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July 16, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Ashley Fox

Ashley Fox
  (3:00 PM)

Greetings. This is our final offseason chat of 2013. Training camps are upon us. That was fast. Let's go.

Doug (MI)

Ashley, over or under 18 wins for the Lions this season?

Ashley Fox
  (3:01 PM)

18? Um, I'll take the under on that. Did you mean 8? I'd probably take the over on eight.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What will be the Next NFL Team to get a Brand New Stadium?

Ashley Fox
  (3:02 PM)

Hi Chris. The 49ers are up next. Construction is well underway on their new facility in Santa Clara. And Oakland needs to address its stadium situation, and soon.

Martin (New York, NY)

Do you think Jaws had Eli ranked too low at #8? That's only one better that Matt Schaub and means other QB's like Roethlisberger, Flacco, and Ryan are ranked ahead of him.

Ashley Fox
  (3:07 PM)

Is that where he had Eli? I respect Jaws tremendously because I know how much film study he does on players, particularly the quarterbacks. I'm not sure what his criteria is -- career accomplishment or where they stand currently. I assume the latter. It seems low to me, too. If anything, I'd probably have Roethlisberger at 8, Ryan at 7, Eli at 6. Jaws has always been high on Flacco. He'll probably be 5, if I had to guess.

Paul (Denver)

Nice article on Cutler; I agree the Bears should be in a wait and see mode. With that said, do you think Emery resigns him to a lucrative contract if he's slightly above average (25 TDs, 3,500 yds, 15 picks), but the Bears make the playoffs?

Ashley Fox
  (3:10 PM)

My internet is moving a little slowly today for some reason. Anyway, for the Bears and Cutler it's all about making the playoffs. If they'd made the playoffs last year, it's highly possible we're still talking about Lovie Smith being the head coach. Emery set the standard for what is acceptable, and not making the playoffs, again, isn't acceptable. So yes, I think Cutler will get paid as long as they make the playoffs. He won't get top money, but he should get a nice deal (think Romo).

Josh Firestone (Houston, TX)

Can you tell me why Matt Schaub has not made Jaw's QB rankings? He's in the top ten and I still haven't seen his name. There is no way Jaws thinks Schaub is a top ten Qb is there?

Ashley Fox
  (3:10 PM)

I think Schaub was No. 9, but someone correct me if I am wrong. I missed the last couple of segments Jaws has done.

Pj (Midlo)

NFC East seems to be a real open race. Look into your 8-ball and give us your predictions

Ashley Fox
  (3:14 PM)

I've been saying that for months. That division, maybe more than any other, is wide open and it is so hard to predict for two major reasons: How healthy is RGIII going to be come September and what is Chip Kelly's offense (and defense, for that matter) actually going to look like? And, who will be running it? So make that three reasons. Considering that, I'd probably say: Washington, New York, Dallas, Philadelphia.

Al (Wausau, WI)

Could it be the heat that's causing your slow Internet, Ashley? It's hot and feels like a sauna outside here.

Ashley Fox
  (3:15 PM)

I don't know, Al. It is 100 degrees, so maybe so.

Al (Wausau, WI)

Ashley, how do you feel Percy Harvin will do in Seattle's offense this season? I sense the Wilson to Harvin connection may really do some damage to opposing defenses. Do you agree?

Ashley Fox
  (3:18 PM)

I agree. Given your love of the Vikings, you know how talented Harvin is. He gives Seattle another versatile playmaker. That offense is going to be hard to handle, as long as Wilson follows up a strong rookie year and Harvin stays healthy. The change of scenery will probably do him some good, too.

Luke (Dublin , Ireland)

Do you think Nnamdi Asomugha will be any good this season? He was woeful last year, particularly against the Falcons.

Ashley Fox
  (3:21 PM)

Talk about a guy who desperately needed a change of scenery. My goodness. Asomugha is coming off two bad, difficult years, and it looked to me that he has lost a step. He got beaten, and beaten badly, several times. As long as the Niners play to his strengths, something the Eagles didn't do, I think he can have a productive season. But last year wasn't exactly a highlight reel. He has a lot to prove.

Greg (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Hi Ashley. First time in one of your chats. I'm a big Giants fan and I was wondering if you think Victor Cruz will live up to the contract he just signed? Thanks!

