Re: McCourty Stays Local
posted at 4/10/2013 9:31 AM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
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Patriots seem to like McCourty . . . they featured him in yesterday's email to season ticket holders:
Thank you for renewing your Patriots Season Tickets. We appreciate your commitment and loyalty to our team and are fortunate to once again have one of the highest renewal rates in the NFL.
Over the past few drafts, we have selected outstanding new talent, including Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, Nate Solder and Devin McCourty. With two picks in the first two rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft, we are excited about the prospects of another successful offseason in preparation for the return of football.
BB all about gushes over the guy.
I like him. Think he's a smart player, with good physical skills. I actually thought he played pretty good at corner last year too (despite what some said), though I think he should stay at safety and continue to develop into the leader we've needed in the backfield since Harrison retired. I think he's got the smarts to do that.
Think the Pats are now okay in the defensive backfield. Dennard, Talib, and McCourty lock down three starting positions and there's a decent rotation with Gregory, Wilson, and Wilson in the fourth position. Arrington and Cole give you some slot corner / nickel back skills and there's always the hope Ras-I will do something. Still, I won't be disappointed if the Pats end up drafting another DB or two to provide depth or even to challenge for a starting position.
Spot on, prolate. Agree with everything you just said.
no one disagrees. I also thought he was pretty good at CB and even better at S. the defensive backfield looks good. there are 2 question marks. can Talib stay on the field mentally and physically? if he cant, does Ras or Arrington step in? does AWilson have anything left?
it bothers the heck out of me that someone like myself questions if Wilson has anything left, and some jump all over that as if I am saying I hope he has nothing left, or he does not have anything left. There is a difference in wondering if he does or does not, especially since he is older, and he was removed in certain situations last year.
but that is not the question. the question is when McCourty does come due, do the Pats resign him? Seeing what top notch safeties are getting, I say the Pats do not sign him. What say you?
Well, for one, I think a lot of people disagree. I've seen a bunch of posters (not you) pining for BB to go out and sign that stud FA this year instead of getting "over the hell/washed up players past their prime." I think the fact that BB spent money to keep some of his own players shows that he values continuity and players within the system than he does about going out and signing FA that are lobbying for that big contract.
I think all teams have questions and your concerns about the secondary are surely understandable. Health is a HUGE issue in the NFL and that is no exception to our team, especially the secondary. I think in the event Talib goes down, Dowling will be able to fill in(if he doesn't, he's surely a goner. This is his make or break year.) We have depth there, and I'm sure we'll add another CB either in the draft or during camp cuts. I think Wilson, who keeps himself in great shape, will be fine this year and I don't think his play his tailed off like some might believe. Zona was going through a youth movement last year and decided to turn playing time to some of the younger guys instead of Wilson. I think he comes in and pairs up with Wilson, pending on the package, and plays well.
As for McCourty, BB tends to lock up guys that he gushes over. It's no secret that he loves McCourty, and it's no secret that McCourty loves NE. I bet they come to a fair agreement either before training camp, or during the season. One of the great things about Brady restructuring and BB not spending to the cap is that he CAN sign his home-grown guys long term if he wants to. He doesn't have to cut half of his roster just to do so. That's one of the great advantages of having team-first guys here, as well as responsible GMs/owners.