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AFC North offensive coordinator rankings

November, 18, 2010
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It's everyone's favorite time again. Let's bring out the AFC North blog's latest offensive coordinator rankings.

These four coaches are lightning rods in the division. It often seems they don't get enough credit during successful times and too much blame for failures.

Here is where the AFC North's four offensive coordinators currently rank:

Cameron
Cameron
1. Cam Cameron, Baltimore Ravens

Previous ranking: No. 1

Analysis: Cameron is holding firm in the top spot. The Ravens aren't perfect offensively, but they are solid. Baltimore has the highest-rated offense in the AFC North and is No. 13 overall. I still believe the Ravens have the talent and potential to be a top-10 unit by the end of the season. Baltimore is averaging a respectable 27 points per game in its last five contests. Occasional red zone issues have prevented this team from being more explosive. But that will be a matter of improving focus and execution inside the 20.

Arians
Arians
2. Bruce Arians, Pittsburgh Steelers

Previous ranking: No. 2 (tie)

Analysis: Arians is struggling lately, but keep in mind we are counting his entire body of work through nine games. Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator managed the offense well during its 3-1 run without franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The offense has been inconsistent since, and that's where Arians is receiving the most criticism. Pittsburgh looks like an offense in transition. It doesn't know whether to be a running team or a passing team, and against good opponents the Steelers have trouble with both. Pittsburgh's banged-up offensive line is struggling mightily against the blitz. Arians needs to find a way to better scheme against pressure or it could be a long season offensively for Pittsburgh.

Daboll
Daboll
3. Brian Daboll, Cleveland Browns

Previous ranking: No. 4

Analysis: Daboll gets out of the basement with a recent string of solid performances. Since inserting rookie quarterback Colt McCoy into the starting lineup, Cleveland has been able to move the ball better and more consistently. The Browns have scored at least 20 points in three straight games for the first time this season, and McCoy is 2-2 in his four starts. The power running game behind Peyton Hillis is Daboll's foundation. But Daboll has also found some tricky and creative ways lately to get this unit going, despite not having nearly the same level of talent at skill positions as other AFC North offensive coordinators.

Bratkowski
Bratkowski
4. Bob Bratkowski, Cincinnati Bengals

Previous ranking: No. 2 (tie)

Analysis: The Bengals are middle of the pack (No. 16) when it comes to total offense. But their sloppiness and inconsistency puts Bratkowski at the bottom of our latest rankings. Cincinnati's offense hasn't put four solid quarters together all season, and it's baffling how this group can explode at any given time but cannot continue to play at a high level. It's Week 11 and Bratkowski hasn't found an identity for this offense, which abandoned the run this year and commits too many turnovers and penalties while passing. The Bengals are just 21st in scoring at 20.4 points per game, and that's underachieving for a unit with so many quality skill players.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is working to refine his throwing motion. Will he play QB or some other position in the NFL? Let's assess his chances of landing in the AFC North.

Baltimore Ravens: Expect the Ravens to at least listen to offers for backup quarterback Troy Smith. If the right deal is out there that benefits Baltimore, the team will not hesitate to make the move. That may open up the possibility to add another backup quarterback, but certainly not in the top half of the draft, which is where Tebow should land. The Ravens also have restricted free agent John Beck, who can step into the No. 2 spot. But the Ravens would lose their Wildcat/Suggs package completely if Smith isn't replaced by another mobile quarterback.

Draft probability: Low

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals considered adding their variation of the Wildcat last year but couldn't find the right person to do it. That could open the door here for Tebow. It's possible new receiver and former college quarterback Matt Jones has that ability, but Jones is a complete unknown at this point after missing all of last season. It also doesn't hurt Tebow that J.T. O'Sullivan and Jordan Palmer aren't necessarily the strongest tandem of backup quarterbacks. Still, adding Tebow to Cincinnati would be more of a luxury than a necessity.

Draft probability: Low

Cleveland Browns: President Mike Holmgren made some headlines last week when he said it's too late to change Tebow's throwing motion. Take that as a strong sign the Browns are not interested in drafting Tebow. The Browns also have a dynamic utility player in Josh Cribbs for trick plays. So there isn't any room for Tebow on the roster unless he wants to play tight end. Cleveland could use a few of those.

Draft probability: No chance

Pittsburgh Steelers: Depending on the future of pending free agent Charlie Batch, the Steelers could be in the market for a third-string quarterback. That's the only chance of Tebow landing in Pittsburgh. Backup Dennis Dixon has solidified his spot as Pittsburgh's No. 2 quarterback after a solid start on the road against Baltimore last season. So unless Tebow's stock drops well below expected, the Steelers probably won't consider him or any quarterback this year unless it's a flier late in the draft.

Draft probability: Low

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