Chat with Matt Mosley
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com NFC East blogger Matt Mosley stops by to talk about the NFL offseason.
Mosley, an award-winning writer for The Dallas Morning News for seven years, joined ESPN.com in January 2007 and writes columns, features and blogs about the NFL.
Send your questions now and join Mosley on Tuesday at noon ET!
What's the problem with Chris Canty? I know it's early and the Giants are playing well, but he has been a mysteriously injured non-factor. So far he's like Carl Pavano was to the Yankees
Mosley (12:00 PM)
Nice Pavano reference. This thing's just not getting any better. I know it's killing Canty, but there's a chance we don't see him for a while.
Eric J (RICHMOND VA)
How long before Roy Williams is back
Mosley (12:01 PM)
Eric, I think he'll be back from Atlanta. But who needs Williams when you have Miles and Miles of Austin. Welcome to the chat, folks. Been looking forward to this all week. We're off to a strong start. Thanks for showing up on time.
Dan Snyder (My Own Little World)
Man, Do I suck or what? Wait...gotta go, I hear the Bills are trying to trade T.O....
Mosley (12:02 PM)
Patrick Schofield (Las Vegas)
Where's martellus bennett? All offseason i kept hearing about the two tight end formation and how it would be revolutionary to the cowboys offense. I know bennett is young but he seems to have had less of an impact this year than he did late last year. Whats the deal?
Mosley (12:02 PM)
It's a fair question. I'm told by at least one NFL scout that he's been open quite a bit. He's doing a nice job blocking. I really don't know why Romo's not throwing to him.
Bill (Scranton Pa)
Giants vs. Saints...who wins and why?
Mosley (12:05 PM)
Bill, I'm just beginning to really get into this one. And I'll be there to cover all the action. I really respect the job that Gregg Williams has done with that defense. But from what I know, Kevin Gilbride thinks he can run on the Saints. If you can get Jacobs and Bradshaw going early, it really feeds that play-action passing game. I think you'll see Eli go up top to Nicks in the first half at least once or twice. Manning has to always know where Sharper is. I like the Giants to win.
So is Cerrato in charge or is he just snyder's mouthpiece
Mosley (12:06 PM)
Cerrato's in charge of personnel decisions. Snyder's in charge of hiring and firing of coaches. But yes, I think it's fair to say that Cerrato is Snyder's mouthpiece.
Patrick Schofield (Las Vegas)
How does the emergence of Jeremy Maclin in the Eagles offense affect DeSean Jackson? Do you think he will see less double coverage or will other teams decide to let the rookie try to beat them?
Mosley (12:07 PM)
I think it will eventually help Jackson. You have to pick your poison. With a guy like Maclin over there, teams can't just completely sell out to stop Jackson. You saw what happened when the Bucs tried that.
Darrick Knight (Durham,NC)
How do you think Winston Justice is doing at RT. When is Stacy Andrews giong to be the full time starter.
Mosley (12:09 PM)
I think Justice is hanging in there OK. He gave up at least one bad sack that I noticed. Got beat on an inside move. That will happen from time to time. We'll get a little better look when he sees Brian Orakpo and Andre Carter in a couple weeks. That should be interesting. With Andrews, I think it's not a case of him playing poorly or anything. Max Jean-Gilles is just someone Reid trusts a little more right now. So yes, the Andrews signing looks pretty weak.
adesimo1 (Burbank, CA)
More embarrassing: Redskins can't put Carolina away or Cowboys need a long TD in OT to finish the Chiefs?More Encouraging: Giants cruising over Oakland or Eagles cruising against Bucs?
Mosley (12:10 PM)
About the same for the Eagles and Giants. I think there were some disturbing things in that Cowboys win. But it's still a win. I'll take that any time over a loss to the Panthers. So the Skins loss was the worst thing in the division.
J.B. (Dunmore, PA)
Do you see bad teams such as the Redskins making trades by the deadline just to get rid of players?
Mosley (12:10 PM)
Not really. Wouldn't it be interesting to see Jerry Jones try to make a deal for Shawne Merriman before the deadline? It's not going to happen, but fun to think about. Ware and Merriman on the same side.
