Afternoon, all. First question today will be a Redskins question, per the results of our weekly Twitter contest. So fire away.
Do you think that the Redskins would pursue a mid-season trade for some help in the secondary?
I'm sure they would, if they could, but this isn't baseball, where teams find midseason help at the trade deadline for their playoff push. Trades are very rare in the NFL to begin with, the Redskins aren't exactly flush with draft picks to deal, and I don't look around the league and see a lot of teams who have good defensive backs that they're not using. I think you're stuck with what you've got, plus, eventually, Meriweather.
Dan, how about a rare fantasy question? I have Vick in a dynasty league. Do you think its worth picking up Foles to protect my investment?
if you're Jerry Reese and you could only keep Nicks OR Cruz, who would it be?
I think Nicks is the better player. But the way it looks now, given Nicks' injury issues and the obvious comfort level Manning has developed with Cruz, you'd have to say Cruz.
Do you think RG3 will be able to keep up the pace at which he is playing or do you think teams will be able to start gameplanning for him soon?
I think he will, obviously, have some tough games. Everyone does. But I think, if you're a Redskins fans, you are justified in hoping for all of the great things about which you dreamed when they made the trade.
Dan,With both Costa and Lee in doubt, the resurgence of the Giants D and pass rush the last couple of weeks and the record of the Giants at Jerryworld (3-0) are you surprised cowboys actually favored this week over the Gmen?
Well, no, because those betting lines aren't designed to predict which team will win as much as they're designed to predict how people will bet. The Cowboys are at home, they did beat the Giants in Week 1 and they're the Cowboys, who still probably draw more action than their recent record indicates they should. So you set the line in their favor to encourage more people to bet the Giants, with the hope that you get it as even as possible and make money no matter what.
do you think the giants were being serious in their praise of rg3? it seemed over the top, never heard them talk about an opposing QB like that before
I was there when they were talking, and yes, I believe they were serious.
If the o-line doesn't improve, could Doug Free be a part of those leaving the Cowboys next year?
Which QB (besides Eli) wins a Super Bowl first (RG3, Romo, Vick)?
Since this is a total wild guess question, I'll go Romo.
You said last week that the QB of the winner between the Giants and Redskins was the division's MVP. Do you stand by that claim now?
I think Eli Manning is the NFC East MVP to this point, yes.
Are you surprised Vick has missed NO playing time yet this year?
I am. Wasn't that the big concern?
Dan, could you see RGIII winning offensive mvp if he keeps up he level of play?
Offensive Player of the Year, maybe. But MVP is a different award, and tends to go to players on playoff teams. Griffin's going to need help from his defense if he wants that award.
Were there any calls against NY you thought were iffy? What were your thoughts on the leg whip, the illegal motion, and the bradshaw TD calls?
Yes. There were also calls against Washington and 24 other NFL teams this week that were iffy. That's because games were played, and human beings officiated them.
Dan, Why do you think the Giants gave up on the run so quick this weekend?
I think teams look at their matchups and decide what's the best way to attack an opponent. And I think, if you look at the Redskins right now, it's easy to determine that you can attack them in the secondary.
Coughlin has been playing the "nobody believes in us" card for some time, but pretty to do now. What do you think he does now? Does he use the fawning over RG3 who lost the ballgame as a measure of disrespect to keep the "nobody believes in us" mojo?
Oh, he'll find something. The betting line favoring Dallas, the fact of how badly Dallas beat them at home. If one pregame analyst picks the Cowboys, you'd better believe Coughlin will let his team know.
Which calls that went against NY would you say were iffy?
You're missing my point. It doesn't matter.
Dan, see the Giants are tied with Houston at number 2 in this week's power rankings. Does Atlanta have the top spot just by virtue of being undefeated, or do the voters actually think they are the best team in the league? I've seen a few of their games and at times they look like the team the Giants smacked around in the first round of the playoffs last year.
