- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's everyone's favorite time again!
Let's update the AFC North rankings for offensive coordinators. These four men are always among the least popular coaches in the division. But with Bob Bratkowski and Brian Daboll both fired, our community now has some fresh meat to devour this upcoming season.
Here are the AFC North blog's OC rankings for June:
1. Bruce Arians
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Skinny: Arians has been a lighting rod in Pittsburgh for several years. Some say he passes too much. Some say the Steelers' offense looks too disorganized at times. But the Steelers were No. 14 in total offense in 2010 and have been to two Super Bowls the past three years with Arians calling the shots. As long as the team is yielding those kind of results, I will continue to stay off the "bash Bruce Arians" bandwagon that seems to be very popular in Pittsburgh.
2. Cam Cameron
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Skinny: Despite Baltimore winning 12 games, Cameron had a tough year on offense that involved chemistry and consistency issues. Baltimore had the talent but was never able to put it together and finished 22nd in total offense. That is unacceptable for a team that is deep at receiver, tight end and running back. Offensive line issues also hurt, but Cameron and the Ravens failed to make the proper adjustments. This is a big year for both Cameron and quarterback Joe Flacco.
3. Pat Shurmur
Team: Cleveland Browns
Skinny: Shurmur was the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams before taking over as head coach and offensive coordinator of the Browns. His unit in St. Louis was ranked No. 26 in 2010. So Shurmur definitely has a lot to prove, especially in this defensive-minded division. Shurmur's specialty is the West Coast offense and developing quarterbacks, and much of his success will depend on how well Colt McCoy plays in his second season. But the Browns don't have much to work with at receiver, which is a major concern.
4. Jay Gruden
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Skinny: Gruden also has a lot to prove and will try to bring his version of the West Coast offense from the UFL to Cincinnati. Gruden says he wants a power running game, which is a good idea if rookie second-round pick Andy Dalton is the starting quarterback. Fortunately for Gruden, he is taking over an offense that has some young weapons, which include back-to-back first-round picks in receiver A.J. Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham.