Hi everyone ... let's get to this chat thang.
What's Titus Young's deal?
It sounds like he might have blown his last chance to get back in the Lions' good graces. Incredible immaturity at the very least.
Please tell me the Lions will not draft another wide receiver in the upcoming? Please!!!!
Amazingly, they might need one with Young's clouded future, and both Burleson and Broyles coming back from major injuries.
So last week you answered my question about Alex Smith becoming a Viking saying he wouldn't want another job sitting in front of a future franchise qb. It sure seems like he wouldn't have to worry about looking over his shoulder at Mr. Ponder... it's just whether or not RS wants to outspend Arizona for him.
Yeah, if they sign Smith and keep Ponder on the roster, Smith will know there will always be the temptation to put him back on the field. With that said, I don't get the sense the Vikings are close to giving up on Ponder yet.
Is it a rbbc for the rest of the year for the Packers?
Running back by committee? That's possible, but McCarthy said Monday he won't mind going with a hot hand if one of the hands gets hot. That's how Starks became the guy in the 2010 playoffs.
is the Packers D trending up for the last 4 games of the season? will we see clay mathews and/or charles woodson this week? the pass rush is non-existent without mathews!
Their tackling is also poor without Matthews, too. It will help when both of those guys get back, no doubt, but it remains to be seen if they'll be at full strength.
What advantage is there for Detroit in keeping Titus Young on their roster? Why not just cut him? I can't see any scenario in which a selfish player like that could be anything but a cancer to the team. Time to cut him.
Not sure on that. Wondered the same myself. Perhaps they are setting up some kind of attempt to get some of his signing bonus back? I have no idea. Just a guess. Now that he's been sent home again, for the third time, I don't know why he hasn't struck out yet.
With Chicago being 8-4 with 4 games left; if they win 2 of them (losing to the Packers and another team) and end up 10-6, do you think they will make the playoffs as a wild card team?
It could come down to tiebreakers, which are a little difficult to predict four games out. (But that's why we have the Playoff Machine! Check it out!) But 10-6 should be a good enough record to make it.
If simpson is hurt, you think he comes back to MN next year after back surgery?
I guess it's possible, but I have to think they want to upgrade and move on.
It seems that Dalton and Ponder are somewhat tied at the hip. While Dalton has been impressive, isn't it a moot point that he is throwing to A.J. Green. How much better, if any, would Ponder be with a guy like Green?
He would be better, of course. But there are plenty of other things that go into being a good quarterback than just having a good surrounding cast. Right now, Dalton is just flat-out a better player.
Hey Kevin, Peppers has seemed to not be dominate anymore. I know he's got some ankle issue but with the cost of his contract, we could sign a few more good players. Any chance we trade him or let him go? I would rather have Melton than Peppers next year.
I think he's still effective enough to merit another season. But the Bears are going to have to overhaul that defense soon. Their older players are starting to look old in some cases.
Have you talked much with NFC north coaches/people in the know re: schemes in defending the vikings? Outside of poor play by QB and WRs, how can they emphasize stopping the run with 8 man fronts and still get a way with defending the pass so well? On that note, AP gets even more props for producing at the level he is. I hope someone is banking his DNA somewhere....
Ha. There isn't anything complicated to it. The Vikings haven't been good enough, be it at quarterback or receiver, to beat favorable coverages. They can't execute well even in those situations.
Is Clay Matthews expected to return this week? GB pass rush is non-existent
That's unclear at the moment. We'll see if he practices Wednesday.
Kevin. The Packers have some issues going into the last quarter of the season. My biggest concern is the O-line. Perhaps Barclay will help at RT, but can this group hold up against the 49ers and Giants of the world in the playoffs?
First off, a lot of people are awfully excited about Barclay after a half of one game. I would hold your horses on that for a bit. I do think the line was definitely hurt by the Bulaga injury, and if Barclay can be good enough to get Lang back to left guard, it will help. But no one knows yet on Barclay, or if Lang's ankle injury will let him play anywhere this week.
I wouldn't blame the Vikings cut bait on Ponder at the end of the year. There are still far too many questions than answers with Ponder. However, could Ponder's saving grace be that of a weak QB draft class this year or could there be an attractive free agent QB option for the Vikings?
The biggest thing in Ponder's favor will be that lots of careers are at stake in his development. If they cut him after the season, Spielman will in essence be admitting they wasted the past two years. Ponder was his first post-Brad Childress draft choice, and they'll give him every chance imaginable to make it work.
Thank the Lord!!
Good. I never know either way unless you guys and gals tell me.
In your power rankings comments you said that voters still have confidence in the Bears. Are you sure it isn't overconfidence in the mirage that was their 7-1 start? They still haven't beaten a team with a winning record since Week 1.
Was giving them the benefit of the doubt. (Ha!) I think they're a playoff team. To me, that means they're in the top 12. I don't care personally whether they are No. 8 or No. 9 or No. 12.
could you expand on Titus Young lining up in the wrong place against the pack? Was he lining up in the slot instead of outside, on the line instead of off, etc.? Wouldn't this have brought an illegal formation penalty or was the other WR's having to adjust since he was being Titus?
