Browns May Fire Tom Heckert over Failed RG3 Trade and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVDecember 17, 2012

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, current Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert could lose his job not because he wants to retain personnel control but because he didn't do or give enough for the team to land quarterback Robert Griffin III prior to this year's draft. Griffin ultimately went to the Washington Redskins after the team traded up with the St. Louis Rams to the No. 2 overall spot.

It's an interesting rumor (credited only to "a league source") that doesn't make complete sense. Neither current Browns owner Jimmy Haslam nor CEO Joe Banner were with the team at the time the Griffin bidding was going on, so neither could have directed Heckert to be more aggressive with their offer.

Further, to get Griffin, the Browns would have had to part with at least four first-round picks and perhaps more, which is a high price to pay for a quarterback who would have had a potentially stunted supporting cast. 

If that's why Heckert goes, the new Browns management may be no better than the last.


Baltimore Ravens

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was openly frustrated after Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos, adding that he was "embarrassed" by the way his team played.

James Reagan of Bleacher Report breaks down the Ravens' biggest winners and losers in the loss to the Broncos.


Cincinnati Bengals

Because the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals are now in sole possession of the AFC's final wild-card spot, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. They can cement the berth with a win over Pittsburgh in Week 16.

Bleacher Report's Ryan Rudnansky says that the Bengals are slowly but surely becoming the team they were capable of being.


Cleveland Browns

Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that the Cleveland Browns' Sunday loss to the Washington Redskins is putting quarterback Brandon Weeden's job security in jeopardy.

Mike Hoag of Bleacher Report gives us his full grades and real-time analysis of the Browns' loss. 


Pittsburgh Steelers

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hands out his grades of the Pittsburgh Steelers after their overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Bleacher Report's Dan Snyder breaks down the five biggest miscues the Steelers made that led to their Week 15 loss.