I don't worry hear, "No one expected it," when the Lions win the Super Bowl. Doug expected it, bro.
I'll hold on to that one.
Kevin, what are the chances the Davon House could make the Packers ideal safety opposite Burnett? He has great size, hits hard, good in coverage, and the Packers are deep at Corner Back. He seems to fit a profile that we need back there.
That's not a bad idea, but it's not as if the Packers don't have options at safety. Why move a guy that might prove to be a legitimate cornerback to a position of lesser importance, especially when you have other options? I'd love to see what House can do over a full season when he is healthy. Do we think he would be a big upgrade at safety for M.D. Jennings or Jerron McMillian? I don't.
Kevin I have a question.... I've been watching a couple Bears games lately and noticed that when Cutler was successful in games last year he got rid of the ball quick. When he holds onto the ball to long like when he plays Green Bay he sucked pretty much. My question is how much different can we expect the offense to be? He got rid of the ball quick last year and Im not sure how much more this year will be different? Thank you
Oh, I don't know that he got rid of the ball quickly enough often enough last year. That's going to be a much bigger emphasis under Trestman.
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I'm going to log off and log back on and see if that helps with auto update.
I think that did it. Sometimes I feel like I'm tuning a television with chicken wire.
ks .. were you surprised with the low salary bishop received from the vikings? i get that he had a very serious injury and with that his leverage to sign for more cash was impacted, but still thought he would command a higher salary if he's truly 100% healthy. any word on what the packers were offering him to restructure?
I was not surprised at all. This time of year, no one gets paid. And when you suffer an injury that serious, it doesn't matter what you did before that. You're not going to have much leverage.
Happy (early) 4th. Appreciate the effort you put in.
Hey, same to you and everyone else....
Who has more receiving TD's in 2013 Jarius Wright or Jordy Nelson?
Ha! I'm going to say Jerome Simpson.
KS, Did the Mars Rover take any pictures of the Vikings WR set up at mini-camp when they played a base 3 WR set, and if so who was located where?
Nice one. The Vikings' 3WR set when I was watching practice pretty much included Jennings, Simpson and either Wright or Patterson. I would expect that moving forward to camp as well.
Is E. Lacy still considered the front-runner for the RB job in Green Bay?
I think it's going to be a wide-open thing in camp, and it's too bad that we didn't see how the group would look this offseason with DuJuan Harris. I continue to hear so many good things about Harris that I'm pretty sure he'll have a role. It makes sense that Lacy would, too, at least in short-yardage, four-minute and goal-line situations as well.
How do you see Desmond Bishop fitting into the Vikings linebacker corps? It would seem strange having Henderson play mike and Bishop play weak side when those aren't their traditional positions
I kind of agree with you, but maybe the Vikings want to make sure he is healthy before taking Henderson out of the middle spot. If Bishop shows he is healthy in camp, you wonder if they would then move Henderson back to his original spot.
Is it crazy to believe that the nfc north will have 3 of the top 10 total offenses in the nfl
Always depends on how you measure it, but if you're saying by gross yards, I would say the Packers and the Lions are in the mix but not the Bears or the Vikings. The Bears are an offense in transition and the Vikings won't have huge passing numbers even if their passing game improves.
If you had to guess, who will be the Packers PR and KR on opening day?
Assuming he is healthy, Jeremy Ross.
Kevin, what do you think will be the role of Xavier Rhodes in the Vikings' defense? Will he start in place of Antoine Winfield?
He has a real chance to win a starting job on the outside alongside Chris Cook, with Josh Robinson working in the nickel.
Over/Under on Delmas starts is 9. What are you taking?
Under. Too many bad signals this offseason. It's a shame, because he's such a fun player to watch.
After Brandon Marshall, who do you think will lead the Bears in receiving TDs?
Martellus Bennett is a possibility. Cutler likes to look at the tight end near the red zone.
Do you see the o-line shake up as a locked in stone thing, or can a player like Sherrod step up at LT so Bulaga can move back to RT?
No, Bulaga is going to be the left tackle. Period, end of story. And if Marshall Newhouse isn't the right tackle, I bet it's Don Barclay.
More yards this year, Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson?
Wow. Fun one. I'm going to take the side of history and say the wide receiver is likely to have more than the running back. But Peterson will give Calvin a run for his money.