I put Atlanta No. 1 and the Giants No. 2. I think Atlanta has played very well, and the fact that they have managed to win the games in which they didn't play their best matters to me as a voter. I think they're in the conversation with Houston, SF, Chicago and the Giants right now for who's the best team in the league, and the 6-0 record, for me, means they deserve to rank ahead of those teams. For now.
You guessed right on the TD count between Eli and RG3 last week, so...Who will throw more INTs this week? Romo or Eli??
I did? Romo.
If DAL wins this Sun., do they becomes favorites to win the division?
I don't think so. They'd still be a half-game out of first place. But you'd have to take them quite seriously as a threat, with the two head-to-head wins in hand.
While he didn't break any big runs, Felix Jones looked pretty sharp on Sunday. On most runs he got a yard or 2 extra by extending the play and getting around defenders. Do you think he'll see more action even when DeMarco Murray comes back?
No. I think Murray is their guy, and they don't trust Felix to stay healthy. Case in point: He is not, currently, healthy.
Dan, it looked to me like the Giants had great difficulty setting the edge against the run last Sunday and that was the key reason they got torched on the ground (same problem they had against Philly). What did you see?
Sure, and I don't think it's surprising, because so much of their energy and focus was on trying to contain a QB who could beat them around the edge with speed. Tough to lock in when you're worried the guy's going to do something you haven't seen before.
Hey Dan, I read your post about Danny Watkins not wanting to talk to the media anymore. Obviously, since you work for a media outlet, you don't like it, but in all honestly, does you really owe you & the media anything?
I think I made my point pretty clearly. Talking to the media is part of a professional athlete's job, whether they like it or not.
You mentioned that the Eagles offense appeared crippled by the loss of LT Peters, but I feel Kelce, while less talented than Peters, was a much bigger blow to their offense. Would you concur?
No. I think Peters' loss is being felt in the run game at least as much as, and probably more than, it is in pass protection. He helped them run screen passes, helped them run for big yardage to his side. I don't think people fully understand how much he did.
How do you see the Giants splitting carries now that they have their top 3 RBs back? Obviously they didn't run that much on Sunday against the Skins, but I don't think I saw David Wilson in the backfield at all. Was him getting carries the past few weeks just a by-product of Brown being hurt? Or are they still confident in him but just didn't run the ball enough to get him any carries this past week?
They only called 19 run plays, and Wilson is No. 3 on the depth chart behind Bradshaw and Brown. He's still a developing player.
Given your impressions of the team attitude, do the Eagles come out this week and play inspired, urgent football, or do they play like a team that is losing faith in a desperate, bewildering head coach?
I think the Eagles love their coach, and I think they'll play very hard Sunday. I have no idea if they'll score enough points to win.
Do you think having bryant return punts more is worth the injury risk, seeing as he isn't producing much in the passing attack
I think it's fine to have Bryant return punts. I just think they need to work with him on how he does it. He looked like a maniac out there, taking way too many risks.
I'd say the calls in NY mattered when one of them took 4 points off the board in a 4 point loss. Are you saying you can't understand why Skins fans were/are very frustrated with those calls?
I am saying, as I always say, that bad calls happen and are not worth complaining about. And that only fans of the losing team ever complain. Redskins could have won that game. Make a stop. Don't blame anyone else.
I'm fired up for this week!!! I might just smack Eli in the back of the head!!!But seriously, are my antics distracting this team?
Whats the over/under on Vick turnovers before he gets pulled this week?
What was the reaction in the press box when Eli hit Cruz for the long one at the end of the game? No surprise whatsoever?
Right? I feel like we've now seen that play so many times. It's amazing, and Tuck said it after the game, that we're not surprised anymore.
Can't wait to see your TE choice on the all-BEast team this week. It's turning into quite the 3 man race.
Maybe I'll go with Cooley just for kicks.
