Found January 01, 2012 on Fan View Point:
With today's come from behind victory, the New England Patriots secured the number one seed throughout the AFC playoffs. As improbable as it seems, given the poor level of play from the defense, the road to the Super Bowl once again goes through Gillette Stadium. The Patriots will have to play better on defense if they are going to advance beyond the Divisional Round.One of the areas of concern on defense has been and continues to be the secondary. The unit gave up 307 yards passing to Ryan Fitzpartick today. Head Coach Bill Belichick continues to be fluid with changes, lining up Devin McCourty at safety as he looks for answers heading into the post season. "We're just trying to improve our team." Belichick said post game. "We worked with him and Patrick [Chung] back there all week and thought it looked good this week in practice, so we went with it during the game. I'm sure it could be better, but I thought they gave us some things back there. James [Ihed...

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Coach Bill Belichick explains why OC Bill O’Brien has done a good job for the Patriots

As we’ve talked about over the past few days, Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien is in the news. His name was thrown around for the Penn State opening and now the Jaguars would like to speak with them for their head-coach opening. Of course, his goal is to be an NFL head coach more than a college coach, though it would seem the Penn State job drew some interest from...

Subject to Review: Examining Patriots CB Devin McCourty’s move to safety… and links!

During the Patriots 49-21 win over the Bills, the Patriots debuted an interesting positional change. Struggling CB Devin McCourty was suddenly the starting safety, and from the third play of the game on, that’s where he was. No longer battling WRs in one-on-one coverage, the 2010 Pro Bowler player centerfield while his fellow CBs were locked in man-to-man coverage. He closed fast...

Devin McCourty Has Talent, Tools to Play Safety, Though It's Unclear If He'll Remain At New Position

FOXBORO, Mass. -- It may have only been a one-game experiment, but if Sunday's defensive wrinkle was a sign of a more permanent solution, Devin McCourty has the ball skills to be successful at safety. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has used a host of combinations at safety this season, so there's no guarantee that McCourty's positional transition will stick. However...

Report: Patriots OC Bill O’Brien May Be Penn State’s Head Coach

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien may be Penn State’s next head football coach. USA Today is reporting that contract terms need to be ironed out, but that O’Brien is the man set to replace former head coach Joe Paterno who was fired as fallout from the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal. O’Brien would be an interesting hire for Penn State. The last time we...

For your own safety

Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty played safety on Sunday, playing football's version of center field for most...

Patriots focusing on themselves this week

By Tim Britton

Breaking: The Patriots defense is not the worst in league history

Remember all year how people went on and on about the Patriots defense, talking about how they will finish with the worst unit in NFL history. In this epic passing era, so many opponents have exploited this defense known as The Who. Yet yesterday, something amazing happened. The Patriots gave up 21 points in the first quarter… and that was it. In the second half, they allowed just...

What you need to know about the Patriots bye week practices…

The Patriots are on a bye now, which means they will at least practice today, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday is up in the air. Still, in the first year of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it’s worth asking… Are there any restrictions? I checked with the league, and this is what I was told — Bye-week practice rules from the regular season do not apply. So, the team...
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