The luster of two trips to the AFC Championship Game is beginning to fade in New York, but according to a small population of players, the hype for Jets head coach Rex Ryan is already too much.
A recent poll by Sporting News of NFL players had Rex Ryan as the most overrated in football. The results come from a small sample size of 103 players—roughly six percent of the active players across the league.
According to the poll, Ryan received 35 votes. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was second with 16 votes.
Here's a quote from one AFC offensive player in the column:
"His coaching style is over the top. Some of the things he does in front of the cameras are way over the top. You put that with the New York media and he has a pretty big reputation, I guess. I don't even know if you'd call him overrated anymore because it's gonna be a couple of years since he was in the AFC finals. He's pretty funny, and he's a pretty good coach. But not THAT good."
The talk is always big around New York teams, whether it's media-manufactured or not, and that could be the reason behind the tilted scales in such polls.
Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.
Bleacher Report Bills featured columnist Josh Cembellin takes a look at the return of cornerback Ron Brooks and the impact that has on the defense.
Tim Graham of the Buffalo News has thoughts from Bills head coach Chan Gailey and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on why the team hasn't been throwing deep.
Nick Underhill of MassLive.com says mum's the word on new Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib but that the former Buccaneer left a positive impression on the team during joint practices this summer.
Field Yates of ESPN Boston previews the Bills as the Patriots get ready to welcome them to Gillette Stadium.
According to Conor Orr of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, the Jets are confident the playoffs are still attainable.
Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com takes a look at the season ahead for the Jets, calling it a "sink or swim" situation for head coach Rex Ryan.
Greg Stoda of the Palm Beach Post writes that the Dolphins have begun their campaign for the playoffs in earnest.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald takes a look at the tough season for Jake Long and what that means with him set to become a free agent after this season.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.
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