Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Wake-up: Ravens get a special phone call
By Jamison Hensley
It's nice to be back at the palatial AFC North headquarters, and I've settled back in after spending a week in New Orleans. The weekly chat will begin at 2 p.m., so you're going to want to get your questions ready. We'll also start to look ahead to free agency today. For now, here's your wake-up call, which funny enough, begins with a call ...
RAVENS: President Barack Obama called coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome to congratulate them on their Super Bowl victory. Harbaugh thanked the president before adding that he knows as much as anybody that the greatest accomplishments stem from overcoming adversity. “Well you and me, we should try sometimes to do some things easy,” Obama joked in response. “I’d like to know what it feels like. It’s never happened to me.” Click right here to watch the video of the phone conversation.
BENGALS: Adam Zimmer, the son of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, has been named the team's assistant defensive-backs coach. He has coached previously with the Saints and Chiefs, serving as a defensive assistant and assistant linebackers coach for both teams. "I'm not going to be 'Dad' at the office," Mike Zimmer told the team's official website. "It's going to have to be 'Coach' or 'Zim' or 'Mike,' or whatever he wants. I told him over dinner last night. He'll be treated just like everyone else and I'll probably be harder on him. My dad was harder on me."
STEELERS: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook believes the only silver lining for the Steelers is that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will command a big deal. "Flacco is up for a new contract, perhaps $20 million a year. The Ravens won't be able to keep a couple of good players under the salary cap after they re-sign him," Cook wrote. "That should help the Steelers. Hey, that's the best I've got for you after the hated Ravens hung on to beat the San Francisco 49ers."
BROWNS: The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto points out that the statistics show the West Coast offense was never the right fit for Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. "Weeden's strength is standing in the pocket and throwing deep," Pluto wrote. "But the West Coast offense stresses snaps under center and quick throws. It's also very possible that Weeden's league-leading 25 passes batted down is partly due to being so often under center, where he's closer to the defensive linemen as he throws."