The most impressive thing about RG3 is that he hasn't had Garcon for most of the year and didnt have Davis most of the game Sunday. Doing what he has with the surrounding cast is impressive, do you agree?
Yes. I do.
I agree with you that Haslett does not deserve the blame for the loss to the Giants. You said the Haslett is creating a lot of different coverage schemes to compensate for the weakness, does Morris deserve any credit for the creative schemes as well?
I'm sure he's in the meetings, yes.
What do you think the point differential will be between the winner and loser of the NJG @ DAL game?
DWare had another .5 sack on Sunday. Still probably not good enough to stay on your all East team, eh Danny boy?
See, this is why I never go to Jerksville.
How come Gilbride gets so much praise for game plan last week and goes back to being criticized again this week? Which one is closer to the truth?
Can I ask why the media keeps comparing RG3 to other black QB's? Something about that bothers me, that all black QB's have to be the same, you don't see the same thing with white Qb's
I hate that as well.
Dan, are you done with writing stock watch posts? You haven't done one since week 1.
Stock Watch was a required post last year. This year they told us it was optional. Since I never really liked it, and I have a ton of other stuff on Tuesdays now with Power Rankings videos and knee-jerk reactions and the like, I opted to stop. You guys want it back?
One last power ranking question if you had to pick a winner Atl vs Giants neutral site game this week would you take Atl?
Good question. I think I'd wait until Friday to make the pick.
I love how Dez is on pace for 96 catches and 1008 yards, but he's a "non-factor" in the passing game. Perception's a wonderful thing, eh?
Not if you're Dez, it's not.
what do the eagles have to do well besides not turn the ball over to beat the falcons
Cover their WRs. Which they can do.
Just to please everyone who hates non-football questions: would you rather have a pet panda cub or a koala?
Panda. Because it would remind me of a black-and-white cookie, and I love those.
Danny Pineapples, is it fair to say that the Eagles this season are only going to go as far as their coaching takes them because the players are not playing well enough to cover up flaws???
No, I still think it all comes down to Vick.
YES WE WANT STOCK WATCH BACK! 1 it's entertaining and 2 it's one more thing to look forward to in the blog every week
I promise I'll at least think about it.
Nice Danny diverting the question by staying true to your prediction of games policy,this writing thing might just work out for ya.
Ha. Yeah, it's a good question. I don't know the answer. Falcons and Giants have both played very well. I guess you'd take the Giants given the result the last time they played and the Giants' proven track record in big games.
any idea how the math works on the cap penalties? 36 mill seems excessive
You'll have to wait for the John Mara chat and ask him.
what do you do with all the unanswered questions?
Wallpaper the basement.
Does the name Danny bother you?
Nope. Reminds me of when I was a kid.
Who do you think is No.1 CB right now for Giants? Amukamara or Webster?
Amukamara is playing better.
seeing as the world series starts tmw is it fair to ask for a prediction on it today?
I like the Tigers.
Speaking of the last Giants-Falcons game... would you say the Falcons have some motivation to prove themselves about that, uhh, embarassment?
Yes. Nothing they do this regular season, even if they went 16-0, would stop people from questioning their ability to win in the playoffs after the way they went out the last two years. They have oodles of motivation.
Will London Fletcher's game streak come to an end this Sunday? What have you heard?
Doesn't sound like they're too concerned.
DG, regarding the officials...they same to be getting a pass on here and everywhere else I read. If these were replacements, people would be crucifying them. Why the double standard???
See, for me, the issue with the replacement issues wasn't that they were missing calls. It's that they obviously were overwhelmed. The Packers-Seahawks call that finally ended the whole mess was an obvious case of two guys guessing (and guessing different things, by the way). The real officials have the confidence and experience necessary to make a tough call, and the fact that they're going to miss one every now and then has more to do with the fact that they're human and not that they're underqualified to be there.
Dan, The last Giants?Cowboys game was lost by the Giants primarily because of the play of 3rd string corner Michael Coe. With the Prince settled in at corner now do you see the Cowboys offense having the same success?
