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Audibles Podcast: Examining burning offseason questions in AFC East

 

AFC East burning offseason questions among topics in Audibles NFL Podcast The Patriots have captured the AFC East crown in 10 of the last 11 seasons. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

 

Is the AFC East the Patriots' division to lose? Clearly, but is New England really a Super Bowl contender? That’s just one of the burning questions that SI.com’s John DePetro, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar examine in this edition of the Audibles Podcast.

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Other topics include:

• The second-best quarterback in the division: "It depends on what you're looking for in a quarterback," says Chris Burke. "Are you're trying to find someone who will be there for four to five years, and will gradually improve as we go along or someone who can get you in the playoffs this year and make you a more dangerous team this year? If it's the latter, I think you have to give the nod to [Michael] Vick as the second-best quarterback even though right now he's the No. 2 quarterback in New York."

• Is Joe Philbin on the hot seat in Miami? "If they want a guy who can redefine an organization and take them to a Super Bowl, I haven't seen a lot that tells me Philbin is the guy," says Doug Farrar.

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• Do the Bills have what it takes to become the surprise, sleeper offense? "I think they believe they have a chance to be the surprise, sleeper offense," says Chris Burke. "There's a lot to like [in Buffalo]. Again, you come back to EJ Manuel, and how much he's progressed. Because if he hasn't [progressed], if he's still the same quarterback he was last year, it's going to be hard for them to be much better than they were on offense in 2013."

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