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Around the AFC North (6/22): Mike Brown Gets Personal

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Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown arrives at a hotel fora  meeting with NFL owners on March 2, 2011 in Chantilly, Virginia.
Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown arrives at a hotel fora meeting with NFL owners on March 2, 2011 in Chantilly, Virginia.

In today's edition of Around the AFC North, we take a look at a letter from Mike Brown in response to a fan, Joe Flacco responding to LaMar Woodley, and the Steelers working on their offense during the lockout.

Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Brown Responds to a Fan

It looks as though Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown responded to a fan's complaint in a letter at the end of March. The letter just recently surfaced on the Internet and is all full of good quotes from Brown. Brown apologized for the team's lack of success in 2010, but not for what the team has done under head coach Marvin Lewis:

"But I will not apologize for our overall performance under Marvin Lewis. Under him we are among a minority of teams (14 of 32) to win two division titles in the last six years. You may scoff, and no one here would deny that we are long overdue for postseason success, but I still believe this means something toward a realistic forecast for 2011 and beyond. We are not a team devoid of talent, and I believe that continuity with Marvin as head coach offers the best chance to bring us back to and beyond our division championship level of 2009."

The full letter can be read here.

Baltimore Ravens: Flacco Fires Back at Woodley

Last week in Around the AFC North, I looked at some comments made by Steelers linebacker LaMar Woodley in which he trashed the Ravens and Bengals quarterbacks (but praised Colt McCoy). Joe Flacco recently fired back at Woodley:

"[Woodley] obviously doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  At some level I don’t care [what Woodley says] because what does that really mean? But there is another level where it does kind of piss you off a little bit."

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger Says Steelers Have Worked Out

The Steelers' quarterbacks says that the offense has gotten together during the lockout:

"It's going great. We've worked out, linemen, running backs, tight ends, everybody. All of the offense," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's gone really well. We've had some good progress, just to kind of refresh people's memories on audible calls or no-huddle calls, little things like that."