Hi everyone. Let's get started.
How real is the chance that Dom Capers is replaced?
Mike McCarthy speaks today at 5 p.m. ET. I'm going to guess it's more likely that Capers stays than goes, but nobody really has a read on the situation yet. It's early in the week, still.
Can you please offer solutions to how to fix the Packers' O-line?
Getting Bryan Bulaga back healthy would be a good start. Aaron Rodgers came under noticeably more duress after Bulaga's hip injury.
Is Kellen Davis expected to be back next year? I had really high hopes for him in 2012, but the guy just cannot catch the ball. And its not like hes a great blocker.
Phil Emery specifically mentioned the need to improve the tight end position, so if Davis comes back, it won't be as a starter, I don't think.
You frequently brought up that the Vikings won when Ponder played better and lost when he didn't. What is the Vikings record if AD didn't come back this year?
I think that's a fair point in the MVP discussion. Peterson could not win games by himself, but he sort of proved the theory that you can get by with just average quarterback play if the running back is excellent.
What are the chances of Marinelli staying on as the Bears DC? Its obvious Emery is looking for a offensive-minded HC, so it would seem obvious to keep the current D-coaches in place based on the units success last year.
It'll depend on the wishes of the next coach. I think Emery is giving him that option by keeping those guys in the building, but I doubt it would be a deal-breaker if the new coach wants to hire someone else to be the DC.
What r the vikings biggest needs other than wr?
Cornerback is up there as well.
Can you explain why the Lions have the 5th pick as opposed to the 3rd when those teams have the same record?
Ties are broken in reverse order of strength of schedule. So if one team is 4-12 against a difficult schedule, and one is 4-12 against an easy one, the team that had the easy schedule is considered worse and thus needier of the high pick.
I really feel that the Vikings should have kept with Webb and the read option all game just like the 49ers did. The Packers D was embarrassing against the 49ers. They live off scoring a lot of points and trying to bend (FG) but not break (TD) defense. Everyone knows they can put up yards on them. What will next season bring for the Packers D?
Yes, the 49ers' success definitely put the spotlight back on the Vikings. It's hard to say that Webb would have had the same kind of success as Kaepernick, but it was definitely their best option in the game. As for next season, the first thing the Packers have to decide is why they have had a hard time fixing in-season problems under Capers. The relative lack of adjustments is one of the biggest complaints Charles Woodson and others have made.
Good afternoon Kevin, my question is between Driver and Jennings and Jermichael Finely who do you see of those 3 being back with the team?
I would think Finley has the best chance. He's the youngest of the three. The Packers didn't play Driver enough this year to merit bringing him back in 2013. And it has appeared for a while that Jennings was on his way out of the door.
How much influence do position coaches actually have? I see that they named the new Lion guy "Running game coordinator" and that sounds great after what the RB's in Buffalo did but should we really expect anything different with the same OC?
It varies. Some coaches get those titles as courtesies. He was technically the offensive coordinator in Buffalo. It probably gives him some clout in advancing the run game, but the Lions offense will always center around Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.
I know you have someone you follow who gives you the projected compensation picks every year. Any news on that yet? I'm hoping the Lions get a high pick after Wright left last year.
I haven't seen anything yet but it's quite possible considering the Lions didn't really sign a significant free agent themselves.
Kevin, some people are calling for the Packers to blow up their D personnel and rebuild from scratch. My point - TT started the rebuilding process in last year's draft, there's a lot of young guys that are developing, so let's all relax and let the young guys grow. That said, it's clear they have way too many finesse players and in particular, the LBs and safeties are not physical enough. If Bishop returns it helps, but I still think they need to replace all the LBs not named Clay and need to add an in the box safety - thoughts?
All teams want big, physical defensive players who can run. There aren't enough of those guys to go around. I do think they missed Bishop for that reason, and a lot of their defensive backs fit that bill. But many of their issues are related to not fulfilling assignments as anything. The image of Erik Walden running away from Colin Kaepernick will be ingrained in our minds for some time, I think.
What is next year's most likely scenario for the Vikings at backup QB: sign someone like Rex Grossman, sign someone like Chase Daniel, draft someone like Landry Jones, stick with Joe Webb, or promote McLeod John Baltazar Bethel-Thompson?
Haha. I don't think they can possibly stick with Webb, at least not at No. 2. So a Chase Daniel veteran would be the likeliest route, knowing that the team is committed to Ponder as the starter.
I know at the end of the day it comes down to money, but with the season the Purple had, the new stadium and the Wilf ownersheip, how attractive do free agents view the Vikings?
I honestly don't think that's ever been an issue. The Vikings under Wilf have always been willing to pay big money, and they've done well in free agency as a result.
