A Cornerback Shakeup in Cleveland and More AFC North News

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 21, 2012

There's a bit of a cornerback controversy in Cleveland.

Sheldon Brown sat out most of last week's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with what the Cleveland Browns said were the lingering effects from a neck injury he suffered in Week 1. However, Brown told Mary Kay Cabot of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer that the reason for his reduced playing time is that he's been demoted from his starting job and is now the team's nickel corner. 

Despite that, Brown only played one defensive snap last week while rookie Trevin Wade played in the nickel. This week against Buffalo, Brown should be the starting nickel corner, with Buster Skrine taking his old job on the outside.


Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron stands by his decision to throw the ball on 3rd-and-short in the second half of last week's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, reports Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is 37 years old and in his 17th season in the NFL; naturally, retirement looms somewhere in his future. John Rozum of Bleacher Report looks at who could emerge as Baltimore's defensive leader when Lewis hangs them up.


Cincinnati Bengals

Undrafted Bengal Vontaze Burfict had to step in on short notice last week as a starting outside linebacker to replace the injured Thomas Howard. Now, with more time to prepare, it appears Burfict will be the starter at the position for the rest of the season, reports Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Matt Gray of Bleacher Report gives us the keys to a Bengals victory over the Washington Redskins this Sunday.


Cleveland Browns

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that new Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III has some interest in building a retractable roof on Cleveland Browns Stadium and that he'll be discussing the idea with the City Council.

Bleacher Report's Benjamin Flack details why the Browns will get their first win of the season this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is pushing for more no-huddle plays. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley backed away from the no-huddle last week against the Jets, saying that it wasn't effective, but Roethlisberger has been lobbying him hard to reverse course against the Oakland Raiders this week.

One of the keys to a Steelers victory over the Raiders this week is to shut down the Oakland running game—and back Darren McFadden. Chris G. of Bleacher Report details just how Pittsburgh can accomplish this.