Re: McCourty Needs To Have An Outsdanding Season
posted at 7/21/2013 2:22 PM EDT
In response to russgriswold's comment:
In response to freediro's comment:
Our pass rush is part of his success, if we give the QB all day to throw the ball even the best Safety and Corners will have trouble performing their best. However, I do agree McCourty needs to step up a little more, but with more time under hid belt at safety I think he will be better with reads against the offense. I am sure we all know he has no problem making INTs.
Agreed. Pass rush is also tied to any perception of how good our DBs are.
Babe doesn't understand the game, nor does Mt Hurl. They talk about hips and turning for the ball, but if a QB has 5+ seconds in this league with our defensive line being held all game long, it won't matter who your DBs are.
Remember the holding by O Lines in 2011 off the lockout? I do. The message was read LOUD and CLEAR via Goodell. Points will be scored and if it takes telling refs to never call holding unless brutally blatant, Goodell gets what Goodell wants.
It was slightly less obvious last year, even if it's more of a reality now than in the Tagliabue Era. Our pass rush has to fight past the abusive holding in the league now. No excuses, because it's pretty clear it's going to be allowed as part of Goodell's approach to make sure as many teams as possible can put up 25+ points per game for revenue growth.
Every team has to play by whatever rules Roger implements. In the end it is quite basic and relative to:
A good/great secondary can usually cover for an average/below average pass rush.
A good/great pass rush can usually cover for an average/below average secondary.
BUT, in either scenario, a good/great Play Action Run/Pass oriented offense will usually capitalize on and reveal either weakness in any defense.
This year, I believe the Pats will be good or better in all three areas for a great season. (Top 10 D, Top 5 O.)