Ashley Fox
  (3:24 PM)

Hi Greg. Welcome. I think Cruz will live up to it. Remember, he's still the local guy who wasn't drafted. He has had to prove himself and prove himself and prove himself, and he has. I don't see him slipping just because he signed a new deal and got paid. And he is instrumental for the Giants' offense. And Eli loves him. So I think he'll be fine.

Mike P (Kansas)

If the raiders dont get a stadium, would they be the logical team to go to LA like they have before or would Jacksonville be the team to move to LA. seems like its a good time to move one if not 2 teams to LA and have them split the cost like in NYC

Ashley Fox
  (3:26 PM)

That would make sense. Shad Khan says he's dedicated to Jacksonville, but the economics of it makes the Jaguars a logical team to move, too. And St. Louis has a stadium issue that makes them a candidate, too. I like your optimism of having two LA-based teams, but it's been hard enough to get one there. Hopefully soon.

Andrew (MN)

Im watching SC and see the commercial for the thing about women reporters wanting to get into mens locker rooms, why on earth do women think they should be able to go into a mens locker room? I just asked my mom what she thought and she said that's ridiculous. That's where we take showers, change and do other stuff naked. Are men allowed in womens locker rooms when they are all showering and changing?

Ashley Fox
  (3:28 PM)

Andrew, I would suggest watching the documentary tonight. Here's why women want to go into the locker room: To do our jobs, just like our male counterparts. That's how it works. Business is conducted in there. Interviews are given. Information is exchanged. So that's why we go in. It's not the prettiest place to be, but it is necessary to do what we do.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Well Nnamdi just married Kerry Washington..my guess is that's the best performance he'll have going forward!

Ashley Fox
  (3:30 PM)

Nnamdi has a lot going for him. I don't worry about him a bit.

NewportLefty (Upstate)

Can you please find out if it will be worth my while to get up at 4:AM to watch the Open Championship coverage on you great network. When I did this lasy year, they showed three golf shots in the first 45 minutes and two were putts.

Ashley Fox
  (3:31 PM)

I'm not generally a fan of getting up at 4 a.m., so I might be the wrong person to ask.

Mike P (Kansas)

Will eagles fans be happy with a 4-12 or 6-10 from Chip Kelly this year or will they be pining for the days of Andy Reid's last 2 years and those teams that had a poor record last year and the whole dream team fiasco from 2 years ago

Ashley Fox
  (3:34 PM)

Happy with 4-12? I doubt that. But they'd like to see progress and have a reason to hope. The Andy Reid era had played itself out, but I think, in time, that the Eagles fans will realize what they had. I talked to him a couple of weeks ago, and it bothers him that they never won a Super Bowl. He had a good run, though. Kelly inherited a team that went 12-20 over the last two years and he probably doesn't have his franchise quarterback currently on the roster. So fans are going to have to be patient, which is tough when your team has never won a Super Bowl.

Frank (Lebanon)

over under 10 wins for the ravens

Ashley Fox
  (3:36 PM)

I'll take the over. Yes, they had a lot of losses on defense, and Flacco is going to miss Anquan Boldin for sure. But they're a team that has had consistent success and knows how to win. Does that mean they repeat? I don't know. But they've been a good postseason team under Harbaugh/Flacco.

Mike (Bemidji, MN)

I agree with Andrew's question here. Given that reporting is a very different occupation than most, I can see some flexibility in conducting interviews. Having said that, couldn't any major sports league make players be available (i.e CBA negotiated) AFTER they shower and get dressed? This seems like an easily avoidable situation, thats used in order to 'catch' an athlete before they leave the building.

Ashley Fox
  (3:39 PM)

There is a mandated cooling off period when the locker room is closed. And there are things such as towels and robes. I covered the Sixers for several years, and the players were very respectful of the fact I was there after every game (82/year). It's not that difficult to make it work. And most do.

Keith (Ohio)

What's your take on coaches like carroll and C Kelly running away to the nfl to avoid punishment for their program's violations? Should discipline by the NCAA be honored by the NFL?

Ashley Fox
  (3:42 PM)

I don't like it but I don't know how you avoid it. The NCAA could give longer show causes, I guess. But I don't think the NFL needs to get into the business of punishing coaches for something they did in college. But to your point, it is unfair that athletes must pay for infractions under a previous regime, while the coach gets to run away and make a boat load of money coaching elsewhere.

Ronnie (Richmond, Va)

Statistics say that HoF quarterbacks tend to do well in their mid thirties, some even posting career bests. With Montee Ball to help with running, and one of the best receiving corps in the league?not to mention the signing of Clady this week?What's stopping Peyton from hitting career highs this season?

