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I once posited that the New England Patriots—not the Seattle Seahawks—will have the NFL's best secondary in 2014. The backlash—even from Patriots fans—was particularly brutal, saying the new secondary put together by Belichick has yet to play a down.
That doesn't mean it won't be great. Randy Moss caught a total of zero preseason passes before torching the NFL in his record-breaking season.
K.C. Joyner from ESPN.com (subscription required) sees some merit in that argument:
After holding the highest-scoring offense in NFL history to only eight points in Super Bowl XLVIII, there is little doubt the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom ended last season as the best secondary in the NFL.
With Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas signed to long-term contract extensions, it would seem that this group is poised to keep that title for a long time.
However, that title reign may come to a close much sooner than expected, due to a strong challenge from the New England Patriots.
When the offseason acquisitions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are added to the other personnel changes made in Seattle and New England, a strong case can be made that the Patriots will have the best secondary in the NFL in 2014 -- not the Seahawks.
Proving what some see on paper true is easier said than done. However, if the Patriots want to get past Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the playoffs, the secondary will have to be spectacular.