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February 7, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Paul Kuharsky

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:04 PM)

Hi folks. How is everyone? Nice to have you here. Thanks for coming.

Carlos (Cleveland, Ohio)

Longtime Oilers/Titans fan here. Paul, I gotta say that currently, I have no idea what the Titans are going to do to fix this team, and I'm not sure if they know as well.

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:05 PM)

Well, they'll have a plan in free agency and the draft and hope an influx of players will do a lot. May not matter if Jake Locker doesn't get better.

Mark (orlando)

Give me your thoughts on the colts and free agency. They have quite a bit of cap space and with a couple key signings could be very dangerous next year.

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:06 PM)

They won't necessarily chance big names. A couple quality guys to supplement a draft class can do a lot, absolutely. They have a lot of money.

Joel (Niagara Falls) [via mobile]

Mr. Kuharsky, Five teams (NE, Pitts, Giants, Balt, Indy) account for fifteen of the last twenty-six SB appearances, while four more (N.O., G.B., S.F., Seat.) who are now perennial contenders, make it nineteen of twenty-six. Has the era of parity ended ? Thank you.

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:08 PM)

I don't think so at all. The fact that a team like the Colts can go from 2 wins to 11 wins in a year shows teams can be bad and get good quickly, or vice versa. New teams are in the playoffs every year.

Alex (Indianapolis)

Any chance well land ed reed?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:09 PM)

More likely New England I bet. And the Pats can better survive him missing some games. But Chuck Pagano certainly knows him well and, when healthy, he could be great for them.

Jason (Brooklyn, NY)

Zone Blocking Scheme fir the Jaguars? Like it? Obviously it is likely not the difference maker, but you think ZBS could help Gabbert get more time less pressure to make throws?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:10 PM)

I'll be very interested to see. That line has been due for a new coach and a new message for a long time. Am somewhat concerned that I saw Caldwell say something like they might have the players on the line they need. I don't think they do.

Jack (Nashville)

What do you think the chain of command will be on Titans defense with Gregg Williams as Senior Asst.?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:11 PM)

Don't know his title yet. And they probably won't share the chain of command. Calling the plays isn't as big a deal on defense. It's more about the plan. They plan, when we see this, we will do this. Gregg would have a strong voice in that, I expect. And that would be an upgrade.

Ben (Indianapolis)

Ed Reed is the big FA talk here in Indy, but couldn't Paul Kruger or another FA be a bigger get than an aging Reed?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:13 PM)

Why would it have to be one or the other?

Dan (Springfield)

Will the Titans try to find a running back they can confidently send onto the field in a 3rd and 1 situation? I just don't see the guys they have as consistent options when they're in a short yardage situation.

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:13 PM)

Absolutely. Column on CJ and Titans running back situation coming shortly.

Devin (Glenn Dale, MD)

I like what Shad Khan has done in an attempt to rebuild the image of this franchise from the ground up but I'm curious as to what are his plans to help improve the downtown Jacksonville area surrounding the stadium. There are abandoned businesses and unfinished buildings, cleaning that up would help the image a bit wouldn't it?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:14 PM)

I don't know that cleaning up the area around the stadium is part of the stadium tenants responsibility. And I've been there a lot. There is nothing there that would keep me from going to a football game as a fan.

Gary (Nashville)

It's a copycat league and you see that played out on the field every season. Is there a parallel for front offices (read: draft strategy and FA)? And if so, which front office would you suggest the Titans copy?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:15 PM)

The draft strategy's top principle -- for Ravens, 49ers and all successful teams -- is don't miss on a franchise quarterback. I would suggest the Titans be right about Locker, first and foremost.

Js (Jax, FL)

Hey Paul, What's your take on all the changes made by Shad Khan???

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:16 PM)

Like the GM and coach a lot, but they have to prove themselves. A logo, some new seats in a year and perhaps a giant scoreboard. All nice accessories. Not going to influence the football much, of course. Not is "Stand United."