Ashley Fox
  (3:45 PM)

A career year for Peyton would be to throw for north of 4,700 yards, complete 69 percent of his passes and throw more than 49 touchdowns. He was pretty close on the first two last season. Add in Wes Welker to Decker and Thomas to the reasons you mentioned, and why not? Seriously. I could totally see it.

Martin (New York, NY)

Is there a twitter problem in the NFL? Or do you believe in freedom of speech? This is probably better addressed in a longer article but I wanted to get your opinion on the Roddy White and Victor Cruz incidents over this past weekend.

Ashley Fox
  (3:49 PM)

Do I believe in freedom of speech? I'm a journalist. Of course I do. Now, I think everyone would be better served to think before hitting the send button on Twitter. Think before you vent. But I certainly understand and appreciate the emotions generated by the Zimmerman verdict. I get it. White and Cruz were upset. It is understandable. Just think before you tweet. There have been a lot of Twitter apologies this week.

CC (Atlanta)

So then you also think male reporters should work womens locker rooms in much the same way? Not that anyone needs to cover the WNBA but hypothetically speaking.

Ashley Fox
  (3:51 PM)

I believe they already do.

Harry (Babylon, NY)

Hi Ashley - do you think any of the teams that are currently being written off has a chance to be better than expected?

Ashley Fox
  (3:52 PM)

Well, I'm not totally sure who you are talking about, but when looking at the teams that finished last in their division last season, I think Kansas City has an opportunity to be much better than they were last season. I'm heading there next week.

Don (Berkeley, CA)

If healthy, do think Michael Vick will be the starting QB on November 3rd when the Eagles come down to the Coliseum to face my Raiders?

Ashley Fox
  (3:53 PM)

Wow. Good question. I honestly don't know. I think he'll win the job for Week 1, but I wonder, if he does, how long he can hold onto it. Nov. 3 is a long way away.

Tim (El Cajon, CA)

Ashley, do you really think Cutler is worth some of the big money that is being thrown around for these starting QB's? He has been in the NFL for 7 years now, is only 9 games over .500 and has 1 playoff win with a completion percentage of 50% in the playoff.

Ashley Fox
  (3:54 PM)

Not now, but I think if the Bears make the playoffs and win a game or two that he'll get it. I'm not talking about Aaron Rodgers money. But he'll get Tony Romo money.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Along the freedom of speech lines...what do you make of the Pouncey Bros.? Do they deserve a punishment?

Ashley Fox
  (3:55 PM)

I don't think so. But it was remarkably poor judgment.

Ashley Fox
  (3:55 PM)

I don't think so. But it was remarkably poor judgment.

Ashley Fox
  (3:56 PM)

I don't think so. But it was remarkably poor judgment.

Ashley Fox
  (3:56 PM)

I don't think so. But it was remarkably poor judgment.

Ashley Fox
  (3:57 PM)

I didn't mean to post that four times. Sorry.

Kate (Syracuse, NY)

Thoughts on Johnny Manziel being sent home from the Manning QB camp? He's a talented kid, but no way I would ever put my franchise in the hands of someone who appears to be handeling himself pretty carelessly.

Ashley Fox
  (3:58 PM)

I think the whole things is silly, including the "dehydration." If he was sick, he was sick. If he was sick because he'd been out partying the night before, that's something else. There's a time and a place, and that wouldn't be it.

Ronnie (Richmond, Va)

Thanks for getting back. On sort of the same topic, Brady has to handle one of the worst reciever turnarounds of his entire career. 5 of his top targets (correct me if I'm wrong) are gone from last year? If he puts on a 12-win, 4500+ yard, 35 TD season, how could he NOT be the mvp this year? Even if Peyton does have an unforgettable season.

Ashley Fox
  (3:59 PM)

Yeah, and the guys he currently has have combined to catch like 1/2 a pass in their careers. Brady has his work cut out for him.

tdiddy (winnipeg) [via mobile]

Toughts on Luck and the Colts this year? A step back or keep on keeping on?

Ashley Fox
  (3:59 PM)

Keep on keeping on. He's the real thing.

Carlos (Bogota,NJ)

Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith. Jets Starting QB?

Ashley Fox
  (4:00 PM)

Week 1? Sanchez.

Ashley Fox
  (4:00 PM)

Alright folks, thanks for all the questions. We'll do it again next week. Take care.