Alex Marvez: Remember, this, though: The Cowboys may not
need to lean on their receiving corps as much as in the past with Felix Jones coming
out of the backfield and Martellus Bennett potentially emerging as a complement
for Jason Witten.
FOXSports.com: Mike wants to know about Alex’s visit to SD:
Hey Alex, love your work on Sirius, what WR on the Chargers Roster do you expect
to emerge from Training Camp as the #3 WR between Malcolm Floyd, Buster Davis, and
Alex Marvez: Let’s start with the o-line: By re-signing LT
Max Starks and LG Chris Kemoeatu and not signing veterans in free agency, the Steelers
clearly believe continuity with all five starters returning will make the unit better.
Alex Marvez: I know the line gets panned for its pass protection,
but my bigger concern is the run blocking.
Alex Marvez: The Steelers need to get back to the type of
grind-it-out attack they are known for to repeat as Super Bowl champs, imo.
Alex Marvez: That leads to your question about Mendenhall.
Alex Marvez: Injuries and age appear to have taken a toll
on Willie Parker.
Who will win the Super Bowl this season?
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Alex Marvez: Parker will be motivated because he’s entering
the final year of his contract and probably won’t be re-signed in 2010.
Alex Marvez: Ideally, Parker and Mendenhall would provide
the same type of one-two punch that Parker and Jerome Bettis did during Pittsburgh’s
championship season in 2005 (although Mendenhall clearly has a different running
style than the Bus).
FOXSports.com: Good stuff … Here’s a question from “Scooby”,
presumably from the Mystery Machine…
Is Ron Turner the right man for the job in Chicago or has it been a lack of talent
along with an aging line that has seen the bears offense become almost non-existent?
Alex Marvez: To me, this is a make-or-break year for Turner.
Alex Marvez: He no longer has the excuse of not having a
franchise quarterback with the offseason acquisition of Jay Cutler.
Alex Marvez: Plus, the offensive line was upgraded with the
signing of several veterans including Orlando Pace.
Alex Marvez: For Chicago to have offensive success, I do
believe another receiver must emerge to complement Devin Hester.
Alex Marvez: Earl Bennett, Juaquin Iglesis and Johnny Knox
are youngsters who will have that opportunity.
FOXSports.com: Got a question from Garrett for Alex on another
Alex, do you think that Alex Smith will really, truly get the opportunity to win
the starting QB job in SF? Do you think he has the skills to be a successful QB
in the NFL? Thanks!
Alex Marvez: I believe 49ers management would love to have
Smith emerge as the starter after making such a large investment — both financially
and time-wise — since he was the No. 1 overall pick in 2005.
Alex Marvez: I thought Smith looked lousy in the 2008 offseason
but it later became clear he was damaged goods playing with a bad shoulder.
Alex Marvez: Smith is healthy now but I still think Shaun
Hill is the favorite to start.
Alex Marvez: Hill isn’t the most physically gifted quarterback
but he does have some great intangibles and leadership skills.
FOXSports.com: Every year there’s one or two trendy sleepers,
and this year it seems to be the topic of Brad’s question:
Where do you see the Texans finishing-Division winners
or wild card?
Alex Marvez: I’m just not sold on the Texans for a couple
Will the Texans make the playoffs this season?
( 43% )
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Alex Marvez: A) Matt Schaub has yet to stay healthy for an
entire season and I’m not sold on Dan Orlovsky as being a winner should he be forced
Alex Marvez: B) I’m not sure if the pass rush will be greatly
improved despite some offseason acquisitions.
Alex Marvez: C) I consider Tennessee a lock to make the playoffs
and Indianapolis should be good enough to contend (although I’m not sold on the
Colts with all the coaching changes).
Alex Marvez: Regardless of who’s at wide receiver, the Redskins
need to get big passing plays back in their offense to have any shot at catching
Dallas, Philly and the Giants in the NFC East.
FOXSports.com: Mr. Kei asks:
How much of an impact Beanie Wells will be this season with AZ Cardinals?
Alex Marvez: In retrospect, I should have mentioned Wells
as a potential impact rookie.
Alex Marvez: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt wants to run
the ball more than in 2009, which will create additional opportunities for Wells
and 2008 rookie Tim Hightower.
Alex Marvez: The key with Wells is how quickly he learns
how to pass protect.
Alex Marvez: The Cardinals can’t afford to risk Kurt Warner
FOXSports.com: Michael has a rebuttal on Alex’s take on the
Texans and the AFC South earlier:
How can you say the Titans are a lock for the playoffs? They surprised a lot of
people last year and this year i believe Kerry Collins and that defense will not
be as great as it was last!