A lot of Vikings fans in the Vikings Forum seem to take for granted that The Vikes will automatically improve next season. I don't see it. $12.5m caproom is not a lot for Felton/Loadholt/Berger/Brinkley/Henderson and 8 draft picks. What other moves do you see coming, and what do you expect to happen with Jared Allen?
The Vikings had a 10-6 record in 2012. How much more can it improve in 2013? One game? Two games? I mean, that would put them among the elite teams in the NFL. I think they need to get Ponder some more weapons, and also stock up at cornerback, in that order. I expect Jared Allen to be back at this point.
What do the Packers do with Tramon Williams? He was not very good this whole season and was terrible the last few games playing extremely soft.
I think a lot of Tramon Williams but it's hard to defend some of his run defense, especially this year. Cornerbacks' careers aren't based on run support, but if you're going to be weak in that area, you better be lights-out in coverge. He was not, but I think he's a good enough player to continue building around.
Give me a little info on the Vikings new stadium. Is it going to be an outdoor stadium or a retractable roof stadium? Come on who wouldn't want to play a game outside in Minnesota in December or January?
It's going to have to have a roof, whether it's fixed or retractable. They have to be able to use it year-round for other events. The Wilfs want some level of retractability, either in the roof or on the sides, but they would have to pay for it and nothing has been decided.
If Sherrod and Bulaga make it back healthy can we put to rest the oline is a huge issue for Green Bay?
They definitely need Bulaga back. Sherrod is a completely unknown quantity. It's hard to project him as anything other than a bonus at this point.
With the emergence of the young defensive backs in Green bay coming on strong does this spell the end for Charles Woodson who is due to make a huge payday next year?
Woodson will be 37 and he is scheduled to earn $10 million. Those numbers rarely go together in the NFL, so we'll see if the Packers make an exception.
I read an article by Anwar Richardson that getting rid of Jefferson clearsthe way for Titus Young to return. I kind of feel like this would be the opposite of the accountability that the Lions players and coaches say they want. Do you agree that this would be horrible reasoning?
I don't think that the Lions said goodbye to Jefferson so that they could bring back Young. I think what Anwar was writing was that there was no chance for Young to return if Jefferson was still the coach given their relationship. Now, you can't rule it out as a possibility, at least. That's all.
Is it time for Graham Harrell in Green Bay? Rodgers hasn't won a Super Bowl in 3 years.
Yes. I think Aaron Rodgers should have to win his job back in training camp.
is needier a word?
It's quite possible I made it up.
Assuming the Packers don't resign Jennings, is he Minny bound?
I know many people are hoping for that. He'll have options, and usually receivers make up their minds in part based on the quarterback in place.
For a while it looked like James Jones was on the way out for the Packers, but Rodgers championed for his return. Do you think he could do the same for Jennings? Rodgers has noted how important continuity is in the passing game.
Rodgers has already said that it looks like Jennings is leaving.
Is James Jones signed through next year?
Yes. Signed a three year deal before the 2011 season.
"Phil Emery specifically mentioned the need to improve the tight end position". Gee, if only they could land a Greg Olsen-type TE that can catch the ball and is a decent blocker.
Such an easy lesson about building rosters around scheme instead of the other way around.
Kevin, along with Bishop coming back lets not forget about 1st rounder Nick Perry who was playing pretty well before the injury. I think he fits the physical mold!
He is definitely big and fast. I'm not sure he was playing pretty well. Walden and Dezman Moses were sharing time wiht him.
If you had to guess, who is the Bears next coach?
It sure seems like Marc Trestman is gaining steam, but that's nothing more than an educated guess.
Do you see Matthew Stafford as the long-term solution for the Lions?
100 percent. Two-thirds of the teams in the league would drop their starters now if they could have him.
OK everyone, a few more here.
all the media reports state that the Vikes "found" Harrison Smith 'cause they coached the Senior Bowl last year. Is that legit and does it give the Lions staff an edge this year?
They knew about him already. The only thing it helped them with was getting enough of an evaluation in before the combine. Then they could mask their interest by not speaking to him there or doing other visits. So it certainly can't hurt the Lions.
What's up with Percy??? trade, extend or tag?
Frazier and Spielman both backing him strongly. That means they want him back in 2013. But they don't have to do a contract extension. He has one year remaining and then they could franchise him if they wanted to.
Give us your guess as to the running backs on the Packers roster for the 2013 season.
Whoever it is, I'm guessing the starter isn't on their roster at the moment. How is that?
Pleast tell me that AJ Hawk will be cut-it would make my day.
No indications that is coming.
OK everyone. Thanks! Chat with you soon.