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Morning take: Brown-Palmer chess match

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

  • Former Cincinnati Bengal John Thornton believes the longer this Mike Brown-Carson Palmer feud goes, the worse it is for the Bengals.

Morning take: I agree that both sides need to establish a resolution. Does Cincinnati really want to enter the NFL draft not knowing if its franchise quarterback will retire?

Morning take: This is part of the growing process for Harbaugh, who comes from a defensive and special-teams background. But everything as head coach, including the results of the offense, eventually falls on his desk.

  • Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review believes the Steelers' underdog status could help against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

Morning take: Pittsburgh thrives in this role. The Steelers have felt slighted all season and this will give them something additional to talk about in the final game.

  • Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository points out the Cleveland Browns passed on drafting Super Bowl quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers.

Morning take: This is further proof the draft is the foundation for good franchises and the bane of bad ones.