Chat with KC Joyner
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN Insider KC Joyner, will be here to answer your NFL questions.
Joyner, aka The Football Scientist, uses game film to track, tabulate and analyze nearly every measurable statistic in an NFL game. He is a regular Insider contributor and has his own website at thefootballscientist.com.
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KC Joyner (4:00 PM)
Good afternoon! Let's talk some football!
David G (Baltimore, MD)
I saw a bit of your piece on Joe Flacco. Thank you for defending him. The amount of flack he gets on sports talk shows is appalling. My son agrees with me and went through Flacco's stats and Matt Ryan's. He noted that they both have very similar statistics except for one: Flacco's been sacked nearly twice as many times as Ryan. Doesn't this mean that Flacco's accomplishments are even greater than they appear on the surface because of the added pressure he faced?
KC Joyner (4:01 PM)
Seeing how much flack Flacco takes was quite surprising. He's progressed very well in three years and yet the perception many have of him is as a mediocre QB at best. The comparison to Ryan is apt.
Where would I locate data on total fumbles verus fumbles lost/recovered? Would this be comparable to dropped interceptions?
KC Joyner (4:03 PM)
The stats page for each individual team has the listing of total fumbles and fumbles lost for each player. Some fumbles are the equivalent of interceptions but interceptions are more avoidable with good decision making by a quarterback.
Brandon (Milwaukee, WI)
KC, Last year I was part of your fantasy football league. Even with the uncertainty (spelling?) of the lockout, are you going to be running the league again? And if so, keeping the same members?
KC Joyner (4:03 PM)
The league will definitely be a go this year. The draft date might be moved around depending on how the lockout proceeds (want to do the draft after free agency).
Sean (Iowa) [via mobile]
KC, how many teams do you think will be interested in Matt Light? He may be in his 30s but he seems to have a lot left in the tank.
KC Joyner (4:04 PM)
Many NFL clubs could use a lineman of Light's caliber even if it was only for a year or two. He might not be a long term solution but short-term he would be a good add for at least 10 teams.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What NFL Teams are Hurting very badly because of the NFL Lockout?
KC Joyner (4:05 PM)
The ones that are going through big changes. New coaching staffs and/or young rosters need time to gel with their teammates.
Cheesehead Sports Nut (Chicago, IL)
The Vikings look like they are in full rebuilding mode while the Lions are a little farther down the road in the rebuilding process. Although Detroit Lions fans would love to pin all their trouble on Matt Millen, the fact is that the Lions have only won one playoff game since 1957. Who do you think wins a playoff game first, the Vikings or the Lions?
KC Joyner (4:06 PM)
Very interesting query. What say you, chatters?
KC Joyner (4:07 PM)
My initial take would be the Vikings. Detroit is on the verge of being a playoff contender but Minnesota has a team that can make the playoffs immediately if they get anything close to solid quarterbacking.
All things considered, which rookie QB would have the best chance to succeed this year if he was pressed into extended duty?
KC Joyner (4:08 PM)
Ryan Mallett. The Patriots won 11 games with Matt Cassel a few years back and they could do the same with Mallett if circumstances forced him into the lineup.
KC Joyner (4:08 PM)
Ponder would also be on that short list.
Just finished reading your article on the Colts running game...like always great stuff. So much meat to sink your teeth into!! Do you think the focus on the line will pay dividends in a fantasy perspective?
KC Joyner (4:10 PM)
Many thanks for that. It was surprising to see the Colts runners post a 6.3 GBYPA. That's a solid total for any team. The upgraded O line should pay dividends across the fantasy spectrum for the Colts. Just have to wait and see who they select as their #1 RB.
We'll ignore special teams for now--which team's offense or defense do you feel is particularly underrated?
KC Joyner (4:11 PM)
Jaguars offense. They had one of the best run blocking lines in the NFL last year and had some solid passing numbers as well.
Vikings or Lions? Man. The Lions are way younger, and the Vikings have a lot more rebuilding to do than they realize (for some reason.) Gotta go with the Lions.
