Friday, December 7, 2012
Chat Rewind: Can Browns get to eight wins?
By Jamison Hensley
Here are some highlights from this week's AFC North chat:
Allen (Hometown): Three-game win streak for the Browns?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): You know things are going well when the Browns are expected to win. The Browns can't let all of this momentum come to a halt against Brady Quinn, right?
Sheff (DC): I understand why Mike Tomlin made Rashard Mendenhall the third string back, but isn't it risky not to dress him? If Isaac Redman or Jonathan Dwyer gets injured, they could run into problems quickly and Mendenhall has some great talent to not dress.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): You need the backups to be able to play on special teams. Mendenhall isn't going to do that. You can't think in terms of the top two running backs getting injured. The chances of both getting knocked out in the same game is low, and the Steelers still have Rainey.
Aaron (Cleveland): Jamison- Now that Josh Gordon has had time to adjust after sitting out of football, how would you evaluate the choice to give up a decently early second-round pick? Are you confident in Greg Little's ability to continue to grow into a No.2 WR?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I believe the Browns got better value with Gordon than Richardson and Weeden. Gordon is looking like a first-round talent and Cleveland got him for a second-round pick. The Browns would do that again in a second. As for Little, he's an average No. 2. But he still has room to grow.
Collin (Columbus): Do you think it's possible the Browns could go 8-8 this season? I know it's a long shot, but I'm being optimistic.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Browns end the season at Denver and Pittsburgh. They're not getting to eight wins.
Zach (Philadelphia): Do you see any scenario (like winning at least three of the last four games or sweeping the Steelers) where Shurmur keeps his job? I know you said it has been decided already, but can he change their minds?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): There are some who believe Shurmur could return if the Browns finished at 8-8. I just don't see it. Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner are looking to clean house by all appearances.
Ramon (Wilmington, Ohio.): Hello Jamison, Which player from each AFCN team would you say has surprised you the most with they're play this season. Both positive and negetive if you have the time. Thanks
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Top surprising players ... Sanu for Bengals, Billy Winn for Browns, Paul Kruger for Ravens and Jonathan Dwyer for Steelers.
Jesse (Erie, PA): Can us Steelers fans finally be proud of kicker Shaun Suisham after this great season he is having?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Actually, Suisham could have been my most surprising player. I thought it was a mistake for the Steelers to stick with him after a below average season in 2011. But he's a big reason why the Steelers are in the playoff hunt.
Dave (Baltimore): JH,Do you think this may be Cam Cameron's last year in Baltimore?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I know there is a lot of frustration with how the offense has fared this season. The Ravens are ranked 19th in offense right now. But they keep going to the playoffs and they're in the top 10 in scoring. Harbaugh and Cameron go way back, so I think Cameron sticks around unless Bisciotti decides to step in.
envirosinger (Cleveland): Percentage that Cam gives Rice one touch in the fourth quarter this week?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Depends if Cameron is starting Rice on his fantasy team that week.