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Morning take: Mendenhall's rising star

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

  • Is Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall on the cusp of stardom?

Morning take: A big Super Bowl against a very good Packers defense would go a long way. Mendenhall is already coming off one of his best games of the season against the Jets.

Morning take: This is a surprise because Gaither wanted a new contract last year and didn't get it. Perhaps the inconsistent play on the offensive line could lead to a change of heart.

  • Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson is encouraged that offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski was fired.

Morning take: No surprise here. Benson said he wasn't returning if Bratkowski stayed. Now the Bengals have to find a replacement.

Morning take: Mark Whipple is the biggest name, because he will work with rookie quarterback Colt McCoy. But I still wonder if not hiring an offensive coordinator is the right move.