For fans of the New England Patriots, worrying about the team’s secondary is akin to most Americans’ worries about things such as the economy or global warming. Year in and year out, it continues to be a problem and has proven to be anything but a quick fix to repair.
The struggles in New England’s secondary have continued in 2012, as the unit ranks 29th in passing yards allowed per game. A big test is in line for the Patriots on Sunday, when they take on the Indianapolis Colts and sensational rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
Dismantling the New England pass defense is expected to be a cakewalk for Luck. Several less-talented quarterbacks (Russell Wilson, Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick, to name a few) have posted huge numbers against the Patriots already this season.
Some changes have been made in New England, however. If the Patriots’ secondary continues its woeful ways, at least it won’t be for a lack of addressing the issue.
In any case, there are several reasons to believe that the embattled New England pass coverage could show a different side than the doormat everyone expects them to provide for Luck and the Colts on Sunday. Here are three to get you ready for kickoff.