Morning take: Hines Ward will return

February, 7, 2011
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Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:
  • After a tough loss in Super Bowl XLV, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward says he will return for his 14th NFL season.
Morning take: There was speculation Ward would retire if he wins another Super Bowl. But that never came into play after a loss to the newly-crowned Green Bay Packers.
Morning take: DeCosta worked his way up the ranks in Baltimore and would be the favorite to replace Ozzie Newsome whenever he steps down. Therefore, there's no reason to leave.
Morning take: Holmgren has done it with two other teams but as a head coach. Getting Cleveland to a championship level is his stiffest test to date.
  • Former Ravens coach and NFL analyst Brian Billick says it will take new Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden time to implement his system.
Morning take: Whether Gruden will have quarterback Carson Palmer is the key. Going young at quarterback could push back the process even further.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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