Re: Is AFC East a weak division?
posted at 3/19/2014 12:54 PM EDT
This whole thing is a joke. The one factor that no one ever addresses it the "roller coaster" effect....... Bad teams will draft early and have, for the most part, improved within the next few years. Look at the AZ Cards. Two years before, they were DFL and the laughing stock in the NFL. They draft early, sign Warner as a FA, and they're in the Super Bowl, darn near winning it. Within a couple of years they are back in the top 10 drafting.
El Gigantes are another good reference. One year they win the SB. The next they are out of the playiofs. No consistency. Same for the Falcons, Saints, and Vikings. The Patriots are in an exclusive club of consistent teams, for different reasons. This club includes: JESTS!, Bills, Raid-uhs, Jaguars, Rams, and Lions.
Anyone but me recall the year the Seahawks won their division at 7-9? They made the playoffs as the division winner, and everyone was up in arms because teams with better records didn't make it in. They won their first playioff game. Now, it's not like any double digit team plays in and LOSES it's first playioff game, right? And the year the Cards went to the Super Bowl they were 9-7. Two years later they were 5-11. Not the stuff the Pats are made of. Keep in mind that they were in a division with the woeful Seahawks, 49'ers, and Rams.
The Strongest/Weakest Division is a term that means nothing. Because of the way they are built and run, the Pats will win at least 10-12 games every year. That's a fact. A lot depends on other teams in juris, how they progress with younger/higher round draft picks,a nd how they "gel". Reading any more into this is crazy and unintelligent. No one will dispute what a great run franc hise the Steelers are. Even they had down years afetr Super Bowl appearences, mostly due to aging players and injuries. Can't point to ownership or coaching.
The Patriots have a formula of retooling to stay young. Now, they need to start sinning teh BIG games at the end of the post season. But I'd rather be in the dancehall than to be a JESTS! fan. Or a Bills fan, or a Rams fan, or a Lions fan, or a Jaguars fan........