No, obviously that's an upgrade, and the Cowboys are likely to be without DeMarco Murray, which also hurts them.
When will Alfred Morris start to get his credit. We all know about rg3 1
Barking up the wrong tree here, randy.
DG, its been a while, great work! Got 2 questions 1: Considering what we saw from the Steelers D Sunday night, would you say its likely Morris and RG3 run all over them? 2: Do you see the Skins doing whatever it takes to grab an elite free safety next year?
Steelers are a lot tougher at home, and yeah, I think they'll go safety-hunting in free agency.
Clearly, Garrett lacks the ability to manage games and players. He is the weak link of this team just as Wade was. How much longer must I suffer with this embarrassment??
Garrett's going to be the coach there for a long time. As for how long you "must" suffer, that would seem to be up to you, right?
Michael Wilbon just wrote on article saying that he thinks RG3 is the best player in the NFL right NOW. Would you agree with this? If not, who's the best player and why?
I think that's a bit much, yeah. Aaron Rodgers still looks like a pretty good player to me. Adrian Peterson. Lance Briggs. I think we can do a list that includes guys with more than seven games' worth of experience and feel confident that we're not underrating this extraordinary young man.
What about moving DeAngelo Hall to safety?
Can't see how it could be any worse.
People keep using RG3's lack of experience as a negative when comparing him to others. What is the acceptable number of games when that will no longer be an issue for you?
I don't know, but come on. What's the rush? Why can't we just enjoy what we're watching without worrying whether he's better than Tom Freaking Brady? Who cares?
Why am i not grasping the TE position quickly?
I don't think you like blocking defensive ends. And I don't think I can blame you.
Since it all comes down to Vick, should Marty (Morninwheg) be focusing more on putting Vick in the best positions to succeed going forward??? I don't think Eagles fans can stomach another QB draw call in a goal-to-go situation when it's the only run option because McCoy is on the sidelines. Or worse, stopping what's working for something really dumb.
I think part of the problem is that Vick fights the system, and so Mornhinweg is constantly faced with having to design plays that limit Vick's ability to freelance, and that limits the offense. It's a tough balancing act, but I think Vick bears most of the responsibility for the problems.
If Andy Reid loses coming out of the bye (which as you have pointed out he always wins), does he get fired mid-season? It would be "giving-up" on a season but the Eagles just have not looked impressive.
He's not getting fired mid-season.
What are your thoughts on Leonard Hankerson? He didn't really explode onto the scene, but seems to be more reliable every week.
Thing is, he did kind of explode, then he got hurt, then he worked his way back up a suddenly very crowded depth chart. I think he's got talent, and is the kind of guy they want -- big, good blocker, can make a play with the ball in his hands. A keeper.
Do you think the Cowboys won because Joe Gibbs went down there and helped them out?
Yeah, that was it. I hear Darrell Green and Joe Theismann are going to address them this Saturday night.
Dan, a big problem that no one is talking about is that the Eagles have only 7 sacks on the season. Boy with Trent Cole and Jason Babin that seems unfathomable.....
I dispute your assertion that no one is talking about that. The defensive coordinator got fired.
Dan, you predicted Giants going 12-4 this season which is holding some pretty good water right now. I agree with this prediction and see them losing twice to a combination of Green Bay or New Orleans and Atlanta. Thoughts?
You don't think they lose any more division games? I think the Eagles really have their number.
Scale of 1-10 what do you give the JPP Gangnam Style dance?
6.5. I kind of liked Mike Tolbert's better. Maybe it was the belly.
Just for sake of argument, who do you see as a possible option(s) at safety for the skins in free agency?
I haven't even looked at the list. I'm sorry.
Your thoughts on no Pro bowl?
I don't think it's doing anyone any harm.
How much of an impact will Mike Patterson have (if) when he comes back? I'm thinking it might help the sack numbers if they can get some production in the middle.
