AFC East: 2013 Week 2 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills

September, 15, 2013
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Observed in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers:

Marrone emotional: Head coach Doug Marrone was emotional after the game, speaking about the death of former Syracuse athletics administrator Rob Edson, who suffered a heart attack Saturday at age 45. "He would always come in after the game and cheer me up and pick me up. ... I know that Rob was watching. I couldn't stop thinking about him at the end," Marrone said, in tears. Edson was the athletic director at Onondaga Community College, and his wife, Sue, remains the assistant director of athletic communications at Syracuse, where Marrone coached and played.

Hackett celebrates: Immediately after the game ended, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's victory celebration spilled out of the Bills' coaches box and into the press box, on his way to the locker room. Hackett, whom CEO Russ Brandon called "the Energizer bunny" in a radio interview last week, yelled "That's what I'm talking about! It's a new age, baby!" That sort of excitement, it seems, is par for the course for Hackett, at 33 the NFL's second-youngest offensive coordinator.

Winning atmosphere: After a close loss to the Patriots last week, there was a sense of redemption evident in the locker room following Sunday's win. "The character of our team is showing when faced with adversity," fullback Frank Summers said. "As long as there was time on the clock, we played. We all believed."

Locker Room Buzz: Miami Dolphins

September, 15, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Miami Dolphins' 24-20 win at the Indianapolis Colts.

Like they've been there: The Dolphins had a very professional locker room Sunday evening. No one was over-celebrating or thumping his chest after beating Indianapolis on the road. The mood in Miami’s locker room was that of a team that expected to win and pulled off the victory.

Injury update: On the injury front, Miami defensive tackle Paul Soliai injured his leg in the fourth quarter but told me he will be fine. Soliai said his leg got hit in the pile, but he's not exactly sure how it happened. He limped off the field on his own.

Injury update II: Dannell Ellerbe had an ice pack on his pectoral muscle after the game, but it was just maintenance. Ellerbe has had a pectoral injury since Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.

Locker Room Buzz: New England Patriots

September, 13, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Observed in the locker room after the New England Patriots' 13-10 victory over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on Thursday:

Brady talks frustrations: In his postgame news conference, quarterback Tom Brady shared his frustrations on the team's offensive performance. Brady's emotions boiled over at times during the game, which ran counter to his previous comments about needing to have more patience with his young receivers. "I think I have to do a better job with my body language. I can definitely improve that," he acknowledged. "I wouldn't say it's a real strong point of mine right now."

Mankins takes jab at Jets on dust-up: Guard Logan Mankins is one of the Patriots' enforcers, and he took exception to Nick Mangold's tackle of cornerback Aqib Talib on the game-sealing interception. The play occurred in front of the New England sideline -- it led to both teams pushing and shoving -- and Mangold was ultimately penalized for a personal foul; offensive linemen D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Willie Colon were ejected. "It was a cheap shot," Mankins said. "He chose the wrong sideline to do that. We were standing up for our guy."

Edelman delivers career performance: Without receiver Danny Amendola (groin), the Patriots leaned heavily on five-year veteran receiver Julian Edelman, who had a career-high 13 catches (bettering his 10 in the 2009 regular-season finale) and was effective as a punt returner as well. Edelman drew a huge media crowd and was one of the last players to leave -- and on a night when Brady kept looking in his direction, it was clear that he had earned his quarterback's trust. That's something the team's rookies are still trying to accomplish, as Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson were targeted 17 times and combined for just five receptions. "What gets that [trust] is consistency, doing it in practice, executing that in practice and making that a game reality," Edelman said.

Defensive players feel good about performance: On a night when New England's offense was as ugly as we've seen since Brady became a starter in 2001, the defense had to rise up. The unit was pleased to pick up the offense. "We have guys banged up. We have some young guys over there, and we know it's going to take time for them to learn and develop," safety Devin McCourty said. "That's how a team works. There will be nights, maybe next game, where we don't play as well, and we'll need them to step up and they'll do that. We just need to keep playing off each other."

Locker Room Buzz: New York Jets

September, 13, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Jets' 13-10 loss to the New England Patriots:

1. Muttering Rex: Rex Ryan walked to the interview podium in the bowels of Gillette Stadium, looked down and whispered one word under his breath: "Damn." That pretty much told the story of the game. The Jets outgained the Patriots 318-232, held them to 4-for-18 on third down and finished with an eight-minute possession advantage -- and still found ways to lose.

2. Oh, no, Mo: Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, arguably the best player on the team, walked out of the locker room with a bulky ice pack wrapped around his right ankle -- not a good sight for the Jets. Earlier, Wilkerson was seen walking around the locker room in flip flops, showing no apparent limp. Ryan mentioned the possibility of a high ankle sprain, which could sideline Wilkerson for multiple games.

3. New England fog: As he spoke to reporters in the hot and sticky locker room, cornerback Antonio Cromartie kept having to wipe his black-rimmed glasses because they kept fogging up. You might say it was a metaphor for the Jets' performance. They fell apart in the fourth quarter and, afterward, didn't have the foggiest explanation.