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Sunday, June 7, 2009
Sunday reader: AFC East smack edition


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

In case you've missed early episodes of the burgeoning AFC East soap opera "The Bold and the Voluble," I've prepared a compilation of the smacktastic highlights so far.

It was about this time last year that Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner guaranteed they would make the playoffs. This offseason, however, the Bills have been the quietest team in terms of football declarations.

Terrell Owens bulletin-board material can be found only in Dallas and in Buffalo-area real-estate offices.

Players from the other three AFC East teams have been a bit more rambunctious. Enjoy these quotes from the past two weeks.

 Moss

New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss: "I'm the best wide receiver of all-time, hands down. ... I don't really like to judge people or other athletes. I know what I'm able to do on the field, but the things I'm able to do to dictate how a defense plays the game, I don't think there's no other receiver but myself and Jerry Rice to be able to do that.

"I think that I've made a mark for myself and my name to go down as if not the greatest but one of the greatest players. To hell with wide receiver. I think I go down as one of the greatest players to ever play this game."

Moss on the Patriots offense compared to their record-breaking 2007 group: "The sky's the limit for this offense. I think that we could be a little bit better than two years ago.

"We have a lot of high expectations here. Records are meant to be broken. I believe that we could threaten the records, but I don't think that we're going in to break any records. Our main focus is to go in and take one game at a time and if at the end of the season we're in the Super Bowl, then that's where it is."

 Rhodes

A tweet from New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes: "we will b the best defense in the league this year!!! i feel for the offenses we are gonna face."

Jets head coach Rex Ryan on New York sports radio station WFAN: "I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick's rings. I came to win. Let's just put it that way. So we'll see what happens. I'm certainly not intimidated by New England or anybody else.

"I think we already have sent a message to them. So they can read between the lines. ... They can figure it out. And when they come here that second week of the season, we'll see."

 Porter

Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter: "We proved that that the AFC East comes through Miami, and having that feeling, knowing that we're the champions until proven otherwise."

Porter on the Patriots being considered AFC East favorites: "I don't understand how you can put somebody in front of us. We won the championship. We were AFC East champions. I just don't think it's supposed to happen like that. You've got to beat somebody to be the champs. We had to beat somebody to be the champs.

"I think a lot of these teams have to come into our place and fight us first before they can just name themselves the champs."

Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder on Ryan's bluster: "Oh, he's going crazy. He's going absolutely nuts. I know it's his first chance to be a head coach, and I know he's excited about life. But, like I said, I've never played a football game in June in my whole life. So congratulations to him. He's the OTA, the OTA Super Bowl winner."

 Crowder

Crowder, speaking about Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne, takes a swipe at Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez: "He's not flashy. He has no rims on his car. His damn truck's dirty all the time. He don't want to be seen and all that stuff. He's not going to get in GQ and do a spread. Henne is real.

"He got it from Chad [Pennington] because Pennington's the same way. Both of them, they're just real, down-to-earth. They have great leadership, got that swagger, that calmness, got that respect from everybody."