Good afternoon! Let's talk some football!
KC, is Manti Te'o a 3-4 or 4-3 middle linebacker? Do you think his draft stock will fall far due to the allegations pertaining to his "girlfriend"? Or, is this just a hot rumor?
Te'o is more of a 4-3 LB because he's not really built to be a plugger LB in a 3-4. As far as his draft stock goes, it all depends on how he addresses the issue and where the story goes from here. His stock could very well drop.
KC, in light of Te'o, are you real?
Do you like the Cowboys hiring of Monte Kiffin and Marinnelli?
Yes to question one. No catfish here. Regarding Kiffin & Marinelli, they are both superb coaching talents, but Rob Ryan actually did a very good job in Dallas. Not sure this will be an upgrade, see it as more of a lateral move.
Do the Ravens have a shot this weekend after winning at Mile High?
Sure. NE has players in their secondary who are just as capable of giving up big plays as Rahim Moore.
can you rank the steelers draft needs for the upcoming draft? What positions should they take in rounds 1-3?
It seems everyone has forgotten about Matt Flynn. He lost out on the starting job in Seattle (which, as it turns out, isa nothing to be ashamed of). 1) Is he available? 2) Do you see Jacksonville or the Chiefs going after him? If memory serves he had a few suitors last offseason...
Tough call on that one, as Pittsburgh has so many players they will need to replace. Would say all three picks should be on D, however, as they need to get much younger on that side of the ball. Would probably say DL first (there will be a lot DL drafted in round 1) followed by LB then CB. Wouldn't be surprised to see them find a quality CB in a later round.
System locked up, that was in response to the previous question.
Would think that Flynn would be available for a trade for the right price. The Jags or Chiefs would be very good trade targets, but it depends on Seattle's asking price. Can't give up a No. 1 draft pick for someone of Flynn's caliber.
Just finished your article on "reasons Falcons can win". Are you expecting them to win?
Yep, I am expecting them to win. Funny thing is I thought the article made that clear but this is the second comment that has come over suggesting that the article doesn't clarify that strongly enough.
KC, The Giants sputtered in November and Dec and were not able to go on another run. Why does this team under Caughlin always hit a rough spot and drop a few easy ones? What was to blame for their collapse
The Giants seem to play to their emotion level and that just doesn't work on a week to week basis.
KC, in 3-5 years time which Notre Dame tight end will be the better player: Tyler Eifert or Kyle Rudolph?
Good to see a football related question on Notre Dame. It partially depends on where Eifert ends up. The gut instinct is he is the better TE but if he goes to a team that won't throw to the TE, we'll never know that.
how about matt elam from florida? would he make sense as a first round draft pick or is safety not an urgent positon of need?
Count me in as a big Elam backer. He can cover, ballhawk and tackle. He'd be a very good first round pick for a team needing a safety (i.e. Philadelphia) but may very well make it to the second round and be a fantastic value pick there.
If Packers had made the trade for Marshawn Lynch after Super Bowl would they be going for three-peat?
Only if Marshawn could have helped them call a better defensive game plan against SF. GB's defensive approach for that game was abysmal.
What does your black bag of science say about the CB vs WR matchups this weekend. Love the data - though eyeballs say a lot too
Sherman has been a terrific CB all year long (low 5-yard YPA range at last check) but he was beaten with regularity by Atlanta's CBs last week. SF's CBs are not quite as good as Sherman, so I like Atlanta in that matchup.
KC, who (so far) do you think has 'won' the battle of new HC hires?
Chip Kelly is the one getting the most publicity but I really like the Cleveland Browns hire of Rob Chudzinski. He's a very good playcaller and his players really respond to his coaching. He might be the coach we talk about in another 5 years who came out of nowhere to be a really good NFL head coach.
are there any receivers the steelers can target in later rounds of the draft or in free agency because it seems that Wallace wont be back?
There really aren't any vertical threats of the caliber of Wallace in this draft. I took a look at two of the best WRs in the draft for an article that will run on Insider tomorrow and both of them were quite subpar in the vertical YPA category. The thing about that is Pittsburgh is getting away from the vertical-heavy offense, so they might just be able to send more downfield passes to Brown in lieu of getting a new WR.
If the Vikings fill their receiver need in free agency (Jennings, Bowe) what would be their next area they would possibly address?
CB is still an area of need. Winfield is terrific but he's getting very long in the tooth and the Vikings could use more depth there. Good news on that front is the draft is chock full of quality CB depth. There aren't many big name impact players at that position but there are a lot of NFL caliber prospects.
Hey KC, Help an old man out, I in a 10 team ppr keeper league and we keep 5. Right now I am keeping M.Ryan, Shady, Julio, D.Thomas, it is a 2 QB league so do I keep Russell Wilson over Gronk? Keep Gronk over any of the others? Thanks!