Yeah, he's a good player, but it's not as though Cox and Jenkins haven't been doing anything in there. He'll help the rotation and keep everyone fresh.
Are the Skins the best team out there with a losing record?
I think that's fair to say. Saints and Lions would be the only other two I'd even think about, and I rate Washington ahead of both right now.
Wouldn't no Pro Bowl hurt some of the players wallets? Aren't there incentives in their contracts based on if they're selected to the Pro Bowl or not?
Yeah. That's why the players don't want the game to go away.
Can Nnamdi and DRC cover Julio and Roddy? And can Kendricks stick with Gonzalez?
I think all of those guys have played well enough this year to make you think they can.
With the NBA starting next week, Who has a better record, Nets or Knicks?
The NBWhat? Do the Knicks still have Patrick Ewing?
Matt Ryan or Michael Vick in a playoff game?
What do you think the reason is for Romo's low YPA this year?
They're not throwing deep nearly as much. I did a post on this yesterday morning. Everything's short. Part of that is the line play early in the season, but I thought Romo had time to throw Sunday and couldn't find open guys. Austin and Bryant have to win more of their matchups.
What did you watch last night, MNF, Game 7, or the Debate?
I watched the first hour of Game 7, then the debate, then the second half of MNF.
My understanding is "no Pro Bowl" just means no game. It would be more like an awards ceremony. Players would still get their incentive-based bonuses, but not the free trip to Hawaii. Same reason they had a problem with it being in Miami.
I think they also like the Hawaii trip.
RGIII has proved worthy of the traded draft picks but can the Skins find enough talent without the picks to make them a SB contender in 3 years?
Amazing, isn't it, that some questions have no expiration date. You have articulated the Redskins' challenge, and it is a daunting one.
with davis out, signing cooley.. good move? i think so
Yes. Knows the offense, wants to be there, comfortable with whatever role they give him. Good signing.
Do you think Cooley could create the Blackburn effect?
I don't understand the question. Can he play linebacker?
David Wilson breaks a return for a TD this week?
If he does, it'll be the first return TD on a punt or kick in the NFC East since I took over the blog. Last punt or kick return for TD in this division was DeSean Jackson against the Giants in 2010.
I know the Eagles game is a ways away, but do the Giants' experiences/difficulties with RG3 help them against a lesser, albeit still dangerous, Vick in what might be a must-win game against an opponent and QB they can't seem to overcome? Or even in containing Shady?
I don't see how. It's not as though they were able to stop Griffin when they had to.
By "Blackburn Effect", I mean make an immediate impact and elevate the play of the entire unit. But I do think he could play linebacker.
Possible, then, but the offense isn't the unit that needs elevating. Now, if Cooley could play safety, then you'd have something.
Do you expect Eagles keep their "after-bye" record with the win over Steelers?
No, if they do it'll be with a win over the Falcons.
Houston has one less loss than the Giants, has destroyed most of their teams and has had only 1 bad game against Green Bay. I am just curious what you see to rank the Giants over them?
I think the AFC is absolutely horrible and second-rate right now. I think the Giants have had only one bad game. And I think they've earned the benefit of the doubt.
Which game will you be attending this weekend???
I will be in Philadelphia.
Does any team that turns you into a pineapple immediately get benefit of the doubt?
Obviously, it didn't hurt. If we don't learn from mistakes that turn us into pineapples, then what are we? Other than pineapples, of course.
Philly?! ESPN doesn't give you much of a travel budget, do they?
They send me where they send me. We'll have multiple people from ESPNDallas.com and ESPNNewYork.com at the game in Dallas. Makes more sense, if the goal is to staff as many games as possible, to have me in Philly.
Most exciting game this weekend featuring an NFC Beast team will be ____________________
I think Cowboys-Giants is the big one.
Fantasy Question: Would you trade Tom Brady for Tony Romo and Michael Turner?
Only if I had nothing at RB.