The New England Patriots' 2012 defensive unit has undergone a massive overhaul and, as a result, will surprise many with it's improved play. They certainly have had their struggles recently, leaving plenty of room for said improvement.
The Patriots ranked 31st in passing yards allowed and 28th on third down in 2011.
But it's not like there weren't pieces to build around though, as this squad did lead the league in interceptions in 2010 and finished second last year. They've really rallied when it's mattered most, ranking eighth in points allowed in 2010 and 15th in 2011.
With such a high-powered offense, this defense has rarely been tasked with winning ball games. Yet on the rare occasions that Tom Brady is shut down, the defense has largely failed to come through.
Here's a closer look into why that will no longer be the case moving forward.