Hey Everyone! Let's get this playoff chat started!
It seems to me that Harbaugh has gone conservative with Kap...No more runs or long balls...if he wasnt going to use his Strengths than he should have stayed with Smith? What do you think
I def do not think they should have stayed with Smith. I hear what you are saying, but it has also been a small sample size. I woud expect them to be run-first against the Pack, but I also don't tend to think that CK is incapable of handling more. If they get down, they will throw like crazy.
Of all the home teams would you agree Atlanta has the biggest potential to lose and if they do what does that organization need to do to win a playoff game? Perhaps move away from the Atlanta curse.
I am picking all the home teams-except SF. So I don't agree with you. But there is certainly some chance that ATL does go down at home for sure. I think that Clemons injury is giant and I now worry that SEA can consistently get to Ryan. I expcet Lynch to have a huge day though. That should be a very tight game-and was the one I felt worst about picking.
Thoughts on the Rob Ryan firing?
I heard today that he has only had one D finish in the Top 15 as a DC. That surprised me. With the additions of those CBs, I expected to see all sorts of exotic blitzes and pressures. That didn't seem to be the case, but I will say, that his ILB and Safety situation was really a difficult thing to overcome. Some talk now that Dallas could go to a 4-3. Not sure I love that either.
Based on last week's results did Wilson go back to number 1 for Rooks? Although his QBR was low due to his sacks; his Passer Rating was pretty solid compared to Luck's.
I know the stats don't bear it out, but I thought Luck outplayed Wilson last week. Wilson played fine-but got a ton of help. Luck started very slow, but then kept getting better and better. But in the end, like I have been saying most of the way, just more is asked of Luck. Totally his O.
Us KC fans are as excited as if the team was in the playoffs. What's the word on DC for us under Reid? And will Reid sign Alberts as their LT, and draft Gino?
Should be excited. I don't know what the thoughts are at DC, but I would most def try to keep Alberts-thought he played great for most of the year. I need to do much more work on Gino, but that seems most logical. I know you can get a real strong starting QB (CK, Brees, etc) at the beginning of Round 2 or in a trade up back into Round 1, but I don't see a true #1 overall prospect that is a fantastic fit for KC...so, when in doubt, take Smith.
Are the Jags the team in the NFL with the least amount of talent?
Hmmm...Oakland comes to mind, but I think I gotta go with JAX
Was Andy Dalton's first half in Houston as bad as it seems? 4/11 3 yds!
Was pretty horribe. Didn't throw to AJ Green once! That being said, that supporting cast-I am talking to you J Gresham-didn't step up one bit. Not a big Dalton guy here
How do the Cards get better? Drop Kolb for Alex Smith?
How about Vick? And then draft a guy too? It didn't get a lot of publicity, but their terrible OL got better as the season went along and those rookie OTs clearly improved. They also get Levi Brown back. So maybe they do something like this: Sign Vick or Smith or keep Kolb, draft a QB in round 1 and go OL after that or in free agency
Should the Chiefs resign Dwayne Bowe? I think he has played pretty well even with a garbage QB. How much can he help a young QB?
I tend to think he is gone. I keep hearing Miami. Very good WR-no doubt, but I also bet he makes more than he deserves. Outside of QB, WR might be KC's biggest need.
I'm sure I now why, but why are you picking GB? What reasons, Rogers and Woodson back?
Mostly on the shoulders of Rodgers-he has been simply amazing. And yes, GB is quite healthy now, particularly at WR and DB. I have my doubts as to how healthy J Smith really is-and this is two different Ds with and without him. Still, AR will take some hits.
Matt- What were your thoughts on Minnesota's Playcalling with Joe Webb?
Really tough to play call well when your QB really can't even complete a pass-and everyone in the stadium knew it by half time.
The Bills need another solid WR to compliment Stevie Johnson (who had another 1,000 yard year even though Fitz stunk and the rest of the WRs stunk worse). Which free agent would be the best fit?
They certainly do. And outside of QB, that is prob their biggest need. Jennings would be awesome there. But I was just scanning the list-and didn't see a wonderful fit. Maybe go WR high in draft.
