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Devin McCourty on Pats D: I think we can impact games like Seahawks

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The Patriots have a key free agent in their secondary in cornerback Aqib Talib, but he’s not the only defensive back who might be in line for a new contract.

Safety Devin McCourty is entering the final year of his rookie deal, which will pay him $3.92 million while counting $5.115 million against the cap after hitting escalators. An extension could bring that number down a bit as well as wrap up a player who thinks the Patriots defense is capable of big things in 2014.

McCourty was asked Tuesday if he thinks the Patriots defense is capable of influencing the outcome of games the way that Seattle’s defense did last season and said he thought the unit did “great things” last year.

“I think we can,” McCourty said, via ESPNBoston.com. “Those guys had a great game plan and they went out there and executed it on the biggest stage of the year. That’s what it really comes down to in games like that. Just last year, we went through a lot defensively and as a team, and to see guys continue to work hard and try to get better and go out there to win as many games as we did — to fall a little short, but it gives you the confidence going forward we know we have the right guys to build something.”

It was hard to see the similarities between the two defenses even before they lost players like Vince Wilfork and Jarod Mayo to season-ending injuries and the Seattle defense was so good that it’s level may be out of reach. That said, it probably won’t take a gargantuan improvement on defense for them to be a contender to make it at least as far as the AFC Championship Game for the fourth straight season and there’s a whole offseason to upgrade the talent on hand.

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  1. mpnieland says: Feb 26, 2014 8:22 AM

    They already did last year. There were a handful of games that they came up with a key turnover to decide the game or give Tom a chance for the comeback.

    Guys like Collins, Ryan, and Jones can all make a huge step up to go with Mayo, Ninko, Wilfork, Talib, and McCourty.

    The Pats D is in the best shape it’s been since their last SB win. Another draft and a couple more playmakers on offense and they’ll be winning 10-12 games and right there in the conference championship again.

  2. clarencewhorley says: Feb 26, 2014 8:24 AM

    Before they lost Wilfork, Mayo and Kelly they were looking really fierce. If they sign Talib, Wilfork comes back, they add a safety who can run and hit (bye Steve Gregory) and find a rotational pass rusher to spell Chandler Jones and Ninkovich then they can be a top 10 D for sure.

    Really interested in Red Bryant if/when he is cut. If you had Red, VW and TK on the Dline with Chandler Jones, Nink, Mayo and Jamie Collins on the front 7 you could cause a lot of problems to opposing offenses

  3. pats1977 says: Feb 26, 2014 8:29 AM

    As a Pat fan, Devin whatever you are presently on, please ensure that you rid it completely out of your system prior training camp. The Patriots have not had a defense since 04. Good defenses don’t rank at the bottom of the league in almost every category.

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 26, 2014 8:32 AM

    I don’t care of weed is legal where he lives or not, he’s smoking something decent…

  5. imbetteratlifethanyouisamoron says: Feb 26, 2014 8:41 AM

    Ya right. Go back to your deodorant, shampoo, lotion, whatever those commercials are.

  6. javierjiminy says: Feb 26, 2014 8:44 AM

    He’s right. Jamie Collins is developing into a linebacker who is very distruptive. Dennard and Talib makes plays on the ball. As long as we have a good Strong Safety, and we stay healthy, we can have a nasty defense.

  7. deathonwings410 says: Feb 26, 2014 8:51 AM

    Better get a corner who doesn’t have an annual injury in the conference championship game.

  8. otistaylor89 says: Feb 26, 2014 8:52 AM

    Before all the injuries, the Patriots were a Top 5 defense and had enough talent to stop any offense in the NFL, especially if the other team had a running game.
    When you lose all the guys they lost (multiple Pro Bowlers, especially up the middle), it’s easy to forget how good they could have been.

  9. andymannfl says: Feb 26, 2014 8:53 AM

    Lol. Sure you can. It would start my removing you. I saw a LOT of Pats games last year and McCourty is awful. Get a reality check Devin.

  10. cguy7 says: Feb 26, 2014 8:53 AM

    They’ll just draft a bunch of guys from Rutgers and the greatest coach in the world will convert them into great players… I know it’s been a long Winter, but that D looked like swiss cheese at times last year…

  11. beastmode5150 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:06 AM

    Yep, just like em, except will allow 6 more points a game, or 30%.

  12. 6ball says: Feb 26, 2014 9:19 AM

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    The Patriots have had to replace every defensive player except Vince Wilfork since their Super Bowl teams and they’ve had to change on the fly. It’s a very difficult task.

