Found December 31, 2013 on NESN.com:
There’s a good reason why the New England Patriots were still able to go 12-4 despite taking a step back on offense, and it didn’t all have to do with toughness, grit, determination and mental strength. The Patriots’ pass defense was much better in 2013 compared to last season. And while quarterback Tom Brady‘s play went down with some key subtractions — thanks to injuries, offseason moves and one high-profile arrest – the secondary also got much better with some key additions. Cornerback Aqib Talib was much better in his second season in New England, rookie cornerback Logan Ryan provided important depth that the Patriots did not have in previous seasons and safety Devin McCourty finally helped lock down the deep half of the field. There were no wide receivers playing defense this season for New England. Check out some key statistics from the past two seasons to the right. The Patriots got better in every category other than interceptions and completions of more than 40 yards. In g...
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