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News Blitz 6/6: Is the Patriots secondary the best in the NFL?
"Popovich and Belichick are masters of plugging these players into their systems and getting them to buy in. Duncan and Brady are the steadying presences between the lines," writes Dzen. "While it's a little clumsy to compare the playing style of a football team to a basketball team, both teams win largely without flash."
"Diversity is critical, and the true championship contenders are capable of defeating opponents in multiple ways," says Xie. "Because of injuries, the 2013 Patriots were unable to fit that criteria. But with better health and expected player development, the 2014 rendition should have the versatility to give the team a more realistic opportunity."
"I'm used to running a number system, and now I'm back to code words, so it's a lot,” said LaFell, according to the article. "The quicker I can learn this offense the quicker I can go out there and be reliable, to play fast and know what I'm doing — instead of now, I'm kind of playing at half-speed because I'm thinking so much."
One new player who's already making an impact is Darrelle Revis. WEEI's Christopher Price says that Revis is helping the team both on offense and defense. A handful of Patriots receivers have said they enjoy lining up against Revis in practice because it pushes them to play better.
"Going against those guys every day, I think I can speak for me and a couple of other guys -- these guys are making us better," said Brandon LaFell. "I think if we go out and continue to face these guys, we'll be able to do this against anybody in the league."
In just a few months the Patriots secondary appears to be one of the strongest in the NFL. In fact, the Bleacher Report's James Christensen says it's the best in the league. In his article, he breaks down how Bill Belichick built this very deep group.
Yesterday, Comcast Sports Net's Tom E. Curran reported that former Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams was in Foxborough for a visit with the Patriots. This news came less than 24 hours after Williams told USA Today's Tom Pelissero to have the Patriots look him up. Maybe this proves that Belichick does pay attention to what's said the media...though I'm sure it's safe to say he still doesn't use social medias such as MyFace, YourFace, and InstaFace.