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... it's been hectic and fun starting a new show "NFL32" on ESPN2 (6 pm ET daily) with Suzy Kolber, analysts, the "Caveman" (former longtime scout Gary Horton), players, coaches, owners but the show is driven by fans via Social Media (Twitter @NFL32, Facebook & YouTube). But this is still a great way to interact so let's roll.
How big a loss for the Jets is Mangold? O line was struggling even with him.
Chris Mortensen (11:07 AM)
Big loss for their offense. He's probably the premier center in the NFL or certainly among top 3. Smart, physical...a security blanket for the other guys on the line and his QB, Mark Sanchez. High ankle sprains are tough deals. They think he'll miss a couple of weeks. However, I do think the O-line is not a weakness...should eventually be a strength as season moves on for Jets.
Mort, what do you expect from Buffalo this week? Can they stay with New England for 4 quarters?
Chris Mortensen (11:10 AM)
As we've seen, it's a scrappy Bills team... a fun team for the fan base who can identify with being labeled as an underdog... 7th round picks like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Stevie Johnson, undrafted guy like Fred Jackson but some other talent and coach Chan Gailey is someone widely respected around the NFL. Now, 4 quarters for New England? Yes, I think it's possible but you know the dangers of playing the Patriots.
Mike Forest Trace KY [via mobile]
What if play is continued when an NFL player fakes an injury until the coach calls a time out?
Chris Mortensen (11:13 AM)
In light of the "player safety" issues in the NFL, the league and officials always will err on the side of caution. This has gone on for as long as I can remember and it's tricky to enforce. Obviously, a pattern will be a red flag and perhaps a phone call from league.
Josh (Chattanooga, TN)
Who's the better "dark horse" team, Buffalo or Detroit? I'd say the Redskins but my uncontrolled laughter wouldn't allow me to complete the sentence.
Chris Mortensen (11:16 AM)
For me the Lions are not a darkhorse. I believed last year that this would be the payoff season - naturally, the durability of Matthew Stafford will be the difference. For me, I always saw the Lions grabbing a wild card spot. I think they can push the Packers for the division title - a very tough division because the Bears cannot be ruled out. I would not laugh out the Redskins yet.
Hey Mort, Haloti Ngata just got paid for abusing me now and for the next 5 years. Is he a top 5 defender in this league? And how good would he be in a 4-3?
Chris Mortensen (11:19 AM)
Haloti Ngata is one of my favorite players/person in the NFL. I have said he's one of the top 10 players in the NFL, offense or defense, so obviously I would agree with the top 5 defender list. The way the Ravens play, his skills are well utilized, regardless of how they line up. He's getting $40 million in first 2 years of this deal, by the way, and if you know him, he won't waste and he will be charitable. Good steward.
Rob Stevens (Fort Collins, CO)
Do you think Blaine Gabbert with MJD can beat the other rookie in Cam Newton this week?
Chris Mortensen (11:20 AM)
There's an assumption that the Panthers will win their first game. Home. Newton has been great, for the most part. But the Jaguars are physical, they can run it. I think Gabbert will be a better pro than college QB and the Panthers now are missing top LBs - Jon Beason and Thomas Davis. I'll pick the Panthers, I'm sure, but no lock.
Ben (Dover, DE)
With players mic'd up and microphones on the sidelines, is the NFL going to try to confirm the statements made by Rams players that someone on the Giants DEF was calling out "someone go down" ?
Chris Mortensen (11:22 AM)
I do think that is an aspect of league review that can get a team a phone call, a warning, or even some punishment. It would have to be crystal clear. Again, happens everywhere every year.
Fuji (The Mountains)
I have a suggestion Re: the injury situation. The head Referee can warn the offending teams head coach (Like warning the benches in Baseball) they are on notice for faked injuries and if they violate this (again Head Refs call) are forced to no substitutions following the injury, no limits on opponents substitiutions. I think this would eliminate the problem in short order?
Chris Mortensen (11:24 AM)
Fuji, good question....will you forward to @NFL32 on Twitter and I'll try to gather more info on this and maybe we'll get your question and suggestion on national TV for discussion.
Joe (New Milford, CT)
So the Panthers are 0-2, do you see them getting their moneys worth with DeAngelo Williams and going back to the running game to further open up the passing game and create a more balanced offense for Cam Newton, or is it going to be a pass happy offense all season? Why pay D. Williams 43 Mill and not give him the ball?
Chris Mortensen (11:26 AM)
That's what we're all waiting to see. Now there's no question the Arizona Cardinals and the Packers to an extent were daring the Panthers to throw the ball. But I would think we will see the Panthers running it well as season moves along.
Jose (Woodbridge, VA)
How destructive will the Brian Orakpo/ Ryan Kerrigan duo be? They are new to the 3-4 and are causing problems already.
Chris Mortensen (11:27 AM)
I'm sure they'll be dining at Tony Romo's Ribs on Monday night. bad joke. Pretty good bookends. Kerrigan will be among those top rookies throughout season.
What the heck is going on in Miami. Why do I feel the Fins are least prepared team in the NFL
Chris Mortensen (11:29 AM)
I thought Fins were well-prepared for opener vs. New England. I think the Texans do have a Super Bowl contending team. This home record will eventually get a coach fired. 2-6 last year and 6-2 on road. Needs to turn around. They are not a poorly coached team, IMO, but when I hear that practices are sloppy then players need to hold themselves accountable, too.
Granted Haley is on the hot seat in KC, but is Pioli also?
Chris Mortensen (11:31 AM)
No, I do not believe Pioli is on hotseat. The Chiefs won AFC West last year, right? I do think there is tension there and something to monitor. It has been an ugly start.
Chris Mortensen (11:32 AM)
Sorry, but I have to jump on a conference call for the show. Again, NFL32 daily at 6 ET. Everyone has a voice. We can carry on this conversation every day. Until then, God Bless. Oh, remember, Sunday NFL Countdown starts at 10 a.m. ET now.