1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ETPat Kirwan
NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan was back to take your questions about the NFL Draft, free agency and all the offseason topics during his weekly live chat on Tuesday, June 14 at 1 p.m. ET.
For more from Pat, including his offseason position-by-position player rankings, view his archive here.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi everyone. Excited to see talks continue. I've been optimistic all year about getting a deal done, and I'm even more optimistic now.
1:02 PM ETTell me the recent labor news is true and that we have a deal in place by the 4th of July weekend.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHi Ben. There are so many details to be worked out. Maybe by July 4 - more likely there's an announcement around that time that at least a framework has been agreed to so that they can get rolling soon with free agency.
Bottom line: I don't think we'll miss any preseason games. Although it wouldn't be terrible if we did!
Michael, NY, NY
1:04 PM ETPat, does Miami resign Ricky, Ronnie or a free agent like Deangelo Williams?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThey'll re-sign one of their vets, and if it were me it would be Ronnie Brown. I like Ricky, but why take a chance on his age if you can get a younger back.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comWe don't know yet if DeAngelo Williams will be available, but Miami might not care about spending big money on a back when they drafted promising Daniel Thomas in the second round.
Hakan, New Jersey
1:06 PM ETDo you think Michael Vick will repeat his remarkable season next year? Or was it a fluke?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comIt's not a fluke. And the young talent around him is very good. He'll have some challenges as teams do a better job of learning how to play him. But he'll be fine. The biggest challenge is staying healthy for 16 games.
tom, Los Angeles
1:07 PM ETHey Pat, I have a question about the lockout. Theoretically, couldn't the owners fire their coaches. Sounds ridiculous but then the coaches could go workout with the team. Then when the lockout is over, just rehire the coaches?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comTom, I'm sure they could think of something that wild. But the owners aren't interested in anything but getting a deal done. No need to circumvent that.
And what happens if you fire dom Capers in Green Bay and he's free to talk to anyone? And by the way... the coaches' contracts are guaranteed, so they'd still be paying them anyway1!
Andre, Kitchener, ON, Canada
1:09 PM ETPat, Are you going to do a specialist ranking? If not, who are the best in the league in your opinion?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI may do it, Andre. Just fininshing up the pass rushers today. I'd like to know your definition of specialist - there are an awful lot of different ones out there.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comAs for punter and kicker, the best punter is easily Oakland's Shane Lechler. The best kicker? Whoever the last guy was to hit a 52-yarder.
1:11 PM ETHey Pat, how's it going? Most people have the Bears finishing last in the NFC North. If the Bears can improve the OL and Cutler makes major strides in his second year with Martz, I think they'll give Green Bay a run for their money. After all, they played Green Bay better than anyone last year. Thoughts?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comJeff, I do a four-hour radio show every day, and not one person has suggested the Bears will be last in the North. the argument is always about Green Bay and Chicago challenging for the division. Detroit is not ready and Minnesoota certainly is not ready.
Jared, Eugene, OR
1:13 PM ETHey Pat, loved your book. If Nnamdi Asomugha leaves Oakland, are there any less expensive free agent corners who can play press coverage all the time who the Raiders might look to bring in?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThanks, Jared. I can find one but he won't be as good as Nnamdi. Johnathan Joseph of the Bengals might be your best bet. I'm not suggesting he's as good.
If you take away the limitation of press coverage, I might also put Ike Taylor or Richard Marshall in there.
Ryan, Greenville, NC
1:15 PM ETIs T.Pryor worth a late round supplemental claim?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comRyan, he is if you're talking below the fourth round. I think a lot of teams might consider that. Look for teams with two picks in a round to give it the strongest consideration.
1:16 PM ETWhat's your opinion on Plaxico Burress joining the eagles?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comI talked to two GMs about Burress and both said they've got to see him work out first. But there is some interest. I don't think there's a big deal on the table for him. Mike Vick is politicking hard for him -- which probably will influence Andy Reid. Andy can see that the rest of his receivers are on the small side and Burress is a good red-zone threat. Vick has done very well off the field, and this project is a lot easier -- Plax will come in and won't say a word. He'd just got to work.
1:19 PM ETGOOD DAY PAT! I listen to you on my 2 hour ride home everyday on MTC! Great program!! I have been keeping up with the Falcons players practices / workouts. Roddy White has not participated at all. Do you think that this is bad? Should'nt he be there "mentoring" Julio?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThanks, Eric. It would be great if Roddy were there -- no denying that. But I do think Matt Ryan is a fine mentor for Julio. The young QB is very demanding.
1:20 PM ETWhen Jermicheal Finley went down last year it took the Pack two or three weeks to adjust. But when they did I think they were better because it forced Aaron Rodgers to spread the ball around more. Could having Finley back actually slow down the Packers?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comNo, Ben. Aaron Rodgers knew how to distribute the ball when Finley was healthy. Having Finley on the field, especially when he's flexed, causes a ton of problems for the defense. Not only in passing game but in run support. And I'll be interested to see how they use D.J. Williams, the fifth-round pick from Arkansas.
Defenses do not want to see Finley. They have more weapons than they need in Green Bay. But that's a problem for the opposition.
Michael, NY, NY
1:23 PM ETIf you're the Jets, assuming they resign Holmes, would you rather have Burress or Edwards as the second WR?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comMichael, I like Braylon Edwards. Mark Sanchez knows him and he made big plays for you last year. He's no longer dropping the ball like he was in Cleveland, and he's younger than Burress. Plaxico might still have something in the tank but he hasn't played since 2008.
