Hi everyone. Let's get this thing started.
So as you can see, I've decided to be pretty persistent about you answering my question about my favorite player, Joe Webb. My question for you is where do you see him ranking on the depth chart by the time the season starts, now that he has officially been moved to receiver. Do you see him ahead of Jarius Wright or Jerome Simpson? Your insight is much appreciated
We need to see him live in at least one OTA before we start making those kinds of projections. Today was the Vikings' first OTA. Tomorrow is the first one open to the media. He has a long, long way to go in terms of technique and route-running. He's much more of a development project than Cordarrelle Patterson, which is saying something.
Which Bears rookies do you predict will be starting opening day? And which ones will be starting by the end of the season??
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune thinks Kyle Long will be the only one who starts opening day. You would think that Jon Bostic could have a chance to win the middle linebacker job eventually, but it might take some time.
While much has been written about the revamped Bear OL - there has been little to no mention of the team's signing of Eben Britton. J. Clayotn did write (I think) that Britton signed a contract similar to the one they gave Slauson but Britton seems to be invisible when the team talks about the projected starters...does Britton have a reasonable shot at making the team/cracking the starting lineup and if so at who's expense. Thanks!
According to my info, Britton got a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum. with no guaranteed money. Slauson got a $100,000 signing bonus and had $200,000 of his base salary guaranteed. So the Bears made more of a commitment to Slauson. Britton will get a chance to compete, but I don't think the Bears are envisioning him as a starter like they do with Slauson.
Did Urlacher really sign with the Packers for 1 day?
Uh, er, no.
How do you think Mike Neal would do as an OLB?
He definitely has the athletic ability to make it interesting. I don't think you want him back in coverage very much, but he can certainly run well enough to work in a non-traditional role that gets the most out of his skills.
Given the injury history of the Packers wr's and the loss of depth behind the top 3 will this be the year they attempt to get serious about running the ball?
I don't think it will be because of the injury history of their receivers and/or depth. It will be because they saw what happened last year when teams didn't respect the running game. Their approach to the draft and reconfiguring the offensive line all point toward more of a commitment toward balanced offense.
please turn me on.
With Neal at OLB... do you think it would function more like a 4-3 package?
Maybe, but the difference would be he is in a two-point stance.
Do you believe Erin Henderson is the answer at MLB? And if so, does this leave the Vikings deficient at the Will? I haven't seen much of Hodges but from what I've heard it sounds like he's capable of starting at the Will. What's your take on the Vikings LB situation heading into summer?
It's thin and probably not what they drew up in their January/February meetings. But you can't fill every spot, and in this case at least, the oversight can be minimized by removing their weakest linebacker in the nickel.
I know its hard to get excited about OTA's. But has anyone really caught your attention?
Not yet, but I'm going to start making some practice rounds this week so we'll see....
With Bulaga being just an average RT, what makes Green Bay think he will be good enough to play LT?
Oh, I think he was better than average and more importantly, he was the Packers' best tackle. It makes sense to have your best lineman and left tackle if he can play the position and that's where he played in college.
huge fan long time viewer but i was not being serious kevin.....
Can you only answer questions from Packers' fans that make us look intelligible? Obviously Urlacher didn't sign with the Packers. Not worth anyone's time reading about it. Mike Neal? Read any of the articles about him to find your answer. Common there must be some intelligent questions out there from Packers' fans that can't be answered by simply looking up the question.
Answering the questions I get...
Where do you see Halas and Lombardi ending up in ESPN's countdown of the greatest NFL coaches of all-time?
Actually I know where they will will both be but I can't tell you. You should feel confident that both were well-regarded by the voting panel.
How can the Lions honestly go into the season with the one thing they know they will have (a passing game) with that O-line?! it's really mind boggling that they virtually did nothing to improve it...
Don't think we can say it's not improved yet. There will certainly be turnover but it's possible it will be better, especially in run blocking, than the previous incarnation. Fox and Hilliard are big dudes, and one of them will be at right tackle. And Larry Warford could be a monster at right guard.
Jared, Kevin and Brian are all playing for contracts this year while Sharif is playing for respect. Do you think the Vikings will have the best D Line in the North?
The Lions might argue with that assessment. Suh and Fairley both have All-Pro talent and Ansah will get plenty of one-on-one opportunities as a result.
