On Wednesday night, Sirius Radio NFL reporter Adam Caplan joined the Roar Report chat room and answered questions for 45 minutes. Adam addressed many things Lions-related, but avoided the biggest question: whether or not actor Matt LeBlanc would enjoy post-'Friends' success.
Below is part one of the complete transcript from the chat event, which has been truncated (a bit) to include 95 percent expert opinion and five percent fun rhetoric.Part Two - >
<acaplan> Hi everyone.
<NateCaminata> Hello Adam. Welcome to the chat! It's small but cozy. Thanks for joining us.
<acaplan> So you guys think the Lions will be better this year? I'm looking at 8-8
<iTopher> The Lions WILL be better.
<Guest6> Alot better
<GoKenoyGo> how could they get worse?
<ksmith0711> They will be better. 9-7 is what i think
<acaplan> KS: I wouldn't count that out if all key players are in there
<iTopher> 10-6 I say.
<Guest6> Quarterback, who starts the season?
<acaplan> GUEST 6: Kitna ...McCown by mid-season. Kitna manages the game well but doesn't have a strong arm
<REM2> Adam, do you think Martz can do better with McCown than Denny Green did?
<acaplan> REM: Yes because he's a good teacher of QBs. Green's system is QB friendly but the coaching there wasn't great and their OL was terrible. Cardinals didn't have an OL coach there
<REM2> Why did Green give up on him? Do you know? He's no slouch with QBs either.
<acaplan> REM: They thought he gambled too much
<ksmith0711> Yeah. I think the coaching staff is the main difference. Seems like night and day since I have started watching them almost 40 years ago
<acaplan> KS: Marinelli is exactly what they needed. listen so his former DLs from TB talk about him
<ksmith0711> I agree
<ksmith0711> Hard nosed. Discipline. Blue Collar football. Perfect for Detroit
<LionsFan1> adam did the lions overpay for jeff backus?
<acaplan> LionsFan1: Teams need to overpay to keep good LTs
<GoKenoyGo> Adam : when should we expect our rookies to sign and will there be a holdout from Sims?
<acaplan> GO: Bullocks should be in by the weekend along with most of the second day picks
<iTopher> Adam: Think Favre makes it through this season with his streak intact? I'm hoping for a Week 3 K.O. :)
<LionsFan1> is Backus a good left tackle though? he hasnt been to a pro bowl
<acaplan> LionsFan1: (Backus) is Solid
<tattooedhonolulublue2> Could the Bears end up like the Eagles of last year (from good to terrible in one year)?
<acaplan> TAT: only if they have a lot of injuries
<Guest7> how long will it take for the Martz offense to work effectively
<acaplan> 7: Players have to get in good shape first in camp. 4-5 games in you'll start to see progress. Anxious to see KJ and the WRs progress
<GoKenoyGo> Any news on Ty Law? Did I miss something with him?
<acaplan> Go: KC still in the lead but there could be other teams joining the mix soon
<tattooedhonolulublue2> Will Corey Bradford be in front of C. Rogers or M. Williams on the depth chart?
<acaplan> TAT: For now, Bradfod will be ahead of MWilliams. Underacheiver in HOU in recent years but is in a much better scheme in DET now.
<NateCaminata> Adam: Will Joey Harrington supplant Daunte Culpepper in Miami? ;-)
<acaplan> Nate: On stilts
<Guest72> as of right now scottie vines and corey bradford are in front of williams and rogers
<acaplan> 72: Depth charts mean nothing until the pads go on
<Guest7> what does the NFL think of Marinelli?
<acaplan> 7: Very well respected
<REM2> Adam, how is Dick Juaron going to do in Buffalo?
<acaplan> Rem: HE needs a lot more talent
<ksmith0711> What effect do you think Ben R's accident has in Pittsbugh
<acaplan> KS: depends if he can be ready for the start of the real games
<iTopher> Larry Beichtol. Is he the real deal? Will he get the offense going forward?
<acaplan> IT: Very OL coach, very solid
<REM2> What does anyone see in (Bills quarterback) JP Losman? I don't get it.
<acaplan> REM: New staff isn't high on him\
<GoKenoyGo> Adam: I think all of our draft picks besides Cannon could make the team this year. your thoughts?
<acaplan> go: They need depth at a lot more positions so those rookies can really help
<Guest105> im worried about the LB position
<acaplan> 105: You should be when you look at the injuries to Bailey and Lehman
<REM2> Adam, have you heard anything about the clubhouse atmosphere/chemistry in Chicago or Minnesota?
<ksmith0711> Adam, how do you see the NFL North?
<acaplan> REM: Solid in CHI, not sure yet on MIN. CHI, MIN, DET, GB
<iTopher> Ouch. 3rd again? :(
acaplan> IT: Beating out MIN isn't out of the question
<coyote-12> I was wondering about the rookie OLman Lions have you think any can make roster?
