Earlier this week, ESPN.com’s Miami Dolphins page pointed out the lack of respect the team is getting nationally this offseason. That included one sports website calling the Dolphins the worst team in the NFL, an ESPN NFL reporter ranking Miami No. 30 and the Dolphins finishing in the bottom third of ESPN.com's Power Rankings.
It’s been a busy offseason in the AFC East. All four division teams made major additions via the draft and free agency to improve. Dynamic talents such as Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert (Miami), Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis (Patriots), receiver Sammy Watkins (Bills) and receiver Eric Decker (Jets) and tailback Chris Johnson (Jets) should make for an exciting 2014.
With that said, Football Outsiders does not expect a lot of wins overall from the division in 2014. Here are the Football Outsider’s AFC East projections:
The Patriots, as most people project, are expected to win the division by a comfortable margin. It’s been that way for much of the past 12 years. However, FBO's prediction that the three remaining teams will all have losing records this year is surprising. Perhaps history played a factor, as no AFC East team outside of New England has posted a winning record since 2011.
Here is what FBO had to say about the Dolphins and Bills:
Buffalo and Miami are Buffalo and Miami, and will continue to be Buffalo and Miami. It certainly wouldn't be a shock to see either EJ Manuel or Ryan Tannehill take a big step forward and get his respective team into the playoffs, but otherwise these teams seem to be mediocre year after year and offer no indication that they're ready to break that trend.
Outside of New England, there are plenty of quarterback questions throughout the AFC East. That has certainly kept expectations low in the national media.