Transcript: Adam Caplan Chat

The Sirius Radio and analyst dropped by the chat room last Wednesday night. Here's the transcript, as Adam handled questions on items like the Browns remaining roster holes and their prognosis for the remainder of the season.

Adam Caplan: hi all

<iconoclast88> Ok Adam. What happens to Brady Quinn if Derek Anderson continues to put up these numbers?
Adam Caplan: IC: He'll sit as long as they continue to win
Adam Caplan: they will let situation play out is what I was told
Adam Caplan: they have no pressure to play him

<Brownsfan91171> Barry, Adam Is there a concern with out Tightends?
Adam Caplan: BR: Nope
Adam Caplan: Angulo is a huge TE
Adam Caplan: and can block
Adam Caplan: like a third OT

<osubuckeyes76> adam do you think he can step in
Adam Caplan: OSU: IF needed to block, yes
Adam Caplan: bricks for hands though

<pbgolfer> Hey Adam - Is there any way for the Browns to ix their pass rush - I feel that will really help our porous defense
Adam Caplan: PB: Not really but if Peek is healthier, that would help

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, any news on Bentley, Baxter or Lewis?
Adam Caplan: BR: Nothing new
Adam Caplan: Lewis though should be back after bye

<BleedingOrangeandBrown> Will Harrison get more looks as a change of pace due to his performance against Miami?
Adam Caplan: BL: last week's game will help him be active on Sunday
Adam Caplan: As for carries, depends on game plan and opponent

<ramllov> Adam, Has Harrison learned how to pass protect/block?
Adam Caplan: RAM: It's more than that, he has to practice better overall
Adam Caplan: in all phases of his game

<clebrowns80> Adam, any word how Brady is developing in practice, anything on how he is looking?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Better, he has a a good grasp of offense

<DawgHowl> Are the browns trying to add DL help during the bye week?
Adam Caplan: DAWG: Don't look for anything soon
Adam Caplan: they looked at options recently, nothing out there good

<pbgolfer> With the Browns remaining schedule - do you feel we have an outside chance at the last wild card spot? That is if the defense can improved to a mid-tier, and the offence keeps it up on a consistent basis?
Adam Caplan: PB: Can't see it, if they played in NFC then maybe
Adam Caplan: can you guys write to NFL office to get them moved?

<DawgHowl> Any changes or adjustments being made to the D?
Adam Caplan: DAW: Coaches are self scouting and reviewing tape so hopefully that will help

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, is Anderson really a viable QB for future, or huge trade bait?
Adam Caplan: BR: Solid #2 QB for team
Adam Caplan: Look for them to offer him modest extension possibly before end of season

<miles369> I haven't seen much out of Leon lately what is up with him? I thought he would eventually take place of Jackson or maybe even Davis but I think he is a big let down this year
Adam Caplan: MI: He's playing better of late
Adam Caplan: Andra Davis may not start next year
Adam Caplan: Williams is the better player seen by many

<miles369> what will happen trade or release
Adam Caplan: MI: Too early to say

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, is Anderson drawing interest from other teams?
Adam Caplan: BR: Not yet
Adam Caplan: but many are impressed

<osubuckeyes76> Adam Davis is not a very good tackler
Adam Caplan: OS: Williams is more physical

<osubuckeyes76> Adam has Ben Taylor been signed by anyone
Adam Caplan: OSU: Nope
Adam Caplan: not even a visit
Adam Caplan: poor guy

<osubuckeyes76> too bad he couldn't stay healthy
Adam Caplan: OS: He was too small
Adam Caplan: to play SLB
Adam Caplan: GB had him there

<DawgHowl> Adam: what is going on with the safeties? they seem lost in coverage
Adam Caplan: DAW: They don't do well with the ball in the air

<miles369> after the bye week do you see this team becoming more than just .500
Adam Caplan: MI: 7-9 or 8-8 if all goes well

<miles369> That is a lot better than a lot expected so i will take 8-8
Adam Caplan: MI: Hell yea, you have to be happy right now
Adam Caplan: no way we could see that after week one

<ramllov> Adam, Will the Browns take a look at Hamilton again after he is healthy?
Adam Caplan: RAM: As backup, yes

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, is Tucker pushing Shaffer out of the RT spot?
Adam Caplan: BR: Nope
Adam Caplan: Tucker should be backup all season

<clebrowns80> Adam, safe to say that Crennel will still be around next year?
Adam Caplan: CLE: No way, too early to say that, they have 10 games left

<johndq> Do u think Harrison sees some touches against the rams
Adam Caplan: JOHN: Depends how he practices
Adam Caplan: they would like to use him
Adam Caplan: but they don't fully trust him yet

<iconoclast88> Adam . . . do we currently have a quality defensive lineman?
Adam Caplan: IC: Not many are good starters

