Lots of questions for upcoming season

Updated: August 29, 2005, 10:52 AM ET
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
My first thought concerning the new season is whether things are going to stay the same, with the New England Patriots winning another championship. Something tells me that this year will be different, as the Patriots are going to feel a lot of pressure from within their division from the New York Jets.

I have a feeling that coach Herman Edwards' team has gotten better with a few additions. The most notable addition is the recent signing of former Patriots' cornerback Ty Law. The addition of Law to this secondary strengthens a defense that was already ranked seventh in the NFL last season. This defense already featured reigning defensive rookie of the year Jonathan Vilma, as well as Shaun Ellis, John Abraham and Eric Barton -- so the addition of Law will make them much better.

Tedy Bruschi
AP PhotoThe loss of LB Tedy Bruschi may keep the Patriots from defending their title.
Law will bring a veteran presence to this secondary and his elite playmaking ability will be greatly appreciated when the Jets are playing the Patriots for the division title in late December and Law is giving the Pats fits.

Joe Theismann

Football analyst
Former college and pro football star Joe Theismann has served as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football since 1988. He also is frequently heard on ESPN Radio, regularly contributes to ESPN.com and has contributed to the NFL Draft.