Morning take: Rex Ryan jabs Joe Namath

Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC East:

  • After taking criticism about his team from former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath, head coach Rex Ryan offered a sly jab at Namath.

Morning take: Both guys like to talk. So maybe both should come to an agreement not to poke at each other in the media. Ryan has a football team to coach and Namath can move on to other things.

  • It is backup linebacker Gary Guyton's time with the New England Patriots in place of the injured Jerod Mayo (knee).

Morning take: Mayo will be missed. But New England's defense still has a lot of room to grow. It couldn't do much worse than the first few weeks.

Morning take: You have to wonder how much of this is financial. Ross just gave Sparano a contract extension in the offseason. Firing him after four games would not be a good return on that investment.

  • Buffalo Bills rookie left tackle Chris Hairston will make his first career start in place of the injured Demetrius Bell.

Morning take: Buffalo's offensive line played well above expectations during the first month of the season. But this unit lacks depth, and that will be tested Sunday against Philadelphia.