    Other teams, such as Pittsburgh and Baltimore, are facing similar circumstances. Their defenses are in need of a total overhaul with help needed on DL, LB and in the secondary. Usually the process takes multiple seasons.

    .

  13. beachsidejames says: Feb 26, 2014 9:25 AM

    Absolutly can…just not in the playoffs. Beating up on the bills, fins, and jets not exactly the same as playing the seahawks.

  14. billsfan1 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:26 AM

    Let’s be real. When you play 6 games against Manuel, tannah ill and smith you should look good

  15. higheriqthanyou says: Feb 26, 2014 9:33 AM

    Think the Hawks made an impression?

  16. trg728774 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:37 AM

    So because the Bills, Jets and Dolphins all suck that should be held against the Pats??? Name a division other than the NFC west where all the teams are good?? It’s crap to continually say the Patriots are only good because they play in the AFC east. Are these all not professional football players? Though I do not feel the Pats D can be the Seahawks , they don’t need to be. They only need to be a top 10 D with having a good offense.

  17. beerndrums says: Feb 26, 2014 9:40 AM

    The Pats had such an easy schedule as usual.Didn’t play an above average team till week 5 against the Bengals
    Every year it’s the same for the Pats schedule…start out easy…play the much better teams at home,of course,and listen to everyone say how good they are
    They’re average at best

  18. rob471773 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:42 AM

    The Patriots defense was easily a top 10 unit last season before being decimated by injuries. The talent is there, they really just need a little depth on the D line and a safety in place of the very mediocre Steve Gregory.

    The bigger problem is scheme. The Patriots play a very non-aggresive, reactive style of defense. They need to start being an aggresive defense that attacks more.

    Sadly, that’s not going to change under BB/Matt Patricia. They run a defense that all about gap control and discipline, they need to let their guys fly around and make more plays.

  19. fitzy187 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:49 AM

    Can’t stop a nose bleed…and I’m a Pats fan

  20. athwartships says: Feb 26, 2014 9:50 AM

    The Pats and just about every other team in the league will be trying to reverse engineer Seattle’s defense. This is great since I personally think the big air passing offense dreams from the league office is insane. If they want 7 on 7, then just start a 7 on 7 league.

    I have no doubt New England can put together and execute the kind of defense we saw from the Hawks. Sadly they may be one of the only ones that can.

  21. weepingjebus says: Feb 26, 2014 9:51 AM

    Talk is cheap, Devin, and I say that as a borderline psychotic Pats fan. Even factoring in the likelihood that Belichick purposefully tries to encourage other teams to air it out so we can get turnovers, our defense has been a sieve for years. You guys know sacks are still legal, right?

  22. jnbnet says: Feb 26, 2014 9:56 AM

    billsfan1 says:
    Feb 26, 2014 9:26 AM
    Let’s be real. When you play 6 games against Manuel, tannah ill and smith you should look good
    ———————————————
    If you bother to look it up, you will see that the best two divisions were the NFC West and AFC
    West. The the next best division was the AFC East. That’s right..look it up.

  23. nebster21 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:56 AM

    any team can. Just commit pass interference every play and you got it.

  24. mjdkid100 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:59 AM

    andymannfl says: Feb 26, 2014 8:53 AM

    Lol. Sure you can. It would start my removing you. I saw a LOT of Pats games last year and McCourty is awful. Get a reality check Devin.

    ————–

    That’s funny for a guy chosen as an 2nd team ALl Pro this year.

    15 INTs and 50 PD’s in 4 years isnt bad.

  25. mjdkid100 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:04 AM

    beerndrums says: Feb 26, 2014 9:40 AM

    The Pats had such an easy schedule as usual.Didn’t play an above average team till week 5 against the Bengals
    Every year it’s the same for the Pats schedule…start out easy…play the much better teams at home,of course,and listen to everyone say how good they are
    They’re average at best

    ———————————-

    Sunday, Sept 29 at Atlanta Falcons
    Sunday, Oct. 6 at Cincinnati Bengals
    Sunday, Oct. 13 New Orleans Saints
    Sunday, Oct. 20 at New York Jets
    Sunday, Oct. 27 Miami Dolphins
    Sunday, Nov. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers
    Monday, Nov. 18 at Carolina Panthers
    Sunday, Nov. 24 Denver Broncos

    Now the falcons ended up being pretty bad, but werent terrible at the beginning of the year. If you dont think that’s a tough stretch of games, you’re an idiot. they also played the Ravens in a late season, must win for both teams.

  26. electricboogalo says: Feb 26, 2014 10:04 AM

    If only there was a way to know what play the opposing offense is running before they run it, like a video or something.

