Tuesdays With Mobile: Winning Moves
york,pa [via mobile]
How far do you think the eagles are going to make it in the playoffs
Josh Kramer (1:01 PM)
The NFL's most active team this off season, has been none other than the defending NFC East Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia is definitely a heavy favorite to repeat in the always exciting NFC East and appears destined for a deep playoff run. After making major upgrades to a secondary that yielded an absurd 31 passing TD's to their opponents last year, and adding solid pass rushers in Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin, Super Bowl aspirations seem to be possible for the city of Brotherly Love. I will say though that the Green Bay Packers still are the favorite in the NFC though until they are eliminated from contention.
dakota (fall creek, oregon) [via mobile]
how do you think the seahawks have done in the free agency so far? who else should the consider about signing?
Josh Kramer (1:04 PM)
Losing Hasselbeck who holds every franchise QB record after 10 years of service really hurts. Can Tavaris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst win you ball games? That remains to be seen in that neither have a plethora of experience. And though Sidney Rice, another acquisition for the Seahawks has proven in the past to be a solid receiver, he has struggled with injuries over the past year and a half. This will be his 5th year in the League. Also realize that he has only had only 1 very good year back in 2009. His other 3 seasons, Rice did not go over 400 receiving yards or 4 TDs. So I do think the Seahawks have made some solid acquisitions, but they do not have a sure-fire QB anymore which will hurt them.
Hans(BC, Canada) [via mobile]
The Patriots took a leap of faith on Ocho and especially Haynesworth. Can the genius that is Belichik make this pay off like he did with Moss for that one big season?
Josh Kramer (1:07 PM)
Hans, this is a great question and one that I feel every NFL fan has thought about at some point over the past week. Both Ochocinco and Haynesworth have had very solid careers and still possess Pro Bowl talent. The great thing for Coach Belichick is that he is in a position where if either of these guys do not pan out or cause problems on or off the field, he has the ability to cut them. In Cincinnati and Washington, both of these players were such key cogs to the puzzle for their respective teams, that they were in essence unable to be cut.
Josebula from hartford [via mobile]
Is new England better than last year.
Josh Kramer (1:09 PM)
New England is definitely better than last year in my eyes. If Chad or Albert produce up to half of their capabilities, this team will be vastly improved both offensively and defensively. There was definite reasoning on Kraft and Belichick's part for making these acquisitions. The trio of Welker, Branch, and Ochocinco could get scary with Tom Brady under center.
Spc najera. [via mobile]
Are the cardinals playoff contenders?
Josh Kramer (1:12 PM)
The Cardinals are not quite playoff contenders yet in my eyes. Though there is time for them to make the proper moves to become a contender in the very weak NFC West. Kevin Kolb without question was an essential pickup. No team is able to make the playoffs in this day and age without at least an average quarterback by NFL standards. The verdict is still out on Kolb though and we are not sure if he is a franchise caliber QB yet. This is his big chance. The losses of Hightower and Breaston will hurt big time though. If the Cardinals prove unable to re-sign Larry Fitzgerald, which I do not think will be the case, this team is looking at a worse year than last year.
Mark bluefield wv [via mobile]
What is your take of what the redskins are doing this year? I like what i see them doing so far. Normally they try to buy a super bowl with past their prime players and now they are trying to build 4 the future and that is what i like.
Josh Kramer (1:15 PM)
Mark, you are absolutely correct in the Redskins typically trying to buy a Super Bowl with past their prime players, AKA, "has beens." Last season, the Redskins sported the 18th highest payroll in the NFL at 111 million. The result was a 6 and 10 season with a last place finish in the NFC East. Ridding themselves of McNabb and Haynesworth was a definite step in the right direction though as they really look to rebuild the franchise back into contenders. I am just not sure if this team will ever be able to make it to the playoffs with Mike Shanahan patrolling the sidelines. He has struggled since the old Elway days, outside of a playoff appearance in 05.
Keisha sterling va [via mobile]
Do you think the eagles will trade Asante?
