Is this the year for Jerome Bettis?

Steel City wake-up: morning links

Running back Jerome Bettis and linebacker Kevin Greene are former Steelers who are among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This should be the year that Bettis achieves football immortality as Hall of Fame voter Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Alan Robinson does the math and concludes that the Steelers should sign quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension during the offseason.

Director of football administration Omar Khan is among those whom the Miami Dolphins are considering for the opening they have at general manager. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac reports that Shaun Sarrett has interviewed for the opening the Steelers have at offensive line coach.

Here is a look at what else is going on around the AFC North:

  • ESPN.com Bengals reporter Coley Harvey weighs in on the change at offensive coordinator with Hue Jackson taking over for Jay Gruden, who was introduced Thursday as the Redskins’ new coach. As Harvey writes, Jackson’s promotion should lead to more balance in Cincinnati.

  • ESPN.com Browns reporter Pat McManamon is still in the midst of a coaching search, and he opines that Cleveland was smart to add Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to its list of candidates. Whisenhunt, the former Steelers offensive coordinator and Cardinals coach, has been linked to a handful of teams that need a head coach.

  • ESPN.com Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley gives us Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti’s take on officiating in the NFL. Interesting to note that Bisciotti seems to favor a streamlined model for instant replay used by the NHL.