<ramllov> Adam, there is a defensive lineman out there, Willie Whitehead? I thought he played for NO last year or the year before. Do the Browns have any interest in him, does he have anything left?
Adam Caplan: RAM: I really thought he would sign some where, NE tried him out a few weeks ago
Adam Caplan: He can play 3-4
Adam Caplan: and he can rush passer
Adam Caplan: CLE has no plans to bring him as of now
Adam Caplan: he's the best DT out there
Adam Caplan: He signed Peek after I guessed that they might want him so who knows

<miles369> do you think in the offseason next year we can address the Dline through the draft or just free agency or both
Adam Caplan: MI: Both, they need an infusion of talent

<MikeFromRochester> adam, any interest in Jimmy Kennedy, the big DT. I believe he is still out there and he is relatively young?
Adam Caplan: MIE: No, he's soft
Adam Caplan: bad rep

<nudawg> who do you expect to replace McKinney next year? anyone on the present team?
Adam Caplan: NU: I suspect he will have competition

<DawgHowl> any free agent NT worth a look this offseason?
Adam Caplan: DAW: We'll take a look in December
Adam Caplan: for next year

<MuskieDawg01> Adam - do you think that Grantham will be in the hot seat at seasons end? Thanks
Adam Caplan: MU: At the very least, they have to get more talent
Adam Caplan: it's scary how bad front seven is
Adam Caplan: and has been

<pbgolfer> Do you think Hanesworth will get tagged? He would look great on the D-line for the Browns the way he is playing - an we have the cap.
Adam Caplan: PB: They might

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, Thomas has played 6 games now. What are your opinions?
Adam Caplan: BR: Improving, good signs
Adam Caplan: still needs to get stronger
Adam Caplan: more consistent with footwork
Adam Caplan: but good signs to far

<johndq> Why not give purcell or pittman a shot
Adam Caplan: Pittman isn't worth a shot
Adam Caplan: try hard guy
Adam Caplan: marginal player

<miles369> would Fraley be a better guard than McKinney is now?
Adam Caplan: MI: Doubt it

<MuskieDawg01> Now that Romeo has relatively outperformed in the first part of the year, do you see him staying at years end?
Adam Caplan: MU: Ask me with a few games left

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, do you consider us set at LT for awhile then?
Adam Caplan: BR: 10-13 years
Adam Caplan: Savage did the right thing
Adam Caplan: with JT

<osubuckeyes76> Adam what's the word on Jamal's foot?
Adam Caplan: OS: They think he will be able to play after bye

<MuskieDawg01> What's going on with Bentley? Do you think he'll see the field this year?
Adam Caplan: MU: No
Adam Caplan: never did

<DawgHowl> Adam is Wimbley in a sophomore slump or just a victim of having no playmakers around him?
Adam Caplan: DAW: HE needs help on other side and he goes up field too much

<MuskieDawg01> AP was the sexy pick, JT was the right pick
Adam Caplan: MU: Funny, I said the same thing
Adam Caplan: but not with AP
Adam Caplan: just in general
Adam Caplan: I will always take a franchise LT over RB
Adam Caplan: if they can get a RB next year you guys will be very happy

<MuskieDawg01> Do you see Big Ted getting during the season or lasting the year due to his relationship with Romeo?
Adam Caplan: MU: He'll be gone after season

<MikeFromRochester> amen, the tackle was the right pick, just look how our backs are doing
Adam Caplan: look at the pass protection
Adam Caplan: that's the biggest thing scouts see on tape

<nudawg> Would you prefer a pas rushing lber over a run stopping nt?
Adam Caplan: NU: They have get help up front on defense

<iconoclast88> Speaking of running backs . . . is Michael Turner a very good possibility going into next season?
Adam Caplan: IC: I think they will look at him

<weweber3> with tucker getting game reps do you think they are trying to move shaffer before the trade deadline?
Adam Caplan: WE: No, deadline passed

<MuskieDawg01> or better yet, is our defensive backfield too poor to cover our backside if we blitz?
Adam Caplan: MU: Talent problem
Adam Caplan: scheme is ok
Adam Caplan: but could be tweaked a little

<DawgHowl> Michael Turner worth the asking price? sure its gonna be big bucks
Adam Caplan: DAW: He may be best RB in free agency

<miles369> Jamal Lewis a go for week 8?
Adam Caplan: MI: Again ,they think he should be back

<pbgolfer> Does it seem to you that Sean Jones has digressed a bit? Is it because he is now in charge and doesn't have a teammate calling the plays?
Adam Caplan: PB: Yes, doesn't play ball well the air

<ramllov> Adam, it sounds that Crennel and company will have to coach up the defense to get improvement
Adam Caplan: RAM: Yes, I expect some slight changes after bye
Adam Caplan: after they watch the film again

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, do you think the NT we signed has any potential?
Adam Caplan: Leonard - developmental player

