Posts Tagged ‘Devin McCourty’

Blame for Patriots Secondary Struggles Start at the Top

Monday, October 15th, 2012
Patriots Secondary

Enough.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

This will be my one and only article on this topic, at least for awhile. After watching another meltdown in the 4th quarter, compounded by the inability of the defensive backs to make routine plays in pass coverage.

I have had enough.

I have had enough of watching an opposing Quarterback launch a Hail Mary pass from their own 30 yard line knowing that there is more than a 50% chance that their receiver will come down with the ball or at the very least the opposing defensive back will interfere in the process. I have had enough.

So who’s to blame and what is going on back there?

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Examining The Ongoing Problem with the Patriots’ Secondary

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Devin McCourty Steve Gregory

This is not the pose of Devin McCourty that Patriots fans want to see. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

No positional unit on the New England Patriots has drawn more scrutiny over the past few seasons than their secondary, and the criticism has been warranted.

The Patriots were among the NFL’s three worst teams in each of the past two seasons in passing yards allowed, and a big reason for that was blown coverages and big plays allowed by their secondary.

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Patriots Training Camp – Notes from Wednesday

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
Press Box View Patriots

Nice view from the press box in Gillette Stadium for Patriots training camp. (Photo: Doug Kyed)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Tonight I got the unique opportunity to cover the Patriots in stadium training camp from inside the press box. I got a last minute call and hit a block of traffic, but I still found some valuable nuggets to share.

Here are some notes from the public practice:

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Patriots Training Camp Preview: Defensive Backs

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

How Ras-I Dowling plays will have a huge effect on the Pats defensive success

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

We wrap up our position previews with what will likely be the most important position on the entire Patriots roster; the defensive backs. If the Patriots are going to have the success and reach their ultimate goal it’s imperative that the secondary plays much better than they did in 2011. What changes have they made in the secondary and will it be enough to fix the holes that existed?

Continue reading to find out how the Patriots defensive backfield will look week one.

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Musket Blasts: Patriots and Draft Links, 7/15

Monday, July 16th, 2012
Devin McCourty Patriots CB

Patriots fans want to see this type of Devin McCourty all year long. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.

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NEPD Mailbag: Too Long For Twitter

Friday, May 4th, 2012
Devin McCourty Interception

Could Devin McCourty handle kickoff return duties for the Patriots next season?

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Who will handle kickoff returns for the Patriots? What will the Patriots do with all their WRs? Will the Patriots bring in a veteran RB?

Those are some of the questions I’ll be answering in my weekly “Too Long For Twitter” Friday mailbag where I take questions from Twitter that warrant, deserve or need answers longer than 140 characters

If you have a question about anything, tweet it to me @DougKyedNEPD, and I’ll try to include it in the column on Friday. If you aren’t on Twitter, feel free to throw in a question in the comments section.

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2012 NFL Draft Open Thread: Biggest Need for the Patriots?

Friday, April 20th, 2012
Devin McCourty Interception

If Devin McCourty doesn't return to his rookie form, is defensive back the Patriots biggest need? (Photo: ICON SMI)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

A team that finished the 2011 NFL Season with a Super Bowl loss obviously doesn’t have needs in the sense that some teams have. That isn’t to say that the Patriots roster can’t be improved on.

In this open thread, we’ll discuss what is THEE biggest need for the Patriots on draft day.

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