If you were the Raiders would you try and see what you can get for McFadden and DHB? They have plenty of young WR's and need dept in general.
Would shop both, but esp McF. Expensive. Injured all the time. Might be time to move on and could be best for McF as well. I still think DHB is gradually improving each season.
Do you think Nnamdi's play could translate well to safety? If the Eagles end up signing Lovie it doesn't seem like Nnamdi is a great fit for a corner in the Cover 2.
He is not a great fit as a Cover 2 CB-you are right. At FS? Maybe. But that is a more difficult transition than many realize. Really teaching an old dog new tricks-and he was a one trick pony to begin with. Also, is he a good enough tackler/hitter? I have my doubts.
Pittsburgh De might grade out as a top defense but if you watch them they have nobody who can get to the QB...what do you think they do in the draft?
Well said. Improving the pass rush is def their top priority-both at DE and OLB. Need an influx of young talent on D. And this offseason would almost be entirely about D for me in PGH
DuJuan Harris - Packers best mid season pickup since Andre Rison?
Gotta like him for sure. Real fresh legs for this time of the year. I like him as a reciever. Runs with a lot of juice. Not bashful at all. Certainly a find, even if just for the short term.
how great is Von Miller going to be over the next 10 years. He is already a beast.
Hall of Famer type
Jake Long is getting a lot of talk as a top FA.Is it a giant red flag that a young and improving team is willing to let go a guy at a position that weak in the NFL right now.This combined with the fact that he will make top 5 money at his position on the open market should he be a guy that a GM should say no thanks to?
When right, I love Long. But injuries have been a huge issue with him-and I wonder if this is the beginning of the end for him. Is he breaking down? I do a weekly radio hit in Miami and we talk about that subject a lot. I always say that MIA's doctors know more about him than anyone-and with Long, it all comes down to health, particularly long term. If MIA lets him walk, I bet they don't trust his body to hold up.
All signs seem to point Wallace won't be back with Pittsburgh but letting him go for nothing would be a huge mistake...What would you do if you were them?
Could Franchise him and trade him on the cheap I guess. That would be great to at least get someting for him, but I don't know what the cap situation is. Can they afford to Franhise a guy that they don't plan on bringing back?
The same miami doctors that let brees walk?
Not sure if they are the same docs or not!
Ignoring the QBs who has the best team denver or new england?
Wow, tough one. I certainly like the Pats' O personnel better-and I like the Broncos' D better.
Will Justin Tuck ever be an impact player again?
Like Long, I fear he is another guy whose body just won't ever be the same. Also nicked up with something and it clearly affects his impact ability.
Why all the hate for the Seahawks? There on a roll. I since they will destroy the Falcons.
Hate? In the preseason I picked them to win the NFC West, for Carroll to be Coach of the Year and for Wilson to be Rookie of the Year. Huge Hawks guy here-picked them to win last week. Just think they lose a very close game on the road to a fresher team. Hate?
Lots of writers here in New England are giving Houston no shot Sunday, but are the Patriots really so far removed from being shredded by sub par qb's (Fitz and Wilson in his first 5 games come to mind) that Schaub can't light them up? Is Talib that good? Thanks
The Pats secondary overall is far better. I don't love the pass rush, but by playing all those young guys early, I think BB has a great feel now for what they all can do-and they now have about 7 or 8 guys that BB can throw out there at CB or S. Adding Talib was big for sure, esp for a game like this against a team that has a clear #1 WR. I don't give the Texans much of a chance to win and I don't think Schaub has much of a chance to shred them.
With Clemon's injury do you think Seattle now goes Pass Rusher in Round 1 of the draft or OL or WR?
They don't have a ton of needs. I have been saying that I would really look to adding a big mashing RT/OG type guy to that OL. Adding another pass rusher certainly isn't a bad idea-ever. And yes, one more weapon would be nice. Best athlete available.
If Denver and NE win, AFC Championship is going to be absolute must see, right?
Reminds me of those games in the early 90s between Aikman's Cowboys and Young's 49ers...for all the marbles!!!
