Transcript: Adam Caplan Chat

Here's what Adam had to say about the Cleveland Browns heading into their battle against New York and with big off-season decisions about players like Derek Anderson (pictured) looming. Get the inside view on the Browns from Scout.com's NFL Insider!

<ckindians> Adam, what are our chances of keeping Anderson
Adam Caplan: CK: I think someone will tender an offer sheet for first and third
Adam Caplan: assuming he plays well
Adam Caplan: he had a bad first half last week
Adam Caplan: but he did finish strong

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, is Anderson's stock going down a bit??
Adam Caplan: BR: Too early to say that
Adam Caplan: a few bad games in a row will be an issue

<grinquisit> Adam: % chances of Grantham returning? And is Phil creating a list for DC's?
Adam Caplan: GR: Grantham should stay

<iconoclast88> Adam . . . any chance Eric Wright starts against the Jets?
Adam Caplan: IC: Don't think he plays

<branc> Adam what's our estimated cap room for next year
Adam Caplan: BR: Won't know until Feb.
Adam Caplan: But I would suspect they will sign two solid FAs

<BrownsBacker> Think he needs more playmakers Adam? (Grantham)
Adam Caplan: BR: Yes
Adam Caplan: at LB and DL

<clebrowns80> Adam, have you heard of any teams interested in Anderson?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Way too early to know
Adam Caplan: but there at least 11 teams that need a starter
Adam Caplan: for next year

<robdawgie> 4,0Adam - not Turner or Fred Taylor?
Adam Caplan: ROB: Taylor signed an extension
Adam Caplan: last year
Adam Caplan: Turner makes sense

<donodawg> Adam: Andra Davis is Tom Cousineau. Tom Cousinau was an OK player, but we need an Eddie Johnson. Do you agree that we
need a more aggressive ILB in the MIKE. I no longer believe its just the DL. This is a weak ILB corp.
Adam Caplan: DON: Cousineau as you know was a great college player
Adam Caplan: never amounted to much
Adam Caplan: NFL-wise
Adam Caplan: decent pro
Adam Caplan: but no where near meeting the hype

<TheNNIE> How about Wilhelm at ILB?
Adam Caplan: THE: Wilhelm I think signed an extension as well

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you think that the browns believe that Quinn is a better long term answer for the browns organization than
Anderson?
Adam Caplan: CLE: I think they are happy with either one

<timrick> Adam...in your opinion, do the Browns make the playoffs?
Adam Caplan: TIM: No at this point
Adam Caplan: hopefully 10-6
Adam Caplan: but 9-7 is more realistic
Adam Caplan: that was a bad loss last week
Adam Caplan: ARI had all sorts of injuries and they still couldn't win

<walzydawgg192002> i hope we don't just sit back on defense on 3rd and 11 again this week, we need to come out fast
Adam Caplan: DAWG: They don't handle success well enough
Adam Caplan: and Anderson needs to start stronger
Adam Caplan: that was embarrasing
Adam Caplan: last week in first half

<timrick> Adam, it was a bad loss, but it speaks that this team has 4 turnovers and 11 penalties and was still in the game?
Adam Caplan: TIM: At least DA hung in there
Adam Caplan: What I like about Anderson is nothing rattles him

<dhohenshil> Adam how did leonard look at NT last week?
Adam Caplan: DH: He didn't play a lot but he did ok

<branc> adam whats wrong with kamerion wimbley
Adam Caplan: BR: Still gets up field too much

<iconoclast88> Adam . . . seemed like Arizona was getting quite a bit of pressure on DA . . . did our line play as well as usual?
Adam Caplan: IC: Wasn't as good as other games
Adam Caplan: but not bad
Adam Caplan: ARI is a tough matchup because they do a lot of different fronts

<branc> we should have drafted ngata
Adam Caplan: BR: Please
Adam Caplan: did you say that last year?
Adam Caplan: I'll let you in on something, he was going to be a Brown about two weeks before the draft

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you believe that Romeo is basically safe to be here next year?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Yes
Adam Caplan: I wouldn't give him an extension though
Adam Caplan: he's signed through 2009
Adam Caplan: why the hurry

<donodawg> any thoughts on why Cribbs hasn't been allowed to throw the ball on a gadget? Romeo just to conservative to try?
Adam Caplan: DO: you saw him to in there but I don't know what happened on the two point conversion
Adam Caplan: at least it worked

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, isn't the Defensive Coach responsible for the issues late in Arizona? How cold they run on us so mch late in the
game, when we knew they were doing that?
Adam Caplan: BR: Too many breakdowns
Adam Caplan: in that game

