Chat with Matt Mosley
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com NFC East blogger Matt Mosley stops by to talk about the NFL.
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.
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Dallas Texas 4 Life (Dallas, TX)
Will DeSean Jackson ever win a game in the state of Texas as a professional?
Mosley (12:01 PM)
I think it will happen at some point, Dallas. The Cowboys were able to shut him down in three games last season, but you can't always do that with a great player like Jackson. By the way, a hearty welcome to everyone. I'm running a fever, so I might have to bail and go see the doctor at any point in this chat. But I'll try to play through the pain. Thanks for joining us today.
Can you explain how Samuel's hit deserves a fine 3 times as high as Andre Johnson's?
Mosley (12:02 PM)
That $25,000 fine didn't seem like a lot for two men who basically held a barroom brawl at midfield. But I guess the thought on Samuel is that it was a much more dangerous play. Both Finnegan and Johnson had a chance to defend themselves during the brawl.
Jc (Fort Myers, FL)
Hey Matt, I know the Giants are being discounted by many but if you look at the teams the Eagles and Giants have to face don't you think the Giants have an easier schedule. The Cowboys are better than the Skins, they both have Minny, the differences are the Giants have GB while the Eagles have Houston this week. You know Dallas wants to show the league they are a force to be reckoned with next year and Dallas is more talented that the Skins. Im not saying Im just saying.
Mosley (12:05 PM)
I know what you're saying, but it's safe to say the Packers are more formidable than the Texans. And no matter what you think of Jason Garrett, the Cowboys are still 3-8. Those are the same players who started the season 1-7. So having them on the schedule twice in the closing stretch isn't a bad thing at all for the Eagles. So I think you're trying to convince yourself, J.C.
Matt (Alexandria, VA)
Do you think the Redskins are capable of turning their season around and making the playoffs?
Mosley (12:06 PM)
It would be a great story, but I don't see it happening. They can pull an upset every now and then but they don't have the personnel to get hot and maintain a winning streak. You have to have a hot quarterback and an opportunistic defense. I really don't see either thing happening at this point in the season.
Jack (Richmond, VA)
Hey MM. I'm sure the 'Skins will trade Haynesworth this spring (especially with his low salary-cap figure). What's his trade value, 3rd or a 4th draft choice, or worse?
Mosley (12:06 PM)
They'll be lucky to get a fourth-rounder for him at this point, Jack.
Rossy Ross Chomes (Motown, NJ)
Since a stopgap is needed until Smith/Nicks get back, wouldn't a vet like newly released Joey Gallaway be a better fit then someone who has been out of the league for 2 years like Mike Clayton? I mean you just needs omeone who will make the least mistakes and that is usually the guy who has been doing it longest
Mosley (12:07 PM)
Clayton's 10 years younger than Galloway. Joey's finished. It's time that we accepted that and moved on with our lives.
Will Jerry ever hire a real GM?
Mosley (12:08 PM)
Mike (San Diego)
Matt, just wondering on your thoughts on DeSean for Thursday's game...fantasy wise, does he blow up? A couple long TDs???
Mosley (12:08 PM)
I could see him going for 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Easily.
MJ (Long Island via Boston)
After another sick Cowboys loss, who's coming back next year? Roys a stand up guy, but you can't fumble in that situation? Those are the plays that happen vs the Cowboys. Our D never makes plays like that. The last time the Cowboys made a play like that George Teague made Jake Reed fumble in the 1996 playoff game.
Mosley (12:09 PM)
I think the Cowboys have a lot of work to do along the offensive line. Leonard Davis isn't really getting it done anymore and Marc Colombo may be entering the twilight years of his career. Williams and Barber should both be gone. And this is likely Brooking's final season in Dallas.
Justin Tuck (East Rutherford)
Matt, huge fan, how did you like the story about my halftime speech?
Mosley (12:11 PM)
Sounds like there were a lot of expletives involved, Justin. But it all seemed to work out. This is the guy Reese and Coughlin wanted you to be. And you've done it naturally instead of trying to scream at folks all the time. That's a good thing.
Lost in all this "stopping Vick" talk is the fact that the Eagles defense isn't stopping anyone (including the Redskins a few weeks ago). Can they really be considered a contender with that defense?
Mosley (12:12 PM)
You're right that the defense was a bigger problem than the offense the other night. When Samuel's not on the field, quarterbacks have a lot more options. That's sort of a patchwork crew back there in the secondary. And Stew Bradley has to play better at MLB. Really a bad game for him Sunday.
Are the Giants still your super bowl pick?
