Good afternoon! Let's talk some football!
I am new to this chat, and maybe you've already had this question, but do you think that Adrian Peterson has a chance to pass the rushing record or do think he will fall way shorter than 9 yards this season?
Thanks for joining the chat! First time this question has come up. Think he's got a really good shot but it will depend on a number of factors, not the least of which is can Minnesota's stay in game situations where he gets a shot at breaking the record.
Everything I read has Denver looking for a small, quick back in the middle rounds of the draft. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the real problem Denver had was in short yardage, so wouldn't they need a big bruiser who can get 6 inches at the goal line? Any players that fit the mold they should target in the middle rounds?
The best bruiser in the draft would have to be Bell but he probably won't last until the middle rounds. Good news is that RB depth is pretty strong in this year's draft (or at least stronger than generally thought), so the Broncos should be able to solve this issue even with a later pick.
Will any of these draftable QBs start next year in the NFL?
Maybe the greatest wrestling name ever, and certainly more ring-worthy than his real name (Archie Gouldie). I can see Smith and Barkley both starting if they find the right situation.
Hey kc, the eagles have signed a good amount of players and as a eagles fan I hope they can get out of this funk. Do you beleive that they can compete in the ever changing powerhouse NFC East? I mean they cant possibly be 4-12 again...right?
I've got them headed for an 8-8 mark. It's just difficult to get them more wins given the significant volume of changes they are making.
Reason for reduced production from Miles Austin? Injuries, age, OL, ...?
And playcalling that doesn't properly utilize his abilities often enough. Austin will almost certainly rate as a high-end yellow rated player in this year's draft guide.
Megatron is best.
Tell Dez Bryant that he's not even close to 2000 yds.
Figured these two posts should go together.
With the addition of Percy Harvin, how much of a threat is Seattle now, and where do place the Vikings and Seahawks in their respectable divisions?
Harvin offers Seattle good productivity on short and medium depth passes, two areas that should help transition Wilson to more of a pure pass threat. Seattle absolutely can win that division, although St. Louis may have something to say about it as well.
And, of course, SF.
Looks like NFC East centric chat today Bubaa!
Hey, the direction of the questions is all up to the chatters. If anyone wants to talk other divisions or fantasy football or the draft, shoot a question over.
And I still think that you didn't win the title properly. It shouldn't count if a manager throws in the towel.
Who will have better success in the NFL Manuel or Geno Smith? I really like Manuel
Skill-wise, he's just as talented as Manuel in most areas other than accuracy. Smith probably will have more success if only because he'll be guaranteed a starting chance somewhere.
I think Weeden has a lot of great qualities, arm strength, accuracy, great attitude, desire to win, etc. But he struggled to read defenses. What are chances that can be taught or he can progress sufficiently in that area?
I'll likely be penning an article about this sometime this offseason. Nutshell is that the WRs were so bad last year that Weeden wasn't able to utilize certain skills he has that he would have been able to showcase had he been blessed with better WRs.
What is your take on Montee Ball?
He's got to go to a team with the right scheme. If he does, he'll be one of the better power backs in the NFL. He can do what everyone thought Shonn Greene was going to do.
Thoughts on the Ravens' busy offseason?
They made many necessary moves that lesser teams might not have made.
It also brings to mind that post by The Onion that said "Elvis Dumervil is excited to join the Ravens and play alongside legends like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin." Too funny!
What's your thoughts on Flynn's future?
He's still a one-hit wonder and that game had pretty much every situational advantage one could want. Not sold at all that he is going to be a quality NFL starter.
Better year...Randall Cobb or a healthy Sidney Rice?
Brings to mind LC of the golden shoes and the nickname "Hollywood Bags". If Rice is healthy, he should win out if only because he's more of a vertical threat and should be able to use those skills more now that Harvin can threaten teams on short/medium routes (assuming he stays healthy).
Have you reviewed Margus Hunt? He reminds me of JPP - long, strong and fast...only downside is he's 26..but don't you think he may have as much upside as anyone in the draft?
