Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Chat Rewind: Is Marvin Lewis on hot seat?
By Jamison Hensley
A look at some of the highlights of today's hour-long chat:
eric buffalo [via mobile]: Hey Jamison. Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit here but it seems to me that DeMarcus Van Dyke has gotten at least two holding calls on returns in every game this year. Why is he still employed by the Steelers?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): For one reason: he's very fast. But I agree with you. He's a penalty magnet, which continues to hurt the Steelers in field position on special teams.
Ben (Tucson): With Jimmy Haslam as owner, will the Browns actually "try" to sign a marquee free agent?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): That's the impression I get. If you saw the camera shots of him during the game, he is emotionally invested in this team. It was like watching a fan react. He doesn't seem like an owner who will keep having all of this unused salary-cap room.
Jackie (Lebanon Va): Do you see the Bengals going out and getting a wide receiver to help out A.J. Green?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Not this year. They had a chance to do so in March and April. It looks like the Bengals are high on two draft picks, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones. They will want to see them develop before spending on a FA wide receiver. Bengals have gotten burned in doing that in the past.
Antwan JAMISON!! (Cincinnati, OH): Do you foresee the Ravens coming back strong after their dreadful performance on Sunday?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Their two games after the bye are at Cleveland and home against Oakland. If the Ravens don't bounce back in those games, then it will be time to worry.
Aut44Short (Florida): Hello JH, please tell me that I won't have to see much of Rey Maualuga on my team much longer.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Sure, Maualuga has not looked good this year but they don't have another option on this team this year. He's a free agent at the end of the season, and I don't see the Bengals bringing him back. Vontaze Burfict has shown enough at OLB to convince the Bengals that he can be effective as the MLB.
RaveninDenver (....Denver.): What will the Ravens need to do mentally to fix the problems they seem to be having? Is it Dean Pees scheme? Is Suggs just going to need to take over the heart and soul aspect from Ray to get the guys fired up? I'm still scratching my head as to how they fall so far in one offseason defensively.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I'm not going to blame this on Pees. The Ravens have been so good on defense because they've been able to reload through the draft. Look at the players who have been drafted and haven't lived up to expectations: Kindle, Cody, Kruger, Jimmy Smith and Art Jones. This front seven doesn't have the same talent as in years past. That's the problem.
Brian (Greensboro): I always feel this way, not just because of the three losses in a row. Isn't it about time for a new coach in Cincinnati? I understand Mike Brown will still be the owner and that alone causes problems, but Marvin has had 10 years and two totally different teams. He can't motivate and he can't get them past mediocracy.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): It's tough to criticize Lewis when you look at what the Bengals did before him. Cincinnati had six straight losing seasons from 1997 to 2002, including four years when the Bengals failed to win more than four games. In nine seasons with Lewis, the Bengals have gone to the playoffs three times, winning two division titles, and have had three losing seasons. Lewis isn't on the hot seat.