New England at Kansas City,
Defensive backs who have been on the
Players who have started in the Patriots'
secondary through 10 games Even after three days of presumed overeating, Trent Green must be licking his chops. That's because Kansas City's quarterback becomes the latest to have a chance to feast on New England's depleted secondary.
Last week, Aaron Brooks amassed 343 yards passing against the Patriots, his second-highest total of the season. But at least Brooks has something of a track record. The two-time defending champion, normally the beneficiary of Coach Bill Belichick's defensive wizardry, also has been torched this year by the unheralded likes of Miami's Gus Frerotte (360 yards), Buffalo's Kelly Holcomb (263) and Atlanta's Matt Schaub (298).
But lest one think Belichick is losing his touch, the clear reason for New England's struggles in the secondary is an avalanche of injuries. Currently, the Patriots have six defensive backs on injured reserve, including Rodney Harrison, the elite safety and team leader who was lost for the season in Week 3. The lack of Harrison's physical presence could be particularly evident today, as the Patriots attempt to defend the Chiefs' Pro Bowl tight end, Tony Gonzalez.