AFC North offensive coordinators will feel heat

AFC North offensive coordinators will feel heat
May 24, 2014, 9:15 am

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak (left) on the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium.

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It will be an interesting 2014 season for AFC North offensive coordinators. Three of the four coordinators in the division will be new to their job. Here’s a quick look at each AFC North coordinator, along with challenges they will face.

- Todd Haley, Steelers

The Steelers have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, amid occasional reports that Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger haven’t always been on the same page. Will their third year working together be their best year?

- Hue Jackson, Bengals

He took over as coordinator after the Redskins hired Jay Gruden as head coach. The Bengals had 30 turnovers last season, including 20 interceptions by quarterback Andy Dalton, who had another playoff meltdown. Can Jackson orchestrate an offense that makes fewer mistakes and performs better in the clutch?

- Gary Kubiak, Ravens

The Ravens had an abysmal running game last season, and Joe Flacco threw 22 interceptions, a career-high. Can Kubiak’s system bring the best out of Flacco, and revive the running attack with Ray Rice facing possible early-season suspension, and Bernard Pierce coming off shoulder surgery?

- Kyle Shanahan, Browns

Things didn’t always go smoothly between Robert Griffin III and Shanahan when he was the Redskins’ coordinator. Now Shanahan steps into a potential quarterback controversy between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, complete with all the attention Manziel brings. No matter what happens with Shanahan in Cleveland, it shouldn’t be boring.