Not yet, but will likely be doing so in the near future. Got a partially DE-centric Draft article slated to run in April.
Hey KC - how come Ahmad Bradshaw is still out of work? Relatively young, tough runner, team-oriented guy. Just surprised to see guys like Mendenhall get spots ahead of him...
It's amazing that for all of the great things that happened during the 2012 season, in the long term it will be remembered for the Fail Mary and the Butt Fumble. My kids get a kick out of that last one, by the way.
Regarding Bradshaw, it's probably health related and that teams across the league just aren't placing a high value on veteran RBs. Or RBs in general, it seems.
Happy Easter KC. Do you believe that the Colts were too aggressive with all their early (expensive) free agent signings ?
Happy Easter to you as well! The Colts are in a great situation in that they have a franchise QB and therefore can confidently go about building a team around him. I don't agree with all of their FA moves but to aggressively try to build a winner is something that has to be lauded.
Is there anyone in the draft or thru free agency that the Ravens could get to replace Anquain Bolden's role?
The draft has a number of WRs who ostensibly could replace Boldin's skill set. Hamilton, Wheaton, Woods and Allen are the four that come to mind right off the bat.
What are your thoughts on TY Hilton? Seems to be a very solid receiver and is set up to thrive for years to come with Luck. Is he more of a system guy or a real-deal talent?
Got a mixed reaction on Hilton. Much of his history says system guy but he's shown enough matchup ability to say he's the real deal, so I'll vote for the latter.
KC! Just dropping by to say THANKS for all you do, the TFS DRAFT GUIDE is phenomenal. My Packers need a RB in the draft. Any that you like more than others? Christine Michael by chance?
Many thanks! This will be year 10 for the draft guide, so I'm going the extra mile to try to make it very memorable. Michael would be a good fit for GB but my No. 1 choice for them would be Johnathan Franklin, as he looks to be the perfect fit for that offense.
What do your metrics say about new Dolphins guard Lance Louis, assuming he is healthy. I know the Bears Oline was awful, but sounded like he was the best part of it.
Still working through the O line metrics but at last check Louis was solid (at least relatively speaking). I like his odds to do better in another offense.
How were the GBYPA for Andre Ellington and Jonathon Franklin, if they're available?
Just reviewed Ellington's for a Clemson article last week and it was 8.3 if memory serves correct. Still got a few games to go on Franklin.
I'm very surprised the Broncos didn't even attempt to look at the safety position and upgrade..despite the huge gaffe in the Raqvens game, does a Rahim Morre, Mike Adams and Quinton Carter trio have potential? I'd like to see Matt Elam in orange...
Could be that they are of the same mindset. Lots of good safeties in this year's draft. Item of related note - Herm Edwards just had an Insider article where he reviewed the top safeties in this draft. Worth a read.
The Falcons in my opinion have a very good off season thus far, I still see a need to concentrate on defense early on in the draft but I see a lot of experts having the Falcon taking a TE early. What is your take?
My take would be that the talent difference between the top TE and some of the later TEs is not great enough to justify spending a top draft pick on a TE.
You think Tampa will be a contender for the NFC south
As long as the secondary stays healthy and doesn't have a repeat of last year, sure.
As long as the secondary stays healthy and doesn't have a repeat of last year, sure.
As long as the secondary stays healthy and doesn't have a repeat of last year, sure.
With a happy Brees & the return of Sean Payton...do the Saints even need an improved defense to get at least 12 wins? Other than the Seahawks, this would be the team I'd least like to face as an opposing coach.
Two beers by 4:25 - you must have a strong constitution! Saints do need an improved defense, as last year's D was so bad that even the best NO offensive performance might not get them past 8-8.
What's it look like for my boy, Joseph Randle, come draft day? I think he'll be more productive than he is getting credit for so far.
He's definitely an under the radar player who should be getting more pub. The RB depth in this draft is much better than generally thought.
What caused Barkley to go from a potential #1 overall pick in last year's draft to possibly the 3rd or 4th best QB in this year's draft?
The USC collapse last year didn't help and his injury also impacted his draft stock. His stock may end up moving upward by draft day, however.
