Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Wake-up: Harbaugh downplays hot topics
By Jamison Hensley
Hope everyone is having a great start to their Tuesday. In case you missed it last night, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is seeking a second opinion so he can play with torn biceps. And, in case you missed it last night, Robert Griffin III gave the Ravens defense some things to worry about with his "Monday Night Football" performance. Now, let's move ahead to the wake-up call, which is filled with a lot of coach-speak ...
RAVENS: Ravens coach John Harbaugh downplayed a couple of hot topics: the lack of touches for Ray Rice and the awkward exchange with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin after the game. On Rice's 13 touches against Pittsburgh, Harbaugh said, “I think it’s real easy to look at the stat sheet and say, ‘Hey, this guy should get the ball more, that guy should get the ball more.' You’re trying to use all your guys and move the ball. When it’s successful, we’re happy about it. When it’s not successful, you look at it.” Harbaugh also believes his tense post-game meet-up with Tomlin is a non-issue. "Nothing uncomfortable at all," he said, via The Baltimore Sun. "I thought Mike did a terrific job preparing his team. Obviously, they played very well, and I made a point to congratulate him on that. Hopefully he accepted that, and it was all good.”
STEELERS: The Steelers have a 7-5 record for only the second time in the 21st century, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The previous time was 2005, when they won eight straight after falling to that mark, including the Super Bowl against Seattle. Could the Steelers do it again? "There's a bunch of us in here who went through that and understand what it takes to do that," Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said. "Hopefully we can lead this team down that direction. It would be great to get them in the tournament and make another run."
BENGALS: Could this offseason be the time when defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer becomes a head coach? His stock is definitely on the rise again after his defense allowed two touchdowns in its four-game winning streak. “Honestly, I don't listen to the stuff anymore,” he said, via CBS Sports. “I've had it. The honest-to-God truth, I've had for so many years so many people say this is your year, this, this, this. Then for the end of the year for about three days I am totally depressed because I see this guy get a job, that guy get a job, that guy get a job. It's in my best interest to not think about it, talk about it, just try to do the best job I can because I get disappointed, too.” Zimmer was passed over for two head-coaching positions last offseason (Tampa Bay and Miami).
BROWNS: The Browns have never looked better in Pat Shurmur's two seasons as head coach. Still, Shurmur would rather talk about Sunday's game against the Chiefs than his job security. "I don't want to talk about my future, OK?" he said, via The Plain Dealer. "I'm trying to make this the best Monday of the year. And I'm trying to get our team ready to play the Chiefs. I don't look at it that way [if he'll get a fair look]. I'm not taking any half-swings here. We'll just play it out and see what happens."