  27. rc33 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:30 AM

    Hard to say they’d been able to accomplish what SEA did but I did see a potential Top 10 defense before they were wiped out by injuries. They lost their top 3 DT’s for the season by Week 5 (or whenever Tommy Kelly went down) and that caused a major hole all season long. Losing Jerod Mayo for the year was the death blow.
    Still, with Chandler Jones, Hightower, McCourtey, Jamie Collins, etc.. and the return of those veterans, they have some talent in place.

  28. coltsreign says: Feb 26, 2014 10:34 AM

    Until you have a Defensive MVP of the super bowl then you can say that

  29. CKL says: Feb 26, 2014 10:34 AM

    pats1977 says: Feb 26, 2014 8:29 AM

    As a Pat fan, Devin whatever you are presently on, please ensure that you rid it completely out of your system prior training camp. The Patriots have not had a defense since 04. Good defenses don’t rank at the bottom of the league in almost every category.
    ____________________________________
    The only stats I care about are points allowed, red zone and somewhat third down. I agree their RZ and especially 3rd down d has been below par for several years but they are never terrible in points allowed and are almost always top 10-15 which with an offense that doesn’t underperform in the playoffs (like the Pats offense has done in all their playoff losses since Sb42) is just fine. Since they don’t keep score by yards, I couldn’t possibly care less about those.

    And to the Pats fan who talked about sacks, I don’t care much about them, just put enough pressure on the QB to influence the throw. Even when the Pats had top scoring defenses, their sack #s weren’t all world.

  30. jimjets says: Feb 26, 2014 10:52 AM

    come on pats fans, where’s the pom-poms?

    Sure, this kid’s right, Pats D is gonna be awesome next year!!!

  31. jolink653 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:57 AM

    The Patriots were playing at a top five level until they lost Big Vince and Kelly up the middle, and their leader on defense in Jerod Mayo a couple week after that. When those three went out, they were getting ripped apart up the middle but the opposing running games, causing them to shift slightly to cut off the running game and exposing them more to the pass. Even then, they were still playing pretty well. If everyone comes back healthy and they don’t lost any major contributors, I think the defense is in great shape.

    I’m interested to see what direction Belichick goes with the first round pick this year as there really aren’t many holes on defense, or any that would require a first round pick to fix

  32. pats1977 says: Feb 26, 2014 11:34 AM

    CKL says:
    Feb 26, 2014 10:34 AM

    And to the Pats fan who talked about sacks, I don’t care much about them, just put enough pressure on the QB to influence the throw. Even when the Pats had top scoring defenses, their sack #s weren’t all world.

    *********************************************
    That is the issue CKL! They don’t do either in the big games, especially the playoffs. This defense will continue to struggle when it most matters in the big games as long you have scrubovich, grego, as starters and do not add an interior pass rusher next to VW. Those two scrubs seem to take a day off when the Pats play good teams.

  33. dlbpatsfan says: Feb 26, 2014 11:57 AM

    While I personally believe that this defense can’t perform the way Seattle’s did, but if you ask a player on the team do you think they can; they better damn well say yeah.

  34. axespray says: Feb 26, 2014 12:07 PM

    This D finished below the Packers…

    The Packers w/o Clay/Perry/Jolly/Hayward.

    No – just no.

  35. gimmeabruschi says: Feb 26, 2014 1:34 PM

    McCourty is delusional.

  36. djshnooks says: Feb 26, 2014 2:44 PM

    You’re not even the best defense in your own division…that’s Buffalo.

  37. slick50ks says: Feb 26, 2014 3:34 PM

    The fact is, without Brady the Pats don’t win 4 games a year. You can bring up the fluke that is Cassel, but you’d be a fool. The defensive roster still had play makers that year, and the schedule was a joke. Six games a year against the East always makes for a cushy schedule.

    Brady is that team for the last decade, and he’s on the decline.

    The hoodies attempt to rebuild the defense has been a massive failure, and continues to be so.

    The dynasty is nearing the end. No one player carried a team longer in history.

  38. beachsidejames says: Feb 26, 2014 3:46 PM

    Facts are what they are. Pats are are great during the season….then the playoffs come and they lose.

  39. stevendizazzo says: Feb 26, 2014 4:11 PM

    the pats defence sticks. are you kidding.

  40. doni609 says: Feb 26, 2014 4:54 PM

    Hilarious! That defense couldn’t shut-down the Browns for god’s sake and all of a sudden they’re going to be the second coming of Seattle. Give me a break!

  41. mikep363839 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:19 PM

    PAY THAT MAN!!

  42. stoptrippn says: Mar 1, 2014 11:16 PM

    Get a hard hitting safty. Eithe mays or Jenkins

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