Chat with Chris Mortensen
Mortensen, an award-winning journalist and one of the most respected and accomplished reporters covering the NFL, joined ESPN in 1991 and appears on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter.
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Chris Mortensen (11:05 AM)
Good morning...been busy working on a few things so today really will be a chat about 30 minutes. Let's roll.
If Favre is unable to play this week because of the injury, will the NFL coincidentally issue a one game suspension for Favre that will coincide with the week he wasn't going to play anyway?
Chris Mortensen (11:07 AM)
That would certainly raise our suspicions, wouldn't it? The league normally announce suspensions on a Monday/Tuesday so teams can plan accordingly. There are medical people who say this injury is more of a streak-stopping possibility than the injuries he's suffered through recent years. We should know something by late Thursday or Fridau.
Dan (Miami Beach FL)
How does the NFL continue to be financially successful, when so many of their games, including Super Bowls, turn out to be uninteresting to watch?
Chris Mortensen (11:08 AM)
There are considerably more close games in the NFL than, say, college. Average margin of victory is less than a TD, usually in 3-to-6 point range. We used to have Super Bowl blowouts but not many in previous 10-to-12 years so I'd say you're living in the past on that one.
RR (Hollywood, CA)
Favre can continue streak by just playing ONE play, right? Might as well run him out there for that, then play TJ.
Chris Mortensen (11:10 AM)
Honestly, I don't believe that Favre would do that, nor do I believe Leslie Frazier would do that. I could be wrong but I believe Favre understands his legacy has been tarnished enough without doing that.
Hayden (Logan, Utah)
I am hoping for a lockout, there are plenty of players hungry to play. you?
Chris Mortensen (11:11 AM)
I am not hoping for a lockout. The vast majority of the players in the NFL are hungry to play. The players haven't remotely suggested they will strike. Plus, take the Albert Haynesworth case, Redskins players have spoken out against Haynesworth in part because they don't want him tainting their reputations, either.
Mort, how secure is Eric Mangini's job for 2011? I have to admit, I think he has done a tremendous job with their offensive limitations and a tough schedule.
Chris Mortensen (11:13 AM)
I'm not supposed to get personally disappointed by events that happen in a league I covered but I do believe it would be a real disappointment if Mangini was fired. That is a well-coached football team and just needs some more game-changing skill players at WR/TE and maybe an RB (behind Hillis) and probably a couple of game-changers on defense. I agree with you.
Mort, I know that Suh has 7 sacks or so, but McCourty has played all but 3 snaps this season and is second in the NFL i believe with 6 INTs. Do you think he deserves serious consideration for ROY?
Chris Mortensen (11:15 AM)
I think McCourty deserves "consideration" but when you talk to people around the NFL, there's nobody disputing that Suh is the defensive rookie of the year. It's not just the sack totals, just as it can't be just the interception totals. But McCourty has had a heck of a year. Suh has had one of the most extraordinary rookie impacts in recent memory.
Stevie (Dallas, TX)
If Carolina were to end up with the first pick, wouldn't it make sense to get a kings ransom from the Cardinals or 49ers or Bengals for Luck? I think everyone a little unfair to Jimmy, he is in an aweful aweful situation.
Chris Mortensen (11:18 AM)
I will answer the question with a question: What makes you think Andrew Luck is coming out. When I spoke to him at the Manning camp in July he made it pretty clear that he was committed to spending four years in college. He is a redshirt sophomore so he's had three. Could things change if Jim Harbaugh leaves? I suppose so. If he did come out, I would definitely consider the trade but also realize there are other good QBs available.
Which do you think is more true: 1) L.A. wants an NFL team or 2) The NFL wants a team in L.A.?
Chris Mortensen (11:20 AM)
I'm from L.A. Grew up with the Rams. I think "L.A." is an interesting definition since it's such a sprawling, unique demographic. I believe L.A. wants an NFL team. I know NFL owners want an L.A. team. It will happen but it's got to be done right, as you know, with the stadium, location and owner.
phil (san deigo)
With the Chiefs and Raiders making huge strides forward and the Chargers regressing do you think its time for a coaching change?