Is anyone else worried about Patterson returning kicks this year? I understand that he's a dynamic player and we want him on the field, but until he gets a feel for the speed of the game and some more meat on his bones I'm not sure I want him running full speed into a bunch of special teamers looking to take his head off.
Actually, he's a lot thicker and built than you probably realize. He can take the punishment more than the average receiver coming out of college.
Regarding the Davon House question, isn't Micah Hyde the most likely CB candidate to be move to safety? Scouts don't think he's fast enough to cover fast wide-outs.
I'm not sure about that. He made some nice plays in minicamp. Let's give him one training camp at cornerback first.
Which DL do you feel will have the bigger impact as a rookie this year for their teams? Sharrif Floyd or Datone Jones?
How do we judge impact? Sacks? That might not be the primary job for either player. But it'll be even harder to measure an inside guy like Floyd than it is Jones. In the end, we'll go with Jones because I bet he has more playing time early on.
How much do you think Marshall's numbers will drop and Forte's numbers will rise this season? I think they'll both have good years, but I also think readjustments in those directions are inevitable and probably necessary.
In the passing game? That would be healthy for everyone. Marshall is great and can handle the load, but last year the Bears' offense wasn't balanced enough. It'll be OK if Jay Cutler looks elsewhere more often.
Kevin, They are changing the blogs. Why? How do you feel about this? We won't be able to comment any more. I am really ticked off.
News to me. Send me a note to the mailbag with what you've been told.
It seems like everyone says Ponder needs to take a 'big leap forward'. Is there a number of TDs or passing yards as a benchmark that at the end of the year can help Spielman/Frazier evaluate whether he's worth keeping?
I think they want to see him level out his performance. Last year, he was pretty good in the first four games and last four games and then awful in the middle eight. He can't have that kind of extended slump if he wants to be a long-term starter.
Are the Lions still in the NFC North?
Sources say yes.
Kevin, what is your stance on espn moving all the comment sections to facebook log ins? i think you're going to lose a lot of your regular readers.
Is that what the Reesy was talking about? It's way out of my hands but I will say that the comment section can get messy. Maybe this will help it clean up.
Ok...I'm a biased Packer fan and all, but I get the feeling Clay Matthews, Datone Jones & Nick Perry could really combine for a pretty stout defensive attack. Kevin, did you see anything to support that when you saw those 3 on the field at the same time?
They were using Jones as a DT in the nickel, which was interesting. Perry still had a brace on his wrist, but he continues to look the part. There is a lot of excitement about the improvement he has made. But we should wait and see until the pads come on.
Here is the message on my iPhone today, Kev" Effective July 17, ESPN will be transitioning all conversations to Facebook Comments. At that time a Facebook account will be required to post comments on new articles. Previous comments and conversations will be closed to comment but can still be viewed"
Interesting. First I've heard of that. Way over my head. Sorry if it inconveniences anyone.
Where do you think Jennings offensive touches will go? Nelson, Jones, Cobb, a new receiver?
They went to Cobb last year and I think that's where it will continue to be. There is also an opportunity for Finley to get more looks as well.
Out of Childs or Webb, who do you think will make a bigger impact for the Vikings in 2013?
Webb. Hard to imagine Childs getting back on the field anytime soon. Would be the first known player in NFL history to come back from that injury.
What sings point to AD having less rushing yards next season? I dont know about other RB's who ran for 2K but AD had less carries last season than he did in 2008. In 2009 (after that big carry load in 200) he dropped his ypc by 0.4 yards. Even if he sees a similar drop he is at 5.6 ypc. Plus there are numerous other factors to explain the drop in ypc. He also wont be coming off an ACL tear next season.
History. The worst thing anyone can expect is a repeat of last year. It was almost unprecedented. Let's just accept that 1,700 yards or whatever he might end up with is still a great season.
What are the odds that Cutler will still be a Bear 1 year from now?
I think 75-25. It took the Bears a long time just to get a quarterback as good as Cutler. Sometimes the grass isn't greener on the other side.
Count me in as one completely in favor of the new comment protocal. Without being able to be anonymous, the policy should really clean up the boards.
Your vote is registered.
Worst case Kevin, if the blogs dont turn out well, can you provide your personal email and phone number so that we can flood you with questions for one hour per week?
Ha. Let's not confuse the comments section under each post, which apparent will need Facebook accounts, and these chats, which do not.
Starting a franchise. It's between Calvin and AP. Who do you take? Stafford or Cutler?
