Friday, January 11, 2013
Wake-up call: Ngata contemplates future
By Jamison Hensley
It was just another uneventful day in the AFC North on Thursday. The Ravens are getting ready for Saturday's playoff game, the Steelers waived Chris Rainey after the running back was arrested on a battery charge and the Browns hired a new head coach. Yes, the sixth full-time head coach of the expansion Browns era is (drum roll) Rob Chudzinski. You can click on my late-night column right here. And don't forget about your wake-up call:
RAVENS: Another season of injuries has caused Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to contemplate his future. "It makes you think, especially now that I have kids, is this job worth the head traumas you're probably going to end up having when you're older?" Ngata told The Baltimore Sun. "I just think about being able to raise my kids, see them through college, see them have kids. It makes me think more about how much more I want to play." Ngata, who turns 29 later this month, is finishing up the second year of a five-year, $61 million contract.
BENGALS: Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed for the Cardinals' head-coaching job Thursday and said that his agent has been in contact with a couple other teams. There is a possibility he will interview with the Eagles next week, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. As expected, tight end Jermaine Gresham was added to the Pro Bowl team. A first-team alternate, Gresham replaced the injured Heath Miller.
STEELERS: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook makes the point that draft-day decisions are haunting the Steelers. "Who knew then that fourth-round pick Alameda Ta'amu and fifth-round pick Chris Rainey would be the players who caused the Steelers major headaches? Actually, [general manager Kevin] Colbert and [coach Mike] Tomlin should have known," Cook wrote. "At least they should have known, based on the players' history, that there was a good chance they would get into trouble again. Shame on Colbert and Tomlin if they were surprised by Ta'amu and Rainey getting in a jackpot again."
BROWNS: The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto says Chudzinski is Joe Banner's new Andy Reid. "(Chudzinski has) never been a head coach before. Of course, the same was said of Reid when he was picked by Banner in 1999 to coach the Philadelphia Eagles," Pluto wrote. "Reid was a relatively unknown quarterback coach from Green Bay. Reid didn't call plays for the Packers. He wasn't on anyone's hot list of coaches. But he turned out to be one the NFL's best head coaches for more than a decade."