National Football Post business analyst Robert Boland recently revealed his 2010 franchise rankings with a four-part series.
The annual list reflects strength of ownership and fostering a consistent winning environment.
Here's how the AFC East ranked with Boland's summary on how each team fared compared to last year's ranking:
New England, in a transitional year for the team on the field and in the front office, retains its spot at No. 3 in the rankings. It's a testament to the consistency of Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick's leadership. While much of the organization's success is tied to the unique talents of Belichick, the Patriots have a formula in all aspects of their business and they adhere to that formula and for the most part play the game downhill. So while organizations may vault them periodically, it is hard to argue with New England's place as a top organization year after year.
12. New York Jets
Woody Johnson's real estate development hobby has alienated some fans and proven very costly. But he has his stadium now, and while there are concerns about the Jets' ability to sell PSLs, Johnson has not been afraid to open his wallet to make the Jets competitive. ... The Jets under Johnson have generally been a playoff-caliber franchise and that is good enough to move the Jets and Johnson up four spots.
15. Miami Dolphins
Stephen Ross was too new to rank last year. This year, he has shown that he credibly ranks in the middle of the pack of owners. Ross has found ways to bring some buzz to his franchise and help manage his debt service by bringing in high-profile minority owners and getting a modest naming rights deal in tough times. ... [Vice president of football operations Bill Parcells] has a tendency to leave suddenly and what becomes of the Fins after the Big Tuna leaves will be Ross' real test.
31. Buffalo Bills
It was [owner Ralph Wilson's] failure to recognize his franchise in crisis and adapt that has caused the Bills to drop from a No. 20 ranking in 2009 to the spot near the bottom in 2010. Financially, the Bills perform well, with an operating income according to Forbes of nearly $40 million dollars -- nearly twice that of lower-earning teams. However, facing potentially devastating inheritance taxes, needing a new stadium and a new plan to compete in the highly competitive AFC East, Wilson and the Bills responded by hiring Chan Gailey as head coach. Why you may ask? The only explanation has to be that Gailey, who was fired by Georgia Tech two years ago, was willing to work cheap and that sums up why the Bills' future in Buffalo is in jeopardy after Wilson.