Josh Kramer (1:18 PM)
Keisha, I think the Eagles would find it in their best interest to trade Asante. They are already stacked with talent in the secondary with or without him. And the acquisition of Asomugha and Cromartie have kind have been taken as a slap in the face in his eyes. Samuel has had 20 interceptions in the past three seasons yet he no longer appears to be Philadelphia's number one priority on defense? He is confused and not happy. Plus the Eagles could really pick up another solid offensive lineman, linebacker or defensive lineman via Asante if need be. They need to find all the protection they can for Vick to remain healthy.
Elvin (Tampa) [via mobile]
With all the moves and hype over the weekend signings, is there anything Bucs fans in Tampa should worry about with no big name pick ups?
Josh Kramer (1:20 PM)
Elvin, I do not think there is a need to worry. Though I am a bit surprised in that the Buccaneers had nearly 60 million of spending money and have not made any huge acquisitions. I fully expect them to be heavy in the action over the next few days. Either way, they return a solid core group, led by Josh Freeman, that went 10 and 6 and is knocking on the door to make the playoffs this year.
I.E.I in Atlanta [via mobile]
What do the Falcons have to do ensure a superbowl bid this season is there one player that could make it a lock
Josh Kramer (1:23 PM)
The Falcons are already a big time Super Bowl contender with or without adding players. After going 13 and 3 last season, and sporting +126 point differential, have no fear Falcons fans, Matty Ice (Matt Ryan) is here. Ryan is just getting ready to hit his prime. And sure the loss of old reliable Michael Jenkins hurts, but I fully expect Julio Jones to fit in as a nice complement to Roddy White.
corey(oswego, il) [via mobile]
What's going on with some of the bigger names on free agaency such as TO, Braylon Edwards, or Carson Palmer? I haven't heard any news on them or teams interested.
Josh Kramer (1:25 PM)
Corey, Braylon Edwards is just starting to reel in attention now in that it appears the Jets are definitely not going to re-sign him. The verdict is still out on him being a reliable number one receiver though due to his off-field issues at times and his always high number of drops. As for Terrell Owens, many teams are waiting to see whether his knee is in good shape before they take the risk on the TO Show. And lastly, Palmer is retired at this time. Mike Brown has refused to trade him so you will not hear about Carson until next March.
jay haltom city, tx [via mobile]
Do the diamondbacks have a shot at winning the N.L. west ?
Josh Kramer (1:26 PM)
I do not think so. The defending champs were stronger than them before the trade deadline, and the addition of Carlos Beltran just added salt to the wounds. The Giants have too much pitching and the Braves are too far ahead in the Wild Card race.
Romeo Vacaville Califorina [via mobile]
Do you see the Patriots trading for Osi ?
Josh Kramer (1:28 PM)
Though this would not be extremely far fetched, I do not see it happening. I think the Patriots have enough "projects" to worry about already this year. And sure Osi is a great player, but he will not come cheap in that the whole reason he is having issues right now in New York is over money. The Patriots typically take on disgruntled players for very inexpensive prices.
Jon DE [via mobile]
do you believe the redskins will attempt to get braylon edwards?
Josh Kramer (1:31 PM)
Jon I do see this as a possibility in that they have money to spend. The Redskins ranked just 15th in the NFL in total offense last year and in the brutal NFC East, that features what should be a lethal offense in Philadelphia, point production will need to be at a premium.
colby athens, tn [via mobile]
Is Orton off the Dolphins radar, and if so is there any chance for them to find a decent QB?
Josh Kramer (1:34 PM)
Orton better not be off the Dolphins radar if they want a prayer at making the playoffs this year. Miami went 7 and 9 last year due in large part to poor quarterback play. No team will make the playoffs with Chad Henne as their quarterback, or at least not in the near future no matter what the surrounding pieces are.
jordan from asheville [via mobile]
will carolina be better this year
Josh Kramer (1:36 PM)
This is a question that everybody in the whole state would like an answer to. And I am going to give you a somewhat positive one. Could they do any worse? I do not expect them to be a playoff contender, and after really unloading their wallets on Charles Johnson and DeAngelo Williams, they do not have much money left to fill other gaping holes in their roster. But this year will be a learning process, but I do expect them to win at least 3 games. Hopefully Cam Newton can step in and help improve their league worst offense from a year ago.
Gw Menotti Tx [via mobile]
What are your thoughts of the Houston Texans making a a run for the playoffs this year with there additions of Joseph and Manning? The colts will always be the colts as long as Peyton is around but do you think the Texans has a shot to dethrone them this year?
