Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
ESPN's Chris Mortensen and the author of this blog notes Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan is being courted for head coaching positions.
Morning take: And it's well deserved. Ryan has been one of the NFL's top assistants for a while, but this offseason appears to be his best chance to land a top spot for another team.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer provides an updated list of GM and coaching candidates for the Browns.
Morning take: Not a bad list. So far, the Browns have been fast and efficient in their search.
Is a bye good for the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Morning take: Indeed, the last three teams to win a Super Bowl did not have byes. But with an injured quarterback, Pittsburgh is one team that desperately needs it.
Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com points out the Cincinnati Bengals' struggles on offense this year.
Morning take: Surprisingly, the Bengals gradually developed into a defensive team this season. Who would have thought?