ESPN Radio's Football Today chat
Welcome to ESPN Radio's Football Today! John Seibel and Orestes Destrade will be coming to you Monday-Friday from 4-6:30 p.m. ET as hosts of ESPN Radio's Football Today, a show specially designed for you!
Before the show, each day at 2 p.m. ET, you can join the ESPN Radio chat and let the duo know what is on your mind in both in the college and pro games. What's the best story in football? Who should be No. 1 in the polls? Which team is the Super Bowl favorite?
Be a part of the show and chat with John and Orestes each day at 2 p.m. ET!
John Seibel (2:00 PM)
peel the ears back. it's time to chat! let's pump this sucker out with feeling, sportsnation.
What are your thoughts on Anquan Boldin's argument on the sideline with offensive coordinator Todd Haley?
John Seibel (2:02 PM)
before casting judgement on either, i want to know what the conversation was before the blow up. was boldin diplomatic on his approach with haley or just overly emotional. that's unlike boldin to lose his cool like that.
colleen, Pittsburgh P.A.
I think that the steelers have every right to be in the superbowl they have the best defense in the legue and who is this ed reed that we speak of ...troy polumalu is definately the best safety in sports...has ed reed jumped over his entire line...i think not... STEELERS ARE GOING to BEAT THE card's
John Seibel (2:05 PM)
the steelers had the street cred for super bowl 43 before the season started, have and a butt-load of street cred for the big game right now, and that organization will continue to have the pieces for a super bowl run for years to come. they are so well put together from top down. their talent spans the spectrum of experience. their drafts are on target. they don't spend let alone over spend on free agency, and they have in my opinion the best leader in the nfl with mike tomlin.
Beyond resigning their own FA's what should be at the top of the Ravens offseason priority list? A big, physical WR or a young CB?
John Seibel (2:11 PM)
a handful of years ago, the ravens traded up to get kyle boller in the 1st-round. if they could some how trade up to get michael crabtree, they should do it. then again, all 32-teams would love to have him. you're on the money, though, jake. they need a big wide out. they could use a right tackle, too, but a physical wide out is necessary.
JBG (Dunmore, PA)
Johnny do you think the playoffs may have exposed Flacco a bit as not much more than a game manager who more often than not can't take the team on his shoulders and lead them to victory or was it more of a young guy with great potential who just wasn't quite ready to put up big playoff numbers?
John Seibel (2:14 PM)
first off, he made HUGE strides in a rookie season fresh out of a small school that didn't play top level football. i see all the tools in him. i don't think he was exposed as much as we saw that he has room to grow. let's revisit this issue next post-season.
Anquan Boldin (upset)
I just wanted to say that I'm leaving the chat because I wasn't getting posted enough.
John Seibel (2:14 PM)
...this ought to make you warm and fuzzy then.
What did you think of the packers getting Dom Capers as DC?
John Seibel (2:16 PM)
i'm skeptical. i thought he lost most of his juice when his carolina panthers tanked. he may prove me wrong, but i would have rather wanted new denver dc mike nolan or former raider dc rob ryan.
David Fairborn, OH
John, As a fan of the Bengals like me, I'm sure you have the same respect for Ray Lewis as I do. If any player should remain with a team for his whole career, it should be Ray Ray. If he goes to the Cowboys as rumored, I will feel like nothing in sports is sacred anymore. Do you think he'll pass up the rumored 25 mill. guaranteed to stay with the ratbirds?
John Seibel (2:20 PM)
we're cut from the same mold, david. i think he stays in baltimore. here's why. some guys are just different. some guys, i'd like to believe, are about the truth of the game. while ray ray's TRUTH off the field was in question years ago, he's always been about the game in a old school kind of way on the field. if he bolts for the money, then principle and pigskin have officially divorced.
Ryan (San Diego)
Why cant people see that besides polamalu, the Pitt secondary is weak? They have NOBODY that can match up with Boldin and Fitz, they're midgets. Plus, Warner excels against the blitz...he torched Jim Johnson's scheme. Cards will pull the upset
John Seibel (2:23 PM)
their corners will never be confused with darrell green for sure, but they don't have to be great with all the pressure they bring. when the steelers fall back into coverage, the corners are helped by linebackers and safeties. it's no secret they are not the best corners, yet no one seems to have regular success against them. oddly enough, outside of this carson-less season, the bengals have had great success throwing the steelers.
Charlie (San Diego)
Speaking of Ray Lewis switching uniforms, the face of my Chargers (LT) is rumored to be on the trading block. Are they nuts?!
John Seibel (2:25 PM)
chargers' ownership actually talked to lt last week to let him know that they are considering all options. they never would have said that in years past. no way! they would have dismissed a future without lt immediately. their admission convinces me, the bolts could make a major offensive shift this offseason and invest in darren sproles and cut bait with lt. i think that's crazy.
Flacco played 19 games this year - 16 regular season and 3 postseason. In 3 games against the Steelers he had a 40.8 QB rating. In the other 16 games his rating was 83.4 - better than the regular season rating of both Big Ben and Kerry Collins . Like a lot of QB's this year Flacco simply was not as good as a great Steeler defense.
John Seibel (2:27 PM)
thanks for putting numbers to my point. jake, your ravens are in good hands for years. look at the qbs in that division... flacco, roethlisberger, palmer, quinn. not too shabby.
JBG (Dunmore, PA)
So what happens to Coach Gilbride, Johnny? Any chance he stays with the G-Men?
John Seibel (2:30 PM)
he stays with the giants unless he goes to the raiders as their head coach. i have on very good authority that he's being seriously considered. he's had the interviews already. he's offensive-minded which al davis loves. don't know yet if he'll get the job. if not, gilbride will be back in the new jersey swamp.
Why would it be so crazy for the Chargers to get rid of LT. They have been unable to win it all with him and he has spent the last 2 post seasons watching from the sidelines.
John Seibel (2:32 PM)
i think it's crazy because i don't think anyone believes that darren sproles can be your feature back. i know the nfl is different today than even 3-years ago in the sense that running backs don't have near the importance they once had, but you still have to be able to grind it out at times. lt has done that. he's just had a couple of injuries at bad times of the season. let's not kill him too much, he did have to have knee surgery last season, and his groin tendon is torn from his pelvis. cut him some slack.
JBG (Dunmore, PA)
I'd take Flacco over Tavaris Jackson any day.
John Seibel (2:33 PM)
gee, way to go out on a limb.
Taylor and McFadden are both 6'1" and about 190lbs., not exactly midgets as far as corners go, Townsend isn't big, but can match up with Breaston, and Clark is effective over the top and (ask Willis) potrols the middle with vigilance. Plus their scheme is all about limiting the big play. I think like all teams that play the Steelers, the Cards will be forced to put together long drives with great throws and will not get alot of big plays down the feild.
John Seibel (2:34 PM)
no one said they didn't have the size. they're just not that great. big deal. they don't have to be. quarterbacks rarely have time to exploit them. the steelers are smart. they invest their money on linebackers and safeties. if you have great linebackers, safeties and edge rushers, they can mask mediocre cornerbacks.
John Seibel (2:35 PM)
well done, sportsnation. now get back to work. show time at 4-eastern (noon in shageluk, alaska). later, people!