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Could Alabama quarterback A. J. McCarron land in the NFC South? Chris Pennell thinks the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be wise to draft him.

Could Alabama quarterback A. J. McCarron land in the NFC South? Chris Pennell thinks the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be wise to draft him.

Good afternoon folks! Welcome back to Chris’ Penn. This week was full of injuries and disappointments, so let’s jump right into the mailbag.

From the mailbag

From Robert R.

What are the Panthers going to do after the secondary was ravaged by injuries? I’m thinking cornerback Drayton Florence will be called back in, but is that enough? Who else is available?

A lot of fans seemed to be shocked Florence was cut. I would imagine he will be called back to give a depleted secondary depth. He is someone who can step right in since he knows the system. Replacing safety Charles Godfrey is probably impossible at this point. Kerry Rhodes would be the best option to bolster the safety position. The New York Giants are actually bringing him in to work out today. In 15 starts last year, he finished with four interceptions, 11 defensed passes, and two forced fumbles.

From Victoria B.

What are your thoughts on the Saints defense doing better than the offense? What do you think is the problem with the Saints offense, since they’re not clicking as they usually do?

I still think it’s too early to get a good read on this New Orleans Saints defense. They were able to take advantage of a subpar Atlanta Falcons offensive line at home in a huge rivalry game. In Week 2, running back Doug Martin ran all over them like I thought he would. Quarterback Josh Freeman has just been poor since preseason. Remember, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense struggled mightily to put up 17 points against the New York Jets.

Remember, Drew Brees is 34. He could be heading into the final leg of his career. I have tons of respect for Brees, but he is over the peak. I think he is still a top-five quarterback in this league and is capable of playing on a Super Bowl Championship level, but the window is closing for him.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is being labeled a bust by many. It's hard to argue with that assessment.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is being labeled a bust by many. It’s hard to argue with that assessment.

The biggest problem with the offense is clearly the run game. Mark Ingram claims to be the kind of back who needs many carries to be effective, the kind who gets better as the game goes on. Fine. Head coach Sean Payton needs to give him one chance or make him a perennial bench warmer until they can find another home for him.

Maybe New Orleans should make Ingram the focus of the running game for a week. Give the first- round running back the opportunities. Give him 15 or 20 carries. If he fails, he is out. Trade him. He is a young pair of legs that’ll have some value to certain teams.

A lot of fans are already calling for him to be gone. With young first rounders who have shown flashes of talent, the team has to be sure before making a move like that. That’s why it he may need to be given the chance as a feature back, just for one game.

Really, though, Pierre Thomas is the best back on this team. He is averaging 5.1 yards per carry on 14 attempts this season, compared to Darren Sproles, who has averaged 3.2 ypc on 15 carries, and Ingram, who has produced 1.8 yards a carry on 17 carries. None of them has scored a touchdown. So why is the best running back touching the rock the least?

I’m not sure Sean Payton can see his running backs any better than Josh Freeman can see his wide receivers right now with his 45.3-percent completion rate. Maybe by mistake Payton has been looking at the stat line of opposing running backs, who are averaging 5.3 ypc against them.

Hey, it happens. Even Eli Manning gets confused about which team he’s throwing to.

But seriously, there is no reason that Thomas shouldn’t be touching the ball at least 15 times a game. You’re supposed to be the savior with your play calling, coach. Act like it.

From John P.

Where does the loss of defensive end Kroy “Beer-Man” Bierman leave the Falcons?

This is a huge loss for the Atlanta Falcons. Bierman may have not been that explosive playmaker every team wants. But Bierman is that high motor, versatile end who can fall back in coverage or play linebacker that every team would love to have. He is consistent every down, every series.

The Falcons were using him in many roles this year. We saw him drop back and cover tight ends from linebacker and the next play in a three-point stance rushing the quarterback. The Falcons have no one to fill his role. The snaps will allotted to second-year defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi and rookie Malliciah Goodman. Massaquoi has made some strides since last year; I think if one of these young players steps up, it’ll be he.

