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May 16, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Paul Kuharsky

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:01 PM)

Greetings people of Earth. Thank you for your presence. I hope we can help one another pass an hour more quickly than it would pass if we were each behind closed doors in a room alone.

John (Sacramento)

As a Texans fan I'm definately not one of the Schaub hatters out there but it does seem that the offense continued to be super conservative last year. Is there anyway Kubiak gives someone else the play calling duties? I know before Shanahan left he was doing some play calling does he not trust Dennison the same way?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:02 PM)

I don't think it's a matter of trust. And how do we know Dennison would be better, not worse? Why is the alternative always presumed to be better? That said, Kubiak HAS to do better in the red zone, at least.

Chris (Montgomery Al)

Do you see it as possible with Chapman in the middle, Francois on one side, and the other up for debate with suitable players, that Indianapolis could have the best D-Line in the division?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:03 PM)

No, because J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith and any other guy the Texans roll out will be better. But it'll be a lot better than the Colts line was last year. Also, let's see Chapman in a game before we judge him great.

Ryan (Omaha)

What's the biggest step Gabbert needs to make in order to earn Caldwell and Bradley's trust for the future? Pocket Presence, Leadership, or just putting up numbers?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:04 PM)

Production. To produce he certain needs pocket presence and some numbers.

Steve (Clarksville, TN)

With the newly revamped offensive line, the Titans should be able to improve both the offensive potential of Jake Locker and the running game of Chris Johnson. With the new additions, assuming everyone stays healthy, will CJ be able to run for 2K again this season?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:05 PM)

Zero chance. They signed Shonn Greene to take away carries from CJ. We shouldn't be looking anywhere near 2,000 as a benchmark for a successful season from Johnson.

Jonathan (Memphis)

Paul, I noticed you made no mention about Marc Mariani in your Top 10 Most Competitive units story. If his days as a Titan are limited, do you think anyone in the Rams organization would have interest?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:07 PM)

He's the Titans seventh receiver right now, in my eyes. And if they are roughly even, Darius Reynaud makes more sense as the returner. I don't know the Rams return situation. But Fisher loves Mariani for sure.

Kevin (Jacksonville, FL )

I've read a lot of opinions from writers saying that Ball will start opposite from Gratz this year. However, every thing I've read about Ball is that he is not very good. Is it that much of a longshot for Trufant to be the starter?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:07 PM)

I'd root for one of the seventh-rounders to shine early. Trufant is on the tail end of a nice career. More a nickel option at this point.

Darren (Washington, D.C.)

Paul, why no mention of Darius Reynaud when the Titans discuss WR or RB depth? I've been impressed with him in his short time with the team.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:09 PM)

Well, I don't discuss him as a receiver because he's a running back. And I don't discuss him as a running back because I don't spend a lot of time on No. 4 running backs. You were impressed with 2.1 yards per carry?

cjg6710 (Tenn)

RB screens and dump offs have been real effective for other teams, will the titans finally use them consistently now that palmer is gone?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:09 PM)

CJ's interest level in actually catching them is a key. The offense will look more like Houston's so the answer is yes. But they aren't going to be a "screen team." Nor should they be.

cjg6710 (Tenn)

Do you think hunter will be a starting WR game 1? Or will he be 4th on the depth chart?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:10 PM)

Probably asking a lot for him to be an opening day starter.

cjg6710 (Tenn)

Paul, recently Munchak made it sound as if a DT that can get pressure up the middle was more of a need than DE, do you agree with that assessment?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:10 PM)

They got that guy. He's Sammie Hill.

TT (Indy)

Is the dress code in the pressbox pretty casual? Are the TV guys the only ones in ties?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:11 PM)

I used to always wear a jacket and tie. Then I got fat and didn't feel I needed to invest in a new wardrobe for one day a week for 17 weeks. But I still try to dress nicely and look professional. That can't be said of many of the slobs up there.

