McCourty Needs To Have An Outsdanding Season

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    McCourty Needs To Have An Outsdanding Season

    and needs some help from his fellow DBs and OLB/DEs.

    http://bostonherald.com/sports/patriots_nfl/new_england_patriots/2013/07/devin_mccourty_ready_to_go

    Will be good to see them start camp again this Friday, have something to talk about again.

     
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    I think McCourty has been outstanding, and is this teams least worry. Every legit scouting analysis, has graded McCourty very good when looking at the entire package, including reliability and accountability. This guys plays every down, every game. 

    IMO he Pats should wrap this guy up ASAP to a long term deal.

     
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    we need for him to continue to perform well, but he can't do it by himself. I'm thinking the additions this year may get our defense in top 5-8 in points against...hopefully, better.

     
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    Our pass rush is part of his success, if we give the QB all day to throw the ball even the best Safety and Corners will have trouble performing their best. However, I do agree McCourty needs to step up a little more, but with more time under hid belt at safety I think he will be better with reads against the offense. I am sure we all know he has no problem making INTs.

     
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    Re: McCourty Needs To Have An Outsdanding Season

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    As usual you lie. I said he was a failed CB.

    Another day, another bludgeoning of the VI.

    That's pretty much a slam dunk since the team announced he is permanently moved to safety, and BB making the trade for bad boy Talib further confirms that.

    As a 1st round pick you aren't hoping that you have to change the guys position because he just can't cut it there. At this point the 1st round pick looks no better than a "maybe" after 3 seasons. I wouldn't be surprised of he proves to be a keeper at safety if not a star contributor. But at this juncture only a fool would be saying, it was a great use of a 1st round pick.

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    Without a doubt the McCourty pick was GREAT USE of a 1st round pick. Dont forget the Pats traded back twice from No. 22 to No. 27 picking up a third-round pick (No. 90 overall, Taylor Price, yes a bust) and moving up in the fourth round (from No. 119 overall to No. 113, to take the murderer). All to pass on Tim Tebow and Dez Bryant. And, oh yeah Babe, McCourty is a valuble DB with versatility to play either CB or S.

     
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    Re: McCourty Needs To Have An Outsdanding Season

    In response to russgriswold's comment:

     

    In response to freediro's comment:

     

     

     

    Our pass rush is part of his success, if we give the QB all day to throw the ball even the best Safety and Corners will have trouble performing their best. However, I do agree McCourty needs to step up a little more, but with more time under hid belt at safety I think he will be better with reads against the offense. I am sure we all know he has no problem making INTs.

     

     




    Agreed. Pass rush is also tied to any perception of how good our DBs are.  

     

     

    Babe doesn't understand the game, nor does Mt Hurl. They talk about hips and turning for the ball, but if a QB has 5+ seconds in this league with our defensive line being held all game long, it won't matter who your DBs are.

    Remember the holding by O Lines in 2011 off the lockout? I do. The message was read LOUD and CLEAR via Goodell. Points will be scored and if it takes telling refs to never call holding unless brutally blatant, Goodell gets what Goodell wants.

    It was slightly less obvious last year, even if it's more of a reality now than in the Tagliabue Era. Our pass rush has to fight past the abusive holding in the league now. No excuses, because it's pretty clear it's going to be allowed as part of Goodell's approach to make sure as many teams as possible can put up 25+ points per game for revenue growth.

     

     

     

    Every team has to play by whatever rules Roger implements. In the end it is quite basic and relative to:

    A good/great secondary can usually cover for an average/below average pass rush.

    A good/great pass rush can usually cover for an average/below average secondary.

    BUT, in either scenario, a good/great Play Action Run/Pass oriented offense will usually capitalize on and reveal either weakness in any defense.

    This year, I believe the Pats will be good or better in all three areas for a great season. (Top 10 D, Top 5 O.)

     
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    Corner is usually the position that requires the most athletic abilities, but in BB's defense, a smart, versatile safety might be the most important player.  So I'm not sure BB would move McCourty fom safety to corner, even if McCourty had the best corner skills as lomg as McCourty is that smart, versatile safety BB loves.

