Lots of great questions in Friday's NFC South chat. Let's take a look at some of the highlights.
Sam (Decatur, Ga.): Can the Falcons have a resurgence like the Packers had last year just heading into the playoffs?
Pat Yasinskas: It's possible. There's a lot of talent on that roster. Things haven't clicked so far. But there's enough talent that they could click at any time.
Ricky G (who dat nation!!): Pat,I know we need a better group of line backers but ,In your honest opinion, Do you think Gregg Williams defensive play calling is up to par with his reputation as a defensive coordinator? He just seems to be alot of talk and not enough results. Even with the 2009 season,Our defense wasnt great.They just got the ball to bounce their way with take aways.
Pat Yasinskas: Yeah, but the thing you've got to remember is a Gregg Williams defense is never going to be a shut-you-down defense. It's about getting turnovers or big plays at the right moment. In 2009, that was the classic Greg Williams defense -- lots of turnovers.
Mike (Greensboro): Pat, loved the column on "best rookie". I think you are right, because as they say, you only have 1 chance to make a fist impression and Cam did so with those first two games! Its hard for anyone to erase those from memory, even if he is cooling off a little. Great article!
Pat Yasinskas: Thanks. Although he has cooled off lately, 400 yard games are always going to be a possibility for him.
CC (Atlanta): Aaron (Bay Area) is right. Freeman should get alot more heat. You just make excuses for him. Funny... you have no problem blasting Matt Ryan despite a porous OL. And Ryan has been alot better than Josh this season.
Pat Yasinskas: Yeah, Ryan has been better than Freeman this year. And I don't think I've blasted Ryan very much. My point on Freeman is this -- have you seen what's around him? A very bad team in a lot of ways.
Kirk (Myrtle Beach): Offensive Coordinator Chudzinski has been great this year for the Panthers, do you think he leaves for a head coaching job next year? And if so, who should the Panthers bring in.
Pat Yasinskas: Chud's name is surfacing a bit. But I think he might need one more year as a coordinator before he really gets strong consideration.
AJ (Destrehan, LA): Pat,As crazy as it seems Drew Brees is having another MVP type season where he is threatening his own completion % record he set in 2009, total yards record by Marino, consecutive TD streak in games, his own consecutive game strteak with 20+ completions and yet he still won't win the MVP beacuse of Roger's season. Crazy huh? Also, Do you think Brees is a lock for Canton? He has been tghe most prolific passer in NFL the last 6 seasons and in addition a top 3 qb in total wins as well. What are your thoughts Pat?
Pat Yasinskas: Yeah, I think Rodgers seems to be a lock for MVP. Drew's pretty much set for Canton. Just needs a few more years to really cement his numbers. Another Super Bowl win wouldn't hurt either.
Pat Yasinskas: Both deserve to be there. But I can see a scenario where Sproles doesn't get in. There's a guy named Devin Hester who might get more votes as return man. Still, I think Sproles would be one of those guys the coaching staff would add as a "need player" after the voting.
Joel (NC): I tip my hat to Sean Payton in regards to drafting Jimmy Graham and signing Darren Sproles. Saints D hasn't regained 2009 form, but Payton has made the Saints into a perienally offensive juggernaut by moves like this combined with Drew Brees. Even w/o dominant D, tough to stop the Saints year after year
Pat Yasinskas: Tip your hat to Mickey Loomis too. He's a quiet guy and doesn't seek attention. But he's done a very nice job.
Charles (High Point): Just curious, do you think John Fox is atleast a little jealous of the Panthers offense and wishing he would have had this offense when he was here. LOL Thanks for doing a great job.
Here's the complete transcript of Friday's NFC South chat.