Morning take: Steelers defied the odds

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

Morning take: Coming up short in the final game will sting the organization for a while. But no one gave them a chance to make it to the Super Bowl, and Pittsburgh defied the odds all season.

Morning take: Cleveland had a solid 2010 draft class, which included three starters in the first three rounds. The Browns need similar success for the next couple of years to make up ground in the division.

  • New Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is ready to get to work.

Morning take: There are a lot of questions with Cincinnati's offense. Gruden has to figure out who his playmakers are and what plays fit the talent around him.

Morning take: Good players are out there, including a pair of New England Patriots starters in tackle Matt Light and guard Logan Mankins. But they wouldn't come cheap.