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Pats hope to get most out of Browner’s size and physicality

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The NFC currently has an edge over the AFC, primarily because the best teams in the NFC possess a physicality that the best teams in the AFC can’t match.  The Patriots hope to change that in part with the addition of cornerback Brandon Browner.

Browner’s former teammate in Seattle, cornerback Richard Sherman, recalls Browner explaining that the Seahawks brought them to town to use their size in defending receivers.

“He told me one of the things I’ll never forget,” Sherman told Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.  “He said, ‘They brought us in here — we’re both big, tall and long — to put our hands on people, to stand up toe to toe every play and put our hands on people, so that’s what we need to do every time.’  And he didn’t say anything else the whole camp to me.”

Sherman believes that Patriots hope that Browner will help New England do to the Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning what the Seahawks did in Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I do think that was a huge part of it because [the Patriots] know Denver’s receivers gave them problems with physicality a lot of times,” Sherman said.  “Especially once Aqib [Talib] went out, they had trouble stopping them, and it’s a game of wills.  The Broncos were able to impose their physicality on them, and I think Brandon will negate all of that, and have a countering effect, impose his will and play a tougher game.”

It will take a while for Browner to be ready to make that impact, apart from his four-game suspension to start the season.

“It’s still a work in progress, man,” Browner recently told Howe.  “Stuff is still new to me, so I have some up days and down days.  Some days, I feel like I’ve got it, and some days are rougher than others.”

The goal will be for Browner and Darrelle Revis (who isn’t quite as big but has the physicality) to give opposing receivers the roughest days possible, as the Patriots try to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their last Super Bowl win by getting their next one.

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27 Responses to “Pats hope to get most out of Browner’s size and physicality”
  1. hilamonster says: Jun 16, 2014 9:32 AM

    “Drugs are bad, m’kay. Drugs are bad”.

  2. rickastleydancemoves says: Jun 16, 2014 9:35 AM

    Hopefully he utilizes his press skills against someone trying to pass him a hippy swisher.

  3. jimmyt says: Jun 16, 2014 9:35 AM

    Sounds like the Pats may finally have a secondary. Wont be a happy anniversary without the help of a secret video guy though.

  4. bornahawker says: Jun 16, 2014 9:39 AM

    Browner had lost a step here on Seattle. He will be flagged for holding often, but it’s only 5yds and automatic first down versus the big chunk plays. He should have 3 good years if the PATS want them. Bargain for NE.

  5. zimaman says: Jun 16, 2014 9:46 AM

    maybe I am wrong but I think you are all taking the Patriots defense a little lightly going into the next season

    yes they lost Talib and the Spikes loss is mitigated by the surging Jamie Collins

    BUT adding Revis and Browner and getting Wilfork, Mayo and Kelly back from IR is like adding 5 pro bowlers to a defense that did get to and AFC Championship game

    I think there schedule to tougher this year but I would not underestimate this team. they might very well be a better team than most think this year.

    Health is a key but that’s true for any team. if you lose the wrong guys for the season you are in trouble no doubt

  6. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jun 16, 2014 9:47 AM

    The Seahawks are coached to engage in defensive holding and pass interference on every pass play. If you compare the amount of plays they got away with holding versus flags thrown these past 2 years, the ratio has to be 98%-2%.

    If the zebra’s don’t call them on it, why would they ever stop? In this copycat laegue, teams are now drafting CB’s with size based on Seattle’s success in getting away with holding.

    In order for these new age, tall and lanky CB’s to fund similar success in the NFL, they’ll need to be coached to aggressively bend the rules in their favor all Seattle

  7. tap79 says: Jun 16, 2014 9:48 AM

    As a Hawk fan I can say that I am dissapointed in Browner… Dont get me wrong he is a great athlete and plays extremely well…. If he is not chocking on endless blunts between games.

    The guy has terrible character and I think he is an A hole…… Sure he will stay clean now since he will be in another city on another team but for the champions he couldnt keep his act together.

    Better hope nobody has any good smoke in NE because if they do thats where you will find Browner.

  8. goseahawks says: Jun 16, 2014 9:50 AM

    Without Sherman on the other side, and the All-Pro safeties that Seattle had, Browner will not be as productive. Revis isn’t the same as he was before his injury. The Pats just threw away a metric butt-ton of money on a secondary that they won’t understand how to use.

  9. listenup823 says: Jun 16, 2014 9:51 AM

    Dear Mr Sherman….. Shut up…

  10. metitometin says: Jun 16, 2014 9:57 AM

    Every team had a secret video guy because it was legal to videotape.

  11. flash1287 says: Jun 16, 2014 10:14 AM

    goseahawks says:
    Jun 16, 2014 9:50 AM
    Without Sherman on the other side, and the All-Pro safeties that Seattle had, Browner will not be as productive. Revis isn’t the same as he was before his injury. The Pats just threw away a metric butt-ton of money on a secondary that they won’t understand how to use.


    Revis was rated by pro football focus as the #1 CB last season.
    He is not 2 years removed from his knee surgery, he will be even better.