Robert (Austin)

With Merciluss and Reed making Barwin expendable, any chance they use his money for a top or next level WR. Seems another playmaker is way at the top of needs with ILB.

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:18 PM)

He's no longer worth a lot of money. Keep him if you can, if someone wants to spend, not that hard to replace. If they are healthy at ILB and keep some of their own inexpensive role guys, I don't see it as the monster issue a lot of people do. I'd rather have an offensive lineman. Get Brian Cushing back, the other guys is a part time player inside.

Jody [via mobile]

Thoughts on Williams hire

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:21 PM)

<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/46779/one-advantage-for-williams-hes-not-gray" target="_blank">My thoughts on Gregg Williams from Jan. 26</a>

Josh (Indianapolis )

PK, when did you start going bald?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:21 PM)

College.

David (Virginia)

Should/would the Titans pursue Kenny Phillips? Top 15 Safety according to PFF, didn't miss a single tackle all year.

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:21 PM)

Possible, sure. They will consider every good safety.

Christopher Walken (Making Movies)

Pk...I got a fever. And the only prescription, is more PK!

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:22 PM)

It's from when we met when I was 7 and worked as an extra in "The Deer Hunter." Remember how you spoke to me in Donald Duck's voice?

Bill (Austin) [via mobile]

I saw yesterday that victor Cruz is a RFA. Do you think the texans would be willing to give up a first rounder to sign him? Would be a huge upgrade at #2 WR

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:23 PM)

You can find an answer without giving up a No. 1 pick. And it's not just the pick, it's the pick and a big payday.

Jay (Murfreesboro)

Paul - Why did the Titan's Micheal Griffin got a fat contract? I've been a season ticket holder since they arrived in Nash, and from everything I've seen on the field, he just don't cut it...why do you feel he got the deal?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:24 PM)

They liked his offseason commitment after they tagged him. They had the money. They believed he could return to early career form. Not a good investment.

James (Indy)

PK, word trickled out from Ozzie Newsom that the Ravens won't mortgage the future and re-do deals to keep the team together. Do you think Kruger makes more sense than Spencer for the Colts, should Kruger reach the market?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:24 PM)

I love Kruger, but I haven't looked closely at him vs. Spencer or talked to people about the two head to head.

Robert (Austin)

Is this almost a make or break year for Schaub? I know money wise he will probably be here for at least 2 more years. You would assume after all the young QB's breaking through, the Texans would look to draft a eventually replacement sooner rather than later.

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:26 PM)

You can draft a replacement in 2014 and have Schaub too and then see what happens. I don't know that they will -- Kubiak loves Schaub and Texans fans need to come to terms with that.

Randy (Nashville)

What do you think the Titans are going to do at safety for next season?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:26 PM)

Shop hard for a free agent. Draft one high if they don't find/get one they love. Griffin will be starting next to a new guy.

Peter (Chicago)

Is Gabbert/Henne the answer for the Jags? If not, where are we going to find a QB?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:29 PM)

We don't know yet. Sounds like they will give Gabbert a big chance with the new staff, then see. Don't know that this is the year to find a big alternative.

Brian (VA)

Do you think Bud Adams pressures Munchak and Co. to target big names in FA since he's obviously growing more impatient with the teams progress or sits back and watches?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:30 PM)

No, because as I say over and over and over, big names rarely solve issues. Get a Chris Hope, David Thornton, Kevin Mawae class. They weren't huge names and they transformed the team.

TT (Indianapolis)

With the exception of starting QB, what's the toughtest position to address via free agency?

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:31 PM)

Probably pass rusher. All the other posiiton that are rated as most important -- LT, DE, CB -- see few good ones hit the market.

Paul Kuharsky
  (12:32 PM)

Folks, I apologize for abbreviated chat. But with Gregg Williams officially reinstated and hired, I have to write. See you soon, thanks...