From Rufus in Richmond

After two weeks of the regular season, where do you rank the NFC South quarterbacks this year? Who has the best chance of starting next year? Who has the least? Which teams do you see dipping into the draft pool for quarterback talent in next year’s deep class?

Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Josh Freeman. In that order.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is running out of time.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is running out of time.

Ryan, Brees, and Newton will all be starting next year. Freeman, the way he is playing, has two more games. They need to take advantage of a hurt new England Patriots team and pull out an upset. After that they face the Arizona Cardinals, who seem to be on the rise with a strong offense backed by an average and probably underperforming defense. If Tampa Bay heads into their Week 5 bye at 0-4, you can bet head coach Greg Schiano will try to save his job by plugging in rookie Mike Glennon.

The Saints will probably dip into the quarterback pool and take on a talented project somewhere in the third to fifth rounds as they prepare for the eventual departure of Drew Brees. This is the year to find the talent slipping to those middle rounds.

The Buccaneers would be foolish not to use a first- or second-round pick on the plethora of talent at quarterback this year. Freeman is too inconsistent. It’s virtually impossible to t build a franchise around a quarterback who can look like a Pro Bowler a few times a year and a rookie backup the rest.

Ideally, I think they should grab perhaps A. J. McCarron out of Alabama and a offensive lineman with their first two picks. Why McCarron? He accurate, takes care of the ball, and doesn’t make mistakes. I don’t care what people say about his offensive lines. He makes good decisions. With McCarron calling signals behind a revamped line and young stud running back Doug Martin shouldering the load, Tampa Bay can be consistent enough to compete.

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964 comments
Niners_Never_Die
Niners_Never_Die

The forums for the power rankings are pretty fucking funny.. Dolphins fans claiming they should be ahead of green bay and SF, and just abundant douchebaggery. Why people get so upset over imaginary rankings that do not matter...

falconsriseup19
falconsriseup19

Anyone (cough...saintschicka...cough) trying to argue Brees is doing better than Ryan right now...kill yourself.

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

Prep:  Keep at it. I am sure there are ways to tweek PlatStats.  Last week, I went 13-3.  But in week 2, one needs a lot of luck.  I picked both Houston and Bears and look how close that came.....I don't know shit about stats so my advice ends there.

Good night gents....off to the frigid streets of Northwest Chicagoland

Dorito®Neck
Dorito®Neck moderator

Bears looking at Amari Spivey and 7 others today.

Torgo's Executive Reggie
Torgo's Executive Reggie moderator

I'm debating that trade with my friend right now lol.

He said he would undo it, but now he is talking about another trade for the same guys thats no better.

bp.
bp. moderator

I hate the opening song to Fantasy Football Focus.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

Did this get mentioned? 

Speaking to NFL.com's Mike Silver, an anonymous Falcons player said "our (offensive) linemen are punks."

Niners_Never_Die
Niners_Never_Die

Oh btw it was the Charges Broncos game in 08. Last game of the season winner goes to the playoffs and cutler threw a pic with 10+ minutes to go in the 3rd quarter and pouted and in the corner of the bench by himself like a little bitch and gave up. Traded the next season.

Niners_Never_Die
Niners_Never_Die

So I was incorrect about it being a playoff game, but still. It was basically a playoff game.

Niners_Never_Die
Niners_Never_Die

@___bp___ @Niners_Never_Die I am not sure.. but I was told it never happened earlier.. which I guess was right because it wasn't a playoff game, but division deciding game where the winner makes it.. it was a playoff game.

bp.
bp. moderator

@Niners_Never_Die @___bp___ I just remember a game where Cutler was being a whiney little bitch while with the Broncos, and RIvers was on the far sideline yelling shit at him and spitting and acting like an asshole the whole second half.  SO it was hilarious on both accounts.

bp.
bp. moderator

It went on for a lot longer than that too.