Where is Ramses Barden? Along with being excitingly enormous, he may have the best first name on the Giants.
Mosley (12:11 PM)
He was one of those training camp wonders. The Giants are bringing him along slowly -- because they can. He could emerge as a red-zone threat later in the season. Right now, he's just learning. Improving.
Matt love the Blog. What or who do you think the key matchup is in the Giants Saints game? Do you think it will be the defensive line against Brees? Or how well our corners cover all those wide outs?
Mosley (12:13 PM)
Brees loves the three-step drop. I think the key will be whether or not the Giants can generate enough pressure up front to get to him. I think at times the pressure will need to come up the middle. That's why you'll see Tuck slip over and play defensive tackle quite a bit in some of the subpackages. That's a position of strength for the Giants -- at least in their minds. Also keep your eye on the Saints' RBs in space. Without Boley on the field, that could be a concern for the Giants.
Best QB in the Beast? Can you argue with Eli anymore?
Mosley (12:14 PM)
Been saying it all along. Give me Eli No. 1, McNabb No. 2, Romo No. 3 and Campbell fourth. Although Campbell has the worst offensive line by far.
Dennis (LA, CA) [via mobile]
Hey Matt! Great job on blog! Can the Cowboys beat Atlanta in your opinion?
Mosley (12:15 PM)
They barely lost to the 5-0 Giants and 5-0 Broncos, so yes they could beat the Falcons -- especially with the game being at Cowboys Stadium. Will they beat them? I'm not ready to predict that one yet.
DG (at work in NY)
Are you serious about criticizing the Jets for not getting Miles Austin for a 2nd Round pick?
Mosley (12:16 PM)
I didn't criticize them for it. I just threw it out there to remind folks that it was something the Jets were thinking about this past offseason. Honestly, I'm not sure Jerry Jones would've gone for it. He may have signed Austin at the highest tender and just stuck with him. He thinks Austin's the second-coming of T.O. -- sans the drama.
Who do you think is going to be in the running for the Redskins head coaching job next year?? Please say Gruden or Shanahan....
Mosley (12:17 PM)
Shanahan's the name I hear the most.
Who wins the Shanahan courting fest this summer? Dan Snyder or Jerry Jones?
Mosley (12:18 PM)
I think Snyder would be willing to outbid Jones for Shanahan. That said, Shanahan's actually closer to Jones from a friendship standpoint.
Josh (Knoxville, TN)
Crayton brings nothing to the return game. He either fair catches, fumbles, or runs 5 yards and hops out of bounds. I realize most punts won't be returned for TDs, but any yardage helps. Who do you think the Boys should have returning punts?
Mosley (12:20 PM)
The one thing that Crayton's always been good at is catching the punts. Now that's even in question. I think the 49ers sat Allen Rossum last weekend. If I remember correctly, he's a Dallas area kid. Try to trade for him? Otherwise, there aren't a lot of great options. Sam Hurd anyone? Ogletree?
Chris (Holmdel, NJ)
Matt, are the Cowboys as poorly coached as they seem? The Jets defense has been tremendous and for the most part, they don't seem to have any better personnel overall than the Cowboys do on defense.
Mosley (12:22 PM)
Well, the defense hasn't been that bad. But they do tend to crater at the worst-possible moments. I think the Jets are much better in the secondary. And Jenkins is more disruptive than anyone the Cowboys have up front right now. Jay Ratliff's a tremendous nose tackles, but he doesn't have anyone to spell him. The Jets are a little deeper in my opinion, although they didn't exactly hold up against the Dolphins last night.
Chris (Holmdel, NJ)
Just how bad is Duke Preston after the Cowboys waived him and keep Cory Procter on the roster this past week?
Mosley (12:23 PM)
I'm pretty sure they re-signed him yesterday, Chris.
Desean Jackson (Philly)
why cant people show mcnabb love but lets face facts mcnabb had a better game with a broken rib not some foot problem eli had played the whole game throw 4 three tds and was one point off a passer rating than eli still nobody gives him props
Mosley (12:24 PM)
DeSean, it's great to see you defending your quarterback. Sorry you only had 1 yard Sunday. I think we all sort of thought McNabb was a lot closer to being fully healed than Manning. They were both playing awful teams. So it seems like you're making a little much of this. I know McNabb received plenty of praise in my game column.
