Roster comparison 2007 - 2011 Defense
- Thought I'd take a look at the 2007 roster and compare it to the group that
will play the Giants for the SB this year. I will do the defenses first;
Much more on the table this year especially Ellis, Anderson and Deaderick
who are all contributing in a big way. The 2011 Pats can muster an
effective pass-rush when they need to. In 2007, not so much.
Le Kevin Smith
Moore, Smith and Holmes were plug-ins to fill holes in 2007 where Brace,
Love and Pryor are solid depth with lots of future upside. Even with
Seymour in 2007 I think the two groups compare very favorably with the edge
to 2011. Wilfork was still learning in 2007, this year he is a seasoned pro
in his prime who has added an interception aspect to his game. Love keeps
getting better and Warren has done a good job.
I think this years model compares nicely but the experience edge goes to
2007. Harrison was one of the greatest DB's in the game but 2007 was his
last year so physically he wasn't the presence he had been but his ability
to read the field/play and clue his teamates was invaluable. Chung is
better than Merriweather, I'd take Arrington's steadiness over Samuel's
indecision and McCourty is no worse an option than Gay IMHO so I would give
the physical edge to 2011.
I think this year's defense has more options and flexibility than 2007 and
it is much younger. The only thing this year's model lacks in comparison is
The goal line stands this year were something that has been missing from
the Pats defense the last few years and was a feature of the 2001-2004
defenses. Nice to see the return of that and the big-play. The old defenses
would give up all kinds of yards but when the big-play was needed the Pats
usually came up big. This year the Pats have been showing that old big-play
ability from time to time and while they aren't ready to surpass the past
teams just yet they are heading most determindly in that direction.