Brian (Charlottesville, VA )

Do you think any of the Jags current DTs are worth of another contract?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:12 PM)

I haven't seen them play a snap for the Jaguars yet. How could I possibly judge whether they are worth re-signing?

alan (class)

with all the players the falcons added both in the offseson and draft which player will help them win a sb

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:13 PM)

I think Stephen Jackson will be critical.

chris (montgomery al)

Is there any way that DHB turns into a long term solution as the #2, and if he does, do the colts go after another WR in next years draft?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:13 PM)

He could. I wouldn't bet on it. But he could. If the re-signed him, they could still feel they need to draft one relatively high.

Indianapolis Indiana [via mobile]

Paul what do you think about the colts going 13_3 in the regular season thank you.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:14 PM)

I think it's highly unlikely. They could lose three games just against the NFC West.

Dan (TN)

Have you ever blocked anyone from one of these chats?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:15 PM)

I can delete questions. I don't know that I can black anyone. I'd have to get someone in Bristol involved for that. Have never felt the need.

Aaron (Work)

Paul, After all of the moves the Texans have made what else, if anything, do the Texans need to do to be able to beat the Patriots?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:16 PM)

Be a lot better at responding to adversity. Be far more aggressive in the red zone. I think you think they are a lot closer than I do, though I am not so sure the Patriots are the team they'll need to get past in 2013.

Ben (Louisa, KY)

Can you rank the Titans WRs in order of current ability?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:17 PM)

Presuming Britt is healthy: Britt, Wright, Hunter, Washington, Williams, Walter.

E [via mobile]

Do you find the over optimistic attitudes of fans during the off season annoying or is it some what of an endearing quality like a forgetful puppy

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:17 PM)

I think it's naive. Sometimes cute. Far more often not.

Beckham (Across the Pond)

What do you think about the NFL undergoing massive expansion (i.e. 10 or more teams) and then putting in a two tier league with relegation ala the English Premiere League.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:19 PM)

There isn't enough talent to stock 32 teams. You want to add 530 players, even at two levels? What current owner would sign off on a plan where his team could be relegated? Will never happen.

Tony (Spring)

As a follow up to Aaron's question, who do you think the team the Texans need to get past in 2013?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:19 PM)

There are probably multiple teams, but Denver is the one I'd fear the most right now.

Brian (Charlottesville, VA )

Justin Forsett......JAG (just another guy) or very nice, change-of-pace player? Do you like him better than Rashad Jennings?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:20 PM)

I like him better than Jennings. He's a capable back.

Damian Williams (Nashville)

Am I gonna make this team?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:20 PM)

I think so. Bright guy with some skills.

Ben (Louisa, KY)

Is justin hunter a sleeper as the 2nd wr in Titanland?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:21 PM)

No one a team considers a first-round pick as a sleeper. And they think he's a first-round talent. They think he was the best receiver in the draft.

Taylor (Maryland)

With the Jags cutting a lot of overpriced veterans this year, do you see the Jags making at least 1 big free agent signing next year to supplement the drafts?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:22 PM)

They'll need to start spending a lot closer to the cap, so I'd think yes. But philosophically, it's not the way they will build.

Jerry Gray (Nasvhille)

Say the defense is in the bottom third of the league when the bye week rolls around, do I still have a job?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:22 PM)

Yup. You'll be around all year, I'd bet. You already have less power.

Reid (Jackson)

Nate Washington has fallen out of favor with the coaching staff.. is this due to one thing in particular? On field production? Off field/locker room issues?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:23 PM)

I've heard they think he mailed it in down the stretch.

E [via mobile]

Any thoughts on schaub being the 23rd best starting QB

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:23 PM)

Too low. But that says as much about the other QBs as it does about him.

Phil (New York) [via mobile]

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being completely shocked, how shocked would you be if Karl Klug gets waived?...Do you think he didn't get enough of a chance to perform last season?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:24 PM)

Now, a 10. No reason to cut him now. I wouldn't be shocked at all if he doesn't win a job in camp. So before opening day, a 4.

Ben (Louisa, KY)

I know the Titans are "hot" on Hunter, but generally speaking WRs do not do well their first year in the league. Do you think this kid might be an exception?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:26 PM)

I don't know. But Julio Jones and A.J. Green did quite well quite early and Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright had encouraging rookie seasons.

