Chat with Ashley Fox
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN.com NFL columnist Ashley Fox stops by to chat.
Fox joined ESPN.com in 2011 after 11 years as a writer and columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she covered the National Football League, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia 76ers. She also has worked at the Louisville Courier-Journal and Sports Illustrated. A North Carolina native, Fox lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and son.
Send your questions now and join Fox on Friday at 1 p.m. ET!
Ashley Fox (1:00 PM)
Hi everybody. Thanks for joining me today. Let's get started.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What is the Best & the Worst Super Bowl that you have ever Seen?
Ashley Fox (1:03 PM)
One of the most compelling I've seen was the one that was just played in New Orleans. A lot of drama. Big plays made. A huge defensive stand at the end. The last two New England-New York Giants Super Bowls are up there, too.
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi Ashley, Enjoy your column. Alex Smith should land a starting role somewhere (Chiefs - rumors???) but for QB's Carson Palmer (Raiders) Mark Sanchez (Jets), Kevin Kolb (Cardinals) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (Bills) when the carousel stops where do you think they'll be?
Ashley Fox (1:09 PM)
Thanks, Rich. That's a great question. The quarterback market is thin, to say the least. I think now you can even add Nick Foles into that group. I think Sanchez will stay because his cap hit is too big given the extension he signed last year. I think Kolb probably stays put. And Palmer and Fitzpatrick, I don't know. None of those guys you mentioned are flashy names or players. And what about Matt Flynn? You can add him in there, too.
What are the chances NFL fields get widened?
Ashley Fox (1:09 PM)
John (East Carolina University)
What do the Falcons have to do to win a Super Bowl?
Ashley Fox (1:13 PM)
Well, I think they will spend this offseason working on improving their defense. They need another pass rusher and to improve their secondary. They have the playmakers on offense and showed this season that they can move the football. I like Matt Ryan. He finally got the proverbial playoff monkey off of his back, which helps. So I think if they can get some more talent on defense, they'll be a playoff team again. As we've seen, however, winning the Super Bowl takes good health and momentum. We'll see if they can have that next season.
Fashion police question. Worst uniform and best for nfl. To me the steelers throwback bumble bees was the worst and chargers powder blue the best
Ashley Fox (1:15 PM)
Fashion police. I like it. We actually did something last summer ranking the best uniforms in sports. For the NFL, I picked the Chargers powder blue. It's just a classic and so representative of San Diego. As for worst, I'd have to give that some thought, but I agree the PIttsburgh throwbacks from last season were tough to look at. I saw them in person. Not a fan.
Should the NFL change its draft eligibility rules?
Ashley Fox (1:19 PM)
It's a good question, Alex, given the Jadevon Clowney situation. But what you have to remember is the draft eligibility rules were collectively bargained by the NFL and the NFLPA. Maurice Clarett challenged those rules nine years ago and lost on appeal. So I don't expect those rules to change. Should they? I don't think so. It's unfortunate for Clowney, because he'll have to make a decision about whether he wants to play for South Carolina next season. He is talented enough to play in the NFL next season, but he is unique.
Bryan (Richmond, VA)
Ashley, love the chats.Percy Harvin to the Miami Dolphins make sense? They have plenty of cap room for a long-term deal and multiple picks in the second and third rounds of this years draft. What are the odds a deal like this could happen pre-draft?
Ashley Fox (1:24 PM)
Thanks, Bryan. It does make sense. I don't know where he's going to end up yet, but he's certainly doing his best to force the Vikings hand. I saw Jason La Canfora's piece on CBSSports.com where he said it isn't about money to Harvin, it's about the offense, which means it's about the quarterback. Harvin did so much for the Vikings last year. He was their offense. So it's a shame for them. As to when a deal could happen, I would think if not pre-draft then draft day. And if I'm the Vikings I hold out for a high draft pick. Harvin is that valuable.