Why do the Bears seem to have such bad partings with their franchise players? They're just now reaching out to Ditka, they obviously had a bit of sourness with Urlacher, they handled Olin Kruetz's situation badly, too. I don't remember how things went when Singletary retired, but I know they didn't really show him much respect as a head coaching candidate (at least a courtesy interview).
I'm not sure it's any different with the Bears as it is with other teams. There is often some level of hard feelings when superstars leave. Rarely do players get to do it on their own terms. Didn't happen with Urlacher, Kreutz or Ditka.
What change will the new Vikings receivers have on their base offense? Does Felton have to sit?
I don't think they're planning to sit Felton. He made a huge difference when he was in the game for Peterson and they signed him to a relatively expensive contract. I don't think they have such a deep set of receivers that anyone else will be forced off the field.
What team would be best for Lebron James to start at QB in 2016?
I will ask Joe Theismann as in Heisman and get back to you.
I had never even heard of Marquess Wilson until yesterday. I know its early, but is he expected to make the Bear's roster?
He would have been a mid-round draft pick were it not for his messy departure from Washington State. A lot more potential than most seventh-round picks and he was taken by a team that doesn't have a deep group of receivers. With that said, I don't know if he is "expected" to make the roster. He'll need to show he is mature enough to be counted on ... and he'll also need some sort of special teams role.
Do you see Floyd starting at any point this season next to K-Will
That will be the challenge for the Vikings. If they are the best two tackles on the team, you would like to see them playing next to one another. Same goes for Suh and Fairley in Detroit. So what if one of them isn't a traditional nose tackle?
Any chance the Lions are monitoring Warford's weight closely... something in his contract?
If there is anything specific about his weight in the contract, it hasn't been publicized. There is nothing in the somewhat limited information I have on it.
If Ansah gets a lot of one on one opportunities, do you see him being a potential DROY candidate this year?
Unfortunately, sack totals are the only way rookies get recognized. But playing next to Suh and Fairley, and having what everyone thinks is natural pass rushing ability, it's not out of the question to think he could run up 10 sacks.
How would you handicap the packers rt sitaution?
It sounds as though Marshall Newhouse is getting the first look. Derek Sherrod isn't practicing yet, so that would make Newhouse the big early favorite.
How likely do you think it is that either of the Packers' 7th round WR picks have a better year and/or career than Patterson?
Ha. It's all about opportunity, and a rookie Packers receiver isn't likely to get much of one.
It's obvious that Reggie Bush will be the top RB for the Lions. But, how do you think they divide carries for Leshoure and Bell? Bell was better last season, but Leshoure is the 2nd round pick and last year was first year back from Achilles' tendon.
It's a good question and the answer is evolving. They definitely need a "banger" to keep Bush's carry totals from getting too high. Bell was much more elusive than Leshoure last year, but you're right, the Lions aren't going to give up on him yet. In the end, though, the best No. 2 will be the No. 2. That could very well be Bell.
KS - What about Barclay?Kevin Seifert - It sounds as though Marshall Newhouse is getting the first look. Derek Sherrod isn't practicing yet, so that would make Newhouse the big early favorite.
Barclay will definitely get a look but it sounds as though in the early part of OTAs he is being tested for versatility at other positions -- even center.
Do you see an NFC North team on Hard Knocks this year?
Nope. Some pretty traditional folks are running NFC North teams these days.
I look pretty good now after re-signing James Jones and letting and injury-riddled Greg Jennings walk, right?
Let's see how much, if at all, Jennings can uplift a division rival before deciding that.
Have the Packers done anything to increase the overall toughness of the team? As a whole the last couple years they have pretty much collapsed playing against the more physical teams in the league.
Datone Jones is a pretty bad mamma jamma, even against the run. But overall, the Packers didn't do much in the way of personnel additions on defense or offense, other than the draft, so it's hard to say they're "tougher" with basically the same players.
What is your impression of Trestman so far? Any word on how players are responding to him?
I've only met him once, actually, at the owners meeting in March. He is as advertised: Quiet, intense and measured. I would say he will not be a coach that players will be emotionally moved by, but that doesn't mean he won't be successful. There are lots of ways to peel the apple.
what are the lions going to do with best will be ever play agen?
He is not expected to play again, no. Too much time has passed and the issue is so sensitive right now in the NFL.
About the toughness question. Don't you think the softness and post Super Bowl entitlement is worn of with all the questions about their toughness? Packers will play like they have something to prove again.
