Today's question: Which unit in the division (offense or defense) will make the biggest improvement in 2016-17?
Rich Cimini, New York Jets reporter: I'd say the Buffalo Bills' defense will make the biggest jump, mainly because last season was an aberration for the Rex Ryan-coached unit. The Bills finished 19th in yards allowed, which is downright un-Ryan-like. In his six seasons as Jets coach, Ryan's defenses finished first, third, fifth, 11th, sixth and fourth. Say what you want about Ryan's ability as a coach, but the man knows defense, and I suspect the Bills will rebound, now that some of the bad apples (see: Mario Williams) have been removed. Also keep an eye on the Jets' special teams, which performed miserably last season. It can't get any worse.
James Walker, Miami Dolphins reporter: It would be easy to pick a unit from the Dolphins because both sides of the football have the longest way to go after an abysmal 6-10 season. Miami was ranked 25th in total defense, 26th on offense and made plenty of changes in personnel and scheme. But I still can't wrap my head around the underachieving Bills' defense, and I fully expect this group to make the biggest jump in 2016. Rex Ryan's defenses were previously outside the top 10 just once when he's been head coach or defensive coordinator -- the Jets were ranked 11th in 2013. Buffalo has plenty of talent defensively, and the addition of twin brother Rob Ryan also will help. The Bills should have a top-10 defense in 2016.
Mike Reiss, New England Patriots reporter: The Dolphins had just 43 trips inside the red zone last season, which was tied for the sixth fewest in the NFL. I expect better things from their offense under first-year coach Adam Gase, whose track record in getting the most out of quarterbacks is well-documented. Miami ranked 27th in points scored, 30th in third-down efficiency, 30th in first downs per game and 23rd in sacks per pass play last season. Gase's presence alone should lead to improvement, while 2015 first-round draft pick DeVante Parker is primed to make the often-discussed second-year jump at receiver along with the already-impressive Jarvis Landry. That is one of the NFL's up-and-coming 1-2 wide receiver combinations.
Mike Rodak, Buffalo Bills reporter: I think this discussion comes down to the Dolphins' offense or the Bills' defense. I'll pick the latter. There's just too much talent on this Bills defense for the unit to struggle as badly as it did at points last season. Will the Bills' defense rival coach Todd Bowles' stout group with the Jets or the Patriots' underrated unit this season? Maybe not, but if Rex Ryan can't get the players GM Doug Whaley has assembled to come together better than they did last season, something is seriously wrong. The Bills have two of the NFL's best defensive tackles in Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams, a pass-rusher in his prime in Jerry Hughes, two talented run-stopping linebackers in Preston Brown and Reggie Ragland and a pair of potential shutdown cornerbacks in Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby. There was little excuse for that group of players (minus Ragland) finishing 19th in the NFL last season, so hopefully for Buffalo there is no place to go but back up into the top 10.