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Patriots unhappy with Brandon Meriweather

Brandon Meriweather AP

The Patriots have given off a few obvious signs they aren’t happy with their safety situation.

They worked out Dashon Goldson, Renaldo Hill, and Darren Sharper during camp.  They haven’t signed any of them, but Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports the team is “unhappy” with Brandon Meriweather.  (And it has nothing to do with his off-field issues.)

Meriweather wound up making the Pro Bowl last year even though he was benched occasionally.  Over the last two days, the team has worked in Sergio Brown with the starting unit next to Patrick Chung.  The team also has veteran James Sanders, but he’s been injured.

New England’s cornerback position is deeper than it has been in years. Chung looks like a quality starter.  Despite the Pro Bowl nods, Meriweather looks like the weak spot of the Patriots secondary.

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  1. richm2256 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:46 AM

    No surprise to Pat’s fans. If he doesn’t get cut, this better be one hell of a wake-up call. Dude thought way too much of himself BEFORE making the Pro Bowl.

  2. bengalsown says: Aug 17, 2011 11:47 AM

    Goes to show what a joke the pro bowl is

  3. pigskinswag says: Aug 17, 2011 11:48 AM

    “Meriweather wound up making the Pro Bowl last year even though he was benched occasionally.”

    Yet another reason why the Pro Bowl is a joke.

  4. murraysons says: Aug 17, 2011 11:48 AM

    Pretty sure the team isn’t in love with “VIP on swole”either

  5. titknocker says: Aug 17, 2011 11:48 AM

    overated!!!

  6. nepatriots128154 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:49 AM

    One of the most overrated players in the league, no way should he have been in the pro bowl last year

  7. lacharger2112 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:49 AM

    Must be nice to have a Pro Bowler as your weaker link… at any position!

  8. favrespeckerpictures says: Aug 17, 2011 11:50 AM

    Just goes to show how ridiculous the Pro Bowl voting is……….meaningless.

  9. starfan79 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:53 AM

    Come to dallas

  10. isonic1 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:53 AM

    He has lovely hair.

  11. bradybbgoat says: Aug 17, 2011 11:53 AM

    Phenomenal athlete, but the Patriots so-called ‘bend but don’t break’ defensive style demands consistency from its safeties.

    The one knock on Meriweather is that he has too many mental errors.

    I think he is still a Probowl player, but maybe not what the Patriot scheme needs in the back end.

    If he doesn’t stick in NE, look for him to be a good fit on a team that is more aggressive.

  12. capslockkey says: Aug 17, 2011 11:54 AM

    Just another example of why Pro-Bowl voting is a joke. Merriweather got in last year on name recognition only, just like several other players.

  13. lionfan419 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:54 AM

    Come to Detroit for a 5th rounder!

  14. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 17, 2011 11:56 AM

    28-21?

  15. hunternuts says: Aug 17, 2011 11:57 AM

    While this may be true, this article is completely misleading. At no point have the Pats said they were unhappy with him. Signs point to this being the case, but the way this is worded make it sound like he’s on the block. What is more likely is that he is being “motivated” by the Pats to get better.

  16. june20102002 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:58 AM

    Still have an image of Braylon Edwards carrying him and McCourty (both Pro Bowlers) into the end zone during that playoff loss against the Jets.

    McCourty and Merriweather both overrated.

  17. homelanddefense says: Aug 17, 2011 11:58 AM

    one of his pro bowl appearances happened after 4 other safties backed out on injuries. There are only so many FS in the AFC.

    But yeah, as a Pats fan I have never liked this guy. Often out of position, takes terrible angles, and often goes for the knockout hit instead of going for the ball

  18. xinellum says: Aug 17, 2011 12:00 PM

    Baltimore has a plethora of good safeties, do the Pats have any good offensive linemen they want to get rid of? Give Ozzie a call.

  19. pats4life says: Aug 17, 2011 12:00 PM

    This Rastafarian has to get his damn act together..

  20. pigskinpete says: Aug 17, 2011 12:01 PM

    May have had a chance to come to Pittsburgh,But they just signed 2 DB’s today with the release of Sweed.

  21. mike83ri says: Aug 17, 2011 12:04 PM

    He wasn’t even the best safety on his team last year, no clue how he made the Pro Bowl.

  22. gogronk says: Aug 17, 2011 12:06 PM

    He likes to call himself the party starter

  23. waccoforflacco says: Aug 17, 2011 12:09 PM

    Belichick pulled Meriweather from the game last year after his unnecessary dirty hit on Todd Heap. He hit Heap well after the play was over and almost broke Heap’s neck.

  24. cromags says: Aug 17, 2011 12:11 PM

    The guy has always been too much of a freelancer for Belichik.

    Trouble is, he was a 1st rounder and a 2X Pro-bowler, even though he really isn’t the good, both he and the Pats are going to expect commensurate compensation.

    Patriots seem to be pretty good at taking advantage of stupid, desperate clubs though in trades. They really don’t have to deal him, and probably need his depth with Sanders down.

