Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

November 27, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Matt Williamson

Matt Williamson
  (12:01 PM)

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I am back after missing last week with the flu and have Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day" concert on TV blasting! Let's roll!

Sam (NJ)

Life on the line- who gets the final playoff spot in the AFC?

Matt Williamson
  (12:02 PM)

Yuck...Steelers. Actually, I am going to go with whoever wins Steelers/Ravens tomorrow night, but I did pick PGH

Will (England)

Dark Horse scenario- Ravens draft a QB in round one and release/trade Flacco before the season begins. They also release Ray Rice. Could it happen?

Matt Williamson
  (12:03 PM)

Rice could go I suppose, but no way does Flacco leave

Luke (Waterdown, Ontario)

Hey M-Dub, Should Dolphins fans start to be worried about long-term growth of Ryan Tannehill. Do you still see room for improvement and ability to become NEAR-elite level QB?

Matt Williamson
  (12:04 PM)

I was higher on Tannehill before the season than I am now for sure, but I still have faith. Taking far too many hits this year for sure though. Jury still out I suppose.

Hank Hill (Arlen TX)

If Teddy Bridgewater ends up in Houston does that make them a top 5 AFC team next year ?

Matt Williamson
  (12:05 PM)

That doesn't seem far-fetched. I wouldn't mess much with that D. That is also asking a lot from a rookie QB.

Ed (Queens Village)

Saints/Seahawks on neutral field who wins?

Matt Williamson
  (12:06 PM)

Seattle, but in a seven game series, I bet it would go 6 or 7 games

pj (midlo)

hi mw, who do you see playing better this week given circumstances Brees at Seattle or Romo home vs Da Raiders? thanks and have a happy thanksgiving

Matt Williamson
  (12:08 PM)

Oh Romo...bet Romo has a real strong game. Brees is going into such a tough environment. Do we think SEA puts Sherman on Graham? Might be the right move. I am intrigued...

David (Halifax)

In your opinion, could Foles be a long term solution for the Eagles?

Matt Williamson
  (12:10 PM)

Foles and Glennon are two guys that I do think will be the Franchise QB that sorta came out of nowhere

Ted (NH)

Why would an obvious dome player like Manning want to go to Denver? Another one and done coming this year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:11 PM)

I hear ya, but it isn't like he and the Broncos haven't had a bit of success with one another! But yes....Old and Cold

Tim (NYC)

If Jags don't get Bridgewater, are they happy enough with Mariota or take Clowney?

Matt Williamson
  (12:13 PM)

Can't say I know the draft super well yet, but it sounds like many are as high on Mariota as they are Bridgewater...and while QB has to be Priority #1, it isn't like the Jags couldn't use a dominant 4-3 DE like Clowney either

Mark (RI)

Chandler Jones starting to enter the DPOY discussion?

Matt Williamson
  (12:15 PM)

That seems lofty, but he is turning into a great player, which doesn't shock me at all. Okay, Watt SHOULD be the DPOY, but who ends up getting it?

Jim (Westerville,OH)

How are the Bears going to handle things in a week when most likely they are 7-5, with McCown 3-1 as a starter and with a 100% cummulative QB rating...they couldn't possibly give Cutler the ball against Dallas would they?

Matt Williamson
  (12:15 PM)

I would. He is the superior player. I give McCown all the credit in the world and I consider him an excellent backup QB, but he isn't Cutler.

Geoff (Easton, PA)

Matt... in your eyes how improbable is the Matt McGloin story? Talk about a true "Underdog" story...

Matt Williamson
  (12:17 PM)

It really is. What is crazy is that McGloin and Pryor both grew up in PA and were in the same recruiting class. That is right when I was moving on from recruiting, but I remember that it hurt McGloin quite a bit that Pryor took so long to make up his mind. PSU was holding out hope to the very end to land Pryor. Nuts.

Nick (Nola)

How do you see KC-Den playing out? Losing Hali and Houston too much to overcome?

Matt Williamson
  (12:18 PM)

They couldn't get to Manning with those two, but it sure doesn't help, as KC's DL has done little rushing the passer. Everyone talks about the OLB injuries, and it now seems like Hali will play in some capacity, but the loss of Moreno is huge for DEN as well. Still, give me the Broncos

Matt Williamson
  (12:19 PM)

Today is our Friday with Game Previews with @RoFloESPN & @TheRealPodVader http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=10045349

Massimo (St Louis)

R Quinn "should" win DPOY, not Watt.

