AFC East: Chuck Pagano

INDIANAPOLIS -- The AFC East blog is in Indianapolis for the Dolphins-Colts matchup Sunday. Here are the most interesting stories in the division today: Morning take: The Colts got a visit this week from ailing head coach Chuck Pagano. That could inspire Indianapolis to play even harder. The Dolphins' toughness will be tested.
  • Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix clarified his comments and says he's not looking to replace quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick immediately.
Morning take: I think Nix knows, deep down, that Fitzpatrick is not the quarterback who can lead the Bills to a Super Bowl. Buffalo must draft a long-term solution next year, similar to what the Dolphins did this year.
Morning take: Mayo has been solid and leads the Patriots in tackles. He’s smart and does what he’s coached to do.
Morning take: The Jets will say they like Quinton Coples at defensive end. But Jones so far looks like a better player. The Jets now have to find a way to block Jones twice a year.

The AFC East blog will be live at Lucas Oil Stadium for Miami (4-3) against Indianapolis (4-3) this afternoon. Remember to follow the blog and follow me on Twitter for all the latest updates throughout the day.
The good news for the New England Patriots is offensive assistant Josh McDaniels recently drew up a game plan this season against the Baltimore Ravens. McDaniels is the only coach in the building who faced the Ravens this season as offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams.

The bad news for New England is McDaniels' game plan didn't work. The Ravens crushed the Rams, 37-7, in Week 3. St. Louis' offense only registered 244 yards of total offense.

With that said, can McDaniels make an impact in the AFC Championship Game? The former Denver Broncos head coach was a big story in the divisional round. McDaniels received credit for providing valuable intel on his former team. New England played a near-perfect game against the Broncos.

The Patriots last played the Ravens in 2010. Where McDaniels can really help New England is with input on defensive changes under first-year Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. In that way, McDaniels will have some input. But don't expect the same impact as last week.

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