Chat with Ashley Fox
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, 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 Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET!
Ashley Fox (3:01 PM)
Hello everybody. Thanks for joining me. Let's get rolling.
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi Ashley, Enjoyed your commentary "Cold Reality" about Super Bowl 48 @ MetLife Stadium. Having gone to see the Giants play there since 1976 your story was very accurate. My question is: If the NFL is successful in a cold weather city will places like Foxboro, Green Bay, Buffalo, Denver, etc have a shot at hosting a Super Bowl?
Ashley Fox (3:04 PM)
Thanks, Rich. It is an interesting question you pose, and I would add Chicago and Philadelphia into that mix, too. The NFL's bread and butter will always be to host a Super Bowl in a warm weather climate. It just works better from the standpoint of hosting sponsors, fans and teams. Taking weather out of the equation eliminates a significant potential problem. But the league can no longer fall back on the reasoning that they don't hold Super Bowls in open air stadiums in cold weather cities, so I think at least a few of those teams you mentioned would be interested in making a bid. Buffalo and Green Bay would be a problem because of the size of the city, but Denver, Chicago, and the Boston-area could handle it. Probably Philly, too.
bob nj [via mobile]
hi ashley do u c the jets trading d revis and what will they get back in return,
Ashley Fox (3:07 PM)
It certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility. Revis will be a free agent after next season and will be free to go elsewhere without the Jets getting anything back in return. So are the Jets just going to let him walk, or would they be better off trying to get a couple of draft picks to help rebuild? Given the state of the Jets right now -- and they released Bart Scott today, by the way -- I'd take the draft picks. And I would think they could get a first-round pick for him. That would help.
Joe (New Jersey)
Hey Ashley, Is Havin staying or is he going? And if he goes how do you replace him?
Ashley Fox (3:15 PM)
We talked a little about this last week. Harvin would like to go elsewhere and he wasn't shy about throwing his quarterback under the bus. That's not a good thing. But the Vikings say they aren't going to trade him, which this time of year usually translates to: "If you want him, make a compelling offer." How do you replace him? It would be very difficult. He was such a threat from all over the field. Opposing defenses had to account for him every snap, and even so he had a remarkable season.
Is Charles Woodson and Champ Bailey a good duo in Denver's secondary?
Ashley Fox (3:17 PM)
Five years ago, maybe. I know Woodson has said he wants to keep playing, but the reality is he couldn't play corner last season and really limped to the finish line as a safety. He's going to have to prove he has something left. That said, I think Green Bay will miss his leadership and locker room presence probably more than they realize. He's going to be tough to replace.
Do you see Romo continuing to be Cowboys startin qb
Ashley Fox (3:18 PM)
In 2013? Absolutely. Who would you rather have that is or is going to be available. But I totally get the Romo fatigue, given his lack of playoff success. He needs to rectify that, but it's not all on him. The owner/general manager has a hand in that, too.
JR (Tampa Bay)
Ashley, do you think part of the reason the NFL picked NYC/NJ for a Super Bowl is because it is in the back yard of their headquarters?
Ashley Fox (3:21 PM)
I don't think that really had anything to do with it, actually. If they wanted a Super Bowl in their backyard they could've had one there 10 years ago. It will be convenient for all of the league employees to be able to work out of their regular offices that week and sleep at home, but those are really the only advantages.
Steve Miller (St. Louis)
Lots of opinion out there about what the Chiefs should do with the first pick in the draft. Without a clear cut QB available at No. 1, I think the team should go BPA and get a QB via trade, free agency or later rounds. What do you see as the most likely scenarios and who do you see starting at QB for the Chiefs next season?
Ashley Fox (3:25 PM)
I live in the Philadelphia area, and one of the running laments last season from the locals was that the Eagles couldn't even stink in the right year. That's how the Chiefs must feel. Imagine if this was a year ago and they had a chance to get Andrew Luck or RGIII. There would be a buzz to them. Now, we're talking about will they trade for Nick Foles or Alex Smith or someone else. It's a shame in a year where the Chiefs have the No. 1 overall pick with a new coach known for developing quarterbacks that there isn't a can't miss quarterback prospect in the draft. The only thing I know for sure is they will have to find one somewhere. Foles makes sense, but we'll see.
Hi Ashley, if the Redskins are saving so much money with the salary cap penalty for this year do you think they should invested on the field?.........
Ashley Fox (3:26 PM)
Yes. Please. They must, for the health of their quarterback and therefore their franchise.
Al (Wausau, WI)
Ashley, speaking of Darrelle Revis, how reasonable do you think would be a trade that would send Revis to the Vikings for their first-round pick? CB is an area of need for the Vikings, and I think Revis could help the Vikings' pass defense get better. The Jets could use that first-round pick to help rebuild their team.
Ashley Fox (3:30 PM)
Missed you last week, Al. The Vikings make some sense, but so does San Francisco and Tampa Bay. Imagine if Revis was in the 49ers secondary, with the pass rushers they have up front. They'd be even more scary. But it will come down to whichever team offers the sweetest deal. Minnesota has several needs, as you know, particularly depending on how the Harvin situation shakes out. They don't strike me as a team that is in position to over invest in one guy. San Francisco does have that luxury because they are more complete in all three phases.
what do you think the ravens will do with flacco,and how much
Ashley Fox (3:33 PM)
Drew Brees is currently the highest paid quarterback, and he's making $20 million per year. I think Flacco would like $20 million and five cents. And given what he did in the postseason, I think he deserves whatever he gets. It really was remarkable. He turned down a sizable contract last summer because he thought he deserved more, and then he proved that he deserved more. You've got to respect that. I think the Ravens do and will show it.