Josh Kramer (1:39 PM)
Houston was a very popular pick to make their long awaited arrival in the playoffs last season. And I will admit that their 6 and 10 finish truly shocked me last year. But after making upgrades to one of the Leagues worst defenses, and the worst secondary in football, they should rebound and make the playoffs. I do not think they will dethrone the Colts though as Peyton and the boys go for an amazing 10th consecutive playoff birth.
joe ft.worth [via mobile]
Will Larry Fitzgerald sign a contract extension with the cardinals before he becomes a free agent ? If not, what are some possible destinations?
Josh Kramer (1:40 PM)
I definitely think he will. He seems to already have a great relationship with newcomer Kevin Kolb and seems to love it in Arizona. And besides, if he leaves, Arizona is in for a very tough season.
Ian from Ellicottville, NY [via mobile]
What's your opinion of the Cincinnati Reds and if they stand any chance to make the playoffs at all in the super competitive NL Central this year?
Josh Kramer (1:44 PM)
Ian, I think the Cincinnati Reds have arguably been the most disappointing team in the MLB this year. After a red hot start the first few weeks, they completely fell off the wagon and began to look like the Reds of the early 2000s. Luckily for Cincinnati, they are in the Central, which is the worst division in the National League, and nothing is impossible. They put on a highly impressive exhibition against the defending champion Giants over the weekend outscoring the defending champs 20 to 5 and getting out the brooms. Though I think the Reds should have made a move before the trade deadline, this team is a long shot, but they are definitely not done yet due to their explosive offense. The starting pitching trio of Arroyo, Volquez, and Bailey must step up in a big way though if they want to have a prayer at catching the Brewers.
jessy north Carolina [via mobile]
Can Carolina realistically go close to .500? With the return of deangelo Williams to go alongside Stewart and Goodson they might have the best rb trio. Team that with a defense that albeit may not be household names but pretty darn good. At one point last season we were the number 4 overall defense midway thru the season with an offense that was completely inept. And we should benefit at the start because it doesn't take a running offense as much time to hit their stride as it does a passing offense. Just wanted your take on how much we can improve
Josh Kramer (1:46 PM)
Jessy, have you ever heard the expression, "Anything is possible." Well in the NFL, it most definitely is. America's favorite sports league is defined by parity and unpredictability. And though I think their chances are very slim, they do have an outstanding trio at RB and a decent defensive unit.
jason arizona [via mobile]
What are the chances that the phillies keep worley on the postseason roster?
Josh Kramer (1:47 PM)
I think it would be in their best interest even if they utilize the youngster out of the bullpen. Worley has gone 7 and 1, with an ERA of 2.33 (yes his ERA is better than Roy Halladays). If those are not good enough numbers to pitch in October, I am not quite sure what are.
Jaime chicago,il [via mobile]
Seeing as the packers weren't buyers, although they are defending champs, is there reason to believe they can't repeat?
Josh Kramer (1:49 PM)
The Packers are still my favorite to win the Super Bowl. There was no need to make any major moves in that the core group from their supremely talented Super Bowl team is returning. No point in making change for the sake of change. Plus with Aaron Rodgers under center, the sky is the limit for this team.
Connor Reichenbach Seattle Wa [via mobile]
Do you believe the Seahawks are playoff contenders at this time?
Josh Kramer (1:51 PM)
I do not Connor. Though Rice was a great pickup, the verdict is still really out on the 5th year former Viking. Rice has only had one breakout year, and three very mediocre seasons. Plus Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst do not exactly strike me as playoff caliber quarterbacks at this time. The loss of Hasselbeck will really sting in the rainy city of Seattle.
Rel (Thomasville, NC) [via mobile]
Should the Red Sox be concerned with John Lackey's pitching performance?
Josh Kramer (1:53 PM)
Lackey has struggled without question this year. With an ERA above 6, there is always reason to be concerned. But Boston's lethal offense and the lack of movement by the Yankees makes me think that Boston is sitting just fine.
Anwar (Richmond, Va) [via mobile]
Based on the offseason transactions so far, who do you see meeting in the SuperBowl?
