Patriots still class of AFC East

New England will feature a lot of new faces, but it's the same old story: The Patriots still are the team to beat.

Originally Published: May 26, 2005
By Michael Smith | ESPN.com

We'd all agree that the NFL, far more than the NBA or Major League Baseball, is a coach's league, where good mentoring can elevate a team from contender to champion. The division that best exemplifies that fact is the AFC East.

Who comes out of arguably the league's toughest division could well come down to which coaching staff does the best job. Three clubs saw significant change on the sideline this offseason.

Start with the Patriots, winners of three of the past four Super Bowls. ...

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