Dorito®Neck
Dorito®Neck moderator

@Niners_Never_Die @___bp___ It was not technically a playoff game. Also, I  don't give a fuck about what happened in Denver anyway. That place was a madhouse. The OC had no clue what was going on and the management in general had their heads up their asses. Cutler was never treated very respectfully and i don't blame him for wanting out of there. Best move he has made in his career was to leave Denver. Nothing that happened in Denver has any bearing on Jay Cutler in Chicago. You use an example from his last day in Denver as to why he is a pouty whiny quitter. weak sauce.

Niners_Never_Die
Niners_Never_Die

I know it wasn't technically a playoff game, thats where I was wrong earlier. Sorry for not perfectly remembering a bronco game from 08, but it was for the division with playoff implications. lol... but yes there is no doubt he has grown up a lot since then.. and yes he is better off in Chicago, but I still don't think he has the fight in him to win it all.

Dorito®Neck
Dorito®Neck moderator

@Niners_Never_Die I have not seen enough to say he has what it takes to win it all. I have seen enough to know that he wants it. THat right now he is playing really hard to get it. Two come from behind victories in the first two weeks is something we could only hope for from him last season. I think it happened once. He is making strides in the right direction which is all we have been asking for.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

@Natesweet @Niners_Never_Die @___bp___ "Cutler cried his way out of Denver that offseason. Because the new coach wasn't sure he wanted that little bitch as his qb."

That's not exactly what happened.

McDaniels contacted Jay, and said he looked forward to coaching him and the Broncos.  McDaniels (who was also given GM privileges for some reason) then went behind Jay's back, and tried to trade him for Cassel.

I can understand Jay's frustration in that situation.

Niners_Never_Die
Niners_Never_Die

@Natesweet @Niners_Never_Die I just remember I really liked him, I thought he showed tons of talent back then and was pulling for him, and I remember watching that game and was shocked at how he acted and never liked him since.

bp.
bp. moderator

@Natesweet @Niners_Never_Die Maybe just being slightly more grown up.

But I still hate him and think he is a baby bitch face wad ass.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

@bp, that video isn't the same game that Niners was referring to.  He and Rivers were like that in pretty much every game.

And I always thought it was interesting how Rivers came out of that, while clearly also being a punk (probably even a bigger one), without being labeled the same way Cutler was.

Dorito®Neck
Dorito®Neck moderator

@Niners_Never_Die @Natesweet He definitely was more punky back then in Denver by far. He had that one bad bad day for his image in the NFCCG against the Packers but even that was blown way out of proportion. He had a legit injury. He could have played. But he likely would have looked worse than Hanie. Can't blame him if the team pulled him but he should not have been sulking on the sidelines. he should have been trying to jazz Hanie up.

bp.
bp. moderator

@tmonson78 Being a pussy (how Cutler seemed) is more faux pas than being an asshole in a testosterone-laden game.

I equally hate Rivers.  As you obviously do too.  Actually, I hate him more.  Older wiser Jay is funny.  He is just also a baby bitch face wad ass.

Dorito®Neck
Dorito®Neck moderator

Man. Madden totally cheats. Especially in the playoffs. I am punting from my own 44 and it sails into the end zone on an 80% kick. I hardly ever get 45 yard punts let alone 55 yard punts.

Jeff_Schulz
Jeff_Schulz

Let me guess......a pro Packer article?

Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

The Panthers started the season 2-0 in 1st place in the division...then I woke up.....to a 0-2 team Coached by Ron Rivera....

LSU4LIFE
LSU4LIFE

@Cam Of Steel It's all about your front office bro.Example the Bears sign Bennett,the Bucs pass on him,and sign Tom Crabtree,those are the kind of decisions that kill a season for a team.

LSU4LIFE
LSU4LIFE

@Cam Of Steel I thought they should have fired Rivera,and get a better coordinator than Shula,after last season,Chud was horrible and Shula was one of his favorites.

LSU4LIFE
LSU4LIFE

@Cam Of Steel Is it surprising that the Browns have scored just 19 pts in 2 games,with Chud running their offense.