As we get closer to the opening weekend for the upcoming NFL season, I thought I would go through and determine the five best secondary units in the league this year. With two starting corner backs, and two safties, this was not an easy task.
There were some good units that did not end up making the list, including the Broncos with Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins. Also not making the list were the the Ravens and Steelers, which says alot for the talent around Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu.
The Cardinals, Raiders, Chargers, and Titans were also not in my top five.
In my personal opinion, these teams have some good players at variable positions, but the units as a whole do not compare to these five units:
I know, duh right? The Jets not only have the best secondary unit in the league in my opinion, but saying they are the best defense in the entire league is something a lot of people will tell you is a fact.
With Revis, they have added Antonio Cromartie, making them the best corner back duo in the league. Eric Smith and Jim Leonhard are also good at the safety position, but this one is obviously led by Revis and Cromartie.
The Packers have had a great secondary for awhile now, and there are many people to thank for that. Al Harris and Charles Woodson have been one of the best corner back duos the league has seen in recent years.
Atari Bigby and Nick Collins are no slouches at the safety position either. They have both been excellent, which has greatly contributed to the Packers' success as of late. The Packers secondary officially keeps them as a top five overall defense in the NFL next year in my opinion.
The Jets aren't the only team in New York that have very good secondary. The Giants have a nice talented roster, it just seems they are all never healthy at the same time. The corners, Aaron Ross and Corey Webster have shown they have what it takes to be great.
Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle are both great players, and teaming them up with Ross and Webster gives the Giants hope to turn things around this year. The unfortunate accident of Chad Jones may have hurt their depth this year, but I think they will still be one of the best starting units.
When you think of the Colts, the defense probably isn't the first thing you think of. How can a team with Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne have such a talented defense?
The corner backs are younger than most, but Kelvin Hayden is able to lead Jurrad Powers and Jacob Lacey. Both the young guys had great seasons last year while filling in for Hayden and ex-Colt Marlin Jackson.
The Safety position may be more important, because it involves the health of Bob Sanders. He has missed more games than he has played the last few seasons, but when healthy, he is one of the best in the game.
Antoine Bathea is one of the most underrated safties in the league in my eyes. He has come up with clutch interceptions and big plays in big games.
The Eagles have always had good defenses, and ever since they signed Asante Samuel away from the Patriots, they have been one of the best in the league.
With fellow corner Ellis Hobbs, the Eagles will again look to boast one of the best defenses in the NFL this season.
Quintin Mikell and Quintin Demps are back at the safety position along with Nate Allen.
Who do you think deserves to be on this list, and if you add someone, who would you take out of here? I am curious to see whom some of you think may have a better secondary than these teams.