AFC East Becoming Toughest Division In NFL

Clint FrederickContributor IMay 7, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 28: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots falls forward for a first down ahead of Ko Simpson #30, Paul Posluszny #51 and Terrence McGee #24 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium December 28, 2008 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

I remember growing up people used to say that the NFC Central was the toughest division. Then the toughest division went to the NFC East. Well, I believe that the toughest division has switched to the AFC East.

I give credit to the rest of the NFL, the NFC East is difficult in it's own way, but the AFC East had a face lift this offseason. The Dolphins and the Wildcat offense, the Jets and the new defensive mind, The Bills and their new receiver corps, and of course the Patriots period.

Though the Miami Dolphins are still finding their personality, they have found one way to scare NFL defenses. No team in the NFL expected it last season and yet even after defenses tried to stop it, the Dolphins found a way to succeed with that offense.

The Jets now have a defensive minded coach. Rex Ryan has brought half of the Baltimore Raven defense with him to New York. All that Coach Ryan has to do now is find a quarterback to lead the offensive side of the team.

The Bills, maybe the weakest link in this division, made a bold move bringing in Terrell Owens to northern New York. Will Owens play nice with his new quarterback? Well this question will only be answered after the season, however, just his presence on the field is enough to build a defensive plan around.

Finally the Patriots. Without being bias towards my favorite team, I would have to say that they are either going to be the best team in this division or tied with the Jets. The reason I picked the Jets for the Patriots to be tied with is because of the defense alone. With an already great offense, the Patriots are going to go head to head with a stronger Jets defense.

Again, nothing against the NFC, but the NFC East is coin toss of a division. The Giants are well rounded team and the Eagles are trying to get the wind back underneath their wings. The Cowboys are strong in the beginning but fizzle out by the time November comes around and the Redskins are still looking for a personality.