Re: Where's Russgriswald?
posted at 9/27/2010 4:21 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Where's Russgriswald?
[QUOTE]In his defense (ouch, I hate saying that) a lot of people were exited before the Bodden injury opened up the black-hole on the right side of the defense. Bodden plus McCourty would have looked a LOT better than McCourty and a sieve.
Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE]
Exactly. A lot of the excitement came before Leigh Bodden's injury. There's no doubt in my mind that Bodden's injury will hurt us the most this year.
That said, could you imagine what this defense would look like if we didn't draft McCourty? I shudder at what that would have meant. Imagine trying to compete with an Arrington-Butler combo. We'd give up 300 passing yards per game easily.
However, I don't think this season is a lost cause. Butler showed flashes last year, and these ups-and-downs are to be expected with such a young secondary. Hopefully, they will improve with time (and let's hope that that time comes sooner rather than later).
McCourty looks great, though. I'm really excited about what this kid can bring to the table. I think Belichick struck gold with this one (even though people were pulling their hair out when Belichick drafted him). Personally, I think this past draft was Belichick's best to date. Five of the players we drafted are already making significant contributions (McCourty, Spikes, Gronk, Hernandez, and Mesko), and one looks poised to join that group by the end of the season at the latest (Cunningham).
Back on subject, I think this secondary can pull it together by the end of season for a playoff run (granted that they make it that far). A lot of the mistakes they are making are mental in nature, and not necessarily a result of a lack of talent. Just some fine-tuning here and there, and they should be serviceable at the very least.