Re: McCourty rates highly as future star
posted at 6/30/2013 2:42 PM EDT
In response to mthurl's comment:
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McCouty was All Pro in 2010 as a rookie for 16 games, so I wouldn't go as far to say his "technique was terrible". If it was as bad as you say, no way he's All Pro. In 2011, off the lockout and battling injuries all year, he struggled with such an inconsistency on the back end at Safety.
However, I do think with his range and speed, smarts, IQ, his skill set has a chance to be consistently elite back there for years to come. i don't really care who plays where, as long as it works well.
On the heels of this Hernandez drama, if he has a good camp and season, I would race in and extend his deal before next season gets under way.
No, his technique as a CB was as terrible as I say. He was only an all pro because it takes a while before the OCs pick up on what the weaknesses are of any player in order to take advantage of him. Much like a new hitter to MLB, he's usually pretty successful to start as it takes time for the opposition to find the holes in his swing. McCourty is exceptionaly atheltic and talented, and with the extra help over the top that the PATS usually give rookie or new CBs with their Cover-2 sets, his poor technique was masked, for a while. Ultimately, you can't hide that for long in any professional league. Lasltly, you don't go from being All Pro at CB to changing positions at his age for nothing.......bad technique is all it can be with his crazy athletic abilities. His gradual climb to success at safety can be attributed to that fact that he was new at it. It took time for him to become instinctive, as he was likely thinking too much instead of naturally reacting while trying to learn the job and all of the new reads on the fly. As for the long term, I believe that the BB should do exactly as you say andget him locked up for the long term. Maybe after the poor shoiwng we've has since Rondey's departrue, he will bend a little more this time.
I'd argue this, if the reasons for his failure at cornerback are what you say, what is to say the same things won't happen at safety? The guy has only been starting there for half a season. I certainly think he was pretty solid back there, but I think he is one of those guys to keep an eye on going forward because coordinators will have film on him at that spot now - any weaknesses in his game will be brought to light this season.
Mthurl, fact is, the most athletically challenging position on the field, bar none, is the CB position. DMC is an incredible athlete with an abundance of the skills that the position requires, but was unable to correct the critical issues that I mentioned in the previous dialogue which ultimately lead to his demise at the position. As I, and even Babe addressed above, the Safety position does not expose those same weaknesses and tendancies that ended DMC's CB days. The Safety position is far less physically complicated, doesn't force him to turn away and lose perspectvie, and because he is a sure tackler with great closing speed who is rarely required to turn look away from the play and run, he is an ideal safety for the NFL. I truly believe that the staff identified his weaknesses early, but because of how supremely gifted he is, he may be able compensate for them. Didn't work. But I am also certain that this was their fall back plan all along if CB bombed. Looked realy good until it looked really bad. Now he's found a home that his athletic skillset may contatin a little more than what is required for most safeties to succeed, but that is exactly what makes him better for the long term. A good perspective on the differences between these two positions would be to compare the differences between two of the best Patriots at the position Asante to Rodney. Pure CB vs. pure Safety. Finness agile athlete vs. hard closing sure handed thumper. I see DMC as a thumper who has the agility of a CB.
Ok, I agree with most of this. The only thing I would say is I wouldn't consider him a "thumper" until I start to see him come down into the box and take on some bigger players. Watching Chung try to do that over the last 4 years was a disgrace - I haven't seen McCourty do much of that yet....he can lay someone out over the middle, but I think a lot of guys can do that. A thumper can do both and when they nail that receiver over the middle the ball is always in danger of coming out...I want to see McCourty do these things...I want to see him play the safety spot for more than half a season before I call him the second best safety in the NFL.
I remember when Rusty used to run around calling Merriweather the second best safety in the AFC...that didn't work out too well.
MTHURL, You are right.... But consider this; McCourty hasn't been asked to attack the box much and therefore he won't be making many of the hits you are looking for. That is due to the fact that the days of the "SS" (Strong Safety) is pretty much gone now with the NFL having evolved into a pass happy league. Rodney was a guy who would come up to play that role on certain run plays and had chances to really smack some guys at the LOS. PATS played so much Cover-2 last season to provide help over the top of both outside thirds to give our corners deep support. Now, with the advent of the "Slot CB" (Arrington), the Strong Safety position evolved into more of a quick CB guy who needs to be athletic, agile, with good inside cover skills and SURE tackling ability to cover the likes of a Welker, or Amendola just like Arrington does. This is instead of what use to be the primary responsibililty of helping the CB keep outside containment with the emphasis of filling the running lane on run support at the LOS. As recently as when Rodney played, the SS position was like an outside LB who could run with TEs and RBs. If he played today, you would see far, far fewer hits by him in the box due to the offensive styles and resulting defensive formations and DB assignments. Especially if questionable CB performances persist, Cover-2 will keep DMC deep half instead of shallow middle. Regardless, Ronnie Lott and Rodney Harrison type plays in the box will be very very rare for sure. So, DMC is in the perfect place for his skill set as he will thump a guy over the middle and will come up to make sure handed tackles as the last line of defense. He is fearless for sure. Make sense?