Hey, let's mix it up a bit and take a FFB question. Gronk's health seems to be a big question mark every year and this is a 2-QB league, so keeping Wilson over him makes sense. Can't say to keep Gronk in front of any of the others.
Your why the falcons can win looks eerily similar to your why the packers can win from last week? If at first you don't succeed......
Funny thing is I would normally avoid writing similar articles like that on a week to week basis, but with no one seemingly giving Atlanta a shot to win this game, it made sense to make the case for the Falcons being able to come away victorious.
Plus, last week's article was very SF-centric. This one is just as much Atlanta-centric, but some of the SF road issues had to be covered (they and CK are very different at home than on the road).
how about this for the steelers: round 1- matt elam round 2- tony Jefferson, round 3- inside linebacker round 4- chase Thomas from Stanford and in round 5 get ray graham?
That sounds like a terrific draft. Only question is do they make Jefferson a safety or LB?
I just read your article on why the Falcons can win. Did you really believe that holding a team to 165 yards on 24 attempts is good? I'm no expert, but that does not seem to be very good to me.
Over the course of four games it isn't bad. Plus, the idea seems to be that Kaepernick is going to once again run for 170 or so yards and that Atlanta has no shot at stopping him. They have had an issue now and again stopping read-option QBs but it isn't as if they have given up anywhere near the yardage that GB gave up.
Sorry I'm late. I read all your work and respect your opionion. What do you make of this Manti Te'o situation. I find it very sad.
Still up in the air on this. Want to hear his side of the story and see where the story progresses from there. He's a solid first round prospect in most situations but this could drop his stock to the 2nd round or even lower depending on if it gets worse.
I read one website that jefferson plays like ryan clark, so he can be a compliment to matt elam when polamalu and clark retire. what do you think?
Jefferson is better at S than he is at LB. It would be odd for a team to draft two safeties that high in a draft but Pittsburgh is a safety-centric defense, so in that case it would make sense.
Safety class hasn't been this deep in years. Your thoughts on Rambo from Georgia?
Best ballhawk of the safety group. Not so sold on his one-on-one coverage skills. Need to put him on a team that will help him best manage his risk-taking propensity.
What do you think of Oregon's Head Coach Chip Kelly as the Head Coach for the Philadelphia Eagles?
Quick take is he is a very good coach but one who will need to adjust his system to the NFL. Not sure he will do that and if he doesn't, this hire probably won't work out.
What are your thoughts on M McCoy and K Whisenhunt in SD working with P Rivers? Can this possibly turn Rivers around?
Like this move a lot for Rivers. It looked as if he needed a change of pace and Whisenhunt is the type of playcaller who will help him manage his risk-taking while still going vertical (which is Rivers strong suit).
From a pure yardage standpoint, I suppose that 40 yards per game is not terrible. However, those 40 yards would have only been gained on 6 attempts (on average). I do not believe that CK will rush for 181 yards, but the threat of the read option opens up the pass and the inside draws. That is a huge problem for Atlanta, right?
The read-option sure didn't open up much last week for the Seahawks for the first three quarters, did it? I guess the best way to say this is I'm more sold on the Atlanta team that got up 27-7 against Seattle. Most others seem to be sold on Atlanta not closing the game out while not remembering that Matt Ryan is one of the most clutch QBs in the game.
Which round do you currently see Tyrann Mathieu going in and would a team possibly take a risk on him in the first round?
The issue with Mathieu is he's not very good in coverage and doesn't have an NFL caliber frame that makes one think he can deal with a lot of physicality. Having said that, he can ballhawk and has Trindon Holliday-like return skills. Odds are he will be a 2nd or 3rd round pick (leaning more towards 3rd round).
As a Winnipeg Blue Bomber fan up here in Canada I was glad to see Marc Trestman getting a HC job in Chicago. The Alouettes always seemed to kill us. I haven't heard much from ESPN and their competitors about the reaction in Chi-town. Happy, Sad, Mad or Meh?
Trestman's hiring probably would have gotten a lot more reaction had it not come at a time when the Te'o, Armstrong and Kelly stories hit. He's a good hire but his success will end up stemming around whether he can get Cutler to play to his talent level.
The biggest blame for the Broncos loss fall on _______.
Rahim Moore. It looked like he was going for the pick instead of playing to knock the ball down.
What will Norv Turner mean to Weeden?
Turner to Cleveland could be the best thing to happen to Weeden. Having said that, the Browns still need a ton of upgrades at WR and the draft/free agency really don't offer much in the way of big upgrades at that position. Look for improvement but improvement with a ceiling.
IS it a long shot to say that TB bucs will be looking for CB's in the upcoming draft? And who stands out as some possible choices they could draft?
There really aren't a ton of top quality CB prospects in the draft but there are plenty of CBs who can be had in later rounds who could develop into quality NFL CB contributors. I'll cover this more in an Insider draft preview article but I'm thinking of players like Tharold Simon and Nickell Robey among others.
