Players and coaches in the AFC East are notorious for rotating amongst teams in the division. What appears to be especially prevalent is players switching sides in the heated rivalry between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.
In 1997, after the Jets were a league-worst 1-15, they were able to bring over Bill Parcells from the Patriots (not after sending them third and fourth round draft picks in 1997, a second in 1998, and a first in 1999).
Parcells switched benches and brought a number of coaching staff and players with him. One year later, the New York team signed running back Curtis Martin away from New England. Martin went on to be selected to three Pro Bowls and win one rushing title.
Now in 2010, the two teams meet on Monday Night Football in a dead heat atop the division at 9-2. The winner of the game could go a long way to winning the division and possibly earning home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
So let’s take a look at those involved in the matchup that have been on both sides of the battle.