Morning take: Dolphins' evaluations


Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC East:

  • It is time for the Miami Dolphins to go into evaluation mode in the final three weeks of the season.

Morning take: The biggest evaluation is Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He's hit a wall in the second half of the season and needs another string of good games going into the offseason.

  • If the season ended today, the New England Patriots would have the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the AFC.

Morning take: New England is one game out of the top spot and now owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Houston. The Patriots may as well go for the top spot in case they meet Houston again.

  • Here is a little-known stat: New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is 19-16 as a starter on the road.

Morning take: That is fairly impressive because it’s hard to win games away from home. Sanchez does bring some intangibles, but does it override all his flaws?

Morning take: It’s a little late for a playoff push, but these are welcome additions. Both players need to show they deserve big roles on the team in 2013.