This hasn't really been reported on. There are two options here. Either he was lining up in the wrong position because he wanted to be in better position to be the first read and get the ball, or he was intentionally trying to bust up the play. It didn't lead to illegal formations because he lined up where another player was supposed to line up, from what I understand.
After last week's loss to the Giants I made the comment that, that game would have been different if the Packers had Clay Mathews, Woodson, Jennings all back? How close or far off from the truth was I?
They were definitely missing a playmaker that would help create turnovers or make stops on third down. But that was a total beatdown. Not sure the Packers would have won on that night no matter who was playing for them on defense.
At this point, do you see more than one team (the division winner) making the playoffs from the North?
Yes. The Packers and Bears are both playoff-caliber teams and are in good position to qualify as well.
Chances for a repeat of 2011, when the Packers and Bears met in the NFC Championship and you christened the blog the center of the known universe?
I believe we were the Epicenter of Humanity. I was thinking about that the other day. Before we worry about a potential NFC Championship Game re-match, we should think about a tag for the Dec. 16 game that could be for the division championship. Suggestions?
Does this kind of wrap up the whole Titus vs Cobb debate?
Kevin, I thought 'Da Bears maligned O-line gave Jay [along with his feet] great pass protection Sunday...agree?
Only sacked once. The running game wasn't that productive, but Cutler wasn't running for his life, either.
At this point, should the Vikings even bother investing high draft picks or big FA money into WRs, or should they just focus on making the defense a lights-out unit and hoping a one-dimensional offense is good enough?
No. They need some more offensive firepower in the passing game. Absolutely.
Now that Jennings is back, if the Packer's offense significantly improves from here on out, do you think they will consider keeping him after this season or do you think that's a done deal?
I'm guessing it's a done deal. But they need him now with Nelson's hamstring acting up again.
How about the Cheese (Green Bay) and Sausage (Chicago) Bowl?
Just for the record though. I never said the Packers would have won, i just said the game would have been different.
i want Schwartz gone. not because of the "lack of discipline," grown adults can fend for themselves, but because his coaching/playcalling has lead to the Lions losing games. the defense on the final play vs Indy was simply unacceptable ...
Fair point. Sometimes it looks like the Lions are too frenzied and emotional. That is a part of discipline, too.
Well, I'm guessing this won't get up on the board since it's the third time I asked, but do the Packers have a chance at a Super Bowl run with their current O line?
Surprise! As I noted earlier, I think it will help if they can find a way to get Lang back to left guard. He's better there. But Newhouse is still not a lockdown left tackle. It's an average line overall this season, but not one that will hold it back from the Super Bowl, either.
My passing offense is ranked 32nd in the NFL! Should I start to look for a realtor?
You're a close friend of Leslie Frazier, and there is always risk when you're developing a quarterback in changing out coordinators. I actually admire the offense you crafted, when Harvin was healthy, based on the personnel you have.
"Okay, only a few more questions folks"
Hey, thanks for beating me to it. ... Few more folks.
I'm not getting enough attention. I don't necessarily want attention. Fewer defenders on the field and less media off the field is OK, but I've got a chance at hitting 2,000 yards receiving this year. How about a little help from someone other than you Kevin?
I can only do what I do when I do it. ... I think I learned that one from Denny Green.
How shocking and amazing is it what Adrian Peterson is doing in the less than a year on a reconstructed knee that is still probably not 100%?
It's the best return from an ACL injury for any pro football player, ever, and possibly in any sport. How about that?
I didn't have surgery to repair my ACL; I had it removed because it was slowing me down.
That could explain some things.
Let's compare your effort on this chat to Titus Young's effort on the practice field...
Well, I'm at the chat, so there's a start...
What's the status on Tim Jennings? There's been a lot of discussion about the old guy Bears, but if Jennings is out for a bit, that's a big problem for them.
No update, but we'll see if he can practice Wednesday.
You think Major Wright gets fined for his hit on Sidney Rice?
Was it helmet-to-helmet? I don't think so.
I get that there wasn't a lot of separation from WRs but Ponder's noodle arm was the reason for two picks and the underthrows. It's pretty clear he doesn;t have an NFL arm, no?
Either that, or he won't use it. Confidence is part of velocity.
After seeing Minnesota's anemic offense this past Sunday, it sure seemed to be making Harvin's case for a big payday. Thoughts?
They had some games like that with Harvin, too.
Dec 16th: One Team to Rule Them All...
We're going to have to work on this some more.
When will the Seahawks corners going to be suspended?
Awaiting word on their appeals.
Forgetting Brandon Marshall - The Sequel
Not bad. Although the Bears might have something to say about that. Tag has to be team neutral.
To Megatron in Last Place- maybe the media isn't hyping your run but do you really think opposing defenses don't pay attention, as you suggest. Maybe the Detroit d-coordinator plans based on the blogs he reads but not most DCs!!
Oh, I think it speaks to how incredible this run has been. Teams know they're throwing his way, and they still cant' stop him.
OK everyone, thanks so much! Chat with you next week.