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Browns seeking quick running back

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By PFW staff

Here are a couple of whispers we've heard recently from around the AFC North:

• One position of need for the Browns: finding a back to complement the bruising Peyton Hillis in Pat Shurmur's version of the West Coast offense, the way we hear it. The return of Montario Hardesty, who missed the 2010 season with a knee injury, will improve the club's RB depth, but he's a physical back like Hillis, and a quicker back would be a good addition to the offense.

• After the Ravens' offense finished a disappointing 22nd in yards gained in the regular season and was largely shut down in the playoff loss to Pittsburgh, there was speculation about offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's future with the team, but the Ravens are sticking with him. Owner Steve Bisciotti explained the decision thusly: "I know that there's been a lot of heat on Cam, and I talked with (head coach) John (Harbaugh), I guess, (for) four hours over the three days, the last few days. Probably two hours one time, an hour and an hour in three straight days, and a lot of it was directed at the offense. And John's feeling is that we like Cam under fire as our offensive coordinator next year. Sometimes it's easier to replace them, and the fans, their frustration can't lead us to offer somebody up for sacrifice for the things that went wrong, because I have a litany of examples of our defense letting us down, too, that caused a lot of these things. And I'll speak specifically to the Atlanta game, when (QB Joe Flacco) came back on the road and drove through two touchdown passes and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter against a very good team, and the defense gave up a touchdown in the last 65 seconds. So, if you want to go through things, every position group had a failure, every coach had a failure, and it all added up to 13 wins and five losses."

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