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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Poll: Division's coach of the year

By Jamison Hensley

The Baltimore Ravens are tied for the second-best record in the AFC. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals are in contention for a playoff berth. The Cleveland Browns are looking to finish the season strong.

How much credit for this success goes back to the coaches? That's where you come in. The AFC North blog wants to know who you think has done the best coaching job in the division this year. I'm not looking for the best coach over the past five years or the one with the most playoff wins. This is based solely on this season.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh has done an admirable job of keeping his team among the NFL's best despite not having his best defensive player (Terrell Suggs) earlier this year and not having his team leader (Ray Lewis) recently.

The Steelers' Mike Tomlin is keeping his team in the playoff hunt even though he hasn't had the leader of his defense (Troy Polamalu) for most of the season and he's down to his third-string quarterback.

The Bengals' Marvin Lewis didn't let the season unravel after his team lost four straight and now has Cincinnati on a four-game winning streak.

And the Browns' Pat Shurmur has his team playing its best football in his two-year run as coach. The Browns have won four of their past seven after starting 0-5.

Record your vote and tell me why you picked that particular coach by sending me a note to my mailbag. Your comment could be used on the blog later in the week.