Michael [via mobile]
Dennis Dixon to Philadelphia, how is that being received in the city of brotherly love?
Ashley Fox (3:37 PM)
I haven't been as tuned in to local sports talk radio as I usually am, which is always a telling barometer. I'm interested in it, obviously, but I don't know that Dixon is the answer by any stretch. He adds another layer to the quarterback meeting room and has a history with Chip Kelly that should help Kelly, Dixon and the other quarterbacks. And I know this is an open competition and there are four quarterbacks on the roster, but I've just got to think it is Vick's job to lose. He has the most experience and has had the most success and most closely fits what we think will be Kelly's offense. But that is going to be one of the more compelling stories to watch when minicamps start. To me, Foles looks like the odd man out.
The deep-ball seemed to be the problem in the playoff run for the 9ers! Do you see upgrades in the secondary coming? Rogers, Culliver, and Brown isn't a bad tandem, but what if that defense had a shut down corner?
Ashley Fox (3:40 PM)
I agree. That's why Revis would be a really nice fit for the Niners, who have the picks to go get him. But look at the last two teams San Francisco faced. Atlanta and Baltimore had so many weapons on offense that they gave lots of teams fits. They both could spread defenses out and keep them honest with the run. So part of it was the opponents the 49ers faced. The Falcons and Ravens gave plenty of secondaries fits.
hi ashley do you think the saints will be in the playoffs again?
Ashley Fox (3:44 PM)
In 2013? I don't know. I'll say this: Atlanta put some separation between itself and its NFC South brethren, and New Orleans has some catching up to do. But they have an elite quarterback and head coach who is creative and talented and was sorely missed last year. And that team will be highly motivated to prove last season was an aberration. Payton is going to have a monstrous chip on his shoulder, too. He has a lot to prove. So I would expect they'll do everything they can in free agency and the draft to get their roster in shape to get back there.
Michael [via mobile]
I agree on Foles being odd man out. Assuming the Eagles trade him, what kind of value does he have? KC seems like a likely suitor.
Ashley Fox (3:45 PM)
I'm sure the Eagles would love to get a 2 for him. I don't know that they'll hold out for that, given that he was a third-round pick, but as far as Kansas City is concerned, the Eagles know they need a quarterback. The Eagles have the leverage.
If both AD and Harvin are healthy how scary would that be for oppossing defences?
Ashley Fox (3:47 PM)
I think you saw that the first half of last season, right? But clearly, the Vikings are better with him than without.
The Bears have always been a defensive minded team. With keeping the same players on the defense, but now having an offensive minded coach do you see this being the "extra" to get them over the hump?
Ashley Fox (3:52 PM)
Well, certainly that had to be a consideration when they decided to hire the coach that they did. It is all about maximizing Cutler's potential and getting him playing at a high level. They tried that last season, too, with mixed results. Obviously he loved having Brandon Marshall back with him and that connection really worked. I'm looking forward to seeing what Marc Trestman does and how Cutler reacts.
Thomas (North Carolina)
Are the Panthers going to the Superbowl this year?
Ashley Fox (3:54 PM)
It is February! There is a ton of work that has to happen over the next several months. No Super Bowl talk from me for a while.
Are the Raiders still considered the most dysfunctional organization in the NFL?
Ashley Fox (3:54 PM)
I don't think so, but they're still in transition. It's going to take time.
Keith H (Seattle)
Re: "Cold weather" Super Bowls, don't forget the west coast above San Diego. Seattle's not bad as believed (the rain is a mist) and the new stadium in Santa Clara is supposed to be amazing. The pool is expanding on available sites.
Ashley Fox (3:56 PM)
Good point. And I'm a huge Seattle fan, particularly in September. I've never been there in February.
Shoe (Montreal, QC)
Hey Ashley, as always thank you for the ongoing insight and thought-provoking commentary you provide with your willingness to challenge conventional perspectives. Now that the Seahawks have found a real identity and seem a few specific pieces away from contending for a championship, what do you see as their most pressing need? We've heard lots about improving nickel coverage (and late-game pass defence) and finding another real play-making receiver, as well as another pass-rusher, but what stands out most to you as a need that either FA or the draft can address immediately?
Ashley Fox (3:58 PM)
Thanks, Shoe. You mentioned three key positions, and I think they could find upgrades there in the draft and free agency. The thing is now that they have a dynamic quarterback, the Seahawks will have an easier time attracting quality free agents. Getting a pass rusher still is going to be tough because they're aren't a ton of them and the competition will be fierce. Think Atlanta wouldn't love to have another, as just one example. The good thing is they've got the quarterback position set and they've got trade bait in Matt Flynn. So that will help.
Ashley Fox (3:59 PM)
Okay everybody. Thanks for joining me. We'll do it again next week, probably later in the week (not Tuesday). Have a great week.