That's kind of what Aaron Rodgers said after the season, that the Packers need to get back to playing the way they did and approaching the game the way they did in 2010. Tough, hungry, whatever you want to call it, that's what they need.
Will the Lions secondary be as bad as it seems?
I think it's got a chance to be much improved, although Delmas' knee situation isn't encouraging at the moment. Glover Quin is a big upgrade, and Darius Slay has a chance to be an immediate starter at CB. It's been a while since the Lions have prioritized cornerback in the draft.
Won't the Lions' salary cap situation be even worse next year? Backloaded cap hits for Suh, Calvin, Glover Quin, Reggie Bush, and possibly Delmas look scary from where I sit.
Suh and Stafford are the big cap issues. You would assume Stafford will have a new deal in the next year or so. Suh's situation, after several restructurings, means the Lions will almost certainly have to make a long-term decision about his future after this season.
What are your thoughts on moving the date of draft, NFL calendar year, free agency, combine, etc? Do you see any of this having an impact on the quality of the game on the field?
It has nothing to do with the quality of the game, one way or the other. If those changes all get made -- and the only one so far is pushing the draft two weeks back -- then it will be about spreading the NFL "offseason" to generate more interest.
Do you see Peanut Tillman as a top 5 cb who doesn't get the respect he deserves?
He has gotten the respect in the past few years, albeit late. Interception totals are usually what drives respect for cornerbacks, so it's taken a while for people to realize what he has been able to do.
Is it Williams and Shields with Hayward as the nickleback or is it Williams and Hayward with Shields as the nickleback on opening day?
With Shields not participating, Hayward has a chance to win that starting job outright.
Hey Kevin, do you think it's all been done, or is that mostly the stuff unimaginitive people say?
The minds of creative people knows no boundaries. Or something like that.
When you state that a Free Agent is a big upgrade at a position, shouldn't it be framed that: "[Insert Player Name] will be a big upgrade if he continues to put up the stats he did on his previous, an assumption that is at the least, a large step."?
Depends on the situation, but it's almost a given that you're assuming the expensive addition you just made is going to continue along his current path. They don't always. Although we could preface every sentence about everyt player, "Assuming he doesn't fall off unexpectedly."
Ok its almost June, whats your prediction for the division?
Was just talking to someone about this today. I see it being the Packers at the top and a complete pick pick 'em behind them. That second-place position is completely up for grabs. What will the Bears look like after their first coaching change in a decade? Have the Lions filled all of their holes? Were the Vikings for real last year? Those are the questions we'll be pursuing.
Any news on Jolly participating in OTA's?
According to the people who were covering today's OTA, Jolly was not there. McCarthy said he has not yet re-joined the team.
What about Eddie Lacy and even Johnathan Franklin? Don't they add to the toughness of the team? Toughness can be defined by the guys running the ball...
Guess I assumed the question revolved more around defense, but yes, that's fair to say.
Do you think that the Lions would've been players in FA for WRs, if not for the 3 huge cap hits they had to work around?
They did try to get in on a few, including Heyward-Bey and Josh Cribbs, among others. They managed to create enough cap space -- in some cases by continuing to mortgage the future -- to do their business this offseason.
Although the price tag is mighty, I'm happy knowing that Rodgers & Matthews are Packers for quite some time now. Have you heard any talks/rumors about other long-term deals being handed out by the Packers this off season?
Sam Shields isn't participating in OTAs, so they'll have to rectify that through either a long-term deal or just waiting for him to sign his tender. So Shields could be the next one.
Do you see Jeffery getting his revenge on the Packers CBs this season?
Ha. He'll need to learn to be a little less subtle with the pushing and shoving first. That comes with time.
Amongst your loyal followers of this blog, who would you say is the biggest "character"?
They change their log-ins so much, after being banned via other ones, that I've lost track of who is who. Sorry.
Shouldn't the Bears D-line be in the discussion of the best in the north? Great mix of youth and veterans.
I'm not sure I can put them there yet. Peppers is obviously elite and Melton is a good interior pass rusher, but the other two spots? Not sure yet.
Ok, one or two more here.
Was the idea to flip the right side of the O line to the left, McCarthy or the O line coach idea? Could McCarthy and Capers both get the ax if this experiment fails and the defense is terrible again?
It was McCarthy's idea in the end, I'm sure. I could be wrong, but I can't foresee a situation in which he is fired after this season.
OK everyone. Thanks so much.