It's media day at the Super Bowl, and I'll be covering this crazy event at the Superdome so you don't have to do so. Unfortunately, this conflicts with the introductory news conference for Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton. I will post something off of that as soon as I can, but it could be later in the afternoon. Now that you have the game plan, here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Safety Ed Reed agrees with President Obama that football needs to be made safer. "I have a son. I am not forcing football on my son," he said. "If he wants to play it ... I can't make decisions for him. All I can do is say, 'Son, I played it so you don't have to.'" Reed, who has been playing with a nerve impingement in his neck, believes the league can do more to improve the health of players. "Every medical training room should be upgraded; training rooms can be a lot better," he said. "When you've got the president talking about it, you got something."
BENGALS: The 49ers' Colin Kaepernick is the first quarterback of the 2011 draft to reach the Super Bowl. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who was drafted one spot ahead of Kaepernick in the second round that year, met him for the first time at the Manning passing camp in 2010. “He’s a little more quiet but he had one of the strongest arms in the camp,” Dalton told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “He can run well and can really read the zone schemes and different things.”
STEELERS: The Steelers have received permission from the Redskins to interview special teams coach and Pittsburgh native Danny Smith, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has coached the Redskins' special teams since 2004. The Steelers have a vacancy there because Mike Tomlin fired Al Everest in the preseason last year and assistant Amos Jones left to become the special teams coach for the Arizona Cardinals.
BROWNS: If the Browns want Colt McCoy to remain their backup quarterback, the cost to keep him has risen. McCoy's playing time and performance from his first two seasons have increased his 2013 base salary from the league minimum to $2.325 million, according to Yahoo! Sports. McCoy, who lost his starting job to Brandon Weeden in 2012, earned the league minimum $540,000 last season.