Mosley (12:13 PM)
I predicted Giants vs. Ravens -- and I'm sticking with it.
Christoph (Kenvil, NJ)
Matt, Do you feel Desean Jackson's contract issues contributed to his "lack of respect" of lately, causing this fiasco with Andy Reid?
Mosley (12:14 PM)
I don't think it helps. It's something that will be on Jackson's mind until the contract gets done. But some of it's just about Jackson being immature. It's not like he's some grizzled veteran.
Chris (North Jersey)
Have the Giants regained some legitimacy in your mind after this weekend?
Mosley (12:15 PM)
I think a loss at home to the Jags would've been devastating for the Giants. So yes, I think the win helps them in a lot of ways. They need to take care of the Skins in the first half. They've had a lot of success against Washington in recent years, so I don't think it will be a huge problem.
Who will win the Beast. Eagles or Giants?
Mosley (12:16 PM)
I know the Giants are my Super Bowl pick, but the Eagles are a better team right now.
Can the Vick as MVP talk stop? The Bears proved he's not Superman and he hasn't played all the games this season, unlike some of the other guys being mentioned as MVP candidates. Shouldn't Viock be someone to discuss as a comeback player instead of an MVP?
Mosley (12:17 PM)
Yep, I think that MVP talk has died down a little bit. That was the first game he's lost this season in which he started and completed. Our expectations for Vick are probably a little out of whack right now based on how brilliantly he played earlier this season.
What are your thoughts on DeSean Jackson's state of mind, Mike Shanahan's plan for 2011, Tom Coughlin's newest leader in the locker room, Roy Williams' puzzling statements and TCU's move to the Big East?
Mosley (12:22 PM)
Good for you, Greg. I reward folks who read every blog entry...Jackson will be fine as long as Vick feeds him the ball against the Texans...I think Shanahan has to revamp the offensive line. There's no way he can enter the season with Artie Hicks and the gang. Once he does that, he can sprinkle in a couple of wide receivers still in their 20s...I think Roy Williams loves hearing himself talk. He's a likable guy who says some weird things. His statements about Jon Kitna being just as good as Tony Romo don't do him any favors. And his latest approach about how he's the most consistent receiver on the team is a little odd in light of what just happened against the Saints...I think TCU had to do this. It's not a perfect fit at all, but it gets them access to a BCS bid and it will allow them to become even more of a national presence. I feel sorry for the poor basketball coach. Believe his name is Christian.
Giants seem out of sync to start games, whats up with that, maybe they eat to much during pre game lunch?
Mosley (12:23 PM)
David, how did you know? I think the Marriott "All-American" buffet is probably getting to them. You might want to mix in an egg white or two. The Giants need to do a better job of sustaining drives early in games. But I'm sure missing two key receivers and all those O-linemen doesn't help anything.
Mike (Danbury, CT)
Looking for silver linings in the Giants injuries. Most of the guys that are not out for the season are due back in a few weeks, the bench players are getting important minutes and should be sharp for the playoffs, and the team has had to increase its focus. Delusional thoughts or do they have some merit?
Mosley (12:25 PM)
No, I think there's something to your delusional thoughts, Mike. It's good to let Beatty, Andrews, Boothe and the gang get some experience. That will certainly help down the road. But I would never depend on Andrews. Just ask the folks in Philly. You never know what you're going to get with this guy. It looked like he was doing all the right things, but this back thing may keep him out for a good while. Not sure about this man's pain threshold.
Robbie (New York)
Matt, do you think that the Giants decision to start Shawn Andrews at left tackle is an indication that they may have missed when they selected Beatty??
Mosley (12:26 PM)
No, I think Andrews is a former Pro Bowler who earned the shot. I think Beatty was banged up this season and he'll continue to get opportunities. The Giants don't have any other choice right now.
HapHaszard (Cartersville GA)
Matt, now that the season is more than half over have you changed your mind about Loundon Fletcher? I know you said since some Cowboy player couldn't make it in a 3-4 then he wouldn't be able to either. Looks like to me he is doing quite well.
Mosley (12:27 PM)
I don't think players of Fletcher's stature can succeed long-term in the 3-4, but he's done a credible job. I'm not convinced he'll be out there next season at age 36 or whatever it is.
Chris (North Jersey)
What do the Redskins need to take away from this season, assuming they don't go on a magical run to the playoffs, and have they taken a big step forward this year?