Josh Kramer (1:54 PM)
I am going with a Patriots versus Packers matchup at this time. Though much could change with injuries and other acquisitions, these appear to be the two most complete teams in my eyes at this time.
monk Lincolnton, nc [via mobile]
Did the rangers make a mistake by not doin more at the trade deadline? I know we got two good setup pitchers bit we really could've used another solid starter
Josh Kramer (1:57 PM)
I thought Texas was arguably the biggest "Winner" in the American League via their moves at the trade deadline. The additions of Mike Adams and Koji Uehara are absolutely huge. Between the two bullpen studs, they have thrown 95 innings this year, giving up just 51 hits, tossing 111 strikeouts, and allowing just 17 walks. I think it is safe to say that if Texas can get games to the 7th inning, they are in outstanding shape come October. Ogando, Harrison, and Wilson have all been solid this year as starters for the Rangers, though I do think they might have been better served to add another solid starter. Sadly for Texas, there was hardly anything available. Plus, Boston, nor New York really improved much, which bodes well for another deep playoff run in Arlington.
Justin (omaha*) [via mobile]
Do you think the chiefs and lions have what it takes to make the playoffs?
Josh Kramer (2:00 PM)
This is a very intriguing question Justin. I feel with the additions of Breaston and Jon Baldwin out of Pittsburgh, the Chiefs could have a lethal aerial attack. Kansas City made the playoffs due to their outstanding rushing attack last year, but now they will also have major targets for Cassel to utilize in the passing game now. And as for the Lions, their defensive line will be absolutely scary. A lot hinges on if Stafford can remain healthy. A healthy Matthew Stafford gives the Lions a healthy chance at making the playoffs.
keng, mn [via mobile]
Does Moss deserve to be in the HOF if he stays retire?
Josh Kramer (2:02 PM)
Without question Keng. You can take that to the bank, or as Randy Moss likes to say, "Straight cash homey." Randy Moss is one of the top 10 receivers of all time and despite some off-field issues over the years, he put up some dynamic numbers ranking second all time in TD receptions, plus he had his record setting 23 TD receptions in 2007.
Justin, IN [via mobile]
Now that the colts signed peyton and addai, do you see them signing any other free agents?
Josh Kramer (2:03 PM)
I do not foresee many other free agent signings in Indianapolis. They have brought back the core group that they wanted to. Now Peyton and Co. have their eyes set on making a 10th straight playoff appearance. And I would most definitely not bet against Peyton to get the job done.
jo co [via mobile]
what do you think the bears will do this season?
Josh Kramer (2:06 PM)
I think the Bears are in for another very successful season. Jay Cutler will most definitely come out with a major chip on his shoulder following the NFC Championship Game fiasco that made him the recipient of heavy criticism from the media. Though I do not see them making it back to the NFC title game, I do like their chances of at least making the playoffs again.
John Pez (2:07 PM)
Thanks to Josh Kramer for kicking this chat off. Plenty of questions to address from you the fans so let's keep this rolling along.
jared d. North Carolina [via mobile]
do you think the Panthers will fare better than 2 wins this season, with a healthy o-line and power running game? Also, which CB do you see them signing before the season kicks off?
John Pez (2:13 PM)
Well they are in a division where all the other teams won more than 10 games last season - Falcons 13, Saints 11, Bucs 10. But DeAngelo Williams' injuries, an unstable QB position doomed this team last year. With GM Marty Hurney showing a commitment to DE Johnson $72 million, Jon Beason $50 million, DeAngelo $43 million, the vibe around the team at training camp is much better. So the Panthers should improve to about 6 wins whether it be with Clausen, Cam Newton or Derek Anderson (all three will probably start games this year).
Matt, OH [via mobile]
With a healthy Romo back, what are Dallas' chances of making a Super Bowl run?
John Pez (2:16 PM)
Matt, the Boys are being pumped up by new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (Rex's twin brother). Gee that's a surprise. Rob basically called out the Eagles as a team the Cowboys would beat this year. OK, whatever. This Dallas team still has some major questions in the secondary, especially at the safety spots. At this point, I would go Eagles 11-5, Giants 10-6, Cowboys 9-7. They were 5-3 last year after Jason Garrett replaced Wade Phillips.
Nicko..Leesburg FL [via mobile]
What about them Kansas City Chief, are the good enough to at least make it to playoff this season?