<acaplan> COY: Scott will make the team for sure but he's not ready to play yet
<tattooedhonolulublue2> Will the off field problems with the Bengals affect their record this year, or do they not matter to
<acaplan> TAT: Those issues could hurt them. I can't get over what Marvin Lewis is doing there now
<REM2> Kind of seems like Minnesota's flying under the radar. Do you think they're a better team than last year?
<acaplan> REM: 9-7 area for MIN. GB should be terrible again. OL is bad. I want to see how both teams are in camp first.
<Guest105> What is with all the Charles Rogers getting cut talk
<acaplan> 105: Not going to happen now
<coyote-12> Adam what about the two rookie OG's
<acaplan> Matua-practice squad
<ksmith0711> Do you think that Verba was a good signing? He seems to help solidy our OL
<acaplan> KS: IF his head is on straight, he needs to concentrate on football. he made a major mistake in CLE.
<Nikko1977> Will Dan Campbell help out or is he past the hump?
<acaplan> NIK: Solid blocking TE and is a good leader. good guy.
<coyote-12> I liked the Campbell signing
<REM2> Adam, is Green Bay going to be as bad as everyone thinks? Do they have any hope at all?
<acaplan> REM: 5-11
<USAFLion> what do you think of shaun cody and him working in marinelli's defense
<acaplan> USA: A little light but athletic
<GoKenoyGo> Is KJ going to be able to stay healthy this year with a new scheme?
<acaplan> GO: He lost weight so that's good
<Guest105> Im not looking at wins as much as im looking at effort this year. Will it be better?
<acaplan> 105: Yes, Marinelli will accept no less than top effort
<Nikko1977> Haven't heard a lot about C. Rogers and his progress in training camp. You think he'll stick?
<acaplan> NIK: Most of his offseason was good, MWilliams on the other hand....
<coyote-12> C Rogers has done well in early camps
<Nikko1977> Drummond is talking about getting some time at slot wr. Do you see that as a possibility?
<acaplan> NIK: Not really
<ksmith0711> Adam, do you think that Soctty Vines will stick? Where do you think he will fall in the depth chart?
<acaplan> KS: Yes, good hard worker
<iTopher> Do you think we made a mistake by passing on Matt "Hollywood" Leinert?
<acaplan> IT: Sims is a risk because of the concussions so I would have gone with Leinart. If Sims can stay healthy, he'll be very good. solid fit at WLB in their scheme.
<coyote-12> Bullock from what i have read can cover close to 2 thirds of the field from FS letting KK at SS be closer to
<coyote-12> what u think of Bullock
acaplan> COY: Good player like his brother
<Nikko1977> I didn't realize Bullocks was that fast.... 4.38 40 time
<REM2> Adam, does Dan Orlovsky have a chance to be the next Martz discovery at QB?
<acaplan> REM: Doubt it. Lets see how he does when the pads go on
<coyote-12> Sims is no more a risk then Troy Polamalu from Steelers
<acaplan> COY: 6 reported concussions I was told by a team that took him off of their draft board, one he was knocked out
<Nikko1977> Adam, do you think Cody will step in and do an adequate job replacing Wilkinson?
<acaplan> NIK: They need a run stuffer, that's going to be the issue
<GoKenoyGo> adam: salsbury, hoge, all these guys from ESPN. are they as big of idiots as i think they are?
<iTopher> LOL. Great Q!
<acaplan> GO: No comment - (signed) Drew Rosenhaus
<Guest242> who do u think is going to get cut?
<acaplan> 242: Ask me in late August
<ksmith0711> Adam, will you come back in late August for us to ask?
<acaplan> KS: I plan to
<REM2> Adam, what do people say about Brad Childress? Does he have what it takes to be a HC?
<acaplan> REM: He was the hot name, well organized
<Nikko1977> It almost seems unreal with the 2 coordinators we just got & Marinelli, total overhaul. Could be a disaster I
<acaplan> NIK: DET will have the best coaching they've had in years
<Guest124> Sorry if this question was already addressed but who do you believe will be the #2 WR on the Lions?
<acaplan> 124: Rogers
<iTopher> Will Beichtol make a man out of Dominick Gayola?
<acaplan> IT: Not sure who "Gayola" is but Raiola will be better with Beichtol
<iTopher> I got bad hearing.
<tattooedhonolulublue2> Do you think Edgerrin James will get the Cardinals to the next level?
<acaplan> TAT: They had the worst redzone offense as far as running the ball so James will help
<REM2> Adam, what's the consensus around the league on Mariucci? Was he just a fraud? Does Millen get all the blame?
<acaplan> REM: Mooch=soft
<ksmith0711> Adam - Thanks for that vote of confidence on the coaches
<Nikko1977> I hope so. I hope the players don't run them out of town for being too tough.
<Nikko1977> Thanks for joining us Adam and giving us your insight, we're all pretty excited about the upcoming season.
<acaplan> NIK: I was sort of high on the Lions last year, I think they get it done at 8-8