Chat with Adam Schefter
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter stops by to fill you in on all of the latest news from around the league.
Since joining ESPN in August 2009, Schefter has appeared on SportsCenter, NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and ESPNEWS and other ESPN platforms, such as ESPN Radio and ESPN.com's Insider section. Prior to ESPN, Schefter worked for the NFL Network and spent 15 years at the Denver Post covering the Denver Broncos.
A native of Valley Stream, N.Y., Schefter is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He has authored four books and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America.
Send your questions now and join Schefter Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET!
Adam Schefter (2:26 PM)
Here we go again, another football Friday chat. The first few have been enjoyable and hopefully this one will be too. And we're off.
James (halifax, nova scotia)
Adam, with Login Mankins having to make an appearnance with the Pats sometime soon, do you expect him to get his starting job back at some point? Or do you think the Pats will bury him on the bench to make a point? Thanks.
Adam Schefter (2:27 PM)
James: When Mankins reports next month, and he will, the Patriots will find a way to get him back on the field. They have to. He's too good and too much of a leader. And the issue is not one between Bill Belichick and Logan Mankins, I don't think. Belichick knows talented players and he knows what Mankins can mean. Plus, when you have your franchise quarterback standing in the backfield, you do everything within your power to protect him. That means playing Mankins.
Christine (San Francisco)
Hi Adam, Would you start Ronnie Brown, Michael Bush, or Dex Bryant this week at a flex spot?
Adam Schefter (2:29 PM)
Let's get this out of the way early. It's too hard for me to give fantasy advice because I don't want to feel resonsible if a person loses. I get so many fantasy questions here and on Twitter and when I've answered before, some have worked and some haven't. And when they don't, I feel terrible about it. So it's easier for me to skip. I prefer to keep reporting whatever information I get, and fans can make the final judgements about what's right for their fantasy teams and what's not.
Adam, Had to work during your chat just wondered if you could answer a question for me. Carolina has said they won't trade DeAngelo Williams, and didn't. His Contracts expires after this year and there have been no contract extensions. Do they wait till the CBA is decided and then make a move, or do they francise him and see what plays out. I would much rather see them lock him up long term with all the cap space they will have going forward....Appreciate all your hard work
Adam Schefter (2:32 PM)
Thanks for your kind words, Joel. Jerry Richardson has made it known to some of the Panthers key players such as Williams that he does not intend to re-sign them during the season. He's going to wait until after the season, when he is hoping for more clarity on the CBA. But look at it this way: if the Panthers cannot get a long-term deal worked out with Williams, they'll simply wind up franchising him. He means too much to that franchise as a player and a person. Carolina is not letting him leave, however it works out.
I know you can't give specfic soucres, but where do you get your information and why are people willing to give it up. It it players ,agents ect.
Adam Schefter (2:34 PM)
Long answer for a chat, Ryan. But the basic answer is, this is the information bartering business. The more information you have, the more people share with you. The more they share with you, the more informed you get. People have been kind enough to help me over the years and I'm grateful for it. I recognize that I can't do my job without the help of so many people who have assisted me over the past 20+ years. Can't do my job without all of them.
What is your take on who emerges as the third "real" option for Manning in Indy?
Adam Schefter (2:36 PM)
Well, Reiddoggy105, just after I said I don't like to give out fantasy tips, I will admit this: I considered picking up Indy's Jacob Tamme but went for Detroit's Brandon Pettigrew on his bye week. And I also just picked up Blair White on my ESPN fantasy team. Think Peyton Manning liked him early in the season and think he'll like him again. Doesn't make me right but know that if anyone picks him up and is wrong, I'm wrong right along with them. But where losing Dallas Clark hurts is, he was Peyton Manning's security blanket. Just can't replace him.
Keith (Andover Ma)
Hey Adam-big fan of your work and great to have you in chatland but I have to ask-when you are doing your spots on SportCenter-is that the secret entrance to the Batcave behind you?
Adam Schefter (2:37 PM)
That is my home office, Keith. That is a real book shelf with real books. I know people think it's the Bat Cave or something like that, but it's just a home office like many people have a home office. If you see books behind me, it's home. If you see me interacting with anchors, then clearly I'm in Bristol. Love working at both locales.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What do you think of the New NFL rule that Players will be Suspended for Flagarantly Helmet to Helmet Hits?
Adam Schefter (2:39 PM)
It's not really a new NFL rule, Chris. It's an old NFL rule. It's just that the NFL is going to be looking harder than ever for questionable illegal hits to the head and neck areas. And the next player that delivers one is going to be suspended -- even if he has no prior history of being a cheap-shot artist. All the discussion this week accomplished just what the league wanted. It got everyone thinking and talking about it -- and it raised awareness of the issue.
Hi Adam! Will there be a 2011 season next year for the NFL? Please tell me there wont be a lockout.
Adam Schefter (2:40 PM)
Rachel: Still too early to say. I will say this: You hear very little encouraging talk. But it's still early in the process. This is a deadline league. Things can, and often do, change quick. The last time the NFL and NFLPA hammered out a CBA, they did it at the 11th hour, averting some of the issues that could have arisen. I'd say expect the worst and hope for the best.