John Pez (2:20 PM)
Nicko, are the Chiefs the least publicized defending division champ out there? Have to be. No one talks about Tamba Hali. All he had was 14.5 sacks last year. With this team, the improvement of defensive players like Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey will determine if this team can make the playoffs again. Also, WR Jonathan Baldwin (1st-round pick) needs to effectively complement Bowe.
jason arizona [via mobile]
Is all this cowboy talk related to asomugha? I think jerry and cowboys fans have a hard time knowing asomugha chose the eagles over them
John Pez (2:23 PM)
Jason, there's always Cowboys buzz filtering through. I thought after losing out on Asomugha the Cowboys would turn to Antonio Cromartie, but that did not develop. To lose Asomugha to the Eagles, certainly made it worse for the 'Boys.
White Sox fan chicago, il [via mobile]
As much inconsistency as they have shown, do you think they can get it together and catch the tigers to win the division? I don't see Dunn picking up his play anytime soon and Rios is just over.200
John Pez (2:31 PM)
Dunn picking up his play? How can Ozzie even play him anymore against lefties. Dunn has 3 hits in 77 at-bats vs. LHPs. 3-for-77!!!! Enough already. Rios has been a major disappointment.Too many holes in this lineup. No, I do not expect them to overtake the Tigers in the AL Central.
Brandon (Colorado) [via mobile]
Denver has made alot of questionable moves trying to polish.a bunch of first rounders for some magic, but not sure why they would.pick up anderson at tight end. Can you explain this pickup and why would orton be taking.all our first team snaps ? Does Tebow really look that bad, or is Denver just showing.orton can be a starter still ?
John Pez (2:36 PM)
Brandon, right now Orton has looked more polished in practice than Tebow. Remember that Tebow has just made three career starts, so Orton should be making quicker and more efficient reads. Brandon Lloyd developed quite a rapport with Orton last season. Lloyd led the league with 1,448 receiving yards, so he probably prefers Orton to return. This could cause a major problem for the team.
Matt Milwaukee,WI [via mobile]
Are the Milwaukee Brewers for real?
John Pez (2:39 PM)
Matt, they are in 1st-place riding a 7-game winning streak and I believe will reach 90-plus wins. Marcum, Gallardo, Greinke, Wolf at the top of the rotation with K-Rod and Axford at the back end of the bullpen is solid. Fielder, Braun and Hart to carry the offense, and hopefully, Weeks returns by late August or early September.
ryan wv [via mobile]
do you feel the steelers need to add another reciver and improve cbs in order to make another playoff run?
John Pez (2:42 PM)
Well they made a run at Plaxico Burress, so I believe they will check the waiver wire for receivers that are released, especially with the news that Emmanuel Sanders is expected to miss about 3 weeks with a foot injury. Hines Ward and Mike Wallace are solid starters, but depth is a problem. Sanders and Antonio Brown (huge catch in playoff game vs. Ravens last year) are being counted on heavily, but this team definitely can use a vet receiver. Having said that, I don't think the Steelers are in the mix for Malcolm Floyd, who remains unsigned.
chris texas [via mobile]
what's going on with ronnie brown and ricky williams? i haven't heard anything lately..and now the dolphins have bush so i dont expect both if not either of them back
John Pez (2:47 PM)
Chris, great question. DeAngelo gets $43 mil for 5 years, Ahmad Bradshaw bags $18 million for 4 years, Cedric Benson had to settle for 1 year at about $3 million. Ronnie Brown will probably have to settle for a one-year deal. No way he could have seen this coming on the free agent market. For Ricky Williams, this lack of interest is not really surprising.
NewOrleansfinest [via mobile]
Do u think the Saints will go to the superbowl this year?
John Pez (2:50 PM)
Who Dat. Sean Payton relishes the chance to get back to the Super Bowl after last year's disappointing playoff loss at Seattle. Offense is loaded with Sproles replacing Reggie Bush as the third-down pass-catching back. It will come down to the defense. When the Saints won the Super Bowl, Darren Sharper had a Pro Bowl season. Last year, he was hobbled by injuries. Plus, the team's run defense slipped dramatically. So Cameron Jordan needs to help the D-line and LB Martez Wilson needs to also contribute.
