Week In Review: Steelers And Ravens Sign Coaches And Use Franchise Tags

Since the Cincinnati Bengals signed Jay Gruden as their new offensive coordinator, the team has made little noise. They still need to find a wide receivers coach to replace the departed Mike Sheppard, who took a job with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the quarterbacks coach. They may need to find a new assistant defensive backs coach after Louie Cioffi was announced by Arizona that he'd be the Cardinals new defensive backs coach. Whether they'll replace Cioffi is up in the air, considering that Kevin Coyle is the team's defensive backs coach, who manages the largest group of players than any coach on the team behind Paul Alexander and the offensive line.

They still have moves to make. But while they're deciding, the AFC North is taking care of business on their end.

On Monday, the Ravens announced that John Harbaugh signed an extension with Baltimore to keep him around through 2014 at $4 million a season. The Ravens also officially placed the franchise tag on defensive tackle Haloti Ngata later in the week.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau would be returning in 2011, after mulling retirement or joining a new team many thought would be the Arizona Cardinals if he decided to leave. Also later in the week, Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley.

Quick summary. Steelers and Ravens signed coaches to extensions and placed the franchise tag on their best available players. The Bengals made no decisions on available coaching positions and the franchise tag is unlikely to be used.

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