Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC East:
Where do the New England Patriots rank among playoff teams?
Morning take: I would say No. 1 or No. 2 along with the Denver Broncos. We could have another Tom Brady-Peyton Manning showdown if both teams stay focused this weekend.
The Buffalo Bills are reportedly seeking to interview Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for their similar opening.
Morning take: Tucker has been a defensive coordinator since 2008 with Cleveland and Jacksonville. Tucker and New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine are the early candidates.
Speaking of the Jets, they have parted ways with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh.
Morning take: Cavanaugh failed to make Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow better; in fact, both players regressed this season. So this was no surprise.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross likes the team's direction.
Morning take: Miami exceeded expectations with a 7-9 record, and has plenty of cap room and draft picks to make a jump. Things could get interesting for the Dolphins in 2013.