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Patriots will have least experienced starting cornerback duo in league

The sudden season-ending injury to the Patriots’ best cornerback Leigh Bodden has accelerated the youth movement in the team’s secondary.

According to ESPN’s Tim Graham, no starting cornerback duo in football will have played fewer games than New England’s pair: Darius Butler and first-round pick Devin McCourty.

McCourty showed up well in his first two preseason games, but struggled badly against the Rams.  Butler has shown a lot of promise this offseason after an inconsistent rookie year.  Combine these two players with second-year free safety Patrick Chung and the Patriots may have the youngest starting secondary in the league.

Bill Belichick will have his hands full scheming to help out his young players and he no longer has a good pass rush to help out.

It’s been a rough month for the Patriots defense. According to Bill Barnwell, the Patriots are the first team since the 2003 Cardinals to put two defensive starters on injured reserve before the season even started.  Patriots defensive end Ty Warren was also lost for the year.

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  1. cruisekid says: Sep 1, 2010 8:09 PM

    On opening Day, T.O. and Ocho will have a field day with these guys

  2. Gautam says: Sep 1, 2010 8:10 PM

    I think it was last season when the Pats played the Colts in Indy… the Colts were playing with 2 rookie CBs(Powers & Lacey maybe) and Brady & Moss went absolutely bareback on that secondary
    how the hell did the Pats lose that one is beyond me
    NE’s offense will have to be high octane like 2007

  3. rasalas says: Sep 1, 2010 8:18 PM

    Boo hoo. The Dolphins started two rookies at cornerback last season, which certainly had to be a “worse” situation. You go with what you have. It turned out OK for the Dolphins. The Patriots will manage.

  4. ampats says: Sep 1, 2010 8:30 PM

    Uh oh!
    Just think what will happen if one of the youngest defenses in the league develops?
    Brady = 10+ wins, when was the only time he did not win at least 10?
    2002 9-7
    Hard Knocks, what will Rex say tonight?Maybe he’ll wash up on Mevis Island.

  5. Cincinnasty says: Sep 1, 2010 8:30 PM

    So the least experienced duo will be facing the most experienced duo in the game opener.. Not a good sign for the Patriots..

  6. Laxer37 says: Sep 1, 2010 8:46 PM

    Pretty sure these young bucks will be able to keep up with 40-year old T.O. in the opener.

  7. TheWizard says: Sep 1, 2010 8:47 PM

    On opening Day, T.O. and Ocho will have a field day with these guys
    Christ, accomplish something before you trash talk.
    Nobody with a brain believes the Bengals will do dick until we see it.

  8. BigDaddy says: Sep 1, 2010 8:57 PM

    The Patriots better be good on offense

  9. cunninglinguist says: Sep 1, 2010 9:01 PM

    Ochocinco vows to fire Patriots’ rifles when he scores in Week 1
    Sounds like its going to resemble Bosnia in Assachusetts.

  10. ADX says: Sep 1, 2010 9:02 PM

    Gautam
    Pretty simple really.
    Indy owns the Patriots and has for some time.
    Peyton Manning is Belijerks daddy

  11. superb owl says: Sep 1, 2010 9:05 PM

    i cant say i agree that it will be that bad.
    will they get burned? yes.
    will they get targeted a lot? yes.
    will they snag a lot of picks? yes.
    and quick DBs can score too.
    young players tend to slow down in november and gain speed again in december.

  12. BigBear123 says: Sep 1, 2010 9:10 PM

    Brady is in negotiations for a new contract.
    Moss is in a contract year.
    Welker is coming back from surgery with something to prove.
    Edelman is looking to be the next Welker.
    30+ points a game easy. Going to break 50 a few times again. I’m not even a Pats fan.
    Just spells trouble in the playoffs.

  13. joetoronto says: Sep 1, 2010 9:13 PM

    “It doesn’t matter, we have “BB”
    “In Bellichick we trust”
    There, I saved the usual bullcrap from the Patsie fans.

  14. GrimDog says: Sep 1, 2010 9:13 PM

    In 1981 the 49ers spent a first, second, and third round pick on DBs and started all three of them all season. They went 13-3 and won the Super Bowl.
    Admittedly one of those three was Ronnie Lott…

  15. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 1, 2010 9:39 PM

    Listen to the stupid Cinci fans. Bengals are the most underachieving and least scary teams int he NFL. I’ll say to you what I say to the Jets fans, when your team actually wins something then you can boast. Until then STFU.

  16. picspatriots says: Sep 1, 2010 10:01 PM

    @ADX
    Dude, you better check ur stats on that statement, cause you’re talkin’ out ur ass. I wont even bring up the playoffs. It’s cool to be a fan of a team, but bring some honesty to the show. BTW, what’s the colts playoff record ?? Exactly !

  17. Jungle Juice says: Sep 1, 2010 10:09 PM

    PFTiswhatitis says:
    September 1, 2010 9:39 PM
    Listen to the stupid Cinci fans. Bengals are the most underachieving and least scary teams int he NFL. I’ll say to you what I say to the Jets fans, when your team actually wins something then you can boast. Until then STFU.
    No, we will mock you now and later as well. Now go bake some beans.

  18. Ralphie says: Sep 1, 2010 10:10 PM

    @Analinglinguist says: Ochocinco vows to fire Patriots’ rifles when he scores in Week 1
    Sounds like its going to resemble Bosnia in Assachusetts.
    ___________________________
    Analinglinguist , Who do your kids take after more, you or your cousin?

