I got to thinking that I might have been unfair in my assessment of the secondary's preformance this past season so I decided to take a look at their overall statistical preformance. What jumped out at me, and I have bolded below, is how really poorly the secondary really did play. It was worse than I thought. NFL Football Statistics and League Leaders - National Football League - ESPN The Patriots finished 10th in the league in overall defense giving up 309 yards/game. They finished 11th in passing defense giving up 201.4 yards/game. They finished 16th in completion percentage at 60.8% They finished 25th in yards per attempt at 7.3 YPA They finished 31st in passing TD allowed at 27 They finished 15th in rushing defense at 1722 total yards and 107.6 ypg They finished 4th in rushing TD allowed with 8 Their give away/take away was +1 the defense had 14 interceptions and 8 fumble recoveries.