Mikey Gorzellini (Philadelphia,Pa)
since there a firesale in oakland do you see the eagles going after someone in there like seymour,or greg ellis
Mosley (12:25 PM)
Rob (Laredo, TX)
Matt, Laron Landry is a beast when they let him play close to the line of scrimmage at his natural SS position. Why not put him there permanently and play Kareem Moore at FS. Moore seems to be a nice player.
Mosley (12:27 PM)
Rob, I think they like to have Landry playing downhill. He's excellent and reading and reacting. He's a huge hitter -- and putting him in the box can take away from that a little. I think he's still more comfortable playing away from the line of scrimmage. But at this point, you have to be willing to try whatever. I haven't watched Moore enough in the regular-season to have a definitive opinion on him.
Rob (Laredo, TX)
Matt, I have been a Redskins fan my entire life, but ive never been so disappointed and frustrated. What happens next with this team? What needs to happen? The Oline looks horrible and the playcalling is absolutely abysmal! It doesnt even look like the team is playing with heart.
Do you think the last three laugher games the giants had (TB, KC, OAK) will help or hurt their chances in the big matchup against the Saints? It can work both ways, they didn't have to show too much of the playbook yet they also didn't face much competition.
Mosley (12:29 PM)
I think you'd always take lopsided wins over bruising games against the heavies. Coughlin will have the Giants ready. After that Cleveland loss last season, it didn't take Coughlin long to get his players' attention. This year, that letdown hasn't happened. I think they'll be jacked up for this game Sunday. Wish it was later in the day. Seems like to good of a matchup to keep at 1 ET.
David (Valdosta, GA)
Big blog fan, Matt. The Giants have looked good beating up on bad teams. Jacobs' numbers are down, and they really haven't looked at Kevin Boss much this year. While I'm not complaining about the WR production, how do you think the offense will fare as they face more formidable defenses down the road and in the postseason?
Mosley (12:31 PM)
I think they've kept a few things under wraps. Jacobs has to start the game and face fresh defenses. You'll see him start to take over late in games -- when he's called upon. He hasn't really had to do that lately. I think he's doing a better job of not taking so many shots. That will make him better later in the season. The Giants will sacrifice some of Jacobs' numbers now to preserve him for December and January. And Boss' time will come. Right now, it's just opening up for Eli and the wideouts.
MattinATL (Atlanta, GA)
Do we have any timeframes for Aaron Ross, Chris Canty, Bryan Kehl to return to the lineup? The Saints game is a very important game for the Giants......
Mosley (12:32 PM)
We'll get that first report Wednesday. I know that Ross is dying to get back, but I don't have a good feel for his timetable. Kehl's not far off and Canty's completely up in the air. If I had to guess, I'd say that Ross and Canty wouldn't be able to go. Kehl will be ready.
When will Eli finally be considered as Elite. Starting the year after his SB MVP and 12-4 season last year, people were higher on rodgers, cutler and joe blow over Eli. When does he get respect? Seems like its never enough!
Mosley (12:33 PM)
Why does it matter? Giants fans know how valuable he is. If other folks want to spend all their time praising quarterbacks who put up bigger numbers, let them. Manning wants Super Bowls. He doesn't care about his stats.
Mosley, Nicks has been targeted more and more as the season goes on. How long till he steals a starting job from Manningham? And Hixon...is he a kick returner when he comes back? Sinorice Moss is awful....
Mosley (12:34 PM)
Yes, Hixon will return kicks when he's back in there. And it's just a matter of time with Nicks. Don't worry.
When will the Giants secondary get the recognition they deserve specifically Webster. Him and Revis have to be on or near the same level.
Mosley (12:35 PM)
Why are you guys so worried about recognition? Just keep taking the wins -- and let Revis get all the headlines. That team is 3-2 while the Giants are 5-0.
Mike (Girard, PA)
Is Keith Brooking the MVP on Dallas' roster?