If you Denver do you look for another rb in the draft or do you hope mcgahee stays healthy and moreno actually did find his groove
I still think they should have high hopes for Hillman, possibly as the feature RB next year. Between him and Moreno/McGahee and possibly a physical 4th or 5th round pick, DEN should be fine at the position.
They called those games between the Cowboys and 49ers the Superb Bowl.
Actually never heard that...but that is excellent
Does Miami just low ball Bush, they've got good backup options if he doesn't resign. Better than overpaying him.
Yup...and I bet Bush moves on. He played well though. I like Miller quite a bit.
If Long walks do you seem Bears picking him up or making run
They would HAVE to at least kick the tires right? Maybe J Long's future is at RT?
Please list top priorities for Emery and the Bears.
OL, OL, LB, OL, WR/TE
How scary would Bush be in Green Bay?
Was just thinking that! Great minds John! Great minds! Use him as a RB/WR hybrid type. They have the QB and coaching staff to use him properly-like they did in NO.
Do you have a tattoo of your wife wearing a cowboy hat, smoking a cigarette, and saying "I'm your huckleberry"?
No...it says "You're No Daisy. You're No Daisy At All!"
Den vs NE would be a must see but so is this Saturday's GB at 49ers. Winner is clearly the favorite to win NFC.
Agreed...I am picking the Pack to emerge from the NFC
So your saying the Bears probably need some help on the O Line?
I think that would be a pretty good idea...just my Two Cents
What would you do with the Eagles' pick? OT? DE (or is Graham good enough)? LB? Or just best available?
Graham is def good enough. A stud OT would be great-esp if Peters isn't fully recovered. But that OL-when healthy, is top notch. But Herremans could also move to OG. Safety is their biggest need and from what I understand, this is a very strong and deep Safety draft. QB?
Rogers is playing great, but the big difference is that Raji has been dominating the middle of the line.
Rodgers is playing better than anyone in the league-which is a massive statement. But Great point on Raji. Such a force when he is "On". Show me what you got, what you got, Raji!
Do you think Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning will split MVP and Comeback Player of Year honors?
I would vote Peterson as MVP and Peyton as Comeback. How about J Charles though? SUPER strong Comeback candidate...but has no chance.
Ed Reed to NE after the year? We know of the mutual respect between them.
McCourty as turned into a heck of a FS though. I just have this hunch that Reed hangs it up after this season.
If (When) ATL loses to Seattle Sunday... will ATL be in the market for a new head coach?
No way Man
The pats beat the jets 45-3 and were supposed to steam roll the jets again in the playoffs a few years back, the jets won 28-21....i think its foolish for pats fans to assume they are going to win, do you agree?
I understand that, but I just think NE is a terrible matchup for Houston-and clearly the better and fresher team
Agree that 9ers needs in the offseason are:DE/OLB, DT, S, Kicker?
Yes, esp if Goldson goes. Might need a true speed WR too though. Didn't seem like a need, but Manningham is injured and Moss could be done. What do they have in Jenkins?
My guess is that the Chiefs bring in a veteran QB. Do they go get Vick or do they bring someone else in? Matt Flynn...
Bet they bring in vet QB. Flynn makes a lot of sense. But also uses a pick in 1st or 2nd round on QB.
Is this the worst year in recent history to have the No 1 overall Pick?With no clear cut No 1 out there even trading the pick wont bring much. Just take the best guy out there that fits your biggest need and hope for the best?
Things will get much clearer in the coming months, but it seems that way now. But maybe you can move down just a few spots so a team gets the right fit for their team. For example if an early team LOVES Star L, you move back a handful of spots.
If and (When) SEATTLE lose on Sunday, what should they do with Flynn? Will anyone trade for him. #Falcons
From what I understand, his contract isn't unreasonable. But if you recall, Flynn hung out there for a while and teams were not swarming to him last offseason. And it isn't like his stock has skyrocketed since then. Still, someone brings him in to hold down the fort, but SEA also doesn't HAVE to move the guy.