Frank (Knoxville, TN)

Hey Paul. What are your thoughts on Alualu's recent move to DE? Sign of the end for him or chance at re-birth and to live up to his draft position?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:26 PM)

Chance at rebirth. But if he's not reborn, sign of the end.

chris (montgomery al)

Who do you forecast as the starting offensive line for Indi? and why is everyone saying that they can not end with the same record or better than last year?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:28 PM)

Tougher schedule. Far different expectations. No Arians. Don't have the rallying cry of win for our sick coach. I'd guess line will be, L-R, Castonzo, Thomas, Holmes, Thornton, Cherilus. Probably wishful thinking with the two rookies.

Chris (DK)

Before free agency you said the Titans should go get a free agency class like in '06 with Mawae, Thornton and Hope. So how did they? Worse, even, better?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:30 PM)

Don't know yet. I didn't know what kind of leadership Hope or Thornton would bring, but it turned out to be great. I don't know what kind Levitre or Walker or Hill will bring. Pollard and Wilson are more known quantities in that department. Brought in a lot of talent. How it all jells remains to be seen.

Dan (TN)

What are the chances the Titans trade Britt or Washington? Getting our lost 3rd back just wishful thinking?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:30 PM)

No one is trading for Britt's issues and knees or Washington's contract.

Frank (Knoxville, TN)

Information on the Blackmon suspension have been pretty vague. Any insight on if it was a PED situation or a less than legal intoxant?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:31 PM)

There are two different policies, one for PEDs, one for drugs (and even alcohol). He was suspended under the drug policy, not the PED policy.

David (Houston)

Will Hopkins or Swearinger have an impact their first year??

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:32 PM)

Yes. Both. If they don't, the Texans will be in trouble.

George (Bowling Green, KY )

I haven't really seen much news on Tennessee's talks with John Abraham. Are they still trying to work something out or have they left it to focus on development of the rookies?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:32 PM)

They can do multiple things at the same time. Nothing new out, but not dead as far as I know.

Rick (Dallas, TX)

Diehard Texans fan, Houston native. Going into the season last year, we knew the right side of the O line was going to be a rotation and players splitting snaps. Have you heard if Kubes and co. are interested in the same type of split-time right side, or can I hope this year we try to let someone win the job outright during training camp? I'd love to see some continuity of course, if healthy I think Newton is an athletic power house.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:37 PM)

I'm all for outright winners and job holders. Kubiak is less so. But in second year, they should head that direction. They haven't indicated plan as far as I know. Don't need to know it yet.

Sam (La Crosse, WI)

Colts have traditionally built through the draft. With extra cap money, they brought in many new faces. How does this change in philosophy impact the on-field product? Any difficulty with the team jelling?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:39 PM)

You always have to see how things come together. But if they got the quality people they think they did, I don't know why it wouldn't jell. When you have a top flight QB, things have a tendency to come together.

Justin R (Baltimore)

There are rumors around here in Bmore that Vontae Leach may be a cap casualty. Given the Titans commitment to the run , do you think they would try and sign him?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:40 PM)

Sure hope not. Fullback is incredibly overrated and they need to be two-tight or three wide most of the time.

Willow (Southside)

Recently read about the increased use of statistical analysis as another tool to help teams in evaluating players, preparing for the draft, managing the cap, etc... The football version of Moneyball, if you will. Of the teams in the AFC South, which one uses these tools the most and have you seen an increase in their overall use among all 4?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:41 PM)

Many teams aren't very revealing about how much they use analytics. Jaguars Tony Khan, son of owner, works in front office and is an analytics guy.

Marcus (GB, WI)

Hey now Paul, throw some love T.Y. Hilton's way too. Solid receiving year and good contribution on the return game as well.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:41 PM)

Not a first rounder. See how he doesn't fit the list I used?

Brian (Charlottesville, VA )

The Jags seem super-high on Cyprien. Do you think he has what it takes to be a 5-year, core player on defense?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:43 PM)

I like him a lot. And they would certainly expect at least four good years out of the 33rd pick in the draft. <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/50250/cyprien-should-key-jaguars-secondary" target="_blank">Cyprien should key Jaguars' secondary</a>

Dan (TN)

Watching The Office finale tonight?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:43 PM)

Maybe. Can you promise me it'll be better than any five minute segment I tried to endure this year when flipping by? Talk about dying out.

