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Thursday, August 27, 2009
AFC East quote marks


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

A sampling of comments from around the AFC East compounds Wednesday. The Miami Dolphins had the day off because they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.


New York Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez on being named the starter over Kellen Clemens:
"This is something I've always wanted to do and dreams are coming true now. It's a special opportunity. With that opportunity comes a ton of responsibility to this team, to this organization, to the community here." Jets coach Rex Ryan on giving Sanchez the job:
"I think I'm doing the right thing for this organization. I know I am. That's what my heart tells me." Ryan on how much his experience last year with rookie quarterback Joe Flacco played a role in his decision:
"Well it's probably a lot. My history is obviously going to affect my present. I felt Joe Flacco was ready to be the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens before a lot of people did because I saw that poise. I saw the athleticism and the big arm. I knew the kid had it." Clemens on his future:
"I think that I am a good quarterback and that I can win in this league. I think overall, I need to be more consistent. There were good days. There were good practices. But it needs to stay at that level more consistently." Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson on his wrist/thumb injury:
"You can't hold onto a football without your thumb. So you need that to be at 100 percent whenever you're trying to carry a ball, even when you're trying to make catches and being out there in the passing game like I'm supposed to be. It's something that I do need to get taken care of and hopefully I'm going to get it all put away and everything behind me by the time we open up."
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on cutting safety Tank Williams:
"Tank was a tough one. I think Tank's a very professional guy, someone I really enjoyed coaching and had a lot of respect for when he played at Tennessee and Minnesota, especially Tennessee. He was a tough competitor, a tough guy for us to handle, and he came in and did everything he could. He had, unfortunately, a knee injury last year. ... I just wish things could have turned out better because of the work, desire and devotion that he put into his job and the leadership that he gave us on a lot of different levels." Bills coach Dick Jauron on the value of practicing in the rain:
"The footing and how you compete -- how you backpedal, how you turn and plant dry, cutting -- you have to work on those things because it's not easy. I thought it was really a good day for us."