Matt Williamson
  (12:20 PM)

Love Quinn and it wouldn't shock me if he did win it, but you need to re-watch Watt...BY FAR the best D Player in the NFL this year...and last

Jeff (Nashville)

I am crazy to think that Green Bay still wins that division if Rodgers is back next week? They could win tomorrow...

Matt Williamson
  (12:20 PM)

I am with you...not only that, they could be a real tough out in the playoffs! I am on the GBay train

Harry (Babylon, NY)

Matt - even if Den and NE end up 1 and 2 would it surprise you if another AFC team ends up in the Super Bowl?

Matt Williamson
  (12:22 PM)

It would. I am not super impressed with DEN and NE, but I just don't see another team capable of making real noise. I wish the Cards were in the AFC!

Josh (Baltimore)

I don't believe Ray Rice has lost his electric ability, what do you think?

Matt Williamson
  (12:22 PM)

Maybe it is just the hip lingering, but I do believe that we have seen the best that Rice has to offer in his career.

Baxter (Milwaukee)

Gotta watch out for the Eagles as well in the NFC... wide open division but if Foles continues to play well they'll be a REAL TOUGH out come lpayoff time....

Matt Williamson
  (12:23 PM)

Can't disagree with that either! REALLY excited for Philly/Zona this week

Massimo (St Louis)

Well, I saw Watt do virtually nothing against J Barksdale, yes, THAT J. Barksdale :)

Matt Williamson
  (12:24 PM)

Can't say I saw a ton of that game, but Barksdale is playing very well this year...not making excuses for Watt. Watt's tape is simply unbelievable.

Mike (Las Vegas)

Are the Colts done? Costanzo has been a walking turnstile this year

Matt Williamson
  (12:24 PM)

Yes...and Yes...and their interior OL is even worse

Hanson (DC)

Tough outs in NFC,I'd put Carolina right up there.

Matt Williamson
  (12:25 PM)

Most Def...the NFC is brutal

Ron Burgundy (San Diego)

BAXTER... Is that you?! Bark twice if you REALLY are in Milwaukee!!!

Matt Williamson
  (12:25 PM)

Just had to post that

Matt Williamson
  (12:25 PM)

Went to iPod...Fun. "Some Nights"

Dave (Charlotte)

It's going to be Seattle vs. New England in the Superbowl as Manning is 1-6 in the playoffs when not in a dome.

Matt Williamson
  (12:27 PM)

That is my pick as well...SEA's home field is just so overpowering

King Kong Bundy (WWE)

Do we need to give the Falcons the Atlantic City Avalanche and start over next year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:27 PM)

No, but they must rebuild both lines, which is a huge chore...at least they have a QB

Jeff (STL)

If we get a QB, are we in the mix next year? I'm assuming that we let Bradford go...

Matt Williamson
  (12:28 PM)

Not sure I would assume that, but I think STL would be wise to use WASH's pick on a QB and then reinforce their secondary after that...maybe go into camp with Bradford and Rook

Todd (NYC)

Think Houston puts up a fight this week?

Matt Williamson
  (12:29 PM)

Maybe...they have good players! So frustrating. But in the end, another L

Todd (Philly)

Can Carson Palmer keep this play up or is his current play mostly smoke and mirrors?

Matt Williamson
  (12:30 PM)

That OL is improving, Housler and esp Floyd are really stepping up. His surroundings are much better and Palmer now needs a very strong supporting cast. But I would say this is his ceiling.

Hanson (DC)

Most old school play of the year Big Ben quick kick pinning the opponent to the one yd line?

Matt Williamson
  (12:31 PM)

He has done that before and I am shocked more teams/QBs don't try it more often...but you are right, that was old school

Nick (Nola)

Not to seek praise or anything, but how has Devin McCourty looked to you? Took over the green dot and seems to be in the All-Pro discussion.

Matt Williamson
  (12:32 PM)

One of the best Safeties in the NFL now

Dan (Ditka's Office)

MW, Happy Thanksgiving! As a bears fan, who should I root for in the game tomorrow? Gotta be the lions right even with their tiebreaker advantage as Rodgers is back soon? Thanks

Matt Williamson
  (12:33 PM)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone else out there as well! Yeah, I think that seems logical. GB is more dangerous in the big picture. BTW, sorry to say it, but I took the Vikes in Minny this week and predicted Peterson would run for 216 yards.

