Posts Tagged ‘Devin McCourty’

5 Biggest Questions for the Second Half of the Patriots’ Season

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Devin McCourty Interception

Is Devin McCourty part of the problem, or part of the solution to the Patriots woes in the secondary?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots are taking momentum into their bye week, coming off of their most dominant performance of the season in a 45-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

With a one-game lead in the AFC East, and on a two-game winning streak with three consecutive games against teams with losing records following the bye week, they are in good position to win their fourth consecutive division title, and 10th in the past 12 seasons. The Patriots also have the league’s best points differential, +92, with a league-leading 262 points scored compared to just 170 points allowed.

But while there are many positives about the Patriots’ first half of the season, and where they stand going into the second half with a 5-3 record, their first-half struggles should also not be ignored. Their three losses are more than they were expected to have at this point, and all three losses were the result of costly fourth-quarter mistakes. The Patriots have not lived up to expectations, and have some real issues that must be corrected going forward if they are to make it back to the Super Bowl.

With the bye week falling immediately at the halfway point of the regular season, these are five questions that the Patriots should be trying to find answers to before hitting the season’s homestretch.

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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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