Last year, we collected 700 responses, asking Patriots Nation and NFL fans from all around the web to build their ultimate roster to surround Tom Brady in a Super Bowl. With them returning to play in the Big Game for a third straight year, here are the results...again.We don't believe any of the new guys on the roster would change anything.
Offensive LineIt starts with protecting Brady. However, we did not make this a mandatory section to fill out. Of the 700 possible responses, we had 611 die hard football fans select the best possible line to protect Brady. Each participant was required to select 5 lineman.
- Matt Light and Logan Mankins each received 80% of the votes to anchor the line
- Nate Solder (365) and Sebastian Vollmer (333) were the only other lineman with more than 226 votes
- Our final lineman will be Dan Koppen who selected on 37% of the responses
Running BacksNow that we have some big boys up front, let's see who Brady will be handing the ball off to and completing swing passes to for big plays out of the backfield.
- Corey Dillon was the clear favorite here with 64% of the vote
- Dion Lewis and Kevin Faulk were each picked on more than 40% of the responses. However, Lewis just edged him out with less than 30 more votes
- 174 responses had Dillon and Lewis
- 148 had Dillon and Faulk
- Dillon and James White matched up 87 times
- 112 featured Faulk and Lewis
- White (27%) and LeGarrette Blount (15%) were the only other backs with more than 4% of the vote
Wide ReceiversBrady is killer on the play-action pass and once New England establishes a ground game, it's game over.
- It goes without saying that Randy Moss is the greatest WR most QBs have ever played with, including Tom Brady. With 92% of the votes, Moss lines up as the WR1
- With nearly 80% of the vote, Julian Edelman is the #2
- Lining up in the slot, Wes Welker with 269 votes
- 151 responses featured all three receivers
- 358 lineups had at least Moss and Edelman
- Only 11 lineups saw Edelman and Welker, without Moss
- 133 responses had Moss, Edelman and Branch
- 109 had Brown over Branch
- 16 lineups featured Moss, Branch & Brown, the same as Edelman, Branch & Brown
- Deion Branch (33%), Troy Brown (28%) and Danny Amendola (19%) were the other WRs above 8%
Tight End - Rob Gronkowski
Kicker - Adam Vinatieri beat out Stephen Gostkowski 75%-25%
Defensive LineWe regret forcing participants into selecting a 4-3 defense.
- You stick Vince Wilfork in the middle of any defensive line and you have set yourself up for success. He received 97% of the votes
- With 584 votes, Richard Seymour was voted onto the line
- Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich each received over 60% of the vote
LinebackersBrady has played with some all-time defenses, that's for sure.
- Tedy Bruschi fell just short of 600 votes but led the LB corps with 85% of the votes
- He would be flanked by Willie McGinest (74%) and Dont'a Hightower (68%)
- Mike Vrabel, 279 votes, was the only other linebacker to receiver more than 18% of the votes
CornerbacksNew England's corners have made some of the most memorable moment in Super Bowl history.
- 86% of the vote went to Ty Law
- 50% for Darrelle Revis
SafetiesBrady's Super Bowl defenses have always been a complete team, from the front seven all the way to the two deep safeties over the top.
- Less than 30 votes separated Rodney Harrison and Devin McCourty who both saw over 78% of the votes
- 113 of Lawyer Milloy's 184 selections paired him with Harrison
- 61 times with McCourty