2009 NFL Training Camp Questions: AFC East

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2009 NFL Training Camp Questions:  AFC East
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Buffalo Bills

How will RB Marshawn Lynch’s legal problems and suspension (3 games) affect the team?

Can the small-market Bills continue to compete with the larger market teams given their stadium and economic issues and are they a candidate for relocation (L.A or Toronto)?

After starting with a 5-1 record, then limping home in 2008 and finishing 7-9 for the second straight season, will owner Ralph Wilson get rid of head coach Dick Jauron if the Bills disappoint again?

Can inexperienced QB Trent Edwards and a passing game that only generated 14 touchdowns in 2008 keep diva receiver Terrell Owens and emerging pass catcher Lee Evans happy?

Will the return of DE Aaron Schobel from injury and the addition of first round selection DE Aaron Maybin help a defense that only produced 47 sacks in 2007 and 2008 combined? 

 

Miami Dolphins

With a much harder schedule in 2009 (only played six teams with a winning record in ’08), will the Dolphins be able to duplicate their win total from their miraculous 2008 turnaround season?

Will the Dolphins continue to be the NFL’s leader in utilizing the “Wildcat” formation and how will the addition of 2nd round pick QB Pat White impact their packages and schemes?

Are 3rd year receiver Ted Ginn Jr and running back Ronnie Brown (there are organizational questions about his toughness) ready to have breakout, Pro Bowl caliber seasons?

Will Dolphins starting quarterback Chad Pennington stay healthy for a second straight season? If not, are any of his back-ups (Chad Henne and White) ready to be No. 1?

How will the return of former Dolphins star DE/OLB Jason Taylor affect LB Joey Porter (17.5 sacks in 2008) and a defense that led the NFL in turnover ratio (+17)?

 

New England Patriots

How healthy is QB Tom Brady (knee) and in case he is not 100% does the team have confidence in backups Kevin O’Connell and Andrew Walter?

Are there enough carries to go around in a very crowded Patriots running back group (Laurence Maroney, Fred Taylor, Kevin Faulk, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Sammy Morris)?

Will the Patriots be able to work out a new contract for Pro Bowl NT Vince Wilfork and if he doesn’t get his new contract how much of a distraction will he be this season?

How will the losses of former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (Broncos), front office executive Scott Pioli (Chiefs), and veteran SS Rodney Harrison (retired) affect head coach Bill Belichick and the team?

Will Brady, WR Randy Moss, and the rest of the Patriots offense pick right back up to their 2007 high-flying ways (NFL record 589 points scored)?

 

New York Jets

Will it be 1st round pick Mark Sanchez or 3rd year veteran Kellen Clemens as the Jets starting quarterback in 2009?

Other than emerging TE Dustin Keller, which pass catcher (Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith, David Clowney, Marcus Henry or Chansi Stuckey) will step up to replace the 70 catches that Laveranues Coles took with him to the Bengals?

After a breakout season in 2008 where he scored 9 TDs in a part-time role, will the Jets be able to sign holdout RB Leon Washington, who wants a MJD type deal (four year, $31 million contract, including $17.5 million guaranteed)?

Is new head coach Rex Ryan ready to assume the role of a head coach and how will the Jets adjust to his brash style and attacking “46” defense?

How will the Jets defense handle pass rusher Calvin Pace’s 4-game suspension? Is still developing former 2008 first round pick Vernon Gholston ready to step up in Pace’s absence?

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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