Re: McCourty- Top Tier Safety?
posted at 1/2/2013 5:38 PM EST
In response to TripleOG's comment:
In response to IrishMob7's comment:
Per Pro Football Focus, in the games Devin McCourty played mainly at safety, quarterbacks had a 10.1 quarterback rating when throwing his way, which was the lowest for all safeties. In games where he played at cornerback, quarterbacks had a 78.2 rating when throwing McCourty's way.
We all know that McCourty had his struggles last year at cornerback, but his field awareness, football smarts, and work ethic were never questioned. It's clear that the transition to Safety has not only revamped NEâÂÂs D, but has it also propelled McCourty into being one of the few elite SafetyâÂÂs in the league?
I'm excited to see how his career progresses and if he will be one of the few players that calls NE his home for his entire career. Great person and a great player.
I wasnt gonna go as far as calling him a pro bowl safety like others did and also he only played their half the year but he absolutely has the talent, speed, knowledge to be great at the position which is saying a lot because i said the same thing about him rookie year re: CB play but something happened from year 1 to 2 with his confidence that i can pinpoint but early this year I noticed he struggled in man to man and never got good jams on his guy. When you play up close and dont jam your man, you are toast and he wasnt correcting it, so the choice was made to make him a FS and his CB backround makes him an ideal candidate. He plays better than Gregory who playes FS for 4 years and his ability to break on plays in front of him seem natural and his ball skills will be an asset back there. The BIggest thing is it has allowed us to play more single high safety and be agressive and bring up an extra defender so in that sense the move was necessary and beneficial. Too bad for him his earning potential just took a hit but he has a chance to be really good instead of average CB so WIN WIN for us
I agree, although I wouldn't say his earning potential took a hit...his earning potential took a hit by the way he was playing corner. Now it probably improved.