Hi everyone. Let's get to your questions. We will go here for 30-40 minutes.
What's Titus Young's deal?
Based on his Twitter feed, he is having some trouble grasping reality. I honestly don't know why he is still on the Lions' roster. If they think they can trade him, well, I'm not sure I am in agreement.
Kevin -- Any discussion of moving Chad Greenway to middle linebacker next year? He seems like the perfect fit and they're already leaning towards using him there in the nickel. Would enhance his palymaking ability IMO.
I can see why you would ask. Greenway is fast and would be able to cover the deep middle in the Cover-2 scheme. But as a middle linebacker, you still have to be a tough run stopper. Is that Greenway's strength? I'm not sure. I think I want him making plays in space. It's easier to put him there in the nickel and take the run-stopper off the field.
any word on matt staffords new contract what will it be worth and how long
I have a column coming on that in a bit. It's going to have to be something that builds off the value of his first deal -- $12 million annually -- and long enough to give the Lions maximum salary cap flexibility. So, what, maybe six years with a ton of guaranteed money?
Is Julius Peppers done in Chicago? He makes an awful lot of money for someone who hasn't has an exceptional season in three years...
If Lovie had returned, you would assume Peppers was safe. With a new coaching staff, you just don't know what will happen. With that said, if I'm Mel Tucker and Marc Trestman, I'm not eager to show Julius Peppers the door.
Is this the offseason to consider a move from corner to safety for Winfield?
If so, it hasn't been discussed. Winfield really doesn't want to play safety. That's an important part of the story.
I just read Jeff Dickerson's five things to improve for the Bears and he mentioned wide receivers, while his point about them is true(can Jeffery and bennett stay healthy) he never mentioned Johnny Knox. Is he still coming back or is his career over? and if he is coming back any update on how his rehab is going?
I don't think the Bears are counting on Knox returning. If he does, it's a bonus. The injury he suffered was horrific and he never was close to getting back on the field this season.
am i out of line to suggest that b.urlacher was a better lb than r.lewis? take away the dance and crying plus the "leadership" label and in their prime #54 was more dominant than #52!
The biggest thing Lewis has over Urlacher is durability. He has played a lot longer. Lewis is in his 17th season. So when you view their careers, Lewis has a much larger body of work. Both were dominant in their own rights, but Lewis without question has done it for a longer period of time.
Will john carlson be back with vikings in 2013?
He was pretty much a non-factor this season. I can't imagine him coming back at his scheduled salary.
what do the lions need most out of this offseason
I agree with Martin Mayhew's assessment: They need more playmakers on defense, especially in the back seven. They also need more pop at running back.
With Ponder under center and the Vikings a run first offense, are any top tier recievers even going to consider comming to Minnesota if the Vikes pursue them in free agency?
The quarterback is always the most important factor for a free agent receiver, at least after money. But there will be some receivers who would see Adrian Peterson's presence as a positive. Receivers should get favorable coverage as long as Peterson is on the field.
How different do you expect the Packers offense to look next year?
The receiving corps will definitely look different without Greg Jennings, probably, and Donald Driver. I think getting Bryan Bulaga back at right tackle will help settle the pass protection. But I don't know if I expect anything different from a scheme perspective.
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Will Jermichael Finley be back with the Packers in 2013?
The Milwaukee paper reported he would not be, but after that Finley got much more productive. McCarthy's glowing post-season comments on him suggest there is a good chance he'll be back. I think McCarthy said something like, "I saw a change in that young man."
Imagine if Minnesota drafted Russel Wilson in the 2nd? Do you think they would still be playing?????
Almost every team in the NFL could say the same thing. But yes, I would think he would have made them awfully good this season.
Do any of the cb's the lions got last year in the draft look like they could be in the lions long term plans?
They're pretty excited about Bill Bentley and think his shoulder injury really held him back last season.
My auto update isn't working either. It says "off".
Hopefully it is working now. Mine says it is "on." Otherwise, not sure how to fix it.
On a scale of 1-10 how hot would you say Jim Scwartz seat will be next season? Or do you think blame(if a potentially bad season happens or likely happens, depends on who you talk to) falls on the coordinators?
Pretty hot. What would that be, a 7? I don't know. But they need to make the playoffs next season to show this was a one-year, temporary setback.
Do you think its likely that Spielman will go after a big time WR FA, like Bowe or Jennings?
I think the need to do both -- draft receivers and sign one or two. That's the nature of their situation. Not a lot in the cupboard.
Ponder is mobile but he is no Wilson/Kaepernick/Griffin. Could you see the Vikes pursuing a read-option type QB in the middle rounds of the draft? Seems like they would be very dangerous in that style.
They have one already in Joe Webb.
Knox won't be back...go ask any doctor about the injury that happened and they'll tell you that they can do all the rehab they wish, Knox won't be back on the football field. Kevin, how many OLmen do the Bears draft this year and/or sign through FA?
