November 11, 2012

Patriots Beat: Post-Halloween Pats a fright in their own secondary

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

(Continued from page 1)

click image to enlarge

Devin McCourty, shown here against the Rams, has helped stabilize the Patriots’ inconsistent pass defense with his place at safety after moving over from cornerback.

The Associated Press

Related headlines

McCourty, who has two interceptions, nine pass defenses and is third on the team in tackles (39), looks more comfortable at safety than at the corner, perhaps because he sees the game differently.

"As a corner you see guys individually," he said. "Even in zone coverage, you see the quarterback and you see what's in your zone. At safety, you see the whole field so you see all the guys and what they're doing and where they're going."

The Patriots have given no indication where he will play Sunday or in the future. Talib's presence could let them leave McCourty at safety. Or they could pair the two on the corners.

Gregory said no matter where McCourty plays, he'll be a force.

"Dev's a great athlete," said Gregory. "He understands football, he's a smart football player, he understands what we're trying to do on defense."

McCourty simply says he'll play "whatever they tell me to play." His only concern right now is that the Patriots get things right.

"We've had some up-and-down moments this year so our focus is on consistency and playing well as a team," he said. "If we can do that, we'll be all right."

Staff Writer Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH


Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)



More PPH Blogs

2014 Boston Marathon


High School Football 2013

Fall sports photos