Brian F. (Jacksonville, FL)

If Alualu sees a high level of success at DE do you think it will be in a 3/4 or 4/3 formation? Still not sure Jax has a true 0 technique DT but we shall see.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:45 PM)

In hybrid 3-4 looks, I'm not sure they'll be looking for a nose that plays head on with the center. I think they will be 4-3. Sometimes different people will stand or shift back a bit, but I don't think we're going to see any Pittsburgh 3-4. More like Houston 3-4 on the occasions the Jags use it.

Trav (Knoxville)

Do you think Munchak is a good fit as a head coach? I know that you don't need to throw your headsets and jump up and down on the sidelines to be effective, but Munchak seems to be too far at the other end of the spectrum: way too passive sideline demeanor.

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:46 PM)

I don't think you've watched him closely enough. He gets plenty hot at times. Hotter than I ever saw Tony Dungy get.

Frank (Knoxville, TN)

Early local coverage says Joeckel is everything he was supposed to be. Is that just home cooked coverage or are you hearing the same from your peeps?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:47 PM)

He's a stud and everyone knows it. If the No. 2 pick in the draft needs home-cooking, you've got issues.

Otto (CA)

What team lays out the best spread for the media?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:47 PM)

New England is fantastic. Baltimore serves a lovely crab cake.

Brian (Charlottesville, VA )

Think Marcedes Lewis is a top 10 TE in the league?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:48 PM)

I don't.

Ben (Louisa, KY)

Will Walter be on the field more than Washington this year?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:48 PM)

I sure hope not. But maybe. Especially if they want to maximize Locker's dink and dunk options.

Dante (Indianapolis, Indiana)

PK what do you think about the W7 matchup between Denver and Indianapolis? Will you be there or not?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:49 PM)

I can't see how I wouldn't be. But who knows?

Dan (TN)

Wanna go to Memphis for any Western Conference finals?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:49 PM)

Are you inviting me?

frank (milwaukee)

what do youu think the titans secondary ends up looking like opening day? assuming griffin and pollard are starters at saftey whats Wilson's role?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:50 PM)

Wilson is the third safety. They can play a three-safety nickel package. They can (and should) get Pollard off the field in passing downs and sub Wilson in. They'll find a way to use three. Houston uses three all the time. McCourty and Wreh-Wilson outside, Verner inside.

Doug (MD)

Can you explain the difference between a 3, 5, etc technique D-Lineman?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:53 PM)

A zero is head on with the center. Then, moving sideways, start counting up accounting for each possibility -- over the center, in the gap between the center and guard, on the guard, etc. So a three would be on outside shoulder of a guard. A five is head on with a tackle. A nine is way wide of the tackle. Counts the same way out from center going to either side.

Ben (Louisa, KY)

Will Kendell Wright start and move to slot when there are 3-4 WR sets?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:54 PM)

To be determined.

Ben (Louisa, KY)

What objections would you have if the titans moved ayers to a DE permantly?

Paul Kuharsky
  (3:56 PM)

I don't see an OLB capable of taking his place in the base defense, that's my primary objection. Too many people want position changes, I believe. See above about how the alternative isn't always better.

ted (chicago)

did Ben Tate's off year/injuries last season negate his trade value this year before his contract expires? should the texans have traded him when second round draft pick rumors were circulating?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:00 PM)

They were never looking to trade him. If they had traded him, who would be filling in for Foster if he's hurt?

Ben (Louisa, KY)

What has been your biggest "gaffe" when it comes to predictions in recent years?--which prediction do you hang your hat on?

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:01 PM)

Said Jags could be .500 in 2012 if Gabbert gave them average QB play. They wouldn't have come close. Best call I ever made was probably Titans drafting Jevon Kearse in 1999. Wrote there was one guy who could give them what they needed, too bad Jevon Kearse wouldn't be available to them at No. 16.

Jim M (Paris)

This is the end...my beautiful friend...the end.

Paul Kuharsky
  (4:01 PM)

Thanks Jim. Cheers all.