Tuesday, February 5, 2013
AFC East links: Dolphins violated principles
By ESPN.com staff
What does wide receiver Stevie Johnson want for the Bills in 2013? “Playoffs, that’s it,” said Johnson. "For players to be accountable when things go wrong. That way we bounce back faster. I want everybody to compete with each other. I don’t want anybody to be comfortable. How could you be comfortable when it’s been 12 or 13 seasons without playoffs. I want everybody to be accountable for their actions good and bad and we get to the playoffs.”
Although Andre Reed didn't receive enough votes from the Hall of Fame selection committee, his hometown support remains as strong as ever.
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland admitted it was a gamble to draft quarterback Ryan Tannehill. “I think the axiom that you go by in scouting is you like to see a quarterback with 30 starts under his belt before he’s ready to play, and we kind of violated that, our principle,” Ireland said.
Guard Josh Samuda has come a long ways in a short period of time.
New England Patriots
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com has five areas where the Patriots need to improve, starting with the defense. Reiss: "The Patriots should be able to count on a good second-year jump from 2012 first-round draft choices Chandler Jones and Donta' Hightower, but they can't just rely on that. In the words of Tom Brady, 'The mark of any great defense is how quickly you can force the quarterback into making decisions.' The Patriots don't do that enough. Is it more about personnel or scheme? This has been an annual storyline at this time of year, seemingly going back to the team's last Super Bowl victory."
New York Jets
What can the Jets learn from what transpired in Super Bowl XLVII? Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com shares his thoughts.
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News: "Roger Goodell enthusiastically endorsed the New York Super Bowl, so he has a lot at stake next year to make sure the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII and then Super Sunday game day is pulled off without any embarrassing glitches. The game day bar has not been set very high recently in Dallas and New Orleans."