The Giants are going to take a look at Tim Hightower. Do you think he'd be a good fit if healthy?
If memory serves, he had the highest or second highest GBYPA in the league two years ago. If he's healthy and back to that level, it would be a great add.
What do you think the Vikings should do with their 1st rd picks? I say defense both picks and the best WR with the 2nd.
WR should be their top option as long as one of the top vertical threats is still available. Beyond that, it's D, D and more D.
If the Vikings miss the playoffs this year, do think that Leslie Frazier will be fired?
If it's an 8-8 miss the playoffs situation, no. The players respect him and play hard for him and that's a combination that isn't easily replaceable.
Are we seeing a growing trend to pay HUGE dollars to just a handful of players and low contracts to the other 95% of the team? It's not just that QB is the highest paid position, seems teams are picking 2-3 guys to give the bank and the rest are left to fight over the leftovers.
That's part of why teams aren't going full bore to sign certain players or players at certain positions.
One more Vikings question: Regarding Jarious Wright, you said last year in a chat that, and I quote, "His collegiate metrics were fantastic, every bit as good as Kendall Wright's. He could be the vertical threat the Vikings are looking for." Why do the Vikings seem insistant that replace Harvin in the slot rather than outside? Is it just a size thing?
That's almost certainly it. The tape from last year did show something of a hesitancy on his part to NFL-level contact, so maybe that also impacted the Vikings utilization of him.
Are you buying or selling the Panthers for the next few years? Obviously they have solid QB potential with Cam, but their cap situation for both this year and next is decidedly unenviable.
The cap situation is bad and I'm not convinced that Cam Newton is going to develop into a top-flight QB. He seems just as concerned with building his brand as he is in developing his QB talent.
Just wanted to fax you and say Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Am I a lock for 10+ sacks with T-Sizzle on the other side?
Not sure if this is a knock on him (it's spelled Dumervil) or a pitch for him. Dumervil has the best bull rush in the league and if T-Sizzle is his old self, 10 sacks should be a lock.
Advice for the Jets? No jokes please.
Get more talent.
When's the last time that you saw a defense that was worse than the 2013 Oakland Raiders? (On paper, at least?
The 2012 Saints were really bad. And some of the Raiders defenses over the past decade could probably compete with the 2013 group.
Who do you think Is the stronger contender this year out of the NFC to contend for the super bowl
If Green Bay can upgrade their RB situation and get their defense solidified (it didn't play to its talent level in the playoffs), they are the strongest NFC title contender IMO.
Heck,lets make this a Viking heavy chat.Do you think Greg Childs can make a comeback after blowin up his knee's? It sound like he is pretty confident in coming back.
With the way that players are having miraculous comebacks from knee injuries, it certainly looks to be a possibility. Kudos to modern medicine.
Here's some advise for the Jet's. Give up Revis to the Buc's!
Even if the Bucs don't come through at the full price, getting more picks would be a huge help for NY. Completely agree with Joe's assessment.
Is Tavon Austin basically DJax, or does he have more upside?
I've got him pegged as a Brandon Stokely-type slot WR. A guy who can do a lot of damage in that role but one who really might not be as productive in another role.
Should the Giants roll the dice with what they have in house for the RT spot or spend their pick on DJ Fluker?
I'm not convinced that the Bama O linemen as quite as good as they are touted as being. Having said that, O line talent is getting harder and harder to find, so they probably should spend the pick.
Is Marcus Lattimore going to be Willis MacGahee 2.0...horrific injury but stuill end up a 1st rounder? Would you draft him or Lacey?
Lacy for a variety of reasons. For more specific info, check out the Lattimore and Lacy articles I recently wrote for Insider (just do a search for KC Joyner and they should both appear on the first search page).
You pegged Tavon Austin as a Brandon Stokely-esque. I have him down as a quicker shiftier Dexter McCluster. Thoughts?
He could definitely fit that role as well.
What are your thoughts for making the probowl better? What if they made it a rookie Game or a chance for High profile second teamers (Tim tebow) or free agents to show their stuff?