I'm afraid you're right on Knox. I don't think the Bears need to draft/sign multiple starting-quality linemen, but they need to at least have someone to challenge Carimi on the right side.
Cedric Benson, does he come back or do you see the Packers possibly drafting a back?
Could be both. The Packers' running back situation has always been a piecemeal, year-by-year situation. So Benson could figure in that way. Will this be the year the Packers commit to drafting a starting-caliber running back? We'll see.
While there's no doubt they were steamrolled by CK, the Packers defense isn't in as much of a freefall as some would suggest is it? Considering they get the Bishop back in the middle along with some combo of Smith/Jones, with the talent in the backfield and Matthews on the left, it would seem a disruptive rushing end along with a solid threat at ROLB (Perry?) could turn everything around very quickly. Gibberish or you agree?
Definitely not jibberish. They played the 49ers with their No. 3 inside linebacker (Brad Jones), and I'm sure they didn't envision Erik Walden as a full-time player after drafting Perry. But I also would caution people against putting too much hope in Bishop's return. He is a good player but isn't a franchise-changer. Expectations there are already starting to get out of control.
Mel Kiper has the Bears taking a TE in the first round of the draft. I would think that it is time to address the glaring needs on the offensive line first. Stand out TE's for playoff teams: Gronk (2nd round), Aaron Hernandez (4th round), Dennis Pitta (4th Round)... Vernon Davis was obviously a large WR coming out of Maryland and deserved the first round pick. And of course Gonzalez was also drafted in the first round... in 1997 by the hapless Chiefs. If Cutler stays upright, the Bears win. The Bears need to draft talent on the line first. What do you think?
I think he was taking his cue from Phil Emery, who said at the end of the season that the Bears need more help from the tight end position. Tight ends block as well, so he could be part of the pass-protection solution. I do think that overall, the state of the Bears' offensive line is more important than tight end.
Lance Briggs. Chad Greenway. Who ya got??
With all due respect, I think I still take Briggs there.
If Ponder earned another full season with his solid finish in 2012, who's the No. 2 QB? Presumably not Joe Webb after that disastrous playoff showing...
I would think the Vikings will seek a veteran backup. What they do with Webb is anyone's guess. They've missed a window to train him at another position, at least as a young player.
But didn't Woodson voice concerns about moving to safety as well? The conversion I think worked for both individual and team.
Referring to Winfield ... I don't think Woodson was nearly as adamant.
I know most have dismissed Webb because of GB. He also performed well against Philadelphia previous year. I have read that the Vikings players supported him going into the game. Have you given much thought to his future career in the NFL?
He deserved a little bit of a pass because he didn't play at all during the season. But if he plays for any extended period of time, the Vikings would have to change their offense. That's generally not want you want to do with your backup.
I don't know how you can say that the Bears don't need to draft/sign starting quality Oline. The Bears neet to greatly improve their line. They probably need 2 quality starters not necessarily superstars, but able to hold their own. Treatman was not brought in to fix the defense.
I don't think I went that far. I said they need to at least bring in someone to challenge Carimi at right tackle.
I have been screaming to deaf ears, but I disagree with letting Jennings walk. Jordy Nelson was hurt for a significant portion of this season and if teams double James Jones there are troubles. Make an effort to bring back Jennings.
It seems as though the Packers made that decision last year when they didn't try to re-sign him. You can't keep everyone. I'm sure the Packers know he could help them. But they have to make choices. They need to re-sign Rodgers, Matthews, Raji, etc. Relatively speaking, they can absorb the loss of a receiver more than one of those players.
Do you think the Bears hold on to Jason Campbell? Or will they let him at least test the market? If he gets offers, do you think they'll match? Trestman worked pre-draft with Campbell too... do you think that's a good or bad thing for his future as a Bear?
If I were him, I would test the market. He was one of the 32 best quarterbacks in the league last year.
Ok, a few more here.
Will the Vikings need to still upgrade at corner considering Winfield's age and Cook's durability?
I do think that is a big need for them, after receiver.
Every year since Jay Cutler was traded to the Bears, Bears fans have shouted out a different problem with the offense. No running game when Forte was hurt, no weapons, no offensive line, no tight end. When will people FINALLY start questioning whether Jay Cutler is the problem?
Hiring Trestman should be the final judgment there. The Bears' entire search was to find a coach that could get the most out of Cutler. If he can't do it, then the Bears will probably agree with you, Prison Mike.
I totally agree with your blog post on Titus Young. If all that stuff is true, there is absolutely no way to justify him still being on the Lions roster. And to think the Lions could have drafted Torrey Smith (who went 14 picks later). ARGH!!!
Or Randall Cobb....
OK everyone. Thanks so much. Chat with you next week.