Stephon Gilmore: I was out to prove something Thursday night

AP

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore was the subject of heavy criticism after the Patriots lost to the Panthers last Sunday and the sluggish play of the defense as a whole has been a big talking point through the first quarter of the season.

The unit came up with a better performance against the Buccaneers on Thursday night. They held the Buccaneers under 200 yards through the first three quarters of the game and avoided giving up the big plays that have been a thorn in their side in past games. Tampa found some momentum in the fourth quarter, but the Patriots were able to keep the Bucs out of the end zone at the end of the game to secure a 19-14 win.

Gilmore spent much of the night on Mike Evans, who had five catches for 49 yards, and said afterward that he was pleased with how things went.

“I was out to prove something,” Gilmore said, via WEEI.com. “Just getting used to playing with these guys. They have a good secondary, D-line and linebackers. It was fun today. A lot better today. I was locked in on the communication. Following Evans, so that made it a little easier. I got my guy, I’m good.”

It wasn’t a perfect outing for the defense and the sentiment would be different if Nick Folk made his kicks, but it was better than before and the team now has 10 days to work on doing even more against the Jets.

23 responses to “Stephon Gilmore: I was out to prove something Thursday night

  1. If all he has proven is that he can play decently once every five games, that is not going to be good enough for Pats fans or, more importantly, his teammates and Belichick.

    Apparently he is at least working hard as he has not been dumped in the doghouse like Alan Branch.

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    Gilmore and the rest of the Patriots secondary have come under fire, not because of their inability to cover, but because of missed assignments that resulted in long uncontested TDs. In their performance last night, they eliminated those errors. And let’s not forget that the Bucs WR trio of Evans, Jackson, and Humphries is a quality group.
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  3. Now do it every week. Maybe you can help that Swiss cheese O-line get some confidence back too please? Or else Brady won’t survive the season…

  4. The genii Belichick and Patricia should be able to adapt their system to the skills of the guys on the roster, rather than shoehorning a guy like Gilmore into a soft system he isn’t comfortable playing.

    So I’d like to see them play tight man to man with Butler and Gilmore and start blitzing more to get more pressure on opposing QBs.

  5. Better get up to speed a little quicker….last night was nothing to hang your hat on. Had Winston been a little more accurate you have been flying home 2-3 on that pretty airplane.

  6. Gilmore is somewhat capable of cover when the opposition is extremely mediocre like last night. He will get burned many more times this season…

  7. The reason the D looked better until the 4th was because BB & PP (Pirate Patricia) mainly operated a simplified zone instead of all those insanely complicated schemes. Wouldn’t beat a Packers or Chiefs offense but (barely) enough to outwit the Bucs for 3 quarters (and even then thanks only to disasterous Bucs’ kicking). I’m sure the Pats D will stiffen-up as the season progresses but I’m not seeing all that much progress yet.

  8. unclebluck says:
    October 6, 2017 at 8:09 am
    Gilmore is somewhat capable of cover when the opposition is extremely mediocre like last night. He will get burned many more times this season…

    Mike Evans is far from mediocre, Gilmore did a great job last night keeping Evans 4-49 yards. Idk what you were watching!!!Evans is their number one target and Obviously he was covered by Gilmore almost all night. Give the guy his credit due…

  9. Out to prove something? Ummm … still waiting Gilmore. The Pats defense stinks and they are scheming to hide inexperience and lack of talent. Plain and simple. To be fair Gilmore is only part of a much larger problem. The defense is painful to watch.

  10. “Gilmore is somewhat capable of cover when the opposition is extremely mediocre like last night.”

    So Evans, a guy who had 1321 receiving yards and 12 TDs last season, 1206 yards and 1051 the 2 years before that is “mediocre” ?

    Evans is a top tier receiver and the mediocre claim is laughable.

  11. Gilmore played ok yesterday..in typical fashion for Thursday nights, the game was mediocre at best…..so fine, Evans…limited him..good job. Did anyone else see the whiff tackle attempt on the D Martin ‘TD’ run that was then overturned and he scored next play. Gilmore was there, in position to possible make a play, tackle, stick a nose in there..but he avoided the contact and comically fell behind Martin as he got tackled by other Pats defenders…. I’m a Bills fan, I liked Gilmore when we got him..but he’s not good..he will miss more assignments and give half hearted tackle attempts than good plays….sorry Pats fans this wasn’t and won’t be looked as a quality signing

  12. Gilmore is somewhat capable of cover when the opposition is extremely mediocre like last night. He will get burned many more times this season…

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    If Evans and Jackson are “extremely mediocre” how would you classify the that WR group the Bills trot out every week?