  25. rc33 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:11 PM

    When their 2nd round pick Ras-I Dowling returns (should be shortly), methinks he’ll immediately start working at the FS position.

  26. p4ever says: Aug 17, 2011 12:11 PM

    @pats4life;

    Sporting dreadlocks hair-do doesn’t mean you’re a rastafarian.

  27. ijahru says: Aug 17, 2011 12:12 PM

    Trade him now and get something for him. I believe this is the last year of his contract.

  28. We'reFineThere says: Aug 17, 2011 12:19 PM

    I know he was “only” the Stomper but I always like to pretend he was the Helmet-Swinger in the Miami-FIU brawl.

  29. p4ever says: Aug 17, 2011 12:23 PM

    He will not be cut or traded; he just might not be on the field for as many snaps.

  30. jetsarestacked says: Aug 17, 2011 12:24 PM

    He is so overrated. The only player in that secondary that I respect is mccourty. That kid can play.

  31. pigskinswag says: Aug 17, 2011 12:25 PM

    Meriweather was one of the reasons why New England “couldn’t stop a nose bleed” last season.

  32. june20102002 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:32 PM

    jetsarestacked says:Aug 17, 2011 12:24 PM

    He is so overrated. The only player in that secondary that I respect is mccourty. That kid can play.
    ______________________________

    McCourty looked good because other teams were always chasing the Pats on the scoreboard. When behind, saw him get beat plenty.

  33. toledoohoh says: Aug 17, 2011 12:34 PM

    Another media-driven storyline. His face didn’t fit from the start as far as fans + media are concerned. The fanbase was far more excited by the possibility of him be

    When Mallett gets snaps over Hoyer: I wouldn’t read too much into it.

    When Yeatman gets snaps over Hernandez: I wouldn’t read too much into it.

    When Chung didn’t start games last year: Just playing match ups.

    When Meriweather doesn’t start: BENCHED.

    When non-safeties are worked out: just due diligence.

    Somehow Meriweather played more snaps than any Patriot safety last year.

  34. bunjy96 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:36 PM

    With his “style” of play, he might be better suited to a Cover2 team where the safeties are more aggressive.

  35. buddybowl69 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:40 PM

    The Hoody & Boyz In Da’ Hood are the Dream Team. All of the cheaters and criminals on one team. Makes it easier for the NFL to keep their eye on them.

  36. homelanddefense says: Aug 17, 2011 12:41 PM

    jetsarestacked says: Aug 17, 2011 12:24 PM

    He is so overrated. The only player in that secondary that I respect is mccourty. That kid can play.

    Then you are missing out, because Bodden is a really good corner. I think Chung will be really good too but I havent seen him put it together for a whole season yet.

  37. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 17, 2011 12:45 PM

    He’s really not good I don’t know why they’ve kept him around so long.
    Don’t cite pro bowl appearances, that’s like you citing an award you won for journalism where you got your buddies and family to vote for you.
    Pro Bowl appearances are meaningless, the only thing meaningful that comes from them is that the players get paid a little, get to go to hawaii and get a hawaiian groupie, and they get to put that on their resume.

  38. grogansheroes says: Aug 17, 2011 12:45 PM

    This guy is a big time clown. Got to Pro Bowls after other safeties begged out. If, and it is a big if, he does not get cut or traded, it will definitely be his last year in NE. No way they reup this guy with Welker and Mayo on the last years of their contracts.

  39. semperfi24 says: Aug 17, 2011 12:46 PM

    Meanwhile, somewhere in Oakland…

    “Mr Davis, Coach Belichick on line 1, he says you need help at safety, and for a 1st Round pick you can have Merriweather…”

  40. rajbais says: Aug 17, 2011 12:52 PM

    It’s a disgrace that he made the Pro Bowl because he made headlines for hitting Todd Heap’s helmet with his own!!!

  41. rajbais says: Aug 17, 2011 12:54 PM

    Mike Mayock’s issue with Kenny Phillips was that he was “not Ed Reed.”

    I love Mike’s work, but my advice to him: think again!

  42. tombradyswig says: Aug 17, 2011 1:02 PM

    I see why!!
    His hair gets in his way!!!
    kinda obvious!

  43. nepatriots128154 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:03 PM

    @june20102002

    McCourty overrated? Huh? He had a phenomenal rookie season and was very consistent, in addition to making big plays. I think he is properly rated as one of the best young up and coming cornerbacks.

  44. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 17, 2011 1:19 PM

    Most people choose to forget that Merriweather had 9 INTs between 08 and 09, and blame him for defensive problems that stem from a crappy pass rush.

    He’s a notorious slow starter though, and looked really sluggish in camp this year. All I can hope is that somewhere Rodney Harrison is wringing his hands reading this, and getting ready to straighten him out.

  45. bossisforboston says: Aug 17, 2011 1:21 PM

    McCourty had 14 more tackles than Meriweather and 4 more INTS… 20 more solo tackles than Meriweather. 17 passes deflected vs. Meriweather’s 6.. Good riddance Meriweather.

