Morning take: Jets not missing Coles

Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:

  • Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News writes the Jets are not missing receiver Laveranues Coles.

Morning take: Coles wanted out of New York and signed a $28 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. Both parties could be heading to the playoffs while happily going their separate ways.

  • Kevin Van Valkenburg of the Baltimore Sun reports Ravens safety Ed Reed is a game-time decision against the Oakland Raiders.

Morning take: Baltimore could use Reed in any capacity for this must-win game. But the Ravens should be able to win Sunday with or without Reed.

  • Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette caught up with Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who believes the Bengals and New England Patriots will “lay down” this weekend.

Morning take: Pittsburgh's 2009 season would be over if that's the case. I think Woodley is trying to use some reverse psychology.

  • Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes return specialist Joshua Cribbs was the Browns' best player in 2009.

Morning take: This is another well-deserved honor for Cribbs. But it's also a poor reflection when Cleveland's best player is on special teams.