Kep peoria illinois [via mobile]
Do u think the broncos will try to get mike wallace or brian urlacher this off season, if so who has a better chance of becoming a bronco
Ashley Fox (1:28 PM)
Urlacher has said he prefers to stay in Chicago, and if I'm Marc Trestman, I try to keep him. He's valuable as a veteran leader and any first-year coach needs as many of those as he can get. I could see the Broncos kicking the tires on Wallace for sure. They're going to be motivated to get Manning as much offensive help as possible because the window for them to make a run is not cracked very wide.
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi Ashley, Of the twelve teams in the 2012 playoffs, which teams needs the most work to get back to the 2013 playoffs?
Ashley Fox (1:34 PM)
I would say Cincinnati, Washington and Indianapolis. The Bengals need another playmaker on offense and for the quarterback to continue to develop. Washington obviously needs to get its quarterback healthy. And the Colts have switched offensive coordinators, which means Andrew Luck has to adjust. They also have significant needs on both sides of the ball, whereas the Bengals are in good shape on defense. This season was interesting because there were so many repeat playoff teams from 2011. It's going to be interesting to see how the teams that didn't make it, like the Giants for example, regroup.
Josh P (WI)
Thoughts on the Pack loosing Woodson, Driver and Jennings?
Ashley Fox (1:38 PM)
Are they mourning in Wisconsin today? I don't think Woodson is that much of a surprise, given that he was due $9 million in 2013 and his skills have obviously diminished. But he's such a big personality and leader in the locker room that he will be dearly missed. It's hard to replace guys like that. And I saw where he said he'd like to keep playing -- also not a shock. We'll see what the market is for him.
jeff (arizona) [via mobile]
In your opion do u think the 49ers will make it to the playoffs and be a title contender after that bad no call in the superbowl?
Ashley Fox (1:40 PM)
Why not? They're not going to crumble just because they didn't get a PI called. And did you really think they -- or any team -- would get that call in that spot? No official is going to throw that flag. San Francisco is obviously set a quarterback. They were probably the most complete team in the postseason although they weren't completely healthy, which hurt. But yes, I would think they'll be a Super Bowl favorite heading into 2013.
With regard to Rich's question, I think you forgot about the Vikings. I'd say they need some work to get back into the playoff, wouldn't you?
Ashley Fox (1:41 PM)
Yes, yes, yes. My oversight. I almost forgot they were in the playoffs. They need to make a decision at quarterback and obviously the Harvin situation doesn't help at all. Thanks for pointing that out.
Tim (New Haven, CT)
Ashley, do you know if NFL teams look at Mel Kiper and Todd McShay?s college player rankings and does that influence what they do on draft day?
Ashley Fox (1:45 PM)
NFL general managers and personnel people look at everything. That's their job and all of the ones I know are horribly paranoid about potentially getting outworked by their competitors. Now, how much weight to they give what Kiper and McShay think? I'm not sure. But they're both well respected.
Ashley Fox (1:46 PM)
I'm having a few technical difficulties this afternoon for some reason. Sorry for the delayed responses.
With the parity in the NFL, isn't it kind of amazing the Bills have been so bad for so long? What gives?
Ashley Fox (1:49 PM)
Yes, it is. They've finished in the AFC cellar the last five seasons and haven't been to the playoffs since 1999. That's a long time. Now why is that? They haven't been able to hit on a quarterback. They've shuffled coaches. Mario Williams aside, they've had a hard time attracting free agents. There are a variety of factors.
Everyone knows that Ted Thompson doesn't like to go after other teams free agents and likes to build through the draft. However there are some lower level type of free agents that he might be appealed to. What do you think of Packers adding someone like Shonne Green?
Ashley Fox (1:52 PM)
Greene has had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in an offense that supposedly is geared for the run (although it made you wonder at times). But like you said, Thompson prefers to build through the draft and he has the results to prove that philosophy works.
Ashley Fox (1:52 PM)
Alright, guys, I've got to jump off. We'll do it again next week. Thanks for checking in.