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June 18, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Kevin Seifert

Kevin Seifert
  (2:06 PM)

Hi everyone. Sorry I'm late. They say there are two seasons up here: Winter and road construction. And, well, it ain't winter right now. Onward...

Richard (San Diego)

Was it a stacked deck or an "amazing coincidence" that Lombardi was voted the #1 coach by ESPN and there just happen to be a Lombardi special scheduled on ESPN?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:07 PM)

The entire project was conceived to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Lombardi's birth. So that should have been a big hint for everyone. But it's also hard to argue with the conclusion.

Matt (Pittsburgh) [via mobile]

Is the Bears' willingness to trade Carimi without any compensation for this season a reflection of their confidence at guard, specifically, or more of one in regards to their distaste for Carimi's play and/or attitude?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:08 PM)

Very clear to me that it was a product of their lack of faith in his development, and frankly, the lack of connection to him by the current regime. He was a Jerry Angelo pick, not one by Phil Emery.

Ed (Queens Village)

Why did Packers retain Dom Capers after defense had 2 poor showings in Divisional Rounds?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:09 PM)

Fair question. Mike McCarthy is very loyal to Capers and I don't think he wanted to blame him for what has happened. He has given Capers a chance to get things right, but I do agree that Capers' bottom-line performance has been pretty mixed in Green Bay.

Bloomy ( Sota) [via mobile]

How much do you think losing Harvin and Winfield will hurt the Vikes. Reusse thinks it will be more than the Vikes think. I agree Harvin was a stud but Jennings can at least run a route tree. Also, I know they are rookies but the 3 1st rounders should contribute in 2013. Thanks

Kevin Seifert
  (2:11 PM)

Harvin is a unique player and I don't think anyone should fool themselves and suggest that other players can fill in for him. No one can do the sum of what he has and will continue to do. The Winfield loss can be made up for, but only if the Vikings have the proper personnel in place. I wouldn't call any of their top three cornerbacks "established." If a few were, it would have been easier to do.

Demi (God)

Auto Update?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:11 PM)

On.

Duncan (Mpls)

KS, With Greenway's knee scope (whether it's minor or not), isn't it darn near essential that the Vikings seek more veteran LB depth -- and even if that includes Bishop and the never ending and oh-so-creative Packer leftover cracks?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:12 PM)

Oh, I agree they need some help there. Just the fact that they're bringing in Bishop on a first visit suggests they agree as well.

Eric (CA)

Are you going to get fired to help pay for ESPN's new set? You're not a very pretty man.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:13 PM)

They say I have a face for radio and a voice for blogging, so to me I'm too perfect for this job to be let go.

Greg (CA)

Remember when everyone thought the Lions didn't have any good cornerbacks? Now they have like 6 of them. Can we officially stop ripping on their cornerbacks? They are the deepest in the league at that position.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:14 PM)

Six? Hmmm. Chris Houston is a solid starter and it sounds like Darius Slay made a nice impression at minicamp. Bill Bentley showed some signs during training camp before that shoulder injury set him back. But I'm not sure we can go as far as you did.

VikingJ (West Bend, Iowa)

Do you have any history on how kickers do their 2nd year in the league? Improvement, or sophomore slump?

VikingJ (West Bend, Iowa)

Does Bishop have a lot left yet in the tank, or is this just a reminder of how uncertain the Purple are at the Mike position?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:15 PM)

If you're asking in relation to Blair Walsh, I'm not sure he can do a whole lot better than last year. But in terms of large-scale trend in that regard, I'm not aware of any.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:15 PM)

If you're asking in relation to Blair Walsh, I'm not sure he can do a whole lot better than last year. But in terms of large-scale trend in that regard, I'm not aware of any.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:16 PM)

I would say there are some people in Green Bay who have long-term reservations about his health. But on the other hand, it makes perfect sense for the Vikings to pursue him. Bishop is better than anyone they have had at the position since E.J. Henderson was in his prime maybe 3-4 years ago.

Donny (Donowitz)

Auto update? How's the prius running?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:17 PM)

It shows "on' for my screen. Prius is humming along so smoothly you can't even tell if it's on.

