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 two 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 One
<LionsFan1> Adam, how big of a role will Calhoun have under Martz?
<acaplan> LION: Camp will decide that, he does run better than his listed time. Lions have a lot of backs on the roster and Arlen Harris could be in the mix. Another Martz guy.
<iTopher> Terrell Owens. Greatest WR ever?
<ksmith0711> iTopher - NO WAY!!!!
<Guest124> Sorry but had to bring it up. Will T.O. have a negative or a positive effect on the Cowboys this year?
<Nikko1977> No way itopher! I'd rather have Harrison any day.
<acaplan> NIK: Agreed
<coyote-12> Adam if we get near 8-8 we will be 10-6
<KJMVP> Adam, Cover 2 to stop West Coast? These seem to be the Offenses of the NFC North.
<acaplan> KJ: A lot of teams play cover 2
<USAFLion> Does Kitna have confidence to do Martz's put the ball out there before the wr is at the spot
<acaplan> USA: It's a timing based offense. McCown did have some experience in ARI with it.
<REM2> Adam, do you see major management changes ahead in GB? Does anyone have any faith at all in Mike McCarthy?
<acaplan> REM: Scary, he didn't earn the job. Not very high on Ted Thompson.
<Guest124> Do you see Cory Schlesinger being kept around this year? If nothing more than the fact of having a vet/ hardworker/
or a leader?
<acaplan> 124: This could be his last season with them. Martz phased out the FB in STL last few years.
<GoKenoyGo> Adam: Who are our starting LB's as we speak?
<acaplan> GO: They're not sure because of the injuries to Lehman and Bailey. They'll sort that out at camp
<Guest124> So then you don't believe that Cory Schlesh will be kept around. I asked this because it seems as if he would be
a Rod type player.
<acaplan> 124: It's about the scheme, not sure if they will use him a lot
<REM2> Adam, can Chester Taylor seriously carry the load in Minny? I have trouble seeing it...
<acaplan> REM: Could be RBBC (running-back-by-committee) there
<coyote-12> Boss has been running for few months and teddy also has been running. The Lions told them stay away from mini-camps to workout on there own.
<acaplan> COY: The fact that he didn't do anything in their camps is an issue. Bailey has a bad history of injuries, nothing is certain with him.
<NateCaminata> Folks, Adam will be with us for another 10 minutes
<NateCaminata> (Does that sound morbid?)
<ksmith0711> Adam - Will Sirius Radio be doing any in-depth looks at the Lions? If so when?
<acaplan> KS: Next month I think
<KJMVP> Can Chicago D carry them again, Chi has a tough time putting 2 good years together?
<acaplan> KJ: Their running game and D will carry them
<GoKenoyGo> Adam: How will Calhoun be utilized this season?
<acaplan> GO: Change of pace
<tattooedhonolulublue2> Who will be the starting RB for Denver? Doesn't look like they have a strong candidate (Ron
<acaplan> TAT: RBBC there, Dayne starts but Bell will share the ball with him
<REM2> Adam, what do you think of Cleveland? Could be a team on the way up? Or still unsettled at QB?
<acaplan> REM: Like DET, 8-8 area
<GoKenoyGo> Is Drummond still our main return man?
<acaplan> GO: Should be
<iTopher> Adam. Will Matt LeBlanc have any post-'Friends' success?
<coyote-12> well Boss in past has been the Sam and Teddy has been the MLB so if they have to go back until they pick up new system I don't see major problem
<acaplan> COY: They wanted to use Bailey at MLB in their OTAs had he been ready
<iTopher> Oops, wrong chat.
<JasonBlanchard> I heard rumors that they are using Drummond as a WR too
<acaplan> JAS: They may try him a little in camp. They need a slot WR badly with speed. That's why Hakim isn't out of the picture.
<JasonBlanchard> Better not bring back butterfingers
<acaplan> COY: Furrey is Martz guy but he can't run, that's why he was moved to safety in STL.
