ChatRewind: What's up with the run game?

October, 24, 2013
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Philip (Maryland): So, what's up with the running game this year? Ray Rice looks like he's still hurt. I mean, even Bernard Pierce is taking away some of his receptions, something no other running back has ever done since Rice got there. On top of that, the Ravens just have no run blocking scheme that works, mainly runs up the middle. Are we seeing just how important center Matt Birk was to this offensive line?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Even though Rice says he's at full strength, I'm not buying it. There's something "off" with him this year. It's going to be a challenge to run the ball with two banged-up backs (Bernard Pierce has a hamstring injury) and three offensive linemen who are dealing with injuries (Marshal Yanda, Kelechi Osemele and Michael Oher). Not going to get much push off the line that way.

Mayer (New Jersey): Are the Ravens planning on doing anything to shore up the defensive line? We hear a lot about their offensive struggles, but the defense's inability to stop the run keeps the offense from getting into rhythm (for example only four drives in the first half) and it tires out the rest of the defense. It seems like the time of possession battle is something that the Ravens need to seriously upgrade.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Haloti Ngata has a strained elbow, and Chris Canty is dealing with a groin injury. The hope is the Ravens run defense will get better when those two starters are healthier. Backup Marcus Spears has also missed time with a knee injury.

Alex (Utah): Did Jameel McClain played better last week than Josh Bynes have in the season?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): McClain was impressive considering he hadn't played in 10 months. He didn't make any impact plays but he is better than Bynes at this point.

Boh (Annapolis, MD): In your opinion who is the better No. 2 wide receiver, Jacoby Jones or Marlon Brown?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Jacoby Jones has impressed me with the way he's run routes. Much better than last year. I also like Brown's potential. That's why I advocated going three-wide and spreading out defenses. So, I thought the Ravens had the right strategy going against the Steelers. Use Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown. They're among your best 11 players, so why don't use them at the same time?

Alex (Utah): What's your Ravens Mount Rushmore as of today?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed and Art Modell.

Jamison Hensley

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