“On the touchdown pass to Gronkowski, it’s so hard to get a player like that open on a dropback pass,’’ Belichick said. “The defenders see the pass, they go to match their coverage and take their guy. But when you can have a run action that draws the defenders up, then you get a guy behind them like Rob did on that play.
“A big part of that play was the play-action and the run threat that we had presented in the game that caused the linebackers to displace a little bit and we were able to get behind them.’’
After a subpar effort at Baltimore in Week 3, Devin McCourty seemed to redeem himself with two interceptions against the Bills, the second time in his career he has had two picks in a game. “Every week we’re trying to go out and improve overall as a defense and improve on our weekly performance,’’ said Patricia when asked about McCourty. “It starts with all of us, from coaching, to playing, to studying the film and just kind of going through our week just trying to improve. I think Devin has tried to improve from week to week. Made some good plays in the game and we’re going to try to build on that.’’ . . . The Patriots released defensive lineman Terrell McClain, a little less than a week after he signed last Wednesday.
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