Re: Reiss on Less Shotgun for Brady
posted at 10/7/2012 11:19 AM EDT
In response to DelGriffith's comment:
Uh oh! This thread is highly likely to derail very quickly. Babe, Pezzy, Prolate and Hurlie all just had coronaries. LMAO
Here's another set of facts that is sure to ruin their deflection attempts away from Brady's flaws in the shotgun/base spread:
"McCourty's presence in the running game has proven important, but he's also shown much improved skills as a tackler. His whiff on aDennis Pitta touchdown in Baltimore may be the sticking memory of McCourty's tackling inability, but the reality is quite the opposite. McCourty has shown a knack to wrap up and take opposing receivers to the ground consistently. His 22 tackles this season, good for second on the Patriots behind only Mayo, only goes on to prove that fact.
After such an underwhelming 2011, and a few noticeable gaffes early this season, McCourty's status as a true No. 1 corner came under scrutiny. But even as that reputation precedes him, he has shown up in a big way in coverage for the Patriots at times this season.
McCourty has done an impressive job on the outside, helping to shut down Pro Bowl-caliber receivers such as Larry Fitgerald (one catch, four yards), Stevie Johnson (two catches, 23 yards) and Anquan Boldin (four catches, 48 yards). His ability to make plays on the ball has also been showcased, as McCourty ranks second in the league with eight passes defended and a pair of interceptions through four games.
Sure, a couple of dropped interceptions and the pass interference call in Baltimore serve as reminders of the potential that McCourty has still yet to fulfill. And he may never amount to the elite talent possessed by Champ Bailey or Charles Woodson on the outside. But McCourty has the talent to be a true No. 1 corner and he continues to prove it each week, even if no one is willing to acknowledge it."
Facts and turth hurt trolls and irrationals.