KC Joyner (4:12 PM)
Don't usually post two comments in a row from the same chatter, but wanted to get this vote in for Detroit.
KC Joyner (4:13 PM)
Keeping that last question in mind, Oakland's offense is underrated. Very good run attack and some underrated WRs (Ford chief among them).
Topic of the Day....Fantasy Football Draft traditions. Last place "gets" to bring the beer and he must sit outside for the entire draft (rain or shine!)
KC Joyner (4:14 PM)
That's rather brutal! Don't plan on bringing the computer to that draft if the storm clouds are brewing!
The chiefs added Jon Baldwin through the draft to help the vertical pass, but I think they still need one more receiver. Any thoughts on who they would target for the third option?
KC Joyner (4:15 PM)
Not sure the Chiefs will try and make a splash there. With a strong run game, a good #1 WR in Bowe, a vertical threat in Baldwin and a solid TE in Moeaki, they may see any alternate pass catcher as an add-on rather than someone they need to go all out to acquire.
I love the idea of Indy actually running the ball, but isn't a bit early to assume that Indy can lean on its running game at all given that it has a 1st rounder that apparently needs to add strength and a 2nd rounder that could play anywhere from guard to RT with a center getting further past his prime on a daily basis?
KC Joyner (4:17 PM)
It's very true that the two O linemen drafted are both pass blockers first and foremost. Having said that, the idea of the article was to say that Indy can get back to their usual pass/run distribution. They don't want Manning dropping back 700 times like he did last year, especially when is coming off of neck surgery.
Shane (Los Angeles, CA)
I say the Lions first. The Lions are a younger team that is getting better through the draft. If they land Nnamdi (which I hope they do, even though Im not a Lions fan), I think they can compete for 2nd in the division behind GB. The Vikes are going to lose Rice, AP cant carry the team, and the Williams Wall is definitely on the down side. Every year the NFL has a team that surprises folks...I think the Lions could be that team this year.
KC Joyner (4:17 PM)
Another vote for Detroit.
Mike (San Diego)
KC, If the Iggles trade Kolb, I keep hearing about VY as a possible backup. As a fan, I wouldn't want that guy on my team...wouldn't it be interesting if they grabbed McNabb after the 'Skins let him go?
KC Joyner (4:18 PM)
Am not thinking Andy Reid would want McNabb back on his team. As far as VY goes, Reid has a very successful history of getting quality production out of players who other teams have had difficulties in dealing with. Young would be a great add for the Eagles.
You gonna represent the people that didn't care for your Rivers/Flacco comparison too? (e.g. everyone who lives outside of baltimore). Saw the article comments and there was quite a bit of vitriol there. Seems like you should be fair and give voice to the majority opinion.
KC Joyner (4:20 PM)
I actually figured that side of the ledger got to share its voice last week. The odd part of the vitriol is that some seemed to take the article as a bash of Rivers. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
If Ponder can stay upright and show his accuarcy I vote Vikes. PS...Let me when/if ever Stafford can stay healthy for a season.
KC Joyner (4:20 PM)
Matt weighs in for the Vikings and gets a shot in at Stafford while he's at it!
With the Packers being such a great team, as well as the rest of the competition in the NFC, I don't see either team making the playoffs in the next few years.
KC Joyner (4:21 PM)
And we get a "none of the above" vote as well.
KC Joyner (4:22 PM)
While there is an open moment, want to quickly mention that the TFS 2011 Fantasy Football Draft Guide will be released on or about July 15. More info about this can be found at www.thefootballscientist.com (only plug of the chat).
For Jimmy......Whatever team signs Sage next!
KC Joyner (4:23 PM)
Haven't seen Jimmy on this chat just yet, but he'd certainly weigh in like that if he were here!
KC Joyner (4:24 PM)
Well, hate to cut this short but something just came up on the home front and I've got to run. Hope to see you all here next week!