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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Morning take: Mendenhall's rising star

By James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North: Morning take: A big Super Bowl against a very good Packers defense would go a long way. Mendenhall is already coming off one of his best games of the season against the Jets.
Morning take: This is a surprise because Gaither wanted a new contract last year and didn't get it. Perhaps the inconsistent play on the offensive line could lead to a change of heart.
Morning take: No surprise here. Benson said he wasn't returning if Bratkowski stayed. Now the Bengals have to find a replacement.
Morning take: Mark Whipple is the biggest name, because he will work with rookie quarterback Colt McCoy. But I still wonder if not hiring an offensive coordinator is the right move.