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RAVENS: In his past five playoff games, running back Ray Rice has averaged just 70.6 yards rushing and has lost four fumbles. "You play the regular season, that's what you get paid for," Rice said, via The Baltimore Sun. "But in the playoffs, you are building a legacy. Obviously, I want to be a guy that's remembered for his playoff play. Playoffs are not about stats. Playoffs, for me, are about winning games."
BENGALS: Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is scheduled to interview for head-coaching jobs with the Cardinals and Eagles, but he doesn't sound like he is ready to leave anytime soon. "When you enter the coaching profession you necessarily don’t do it to be an assistant your whole life. Eventually you’d like to be top dog and run your own ship, when the time’s right," Gruden said, via The Cincinnati Enquirer. "Every team has their issues and their problems. That’s why they’re looking. Eventually when the time is right, hopefully I’ll get a chance. If not this year, or next year, or the year after. I’ll be happy here because it’s a great place. There’s still work to do.”
STEELERS: Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher wants to coach again at some point. "It would be a challenge," Cowher told Newsday, "but I think that's probably why I would get back into it, because of the challenge." Cowher, who has been a studio analyst since retiring in 2006, doesn't believe the game has passed him by. "I did it for 27 years. You don't just forget things overnight," Cowher said. "One thing about this job is it's been really good, because it allows me to study the game and do features on the game. I want to know what I'm talking about, so I'm watching tape. It's not like I'm out of it. I know how the game is changing."
BROWNS: The Plain Dealer reported that the Browns interviewed CFL coach Marc Trestman on Tuesday and have requested permission to speak to Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday after dealing with an inner ear infection. Meanwhile, Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday he's not leaving for the NFL. "How many times do you think I've been asked to put it to rest?" Saban said. "And I've put it to rest, and you continue to ask it. I kind of learned through that experience (with the Dolphins) that maybe this is where I belong, and I'm really happy and at peace with all that. So no matter how many times I say that, y'all don't believe it, so I don't even know why I keep talking about it."