  19. djmoore914 says: Sep 1, 2010 10:11 PM

    ADX. you are an idiot. If by “owning” you mean almost losing the past two years, and losing 3 years ago, and getting raped every time in they’ve met in the play offs except once, then yeah you’re right. The only team the colts have “owned” are the Texans.

  20. BenRapistberger says: Sep 1, 2010 10:23 PM

    Keep in mind these two are extremely good young corners. It’s a first rounder and a top of the 2nd rounder, they’re not garbage players.

  21. ADX says: Sep 1, 2010 11:01 PM

    picspatriots
    What would you call 5-1 the last 5 years?

  22. csloan99 says: Sep 1, 2010 11:04 PM

    Bodden is absolutely terrible — I have no idea how he’s on an NFL roster anyway. Against my Broncos last year, Kyle Orton of all people treated him like a welcome mat and threw at him nearly every single time. The guy is not very good and it’s not a huge loss for the Patriots. And if it is, then they were screwed to begin with.

  23. King10 says: Sep 1, 2010 11:08 PM

    I love how Bengals slappies come out of the woodwork for no reason. How well did they do last year? And name me a team TO hasn’t destroyed from the inside out?

  24. ADX says: Sep 1, 2010 11:09 PM

    djmoore914
    Almost losing? You are gonna go with almost? I’ll do it too then it’s almost 6-0 which is complete domination.
    The only playoff game that matters dude is the last one they played… that’s how you judge and Brady choked up his dinner on the RCA Dome turf that night. They had Indy complete down, and could not close the deal due to the overrated one not being able to keep up with the best QB in the NFL.
    It’s the end of the decade not the beginning
    The Patriots run has been over for some time and most of us realize it… just not you myopic bandwaggoners.

  25. BigBuckKillah says: Sep 2, 2010 12:07 AM

    it’s still pretty weird that the pats haven’t won a superbowl after belichek was caught cheating. it’s not hard to win when u know what the defense is doing.

  26. philbirds says: Sep 2, 2010 12:10 AM

    even though my team is starting 2 former Patriots cornerbacks, I think the patriots are doing the right thing in the long run. Cornerbacks are worth high draft picks and re-signing corners these days has become impossible due to some bad contracts (lol Clements).

  27. CKL says: Sep 2, 2010 12:18 AM

    The fact they have ZERO pass rush is a worse problem than having 2 young CBs.
    Broncos fan…I don’t remember the specifics of the Pats game with your squad but the Pats offense failing is why the Pats lost. Maybe LB had a off day, not sure, but he is by far their best CB since Law.

  28. prophet of the light says: Sep 2, 2010 12:30 AM

    ” that’s how you judge and Brady choked up his dinner on the RCA Dome turf that night. They had Indy complete down, and could not close the deal due to the overrated one not being able to keep up with the best QB in the NFL.”
    Which is why a few months later (yes, later), that other QB with the myopic bandwagoning fan-base completely ass-f***ed (yea, I used Rex Ryan’s favorite word) the NFL for 18 weeks.
    When you put up 34 points, you don’t blame the QB. You blame the defense.
    When you put up the most points in NFL history the next year, I think your QB is fine.
    How many times has Manning done that???

  29. MonteK says: Sep 2, 2010 12:42 AM

    They will have the same years of experience as Houston’s starting corners – second year player Glover Quin and rookie Kareem Jackson – but I think Darius Butler started more games than Glover Quin. At the least it is a draw.

  30. MonteK says: Sep 2, 2010 12:46 AM

    They will have the same years of experience as Houston’s starting corners – second year player Glover Quin and rookie Kareem Jackson – but I think Darius Butler started more games than Glover Quin. At the least it is a draw.

  31. Doctor Connors says: Sep 2, 2010 2:23 AM

    The best QB in the NFL? You mean the regular season stat padder who is 9-9 in the playoffs?
    How did he do in the Super Bowl by the way?
    “Picked off! Look out! Gets past Manning! It’s Tracy Porter, taking it all the way! Touchdown New Orleans!”

  32. LostSok says: Sep 2, 2010 2:51 AM

    New England may struggle to come in 3rd this year. Brady will be trying to play with a chip on his shoulder, but he’s old and getting more brittle; with the added pressure of having a defense get scoured, he could push himself right into another injury.
    Every team has a nightmare year in its future somewhere: 2010 could be New England’s.

  33. Horny Gorilla says: Sep 2, 2010 5:43 AM

    I think ADX brings up some good points. Just a few more rule changes and the Colts will be the best team ever. Then the Fans will have more to remember than the lamest Superbowl in recent memory.

  34. Spungy says: Sep 2, 2010 9:12 AM

    Cincy has the Kryptonite for the Patriots. That OC you are spying on? That’s Bob Brakowski. lol! You wont get anything out of him.

  35. GRpatriot says: Sep 2, 2010 9:27 AM

    Brady will have to carry the Patriots the 1st half of the season. Fortunatly, he has the weapons!
    I say the offense will have to average around 31 points a game in the beginning of the year…
    The defense will come around eventually! It will take some time to adjust.
    When the gameplanning starts, BB will cover up some of the inexperience with scheme! Unexperienced doesn’t equal bad. They’ll get burned here and there, but as the season progresses so should the defense!

  36. Lord Harry Latts says: Sep 2, 2010 11:54 AM

    Pats defense is gonna be awful. no pass rush…no warren to stop the run…and they couldn’t cover LAST year. 8-8…here you come.

  37. rusH1023 says: Sep 2, 2010 1:44 PM

    “Butler has shown a lot of promise this offseason after an inconsistent rookie year.”
    Simply untrue. He played sparingly.

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