12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ETPat Kirwan
NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan was back for his weekly live chat on Monday, Sept. 27 to discuss what he saw in Week 3.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi everyone. Hope you enjoyed the full Sunday of football as much as I did. Lots of stuff to talk about, so let's do it.
12:04 PM ETWhat's up with the 49ers?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Neder. They are a good-looking football team, but they must make changes to save the seasoni. Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, who was fired this morning, looks a little bit like the scapegoat.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comWinning starts at the top. Mike singletary must look in the mirror, specifically with how the team evaluated talent during training camp.
Glenn, Wendell, NC
12:07 PM ETPat, What do you think is the secret to the Steeler's success without Big Ben?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comGlenn, it's no secret. It's a dominating defense. And an attitude from the head coach down to the ballboy that football is a team sport. They had months to commit to what their role was going to be this first month.
I could feel it at camp in the intra-squad scrimmage.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comJust talking to LaMarr Woodley, their goal was to reach the Super Bowl, and they were not going to let the loss of Ben Roethlisberger for a month keep them from that goal.
I'm putting the Steelers at No. 1 in my weekly rankings as we speak.
Jordan Evans, Missoula, MT
12:10 PM ETWhich coordinator is going to win in tonights Monday night showdown; Capers or Martz? And will Clay break the NFL record for sacks?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comJordan, Clay Matthews is certaibnly on pace to break the sack record, and Dom Capers' scheme helps. Dom makes it very tough to figure out where Clay is coming from. Mike Martz has the Bears' offense improving quickly, but I'll go with the Packers tonight.
Mark Jacobs, Freehold NJ
12:12 PM ETWhat do make of the Chiefs 3-0 start and do you think they will make it to the playoffs?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comMark, I couldn't be happier for Todd Haley, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, three guys I have worked with in the past. Since 1990, 3-0 means you have a 75 percent chance of making the playoffs. It's still early for them, and they have some tough games coming up. But Matt Cassel's improvement this weekend was a very good sign. And the division is very winnable.
Jeff, Grand Forks, ND
12:15 PM ETI am still not convinced of my Vikings. Although AP is showing his "A" game, I don't think Favre is. What's going to happen this season with the Vikes?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comJeff, Adrian is on pace to touch the ball 450 times. Not sure that is a good idea for the long term. If he can just 'em to the point when Sidney Rice comes back and keep them around .500 til then, they'll be back. I am concerned about Brett Favre and the INTs -- he's already got six. And every time I look at Percy Harvin, I wonder if it's the last play of the day for him.
Eddie, New Jersey
12:18 PM ETHey Pat, I'm a huge Giants fan and I am extremely disaapointed so far this season but I know it's still early. Any chance they can turn it around in your opinion, or are they just that outmatched?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comEddie, they are not outmatched. they are out of sync. Too many signs and symptoms of a team in disarray. I was glad to see players like Justin Tuck admit it's the players' problem, not the coach. Antrel Rolle serves no positive purpose with his mouth movement all the time. You're in a division that will probably be won with about 10 wins, so you're far from out of it.
12:21 PM ETPat, big vick fan here. My question is this... With the way vick is playing by the end of the year, this makes a very interesting situation for the eagle's front office. I find it highly unlikely they trade Kolb so they can resign Vick, but in the NFL stranger things have happened. What are your thoughts on this situation say 12 weeks or so from now.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comWell, Steve, you're playing a QB in the last year of his contract, who you probably can't restrict with a franchise tag because it would probably be around $18-20 million. On the other side of the coin, haven't the Eagles already started to admit Kevin might not be the right guy? Kolb already is falling into the Matt Schaub zone. Schaub was recognized as an interesting prospect on the Falcons bench behind Vick.
I would not wait until the end of the season to do a contract extensuion with Vick. It may cost you twice as much later.
CaboHawk, Cabo San Lucas
12:25 PM ETPat, Do you think the Seahawks can win the NFC West and be a contender in the NFC? GO HAWKS!!!
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comCabo, anyone can win the NFC West the way it looks now. Your QB needs to be more consistent and you have to prove you can win on the road. And if you do those things, you may win it with nine wins. But getting deep into the playoffs is another story.
chris, ann arbor mi
12:27 PM ETwith mathis and reggie wayne both being free agents next year which one will the colts likely keep and who would you keep?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comChris, you're developing a nice set of WRs right now with Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie and even Blair White in his first action off the practice squad. I think Reggie has competition.
As far as Mathis goes, you drafted his potential replacement last year in Jerry Hughes, but Hughes hasn't impressed the coaches yet. So Mathis appears at this point to be in a stronger position. But there's a long way to go.
NFL.com,Hey Pat, the folks in his chat may not have seen this yet, but the Bills just cut QB Trent Edwards. What's your take?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThey clearly were pleased with Ryan Fitzpatrick yesterday. But they must be even more secure with Brian Brohm, who now moves into the No. 2 spot and is one injury away from starting the rest of the year.
You would think they could have figured out their QB situation before the regular season began.
