Morning take: Ravens' Mattison making mark

January, 1, 2010
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Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:

  • Baltimore Ravens first-year defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is making his mark with the team.
Morning take: Despite some rough stretches earlier this year, the Ravens are third in the NFL in total defense. Mattison deserves a lot of credit for that.

  • The Cleveland Browns also have a lot of decisions to make with pending free agents such as running backs Jerome Harrison and Lawrence Vickers.
Morning take: Expect new president Mike Holmgren to watch a ton of film on the Browns between now and free agency. Harrison and Vickers look like keepers, but there are several more difficult decisions that await.

Morning take: This was an easy pick. But it would be an interesting debate on who is more important to the team: Roethlisberger or safety Troy Polamalu?

  • Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rashad Jeanty is looking to step up in place of injured starter Rey Maualuga (ankle).
Morning take: Linebacker is probably the area Cincinnati has the most depth this year. Jeanty isn't green. He started 15 games in 2008.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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