Bill (Toronto)

Do you anticipate B J Coleman overtaking Graham Herell as backup for the Packers? If so, why are the Packers so confident in both as backup QB's if something were to happen to Rodgers (heaven forbid)?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:18 PM)

I do not. From what I could tell at minicamp, Coleman hasn't done enough to merit a serious challenge at the No. 2 job. McCarthy tends to see high value in quarterbacks who have spent years in his development system, which is why Graham Harrell is still in his role.

Jason (Indiana)

Given that we still don't reall have an idea of what the Bears' offense is going to look like, or more importantly, how effective it's going to be, what do you think the floor and ceiling will be for the Bears this coming season, record-wise?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:19 PM)

The Bears are one of the most enigmatic teams in the NFL. There really is no telling what Marc Trestman can and will do with this team. I wouldn't be stunned if they are 6-10, nor would I be shocked if they are 11-5.

James (Lansing, MI)

In most cases, athletes in all sports are in it for the money and possess much weaker loyalties to the teams than fans. Given than, why do so many ex-Packers immediately gravitate to the Vikings? That's a heated rivalry amongst fans, but rarely has animosity arisen between the opposing front offices or coaching staffs, so it would seem an ineffective way to stick it to TT or MM for letting them go. The offenses and defenses both teams employ are quite different, so it doesn't seem to be a system thing either. So what number will Finley wear for the Vikes next year?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:21 PM)

Ha. I mean, a big part of the journey for all free agents are what teams express interest, not so much which teams they want to go to. It's not like the NBA. So I don't see it as ex-Packers being interested in playing for the Vikings. I see it as the Vikings being interested in ex-Packers. They know them well from having scouted and game-planned against the division, for one, and in some cases I think they believe they can weaken an opponent by signing their former players as well.

Matt (Pittsburgh) [via mobile]

What kind of production/expectations do the Bears have for Sedrick Ellis this year? More of a situational player or major contributor?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:23 PM)

Oh, I think he can play a lot and be pretty productive even with Henry Melton already having one of the DT positions locked down and Stephen Paea the other. Lots of teams rotate three and four defensive tackles into games and get good production from all of them.

VikingJ (West Bend, Iowa)

Training camp - - of the 4 sites the NFCN teams go to, which is your favorite and why?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:26 PM)

They're all different and have their own feel, and I tend to look at it differently than fans. I look at them from a perspective of work convenience, and for me, the Lions have the best set-up there. The practice facility is close to the airport and hotels, so you're not fighting traffic to get to an early-morning practice. The practice field and locker room are close by and easy to navigate for coverage purposes, and there is plenty of room to work. From a fan perspective, I would presume that the Packers' set-up is the best. There are permanent seats near the field and the chance to interact with players on their bike rides to the field.

Dirty Frank [via mobile]

It's 2:07 ET

Kevin Seifert
  (2:27 PM)

Not any more.

Jon (Chicago)

What are your thoughts on Matt Williamson's assertion that he's having trouble finding a hole in Chicago's roster?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:28 PM)

They've done a lot of good work, but no roster is without holes. Middle linebacker is still a question mark, for one. I'm not sure about receiving depth or the backup quarterback. But admittedly those are all secondary issues.

Patrick (Wisconsin)

Do you think that the Packers are going to make any major moves with the 16Mil+ that they have this year? Or use it next year for a new contacts to make smaller hits in the long run?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:29 PM)

I'm guessing a good bit of it will be pushed into next year's cap to address Raji, Shields and perhaps Finley.

Patrick (Wisconsin)

Do you think Bush is going to do more short yard passes or real running this year? The past two years the Lions have really tried to use short passes as a pseudo run game.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:30 PM)

Probably both. Bush proved in Miami that he can be productive as a traditional tailback. But he is also perfectly suited for their passing game. That's why everyone is so excited about him.

Ryan (WI)

So Bishops release was basically a medical decision?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:31 PM)

I'll answer this way: He would still be on the roster if he either hadn't been hurt last year or was ready to participate in OTAs.

Ben (Charlotte)

are the Lions reaching out to Eric Winston at all?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:31 PM)

If they have, I haven't heard that.

Lionsfan (Detroit)

30 TDs for Staffor sound reasonable after 41 and 20(plus 4 rushing)

Kevin Seifert
  (2:32 PM)

I would think the Lions are hoping for at least that much, probably more.