Chris Mortensen (11:22 AM)
If you know my basic attitude about changes, you would know my answer is no. I didn't think Marty Schottenheimer should have been fired. I don't think one bad - or disappointing - season justifies Norv Turner being fired, especially with the injuries and distractions that he has had to manage.
Matt (Portland, OR)
Mort, who do you think will win the NFC West? Seems like the two teams with 6 wins have very tough schedules left.
Chris Mortensen (11:23 AM)
If it comes down to the Rams-Seahawks, the final game is in Seattle so I guess I'd say the Seahawks. The Rams, however, have played the most consistent football so football logic says the Rams. Do I sound like I don't know? Well, yes.
Stevie (Dallas, TX)
To answer your questions... To much at stake for him to lose. This could very well be the last draft with out a rookie salary cap, and as we've seen with Locker and what could have been Bradford his draft stock could drop tremesdously! Lose out on 40 mil when you can go to school to finish up during the summer or something?
Chris Mortensen (11:24 AM)
I hear your points. I believe there will be a rookie wage scale in place for this draft but it's certainly something you think about.
Brad (Beverle, Ma)
Why haven't the Redskins tried to trade Haynesworth. Seems like he has been more of a headache than anything else for the. Do you think any teams will take a chance on him next year assuming he isnt with the Skins?
Chris Mortensen (11:26 AM)
The Redskins did try to trade him but wanted more than the Titans were willing to give before the trade deadline in October. I believe the Redskins will trade him next year.
what do you expect dallas to do with roy williams after this season? he hasn't played up to his contract or what dallas traded to detroit...but he has had a pretty decent season. dez's knack for getting nicked up is a factor too, no? would roy rework his contract or is he just a goner? thanks, mort!
Chris Mortensen (11:28 AM)
Maybe Roy will re-work his deal, if asked. He has had a better season than most people expected and I know some personnel people who believe Dez Bryant will have injury problems, especially the manner in which he plays, body type and the fact he really didn't play a lot of games at Ok. State.
After watching all the freezing games on the East Coast this past week does the NFL front office realize what a blunder they made by giving NYC the Super Bowl? No one wants to pay thousands to sit in 20 degree weather. We can hope it snows 5 inches that day- it will serve them right.
Chris Mortensen (11:30 AM)
I know the argument people have made against that NYC Super Bowl but considering that there will be a 150-million people or more who will be watching by TV, the fans attending the game will just have to handle it the way cold-weather site fans do every year. Also, some of the most memorable games in NFL history that led to its current popularity were cold-weather games.
Brennan (Seattle, WA)
Do you know the status of Mike Williams? With the exception of Ben Obomanu in one game, we have been completely stagnant in the pass game without him healthy. And was Marshawn Lynch's week 13 performance a fluke?
Chris Mortensen (11:32 AM)
I'm not sure on Williams yet. Obomanu was hurt in the second half this past week. Lynch's struggles are a direct result of the O-line issues, I believe, and the Seahawks think they will run better as they close out the year.
kevin (west palm beach)
Why is Carson Palmer still with Cinncinnati.I think its time for new blood, unfortunately the pickings are slim, but if there's ever a chance to get Tim Tebow, go for it-your thots?
Chris Mortensen (11:33 AM)
I can't think of any football person who would take Tim Tebow over Carson Palmer. I do think it would be good for both Palmer and the Bengals to get a fresh start but as you mentioned, it's slim pickings out there.
What is the holdup with the Jenn Sterger-Farve Allegations, its been a couple weeks since the findings were concluded, there are only 4 weeks left in the season, will we get an answer before the regular season ends?
Chris Mortensen (11:34 AM)
I believe we'll have something no later than Friday. Or, at the latest, next Tuesday.
C'mon Mort! Let's talk some Bronco's here please. Lot's of names being kicked around for the HC position. Would you agree that Bowlen needs to get somebody with a proven track record in light of the current debacle?
Chris Mortensen (11:35 AM)
I don't think it will be someone like a Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden, if that's what you're getting at.
Chris Mortensen (11:36 AM)
I have to run. Important luncheon. So catch me on Twitter @mortreport a little later. Thanks and God Bless!