Morning take: Progress with Cribbs

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

  • Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes there is now good dialogue between the Browns and Pro Bowl kick returner Josh Cribbs.

Morning take: This is solid news for both parties. Several weeks ago when Cribbs cleaned out his locker, things were not looking good.

  • Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach Hue Jackson also interviewed to be head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Morning take: Oakland, as usual, is shrouded in mystery. Jackson is certainly an up-and-coming name in coaching circles, and if he can get something (anything?) out of quarterback JaMarcus Russell, I can see why Raiders owner Al Davis is interested.

  • Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com looks at Cincinnati’s situation at tight end.

Morning take: Second-year player Chase Coffman could be a wild card. He has some potential but didn’t show much before getting injured last season.

  • Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Al Everest will have more responsibilities as special-teams coach of the Steelers.

Morning take: Special teams has quietly been one of Pittsburgh's most inconsistent units. Everest is one of several new coaches hoping to improve areas of the team.