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This is a bit of a crazy thought, but I was looking at favorites to win the Super Bowl and noticed that the Patriots are #1 and the rest of the AFC East is in the bottom 7.

This is the article, which is an interesting take on whether the Browns are viable Super Bowl contenders or about average:
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/th ... wait-what/


For Super Bowl odds, I think it makes sense that the AFC East teams are devalued relative to similar opponents because the assumption is that they would have to win via Wild Card, which is a tougher road to the SB. However, I got to thinking about whether the Patriots continued success is part of the reason that the other AFC East teams haven't been very good.

How much of it is mismanagement, bad coaching, bad scouting, etc., and how much of it is that FAs don't want to be in the same division as the Patriots? BUF has additional issues attracting people due to the cold/snow, but the Jets are in NY and Miami has an amazing location. Yet all three of them seem to have to pay more to acquire talent in FA than other teams.

Is there some truth to this? Extend it beyond the Patriots, but looking at other strong teams-- do you think FAs avoid certain divisions because one team has a strangehold on the division? Or do you think they follow the money and it is just flukey?
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No, there's no truth to this - all 3 of those franchises have been unmitigated disasters by their own doing.
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Yeah, they've all 3 been run terribly.
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We're only a few years removed from two normal dudes recording a fake phone call with the Bills' GM
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This is the year it all ends

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Rex Ryan failed in New York so let's try him out in Buffalo.
Mike Tannenbaum failed in New York so let's try him out in Miami.
Adam Gase failed in Miami so let's try him out in New York.

And round and round we go
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Bullygate. Philbin in general. Blech.
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Pretty much what they said.
The Jets, Dolphins and Bills have all been run horribly, which is why they are bad and one of the reasons nobody wants to go to those teams. It isn't like players are taking less money to play for the Patriots vs. going to play for the Bills, Jets or Dolphins - look at Cole Beasley this past off-season.
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OarChambo wrote:Rex Ryan failed in New York so let's try him out in Buffalo.
Mike Tannenbaum failed in New York so let's try him out in Miami.
Adam Gase failed in Miami so let's try him out in New York.

And round and round we go


But the Gase thing is going to work this time

Right?

Guys?
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More like the AFC east is to blame for the Pats.
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They do really well against everyone else too.
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Elmagister wrote:Yeah, they've all 3 been run terribly.


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endzoneview wrote:This is the year it all ends

Finally


Totally agree. Miami really turns it around this year. :P
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