It may all come down to the NFL putting more of an emphasis on all of the exhibition games. They didn't use to be this meaningless, as the league office back in the day put a lot of effort into making teams and players take them seriously. That might be the best place to start to get the perception of these games changed.
KC, does Weeden do enough to beat out Jason Campbell for the starting QB job in training camp?
Gut instinct says he will.
Do you think the Tennessee Vol receivers (Hunter & Patterson) are for real in the NFL or just size/speed guys that aren't ever going to be good players? Closer to Stephen Hill or Torrey Smith?
It will all come down to if they go to teams that have the right people in place to develop their talent. They can't just go to a club that says "you're going to fit in this offense" and go to a coach that is better at playcalling than he is at developing talent.
If Patterson goes to a team that will develop his talent, he can be a double-digit TD WR for multiple seasons. He's got that caliber of talent.
So you don't see sf49ers being a contender this year
Sure, but their division is getting a lot tougher and I think Kaepernick will falter a bit in year two.
Make it like the old but good battle of the network stars!
That's the ticket!
The Packers obviously didn't play to their talent in the playoffs 2 of the last 3 years. The injuries to Perry, Bishop and Smith didn't help but they still have high level playmakers littering the field. Do you think they are an edge rusher away from being top-ten considering a return to health for the LBs and Tramon finally getting over his yearlong shoulder woes?
An edge rusher will certainly help but their playoff issues last year had as much to do with bad playcalling as they did with talent. Not the first time that's happened, either, so it might be a matter of making a mindset change at the top.
Where do you see Marquess Wilson going in the draft? How much did his issue at WA ST with Leach hurt his draft status?
Teams know that player/coach conflicts happen, so that by itself won't hold him back. He's shown more than enough on tape to get a shot, although it may not be until late on day 2 or early on day 3.
So Capers might have to go or he just needs to think outside HIS box a bit?
That's the ticket. Capers shouldn't be fired (he's a highly talented playcaller in general) but he has to come up with a better defensive approach to stopping SF than he came up with last year.
If its pretty much agreed that Ozzie Newsome is a top 3 GM, then should other GMs give pause when he lets a guy walk or trades a guy for what is perceived as 60 cents on the dollar?
Really - advertising in the question header? C'mon man. As far as Ozzie, what's good for his team may not be what is good for another team. Situational aspects have to be taken into account when reviewing his moves.
To piggyback your response, it's obvious Indianapolis didn't watch GB v SF before giving Walden that contract, right?
It could be that they have a situational role in mind for Walden. Either that or they figure they can coach him out of those errors (although that will take a lot of coaching given the volume of gaffes).
Bushrod only gave up 4 sacks last year, but a lot people think he's just average. What's your take and what kind of fit is he in Trestman's WCO?
NO's offensive scheme can make a pass blocker look better than his talent level. Not sure that will be the case with Trestman, but it probably can't be any worse than it was last year.
Whats your perception of the acquisitions that the chiefs made so far - is this a building situation, or more of a design build concept?
Really like their acquisition of Smith. He gives the offense a vertical passer, which is something they never had with Cassel (his vertical numbers were always bad, even with NE). They have plenty of talent on D, a good run blocking O line (when healthy) and some solid talent at WR. They've got a good talent situation.
Daniel Radcliffe is going to play Igor in the Untitled Frankenstein Project. Are you going to play the Scientist? lol
Hey, I'm open for it. Got a lab coat and everything.
If Rodgers signs this mega deal that is being reported, how much will it affect the Packers in the future in regards to their cap situation?
They will almost certainly build it in a way that gives them cap maneuverability like what Baltimore had with Flacco.
Related note - at least they aren't signing Rodgers to the six-year, $989 trillion deal that The Onion said would happen after Flacco got signed. They actually Flacco's signing collapsed the financial markets (leave it to The Onion to come to that conclusion!).
Well, might as well end the chat on that comedic note. Quick post before heading out - the TFS material is always posted on Twitter @KCJoynerTFS. Thanks very much for all of the questions and I hope to see you all here next week!