Mosley (12:29 PM)
I think they've become competitive again for the most part. But then, they were in a lot of games last season, too. I do think shanny gives them a lot more credibility. I think the next step is to actually surround McNabb with a few weapons. It's an embarrassment to send him out there with James Davis and Keiland Williams. Shanny really hurt himself by heading into training camp with all those has-been RBs.
Hey Matt just wondering if you think the Giants problems are strictly because of the lack of depth at receiver right now because the defense seems to turn it on when necessary but the offense has problems catching up. Thanks
Mosley (12:30 PM)
I think it's a combination of all the reserves on the 0-line and those receivers being gone. Smith and Nicks are two of the best WRs in the league. Of course it's going to make a big difference when they're out.
Chris (North Jersey)
Is it fair to say that the Winner of Giants-Eagles II is going to win the division?
Mosley (12:31 PM)
Hard to say, but I do think it will tell us a lot. The Beast blog just made its travel plans to attend that game, by the way.
Jay Cutler for MVP. Too soon?
Mosley (12:31 PM)
Yes, too soon.
Luke (SouthCentral PA)
What is the more important next step for the Skins: getting McNabb more weapons or shoring up the O-line?
Mosley (12:32 PM)
I'd fix the 0-line first and then bring in the weapons. It's not like you need elite receivers. But you need someone better than Joey Galloway. Armstong's a nice player, but he shouldn't be starting in the league.
Eagles and Steelers in the super bowl? your thoughts?
Mosley (12:33 PM)
It's certainly possible. But I'm sticking with my original Giants-Ravens just to be consistent.
Cosmo (Anytown, USA)
If the Eagles-Texans game was to be played on Sunday, do you think A. Johnson gets suspended? Has he been spared due to the short week?
Mosley (12:34 PM)
No, I think the league looked at his past and thought this was completely out of character for him. Not sure what they were thinking on Cort Finnegan. The man has quite the reputation.
LI giants fan (NY)
Speaking of Andrews, i think he looked like the best LT we've had in a LONG time. That being said he does always get injured, what's the word on him and his timetable for return?
Mosley (12:34 PM)
I wouldn't count on him the rest of the season. That's just a gut feeling, not something I've heard from Giants.
Do the eagles still have a shot at 1st or 2nd in the NFC or are they playing for 3rd now?
Mosley (12:36 PM)
Anything's possible. But I don't see them catching the Falcons at this point. Eagles will play well down the stretch and will likely finish 11-5 or 10-6.
Is Stephen going to follow in his father's "wanna be coach" footsteps or is he at least rational? if so, should I start shopping for another team to follow?
Mosley (12:37 PM)
Stephen doesn't starve for the attention like his father. He may run the show, but it will happen in a different way. But I can't see him bringing in a strong GM or anything if that's what you're asking. And by the way, Jerry will live for another 30 years. Mark my words.
Peter (Silver Spring, MD)
Not much is being said about Giants special teams but they still seem pretty weak. Punter (Dodge) seems to really get nervous. How can they fix that - maybe send him to a psychologist?
Mosley (12:39 PM)
I'm not sure a psychologist is going to straighten out those shanks. That's stuff you probably do in the offseason. I would've cut him weeks ago. I think Coughlin's flirting with disaster down the stretch. He's just wildly inconsistent. I'd drag Feagles off the couch for the playoffs.
Mosley (12:40 PM)
I think he lost some confidence when he was out of the starting lineup.
Leslie Frazier and Jason Garrett both won their debut as interim coach, and seem to have their teams playing better. Is this a sign that the Vikings and Cowboys players just gave up on Childress and Phillips?
Mosley (12:41 PM)
I don't think there's any doubt the Cowboys and Vikings gave up on their previous head coaches. We knew that even before they performed well for Garrett and Frazier. Garrett already has three games under his belt. Let's see how the Vikes do this week before we put too much praise on Frazier.
Bot (Rhawnhurst, PA)
How seriously is Hobbs considering retirement?
Mosley (12:42 PM)
I think you have to consider all the possibilities when you have neck injuries. He had one last season and now he took that shot to the head against the Giants. I think retirement is something a player like that has to at least ponder. I promise you Westbrook thought about it after those two concussions last season.
Mike (Danbury, CT)
I just was thinking back to the preseason when the Giants had a glut of WR's and DE's that led to talk of how the playing time will be distributed. How quickly things change, but one guy that has been off the radar is Linval Joseph. From what I hear Coughlin praises him, so is it morethat the starting DT's are keeping him out or is there something beneath the surface with the rookie?
