Here are a couple of whispers we've heard from around the AFC North:
• In a recent interview with PFW, Ravens secondary coach Chuck Pagano said SS Dawan Landry's reliability was a defining trait. "He just shows up every Sunday ready to play," Pagano said, calling Landry "very steady." Landry started all 16 games in the regular season, notching a career-high 108 tackles. Pagano noted that the 6-foot, 210-pound Landry has played well close to the line of scrimmage and has been a "solid tackler."
• On the matter of whether a defensive-oriented coach would have to win him over in the interview process and whether he preferred an offensive expert as coach, Browns president Mike Holmgren made it clear he was open to candidates with both offensive and defensive backgrounds. "I don't want to be painted into a corner on that; I really don't," he said. "I think that there is an attractive part to both. We lost a lot of close games, a lot of low-scoring, close games, so I would like to put a little bit more pizzazz, but that's not necessarily really the head coach. That's the staff, that's the players we give him and all of those things." The Browns' last three full-time head coaches — Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel and Butch Davis — all attained success as defensive coaches before becoming head coaches.