Sporting News: Patriots Receive an "A" Grade For Offseason

The return of Josh McDaniels is a major part of the reason Vinnie Iyer gave the Patriots an "A" for their offseason.

A few weeks ago, we checked in with Nate Davis of USA Today, who gave the Patriots an "A-" grade for their 2012 offseason. While offseason "grades" are meaningless in the grand scheme of things, they can be a fun exercise during the slow periods of the NFL calendar.

All of this being said, Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News recently handed out his 2012 AFC offseason grades, and the Patriots were at the top of the class, earning an "A" mark, along with the Bills and Broncos:

After unleashing a prolific two-tight passing game, what do the Patriots do after losing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien? Go back to the coordinator who helped orchestrate their record passing game in 2007. Along with Josh McDaniels come two of his favorite receivers, Lloyd and Gaffney. On defense, starting with rookies Jones and Hightower, Bill Belichick now has plenty of versatile cogs at his disposal.

As for the other AFC East teams, Iyer gave the Miami Dolphins a "C-" and the New York Jets a "D." For the Dolphins, Iyer cited the Marshall-Ochocinco downgrade, the shaky quarterback situation, and the losses of Kendall Langford and Yeremiah Bell on defense. As for the Jets, Iyer believes that the team made gambles with Tim Tebow, and Laron Landy / Yeremiah Bell - who were both brought in to improve an already shaky safety group.

What do you think of Iyer's offseason analysis for each AFC East team?

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