  13. Patricia turned down the lights. The unit gave up 334 yards passing while trying to tee up a good night for Gilmore. The “I got my guy” comment is telling about how the communication “breaks down”.

  14. patriots87 says:
    October 6, 2017 at 6:42 am
    Yeah, the bucs kinda weren’t good last night. so you’re not off the hook, guy.

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    False. Pats Man D and coverage/pressure combo was very good. Chung was putting on a clinic, mere hours after Tony Massarotti, the moron he is, claimed Chung “can’t cover”.

    Absolutely priceless.

    I am very impressed with Wise and Butler so far as rookies.

  15. unclebluck says:
    October 6, 2017 at 8:09 am
    Gilmore is somewhat capable of cover when the opposition is extremely mediocre like last night. He will get burned many more times this season…

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    That’s funny because before the game people were saying how great Evans and Jackson are as WRs.

    Hmm.

    Do I detect some phony commentary there?

  16. fireroger says:
    October 6, 2017 at 9:33 am
    Out to prove something? Ummm … still waiting Gilmore. The Pats defense stinks and they are scheming to hide inexperience and lack of talent. Plain and simple. To be fair Gilmore is only part of a much larger problem. The defense is painful to watch.

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    Umm, they put on a clinic last night. If not for the stupid penalties by Wise and Bolden, that game is not close.

    Did you watch the game?

    None of their star players had much of an impact.

    Success. Classic BB D. Limit the star players and frustrate them.

    Teams that try to “mask” things don’t play man coverage that well.

    Pats have very good tacklers, but Hightower is not 100% back, they miss Rowe’s size on the edge and McClellin is sorely missed. That’s not even counting Branch, who we have to hope gets it going here quick.

    6’6 350 behemoths don’t grow on trees and limits their 3-4 capability.

    But, I’d love to see a 3-4 like this after the Bye:

    Flowers, Branch, Brown, Butler, McClellin

    Hightower, Roberts (Langi)

    Subrush package 4-3

    Flowers, Butler, Wise, Marsh

  17. streetyson says:
    October 6, 2017 at 8:36 am
    The reason the D looked better until the 4th was because BB & PP (Pirate Patricia) mainly operated a simplified zone instead of all those insanely complicated schemes. Wouldn’t beat a Packers or Chiefs offense but (barely) enough to outwit the Bucs for 3 quarters (and even then thanks only to disasterous Bucs’ kicking). I’m sure the Pats D will stiffen-up as the season progresses but I’m not seeing all that much progress yet.

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    That simply isn’t true, at least some of it. Man coverage is about matchups…If you have the horses in man, you match up.

    It’s not like KC has loaded weaponry. They have Hill, Kelce and now Hunt to focus on.

    They could have put Butler with MCourty over the top in bracket man and Chung on Kelce with Harmon help past 15 yards in a bracket and Gilmore could take out Conley in man.

    Rowe you could actually put on Kelce in the slot, actually, if you wanted.

    McClellin was sorely missed on Hunt in that game. Would have been a perfect player to use because of his speed and athleticism at LB.

    I am still laughing at some of our own fans completely clueless at the Pats #1 rated D last year that won a SB and kept almost the exact same base of players this season, arguably better on paper and YOUNGER/FASTER.

  18. 6ball says:
    October 6, 2017 at 7:06 am
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    Gilmore and the rest of the Patriots secondary have come under fire, not because of their inability to cover, but because of missed assignments that resulted in long uncontested TDs. In their performance last night, they eliminated those errors. And let’s not forget that the Bucs WR trio of Evans, Jackson, and Humphries is a quality group.
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    ABSOLUTELY

    Not to mention a short week where the road almost always loses.

    Take away the boneheaded Wise and Bolden penalties and the game is not close.

  19. carloswlassiter says:
    October 6, 2017 at 7:38 am
    The genii Belichick and Patricia should be able to adapt their system to the skills of the guys on the roster, rather than shoehorning a guy like Gilmore into a soft system he isn’t comfortable playing.

    So I’d like to see them play tight man to man with Butler and Gilmore and start blitzing more to get more pressure on opposing QBs.

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    I agree with this. I am as big of a BB homer as you’ll find and I said that after opening night.

    And that goes for Brady/McDaniels, too. Sometimes they over-analyze things into oblivion to the point of a complete clusterF.

    I asked for meat and potatoes man for this game, got it, and look at the results.

    Success.

    No need to go all complicated in Sept. Usually, BB experiments with leads in games early in the year to get stuff on tape to see what he has, but that didn’t work out so well in the KC game, not that I think he was doing that then.

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