Mosley (12:36 PM)
Not a bad pick at all. He's been really, really good -- and he's an excellent leader. What does it say about a locker room when a guy like Brooking can walk in and immediately become the most respected guy. Says a lot of good things about Brooking. Not sure it says a lot for the Cowboys.
J.B. (Dunmore, PA)
Do the Eagles still have special plays for Michael Vick. It's become obvious they have no need for him.
Mosley (12:37 PM)
Let's wait until they play a good team when both McNabb and Vick are active. We haven't seen that yet. Let's not completely dismiss the Wildcat yet. Maybe Andy Reid truly has some other things up his sleeve.
Jon (Fairfield, CA)
How about answering a Cowboys question?!?!?!
Mosley (12:37 PM)
OK, do you have one sir?
I understand that you have all kinds of respect for the Giants (as do I) and their front office but are they really the best team in the NFC? Good teams beat bad ones and that's all good but they did squeak by Dallas benefiting on multiple unforced errors. The Saints have handily beaten Philly, in Philly, while defeating the Jets. In a relative sense, the Saints look to have accomplished more at this point. If the Giants beat the Saints then yes...they are the best in the NFC. But, until the Giants handily defeat a playoff caliber team, we just don't know enough about them, injuries or not, to validate a 1st place position. And, with the Saints on a bye week before this game, the Giants will face their true litmus test. Can we hold off on coronating them #1 until they earn it?
Mosley (12:39 PM)
Nice to hear from you Uber in Frisco. I just go by what I see. And some of that is based on projections. If the Saints beat the Giants this weekend, I may back off a little. But the Saints beat the Eagles with Kevin Kolb making his first NFL start? Will you admit that the Eagles are a different team without McNabb in the lineup? Some of your reasoning is flawed. But keep swinging for the fences, Uber. We've missed you on the Beast lately.
Thoughts on Brent Celek sustaining this monster year?
Mosley (12:41 PM)
You came to the right guy, Max. I'm bullish on Celek. He's very serious about the game and he keeps adding new things to his game. He's really becoming a nice blocker. Jason Witten is obviously the best tight end in the division. But I think Celek could pass up Chris Cooley in the next year or so. Seriously. He's a more willing blocker than Cooley -- and his YAC is pretty impressive right now.
As far as Allen Rossum goes, they released him to make room for Crabtree ....
Mosley (12:42 PM)
Then the Cowboys should sign him immediately! :)
Dan (Washington, DC)
If Cerrato is really in charge of personnel -- how in God's name is he still employed? I mean Horton is a nice player...but not good enough to draw away from the rest of his horrendous gaffes!
Mosley (12:44 PM)
I'm afraid Cerrato's in charge. Now Snyder still has final say, but Vinny brings him all the info. How is he still employeed? Well, it helps to be pals with the owner. Cerrato may have the best job security in all of D.C. -- as long as Schottenheimer's not around. The biggest indictment is the failure to find offensive and defensive linemen in the draft. The Skins have really failed in that department.
Dylan J (Dutch Harbor, Alaska)
What can i expect from miles austin? is he going to develop into a #1 guy?
Do YOU think Miles Austin is the next TO (not that I would ever question Jerry Jones's talent evaluation)?
Mosley (12:45 PM)
Whoa there, Meredith! Let's hold off on the T.O. comparisons for now. Love him or hate him, T.O.'s going to end up in the Hall of Fame someday. Miles Austin has had one huge afternoon against a bad football team. I'm not taking anything away from his day, because it saved the Cowboys' season. But let's not get carried away. As Parcells would say, "What are you gonna do next?"
Mike (Girard, PA)
Will Felix Jones be close to 100% for the Atlanta game?
Mosley (12:46 PM)
I think he'll be ready to go, Mike. Just from the folks I'm talking to.
dools (Ex. 136)
thoughts on Travis Beckum seeing more time even when boss returns...this dude looks like a very solid player.
Mosley (12:47 PM)
I think Gilbride would like to use them together. Beckum's more of an H-back type player in the mold of Chris Cooley. Sort of a WR/TE hybrid. The Giants will find a way to get them both on the field. I really like Beckum. Think he can do some damage in the second half of the season.
