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OTA Summer Talk: AFC East Gearing Up For Exciting 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29:  Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the New York Jets celebrates victory over the Green Bay Packers and winning the AFC East championship at Giants Stadium on December 29, 2002 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 42-17. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
m gContributor IJune 10, 2009

The AFC East can just look at this picture to know the jawing has already started.

Channing Crowder labeled New York Jets coach Rex Ryan the "Super Bowl winner of the OTAs".

The newly hired New York Jets' coach fired back with a quick retort about how he has been around football all his life. 

Blah Blah.

That's all you got coach Ryan?

At least the New England Patriots go out on a limb and say they are best team in the NFL.

Kerry Rhodes adds "[the Jets] have the best defense in the AFC East."

Wow, these guys sure do a lot of talking considering they haven't won anything in awhile.

Ok, I admit Jets' players do carry a "swag" or confidence into New York City but the reality is the AFC East is Tom Brady's to lose and if he gets injured again, then the Miami Dolphins know how to swoop in and take the title also. Buffalo has more "Star" power now and are ready to pump up the Bills' fans.

So all this talk about intimidation in the summer wreaks more havoc when the teams hit the field in September.

Let the rivalries begin!

The Miami Dolphinshave added Gibril Wilson in addition to drafting two athletic defensive backs to cover the many wide receivers of the division. The Dolphins had problems with depth last year and seem to have solved that this year by also adding Tony McDaniel and welcoming back Jason Taylor to the defensive front seven.

Dolphin middle linebacker Channing Crowder doesn't need Ryan's words to inspire him to play better football. He is a defensive leader and probably the best tackler for the Dolphins, since he took over on the inside for Zach Thomas last year.

Dol-fans surprisingly did not miss Thomas as much as we thought we would on the field. 

But we sorely wished he could have gone on the ride from 1-15 to the playoffs.

Ryan will find out real soon what the AFC East is all about. 

Sure he knows some solid football coming from the AFC North Baltimore Ravens

But he never had to face Tom Brady twice a year or had to deal with the media of Gotham City.

Things will change when Ryan realizes his new team is not the Ravens when it faces Chad Pennington without Ed Reed (Pennington's nemesis).

Pennington will love to continuously show the Jets they made a mistake last year for cutting him and getting nothing back in return but a loss in the biggest Jet game in years.

Quietly in Orchard Park, Buffalo Bills QB Trent Edwards is organizing a movement to shut Ryan's mouth by working overtime with an offense that will be without RB Marshawn Lynch for the first four games but will feature new hometown hero and ticket salesman Terrell Owens.

The "Buffalo Triplets" include Edwards, Owens, and Lee Evans. Evans is the forgotten man of the offense but you can be sure AFC East defenses will be scrambling to cover the long distance threat of the Bills' offense.

Trent Edwards will be trying to lead the Bill offense to more consistency as they made changes on the line in order to protect him from concussion causing sacks. Fred Jackson, the tough running back find of a year ago, will bring his tenacious running attack to balance the passing game.

Word from the New England Patriots camp is that Tom Brady is relaxed.

That doesn't bode well for the rest of the NFL let alone the AFC East.

Add Joey Galloway, Greg Lewis plus Fred Taylor to Randy Moss, Laurence Maroney, Wes Welker and Brady has his best offensive weapons ever.

The AFC East should be very exciting with some of the best games of the NFL on the schedule in addition to the traditional AFC East rivalry games.

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