Despite the NFL becoming a more offensive-minded league, having a successful defense is still crucial to winning the Super Bowl. Just look at the last two Super Bowl champions in the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants and you'll see just how important a solid defense is.
What is even more important for a defense is having successful players at every level on the field. A team can have all the talented defensive lineman in the world, but if they have no secondary to stop the pass, they're unlikely to succeed.
Today we'll take a look at the top 11 defensive trios heading into the 2012 NFL season. The following teams have the best combination of a defensive lineman, linebacker and defensive back in the league.