  46. backindasaddle says: Aug 17, 2011 1:23 PM

    The hair?…. How do you even keep that rat’s nest clean?

  47. akulabug says: Aug 17, 2011 1:32 PM

    The Pats and are bigger than this guy and he can be replaced before he is out the door.

    For all those people that want him. May I suggest you get Sunday Ticket and have a look before you buy. There will be no returns even if you have the receipt.

  48. jasmineassasin says: Aug 17, 2011 1:38 PM

    Hey Ravens, “fair” trade: we get Ed Reed and you can take Snow White’s missing dwarf – “Stomper” Meriweather off our hands…hahaha!

  49. kindbass says: Aug 17, 2011 1:42 PM

    To be fair, the only reason he was in the Pro Bowl is because every other safety was injured.

  50. rushmatic says: Aug 17, 2011 2:22 PM

    june20102002 says:
    Still have an image of Braylon Edwards carrying him and McCourty (both Pro Bowlers) into the end zone during that playoff loss against the Jets.

    McCourty and Merriweather both overrated.

    _________________________

    Maybe to someone who doesn’t know much about football. Or watch the Patriots often. On McCourty, you’re going to eat those words some day.

  51. june20102002 says: Aug 17, 2011 3:07 PM

    rushmatic says:
    Aug 17, 2011 2:22 PM
    june20102002 says:
    Still have an image of Braylon Edwards carrying him and McCourty (both Pro Bowlers) into the end zone during that playoff loss against the Jets.

    McCourty and Merriweather both overrated.

    _________________________

    Maybe to someone who doesn’t know much about football. Or watch the Patriots often. On McCourty, you’re going to eat those words some day.
    _________________________

    I’m a Pats fan, so I can tell you I saw every game. His best games were against teams chasing the Pats. The three games against the Jets last season, Cothery beat him in the end zone, in game one, as did Edwards. Game two was a blow out, and game three he was dragged into the end zone. Against the Browns he was beat a few times. The point is, when teams were heave hoving passes just to catch up he made big plays, lets not kid ourselves, we had one of the worst defenses in history and not for the offense, it would have been a terrible season. This from an objective Pats fan, not the kool aid group who hover this site.

  52. gregjennings85 says: Aug 17, 2011 3:19 PM

    I said long ago that since Dimitroff and Pioli have left town the Patriots’ drafts have sucked.

    I brought up Meriweather and Butler being huge disappointments, and all I heard was “one of the top secondaries in the NFL.”

    Keep up that chatter.

  53. bad4ndy says: Aug 17, 2011 3:19 PM

    We got a spot for u in the dream team.. I member watching that draft and the eagles really wanted merriweather and then right before their pick the pats stole em…. And then they moved back and picked kolb.. smart move in the end but anyways I still would be willing to give him a shot… Compete with Kurt and Jarrett

  54. footballdog says: Aug 17, 2011 3:20 PM

    I’ve seen a couple of refrences to McCourty being overrated. W..W…..WWWHHAAAAAT!?!?
    I understand you may not be a Patriots fan, but, come on! Even Rex Ryan and Revis give Devin mad props. He is an amazing player and will put up pro bowl numbers for many years to come.

  55. tjjohnson98 says: Aug 17, 2011 3:57 PM

    More proof that Eric Berry deserved Meriweather’s Pro Bowl spot.

  56. CKL says: Aug 17, 2011 6:17 PM

    gregjennings85 says: Aug 17, 2011 3:19 PM

    I said long ago that since Dimitroff and Pioli have left town the Patriots’ drafts have sucked.

    I brought up Meriweather and Butler being huge disappointments, and all I heard was “one of the top secondaries in the NFL.”

    Keep up that chatter.
    _______________________________________
    Dimitroff left Jan 2008
    Pioli left after the 08 season.
    Guess when Meriweather was drafted?
    April 2007.

    I know you loathe the Pats and Brady and are one of those boring “OMGZ!!!111!!! 111 Cheater!11111111!!!!” people but it would behoove you to have facts once in a while. I bet it burns you up that the REAL Greg Jennings LOVES Brady second only to his own QB. I heard him say it recently. :P

    And if you are judging the 09, 10, and 11 drafts as busts already that’s just silly, and a product of more blind hatred from you.

    Color me shocked.

  57. TheWizard says: Aug 17, 2011 9:08 PM

    we had one of the worst defenses in history

    You’re delusional.

    As shaky as that defense was, it wasn’t even in the ballpark of worst in history.

  58. semperfi24 says: Aug 18, 2011 8:57 AM

    waccoforflacco says: Aug 17, 2011 12:09 PM

    Belichick pulled Meriweather from the game last year after his unnecessary dirty hit on Todd Heap. He hit Heap well after the play was over and almost broke Heap’s neck.
    ________________________________

    Not defending Merriweather, it was as dirty as you can get. But take of the Ravens glasses off and put them back in your purse. “He hit Heap well after the play”??? Really, it was milliseconds after the catch, Merriweather left his feet and jumped up into the air to make contact. It isnt like Heap was on the ground. It was dirty because he attacked Heap’s head, not because it was late.

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