QB Alex Smith Praises Browns OC Norv Turner and More AFC North Links

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 31, 2013

Current San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback and soon-to-be trade bait Alex Smith said that he loved playing for Norv Turner's offense when Turner was his offensive coordinator in 2006, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

This has fueled speculation that Smith could very well be headed to the Browns this year to compete with Brandon Weeden for the starting job. Turner is the team's current coordinator and it seems like the current leadership in place is interested in quarterback competition this year. Smith is almost certainly out of San Francisco sooner rather than later, and the Browns very well could make that move.


Baltimore Ravens

Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times looks at how the change from Cam Cameron to Jim Caldwell at offensive coordinator has helped the Baltimore Ravens make it all the way to the Super Bowl.

Bleacher Report's Josh Zerkle heads to the podium to be interviewed by the assembled Ravens players in his very own media day.


Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and current NFL analyst Boomer Esiason about the Super Bowl, Andy Dalton and how the Bengals stack up against the Ravens.

It's pretty clear that the Bengals need to bring on more running back talent this year, and Bleacher Report's Alex Peterman says he has the right man for the job, suggesting they draft Alabama's Eddie Lacy.


Cleveland Browns

According to Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who spoke with Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the team should have little trouble transitioning from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4. He said, "they've got enough young athletes who are coachable and who can adapt."

Brian Murtaugh of Bleacher Report says that the Browns may be wise to make a move for quarterback Alex Smith once he becomes available after the 49ers' season ends.


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers wasted little time in filling their special teams coaching vacancy, hiring Danny Smith from the Washington Redskins' staff to take the job, reports Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He replaces Amos Jones, who left to take the same position with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bleacher Report's Joe Tordy gives us the five plays Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has made over his career that changed the team's history.