Heads up on the chat, and a Pro Bowl pick

Before I forget, as the case was last week, here's the link to our upcoming NFC West chat.

Hope to see you there at 1 p.m. ET.

Among the subjects we could discuss: Alex Smith's Pro Bowl-worthiness. When KC Joyner explained why he thought Cam Newton's rookie season was overrated, I asked him whether he would have found Smith more deserving as an alternate choice for the game.

"He would have been my choice for the Pro bowl over Cam Newton," Joyner replied.

His reasoning: Smith ranked an impressive 11th in yards per attempt on vertical throws, despite operating with a weak receiving corps. Joyner also charted very few bad decisions for Smith, a percentage on par with what we might expect from Tom Brady.