<ksmith0711> I hope Hakim stays away. he could not catch anything
<iTopher> I remember Hakim. Did good until the hip-injury that year.
<JasonBlanchard> Hakim is awesome and amazing speed... But he need to catch the ball first
<tattooedhonolulublue2> How soon will Vince young in Tennessee and will he have any rookie success?
<acaplan> TAT: Young should be in there by weeks 8-10. When TEN is out of it
<Guest155> when will leinart take over in zona adam
<acaplan> 155: week 12 or so
<ksmith0711> Adam, do you think our OL will be improved?
<acaplan> KS: Yes, Verba will help and the new coach
<JasonBlanchard> I think R Williams is gonna have a huge year like 80 REC 1200 yrds... Anyone with me on that?
<GoKenoyGo> Adam: Is Millen really inept or was it just being overwhelmed first 5 years?
<acaplan> GO: Needed someone over him to overrule. that's the problem with a first time GM.
<iTopher> i think Matt finally "got it" this year.
<Guest124> Sorry but on the question of Vince Young. How much will it hurt Young, Bush, Leinart if they can not get a
contract done by camp? Phillip Rivers did this and did not get the job for 2 years because of his holdout. Could this be the case in
either Young's or Leinart's position?
<acaplan> 124: If he only misses a few days, it's ok. But any QB who misses a few weeks is in big trouble for the learning process.
<JasonBlanchard> Adam, is Ernie close to signing or do we need to fear a holdout?
<acaplan> JAS: I think Sims has a chance to be in there on time
<GoKenoyGo> Adam: following up on the millen question, Does he seem to have it on track now?
<acaplan> GO: The coaching staff will sure help, I like Sims a lot for that scheme, but the concussions are a concern
<iTopher> Adam. Any chance on having you as an insider at the Roar Report forums? :)
<NateCaminata> iTopher. .. great question.
<acaplan> IT: Possibly, we'll see
<Guest124> Who would be in more trouble because of that? Young because Tenn needs him to step in and he has no mentor. Or Leinart as he has a capable Warner ahead of him. But ARZ will depend on him because Warner can't stay healthy. So who of the 2 would be a bigger problem for there given team?
<acaplan> 124: Any first round QB needs to be in camp on time. Young needs more work though.
<tattooedhonolulublue2> Will J. Fletcher have any impact on the secondary?
<acaplan> TAT: Decent nickel
<JasonBlanchard> Adam, how is Dan O lookin?
<acaplan> JAS: Good offseason but I want to see how he does when the real practices start
<GoKenoyGo> Is Bryant FINALLY going to be healthy?
<acaplan> GO: He put on weight, we'll see if it helps
<KJMVP> Who wins the SB?
<acaplan> KJ: CAR-IND
<iTopher> Is Rod the next John Fox?
<acaplan> IT: If they had more talent I'd say possibly. Millen finally did something right. IF not, I'll join the march next year.
<JasonBlanchard> My prediction is DET-CIN <------------ homer
<GoKenoyGo> any chance McCann makes the squad?
<acaplan> GO: Dee McCann is a developmental player
<coyote-12> Adam your overall assessment of the Lions
<acaplan> COY: Good offseason, really good coaching staff, will be better. how much better is the question. The Lions have the Best OC and DC team in the league.
<iTopher> YAY! Good news.
<GoKenoyGo> wow. lions best in something. holy hell.
<Guest124> Hey Adam thanks for stopping by. Great interview and hopefully you can do this....I don't know, every Wednesday during the regular season? :) Thanks again.
<acaplan> Guys: I have to run, good chat, see you next time
<ksmith0711> Thats great! Thanks for chatting with us Adam!
<JasonBlanchard> Thanks Adam!
<GoKenoyGo> thanks a lot adam!
<NateCaminata> Adam, thank you very much
<coyote-12> Thanks for your insight Adam
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<tattooedhonolulublue2> Thanx Adam
<REM2> Thanks Adam
<Guest124> Ya Nate you gotta get him in here more often.