AFC East: 2013 Week 7 NFL Buzz

Locker room buzz: New York Jets

October, 20, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Jets' 30-27 overtime win over the New England Patriots:

Beaming Rex: Rex Ryan approached the podium in the interview room and declared, "That's what I'm talking about." This had to be his most satisfying victory in a long time. Yeah, the Monday night win in Atlanta was exhilirating, but this was the Patriots. And Tom Brady. And Bill Belichick. The Jets snapped a five-losing streak to the Patriots, who had won 12 straight in the AFC East. That the Jets rallied from an 11-point deficit made it sweeter for Ryan, who probably would've talked all day about the game if time permitted.

What happened to MartyBall?: As he left the locker room, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg stopped to chat with general manager John Idzik. It appeared to be a pleasant conversation, and why not? Winning makes everything feel better, but you have to wonder if Mornhinweg's play calling in overtime came up. The usually aggressive Mornhinweg turned ultra-conservative on the game-winning drive, calling eight straight running plays to set up a 56-yard field-goal attempt that missed. The Jets caught a major break because of the Patriots' unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty, allowing Nick Folk to eventually win it from 42 yards. If the Jets had lost, Mornhinweg would've received heavy criticism for his late-game decisions.

Mark Sanchez appearance: Sanchez was spotted in the locker room after the game. He tried to slip out the side door, but he was seen by reporters. Sanchez, who underwent recent shoulder surgery, had his right arm in a sling. He wasn't on the sideline during the game, so he probably watched from a club suite. This has to be a bittersweet time for Sanchez, whose season is over. No doubt, he's happy for the Jets, but it must be weird seeing someone else -- Geno Smith -- lead the team he once called his own.

Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills

October, 20, 2013
MIAMI -- Observed in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 23-21 win over the Miami Dolphins:

Lawson not spotted: Linebacker Manny Lawson wasn't spotted in the locker room postgame, his travel bag already packed by the time reporters entered. Lawson left in the third quarter with a hamstring injury, which also kept him out of the second half last week against Cincinnati. The veteran has provided a leadership presence for the Bills and has contributed on defense, but his status bears watching in the coming days -- again.

Jackson aggravates previous injury: Teammates raved about Fred Jackson's toughness. The captain went down with what looked like a serious injury in the first quarter, but remained on the sideline and eventually returned to the game. Jackson said he simply aggravated his MCL sprain and it's something he'll need to "manage" going forward. The cart came onto the field for Jackson when he was on the ground, but asked about it afterward, he said he didn't know it had come out.

Monitoring the division: Shortly after they defeated a division opponent, the Bills gathered around their locker room television to watch the ending of the Jets' overtime win over the Patriots. There wasn't much of a reaction from general manager Doug Whaley or CEO Russ Brandon as Nick Folk's field goal went through the uprights, but there were smiles among some of the players watching. The Jets' and Bills' wins keep things tight in the AFC East.

Locker Room Buzz: Miami Dolphins

October, 20, 2013
MIAMI -- Observed in the locker room after the Miami Dolphins' 23-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills:

"Frustrating": That was a common word used by several Dolphins players after the game. Miami had a very sullen locker room after losing its third straight game. Players such as receiver Mike Wallace, center Mike Pouncey and guard Richie Incognito all said they’re frustrated with the team’s losing ways. “We’re killing ourselves right now,” Incognito said.

Boosting morale: The mood and vibe of the team have taken a turn following the Dolphins’ 3-0 start. Miami has now lost three in a row, and questions are looming about whether this group can hang together to get out of this funk. The other option is to fall apart. Coach Joe Philbin admits that keeping the team together and its confidence high are his goals.

Looking ahead: There was some embarrassment with Dolphins players after the game. The general feeling was Miami gave this game away. However, veterans like Dimitri Patterson added that the best thing the Dolphins can do is look ahead to the next game. “If this was Week 12, that’s a different story,” Patterson said. “The fact that we have 10 more games left, everybody should still be in the mindset that we can get on the right track.”