Morning take: Nick Mangold on Belichick

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

  • With all the issues surrounding the New England Patriots, New York Jets center Nick Mangold thinks Patriots coach Bill Belichick is “losing his mind.”

Morning take: Belichick strives for zero controversies and distractions in order to focus on football. That certainly hasn’t been the case the past few weeks with Aaron Hernandez’s legal issues, Rob Gronkowski’s health and the controversial addition of popular quarterback Tim Tebow.

  • Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake is one of the NFL’s top pass-rushers.

Morning take: Wake had 15 sacks last year and made the Pro Bowl. But what’s most impressive is he put up those numbers with little help and plenty of double teams. Miami got Wake more help this offseason with No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan.

Morning take: It seems that more NFL teams want to push the pace on offense. The Bills must get on the same page offensively first during the offseason. The last thing a team wants is quick three-and-outs.

  • How much of an impact does Rod Graves make with the New York Jets?

Morning take: Jets general manager John Idzik needed a right-hand man with a scouting background and Graves, his former boss, has plenty of it. Idzik was more of a cap guy in previous stops and again should work well with Graves.