Just a heads up that there will a Double Coverage post today on the Ravens-Patriots AFC Championship Game. It features myself and AFC East blogger (formerly of the AFC North) James Walker. No trash-talking from the Ravens on Twitter on Monday night, so that's all I got. Here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston believes old school football has returned since Jim Caldwell took over as offensive coordinator. "The Ravens haven't seen this type of patience or discipline on offense since Ted Marchibroda was coach in the 1990s," Preston wrote. "They've maintained balance but have had 71 rushing plays to 57 passing. That's what you want in the postseason when the weather gets cold. When this season is over and the Ravens look back and want to hire a new offensive coordinator, they might want to stay with the current guy."
BENGALS: The Bengals are reducing season-ticket prices for some upper deck sections at Paul Brown Stadium for a second straight year. It will cost $10 less per game for selected upper deck seats. There will be an increase for the 22 sideline sections in the lower bowl, which will go up $5 per game. The last such increase was 2009 for the Bengals. “As an organization we are committed to having a full stadium for every game to give us a competitive advantage," Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn said in a statement. The Bengals sold out six of their eight regular-season home games in 2012.
STEELERS: Offensive coordinator Todd Haley apparently doesn't have a great chance to land the Cardinals' head coaching job because he set a very high asking price, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac. Why would he do such a thing? Haley is happy with his role in Pittsburgh and doesn't want to leave unless the offer is too good to refuse, Dulac reported. Haley grew up in Pittsburgh because his father, Dick Haley, was the Steelers' long-time director of player personnel.
BROWNS: CBS Sports recently reported that talks broke down between the Browns and head coach candidate Ken Whisenhunt on Thursday because the front office wanted input on staff issues. A source told The Plain Dealer that the report is "totally false." Whisenhunt flew to Cleveland on Thursday for a second interview, but the Browns eventually flew down to Charlotte, N.C., later that day and hired Rob Chudzinski. CBS Sports also speculated that Michael Vick could land with the Browns because he could be used in the same role Cam Newton had in Chudzinski's offense in Carolina.