One month into the new league year, the AFC North is the sole division in the conference with no clear-cut favorite.
After winning the division by three games last season, the Bengals have lost both coordinators and one of their top young defensive stars without importing any big-name players.
The Browns' roster is deeper now than it has been in a decade. Until they add an above-average quarterback and a winning culture, though, they will continue to bring up the rear in the AFC North.
*In our Roster Reset series, Around the League will rank teams in each division based on how much they improved this offseason. The AFC North is up next. *
1. Baltimore Ravens
Why they will bounce back:
General manager Ozzie Newsome entered the offseason dead-set on improving a derelict offensive unit that ranked fourth-worst in the NFL last season. A passing game that was overly reliant on Dallas Clark, Brandon Stokley and Ed Dickson now has possession receiver Steve Smith and second tight end Owen Daniels joining a healthy Dennis Pitta.
» Solidify right tackle and free safety: The Ravens plan to have Rick Wagner and Jah Reid compete at right tackle, with the former as the favorite. Newsome has until the October trade deadline to obtain veteran insurance if he opts to let the youngsters sink or swim. Darian Stewart, an off-and-on starter with the Rams, is penciled in at free safety opposite Matt Elam.
2. Cleveland Browns
The front office and coaching staffs were gutted while the organization's name was dragged through the mud in January and early February. Former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine -- Rex Ryan's first lieutenant for nearly a decade -- is now running the show, with long-time Chiefs director of pro personnel Ray Farmer as general manager.
On the other side of the ball, new coordinator Kyle Shanahan traded in a broken-down Willis McGahee for Arian Foster's old sidekick, Ben Tate, at running back. The Browns also signed slot receiver Andrew Hawkins away from the Bengals while shoving Davone Bess out the door. An aging Nate Burleson was added for depth.
» Find a franchise QB: Gone are Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, responsible for 13 starts last season. The Browns have professed faith in Brian Hoyer, but better quarterbacks have struggled mightily upon returning from ACL surgery. This franchise won't be taken seriously as a playoff contender until they find a long-term answer at quarterback. The No. 4 overall pick in the draft is key.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
» Continue youth movement on defense: Cornerback Ike Taylor was toasted repeatedly down the stretch last season, and safety Troy Polamalu's new three-year contract is essentially a one-year deal. The 2014 NFL Draft should bring young legs in the secondary, at inside linebacker and on the defensive line.
» Big wide receiver: Beat writers have maintained that Ben Roethlisberger's long-standing request for a big, physical red-zone threat will likely be filled in the early rounds of this year's draft. Texas A&M's Mike Evans, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin and Penn State's Allen Robinson have all been connected to the Steel City.
» New contracts for Roethlisberger, Worilds: The Steelers will acquire much-needed cap space once the savings from Woodley's release are applied after June 1. General manager Kevin Colbert has said it's unanimous within the organization that Roethlisberger's next contract will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
Why they have regressed
» Pick up A.J. Green's 2015 option: If Roethlisberger isn't the best player in the division, then Green is. His fifth-year option is worth $10.176 million. Green will deservedly become one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the league next season.