This year, the AFC East champions wont have it easy. With every team in the conference making key off-season acquisitions, the AFC East seems poised to give the famed and fabled NFC East a run for its money.
First we start with the pure evil of the league, the New England Patriots. Making moves better than Cobra Commander could ever dream of, Bill Belichick made several off season steals to make his roster even better than last year.
It seems like every writer says the same thing for years now. Joey Galloway is still rumored to run a 4.5 and with the old man's experience, don't be surprised if he leaves a young corner or two lost in translation.
Leigh Bodden and Sean Springs silence any questions about losing Asante Samuel and any other glaring hole on the team, as if there was one. Finally for the villain in this little picture, they signed the Jaguars running game by picking up Fred Taylor in this off season. All in all, the Patriots won't have many teams running to their door step.
Rex then proceeded to turn the Jets into Baltimore North by signing Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard, to sure up a defense that combined with an ailing Favre kept the Jets from the playoffs, again.
Drafting Mark Sanchez as hard as it is for me to type at this point was a great move on there part. I believe they either signed the first good QB they've had since Broadway Joe, and even if he isn't he at least can manage his way out of trouble, with Thomas Jones finally showing back up to share the load.
I salivate at the chance of welcoming Mark Sanchez to the Dolphins Jets rivalry with a big fat 0-2 and a see ya, next year!!!!
Finally, the Buffalo Bills weren't napping this off-season. With the NFL's CBA in question I feel the decision to bring T.O. to Buffalo was more a PR move than a move to position themselves closer to the championship, even though its hard to argue they are worse off.
Controversial or not, Terrell Owens is probably the second best receiver behind the greatest Jerry Rice. Efforts show this and if you ignore that pull out any stat book that the NFL has and you'll soon realize that T. O. is a good player, however verbose and pompous he may be.
Aside from his sheer talent and the fact that the Bills looked so promising before falling back into mediocrity, it was a move I feel to bring the cameras who are blood thirsty for the next oppurtunity to bash and batter the receiver, to a small market town in danger of losing the only team the area cares about besides the NHL's Sabers.
With Marshawn Lynch, and another year under Trent Edwards belt, do not fall asleep on T.O.'s new experiment.
Now that I got the unpleasantries out of the way, the Dolphins have no smooth sailing ahead by any means. On strength of schedule alone we are among the leagues hardest, and after being the AFC East champions the secret is no longer a simple whisper in the wind.
We didn't stand flat-footed ourselves, drafting Pat White, Sean Smith, and first-rounder Vontae Davis would seem to solidify the only positions we've needed help in all along.
Thank the heavens for Bill Parcells and for his instilling of the vision here in Miami. For the first time in about seven years, the Dolphins are trying to figure out how to make a Super Bowl appearance instead of eking in the back door to make a playoff spot.
All in all the AFC East seems almost like four nuclear bombs waiting to explode on one another and show the rest of the league why the AFC East is one of the best divisions in the league.
The Road won't be easy but look for the Dolphins to do a fine job of defending their division crown!