Megatron > Mike Wallace
It's amazing this type of thing still comes up a couple of years later. Here's the deal - if today's Megatron were going against the Mike Wallace of a couple of years ago, I would have never said Wallace is better. Let's not forget that Megatron is playing at a level far above where he was two seasons ago.
How does Chip Kelly adjust his offense to the NFL? Nick Foles doesn't seem to be a fit. Without a QB worth taking at 4, where do the Eagles turn.
How about turning to someone like Collin Klein? Not saying that's who Philly should go with but Kelly may want to consider having two QBs if he wants to have an offense with a lot of QB runs. Having noted that, he doesn't always center his offenses on QBs running the ball, so it might be a case where they keep Foles and lean heavily on Shady and Brown.
Is Dallas OL or DL a big need?
They may want to go for DL because the DL depth is a lot stronger than the OL depth in this draft.
Nope. Megatron was always better than Mike Wallace was. You were just wrong.
That's one way of putting it. And that way requires wearing blinders as to Megatron's improvement. Sorry you can't see that he is a better player today than he was two years ago, but that's the fact.
Do you think Terrell Thomas can accomplish a come back and what do you think about Fewell saying he might have to move to safety?
Fewell saying he might have to move to safety is a way of saying he thinks Thomas won't be quite as quick and therefore will need to move to a position with lessened requirements for speed. I'm pulling for him to make a comeback, just not sure it will happen.
Follow up if you can: How does Klein compare to Tebow?
He's not quite the runner that Tebow was/is, but some of that probably had to do with not having quite the talent level around him that Tebow's had through his career.
will turner and rodgers be able to run 2 weeks in a row?
SF has had up and down performances in stopping the run, so it isn't as if this area is a cinch for them. If Atlanta's pass game can keep the SF defense honest, Turner and Rodgers should be able to move the ball on the ground.
With no first round pick, do the Redskins go secondary or RT in the second round?
All things being equal prospect-wise, go for secondary improvements. Washington simply has to get better talent in that area in order to take the next step.
Hey KC, will the Falcons have more success running or passing this weekend?
Ryan posted an 85 Total QBR mark against a team with a stocked secondary. SF's secondary is very good but it isn't quite as good as Seattle's and therefore Atlanta has to like their chances through the air. Look for more success there than on the ground.
Any idea on how Chip Kelly will fill out his staff? His call ,Roseman's call, etc? NCAA guys, Reid's left behind scraps, NFL guys? I'm sure he knows a lot of people taht want to work with him and they need to move fast, right?
Not sure whose call it is, but the key will be the defensive coach. Kelly's offense puts a lot of strain on the opposing defense but it puts just as much of a strain on his own D, so finding a DC who has a plan for dealing with that will be very important.
Your prediction on the BAL@NE game?
It will be much like the Houston-NE game. Fairly close for much of the contest but NE moves ahead by a solid margin late.
It will be much like the Houston-NE game. Fairly close for much of the contest but NE moves ahead by a solid margin late.
Fairly good chance of Dashon Goldson becoming a FA, with guys like Aldon Smith's contracts coming up eventually? Is he an elite safety, or would you rather sign Kenny phillips when healthy?
Depends on the type of defense. My preference would be to have Goldson as a coverage FS type and Phillips as more of the box S type. SF needs Goldson's skills more than Phillips skills, so would rather see them find a way to keep Goldson.
Roseman says it Kelly's call. Sounds like they have interest in Georgia's DC.
Grantham is used to operating a defense paired up with a high-powered offense, so that could be a very good hire.
KC, how about Lovie Smith for DC of the Eagles?
Not sure his system would mesh with Kelly's. Plus there are reports Smith wants to be a head coach and won't return to the NFL this year as a DC.
Will Turner be an Atlanta falcons next year?
There is a leaning towards no but it all depends on if Atlanta can get someone to take over his power RB role. He's still their GL back and that doesn't look to be a role that Rodgers is equipped to take over.
Betst comp for Colin Kaperenick - Randall Cunningham, Steve Young or Chuck Norris?
Too funny! Most would say Chuck Norris but I'd take Cunningham, as he was a run-heavy QB for most of his career.
what do you make of nico Johnson from Alabama?
Had a chance to look at some Alabama offensive tape this week, still have yet to take a full look at their D. Plan on doing that soon, so let's talk about this in another couple of weeks.
Well, it's been a very fast-paced and eclectic chat, so let me say many thanks for the interesting questions. Got to hit the dinner trail here in a moment, so going to close up shop. Quick notes - the TFS material is always posted on Twitter @KCJoynerTFS. I'll be taking part in the Cover It Live chats on ESPN.com for the AFC/NFC Championship games this weekend, so stop by and say hey if you can. Also look for today's TFS article on why Atlanta can beat SF and tomorrow's article on 5 high-impact CFB players who can be replaced. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you in next week's chat!