So is GB in your opinion going to win close, 3 to 7 points, or more like 10+
Close, I have a lot of respect for SF
What do you think the Titans big needs in the offseason are...S, OL?
A dominant interior OLineman would be fantastic, but other than that, the D needs a lot of attention. They have a lot of pretty good players,but that D lacks star power. Feel like it would be so much better with a Pro Bowl addition-really at any position. But Safety is def weak.
Can MJD come back to his old form?
Perhaps...he seems like a great candidate to move on from JAX though....ATL?
I think too many are underestimating Atlanta. They won a lot of games......Most of those were close.....That means they don't panic and know how to pull out the win.....
I tend to agree, which if why I am picking them. I think Ryan is legit and they are well coached. But I don't love how they run the ball or how they stop the run.
Had to laugh at Rex and Woody talking about how the Jets are going to be "dangerous" next year. Are the completely in denial about the joke of a team they fielded this year? Sanchez will be back after all.
They say a lot of things.
MJD has another year left with the Jags..... Are you suggesting the new GM might CUT MJD?
No...maybe trade him for a 3rd round pick or so instead of letting him walk after the year. Total rebuild.
Matt Ryan has never won a playoff game...Joe Flacco has won multiple playoff games. Who would you rather have?
Is it crazy to suggest that although they were playoff teams, VIKINGS and BENGALS should have competition at QB position? Do anyone really believe Dalton and Ponder can take their teams to Superbowl? How good would VICK be in MINNESOTA?
Agreed on the QBs. I still like Ponder, but need to bring in some sort of competition. But who? I hear ya on Vick-maybe. But I think Vick will be in quite the demand actually. So who? Maybe use your 2nd rounder on a QB perhaps?
Expecting Brady to spread that Houston d out again and carve them to pieces?
Yes, or keep them in base D and abuse their ILBs with Gronk and Hernandez
With $47M in cap room, could you sign off on the Colts going after Mike Wallace if he comes available? I know most would like more size outside, but can't the Colts get that through their TEs?
I think they have much bigger needs (OL and the entire D) than WR, but Arians (if he is still there) is obviously very familar with Wallace. And playing in a dome with a team that throws deep more than anyone is a good fit. I keep picturing Wallace in Minny though. Think Peterson would appreciate that?
Is it crazy that Cowboy fans want to get rid of Romo? Try having Sanchez, Palmer, Cassell, Gabbert etc... at QB.
Exactly....crazy talk. But Romo isn't young. Using a 2nd or 3rd round pick on the position could be logical.
What is the market value for Dwight Freeney? Just a nickel pass rush guy or can he still play DE for another 2-3 years as a full time player?
I would stay somewhere in between. Not what he once was-and he was so reliant on his amazing get-off and closing speed, which will dwindle. But he is still effective.
Any chance of a Ravens upset?
Sure. But not seeing it. I think they are overmatched in just about every way.
How good would MJD look in Green and Gold?
Not their style, but GB and ATL were the teams that came to mind
Matt, Apparently the Ravens have absolutely no shot at winning this week. But seriously, you picked the Colts to go into M&T Bank Stadium and beat teh Ravens on Ray Lewis' last home game? Come on, the black and gold blood in your veins must have been running wild last week.
Perhaps. Was very torn on last week's game. Balt was/is the better team, but I fully expected Indy to hit on some long balls. And they attempted very few. Protection was an issue, but I have a hunch that is Arians were calling plays, the Colts would have taken many more Shot Plays.
Where does Indy go in next years draft - Oline to protect Luck?
OG, OC and pretty much everywhere on D...no 2nd round pick, but tons of cap $$$
Is it possible for the Raiders to get a 2nd round pick for DMC?
Seems a little rich
Who would you rather have for the next 5 years Stephon Gilmore, Casey Hayward or Janoris Jenkins? And can any of these guys reach say Joe Haden level?
For this year, I would rank them 1. Hayward 2. Jenkins 3. Gilmore, but for the long term, I would totally invert that list. Rarely do rookie CBs come in and play great. Gilmore will really imrpove.
Folks, I am out! Adios!