As always, we had a lot of good questions in Friday’s NFC South chat. This week in particular, it seemed like the quarterbacks dominated the discussion.
Scott (Sugar Hill, Ga.): Hey Pat! In all seriousness - would you be concerned if you were Atlanta and had to face the Panthers right now? I know ATL has the better record and have the playoffs at stake, but the Cam Netwon show really worries me.
Pat Yasinskas: Yeah, Carolina is a dangerous team right now. We know the Panthers can score some points, but their defense is a question. I don't think the Falcons should try to get in a shootout. I think they should run a lot and try to keep Cam off the field.
Phillip (Dallas, Ga.): Why do you think Matt Ryan is not improving? Is this as good as it’s ever going to be with him?
Pat Yasinskas: I thought we'd see a big step forward from him this year. But it hasn't happened. I think O-line and play-calling are partly to blame, but some of it also has to go on Matt. Still think there's a lot of potential there that hasn't been reached.
RonnieDonnie (Nennabrah): Most valuable Saints player not named Brees?
Pat Yasinskas: Sproles.
John (Charlotte): Pat why is Tebow getting more love then Cam is getting? When Cam is having a much better season then Tebow is ?
Pat Yasinskas: Not saying I agree with it, but I think the simple answer is Tebow's winning. Also, it's not like Cam is going totally unrecognized.
Adam (Raleigh, N.C.): I'm not trying to ruffle any feathers, but has it crossed anyone's mind that Matt Ryan is as good as he will ever get? Ryan is a good QB, but they were trying to call him elite year two when that may have been premature and Ryan is "suffering" because of unrealistic expectations.
Pat Yasinskas: I still like Ryan and think he can be very good. But I think Adam poses a very valid question.
Brandon (Vancouver): Pat, I thought your Dungy piece was pretty interesting, but isn't Cowher the logical "big time" coach to come in and fix the Bucs? He is known as a disciplinarian and would likely be interested in the Bucs (franchise quarterback, stable front office, good young defensive line talent).
Pat Yasinskas: Yeah, but does Cowher want to build? Not sure about that and also think, if he coaches, it will be in a very big market.
Alex (Springfield): Why doesn't Brees get the same media coverage as Brady or Rodgers? Can you really say that Aaron Rodgers is better than him when you watch Drew playing?
Pat Yasinskas: Go back and look at column I wrote off Saints' Monday night win against the Giants. I wrote that Brees at least belongs in the conversation with Rodgers for MVP. I mean, the guy is probably going to break Marino's record for passing yards in a season.
Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.