Dustin (Nashville)

Kevin, other than Brett Favre (and he only had 1) It seems like most of the players Ted Thompson has cut or leave in FA tend to have pretty medicore seasons with their next teams. Is it possible Ted just knows when it's time to send players to pasture?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:34 PM)

I think that's a very good point and one worth noting during the Desmond Bishop free agency tour. Favre, as we know, was a much more complicated issue than whether he could still play. If they didn't think he could still play, they would have agreed to trade him to the Vikings immediately.

Doc (Montana)

Company line is Ponder has shown a lot of improvement this year. Are you buying it or is the team blowing smoke?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:35 PM)

I'm headed out to minincamp later today and tomorrow and that's probably the top issue on the agenda. This is his make-or-break year. In the one OTA I have seen, he was up and down: Nice passes and some ones that made you scratch your head.

Dirty Frank Beard [via mobile]

Are you going to own up to your mistake when you said theBears are 15-4 when Hester scores on or more Touchdowns or are you gonna hide behind your computer and hope no one noticed the error.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:37 PM)

I don't have that post in front of me at the moment and won't hold everyone up now to check it. But if it was wrong, I'll fix it, as I always try do. I think over time I've always been willing to acknowledge when I've made errors, whether they change the thrust of the story or not. Even if I made a two-game error, it won't change the fact that the Bears win at a pretty good clip when Hester has a touchdown return.

Cliff (MPLS, MN)

What are the Vikings options with Greg Childs if he is not 100% by the start of the season--can they stash him on IR again? It seems with options opening up finally at WR the Vikes would be best to see what Webb or Burton can do and let Childs continue to rehab

Kevin Seifert
  (2:38 PM)

Yes. They can put him on the PUP list to start with, and I think that's what everyone is expecting at the moment. Eventually he can be put on IR again if needed.

Phil [via mobile]

Lots of talk about Joe Anderson WR Bears. Do you know much about him?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:39 PM)

I do not, but you often hear offseason buzz about players who get on the field in OTAs because of injuries to starters. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery have missed some time. They'll be ready for training camp. We'll see how Anderson fits in then.

Jon (Chicago)

Which back do you think is a better receiver out of the backfield: Forte or Reggie Bush?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:41 PM)

Bush is more explosive and is more of a threat for a big gainer at any time. But Forte is better at making people miss, and he can get the most out of any given play. How's that?

James (Lansing, MI)

I don't doubt that the Vikes think they can weaken the Packers by signing their players, but I think the sample size proves otherwise. Also, why are there so many ex-Packers on the Vikes compared to other teams? I don't see Ravens flocking to Pittsburgh or Giants to Redskins, etc.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:41 PM)

Again, it's because the Vikings decide they want those players. It's a tribute to the Packers' talent production.

WCSN (El Norte )

Are the Lions really as confident with their offensive line as they claim, or is it one of those "love the one you're with" situations?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:42 PM)

I can't see how they can be as confident as they appear. I mean, they've got a franchise quarterback and he'll be playing behind a new left tackle and a new right side of the line, and behind a center who appears headed into the final year of his career. It's quite possible to transition new starters into the lineup without much fanfare, but three at one time? That's a lot to ask.

Dirty Frank Beard [via mobile]

Kevin Seifert 2:37 PM ET I don't have that post in front of me at the moment and won't hold everyone up now to check it. But if it was wrong, I'll fix it, as I always try do. ......... You never fixed that error when you said Emery traded Olsen

Kevin Seifert
  (2:43 PM)

For that last time: I DID NOT WRITE THAT. GO BACK AND CHECK THE BYLINE.

brian (michigan)

how hot is Schwartz' seat What record would save his job, in your opinion?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:44 PM)

Not white hot. Yellow, maybe? I would say he needs a winning record to ensure a return. Otherwise, he will have had one winning season among five.

J in FLA (Cocoa, FL)

Who's on the hotter hot seat? Frazier or Schwartz?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:44 PM)

I guess Frazier's in a weird way. A winning record might not get him a new contract if the Vikings don't make the playoffs.

Demi (God)

Rank the 4 teams upcoming rushing games.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:45 PM)

Vikings, Bears, Packers, Lions. Anticipation of usage is part of that ranking, of course.

