AFC North Notes: Browns, Ravens, Joe Flacco

     

Browns

Browns QB Baker Mayfield said during an interview with Sirius XM Radio that Freddie Kitchens was “my choice” to be the Browns coach.

“I believe in him,” Mayfield said, via ESPN.com. “That’s not to say anything about anybody else, but you know what? We had something special and I want to build on it.

Mayfield says he had an idea that Browns GM John Dorsey was going to go with Kitchens as the team’s next head coach. 

“I kind of had that sense the whole time,” Mayfield said. “Seeing how he was, how he didn’t change when he made the jump from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. Then just taking over and the difference that we had while he was calling plays. You know what, he had guys believing in him. When you have guys that believe in you as a head coach and respect you, there’s going to be great things that happen.”

  • Mary Kay Cabot reports that the Browns have hired former Saints assistant Deuce Schwartz as a defensive quality control coach. Cabot mentions that Schwartz primarily worked with the Saints’ special teams’ staff. 

Joe Flacco

New Ravens GM Eric DeCosta told reporters on Wednesday that it could take a while for them to make a decision regarding QB Joe Flacco

“I think that’s an ongoing process,” DeCosta said, via Pro Football Talk. “The new league year starts in March. We’ll have a lot of new ideas, strategies, things that we’ll look at once March rolls around. Right now, we’re really focused on the draft and our free agency meetings which will start to take place over the next few weeks. We have discussed Joe, we’ve discussed a lot of players on the team. I think when the time comes for us to make a decision one way or the other, we will have a plan in place.

Ravens

  • Ravens GM Eric DeCosta said they’re optimistic about re-signing OLB Za’Darius Smith: “We don’t know what Za’Darius’ market is going to be. He had a really nice year. Typically, the market is usually out of control for those guys, initially out of the gate. There are some good pass rushers this year.” (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • DeCosta called the speculation about conflict between John Harbaugh and himself “subterfuge” and said there’s no coach he’d rather work with: “It did bother me. There’s a word I like to use. It’s subterfuge. We have enemies out there that’s trying to create cracks. I get it. But it did upset me because it wasn’t true. It was a personal thing.” (Jamison Hensley)
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