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Thursday, October 17, 2013
ChatRewind: Ravens need to spread out

By Jamison Hensley

If you want a full transcript of this week's Baltimore Ravens' chat, you can click right here. If you want some highlights, simply continue reading.

Peter (New Orleans): Now that we have a relatively healthy receiving corps, how do we get the most out of it?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I would like to see the Ravens spread out teams more with Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones and maybe even Deonte Thompson. They're playing better than the Ravens' tight ends and fullback Vonta Leach. [John] Harbaugh has always stressed that you play your best 11 players. In my opinion, the best 11 include more receivers.

PJ (Midlo): Disappointing loss to Green Bay with all their injuries during the game. While I am a proponent of balance in the offense, does the Raven running game seem too predictable in where they run and how they run? Never any deception or unusual formations, etc. Just no imagination.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I would like to see the Ravens use more three or four wide receiver formations and take Vonta Leach off the field. I know that doesn't sound like a good solution for the running game. But the Packers spread out the Ravens and were able to get some big yards on the ground because it forces the opposition to use more nickel defense.

Emil (mobile): What are the chances the ravens fire run game coordinator Juan Castillo after this season if they keep producing this way?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Harbaugh and Juan Castillo are good friends. It's going to take one bad year for the Ravens to make a move with him. You have to wonder if there are too many opinions being expressed in the offensive game plan sessions.

Isaac (Cleveland, OH): Besides the run game, what is one thing you're keeping an eye on this Sunday for the Ravens to come out with their fourth straight win at Heinz Field?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): More turnovers from the defense. I wouldn't be surprised if Lardarius Webb gets an interception Sunday.

Matthew (London): Expecting a big game from Torrey Smith on Sunday?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I expected a big game from Torrey Smith against the Packers. So you're probably asking the wrong guy. The Ravens will take some shots deep against the Steelers, and Smith is the team's best downfield threat. It would be a mistake to ignore Smith for a second straight week.