The Ravens will head out to Denver tomorrow for Saturday's divisional playoff game, but they're not the only ones with travel arrangements. It looks like the NFL head-coach and general-manager searches could affect the rest of the teams in the division. I'll explain further in the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Slowed by injuries, linebacker Terrell Suggs has one sack in his past eight games and just one quarterback hurry in his past three games, including none against Denver last month. The Ravens, though, don't sound disappointed. “I’m marveled the guy has played at all this year,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said, via the team's official website. “So I think anything that we’ve gotten out of Terrell Suggs has been a positive. I don’t look at it at all that he hasn’t done something successful. I look at it as this has been a bonus that we ever had the guy.”
BENGALS: Cornerback Terence Newman, who played under defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer in Dallas and Cincinnati, gave a ringing endorsement to his coach. Zimmer interviewed with the Browns on Wednesday and has drawn interest from the Chargers. "I think he’d do great. It’s kind of an enigma how he’s not a head coach already," Newman told the team's official website. "His track record speaks volumes. It’s just one of those things where you have to get an opportunity; you have to get a chance. If there’s any coach right now that’s deserving, I think it would be him. He’s won Super Bowls. He’s led great defenses. He’s led great teams. So, with that being said, he’s well deserving."
STEELERS: Omar Khan, the Steelers' director of football and business administration, is interviewing for the Jets' GM job on Thursday, according to the New York Daily News. Khan is part of the Jets' growing list of candidates that includes former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo and Dolphins assistant general manager Brian Gaine. Losing Khan would be significant for a Steelers team that needs to do some maneuvering to get under the salary cap. Khan has been Pittsburgh's chief contract negotiator for more than a decade and is known for his cap expertise.
BROWNS: Marv Levy and Bud Grant, two Hall of Fame coaches who worked in the Canadian Football League, believe Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman would have no trouble making the transition back to the American game. Trestman was interviewed by the Browns earlier this week. “You do have to adapt a bit, but it’s the same game,” Levy told The Plain Dealer. "The same things that win in the U.S. win up there. If you run, throw, block, tackle, catch, kick better than your opponent, you’re probably going to win. It’s still about fundamentals and teaching. I have been very impressed with Marc. I know he’s being considered for several jobs and I think he’d make a darn good NFL coach.”