- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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HOUSTON -- The AFC East blog is in Texas doing some advance scouting from the Texans-Bengals game. But here are the most interesting stories Saturday in the AFC East:
The Buffalo Bills announced formal coaching interviews Friday with Lovie Smith, Doug Maronne and Chip Kelly.
Morning take: Smith seems to have the strongest chance of the three. Kelly is on his way to Cleveland, and Maronne won't make much of a splash. Smith has a pedigree with the Chicago Bears that could generate excitement and interest.
Will the Houston Texans advance to play the New England Patriots next week in the divisional round?
Morning take: I’m laying off predictions now that the regular season is over. But I'm very curious to cover this game. The Texans are cold and the Bengals are hot. Yet, it's a clean slate in the playoffs.
The New York Jets are continuing their search for their next general manager.
Morning take: This is a very tough job for whoever takes over. For starters, the roster is old and over the cap. Second, the new general manager must co-exist with head coach Rex Ryan’s big personality.
The Miami Dolphins' rookie class provides hope for the future.
Morning take: Miami general manager Jeff Ireland deserves kudos for hitting on rookies like quarterback Ryan Tannehill, offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, defensive end Olivier Vernon and tailback Lamar Miller. It was a strong class that should get better in Year 2.