Re: Bill crafts the next defensive incarnation
posted at 8/10/2011 5:40 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Bill crafts the next defensive incarnation
[QUOTE]Overhype much? Our defensive line of Seymour-Wilfork-Warren a few years back was much better than Albert-Vince-Nobodies
Posted by themightypatriotz[/QUOTE]
I'm not so sure of that. It depends on what you get from Haynesworth, i.e., which Haynesworth we see. But I would say it's pretty close to a draw. Ellis, Haynesworth, Wilfork is a pretty awesome line as well.
I agree, though, that the OLBs are not as good as Vrabel, et al. But I also think that the ILB crew could turn out to be better overall in the long run. And a lot of the decision on how good these OLBs are will be determined by how young players developed between this year and last. If Nink and Cunningham look improved then they could be a very good pair.
I would also add, that the corners here could be the best group they have put on the field skill-wise. Though it is close to a wash with Ty Law and Ty Poole. McCourty looked elite last season, and Bodden is great.
I don't think this defense will be the best in the NFL, heck the old Pats defenses weren't the best in the NFL. But it will be a great defense and more than enough to make NE a Superbowl caliber club this season when we factor in how much better they are on the offensive side of the ball than those clubs were.
The safety group depends on maturity. Chung looked like an all-star for a lot of last season. His development is going to be crucial, as will Mayo's and Spikes'. The front three is drastically improved this year, so those guys will be able to (realy have to) run around and make plays on the ball. There has been a lot of noise in the signal, so to speak, rating the back 6 players these last few years because Wilfork alone was a shadow of what he looked like when he was paired with Seymour. The back 6 have had to defend the field for long periods of time, they have had to sort through trash on the second level to get after ball carriers, and have had to shake interior lineman that slip the DEs. That should change this season because of the protection they'll get from having Ellis, Wilfork and Haynesworth as protection, and with a little maturation, the trio of Mayo, Spikes, and Chung could come to make their own great name in Patriot lore.
Watch out. Because this team looks legit.