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Rodney Harrison's thoughts on AFC East

NBC studio football analyst Rodney Harrison co-hosted the “Under Center” program on NBC sports radio on Friday and here were a few sound bites of note on New England and the AFC East:

Patriots and pass-catchers. “The only thing I was a little disappointed in is that they really didn’t upgrade at the wide receiver position. I knew they wouldn’t pay Darrelle Revis, and that’s just part of Bill Belichick’s DNA; he’s not paying a cornerback $16 million per year. He had an opportunity to sign Asante Samuel [in the past] and didn’t. He just doesn’t believe in paying those type of guys that kind of money.”

Patriots made right call on Revis. “Darrelle Revis is a special cornerback. There are only 2-3 Darrelle Revises -- Richard Sherman [and] maybe [Joe] Haden. [Bill] Belichick has had a lot of success, but I think the way you offset that shutdown corner is you have to be able to bring in pass-rushers and you have to be able to put pressure on the quarterback. But also offensively, you know you’re going to score points, you’re going to probably score 25 to 30 points a game. It’s kind of that bend-but-don’t break mentality, when you get down in the red zone, you toughen things up, hold teams to a field goal. That’s the thinking. Bill, he’s not going to sell the farm for Darrelle Revis, because as good as Darrelle is, you know in a year or two maybe Darrelle is not going to be quite the same player he was this past season for the New England Patriots. So I believe that was the right move to make.”

Patriots also parted ways with Brandon Browner. “Browner is not getting any faster. For a guy like that to lead the league in pass interferences and all the grabbing and holding, Belichick looked at him and said, ‘There’s no way I’m paying a guy $6 million when I can go and fill in a guy like Malcolm Butler.’ When I was up there, Belichick told me in training camp, ‘Malcolm Butler is a guy I really like, a guy who is going to be a really good player.’ That’s what you have to do as a coach, you have to bring these guys along and you don’t have to necessarily pay cornerbacks $19 or $20 million a year.”

Jets might be a five-win team. “You can say whatever you want about Darrelle Revis, and I do believe he’s the best cornerback in the league. But Darrelle Revis has not thrown a touchdown pass. He’s not your quarterback. Yes, he can shut down a No. 1 receiver, but they need a quarterback. The Jets are, all of a sudden, on a high thinking they’re going to win a championship. You’re not going to win a championship, you’re not even going to make the playoffs, because you don’t have a quarterback. If you go into the season and you’re expecting Geno Smith to improve, it’s not going to happen. He might get a little better, but when times get tough, when adversity hits, guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to fold just like the last couple years. I don’t believe in Geno Smith. I think this is a huge mistake. Hopefully in this draft, they try to address this quarterback situation, because if they go into the season with Geno Smith they might win five or six games.”

Suh not enough for Dolphins. “I know they wanted to make a splash. They did the same thing [as the Jets]. At the end of the day Ndamukong Suh is the most dominant defensive lineman in this game, outside of J.J. Watt. But guess what? He’s a defensive lineman. As great as he is, I would have never paid him that type of money. I’m looking at this as an opportunity to get three or four or five players to come in and really make a difference on this team. The Miami Dolphins didn’t just need one guy to plug that middle. I understand you’re trying to make a splash, get people around Miami excited, but I think it’s a huge mistake. At the end of the day, you’re not going to win a Super Bowl with Ndamukong Suh. You need a host of guys. I played on a 1-15 team, I played on a 16-0 team and trust me, it doesn’t come down to one defensive lineman.”

Bills on the rise. “I really like the Matt Cassel move, because EJ Manuel, he struggled with the confidence. To get a veteran quarterback that understands the division and understands Bills Belichick. He’s been productive when he’s been a starter. LeSean McCoy that gives them a different dimension. Charles Clay was one of my favorite players the last couple years. I’m really surprised the Dolphins didn’t sign this guy; I think this is a huge mistake. At the end of the day, I think the Buffalo Bills made tremendous progress and really closed the gap with the New England Patriots.”