Dan the Giants rushing attack is currently ranked 24th through 2 weeks...well they could only get better right?
That's eight spots up from last year.
Dan.. your Castillo response sounds like your not convinced he's the answer at D coodinator?
It shouldn't. I was asked to say something nice. Didn't I? The way the Eagles' defense is playing right now, I wouldn't change a thing.
Enough positive Eagles tee up questions. Can you rip Andy Reid for basically forfeiting a fg at the end of the half to the Ravens for not managing the clock correctly? Noone seemed to bring this up..
That part of the game was managed poorly, yes. Return man needed to let that ball bounce into the end zone.
Just my 2 cents on the Schiano play...if, big IF, a TB defender had in fact knocked the ball lose and TB would have scored on the play, the only thing we'd be talking about today is how brilliant it was and how you can never take a play off in the NFL. No one, not one person, would have said "that is BS that Tampa cheated and won the game like that". I was against the play at first, but now that Ive looked at it from all angles, I think men need to be men and treat it for what it was, a football play.
Yeah, you know what? If, big IF, I found a magic lamp in my basement and rubbed it and a genie came out, the only thing my neighbors would be talking about is all the awesome cars I had in my driveway. The focus here is all wrong. This was false hustle by Schiano, not some noble attempt to win a game. If it were the second thing, he'd have called the timeout and done it twice. He's full of beans.
At what point in the season do you think Nick Foles will be ready if he's called upon for a start or two? I feel confident in him after the bye week
I think he'd play OK, but I don't think he'd make fewer mistakes.
Bad Ass of the week... Brent Celek. Agree or disagree? Getting up and jackin' the crowd up after a vicious hit in the first quarter and then hurdling over Ed Reed.
Toughest dude on the field. Had sports hernia surgery after the season ended last year. Played with a sports hernia.
You need a toke there Danny. Your ranting about Schiano reeks of having some prior personal issue with the guy.
We've never met. This is objective analysis on one of the hottest stories in the league. Why would anyone imagine I have some sort of grudge?
Is Doug Martin exponentially better than David Wilson or is it just that Martin is in a better situation?
Martin's the bell-cow back in a run-first offense. Wilson is the No. 3 or 4 back in a passing offense. I think it's too early to judge them against each other.
Just for the record, almost every former NFL player on ESPN has sided with Schiano. Greenberg even said it changed his view of it hearing their side. So while you can disagree with me, and the former NFL players ESPN has on the payroll, you dont have to mock me.
Oh I know. But while the former players' perspective is worthwhile, it's not the only one to consider. I personally think Greenberg copped out by failing to take a stand and deferring to Golic because Golic played. You don't need to have played football to analyze football. It just offers you a specific perspective, that's all. Doesn't make your perspective more worthwhile, or your opinion more correct, than anyone else's.
You said earlier that you had the Redskins going 8-8 with Orakpo and Carricker...now what record do you project them at?
I don't re-do the predictions as the year goes along. They are what they are. Injuries happen.
Schiano just put a bullseye on his team is all no team will treat them with respect at the end of the game with their team up a score. It's bush league because the qb walks up to the line tells the other team what they are snapping the ball as a respect to a team that has fought hard in a game.
I agree completely.
Dan let's say Eli take sthe knee and after that he fumbled because TB pushed the online into him. Isn't the play dead because Eli already gave himself up by taking the knee. So what is Schiano trying to accomplish here except "Look at me NFL. Pay attention to my team"? It was beyond bush-league.
I agree completely.
Correct on all counts.
Cart before the horse here, but if the Skins implode due to a defensive collapse (shaky secondary is further exposed due to front 7 injuries) and IF the the team staggers to a sub 7-9 season, think Shanahan's job would be in jeopardy? I wouldn't be in favor of it, but the man who cuts the checks has a history of impulsive behavior....
No, I don't think there's any chance at all that they fire the head coach after the rookie QB's first season. Shanahan is a sure thing to return in 2013.
I would disagree with the poster who said "almost every former NFL player...." Not true. ESPN interviewed a bunch of guys who said it was wrong, including Steve Young, Tim Hasselback, Chris Carter and even tough-guy coach Brian Billick. I think a truly representative sampling would find that some significant percentage of NFL players thought it was bush and dangerous, because it was totally unexpected. Can't wait to see what happens the next time Josh Freeman goes into victory formation
Offensive guys sided with Giants. Defensive guys with Bucs. That's why I think you have to be careful assuming players' opinions are gold. They all have their biases.
After how well Weeden and Richardson played Sunday and the defense played Sunday, is it possible that the Eagles have a much better defense than we expected?
It's possible, though I expected it to be among the very best in the league.
but on another note from that game it looks if nicks can get healthy he is in the very upper tier of recievers?
Oh, without a doubt. Calvin Johnson has an untouchable set of physical tools that set him apart from the rest of the pack. But no one in the league PLAYS THE POSITION any better than Nicks plays it.
why would raheem morris choose to be a secondary coach when rumors are he had defensive coordinator jobs open to him? is he the next coach? next defensive coordinator?
Perhaps... the rumors... aren't true?
How do you think Rak's injury will affect his upcoming contract negotiations? Do you see the skins getting a discount? Do you see him taking that personally?
History indicates that the team now gets a bargain, yes. Though it would also be getting a player who suffered season-ending pec injuries two years in a row. So it's not as though there's no good reason for the discount, or for the team to wonder whether it wants to commit big money to the player going forward.
Nicks plays the position better than Fitz?
What I said was, no one in the league plays it better than Nicks does. Larry Fitzgerald or Roddy White or A.J. Green or any of those guys might be your cup of tea, and you may take any of them or someone else over Nicks. But he's in the discussion.
Is it likely that Morgan's brain fart opens the window for Briscoe to play?
Doubt it. Morgan signed a long-term deal. They picked him as someone to target in free agency. They're not going to bench him over one stupid play. He's part of their plans, short and long term.
With more experience together, Manning and Bennett could be a better connection that any TE's in the recent past for the Giants
Well, but Bennett's going to have to catch the ball, and he never could in Dallas. The Giants brought him in to be a run-blocker. Anything he gives them as a receiver is gravy. And if he keeps dropping the ball, Eli will throw it to other people.
I actually think Kelce's injury is a disaster given what we went thru with baas last year trying to lead a bunch of lineman who didnt know him from adam prior to the season. Center requires a lot above the shoulders which shines a bright spotlight on the replacement who just a 'guy'
But the guy, Reynolds, has been in the system for three years (and in Mudd's for one). Kelce was a sixth-round rookie last year. It's not conceivable that they have a ready replacement?
What's more concerning the Giants continuing to shuffle the o-line or the d-line not getting consistent pressure?
It's the D line. They knew they'd struggle on the O line. But that D line pressure was supposed to be one of their reliable things. It has not been.
When do you think David Wilson escapes Coughlin's doghouse, if he even does at all this season?
Again, gradually. The Giants are patient with their young players. He'll work his way into the mix as his performance merits.
Actually Raheem Morris did have DC openings offered to him. he didn't take them because he had already verbally agreed with the Redskins and he wanted to be a man of his word. Plenty of people reported on that when it happened.
OK, well, then the earlier question doesn't hold, right? He took Job A before Jobs B and C were offeredn.
Hey Dan -- Last one before you leave. Does Bell replace Dunlap from here on out?
I think it's entirely possible, especially if Dunlap can't answer the bell Sunday.
Enjoyed it as always, folks. Until next time.