Morning take: Eli Manning defends Sanchez

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

Morning take: I think there is a case to be made here. But Manning knows better than anyone that expectations are always high in the Big Apple. Sanchez can learn from Manning’s perseverance and try to bounce back next season.

  • After much debate, Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey confirms the team is switching to a 4-3 defense.

Morning take: This is a smart move by Buffalo. The Bills' two best defensive players are Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus -- and both are natural defensive tackles.

  • Can the Miami Dolphins afford to keep Paul Soliai in free agency?

Morning take: I think Miami is leaning toward letting Soliai walk. He's a good player. But Miami had more than a year to work out a long-term contract and couldn't. I don't think anything changes in the next month.

  • New England Patriots cornerback (and part-time safety ) Devin McCourty says the defense needs to keep believing in the Super Bowl.

Morning take: This much-maligned group is getting little credit for allowing just 15 points per game in the playoffs. But New England's defense can earn its respect by holding down the New York Giants' talented offense.