The NFC East has become an offense-first division in recent seasons, but its teams still have a proud defensive tradition and feature some of the finest defensive playmakers in the game.
Here are the top five defensive stars causing havoc in the NFC East:
5. London Fletcher, ILB, Washington Redskins
Ageless wonder London Fletcher continues to defy father time, to consistently deliver elite production from his inside linebacker position.
A stout force in the middle, Fletcher is an expert at reading the game and his intelligence and instincts compensate for his diminishing speed. The 37-year-old led the NFL in tackles in 2011 and is the cornerstone of the Washington Redskins' 3-4 scheme.
4. Trent Cole, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
Criminally underrated defensive end Trent Cole is a dominant force for the Philadelphia Eagles. He has thrived in line coach Jim Washburn's wide-9 alignments.