A prototypical box safety, Ihedigbo came over from Baltimore with coordinator Teryl Austin, helping install the defense. While Ihedigbo has been as active at the line of scrimmage as any safety the past two years, former cornerback Quin has excelled in coverage as a centerfielder.
Here's a look at the primary competition for the Ihedigbo-Quin duo:
»*Devin McCourty / Patrick Chung, Patriots:* McCourty emerged as a Pro Bowl-caliber safety a year ago. Give credit where it's due: Although Chung washed out in New England and Philadelphia the last two years, he has bounced back in a big way this season. Chung has played a key role in a secondary that Reggie Wayne calls the best he has faced in 14 years.