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AFC East coaching ratings

How do you feel about your head coach near the midseason point of the season?

ESPN.com's Coach Approval Ratings are here for Week 8. Here is where each coach in the AFC East stands:

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

Record: 5-1

Coach rating: 89 percent

Analysis: Belichick is proof that winning matters. He is the top-rated coach in this week's ratings. Patriots fans have little to complain about. Maybe the defense has underperformed and New England isn't getting much from receiver Chad Ochocinco. But other than that, Belichick and the first-place Patriots are rolling. They have a big game Sunday against the reigning AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chan Gailey, Buffalo Bills

Record: 4-2

Coach rating: 58 percent

Analysis: The bye week didn't do Gailey any favors. Once an early Coach of the Year candidate, Gailey's fan rating dropped the past two weeks after Buffalo's most recent loss to the New York Giants. Overall, I thought Gailey's fan support would be higher. The Bills are a surprise team. Most Buffalo fans would've taken a 4-2 start at the beginning of the season. But losing two of three has made many a little nervous. A victory over the Washington Redskins should get Gailey back in the fans' good graces.

Rex Ryan, New York Jets

Record: 4-3

Coach rating: 56 percent

Analysis: Two wins in a row didn't help Ryan's fan rating very much. Overall, the Jets have underachieved. They were expected to be Super Bowl contenders but are struggling to stay in the wild-card race. Ryan is a good coach. But his boastful trash talk hasn't stopped -- even during the team's three-game losing streak -- and that has rubbed some people the wrong way. The next month is important for the Jets, with three games against division foes New England and Buffalo (twice).

Tony Sparano, Miami Dolphins

Record: 0-6

Coach rating: 10 percent

Analysis: No surprise here. Sparano coached his way to nine consecutive losses dating to last season. He's also an atrocious 1-12 in his past 13 home games. I don't know if any coach can survive those numbers. Not everything is Sparano's fault, but he's certainly part of the problem in Miami. His coaching strategies, game-day decisions and the team's sloppy execution week in and week out falls on the coach. Change is coming soon in Miami. There are already reports that Miami has reached out to Bill Cowher's representatives. It's more of a matter of "when," not "if."