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January 18, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Jamison Hensley

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:02 PM)

Hello all. I'm out at the Ravens complex in Owings Mills, Md., where it was quite interesting today. Everyone is talking about Ed Reed criticizing Joe Flacco. Ravens are downplaying it, of course. But it's a big deal leading up to the AFC championship game. I just posted my take on it on the AFC North blog. So, let's kick off the chat.

Reza (Portland OR)

Jamison: Everyone talks about the Patriots' twin TE attack that is unstoppable. What about the Ravens and how can they use Dickson and Pitta to create matchup problems with a weak Patriots secondary? Thanks!

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:04 PM)

Reza: The Patriots two tight ends are special. Terrell Suggs just said you can't stop both. You hope to contain them. I've thought all season that Ed Dickson has been underused. Yes, he has inconsistent hands. But he is extremely athletic and should be a target downfield more. Pitta will be key to the Ravens on third downs. But the Ravens' tight ends aren't in the same league as New England's.

Ken (Baltimore)

Who wins a Ravens Giants Super Bowl?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:05 PM)

Ken: I would have to break down the matchups more to give you a more accurate response. My initial thought would be the Giants. They have receivers who could give the Ravens trouble. And New York's pass rush will be a problem for Flacco.

Brian (PA)

With apologies to Hamlet: To Colt, or not to Colt, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind of the Browns fan to suffer the dinks and dunks of outrageous playcalling? Or take RGIII against a sea of Steelers and Ravens, and by opposing end their AFC North dominance? (Translation: Is Colt enough to topple Pittsburgh and Baltimore, and if not, is RGIII worth the risk?)

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:07 PM)

Brian: From what I saw out of McCoy this year, I don't see him as a quarterback who can take a team to the playoffs. I see him as a capable backup who would be great in spot starts. Not sure if Griffin fits the Browns, either. But Cleveland won't go anywhere in this division until it finds a franchise quarterback.

Bert Witzel (Louisville, KY)

Flacco has been receiving a lot of "flak" this week about his performance last Sunday, but is it really deserved? The offense was definitely stalling, but you also have to take into account the offensive line was collapsing like a house of cards, Ray Rice was getting stuffed on most run plays, and Ravens receivers and tight ends were dropping balls left and right. Apart from two fumbles (?) that could have been costly, Joe had no interceptions and two touchdown passes. Oh I forgot to mention the Texans are the number two defense and were playing lights out and for their lives in their first playoff run. Even Harbaugh thought Joe played well (although that might just be confidence-building talk).

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:08 PM)

Flacco might have been playing against the No. 2 defense last week in Houston. But look at his throws. Most were off target. They were high or behind. Several receivers had to make one-handed grabs. That's the most disappointing part of Flacco's game this year -- his accuracy. To his credit, he hasn't been turning ball over. That's key for a game manager.

Brad (Berkeley,CA)

Hey Jamison, you have really been turning the posts out; hope the offseason is even half as productive as the playoffs. My question is regarding the list of Steelers players you keep mentioning (Ward, Hampton, etc.) and how their total salaries are close to the amount they are over the cap. Cut players still have an amount of their salary count against the cap unless I am wrong; do the Steelers cut them only if they are unwilling to take a pay cut or retire, since I would guess there is not much of a trade market for our older players?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:12 PM)

Brad: When you cut players, their pro-rated bonus stays but you get rid of their 2012 salary. So, for instance, Hines Ward makes $4M in 2012. If the Steelers release him, they create $4M in cap room. And there's no chance of trading these guys. It's a situation of take a pay cut or get cut.

Jerry (Cleveland, OH)

Pat Shurmur said it takes 3 years to teach the WCO. Do you think Matt Flynn to CLE would make sense? He has more experience than Colt.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:14 PM)

Jerry: I like the Matt Flynn route. You get a guy with some experience and you can use the draft picks to get playmakers elsewhere. But Holmgren indicated that the Browns probably won't add a quarterback through free agency. So, it doesn't seem likely.

Phillip (Seattle)

After watching multiple Ravens games, I feel the Ravens haven't ran the ball enough. Maybe some more play action would get the defense off balanced. What do you think? Thanks!