Alex Marvez: I actually think Kerry Collins will be even
better in 2009 now that he will have a full offseason and preseason working as Tennessee’s
Alex Marvez: The running game still looks promising (especially
with a slimmed-down LenDale White), one of the NFL’s best offensive lines returns
intact, and Justin Gage appears ready to emerge as a legit receiving threat.
Alex Marvez: Defensively, the loss of DT Albert Haynesworth
and d-coordinator Jim Schwartz shouldn’t be minimized but I believe Tennessee has
good enough coaching and talent to overcome that.
Alex Marvez: Only one way to find out, though: Let’s get
the season started!!!
FOXSports.com: We’ll keep firing,
how are your typing fingers, Alex?
Alex Marvez: My two fingers are still intact 🙂 … let’s
go for a few more questions
FOXSports.com: OK, we’ll keep it up — Jonathan wonders:
How do you think Tampa will do this season under the
new head coach??
Alex Marvez: I wish I had good news for the Bucs in 2009
but I think the ship may sink.
Alex Marvez: The quarterback situation is a mess and I don’t
know if the Bucs have the defensive talent to pull off an effective switch to a
more traditional 4-3 system under new defensive coordiantor Jim Bates.
Alex Marvez: We also have no idea how 32-year-old Raheem
Morris will fare as a head coach.
Alex Marvez: Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Bucs
had a Top Three pick in next year’s draft.
FOXSports.com: Geoff is worried about Urlacher and the Bears:
Can the Bears’ defense return to their form of a couple of years ago, or have the
years caught up with them?
Alex Marvez: To me, that is the key to Chicago’s season now
that QB Jay Cutler is in the fold.
Alex Marvez: The Bears haven’t lived up to their Monsters
of the Midway rep for several seasons now.
Alex Marvez: Chicago has to hope Brian Urlacher makes more
big plays, the hiring of Rod Marinelli as defensive line coach improves an underachieving
unit and changes in what was an injury-plagued secondary in 2008 are effective.
Alex Marvez: The defense is the main reason why I’m not picking
Chicago to win the NFC North.
FOXSports.com: OK, we’ll take 1-2 more before letting “The
Mullet” get some lunch — a mullet must be properly cared for.
Here’s one from “n8dawgg” …
I’m a big NFL fan but i’m in los angeles so it’s obvious what I’m hungry for. What’s
the biggest obstacle in getting an NFL team in Los Angeles at this time?
Alex Marvez: The first problem is the lack of a stadium.
Alex Marvez: The second issue is what team will fill that
Alex Marvez: Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times, who I greatly
respect, says the NFL won’t be awarding an expansion team.
Alex Marvez: That leaves an existing team that would try
to move, which could be messy.
Alex Marvez: I just don’t see this happening any time soon,
especially with the state of California’s financial problems (I’m in the FOX offices
today in L.A. and I’m being taxed five cents for each keystroke).
Do you care if L.A. ever gets another team?
( 18% )
( 82% )
Alex Marvez: The NFL, though, would be wise to look at doing
some things to keep L.A. in the loop. Maybe hold the Pro Bowl or draft in Southern
Cal to spread some love.
FOXSports.com: OK, final question from
What about the Ravens and their receiver situation?
Alex Marvez: It’s not a good one. If you’re a Ravens fan,
start a letter-writing campaign to Derrick Mason begging for his return.
Alex Marvez: Mark Clayton is the only proven receiving target
on the roster and I don’t see any answers in sight right now in free agency.
Alex Marvez: Don’t be surprised if Baltimore tries to pull
a trade with a team that has good receiver depth.
Alex Marvez: San Francisco is an intriguing possibility with
six quality players (Isaac Bruce, Michael Crabtree, Brandon Jones, Josh Morgan,
Arnaz Battle and Jason Hill) vying for what will likely be five roster spots.
Alex Marvez: It would be a major boost for Baltimore if L.J.
Smith and Todd Heap could stay injury free and become major contributors in the
passing game, but the odds of that seem low based on the past few seasons.
Alex Marvez: It looks like once again Baltimore will have
to rely on a stingy defense and strong running game for a shot at repeating last
FOXSports.com: Alright folks, thanks to Alex for another
stellar effort. We’ll try to catch up with you every so often during your camp travels,
starting with San Diego, Minnesota, Kansas City, Green Bay and Detroit.
Alex Marvez: Thanks so much for joining us today. Your questions
Thanks again to everyone for joining us — keep it here to FOXSports.com throughout training camp!