Trent Edwards will get work very soon. At worst, he's an interesting No. 2 QB.
David, Atlanta, Ga
12:33 PM ETIt seems like the Saints have been struggling to find a rhythm yet. Do you think the Saints will be able to get to where they were last year offensively?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThey just lost Reggie Bush. Whether it's his own production or how he sets up other players on offense, Bush will be sorely missed. I still think the Saints are a playoff team, and when Reggie gets back, you'll return to being the most dangerous offense in the league.
In the meantime, your defense must pull more than their normal weight.
12:35 PM ETMr. Kirwan, I'm a little worried about my Chargers. Are they in trouble of losing the division this year?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comYes, Arnie. They are in trouble, and it's not because of Vincent Jackson. They must shore up their special teams, do a vbetter job in pass protection and flat-out tackle better on defense.
Elmer, Conrath, WI
12:36 PM ETI think Edwards should go to Carolina, they can sure use any QB right about now. What do you think?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comCouldn't agree more! Here's a guy with starts under his belt. Jimmy Clausen is not ready. But I would be surprised to see the Panthers make this move - they seem to be on a budget.
I can see Edwards in Jacksonville -- the Jags were getting set to bench David Garrard last week but the backup, Josh McCown got hurt and is out for the season. Garrard played poorly again this week.
San Francisco is another interesting landing spot. Because I don't think the 49ers want to turn this offense over to David Carr any time soon.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comJust to make one thing clear... Trent Edwards is not the answer. He's just an alternative for teams in need.
Dustin, Lancaster, PA
12:40 PM ETWell, if you are a young quarterback in the league which team would you like to face to get your first win? ANSWER: The Washington Redskins! First it was allowing Stafford and the pitiful Lions last season and now it was Sam Bradford and the sorry Rams......Last week it was a meltdown after leading late in the game against the Texans......What is it with this team and the let downs?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comYou are a work in progress. Mike Shanahan did not inherit a great team. You don't have a feature receiver. You do not have a breakaway back. And you have issues on defense at the corner. All that being said, as I watched them lose to St. Louis, I could not help but think they were looking past them to the Eagles this week.
I did make that Stafford-Bradford connection this morning in my Six from Sunday column.
Terrible T, Seattle
12:43 PM ETWhat do the Dolphins need to do to be a playoff caliber team?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comTerrible, they must continue to open up the offense like they did last night. Chad Henne is capable and so are the receivers. Outside of a few very sloppy plays by the CBs, you played well enough to win. Tony Sparano knows how to fix those rpoblems.
Kyle , Charlotte, NC
12:45 PM ETHey Pat, I listen to you & Tim daily and I trust your opinion. Is Mike Singletary in over his head? I am very concerned..
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comKyle, he is definitely learning what it takes to be a head coach. I saw significant progress from Week 1 to Week 2. But he's in a difficult situation now and it would be great if he had a mentor in the building that could help him. He has unique qualities that can be effective in leading young men. But he is struggling.
12:47 PM ETWhat player's production are you most surprised by so far this season?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comLet's take a quick peek... Arian Foster must still be near the top of everyone's list. The Denver Broncos are getting more out of Brandon Lloyd than I thought anyone would. Peyton Hillis is doing a heckuva job for Cleveland. And realy, nobody thought Michael Vick could return to his Atlanta status -- and he's actually improved on that.
Jon, Cards Fan, West Des Moines, IA
12:49 PM ETI have not questioned any decision made by Whiz but I have to think that Leinart would have been better than Anderson. I think Leinart would have at least managed the game and given us chances. What do you think about their QB situation/
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comJim, I never would have cut Matt Leinart. To me, he would have had to have played his way out of the job and off the roster by getting multiple starts in real games. To leave the club in the hands of Derek Anderson, who I like, and an undrafted rookie, made little sense to me.
Jon, Fairfield, CA
12:52 PM ETPat, what is the purpose of having an active roster on game day. If you are allowed 53 players on your roster, why not be allowed to play them all? I think this would help reduce injuries, since most of these players would be on special teams.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comJon, I will not argue that more players on the sidelines would help injury reduction or enhance the quality of play... But the NFL does not want teams with unequal rosters in a game. And not everybody has 53 healthy players. Secondly, a member of the Competition Committee suggested -- and I disagree -- that if coaches had more players, they would have more substitution packages. So what?
Aaron, Mount Forest
12:56 PM ETDing Dong Captain Checkdown is gone!! Just a quick question....if Fitz goes 8-6 or so as a starter do the Bills draft a QB like Mallett, or does cheap Ralph Wilson keep Fitz as the starter?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comYou never pass on a franchise QB. Let me take you back to 2008, when you passed on Josh Freeman for Aaron Maybin. How do you feel about that one?
And Fitz is not going 8-6.
You have a head coach who can mold QBs. Please draft one. Don't keep fooling yourself.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThat's it for today. Excited to watch tonight's game -- oldest rivalry in the NFL, and they are both 2-0 fighting for the division lead. Doesn't get any better than that!
Enjoy the game and we'll chat again next week.
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