Chat with Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton stops in to talk about the NFL season and other news from around the league.
Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.
Send your questions now and join Horton Monday at 4 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (4:00 PM)
We're getting Gary!
galen (new orleans)
do you have any idea if sharper will resigns to saints?????Who's your superbowl pick?????
Gary Horton (4:04 PM)
I don't know if he'll re-sign, but he's played some of the best football of his career. He's an aging player, but he's a different player in the zone than he is in the middle of the field. When he has to turn and run, he's a little susceptible to guys running by him. But when he's in the red zone, he can sit there, read the routes and play everything in front of him. That will be the chess match with him and Peyton.
Chunny (Los Angeles)
Will Reggie Bush be a big factor in the Super Bowl?
Gary Horton (4:05 PM)
He can be, because he's such a tough matchup. Having said that, it's a little tougher against the Colts. They have a lot of speed in the back seven. Athletically, the Colts can matchup pretty well against Bush. But every guy that plays the Saints will tell you that the guy they don't have an answer for is Reggie Bush.
Well we all know that the Saints did not win that game yesterday but the Vikings lost it, What do you think Adrian Peterson needs to do in the off season to help him learn how not to fumble that ball, do you think maybe he should walk around all off season with one in his hand and let people try to slap it out?
Gary Horton (4:06 PM)
I think he needs to spend some time with Tiki Barber and learn to carry the ball and protect himself. But I'm not sure I agree with you about the Saints not deserving to win. A lot of those turnovers were a result of great strips of the Vikings players. While the Vikings fumbled, the Saints had something to do with that.
Mike Barrett (Illinois)
The refs cost the Vikings the game. They did not protect Favre at all. I cant tell you how many times I saw him get Hi-Lowed. Not to mention the BS PI call and the trapped "catch" of Robert Meachem. The Vikings had them stopped but the refs just had to give the saints the game.
Gary Horton (4:07 PM)
I didn't pay a lot of attention to the officiating yesterday with the exception that I thought in the both games that the officials did not protect the QBs. Mark Sanchez took a cheap shot that wasn't called. We say Favre taking shots.
Gary Horton (4:07 PM)
Usually we protect these guys, so I'm not sure why we didn't Sunday.
Hey Gary, love your insight. What did you think of Harvin? At times he disappeared.
Gary Horton (4:08 PM)
He's a tremendous weapon, but I'm not sure he had enough touches. He can be a tremendous weapon, but he didn't look like himself. I think his migraines had an effect on him.
The Jets did a good job of moving up in the draft last year to get Sanchez and Greene! Do exspect others to learn from the Jets?
Gary Horton (4:10 PM)
I think the Jets have done a great job in both the draft and free agency. They have the advantage in that Rex Ryan is very clear in what he wants in a player and on his defense. He brought in guys that he is familiar with. That always helps when you have guys that believe in your system. It's a strong organization and they put guys in position to make plays. Much like the Patriots, the Jets have a feel for what their guys are capable of doing and they let their guys do it.
Help settle a bet Gary! I'm "enjoying" an argument with a guy that considers himself to be a quarterback expert. We are arguing the value of height as it relates to a quarterback. I'm suggesting that it would be found somewhere in the top 10 of most important traits/abilities at the qb position. What are your thoughts?
Gary Horton (4:12 PM)
I think height is very important in the evaluation process. Drew Brees is a unique player because he lacks that height. But he has an innate ability to move around in the pocket and find passing windows. He throws through them instead of over them. When you're 6-5, you can look over the offensive line and you don't need those windows. That's an advantage. Brees is a rarity because of that ability. I think there are a lot of guys that can't do that. Doug Flutie made a career in the NFL with his ability to find those windows. In my opinion you win your bet.
GaryIts been a long time but I think once again the Vikes oline is overated? Has Hutch lost a bit?
Gary Horton (4:14 PM)
I think he was hurt a little bit. I thought the OL went through a little bit of a stretch at the end of the season where they weren't very good, but rebounding in the playoffs. I think you have to credit the Saints' blitz package on Sunday. They really came after Favre with a lot of different looks. They couldn't sit back and play normal defense. I think their aggressiveness created those plays rather than a bad OL. Although I agree with you that it wasn't their best day. This is a good OL that will continue to perform well.
out of pierre garcon and austin collie,which one has the most upside?they have both had excellent games off and on this season
Gary Horton (4:15 PM)
I'd hate to choose between the two, because they're both outstanding players. The thing that's so terrific about their production is that they know if they get open, they have a QB that will find them in Manning. He doesn't play favorites. They have tremendous work ethic because they know that if they continue to work to get open, he'll find them.
Gary Horton (4:17 PM)
We're actually watching film right now breaking down the Super Bowl. We're concentrating on the Colts today and the Saints tomorrow. It's amazing to watch Peyton Manning pick apart defenses. The other thing that stands out on film is how the undersized defense is so fast and so aggressive. They make up for a lack of deficiencies because of that style. They don't talk a lot, but they are very disciplined and well coached football team.
Buzzmaster (4:18 PM)
Thanks for chatting Gary!