Originally posted on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 1/3/12
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, looked instinctual, hit hard and securely and provided support. Will this be a look the Patriots will use in the playoffs? If they want to play man coverage, I wouldn’t be surprised. This issue was the focus of my weekly feature, Subject to Review. McCourty downplayed the move, saying he was just playing defensive back. But one couldn’t help but notice how good he looked. With his head clear, he was simply back to playing football. I asked coach Bill Belichick what attributes he liked of McCourty’s to give him the hint that he could make sure a move. (more…)
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