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Which NFL team improved itself the most in the short off-season?

August 2, 2011 | 12:59 pm

Tom Brady and  Chad Ochocinco of the New England Patriots

Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss the moves made by NFL teams since the lockout ended last week. Check back throughout the day for more responses and weigh in with a comment of your own.

Joseph Schwerdt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

To answer this question, just listen to what the Ryan brothers are saying. In the AFC, New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan made a backhanded swat at the improved Patriots. Ryan called out the league to "find someone else besides the Jets" to beat New England, which added wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.

In the NFC, Rob Ryan, the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator, called the loaded-up Philadelphia Eagles the "all-hype team." The Eagles added cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins and, to back up Michael Vick, quarterback Vince Young.

Clearly, the Eagles and Patriots have been the most aggressive since the lockout, while the Jets downgraded from Braylon Edwards to Plaxico Burress, and the Cowboys -– except for Rob Ryan -- have made little noise.


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Photo: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, fools around with new teammate Chad Ochocinco during practice on Saturday. Credit: Winslow Townson / Associated Press