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The New England Patriots surprisingly had the 31st-ranked defense last season. Under coach Bill Belichick, fans know that was not going to last long.
The Patriots used their first six draft picks on defensive players. Their two first-round choices, Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower, will bring much-needed youth and physicality to the front seven, and second-round pick Tavon Wilson will bring speed and stability to the secondary. They also signed a couple of veterans during the offseason to bring in for leadership roles.
Belichick and the New England defense are itching to show their opponents their new defensive swag. They want to relieve Tom Brady and the offense from some of the pressure, and show that they can rack up a lot of turnovers and shut down lethal offensive attacks.
Because of their dismal numbers in the past, not many people will be jumping on the Patriots' defensive bandwagon. With their new confidence and schemes, though, New England is a dark horse in the defensive game and will show why it is now more unstoppable than ever, and why Belichick is simply a genius.