The New England Patriots are a part of an elite category in NFL History—from 2001-2005, they developed a dynasty.
The Patriots won three out of four Super Bowls during those years, and proved that a dynasty could be established in an era of capped salaries.
Head coach Bill Belichick led the Patriots through those dominant years, but he had a lot of help on his side. With quarterback Tom Brady, kicker Adam Vinatieri and a stone-wall defense, the team climbed atop the NFL.
Here are the top ten players that were a part of New England's suffocating defense.