- Adam Schefter, NFL
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Q: Hey Adam, I know the Titans are comfortable with Kerry Collins at quarterback this year, but what do you think their long term plan is for the quarterback position? Do you think they will give Vince Young a shot when Collins is gone, or do you think the Titans will draft a quarterback in the upcoming draft?
-- Elliot King (Fremont, Calif.)
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A: Too early to say, Elliott. Titans owner Bud Adams is a BIG Vince Young fan, and as long as Adams owns the team, Young will have a chance. But Tennessee also needs to be thinking about other potential successors. The drafts in the years to come are going to be chock-full of quarterbacks, and I'd bet Tennessee rolls the dice on one at some point. Young will get a chance -- and he has enough talent to stake a claim to that job. But I'm guessing others also will get an opportunity, though it's impossible now to see who they are.
Q: Given the recent addition of Jermaine Phillips to the IR for the Bucs, on top of their other well-documented miseries, what are the odds that they won't finish 0-16 this year? Even home against Carolina they might not be favored.
-- Dan Murphy (Tampa)
A: Tampa Bay is not finishing 0-16 this year, Dan, promise. Did you realize that the Bucs are ranked fourth in the NFL in yardage (401.5 yards per game)? They're 14th in the league in rushing, at 115.5 yards per game, and sixth in passing, at 286 yards per game. I don't think Tampa Bay is going to the playoffs this year, I'll give you that. But I don't think they're going anywhere close to 0-16. They're not wearing the creamsicle colors, are they?
Q: Reggie Bush still hasn't established himself as a go-to running back, but is still a treat in open space and catching the ball. Would he be more dangerous as a wide receiver, getting the ball in space every time he touches it?
-- Alex (St. Louis)
A: Alex: Looks like the Saints are deploying Reggie Bush in the exact way they should this season -- all over, in space, at running back, in the slot, ball in hands. At running back, he's a threat to run it or catch it. At receiver, he'd be just a threat to primarily catch it. Besides, Sean Payton knows a teensy bit more about offense than us, don't you think? :)
Q: Adam, With the trade of Richard Seymour and the retirement of Teddy Bruschi, the Pats have freed up some cap space; Do you see any moves in the immediate future to help shore up this young defense? As with most moves by the Patriots, they are not mutually exclusive and would have to wonder if they are having discussions about Julius Peppers or others.
-- Jason (Boston)
A: Jason: If this were February or March, I'd say it were about cap space. But at this time of the year, even when teams have room, who are they going to go out and get that could dramatically alter their defense -- Jeremiah Trotter? It just doesn't happen. New England is going through a defensive transition. They're missing some of their leaders and defensive quarterbacks. It is going to take a while to adjust, especially with Jerod Mayo out of the lineup. But the Patriots have far less to worry about than most teams in the league. History proves it.
Q: At the beginning of last season, it seemed as if Jim Zorn had a lot of faith in his offense, as demonstrated by [the Redskins'] 6-2 start. Then after that Monday night loss to the Steelers, his play calling seemed to have become a lot more conservative. Moreover, after that loss it appeared he lost faith in his offense. If Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato are always so impatient with coaches (Joe Gibbs was the longest tenured Coach since ... Joe Gibbs), what are they trying to prove by keeping a bad playcaller and bad coach around in Zorn?
-- John D. (Millersville, Md.)
A: John: Dan Snyder is a fan of Zorn's and, hard as this might be to believe, doesn't want to or intend to change coaches after this season. Now if the Redskins lose on Sunday to Detroit, ending the Lions' 19-game losing streak, Snyder might feel a bit different. But coming into this season, he was determined to see Zorn succeed and wanted him to succeed. He knows what Matthew Hasselbeck thought: Zorn has many good qualities (even if Sonny Jurgensen might doubt some of them). The Redskins' offense last year got a bit complex as the season went on, and it was scaled down some coming into this year. Again, we're two weeks into the season. Let's wait until there's at least a quarter of the season done before we start firing head coaches.
Q: Adam, As reported, Detroit and Oakland will be blacked out this weekend. I can't speak to the specifics of those two stadiums, but in general, could there be legal issues raised by the the tax-paying fan base that has fully or partially funded the construction of stadiums? It seems strange that the people that front the money are then punished for not wanting to or being able to afford to attend the games.
-- Matt D (Chicago)
A: Hard to imagine, but up until 1973, every NFL game was blacked out. Over the years, the number of blackouts have decreased to where there were just nine last year. Now there are some issues in Jacksonville, Oakland and Detroit -- and there will be more blackouts this year than last year -- but it won't be as bad as some people are forecasting. The sky is not falling, though some TVs are darkening.