Aaron norfolk virginia [via mobile]
how will the rams do this season? And will the rams find a suitable back up for steven jackson?
John Pez (2:55 PM)
Can the Rams improve from last year's 7-9? WR Mike Sims-Walker was signed to give QB Sam Bradford a much-needed playmaker, but let's face it, Sims-Walker was a disappointment last year with the Jaguars. Otherwise, the Rams are asking new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to get a lot out of rookie TE Lance Kendricks and rookie WRs Austin Pettis and Greg Salas. Spagnuolo is building a talented defensive line, but the secondary needs help. I'm thinking 8-8 for the Rams. They will check training camp cuts to find their backup to S Jax
Javier (California) [via mobile]
The Oakland Raiders have had more news about free agents walking and the Raiders have yet to lock up Zac Miller. What gives?
John Pez (2:57 PM)
Javier, right now it looks like the Seahawks are showing serious interest in Zach Miller. The Raiders did retain OLB Kamerion Wimbley (9 sacks last year) with a 5-year, $48 million deal.
Jerry (Knoxville, TN) [via mobile]
Do you think the Angels will make it to the playoffs this year?
John Pez (3:01 PM)
Jerry, any team that has Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana at the top of the rotation is a serious playoff contender. But I can't get past the struggles of Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells and Bobby Abreu being too much to overcome. Here are the July batting averages - .209 for Torii Hunter, .204 for Vernon Wells and .179 for Bobby Abreu. Thank goodness for rookie Mark Trumbo and his 20 RBI in July. I think the Angels fall short of the playoffs with an 87-75 record.
Aaron norfolk va [via mobile]
Are there any other "star caliber" free agents out there and if so where might they land?
John Pez (3:05 PM)
Aaron, the name free agents left are Terrell Owens (coming off major injury), Ronnie Brown, Braylon Edwards, Malcolm Floyd and DT Aubrayo Franklin. That's pretty much it. I think the Raiders may be the only team that could show interest in T.O., once he's physically able to return. Jets are shopping Jerricho Cotchery, so they may have an interest in Malcolm Floyd as a replacement. Braylon looks to be a fit in Minnesota, possibly. Arizona just traded Tim Hightower, so maybe they take a look at Brown.
bas baltimore md [via mobile]
it seemed to me that the ravens would have made a play for moss, it seems like he would be a great fit considering flacco likes to go deep and would of opened to middle for bouldin, what other options do you think are out there for us
John Pez (3:09 PM)
Well I would think it depends on how Torrey Smith (2nd-round pick from Maryland) looks in training camp. He could turn out to be the deep threat that complements Anquan Boldin. Also counting on WR Tandon Doss (4th-round pick). Priority at this time was to find a center since Matt Birk might need a knee scope, so John Clayton reports the team has reached an agreement with former Redskin Casey Rabach.
jay (houston tx) [via mobile]
Will the texans be playoff contenders this year?
John Pez (3:13 PM)
Jay, yeh this has to be the year right. It's time to make the playoffs in the 10th year of the franchise's history. All signs point to that with LB DeMeco Ryans returning from an injury and Wade Phillips taking over the defense. The top 3 draft picks - DE J.J. Watt, OLB Brooks Reed, CB Brandon Harris - plus free agent CB prize Johnathan Joseph will make the difference. I think this team is ready to win 10 games.
NY Giants (NY) [via mobile]
How will the New York Giants fare this year? And do you see them getting any helpful acquisitions in the future or keeping Osi?
John Pez (3:18 PM)
The Giants had 10 wins last year and it would have been 11 if the team did not squander a 31-10 lead to the Eagles in a devastating 38-31 loss. Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw appear ready to turn into Pro Bowl players. If Jason Pierre Paul emerges as a pass-rushing force, then the possible loss of Osi Umenyiora will not hurt the team. So this team is looking at another 10-win season.
Brad from West Palm Beach, Fl [via mobile]
With the Eagles' renewed defense with the additions of asomugha, dominque rodgers-cromartie, jason babin, and cullen jenkins, how do you see the Andy Reid's Eagles doing among the others teams of the NFC? Do you see them making a super bowl appearance this year?