<timrick> Adam, will the Browns go after Haynesworth?
Adam Caplan: TIM: I think a lot of teams will

<TheNNIE> 2,0Should we look for a new d-coordinator, is John Fox a fit?
Adam Caplan: THE: Let him get fired first
Adam Caplan: but he coaches the 4-3

<robdawgie> 4,0Adam, do you see us parting with Andra Davis this offseason?
Adam Caplan: ROB: Possibly

<nudawg> what makes you think Haynesworth won't get franchised?
Adam Caplan: NU: I didn't say he wouldn't
Adam Caplan: they may choose to do that
Adam Caplan: if they don't, he will find a lot of suitors
Adam Caplan: guys like that don't come free often

<TheNNIE> Does Tommy Kelly or Darrion Scott knee tears make them untouchable in FA?
Adam Caplan: THE: Scott got hurt this year I believe
Adam Caplan: Kelly is an upgrade at DE
Adam Caplan: can play in 3-4
Adam Caplan: too
Adam Caplan: not a bad player
Adam Caplan: and good against run

<branc> are the browns a better team than Tennessee?
Adam Caplan: BR: Nope
Adam Caplan: TEN has a much better defense
Adam Caplan: not even close
Adam Caplan: CLE has the better offense obviously

<TheNNIE> 2,0I know but they both are on IR an will be UFA at the end of the year...too risky?
Adam Caplan: THE: Scott is a risk
Adam Caplan: for sure
Adam Caplan: Would have to look more at what is going on with Kelly

<grinquisit> TEN will franchise Haynesorth?
Adam Caplan: GR: Too early to say
Adam Caplan: We usually find that out after regular season is over or get an idea

<timrick> Adam....does Thomas, Winslow and Steinbach make the probowl?
<timrick> Cribbs has to be a lock, right?
Adam Caplan: TIM: Browns should get at least 5 maybe 6

<ramllov> Is Louis Leonard a guy who will get a look next year?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Sure, developmental prospect

<jdshro> What do you see in Jamal's future with the team at this point?
Adam Caplan: JD: He's helping his cause that's for sure
Adam Caplan: but he turns 29
Adam Caplan: in august
Adam Caplan: that's the problem
Adam Caplan: They must get a younger back

<ramllov> Can Savage sign Jamal Lewis for a two year contract?
Adam Caplan: RAM: I don't know if Lewis will be that reasonable
Adam Caplan: that's the problem

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, are we capable of winning games relying on the run if the weather is bad?
Adam Caplan: BR: Yes
Adam Caplan: Lewis has played in a lot of bad weather games

<timrick> Adam, is Turner from San Diego the real deal?
Adam Caplan: TIM: Yes, check out my free agent article on free agent RBs

<donodawg> DL: is the solution in the draft, or in free agency?
Adam Caplan: DON: Draft is much better for RBs
Adam Caplan: fairly deep
Adam Caplan: if they don't get Turner, look for a first day RB
Adam Caplan: especially if they someone signs DA for first and third

<Brownsfan91171> Adam, does it seem like Tucker is an upgrade with the running game?
Adam Caplan: BR: Yes

<TheNNIE> 2,0What's up with this Bockwoldt kid? He was NO best defender as a rookie... Never developed?
Adam Caplan: THE: Good specials
Adam Caplan: too small to play every down
Adam Caplan: can play inside
Adam Caplan: decent backup
Adam Caplan: good signing

<timrick> Adam, are the penalties on the players or RAC? To me, it comes down to coaching and discipline
Adam Caplan: TIM: Discipline

<ckindians> You don't think we would match any offers and keep DA, Adam- our draft history hasn't been all that great
Adam Caplan: CK: it depends on what team would sign him

<ramllov> Adam, Are you satisfied with what Phil Savage did with the draft and free agency in 2007?
Adam Caplan: RAM: I would give him a B so far
Adam Caplan: HE pretty much did what he said he would do

<DawgHowl> Why was DA pressing so much and throwing into coverage in the first half on sunday?
Adam Caplan: DA: His mechanics were bad
Adam Caplan: I wouldn't say pressed

<iconoclast88> Adam . . . if we tender Anderson . . . and the Ravens make an offer . . . do we match it?
Adam Caplan: Problem is if they match offer, Quinn has to be traded ASAPO
Adam Caplan: the deal is going to be at least 5 years
Adam Caplan: or 7

<rcoleman222> Sorry if repeated, but will we take steps to keep Chud?
Adam Caplan: RC: Not much they can do
Adam Caplan: other than give him an extension
Adam Caplan: he can interview for HC job only

