Here are some highlights from Wednesday's chat:
Ravenous128 (Columbia, MD): Given the amount of hype and lip service being paid to Colin Kaepernick, what should the Ravens do to slow him down? I suspect they'll have to play a disciplined zone, but since RGIII managed a lot of yards against them playing a similar style, I'm curious.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Ravens actually contained RGIII in the running game after the first couple of series. The biggest thing is that Kaepernick's speed forces players into quick decisions and the key on defense is communicating. If you're out of position or make a wrong move, it's a big play. And, if the Ravens can get to him, they have to hit Kaepernick hard.
Jeff (Cincinnati): What do you see the Bengals doing in free agency this year? If they re-sign Michael Johnson, could you see them pursuing another top tier free agent?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Bengals will use that cap room to get a long term deal done (or use the franchise tag) on Michael Johnson and Andre Smith. Cincy also has to spend money at linebacker in free agency. I would suspect the Bengals will also use the offseason to extend some players like Geno Atkins.
Todd (Dallas): Do you think new regime not to quick to give Brandon Weeden a vote of confidence because they want to take credit for his improvement? Then if he does not improve they can say "I told you so."
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): They're not giving him the vote of confidence because he didn't earn it from his play last season. Plus, the new regime doesn't know who else is going to be there at QB. There's a chance the Browns could bring in Alex Smith considering his history with Norv Turner.
Kevin (Gaithersburg, MD): Who's the Ravens' X-factor on offense?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The top three are Flacco, Flacco and, did I mention, Flacco.
John (Euclid, Oh.): Will Friday's piece with you and Sando be comparing former Ravens cheerleader Stacy Keibler and former 49ers cheerleader Teri Hatcher?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Come on, is there really a comparison?
Wesley (New York): By your logic, does Isray belong in the hall?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): If you went to any NFL owner and tried to compare Modell and Irsay, they would laugh at you. Name me one contribution to the league by Irsay.
ryan (wilmington, nc [via mobile]: Does Haslem and team make a STRONG push for A. Smith next year? And could u see him doing well in chuds and turners aggressive downfield passing game? Thanks enjoy the super bowl
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I can see Alex Smith being a consideration. Let me put it this way, if Chud and Norv want Smith, Haslam will do what it takes (within reason) to make that financially happen. You couldn't say that before he was owner.
D-Bo (st pete, fl): Let's say Starks Foster & Legursky are all gone via FA.. with Bicknell as the new OL Coach, do you see Colon starting at LG and actually succeeding in a zone scheme.. or do you think they try and add another body via the draft?? Colon seems more like a power blocker in a man scheme, not a good lateral agility or technique guy
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Colon is gone. The left guard should be Kelvin Beachum.
Hunter (Reading, PA): Hello Jamison. I've been hearing rumors that the Steelers might let James Harrison go this year, which is understandable due to age/decline in play and the money the owe him. However, this morning I read that they would consider letting Troy Polamalu go as well. Do you think the Steelers would really conisder this? Over the span of his career, the Steelers' defense has been notoriously less effective when he is not on the field.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): James Harrison may be asked to take a pay cut or get released. Polamalu isn't going anywhere.
ben (virginia): An agitated Ray Lewis means 49ers lose.... Agree?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Ray is kind of like linebacker Hulk. Offenses don't like to see him when he's angry.
Threat Level Bob (Under my desk): I thought Bryant McKinnie was gone for sure after this season until a few weeks ago, but things have changed in a hurry. Have you heard anything about the Ravens bringing him back for next season?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Ravens see him as a fallback option this offseason. The problem is he's not Harbaugh's type of guy and McKinnie is too unreliable. I'm not sure if a strong finish makes the team forget about his weight issues in the spring and him skipping the first three days of training camp this season.