The old adage is that defense wins championships. While that may be a bit simplistic, it is certainly much easier to win a Super Bowl with a great defense. The Patriots have certainly had their share of great lock-down defenses and those squads helped the Pats win some nailbiters on the game's biggest stage.
Devin McCourty predicted that the Seattle Seahawks would beat the Denver Broncos in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. After watching Seattle handily dismantle the Broncos with some suffocating defense, McCourty was asked if the Patriots could reach the same level of play that Seattle displayed last season. McCourty was confident in his response:
"I think we can," said McCourty, a team captain who enters his fifth NFL season. "Those guys had a great game plan and they went out there and executed it on the biggest stage of the year. That's what it really comes down to in games like that."
Devin also pointed out that the 2013 defense did "great things" but that consistency will be a point of emphasis in 2014. Injuries robbed the squad of some key veterans who should help with that consistency next season:
"Just last year, we went through a lot defensively and as a team, and to see guys continue to work hard and try to get better and go out there to win as many games as we did -- to fall a little short, but it gives you the confidence going forward we know we have the right guys to build something," he said.
One of those guys is Aqib Talib, who McCourty said he wants back.
What do you think? Do the Pats have the personnel in place to be a dominate defense?