Out with the old, in with the new for AFC East teams

Imagine stepping onto the field surrounded by a team boasting the likes of Dan Marino, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Sam Gash, Keyshawn Johnson, Ben Coates, Bruce Armstrong, Shawn Jefferson, Terry Allen, Kevin Gogan, Troy Drayton, Steve Israel, and Steve Atwater – and a coaching staff including Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, and Jimmy Johnson. Now imagine stepping onto the field without any of them. This is the state of the AFC East entering the 2000 season, as trades, retirements, and free agency have deprived this division of an enormous number of former and current Pro Bowl-caliber players.


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