The AFC East Notebook

A weekly look at the news, notes and quick hits from around the AFC East.


The "sweatshirted one," New England head coach Bill Belichick tells the Boston Globe Monday he was unaware of any friction between star quarterback Tom Brady and his former target Randy Moss. Reports from the NFL pregame show yesterday stated that Brady and Moss recently had to be separated during a spat. The confrontation allegedly began with Brady critical of Moss's behavior and reportedly told him to shave his beard, to which Moss reportedly fired back that Brady should get a haircut because he looks like a girl. The report was filed by Charley Casserly, who is known for pushing Belichick's buttons after Casserly made a report back in January that Brady was playing with three broken ribs.

"Who's been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist," Belichick said. "He has no relationship to this team. I'd say less than zero."

And we tend to think that Brady doesn't look like a girl with the haircut, just an over-sized Justin Bieber…


The time for talk has passed for the Miami Dolphins and head coach Tony Sparano. The hope throughout South Florida is that the team can still pull off much more than the .500 organization they have been so far this season. But the chasm between hope and reality must be filled with much improvement from Sparano's boys or else the 2010 Dolphins will go down as the latest edition of what South Florida has been for some time: Just not quite good enough. It is uncomfortable to the Dolphins that they are just mediocre. When Bill Parcells took over the Dolphins in 2008 the idea wasn't for him to build a backdrop of a team. But no one in the Dolphins locker room is accepting Miami's fate as sealed just yet. Sparano's team still has a dozen games to play, and a team mediocre at this point in the season can still mean a playoff berth.

After being dismantled last week by New England, Sparano called his team "a mess."


Following the Bills' trade of RB Marshawn Lynch last week, it became clear Sunday that Fred Jackson would take over as the team's primary ball carrier. Lynch's departure to Seattle greatly enhances the prospects of Jackson, who led Buffalo Sunday with 12 carries for 73 yards vs. the Jaguars. Not only will he be the starter going forward, but he figures to see about two-thirds of the carries. The Bills' upheaval of their roster continues with outside linebacker Chris Ellis who was waived to make room for returning tight end Shawn Nelson. Nelson served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and the Bills furthered his punishment with a one-week roster exemption on him Sunday, which is why he was absent for the 36-26 loss to Jacksonville.

Nelson is expected to play this weekend.

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