Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Wake-up: Mike Wallace being demoted?
By Jamison Hensley
It's Wednesday, which means the weekly column will get posted around noon and the chat will get started at 2 p.m. So, let's not waste any time and get started with the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: After not recording a sack in his first 26 career games, defensive end Art Jones delivered sacks on back-to-back series in the third quarter. He had five total tackles, including three for loss, Sunday in San Diego. The 2010 fifth-round draft pick responded to a talk last week with safety Ed Reed, who told Jones that he needed to dominate. "Any time a great player challenges you like that you want to respond," Jones said, via the team's official website. "To play with Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, these great guys, I'm living the dream. This is a dream come true and I don't want to disappoint my family or anyone else."
STEELERS: Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Wallace is now being listed as a co-starter with Emmanuel Sanders on the depth chart. Asked what would determine who will start, coach Mike Tomlin answered simply, "Situations." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggested this is Tomlin's way of sending a message to Wallace, who has eight receptions for 49 yards total in the past three games. "Mike was frustrated, and rightfully so," Tomlin said of the game Sunday. "He's not producing in the manner in which he'd like to or which we'd like him to. It's the function of a lot of things. He's just going to be committed to continuing to work, and we're committed to that as well."
BENGALS: In the Bengals' three-game winning streak, they have scored 11 touchdowns in 13 trips in the red zone. Quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown eight red zone touchdowns, including six on third down. Four of those touchdowns have gone to rookie third-round pick Mohamed Sanu, who made a great one-handed grab in the end zone Sunday. "We have some great red zone targets. Andy's making good decisions, crisp decisions and some guys are making great plays for him," offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said, via the team's official website. "The windows are going to be smaller. The throws have got to be near perfect and guys have got to make some outstanding catches for them. That's what's happened. Then you throw in a couple of the red-zone runs that we've had and we've had some success."
BROWNS: After Mike Holmgren officially announced he was departing at the end of the week, The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto makes the point that rebuilding the Browns can't be done by just one leader. "So far, [owner Jimmy] Haslam has hired one man for the Browns -- Joe Banner," Pluto wrote. "He is a former Eagles president, now the Browns CEO. We don't have to worry about Banner wondering if he should be coaching -- or even if he should have taken this job. He's a sports executive who helped turn around one franchise, and wants to do the same again here. His business-like approach gives off a sense of 'been there, done that ... and know what to do next.' That's a relief after what this franchise has endured."