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AFC East churns through coaches while Pats stand pat

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The Buffalo Bills are moving on from Rex Ryan, a coach the New York Jets tired of just two winters ago.

Both teams reside in the AFC East, a division comprehensively owned by the mighty New England Patriots since the turn of the century.

Armed with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick -- the deadliest quarterback-and-coach combination in NFL history -- the Patriots and their fans have led an uber-blessed existence since Y2K.

The other three teams in the AFC East? Not so much.

The Bills, Jets and Dolphins have churned through coaches at a furious pace, a trend that continued Tuesday with Ryan's canning and might not be over if Gang Green owner Woody Johnson loses faith in flailing head-man Todd Bowles.

Take a gander at the furious carnival of names that have come and gone in an uneven division ruled thoroughly for a decade-plus by Tommy and Bill:

AFC East coaches since 2000


Bills

Wade Phillips, Gregg Williams, Mike Mularkey, Dick Jauron, Perry Fewell (interim), Chan Gailey, Doug Marrone, Rex Ryan, Anthony Lynn (interim)

Jets

Al Groh, Herman Edwards, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Todd Bowles

Dolphins

Dave Wannstedt, Jim Bates (interim), Nick Saban, Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, Todd Bowles (interim), Joe Philbin, Dan Campbell (interim), Adam Gase

Patriots

Bill Belichick

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