     

     
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    Re: McCourty Needs To Have An Outsdanding Season

    McCourty was the best ranked Safety in the NFL last year. 

    There are 32 reasons not to throw the deep ball against the New England Patriots this season, they all end in "Because Devin McCourty will INT it".

     
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    Re: McCourty Needs To Have An Outsdanding Season

    In response to BabeParilli's comment:

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    Corner is usually the position that requires the most athletic abilities, but in BB's defense, a smart, versatile safety might be the most important player.  So I'm not sure BB would move McCourty fom safety to corner, even if McCourty had the best corner skills as lomg as McCourty is that smart, versatile safety BB loves.

     

     




    I'm just not getting why people are trying to rewrite history here. McCourty was removed from CB when we badly needed CBs. Talib was brought in to fill the gap of his FAIL.

     

    At this point McCourty is a salvage project, albeit a possibly successful one.



    I'm not really disagreeing with your point Babe.  McCourty hasn't turned out to be the shut-down, man-on-man corner the Pats probably were hoping they got with him. But as far as where he is used now,  I think a lot depends on scheme.  If you're playing man coverages, shut down corners are essential and they are very difficult to find because running with a top NFL receiver is one of the toughest things to do on a football field. But if you play a lot of zone, then corner maybe becomes a bit easier to play and safety a bit tougher.  I think the Pats would be a better secondary if they had more shut down, man-on-man corner play.  But given what they've had for a while, where the corners weren't all that good and most schemes were zone where everyone is facing forward, it makes some sense to put your best, most versatile player in the middle.  

    I'll be interested in RallyC's comments . . . he's played the position, so he has more insight than most of us do.  Rally, any thoughts on this one?

     

     
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    Ditto for Jones.  He needs help if the Patriots D is going to be better than last year.

     
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    Re: McCourty Needs To Have An Outsdanding Season

    In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:

     

     

    Corner is usually the position that requires the most athletic abilities, but in BB's defense, a smart, versatile safety might be the most important player.  So I'm not sure BB would move McCourty fom safety to corner, even if McCourty had the best corner skills as lomg as McCourty is that smart, versatile safety BB loves.

     

     



    Adding Talib last year gave the Patriots enough fleixibility and DB depth to stop the bleeding from such an atrocious passing defense.

     

    McCourty, overall, has done a commendable job. It'll be interesting to see how well he does at one position for an entire season - but I'm not entirely convinced he's a "shut-down" cornerback - and still has to cover for other player's blown assignments when Talib went back out.

     
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    In response to RallyC's comment:

    1) A good/great secondary can usually cover for an average/below average pass rush.

    2) A good/great pass rush can usually cover for an average/below average secondary.

    BUT, in either scenario, a good/great Play Action Run/Pass oriented offense will usually capitalize on and reveal either weakness in any defense.

    This year, I believe the Pats will be good or better in all three areas for a great season. (Top 10 D, Top 5 O.)



    true.  But even #1 will eventually fail if the pass rush sucks - so, I'd rather have an outstanding Pass Rush.

    in all honesty the pass rush and pass coverage, altho improved in the past year or so, had been pretty bad for a while.

     
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    Re: McCourty Needs To Have An Outsdanding Season

    I couldn't help laughing at one comment about Brady.

     

    ""1. Tom Brady -- The quarterback (and the rest of the New England offense) can help the pass rush immeasurably by building a lead and forcing teams to play from behind. Several opposing offensive players have noted over the last few years that New England’s best defense comes from its offense -- if you fall behind the Patriots by 10-plus points in the second half, you often have to abandon the run and throw the ball to get back into the game. If you make a team one-dimensional, it’s that much easier to defend. If Brady and the rest of the New England offense can build a lead, it’ll make it that much easier to get after the passer.

    http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/football/patriots/christopher-price/2013/05/27/patriots-pass-rush-better-now-it-was-en

     

    Fair or not, I'm reading between the lines and thinking this defense does not put fear into the hearts of opponents - and not known for big/timely stops when it counts the most

     
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