It's been hours since the regular-season schedules were released (click on the team name to read the analysis posts on the Browns, Ravens, Steelers and Bengals). I do find it interesting the amount of trends that continue with the schedules. The Browns open at home for the 14th time in 15 seasons. The Ravens finish the regular season at the Bengals for the third straight time. And the Steelers have had a bye in Week 5 or earlier for the third time in four seasons. I'll continue our trend here on the blog with our usual wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Rex Ryan, the current head coach of the New York Jets and former longtime assistant with the Ravens, publicly chided the Orioles for not moving their Sept. 5 game so the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens could open the season at home. "I understand the Orioles are playing a game at home. Well, who really cares?" Ryan said in a conference call about the Jets schedule, via multiple reports including the Newark Star-Ledger. "You have a chance to have the defending world champs open the season at home where they rightfully should. I think that's unfortunate." Ryan added, "When they have 162 games, you might just have common courtesy and say, you know what, maybe I’ll play this one on the road or whatever.”
BENGALS: For the fourth time in their history and third time under coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals open their home season in prime time when they play the Steelers on Monday night, Sept. 16 on ESPN. "We have had some great games against Pittsburgh the last few years, and the atmosphere should be tremendous," Lewis said, via the team's official website. "And of course I like having the last two at home, but we need to make sure we’re in position to capitalize on that edge.”
STEELERS: With no offers heading into Friday's deadline for restricted free agents, running back Isaac Redman signed his $1.323 million tender, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Steelers' other restricted free-agent running back, Jonathan Dwyer, had previously signed his tender. Redman ran for 147 yards at the New York Giants last season but he failed to gain more than 43 yards in any other game.
BROWNS: Chief Executive Officer Joe Banner, who has a history of trading down when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles, said he's open to moving back from the No. 6 overall pick in the draft. "We have to make the right decision based on the value," Banner said at the pre-draft news conference, via The Plain Dealer. "If we think trading back or up produces better value for something we think is important or we rated high enough, we have to do it. If you made the priority filling in a hole that existed, you might not to get the fair market value you're looking for in a trade." Shameless plug: I recently endorsed the Browns trading back, unless Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan is sitting there.