AFC East coach approval ratings

The AFC East is riding high with three undefeated teams. That reflected strongly in the division's rating for head coaches.

Here is the approval ratings for AFC East coaches heading into Week 3:

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

Approval rating: 88 percent

Analysis: Life is good for Patriots fans. New England is winning big and quarterback Tom Brady is on a roll. Belichick has the highest approval rating in the NFL. I'm curious what 12 percent of Patriots fans disapprove of. Perhaps it's the defense. But it's not costing New England any games.

Chan Gailey, Buffalo Bills

Approval rating: 85 percent

Analysis: Gailey is the toast of Buffalo after a surprising 2-0 start. He's the catalyst behind the Bills' explosive offense, which has scored 79 points in two games. Are the Bills a contender? We're about to find out. Buffalo will get the sternest test possible this week against the Patriots. Gailey has to be on his "A" to outsmart Belichick.

Rex Ryan, New York Jets

Approval rating: 66 percent

Analysis: New Yorkers are a tough crowd. The Jets are undefeated, ranked No. 3 in ESPN.com's Power Rankings, and came off a 32-3 thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars. But 34 percent of Jets fans are still unhappy. Yes, the Jets have flaws. The running game definitely needs to improve, for example. But Ryan is doing a good job and deserves a higher approval rating, in my opinion.

Tony Sparano, Miami Dolphins

Approval rating: 16 percent

Analysis: Sparano has the second-lowest approval rating of any head coach entering Week 3. Only Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs is lower. The Dolphins dropped two games at home to start the season. Now, they're in a jam. Every other AFC East team is undefeated. Miami has to win now -- starting Sunday against the Cleveland Browns -- or it could be a long season.