NFL Nation: Morning take

Here are the most interesting stories Sunday morning in the AFC East:
  • The time for talk is over. The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens look to seize this opportunity to go to the Super Bowl.
Morning take: Both teams have been respectful and cordial all week in the media. But expect championship-level play and intensity in what should be a competitive AFC title game.
Morning take: This is often the case and good for Philbin. I sense there will be a clear delineation in Miami of who coaches (Philbin) and who picks the players (Jeff Ireland). Early hints are there won't be a lot of overlap.
  • Former New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will take the same post with the St. Louis Rams.
Morning take: Schottenheimer failed to develop Mark Sanchez in New York. Can he develop another young quarterback -- Sam Bradford -- in St. Louis?
Morning take: I liked Williams coming out of the draft and he proved me correct by showing flashes as a rookie. Williams, a second-round pick, could be a starter at some point next season.

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:

Morning take: For 14 seasons, Shanahan had complete control as coach and GM of the Denver Broncos. Would he want the same in Cleveland?

  • After a three-game absence, Baltimore Ravens rookie tailback Ray Rice (calf) will return for Sunday's wild card game against the Miami Dolphins.

Morning take: This is good news for Baltimore. The Ravens have missed Rice's speed, quickness and ability to catch passes out of the backfield.

Morning take: Did someone accidentally check the wrong box? Rivers played seven games this season.

Morning take: With the daily monitoring of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (concussion), Clark has been a forgotten injury. But Clark is an important cog who could help the defense.

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