John Pez (3:21 PM)
Brad, I thought last year's Packers-Eagles game in the wild card round was actually a matchup between the two best teams in the NFC. Philly was able to limit Green Bay's explosive offense to 21 points in the loss, and now the Eagles have added Asomugha, DRC, Babin and former Packer Cullen Jenkins. So this time, it's Philly's turn to win and reach the Super Bowl. So will the opponent be the Pats, Jets or Steelers?
s.a. texas [via mobile]
what are the Bears thinking in signing free agent castoffs instead of legitimate contributers?
John Pez (3:26 PM)
It's becoming a version of the Cowboys moving to the Windy City with the additions of Roy Williams and Marion Barber. Plus former Seahawk Chris Spencer replaces Olin Kreutz in the middle. Yeh, it will be difficult to repeat as NFC North champion and make it back to the NFC Championship Game.
Brendan [via mobile]
Do you think the tigers will hold on to win the AL Central?
John Pez (3:30 PM)
Brendan, yeh the Tigers helped the rotation and bullpen with the additions of Doug Fister and David Pauley. Plus, P Jacob Turner had a solid ML debut and can also be a key in the last months of the season. I like Detroit to finish strong and win the Central.
eric vandalia ohio [via mobile]
where did michial jenkins go or is he still available if so should the browns be looking at him iif not is there another wr they should target
John Pez (3:34 PM)
Eric, Michael Jenkins signed with the Vikings after being released by the Falcons. But I don't think that's a major move. He only had 41 catches last year and that's with defenses keying on Roddy White when he was in Atlanta. The Browns should probably target Malcolm Floyd, who had 717 receiving yards last season and averaged 19 yards a catch.
Donald W. Pittsburgh,PA [via mobile]
Do you see the Lions making a push for the wildcard thi year.
John Pez (3:38 PM)
Donald, the Lions signed Titans leading tackler Stephen Tulloch to help the defense. Also signed LB Justin Durant. The injury to DT Nick Fairley early in training camp is somewhat of a setback, however. The secondary is still a weakness. Maybe 9 wins for the Lions this year.
chris (tn) [via mobile]
What do you think the colts will do in free agency? Do they look at a oustide linebacker do to session leaving?
John Pez (3:41 PM)
Chris, the Colts signed DE Jamaal Anderson and LB Ernie Sims, but both were disappointments last season for the Falcons and Eagles, respectively. This team is usually not active in the free agent market. Priority was to re-sign RB Joseph Addai and K Adam Vinatieri. Will need 2010 1st-round pick Jerry Hughes to make some kind of impact in his second season as a pass rusher and need T Anthony Castonzo to move in as a starter after losing Charles Johnson in the free agent market.
John Pez (3:43 PM)
OK, two more questions and we'll wrap up this version of Mobile Chat. Thanks again for your participation.
mic washington dc [via mobile]
With the skins in obvious rebuilding mode, can we expect an improvement on the 6-10 record of last year?
John Pez (3:47 PM)
It will be tough to improve much on 6-10 with John Beck or Rex Grossman at QB and an aging WR corps with Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, etc. Plus, London Fletcher is getting older at middle linebacker. Don't see how this team can do better than 8-8. Brian Orakpo and LaRon Landryare the building blocks of an underrated defense and DT Barry Cofield was added in free agency along with S O.J. Atogwe.
Russ Tx [via mobile]
Is there a realistic chance that Wandy Rodriguez gets a new uniform before the end of the month? If so, where do you see him landing?
John Pez (3:50 PM)
Russ, it all depends on how Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia pitch over the last 2 months of the season for the Yanks. Wandy Rodriguez has so much money left on his contract that he would pass through waivers. In past years, players like Manny Ramirez, Larry Walker and John Smoltz made it through waivers due to big contracts.
John Pez (3:51 PM)
OK, one more question and it goes to Max from California
Max (concord, ca) [via mobile]
What do you think about the niners resigning alex smith? does he really give them the best chance to win?
John Pez (3:52 PM)
Well Max, Harbaugh wants to give Alex Smith a chance, but it was no mistake that he was only given a one-year contract. Colin Kaepernick is waiting in the wings, but Smith will be given every opportunity to start under Harbaugh.
John Pez (3:53 PM)
Once again, thanks to Josh Kramer for kicking off Tuesday's Chat and thanks to all the fans for your questions. Hope to hear from you next week.