Found July 09, 2013 on Football Nation:
It was an abrupt end to another strong season for the New England Patriots. It didn't help that their top corner, Aqib Talib, went down with an injury in the first quarter, or that Rob Gronkowski was not a part of this game. No excuses, but the Patriots simply were not able to make plays throughout the full 60 minutes to overcome their disabilities.The offense had its troubles, including drops by Welker and Vereen that ended promising drives. But it was the defense that could not hold when the game was on the line.And that is what has fueled Belichick's fire this offseason, prompting some bold moves in free agency and the draft. Of course, Bill Belichick avoided going on a spending spree like a few teams apparently trying to build their version of the "Dream Team". But he did what was necessary to shore-up a sagging defense.Today, I'm focusing on the defensive secondary, a unit that showed some promise as the season rolled along. The addition of Talib was the f...
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