Morning take: Bruce Arians talks offense

Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:

  • Amid criticism, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians talks about his approach.

Morning take: Despite injuries on the offensive line, Pittsburgh's offense needs to play more efficiently. Sunday's contest against the Oakland Raiders is a big game for this group.

Morning take: Boldin's toughness and leadership are great fits in Baltimore, especially since it comes on the offensive side of the ball on a defensively oriented team.

  • Cleveland Browns starting cornerback Sheldon Brown (neck, shoulder) is optimistic that he will be ready to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Morning take: Brown's veteran presence would be a nice boost and provide depth. But it also prevents Joe Haden from starting, and I think it’s time for the coaches to find Haden more playing time.

Morning take: Based on Cincinnati's recent push for Jeff Reed, Pettrey is on a short leash. He needs to make the most of this opportunity.