  12. rukkus1 says: Jun 16, 2014 10:19 AM

    Browner is on the back end of his career, but hi style of play will make him worth something on the field a couple more years. He’s He’s alittle stiff in the hips and beatable. He can still be a presence on the field at times though.

    For the people talking smack about him and the mj… put the brakes on cuz it’s not that big of an issue.

  13. bornahawker says: Jun 16, 2014 10:23 AM

    Look, all this crying about DB’s holding in Seattle as well as on other teams is a joke. With the rules putting passing teams at a true advantage coupled with the size and speed increases overall in the league this game is starting to resemble the arena type game. Is this what you so called fans really want? Making Defense obsolete is like saying Dallas has a perfect blueprint for the game. Sorry to say, but the difference between last years Cowboys and Broncos is slim. If you want to watch games like the one they played in 2013 where they both score 50+ just watch football on Saturday and get some exercise on Sundays. No defense on Saturdays.

  14. bcfalcon says: Jun 16, 2014 10:53 AM

    goseahawks says:
    Jun 16, 2014 9:50 AM
    Without Sherman on the other side, and the All-Pro safeties that Seattle had, Browner will not be as productive. Revis isn’t the same as he was before his injury. The Pats just threw away a metric butt-ton of money on a secondary that they won’t understand how to use.
    ____________________________________

    The Pats have the #1 corner from last year in Revis and the #1 Safety in McCourty! Where are you getting your facts from?

  15. 6ball says: Jun 16, 2014 10:53 AM

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    Browner’s size allows him to cover the Jimmy Graham / Gronkowski type of oversized TE , as well as the tall “red zone” receivers that offenses are utilizing.

    .

  16. sandersmarcus10 says: Jun 16, 2014 10:58 AM

    Lol here we go again with all the Seahawks bashing, first off Sherman gave Browner a compliment and said he told him something he would forget so how is this about the #1 CB and Revis (who isnt the #1 CB) just the #1 ME GUY!

  17. thebirdofprey2 says: Jun 16, 2014 11:02 AM

    There people go putting up PFF stats. Anyone that watched Revis getting burned by Fitz/Jackson or see him struggle in zone would have him nowhere near the top in 2013. Even Hall of Fame CBs said Revis himself said he had a down year due to the ACL and should bounce back.

    Browner is probably the most physical CB in football. His press coverage is no joke and his run support is probably more like having a SS. He struggles with shifty/speedy receivers and is prone to get flags like my fellow Hawk fan said. Patriots do have a true football player in BB.

  18. oreo51 says: Jun 16, 2014 11:39 AM

    Browner is big but a step slow. He got away with it in Seattle because he had Earl Thomas over the top. We shall see how well he does without the rest of them.

  19. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Jun 16, 2014 11:54 AM

    The PFF stats are a joke. A couple of weeks ago everyone was on here complaining that Tom Brady wasn’t a top 5 QB anymore. But now it’s ok to use them because we are talking about McCourty who is an excellent safety but probably not the best and Revis who admittedly had a down year.

  20. chris1cat says: Jun 16, 2014 12:17 PM

    Good player this Browner.
    He learned from one of the best Safety’s of all time,
    his daddy Joey!

  21. jchipwood says: Jun 16, 2014 12:19 PM

    The Pats could put a broomstick in the secondary and all their fans would be talking about how good its going to be.

  22. jchipwood says: Jun 16, 2014 12:21 PM

    metitometin says:Jun 16, 2014 9:57 AM

    Every team had a secret video guy because it was legal to videotape.

    ________________________________

    Why did the patriots get fined and lose a draft pick, and video tapes get destroyed. My guess is their probably was some super bowl videos in pile of tapes.

  23. Asian Reporter Tricia Takanawa says: Jun 16, 2014 2:52 PM

    The Pats used to be physical, and had a very good defense, then Polian and Peyton cried to the league about it, and the rules were changed. Shocking that the conference where the Colts (and Broncos) play is the less physical conference… Thanks Peyton, Polian and Dungy for ruining the AFC

  24. VenerableAxiom says: Jun 16, 2014 3:54 PM

    Easy to see why Seattle parted ways. His production last year was pitiful.

    Int… 1
    Tkls…18
    Sacks…0
    Fmbl…0

  25. papajack1259 says: Jun 16, 2014 11:05 PM

    There is a reason the secret video guy whistle blower can not get a job cause everyone was doing it. As far as holding the refs could toss a flag on every play somewhere on the field, they are far more concerned with QBs not wideouts
    The Pats find a way to win once at the dance we all know you need to be lucky….

  26. bigjayoakersonfan says: Jun 16, 2014 11:16 PM

    The words ‘physicality’ and ‘athleticism’ need to be forever banished from the English language.

  27. chrispat96 says: Jun 22, 2014 3:16 PM

    Revis the best,most players say it and that’s all that matters.And if anyone think we won’t have one of the best secondary’s are dumb than.One of the best safeties and a huge physical corner to side with the best corner in the game and than you add two or three other talented cornerbacks too.To put it simple let the games decide and stop thinking

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