<timrick> Adam, why trade Quinn? He doesn't cost that much?
Adam Caplan: TIM: Quinn won't put up with it
Adam Caplan: if they sign DA to big deal
Adam Caplan: Condon will push for deal hard
Adam Caplan: and he will make it ugly
Adam Caplan: If they put franchise tag on
Adam Caplan: they could keep DA for a season
Adam Caplan: apparently you can do that with RFA tag
Adam Caplan: hasn't been done in a long time

<dawgbown> Hey, Adam! Did Sam Adams make it through waivers?
Adam Caplan: DAG: WE will find out tomorrow
Adam Caplan: I can't imagine anyone claiming him
Adam Caplan: he can't play
Adam Caplan: just a step above Big Ted

<jdshro> How are Baxter and Bentley progressing?
Adam Caplan: JD: Bentley should be able to play next year
Adam Caplan: not sure if CLE wants Baxter back

<BrownsBacker> Why let Anderson go if we have no idea what we have in Quinn?
Adam Caplan: BR: That's the issue, Anderson is a known quantity
Adam Caplan: but Savage and Lerner have to swallow some pride
Adam Caplan: if they do match offer for DA
Adam Caplan: if that's what it comes down to

<clebrowns80> Adam, when can a team offer Anderson a contract?
Adam Caplan: CLE: Start of free agency
Adam Caplan: first week of March
Adam Caplan: so it's really way off
Adam Caplan: not really something they are even thinking about now
Adam Caplan: they're looking more at the draft

<jdshro> do you see us keeping McGinest?
Adam Caplan: JD: Possibly
Adam Caplan: part time role

Adam Caplan:
NYJ is scrappy
Adam Caplan: if CLE gets ahead early, they will blow them out
Adam Caplan: if not, it could be closer
Adam Caplan: 27-20 CLE
Adam Caplan: CLE has to stop their running game
Adam Caplan: and they'll win

<jdshro> Who would you start at this point, McDonald or Wright?
Adam Caplan: JD: IF healthy, Wright
Adam Caplan: McDonald has played ok for a few weeks
Adam Caplan: lets not get carried away

<ckindians> will Lewis be able to run on the Jets?
Adam Caplan: CK: Yes
Adam Caplan: NYJ has improved against run and pass but they are too small
Adam Caplan: up front

<nudawg> How much potential do you see in mcdonald?
Adam Caplan: NU: plenty, he could be nickel next year

<ramllov> Do the Jets like their new QB?
Adam Caplan: RAM: Very much so
Adam Caplan: but Cotchery is not playing
Adam Caplan: that will hurt them

<ckindians> Wright has been good, but why did we take Harrison if they aren't going to use him
Adam Caplan: CK: They have to make a hard decision on Harrison and Wilson after season
Adam Caplan: two coaching staffs don't play them, that tells you all you need to know

<grinquisit> So will we run early against Jets?
Adam Caplan: GR: That's what they do
Adam Caplan: best

<broelf> Is Pennington gone from NYJ after this year?
Adam Caplan: BR: Yes
Adam Caplan: Pennington is a backup
Adam Caplan: can't throw
Adam Caplan: pushes ball

<clebrowns80> Adam, do you believe that Quinn can make the same throws as Anderson could?
Adam Caplan: CLE: It's not a question of that
Adam Caplan: it's him being accurate with that they ask him to do
Adam Caplan: that's a big issue with him

<mikehey> Anderson hasn't prove anything but to be inconsistent in half of a football game to get a extension don't think he would have to
prove it for two years before a extension
Adam Caplan: Mike: Go back to sleep

<jdshro> Any rumblings of interest for Chud from other teams?
Adam Caplan: JD: I would think
Adam Caplan: he will get some attention
Adam Caplan: same with Jason Garrett
Adam Caplan: of DAL
Adam Caplan: he's done an even better job
Adam Caplan: Garrett gets OC of the year
Adam Caplan: Chud #2
Adam Caplan: NU: Agreed
Adam Caplan: not sure if he has the personality
Adam Caplan: to be one
Adam Caplan: either
Adam Caplan: Nice guy
Adam Caplan: but he was coaching TES last year

<clebrowns80> Adam do the browns think that Quinn has the potential to be a more accurate QB?
Adam Caplan: CLE: With work yes
Adam Caplan: BTW, I'm told he has lost 10 pounds or so
Adam Caplan: they have him on a diet
Adam Caplan: losing mass
Adam Caplan: he was over developed
Adam Caplan: apparently
Adam Caplan: that could help

Adam Caplan: All: That's all the time I have
Adam Caplan: see you next week


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