AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers


  • Bengals HC Zac Taylor told reporters after Sunday’s game that Brandon Allen will be their starting quarterback in Week 13. (Paul Dehner Jr)
  • CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora says the Bengals are coming up in league circles as a team that could make some coaching staff changes on the defensive side of the ball. Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator is Lou Anarumo.


  • Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said of QB Baker Mayfield‘s play today: “Like all these quarterbacks, every guy gets out of a game and they’re gonna want throws back. … but he’s making plays on third down, making plays on the perimeter. He’s running the show, so he’s doing a nice job helping us win.” (Jake Trotter)
  • Stefanski said S Ronnie Harrison will have an MRI on his shoulder injury. (Nate Ulrich)
  • According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Browns chief of staff Callie Brownson filled in as tight end coach for Drew Petzing Sunday and became the first woman to coach a position group during an NFL game. 


  • The Ravens are under investigation by the NFL for potential COVID-19 protocol violations as has been standard for teams in this situation this year. (Schefter)


  • The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly writes the first order of business for the Steelers this offseason will be working out an extension for QB Ben Roethlisberger to provide some more breathing room on the cap. 
  • Kaboly doesn’t think Pittsburgh will have to work too hard to re-sign RB James Conner, as he shouldn’t have too robust of a market. 
  • Kaboly notes the Steelers probably need to retain two out of the trio of OT Alejandro Villanueva, OT Zach Banner and OL Matt Feiler
  • He adds the Steelers might have to cut CB Joe Haden to find room to keep younger CBs Mike Hilton and Cameron Sutton.

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