Rob (Los Angeles)

Who is more dangerous as a 6th seed, Steelers or Chargers?

Matt Williamson
  (12:34 PM)

I guess the Steelers. Both have very good QBs, but I REALLY dislike SD's D

Luke (Waterdown, Ontario)

M-Dub, favorite Nirvana song? Can the Dolphins walk into Heinz and get a victory? They actually match up well v. the Steelers.

Matt Williamson
  (12:35 PM)

MIA can certainly walk into PGH and get a W...the Steelers aren't exactly the 70s Steelers right now! As for Nirvana, I do like them quite a bit, but can't say I have one stand out song. BTW "Colorful" by the Verve Pipe on here now...one of my favs for sure....from the movie Rock Star

Dan Fouts (1970s)

San Diego passing game is all you need, MW! That, powder blue uni's and Chuck Muncie's goggles!

Matt Williamson
  (12:36 PM)

Got that right! As everyone knows, I grew up a HUGE Steelers fan, but I did have a Fouts jersey when I was like 7...such a fun team. And...I think Coryell deserves a bust in Canton

Tom (Chicago)

When was the last time you saw a Run-D as bad as the bears? how unexcited is Shea McClennin to see AD?

Matt Williamson
  (12:37 PM)

He is going to rack up 216 Tom! I am tellin' ya!

Matt (DC)

Bigger fix for the Skins: Offensive Line, Defense, or Skill Players (WRs in particular)

Matt Williamson
  (12:37 PM)

Oh D...D! At every level

pj (midlo)

Fleetwood Mac "Tusk" in the background - USC band rocks - do you think Lions scheme to take away Lacy or will he get his 75+ Rushing yards and 30 receiving. Happy thanksgiving

Matt Williamson
  (12:38 PM)

I think Lacy gets his in a close game where GB can stick with the run from start to finish...gotta love Fleetwood Mac

Harry (Babylon, NY)

Matt - it looks like the NFC West is football's best division top to bottom. Is the AFC West the next best or about to become the next best division?

Matt Williamson
  (12:39 PM)

Hmmm...NFC South? I do know the AFC South is the worst division ever. Yeah, I will give you AFC West is 2nd. As Jim said, "The West is the Best"

Brian Herriot (West GA Correctional Facilty)

as of today: Coach of the Year?can Arians pull the 2-team 2-peat?

Matt Williamson
  (12:40 PM)

Reid will be tough to beat for COY. Kelly? Arians is certainly in the convo though. Fisher should get a vote or two-did lose his starting QB

Matt Williamson
  (12:40 PM)

Crue "Primal Scream" Live...I am on fire over here

Dave (MA)

Belichick is certainly in the coach of the year discussion right?

Matt Williamson
  (12:41 PM)

Always

Al (Wausau, WI)

How many wins do you think it will take to win the NFC North this year? Less than 10?

Matt Williamson
  (12:41 PM)

9 might do it...10 gets it done for sure

Joshua (Sacramento, CA)

Went to Pearl Jam show in Oakland last night.....3.5 hours!!! Anyways, would you keep putting RG3 out there even though he has been struggling and looks like a shell of himself last year? Or, would you let Cousins start the last few games? Thanks, Matt.

Matt Williamson
  (12:42 PM)

I would stick with RG3...see if he can work through it. Missed Pearl Jam in Pittsburgh about a month ago and very unhappy about it. Favorite tune? Release for me

Hanson (DC)

AfC South is worst but not from lack of NFC East trying to be.

Matt Williamson
  (12:43 PM)

NFC East is certainly bad, but the Colts are just playing terrible right now

Massimo (St Louis)

Is Seattle a little overrated? They barely escaped with wins against St Louis, TB, & Houston. I know they now have Percy back, and he is awesome, but Im not convinced they are best in the league.

Matt Williamson
  (12:44 PM)

They are #1 on my Power Ranks, but I don't see any team as heads above the rest. However, SEA is coming off a bye, has one loss, should be healthier on the OL and with Harvin...peaking at right time

Ariel (Texas)

Is Ireland gone after this year regardless?

Matt Williamson
  (12:44 PM)

The GM or the nation? As for MIA's GM, I would sure think so

Dave (MA)

Shanahan gone after the season?

Matt Williamson
  (12:45 PM)

I would give him one more and bring in a new DC...Shanny did fantastic things with RG3 last year

Jeff (Chicago)

M-dub- the Vikings defense is just as bad as the Bears, with that said doesn't the game come down to who has the better offense? In that case it would be the Bears!

