Since 2001, The New England Patriots have won 16 AFC East division titles and 6 Super Bowls. If I was the owner of the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins or New York Jets I wouldn’t have mirrors in my house. How can you look at yourself in the mirror when you get beaten every year for the past two decades?
AFC East Off-Season Preview:
New England Patriots, (11-5, Super Bowl Champions): What do you do to improve after winning a Super Bowl? The Patriots could have up to 12 draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Normally the Patriots trade down and stockpile draft picks but this could be the year they trade up. The Patriots finished 4th in the NFL, scoring 27.4 points per game and gave up only 20.6 points per game which was ranked 6th. The defense should get better with the addition of pass rusher, Michael Bennett. Look for New England to draft Wide receivers, defensive line, offensive line depth and another defensive back. This team will get younger and faster and they should be the favorite to win the Super Bow again.
Miami Dolphins, (7-9): Since 2009 there hasn’t been a more mediocre team in the NFL than the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins Record over the past 10 years:
The Dolphins put all their faith in quarterback Ryan Tannehill and that was a mistake that has haunted this franchise for the past 5 years. Miami was 31st in total yards and 26th in points per game. They need help on their offensive line, they need a quarterback and they need defensive playmakers. This is a team that could use the Patriots 12 draft picks. They are stuck in mediocrity and they will be for the next five years.
Buffalo Bills, (6-10): The Bills finished 30th in the NFL, scoring only 16 points per game. This team does nothing well on offense. Rookie quarterback, Josh Allen, led the team with 631 rushing yards and Zay Jones was the teams leading receiver, catching 56 balls on the season. The Bills need help on both sides of their offensive and defensive line and they should go after Le’Veon Bell. He would help them tremendously at the running back position. Allen must improve on his 52% completion percentage or he will not last long in the NFL.
New York Jets, (4-12): Todd Bowles was 10-6 in his first season as the Jets coach. over the past three years he compiled a record of 5-11,5-11 and 4-12.
The Jets fired Bowles and hired Adam Gase from the Miami Dolphins. Gase had a record of 23-25 with Miami. Rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold struggled in his first season but at 21-years-old he shows a lot of potential. The Jets should go after Le’Veon Bell, they are in desperate need for playmakers on offense. Darnold was sacked 30 times so they can use offensive line help as well.
Linebacker Avery Williamson and Safety Jamal Adams combined for 236 tackles. Like most teams in this division, The Jets need quality on both sides of the ball. They have plenty of cap space and they should be very aggressive in free agency. The Jets brought in Gase to make the playoffs, and develop their young quarterback. If the Jets don’t finish 2nd in this weak division next year, it will be a failure.
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