The Baltimore Ravens have come a long way from opening night of the 2012 NFL season, a game which they blew out the Cincinnati Bengals, 44-13, behind a 299-yard and two touchdown performance by QB Joe Flacco which sparked head coach John Harbaugh to say “Pay him whatever he asks for“, regarding his contract status.
That was the national belief, but that belief has changed during the Ravens’ three-game losing streak in which Flacco has committed six turnovers (three interceptions, three fumbles). He’s now thrown 20 TDs and 10 INTs this year while completing just 59% of his passes, and that kind of play may lead the Ravens to slap the franchise tag on him this offseason and make him show he can play like a franchise QB should, which is what he believes he is.
Steelers LCB Keenan Lewis, who had also been dealing with a hip injury, apparently sustained a knee injury after stepping in a hole in the practice field on Wednesday, and it now appears he won’t be ready to suit up Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
It’s still up in the air as to whether the Cleveland Browns will retain current head coach Pat Shurmur at season’s end, but RB Tent Richardson already knows whatever the Browns decide to do, his former coach at the University of Alabama, Nick Saban, won’t be the next Browns head coach.
There are however reports that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would jump at the chance to coach the Browns.