AFC South Friday Tweetbag: Marvin Harrison to the Hall?

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistJuly 6, 2012

The best route-runner in NFL history.
The best route-runner in NFL history.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Welcome to the Friday Tweetbag! As always, you can tweet, email or send your questions to me in the comments section of the articles. Be sure to use the hashtag #tweetbag!


A: While I believe Harrison will eventually get in, the voters' logjam at wide receiver needs to be broken in order for Harrison to get in on the first ballot.

Part of the issue is that voters are having trouble translating modern inflated receiving records into something that makes sense with the game's history.

To that effect, myself and group of researchers are actually putting together the definitive look at wideouts in NFL history. Look for our book to come out sometime in 2013. The goal will be to help voters determine who the truly meritorious wideouts were.

The short answer is yes. Harrison is probably among the five best wideouts ever. Anything short of a first ballot induction would be embarrassing for the voters.



A: Depending on how you parse the numbers, the average length of an NFL career is just over 3.5 years.

This is part of why it doesn't take long to rebuild in the NFL. Careers are short. Compare this with the NBA and baseball.

Basketball players can expect to be in the league for six years. Baseball players who make the big leagues last for 5.6 years on average.

Football is a violent sport, and players don't have a lot of years of prime earning power.

After all, we all know what NFL stands for.



A: I have a rule for fans, and it's one born of watching many years of bad football.

Never (spit) on happy Sundays.

The fact is that fans watch football for fun. When a team goes 8-8 on the year, that means Sunday was fun at least as often as it was miserable. Just as importantly, Mondays are more fun when you win.

It doesn't hurt Tuesday any, come to that.

I have no problem with Colts fans who would rather go 2-14 than 5-11, but no one should ever hate on a .500 season.

If the Colts were to get lucky and split their games this year, fans should celebrate and enjoy the surprise, even if it means a middling pick in 2013.



A: I love this question. There's obviously no way to know what would have happened, but it's fun to speculate.

Had Fisher stepped aside a couple of years sooner, Schwartz may have well won the job. However, when you consider how far back Bud Adams and Mike Munchak go, I have a hard time imagining anyone else in the job.

When it comes down to it, do you really think Adams would go against a longtime company man like Munchak?

Ultimately, things worked out for both men. I'm high on Munchak, and I don't think the Titans should regret Schwartz getting away.



A: Chapman told Reggie Hays of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel that he's doing well.

“Everything's going right on schedule,” he said. “I'm getting my strength back. I'm getting back to myself and feeling pretty good.”

All signs are positive, but I expect the Colts will be patient with Chapman. If his knee recovers, he could wind up being a day three steal.

Don't worry if he doesn't see the field early on. The team wants to see their investment pay off in 2013 and beyond.