Cliff (MPLS, MN)

What does Everson Griffin have to do in training camp to become the starter over Robison?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:47 PM)

I'm not sure if anything would change that. There are plenty of ways to navigate that even if Griffen continues his development. A starter doesn't always get the most playing time.

Ben (Charlotte)

any WRs sticking out at Lions camp?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:47 PM)

Biggest buzz I've heard is how fast Ryan Broyles is recovering from an ACL. Nate Burleson has really been talking up Patrick Edwards, but we'll see about that one...

That Guy you never pick (yes)

How many questions do you get on the average week?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:48 PM)

Anywhere between 150-500, depending on the time of year.

Phil [via mobile]

Better hands..Forte or Bush?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:48 PM)

Both are excellent.

MARI IL [via mobile]

OVER/UNDER 10 wins for Bears and is this the make it or break it year for cutler

Kevin Seifert
  (2:50 PM)

This is the make-or-break for Cutler. It's the last year of his deal. As for 10 wins, I'll take the under with the disclaimer of repeating what I answered earlier: The Bears really are one of the most enigmatic teams in the NFL.

Rich (Philly)

Kevin who do you believe will start at DT next to Kevin Williams?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:51 PM)

I'm guessing Fred Evans or maybe Guion, but if Sharrif Floyd is one of their top two defensive tackles, they have to find a way to get him on the field as much as possible.

Corey (D.C.)

Any word on how Alshon Jeffrey is doing physically, in terms of being in shape and taking care of his body?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:51 PM)

It was slightly concerning that he came up injured late this spring, but by all accounts the pre-draft concerns about his weight and conditioning have been largely unfounded.

WCSN (El Norte )

Why is it that free agents are coming out and saying they took less total (or less guaranteed) money to sign with teams other than the Vikings? Is it the catering?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:54 PM)

Ha! I'm not sure how widespread that is. Antoine Winfield's case was unique throughout. It's still not clear why the Vikings didn't try to restructure him before the release if they really wanted him back. Usually players don't look back once they're released. I'm not surprised he turned down whatever offer they subsequently made.

Fred (West Bend, Iowa)

There is still snow on Rib Mountain!!

Kevin Seifert
  (2:54 PM)

Good to know. I think.

Craig (Braintree, MA)

Who is more likely to make the Vikings - Burton or Webb?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:55 PM)

I would be surprised if Joe Webb isn't on the team in some capacity this season. But it might have to be as a multi-position guy. Burton has never done much for me.

Ben (Greensboro)

Did the bears recieve fair compensation for Carimi or did they let him go for to little?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:57 PM)

I'm sure Cliff Stein got the best deal out there. You had a guy who was so bad last year he was benched, on a team with little depth at offensive line, and there were significant questions about his health. Plus, it was clear the Bears didn't have any long-term plans for him. So there wasn't much leverage there to work with. I was anticipating they would get little to nothing and wouldn't have been shocked if they ended up having to release him altogether.

Cliff (MPLS, MN)

What happens to Toby Gerhart this season? and after this season?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:58 PM)

Pretty much nothing as long as Adrian Peterson is healthy. Next year, if I were him, I would look for a team that offered a little more playing time.

VikingJ (West Bend, Iowa)

Time for a few more questions?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:58 PM)

Yessir. Couple more.

Patrick (Wisconsin)

"Burton has never done much for me." I hope that the Vikings don't pick players based on the what they have or have not done for Kevin Seifert.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:58 PM)

Very true.

Ben (Charlotte)

how many games do you think Louis Delmas will play this year?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:58 PM)

At this point, it looks like he'll be hard-pressed to match the eight that he played in last year. Really bad signs this offseason.

Craig (Braintree, MA)

Could Carlson fall short of making the team this year?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:59 PM)

I really think they want him to make the team. His departure would have to be injury-related.

J in FLA (Cocoa, FL)

How many NFC North teams make the playoffs this year?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:59 PM)

I truly think two. Just not sure which two yet.

Donny (Donowitz)

Who is the next "we favor the younger cheaper option" casualty? Tramon Williams?

Kevin Seifert
  (3:00 PM)

Maybe Jermichael Finley, as crazy as it sounds.

Kevin Seifert
  (3:00 PM)

OK everyone. Thanks so much. Off to Vikings minicamp!