AFC East Links: McDaniels, Bills, Idzik

While the 9-3 Patriots look headed toward another division title, Bill Belichick‘s team doesn’t have the AFC East locked up quite yet. Having already lost to Miami earlier this season, the Pats will face the 7-5 Dolphins again later this month, following a Week 14 matchup with the Chargers in San Diego. A Pats loss this weekend, combined with a Dolphins win over the Ravens, could suddenly make Week 15’s showdown vs. the Fins awfully interesting for a New England team currently holding onto the top seed in the AFC.

As we look forward to this weekend’s action, let’s round up the latest out of the AFC East…

  • There have been whispers that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is under consideration for the University of Florida head coaching job, but the possibility of McDaniels heading to the Gators – or another high-profile NCAA team – doesn’t look very plausible at this point, says Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
  • While most of their waiver claims have been under-the-radar moves, GM Doug Whaley and the Bills have added multiple intriguing contributors via the waiver process, writes Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News. Skurski points to punt returner Marcus Thigpen and tight end MarQueis Gray as two waiver additions who played well during the team’s win over the Browns last Sunday.
  • As the 2014 season winds down, Jets general manager John Idzik may point to the team’s cap flexibility and plan for sustainable success as he attempts to keep his job, but owner Woody Johnson should recognize that many of the club’s shortcomings are Idzik’s doing, argues Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
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