It’s been the Tom Brady show since 2007, but before that, the defense was a thing of beauty in New England. The likes of Richard Seymour, Asante Samuel, Mike Vrabel and Ted Bruschi carved out the Patriot Way; they played it hard, but worked it harder.
This is the defense Bill Belichick wants, he’s just waiting for them to grow up. Belichick has his pass rusher in Chandler Jones, a versatile linebacker in Dont’a Hightower, and young tough corner in Alfonzo Dennard. All three are rookies, who will be the make or break players in the postseason, and each have a bookend veteran that will force the action their way.
Vince Wilfork is the key for Chandler Jones, he draws the double teams, and although he’s listed at nose tackle, he is rarely over the center. Wilfork can slide to a 4-3 tackle giving Jones the one on one with an offensive tackle, that’s the matchup on the line.
Jerod Mayo is the bookend to Hightower, they have skill sets so close that the question here is how fast can...