Morning take: Ryan backs Sanchez, Schotty

December, 27, 2011
12/27/11
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Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday morning in the AFC East:
  • New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan backs quarterback Mark Sanchez and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Morning take: Ryan has to back his quarterback and offensive coordinator. He still has one game left in the season. But behind closed doors, the head coach and the front office will evaluate all that has gone wrong in this disappointing season.
Morning take: This is huge for the Patriots, who need some type of running game heading into the playoffs. New England’s rushing offense has hit a wall lately. But with Ridley leading the charge, it could be making a comeback.
Morning take: I can't remember the last game the Bills had all of their starting offensive linemen and top reserves healthy. Buffalo needs to add depth at that position in next year's draft.
Morning take: Only if the team has determined it doesn't want Long long-term. He is in the final year of his contract and coming off a season-ending biceps injury. If the Dolphins don't intend on re-signing beyond 2012, maybe this should be considered.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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