Yeesh. I guess I would have to take Peterson over Calvin because Calvin's effectiveness would be limited with an unproven/young/expansion quarterback. If I had to choose between quarterbacks, I would take Stafford. Kind of a total package thing. Really close on the field in terms of comparison, but I'd take Stafford as my leader/face of the franchise.
Do you see Thompson doing anything with all his cap space?
Eventually, he'll use it to sign the next round of players to extensions. Candidates include B.J. Raji, Sam Shields and eventually Bryan Bulaga.
What would be considered a sucessful season for Shea McClellin?
Having the kind of season that tells you he is going to be a long-term contributor. For an outside pass rusher, that has to approach double-digit sacks, right?
I think the Bears will still have the best defense in the divison even with leadership change. The best starting secondary, a solid D line and a fresh and athletic linebacker core. thoughts?
The linebackers will be in transition, for sure, after losing Urlacher and Roach. That could take some time.
Do you think people are underestimating how much the Packers' o-line will improve just by getting Bulaga back? I know he is switching positions, but he was definitely their 2nd best lineman (after Sitton) when he got injured. Just his return should improve Rodgers protection as he is already an upgrade over Newhouse at LT.
There are a lot of moving parts in this change. Four places have new positions. That'll take some time to get straightened out. And what if the Packers go from having a really good right tackle to a decent left tackle? Does that make them better overall or not? Lots of unanswered questions.
How has Ponder been looking in OTA's?
In the practices I saw, he was mostly good but with enough scratch-your-head passes to make you realize he still has some work to do. His bad throws need to be incomplete, not terrible.
Best guess on which of those would be first priority for TT resigning this year?
Raji was the No. 9 overall pick of his draft. Don't want to let those types of players go.
Kevin, did you see Matt Cassel throw in the mini-camps? If so, how did he look to you?
I did. He looked exactly as we've saw him in Kansas City. Take that for what it's worth.
so a WR needs a QB to be effective, but a RB doesn't need an O line to be effective?
The wide receiver doesn't even get the ball without an effective quarterback. At least the running back gets a chance to make something happen for himself.
you never pick any of my questions
Is this going to be Tramon Williams' last season in Green Bay? He has 2 seasons left on his deal, but he is on the wrong side of 30, there are young players emerging at his position, and the Packers would save nearly 7 million dollars by letting him go after this season.
It's definitely a question to be asked. The Packers have a well-defined approach in this regard. Although it makes me feel old to think that Tramon Williams is getting old.
If Bulaga struggles at LT this season, will the Packers try to trade up in the top of the first round to get an eilte LT like Talyor Lewan from Michigan or Jake Matthews from Texas A&M?
It's an almost impossible task unless they're already in the upper half of the draft. That was one of the factors in making the decision.
Kevin, call it, will Tramon Williams be playing for the Vikings in 2014?
Ha! As usual, they could do worse.
So many arrests this season, so few of them from the Lions camp. Do you think that this quiet off-season (as long as it stays quiet) could benefit the Lions in any manner? It won't hurt, at the least.
You're right. It definitely won't hurt. Another series of them could have really put Schwartz behind the eight-ball with ownership. I don't think the Fords were very happy with last year's events. But I really don't think that had any impact on their 4-12 season last year, and I don't think it will make them a better team this year. Two separate things.
i know the talk about detroits ol but how much is that just talk itseems to me that the only rookie that might start is warford.
That's true. But two other guys -- Reiff and whoever is at RT -- will be first-year starters. Not a big difference there.
Couple more here.
Did the lions do enough in the offseason to push them into contention for the division?
For the division? I don't think so. But they're once again a playoff contender.
Do you think that Long's athleticism, and the fact that he hails from Chip Kelly's offense, signals that the Bears eventually want to move to a no-huddle offense? Or are they just going to be satisfied with a quicker tempo?
No. Quicker tempo and they really like guys that measure out well in terms of athletic ability. Long is athletic of an offensive lineman as you'll see.
Jake's Stadium Pizza or Chipotle?
Jake's OF COURSE.
Kevin, I agree with your point about having four moving positions and the uncertainty that creates. However, the Packers didn't end last season with a really good right tackle, but with a serviceable rookie in Barclay. With Bulaga's return, they should have at least a decent left tackle and at least a serviceable right tackle from whoever emerges (Newhouse, Barclay, Sherrod?). To me that is already improvement with upside.
OK everyone. Have to cut out now. Thanks so much!