Travis Tucker, Naples, Fl
1:25 PM ETI love my front line in detroit but i'm a little uneasy about naming them. Shouldn't we wait till we have a winning season and teams are scared of us?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comTravis, I'm kina with you on that one. But it won't make a difference either way once games start. Your opponents might be laughing a bit at the new title -- Silver Crush -- but it won't have any impact.
1:27 PM ETPat, is it safe to say that Peyton Hillis has only flashed his capabilities at this point. Can he achieve higher levels of play or was last year a fluke type season for him unattainable again?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comGregory, you're dealing with both extremes. Is he onward and upward to the stars, or going to fall flat? How about if he maintains the level of success he had last year for another four or five years? He is capable of that.
I was disappointed to see him not on the NFL Network's Top 100. That doesn't make sense.
1:30 PM ETHey Pat, I think Kerry Collins is a little underrated and has some good football left in him. What kind of season could you see him leading this year if back with the Titans?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comAlex, lasting 16 games at his age is an issue that has to be discussed. Even if he's not injured, how effective can he be through 16 games as his body starts to break down? And what happens with Kenny Britt's off-field issues. It gets even harder if his best WR is off the field. I'd give him a little over 3,000 yards passing and 18-20 TDs if he's healthyt and plays a whole season.
Glenn, Richmond, Tx
1:32 PM ETPat, With new kickoff rules going into play will players like Josh Cribbs have much less impact on games this season as in the past?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comGlenn, it's a fact that in the last year or so, when we kick it out.ed off from the 35 there were much less big returns. With Cribbs back there, they'll look to kick it out of the end zone and eliminate the return altogether. For lesser returners, they'll try to kick it two or three yards into the end zone and hope they bring it out.
Tom, Erie, PA
1:34 PM ETHey Pat I was wondering if it would be practical for the Browns to explore adding D linemen like V. Gholston or A. Maybin? I know they haven't been great but at OLB in 3-4 sets. could a return to DE where each was in college be the right move?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comThey were not only not great -- they weren't even good. Someone will sign them, but i wouldn't count on them doing much -- especially Gholston.
1:35 PM EThi pat. do you think steve smith can still stretch the field or is he more of a possession receiver at this point?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comDave, I assume you're talking about Carolina's Steve smith. I think he can still have his moments. He's better at a) breaking a tackle or b) making someone miss as opposed to just running past them. That's never really been his game. He's so damn competitive, and on the right team he can still be effective.
1:39 PM ETThank you for answering questions today! How do you think switching to the west coast offense will affect the 49ers this year and do you think they have the personnel to run the offense?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comSure they do, Paul. It's always about the quarterback. There's always a question mark with Alex Smith, but Jim Harbaugh will bring out whatever Smith has to offer.
I wish Michael Crabtree would make a better effort in regard to the things he's been saying this offseason. I'm sure when Harbaugh gets a hold of him, that will be communicated. Whether or not Crabtree handles that tough love will remain to be seen.
Crabtree's earlier comments about Alex Smith were inappropriate.
Bob, Saint Paul MN
1:42 PM ETWhat is your evaluation of Christian Ponder?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comBob, no one has a good evaluation yet. He hasn't done anything. But I did watch him in Mobile at the Senior Bowl and he handles himself in a very professional manner.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comHe played well in Mobile, too. My expectations are that he'll be pretty good eventually. But I wouldn't want to start him as a rookie unless my team was in a rebuild. And the Vikings are not.
David, Tulsa, OK
1:45 PM ETWhat do you make of the Saints running-back situation? Do you see them keeping all 4 (Bush, Ingram, Ivory, Thomas) or do you see one of those guys leaving?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comDavid, there's a chance one would leave, but I'd go to camp with all four -- which means restructuring Reggie's contract. I've talked to the Saints and they do want him back. They know how to best use him.
The Saints could be in good shape to trade one of their RBs late in camp if someone else around the league gets hurt. They could get good value for Pierre Thomas if another team loses their starting RB in August.
1:48 PM ETWhat would be your super bowl matchup i know its far too early but i like Eagles vs Colts
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comAllan, I'll throw you a curveball. Cleveland vs. Detroit.
Okay, just kidding... I like the Packers and the Patriots.
1:49 PM ETwho is going to be tom brady's next big deep threat?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comDave, I think they'll look for a receiver in free agency. They are set with tight ends and slot receivers. Unless Brandon Tate comes around... they need a deep threat and it's not on the roster. If I were a Patriot fan, I'd love to see them get Sidney Rice -- if he's a free agent.
1:51 PM ETHey Pat, not really a question, but I'm going to disagree with your assessment of Rodgers playing with Finley. Over the first five games Jennings only averaged 36 yd/game receiving (not #1 WR numbers). I think Rodgers will have to make a concerted effort to spread the ball more when he has all his weapons healthy.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comJohn, spreading the ball is dictated by defense. The quarterback reads the coverage and goes where the defense is weakest. Early last season, defenses knew who Jennings was and covered Jennings while letting Finley go where he wanted.
Now that Finley is a threat, the coverage will be balanced, and Rodgers will go where the coverage dictates he should go.
I'll ask Aaron Rodgers about this when I speak to him at the NBC golf tournament in Tahoe. We'll do our radio show live from the driving range there.
Pat Kirwan, NFL.comOkay, gotta roll. Thanks for the great questions. Look forward to speaking to you next week when I'm back in my usual Monday slot.
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