Friday, January 25, 2013
Wake-up: Horton says Browns to run 3-4
By Jamison Hensley
I'll be heading over to Ravens headquarters to listen to a few more interviews before heading down to New Orleans this weekend. Once again, not a lot of news for the other division teams. In fact, the items on the Bengals and Steelers are both Ravens-related. Take a look at it in your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: The 2013 season could be Jim Caldwell's last as Ravens offensive coordinator. At least, that's what Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome thinks. "I believe he will get another shot as a head coach," Newsome told The Baltimore Sun. "I've already talked to several GMs who admitted that they would have interviewed Jim if we weren't deep into the playoffs."
BENGALS: Head coach Marvin Lewis hopes his players learned from how the Ravens, who finished with the same 10-6 record as the Bengals, got to the Super Bowl. "We’ve got to mature. You have to perform. You have to make big catches, big throws, big defensive stops, big plays defensively, interceptions. All those things that got Baltimore into this game,” Lewis said, via The Cincinnati Enquirer. “Baltimore was hanging on by a thread and they make a big interception and the game changes. They made a big play down the sidelines before halftime in the division game to put them in the championship game.”
STEELERS: Although this may be considered blasphemy in Pittsburgh, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is pulling for the rival Ravens to beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl. To be more specific, he's pulling more for a player than the entire Baltimore team. “I am rooting for Ray Lewis,” Pouncey told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He is from my hometown (Pouncey is from Lakeland, Fla., and Lewis is from nearby Bartow). If he would be able to go out on top, it would be great for our city.”
BROWNS: Even though head coach Rob Chudzinski said the Browns would run a hybrid defense, defensive coordinator Ray Horton has a different plan on what type of defense he'll run. "It'll be a 3-4 defense, the same defense we ran (in Arizona)," Horton told 910 AM in Arizona, via The Plain Dealer. "It won't be a hybrid unless you're playing golf." Horton also said he would've "unequivocally" brought in Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator if the Cardinals had hired him to be their head coach.