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:17 PM)

Phillip: I disagree. Rice has gotten at least 20 carries in seven of the past eight games. So, they are sticking with the run more in the second half of the season than the first.

Jason (Bmore)

Has it been difficult to be an unbiased journalist this year?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:18 PM)

No. I wasn't biased for the past 11 years when I covered only the Ravens. So, it's not a problem now.

jason (Wheelersburg,OH)

Why don't the browns trade their picks to the colts and draft luck? This is a qb league and the browns have been bad since kosar was booted out of cleveland by belichek. If he turns out to be elway wouldn't be worth those pick to get a great qb and if not the browns aren't any worse off?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:21 PM)

jason: First, Colts aren't going to trade the top pick. And second, if the Browns did mortgage this draft and next year's (which is what it will take) to get Luck, they would have the best young quarterback surrounded by no playmakers. The result would be the same: another losing season.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:21 PM)

jason: First, Colts aren't going to trade the top pick. And second, if the Browns did mortgage this draft and next year's (which is what it will take) to get Luck, they would have the best young quarterback surrounded by no playmakers. The result would be the same: another losing season.

Jody (Hastings)

How many offensive lineman should be replaced by the Steelers?Which ones?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:22 PM)

Jody: They desperately need to find a left guard, although Legursky is adequate. He's more of a backup than a starter. Here's what I think will happen next year: Gilbert at LT, Legursky at LG, Pouncey at C, Foster at RG, Colon at RT.

cody (cleveland)

Please tell me the browns will not sign RG3 and trade up to get him. He does not fit the offense. Why would the browns even consider it if the have a chance at blackmon or richardson?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

cody: I know there was a report that said this could happen. I just don't buy it. Moving up is probably the least likely scenario. The Browns will stay at No. 4 or trade back. I say pick best player available at No. 4.

Roger Goodell (NFL)

With the 4th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select [insert name here].

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:26 PM)

I would take Blackmon. I think Browns take Claiborne. But this is Jan. 18. I can change my mind.

Alex (Baltimore)

I think Reed summed up what fans have been screaming about all season long, but received no confirmation from The Castle that they noticed it too. Do you think Reed made it public b/c, as this may be his last great shot, he will not be denied b/c the offense bumbled its way through another ineffective performance, predictable and void of any necessary adjustment?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:27 PM)

Alex: Reed has no agenda. He says what he feels at the time. Reed is honest that way.

Yianni (Bmore)

Fill in the blanks: The Ravens go to the Superbowl if ________________ and ______________.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:29 PM)

Yianni: Ravens go to the Super Bowl if Flacco throws for over 260 yards and Ed Reed has two interceptions.

Bryan (Atlanta)

Do you think the Bengals will make a splash in free agency and beef up the defense with a FS and a CB or will they just build through the draft?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:30 PM)

Bryan: I think the Bengals will get a FS, WR and possibly RB in free agency. They will also address RB in the draft.

Eric (New York)

Hey Jamison,With Cedric Benson likely out the door and two first round picks, will the Bengals show any interest in moving up for Trent Richardson, or will the price just be too high? If you think they are, are the Browns a possible trade partner?Thanks,Eric

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:31 PM)

Eric: Don't be surprise if Richardson falls down the first round right to the Bengals. Value on running backs has dropped significantly over the years. It could happen.

Gabe (Los Angeles)

Jamison, first I would like to see great job with the blog this season, hoepfully the coverage can continue on the last AFCN team left. My question concerns Cam Cameron. He has taken a lot of criticism from fans this year, some deserved some not so much. As fans we see teams like NO and GB that always have wide open receivers, but Cam's schemes see mto rarely get receivers open downfield. Recently, more and more analysts are questioning his play-calling. Does he stay in Baltimore if the Ravens lose this week? What about if the Ravens make it to the SB but lose?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:34 PM)

Gabe: If the Ravens lose and the offense struggles, Cameron's job would be in jeopardy. But Harbaugh has been very committed to Cameron, so it's not a slam dunk. I believe Cameron is in the final year of his contract. So, it might not be firing him as much as not re-signing him. But I'm not 100 percent on this.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:35 PM)

Thank you for a great chat. Let's do it same time next week. Thanks again for dropping by.