Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wake-up: Alex Smith interested in Browns?
By Jamison Hensley
Thursday marks the final day for the media to meet with the players on the Ravens and the 49ers before Sunday's Super Bowl. The only availability on Friday is with the head coaches. Now that you have the schedule, it's time for your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: While the 49ers worked at the Saints' indoor facility to prepare for the Super Bowl at the Superdome, the Ravens dealt with wind gusts up to 24 mph at Tulane University. The Ravens had the option of working at the Saints' indoor facility late in the afternoon or early evening after the 49ers finished, but coach John Harbaugh preferred to stick with the usual schedule of practicing mid-afternoon. “We didn’t like the wind, but we got all of our work done," Harbaugh said. "Spirits are high. They looked great.’’
STEELERS: Redskins special-teams coordinator Danny Smith accepted the same position with the Steelers. Pittsburgh received permission to speak with Smith just two days ago after Amos Jones became the special-teams coordinator with the Cardinals. According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers also were considering LSU assistant Thomas McGaughey for the position. The Redskins' coverage teams both ranked in the top 12 last season.
BENGALS: Hue Jackson will take over as running backs coach, multiple sources told The Cincinnati Enquirer. In other news, Jackson apologized for setting up Mitch Ross, a co-owner of Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (SWATS), with Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis when Jackson was Baltimore's quarterbacks coach. Ross told Sports Illustrated that he gave deer-antler extract to Lewis to speed up his recovery from triceps surgery. "I never knew the young man [Ross] could be that way," Jackson told The Baltimore Sun. "I apologize for the whole organization."
BROWNS: It's unknown whether the Browns will look to trade for or sign 49ers quarterback Alex Smith as a free agent, but it sounded like Smith would be open to reuniting with offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Smith played under Turner in 2006 with the 49ers. "Loved my time with Norv," Smith said, via The Plain Dealer. "[It was] a very, very friendly QB system. For [Cleveland], it's going to be a terminology change going from a West Coast system to the digits, but very, very QB-friendly, big-play potential for the offense with a lot of chunk plays."