<nudawg> What's the story with Pool? Last year he would shut down te's with regularity. Now he is a liability in coverage.
Adam Caplan: NU: He has regressed
Adam Caplan: they have to reevaluate him
Adam Caplan: after season

<broelf> Adam, do you think Turner can be a full time back? Is he big enough to chance it?
Adam Caplan: BR: Yes, I asked a former front office guy there about him recently
Adam Caplan: he said he's a starter next year for sure
Adam Caplan: and a good one
Adam Caplan: tough guy and runs well
Adam Caplan: can catch too

<ramllov> Adam, do you see the Browns going after any additional developmental practice squad type guys, say like McBean, from Pittsburgh practice squad?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Not at this point
Adam Caplan: they have to sign a veteran or two
Adam Caplan: that can play now
Adam Caplan: there are like 3-4
Adam Caplan: who can help whitehead for one
Adam Caplan: but Savage may not have good grades on the free agents

<MuskieDawg01> What are your thoughts on Harrison at this point - can he contribute regularly or are they still overly concerned about his pass
Adam Caplan: MU: Again, it's more than passing blocking
Adam Caplan: that's old news
Adam Caplan: he hasn't practiced well enough to get on the field
Adam Caplan: Harrison has plenty of talent
Adam Caplan: it's his approach to practicing
Adam Caplan: he needs to be more consistent

<miles369> any improvement out of eric wright, he was struggling big time at first which was expected out of a rookie CB but do you see any
Adam Caplan: MI: Yes, he has improved

<ramllov> Adam. When are the Browns going to play Travis Wilson?
Adam Caplan: Wilson may not be back next year
Adam Caplan: My sense is they aren't happy with him
Adam Caplan: when they badly need a WR who is young like him and he's inactive very week, bad sign

<miles369> just think if we had a 3rd reciever that we could dump it off to if winslow and BE and JJ arent open
Adam Caplan: MI: I've been saying that for 6 months now
Adam Caplan: Savage blew it there
Adam Caplan: by not getting a veteran WR
Adam Caplan: that's the missing piece to offense

<DawgHowl> Adam: what do you think of Vickers? I think he is a good lead blocker
Adam Caplan: DAW: He's improving

<MuskieDawg01> Any chance at Haynesworth in the offseason Adam?
Adam Caplan: MU: Not sure if he wants to play in 3-4

<MikeFromRochester> adam, do you think SD overpaid for Chambers
Adam Caplan: MIKE: That's a high pick
Adam Caplan: but they were desperate for help for #2 WR
Adam Caplan: Craig Davis hasn't developed
Adam Caplan: that really does help them getting chambers
Adam Caplan: good thing is it's the same scheme

<osubuckeyes76> how close was Quinn to coming in last week Adam
Adam Caplan: OSU: None
Adam Caplan: only if game was blowout
Adam Caplan: was Quinn playing

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you see Quinn playing at all this year?
Adam Caplan: CLE: IF DA plays badly two games in a row or games are blowouts or they are out of playoffs
Adam Caplan: he'll play

<MuskieDawg01> Will we be blitzing more in the future or are our DBs too unimpressive of late to chance it
Adam Caplan: MU: I see them mixing up blitz more

<ramllov> Adam, what type of chance does Cleveland have against Seattle?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Good chance
Adam Caplan: SEA can't run ball and WRs are banged up

<MuskieDawg01> Will Jamal be around next year?
Adam Caplan: MU: Can't see it
Adam Caplan: he can't be a starter for a good team

<weweber3> is justin smith a potential 3-4 DE?
Adam Caplan: WE: No way
Adam Caplan: too small

<miles369> what is the story with STL
Adam Caplan: MI: OL is beat up
Adam Caplan: Frerotte almost got killed last week

<MikeFromRochester> there seems to be some decent vet receivers out there, why won't we bring one in?
Adam Caplan: Like Rod Gardner, Corey Bradford
Adam Caplan: I'd look at them

<weweber3> rod gardener couldn't keep a job with the receiverless cheifs
Adam Caplan: WE: He's an experienced WR
Adam Caplan: they have to get one

<miles369> Stephen Jackson are we going to see any of him when we come to town?
Adam Caplan: MI: 50-50
Adam Caplan: he won't play this week

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, 3 potential pro-bowlers? Edwards, Winslow, Cribbs?
Adam Caplan: BR: Yes

<MuskieDawg01> Adam - do you foresee Tucker overtaking the RT position for the rest of the year soon?
Adam Caplan: MU: No
Adam Caplan: would make no sense
Adam Caplan: Shaffer is playing well

<ramllov> ADam, Shaffer's pass protection, trumps, Tuckers run blocking, Yes?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Shaffer has been surprisingly good in most phases

Adam Caplan: all: good chat, see you next wek

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