Mosley (12:44 PM)
I just think Cofield's having an excellent season. Not sure the Giants knew he would play to this level. Canty, Bernard, all of those guys are playing better football. Joseph will get his opportunity at some point. But I'm sure Jerry Reese is surprised he's not out there. He drafted him to play immediately.
could you grade the Buehler experience? or do you need these last 5 weeks to deliberate?
Mosley (12:44 PM)
I wouldn't have started the season with him as the starter. I'll stick with that stance.
Dan (Washington, DC)
The real problem with the Redskins running game has nothing to do with bringing Parker (who was cut in Camp) and Johnson. They're long gone. Injuries to CP and Torain, and poor O-line play have far, far more to do with it.
Mosley (12:46 PM)
It has everything to do with leaving yourself vulnerable at a key position. Are you telling me that you knew Torain was going to be a key figure going into training camp. No, Shanny has had to atone for his mistakes by rolling out all these no-names. And a lot of that has to do with how he approached the position. You couldn't see an injury to Clinton Portis coming? Really?
Mr. W (Dallas)
with the problems the Eagles D is having, what issues do you see them aggressively trying to address via the draft?
Mosley (12:47 PM)
Need more help at CB. I thought they left themselves vulnerable at CB heading into the season. Hobbs was returning from a major injury and Hanson's not anything special. You needed more firepower at that position.
NYBigBlue (Upstate NY)
Mosley, if/when Diehl comes back, do you think he re-takes the LT job, or does Beatty do well enough to permanently supplant him there? Diehl wasn't having a good year to begin with.
Mosley (12:48 PM)
If Andrews can bounce back and stay at LT, Diehl would likely play LG.
How about a Vick stat line for Thursday night?
Mosley (12:49 PM)
20-of-28 for 275 yards, 3 TDs. Runs for 60 yards. Texans won't have a chance stopping him.
Cosmo (Anytown, USA)
The only thing funnier than the Andy Reid punt-pass-kick clip is his game management at the end of games. Simmons has suggested having a coach that specializes in when to go for 2 and when to go for TDs. I thought this was crazy until you think of Reid. He needs all the help he could get. Agree?
Mosley (12:51 PM)
I've always thought coaches would benefit from having a coach whose sole job requirement was to manage the clock and no when to call timeouts. Andy's an incredibly smart guy, but he struggles at the end of games in a big way. I think it would be a great idea to have someone over there monitoring all that stuff. In fact, I'll volunteer to do that in my spare time.
Which current starters on the OL do you expect to be starting again next season for the Boys?
Mosley (12:52 PM)
Free, Gurode and probably Leonard Davis. Kosier may go elsewhere and Marc Colombo could be released.
Dan (Washington, DC)
So, who should have the Redskins brought in at RB instead?
Mosley (12:53 PM)
I don't know. Brian Westbrook looked pretty good to me last night. Not sure why they couldn't get that thing done. He would've been a much better fit that Johnson or Willie Parker because of his ability to help in the passing game.
Todd(PA) [via mobile]
It would be a early Xmas present if Sammuel cant play Thursday I have a very angry WR named Andre Johnson ready to play today..any word on Sammuels avalaibility for Thursday nights game?
Mosley (12:54 PM)
I'll keep you informed on that front. I think he'll try to give it a go, but I haven't heard anything official. I'll put in some calls following our chat.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
When will we see WRs Hakeem Nicks & Steve Smith play again for the Giants?
Mosley (12:56 PM)
I think Smith is closer than Nicks. Nicks is still at least two games away. Smith might miss one more and then he'll be ready to go. It was huge for the giants to win without them. If you can get them both healthy for those last three games, you have a chance to finish strong. I hope everyone's at full strength for that huge Eagles-Giants rematch in the Meadowlands.
hey.. in my opinion trent williams has been exactly what we expected. a talented rookie. hes gonna have some good plays and some bad ones. but considreing who he's faced... ware, mario, rams, cole, packers, freeney, peppers, vanden-bosch, etc. i think he has been somewhat exceptional. what have you seen???
Mosley (12:57 PM)
Love the way he's played this season. Very gifted athlete who has flourished in the zone-blocking scheme. He'll be a Pro Bowler next season. I really think that. Now he needs some help.
Andy (Manhattan Beach CA)
Buy or Sell: Brandon Banks is one of the top 5 punt returner in the NFL?
Mosley (12:59 PM)
I'm buying that. Banks has become one of the most electric players in the league in a short time. He's the poor man's devin hester from a few years ago. A threat to take it all the way at any moment. Now, if they can just get Perry Riley to stop blocking in the back. OK, you guys have been exceptional as always. Let's do it again next Tuesday if that works for you guys.