Matt Williamson
  (12:45 PM)

In Minny though and the Vikes are playing better. I hear ya. Not betting my mortgage payment on the Vikes, but I like their chances quite a bit.

Andre (Tallahassee, FL)

Is Denis Allen safe if the Raiders lose out?

Matt Williamson
  (12:46 PM)

I would sure hope so. Not exactly a stacked roster in OAK! Oh the hits just keep coming...Night Ranger "Sister Christian"...now that is old school...loving it

Mike P (Greater KC)

Saints v Seahawks... Is it a high scoring game or a 21-17 slug fest and the Seattle 12th man plays a huge part

Matt Williamson
  (12:47 PM)

I actually think SEA dominates most of that game on Lynch's back. Gave the Saints some garbage points to make it 27-20 final.

Harry (Babylon, NY)

Does Russell Wilson have the most presence of any QB who has come into the league since Tom Brady?

Matt Williamson
  (12:47 PM)

Right at the top of the list. Luck aint bad either.

Will (UK)

Cameron Jordan or Aldon Smith long term?

Matt Williamson
  (12:48 PM)

Very different players...both best fit a 3-4, with Jordan at DE and Smith at OLB. I will take Jordan

Harry (Babylon, NY)

Matt - does AZ have a chance to beat out CAR/NE or SF for the last wildcard spot?

Matt Williamson
  (12:48 PM)

Absolutely, but also a very difficult schedule, so I bet they fall short. Again, wish they were in the AFC.

Ariel (Texas)

Would Brees thrive in the 80s and 90s where Defenses were allowed to be more physical on WRs?

Matt Williamson
  (12:49 PM)

Not as much, but he would still be great-no doubt in my mind. I think the better scenario is: What would Danny M have done now-a-days? Oh baby

Nigel (Scotland)

Where has Dontari Poe gone? He was beast for the first 5 games

Matt Williamson
  (12:50 PM)

Great call. That DL in general has really slowed down.

Andre (Tallahassee, FL)

Does Arizona draft a QB early knowing Palmer will only be good for another year or two?

Matt Williamson
  (12:50 PM)

If there is one worth taking at that point, sure. I don't see a ton of huge needs on this roster, esp with Cooper coming back at OG.

Harry (Babylon, NY)

Did anyone think Kiki Alonso would have the impact he has had - is he the shrewdest pick of the '13 draft?

Matt Williamson
  (12:51 PM)

Playing great. Great fit. Big time playmaker. DROY, although I think Richardson would get my vote

Matt Williamson
  (12:51 PM)

Rush "Time Stands Still"...I am back on a Rush kick lately

Dan (LA)

M-Dub, locked up my fantasy football playoff spot, should I rest my starters?

Matt Williamson
  (12:52 PM)

Never Dan. No complacency. Ever. Never show weakness. Sweep the leg.

Derek (Indiana)

Pep gone after this year? Bad adjustments, stubborn game plans etc.

Matt Williamson
  (12:52 PM)

I would sure think so

Nigel (Scotland)

Will Baltimore resign Monroe?

Matt Williamson
  (12:52 PM)

Would be foolish not too. Would even consider Franchising him

Al (Wausau, WI)

Matt, what is your assessment of Vontaze Burfict? To me, he seems to have straightened himself out and become a tackling machine!

Matt Williamson
  (12:53 PM)

He is quietly having a monster year. No doubt. Best as a power player coming downhill, but really turning into something.

Andre (Tallahassee, FL)

If Houston picks #1 and they trust Keenum and their pass rush, could Jake Matthews be the pick?

Matt Williamson
  (12:53 PM)

I think they HAVE to go QB Bro

Dan (DC)

Speaking of franchising, is that the route NE goes this offseason with Talib?

Matt Williamson
  (12:54 PM)

Makes sense....I might hesitate to give him a long term deal considering his reputation off the field

Chris (San Diego)

Chargers are pass-rusher away right?

Matt Williamson
  (12:55 PM)

And an secondary

Mike (MA)

What do the Pats do with Stevan Ridley? He can't keep fumbling!

Matt Williamson
  (12:55 PM)

Maybe I am insane, but I would keep feeding him

Matt Williamson
  (12:56 PM)

Folks, I have to step out just a bit early. Awesome chat today and Happy Thanksgiving to all!