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    NFL.Com Feature- AFC East

    Vic Carucci thinks the Bills have picked up the most offseason talent..but we're not bad, nothing really bad to say about us.

    AFC East: Pickups may give Bills an edge
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    I was just gonna post a thread about it. Yeah he doesn't really say anything negative about the Phins but I still question a lot of things in his article.

    Like, how in the heck does he get away with in his own head maximizing the loss of Laveraneous Coles to the Jets, while not even MENTIONING the loss of Peerless Price to the Bills? I mean, no offense Drew Bledsoe, but I consider Chad Pennington to be the better QB. No offense to Travis Henry, but I consider Curtis Martin to be the better RB. No offense to the Bills OL, they're good definitely but even with Nutten replacing Thomas, I think the Jets OL is pretty good. Not saying the Jets should outplay or outscore the Bills, not at all their WR weaknesses are glaring compared to the Bills, but considering the surrounding cast I'm just not sure why Vic can say "There is no minimizing the damage of the New York Jets' losing free-agent receiver Laveranues Coles, offensive guard Randy Thomas and kick returner Chad Morton to the Washington Redskins"

    I mean, Thomas got replaced by Nutten, and of the lose-and-replace moves this season that one was probably the closest they came to getting a player of the caliber they lost. Then Morton...well no offense, but he's just a KR. Losing Coles is HUGE, but I mean one could easily say something like "There's no minimizing the damage of the Bills losing Peerless Price, Jay Riemersma, and Keith Newman"

    Reading that article, you wouldn't even frickin realize that the Bills have changed the face of their entire offense. You wouldn't even know that Peerless Price, a 1200 yard receiver, took off for greener pastures.

    Honestly I might think the Dolphins and Patriots had the best offseasons in the division. Neither lost anyone they didn't make a conscious effort to upgrade (ie Tebucky Jones for Rodney Harrison, Derrick Rodgers for Junior Seau, etc) and both had solid drafts that should pay dividends in 2003, not in some distant future like McGahee. The Patriots left a gaping hole at starting RB but I guess they are confident in Antowain. The Dolphins, depending on who you talk to, left gaping holes at starting WR and QB but we're confident in Derrius, Chambers, and Fiedler.
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    AFC East:

    One could easily argue that the Miami Dolphins had no reason to tinker with one of the league's best defenses. But trading for linebacker Junior Seau and signing safety Sammy Knight are sound moves that will draw praise when they make the kind of game-changing plays that they made with San Diego and New Orleans, respectively

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/6469003
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    Here's another

    http://covers.com/includes/article.aspx?theArt=7967

    Somehow the league's No. 1 rushing offense and No. 3 total team defensive team found a way to miss out on the postseason in 2002. In 11 key categories used by the NFL to rank the 16 AFC teams, Miami was rated 1, 1, 5, 3, 3, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1 and 1. Pretty powerful numbers for a non-playoff team, wouldn’t you agree? This season they’ll return 21 of the 22 starters from last year’s unit as they plan on opening up the offense. The main beneficiary will be WR Chris Chambers. If Brian Griese comes aboard as anticipated, he’ll form a strong two-headed quarterback tandem with Jay Fiedler.


    Thanks to billszone for finding the articles.
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    Originally posted by justafan
    Somehow the league's No. 1 rushing offense and No. 3 total team defensive team found a way to miss out on the postseason in 2002. In 11 key categories used by the NFL to rank the 16 AFC teams, Miami was rated 1, 1, 5, 3, 3, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1 and 1.
    probably the best team never to have made the playoffs...this season will be different.


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    Yea but what he doesnt know is we do have depth at WR
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    http://www.allsports.com/cgi-bin/sho...story_id=42629

    8. Miami Dolphins

    LT-Mark Dixon, LG-Jamie Nails, C-Tim Ruddy, RG-Todd Perry, RT-Todd Wade

    This is a group that does not get the credit it should for the amazing season churned out by Ricky Williams last season. A steady group of grizzled vets, the Dolphins have supplemented that group with the selections of four legitimate linemen in the past two college drafts. Last year’s Dolphins were 2nd only to the Vikings in rushing yards per game with 156.4, and averaged 4.7 yards per carry. They posted 24 rushing touchdowns and surrendered just twenty-five sacks all season. If Nails can stay healthy and Seth McKinney, last year’s 3rd round pick, can continue to develop, this group has a chance to be even better this season. Dixon was solid at left tackle last season, after playing guard most of his career. Perry and Wade are workmanlike steady performers over on the right side. Ruddy will be fighting McKinney off to keep his job. This past season, the Dolphins took offensive linemen with three of their first seven picks. 3rd rounder Wade Smith and 6th round steal Tim Provost will be groomed as the tackles of the future while their other 3rd round pick, guard Taylor Whitney, will be worked in as a backup at the guard and center spots.
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    CK the big difference between the Jets and Bills is Moulds. The Jets lost their Moulds in Coles, while the Bills lost a #2 WR who had only 1 great season. I would still say Bledsoe is better than Chad P only in that he has done longer. If Chad duplicates his effort last year this year, he will have to be considered the best QB in the AFC
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    Originally posted by dolphan39
    CK the big difference between the Jets and Bills is Moulds. The Jets lost their Moulds in Coles, while the Bills lost a #2 WR who had only 1 great season. I would still say Bledsoe is better than Chad P only in that he has done longer. If Chad duplicates his effort last year this year, he will have to be considered the best QB in the AFC

    Great post.

    Jets lost a number 1

    Bills lost a number 2

    VERY BIG differance.
    Go Bills.


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