Kevin Olmedo (Belmar N.J.)
Hey Adam, I came up with a good idea to stop these players from getting seriously injured. Why not have the same rules as soccer? Everytime someone gets hit with an illegal hit to the head that should be a yellow card. If it happens again than it is an automatic red and hes out for the game. Not only is he out for the game, he can also be suspended by the league. This will make the players less aggressive and make them not want to commit another foul. If you like this idea please let someone in the league know about it. Thanks for listening to my idea.
Adam Schefter (2:41 PM)
Interesting proposal, Kevin. Posted it for others to read it. If someone from the competition committee likes it, they can adopt. Good suggestion.
Melvin (North Carolina)
Adam, What is Mike Martz's REAL reputation within NFL circles. His unwillingness to run the football, despite a mediocre offensive line is just unfathomable. How can you be a genius when you you don't seem to be dynamic enough to adjust the game plan to your personnel?
Adam Schefter (2:43 PM)
Mike Martz is a polarizing figure, Melvin, which helps explain why he spent last season out of football. People love him or detest him. He believes in what he does and he sticks to it, no matter what anyone thinks. Hard to argue with that. I personally really like him. Think he does a great job. Sometimes he gets carried away with the pass, but that's what makes him such a bold and daring coach. I'd want him coaching my team's offense if I were a fan.
You seem to be the only expert picking the Cardinals to win this week. Is this just a gut call or do you have some good insight you'd like to share with us on this game?
Adam Schefter (2:45 PM)
David: It's a quarterback league and Arizona has questions at the position. But taking away the quarterback position, I still think the Cardinals are the best team in the division. Early in the season, I picked them to upset the Falcons and whiffed. Two weeks ago I picked them to upset the Saints. And I just think coming off a bye week, playing a helter-skelter team, they have a a legitimate chance to pull the upset. Surprised I'm the only one on them.
Adam, what is your phone plan like? Do you have unlimited everything?
Adam Schefter (2:46 PM)
Funny story there, Eric. When I was changing my plan to an ESPN company phone last February, I told them I needed unlimited minutes and texts. I couldn't have been any more clear in telling the person that coordinates the plans with AT&T and I thought everything was fine. Then my monthy bill arrives and it was $5,113. The person did not follow through and get the plan I insisted I get. Wasn't pretty. Talk is cheap -- except when it's not an unlimited AT
Josh (Math Class)
Adam, do you expect the broncos to keep tebow to running the ball and keep orton on the field with him? He's not really a threat to throw with orton just standing out wide
Adam Schefter (2:51 PM)
Sorry for the delay, Josh. Just got a call from my friend Tony Wyllie at the Redskins. Anyway, Orton is the second-ranked passer in the league. I'd think the Broncos wouldn't want to take him out of the game too often. Saying that, there are spots for Tebow and the more he's out there, the more Denver can and will ask him to do. If he throws, it will introduce even more problems for the defense to worry about. I think Denver keeps sticking with Orton but every now and then, there's a place for Tebow.
Great response re: fantasy questions. Too much of that foolishness in these chats. Thanks.
Adam Schefter (2:51 PM)
Much appreciated, Mark. It's honest. Nobody has all answers on fantasy. We're all taking educated guesses, so you might as well make your own. Thanks again.
NFC East question. How does the NFC East end up? No one seems to be picking the Skins to win it, but at 2-0 in their division. They seem to be in the running.
Adam Schefter (2:53 PM)
Intriguing division, Marc. To me, Dallas and Washington will finish roughly 8-8. New York and Philadelphia will have a chance to win the division with records somewhere around 10-6. That's my crystal ball. But it's October 22 and we've got a long way to go. Injuries still can change the complexion of the division. But I picked the Giants to win the division at the start of the year, and I'm not going off it now.
Adam....lots of injuries that will effect Pack-Vikes game.....any word on Matthews, Driver or Harris?.....how about Chris Cook and Percy Harvin?
Adam Schefter (2:54 PM)
Here you go, Rich. Mike McCarthy said, barring a change, he thinks Matthews will be able to play. Still waiting on Driver and Harris. Cook and Harvin were at practice today, so I don't know why they wouldn't play Sunday night. But the full injury report comes out later today. Should have a few more answers then.
Any status update for Antonio Gates? Can San Diego pull this off Sunday without him?
Adam Schefter (2:55 PM)
Mark: I know the team thinks he should be able to play, and Gates is a tough guy. But my sense is, I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't play. It's a toe injury, it kept him out of practice the past two days and it will not be easy to bounce back from. Even if he does play, it's fair to wonder how much the toe injury will limit his effectiveness. Not a good time for Gates to be hobbled.OK, have to go get ready for the 3 p.m. Sportscenter on ESPN News, and then Sunday's pregame show, which kicks off at 11 a.m. ET. Please tune in. Thank you for all your questions, have a great weekend and enjoy the games.--Adam