Don (Atlanta, GA)
How does Atlanta's pass protection look? Can Ware get a little run going, or will he need to rely on another injury to a tackle?
Mosley (12:49 PM)
Ware's good enough that he can post numbers against anyone. The problem is that every offense is designed to stop him. He's getting chipped by tight ends and RBs at times. But yes, I think he could get on a little roll and put up several sacks over the next few weeks.
Matt (Oaks, PA)
What exactly is the problem with the Cowboys? They play games that are close no matter who they play. Is that just going to be the way it is all season? They play to their competition rather than their potential?
Mosley (12:50 PM)
Matt, I'm not sure we really know what they're potential is. I'm afraid that a lot of folks overvalued some of their talent. They're incredibly thin at a lot of positions and they don't have a consistent playmaker on offense. Thank goodness they had Miles Austin on Sunday, but it's not like you can count on something like that week after week. Without Felix Jones on the field, there's not much of a home-run threat.
Matt you brought up the point about the Jets and Miles Austin courting in the offseason, but the Jets did just trade for Braylon Edwards. You wouldn't take Bryalon Edwards over Miles Austin?
Mosley (12:51 PM)
My point was that the Jets had to give up more to get Braylon than they would have to land Austin. I'm not saying Austin's a better WR than Edwards, although that could eventually become the case.
So what does it say about the Vikings locker room since Favre walked in there and became a leader - similar to the Dallas one??
Mosley (12:54 PM)
If you perform, it makes it a lot easier to be a leader. Any stories about a "schism" popping up now? Didn't think so. Favre has instant credibility in a locker room because the team's winning.
Bryan (Springdale, AR)
Would you still take Jason Witten over any other tight end, even Dallas Clark?
Mosley (12:54 PM)
Mike (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Will Eli be able to walk down the aisle to you with this foot injury Mosley?
Mosley (12:54 PM)
Good line, Mike!
Can you believe the Cowboys have the number 1 rated offense? They've looked self destructive on O at times....I think overall their D has played better this year? what do you think?
Mosley (12:56 PM)
And they say numbers don't lie??? The Cowboys put up a ton of yards late in the Kansas City game. And they did something similar on that final drive in Denver. We all know what we're watching doesn't feel like the No. 1 rated offense in football. Should Jerry Jones name Jason Garrett the head coach based on stats? Of course not. And even the optimistic owner knows how poorly the Cowboys played for most of that game Sunday.
Do you really think Shanahan, Cower or Holmgren want any part of Washington?
Mosley (12:58 PM)
I don't think Cowher and Holmgren do. Shanahan's the most desperate of that group to get back into coaching. If you give him the right amount of money and responsibility, he'll be ready to go. But for all you folks who are hoping Shanny will fire Cerrato, they're old pals from their time together with the 49ers.I'm not sure it's going to happen.
And Brooking has performed for years - so why shouldn't he come in and be respected as well??
Mosley (1:01 PM)
Wish we had more time to flesh this argument out, Steve. I think Brooking ABSOLUTELY should be and IS respected in the Cowboys' locker room. It's just interesting to see a guy come into the locker and immediately become the most respected voice. Does that reflect negatively on the Cowboys' locker room? I'll let you guys be the judge of that. And I agree that Dawkins has done something similar in Denver. Favre does it differently in Minnesota. He's not as fiery or involved as Dawk and Brooking are in the locker room. He just goes out every Sunday and performs really well -- and that goes a long way. Hard to really flesh this out in a chat format. Feel free to email me, Steve.
How great was that game last night? Jaws and Gruden are usually the best, but it's was pretty funny listening to their mutual lovefest of Revis right as he got burned by Ted Ginn JR.
Mosley (1:03 PM)
I loved that game last night!! Sparano's a longtime friend of the program. It was so fun watching him match wits with Rex Ryan down the stretch. Bringing in Pat White on that final drive? Are you kiddin' me? It was so much fun to watch. OK, you guys have been awesome. Let's talk soon. (the chat is now over)