Originally Posted by deucetx
He basically stayed the same so a high performer.
7th out of 100 CB's in 2010
8th out of 113 CB's in 2012 (basically half his snaps were at CB)
14th out of 88 Safties in 2012
Dtx, did you look at his 2011 performance. I know Playoffs left out 2011 but it wasn't required for the point he's making.
For 2011 Season
And what about yardage … which corner gave up the most this year?
Rank Name Team TA Rec Yds
1 Tramon Williams GB 108 61 1034
2 Devin McCourty NE 101 62 1004
Highest opposing QB rating
Rank Name Team QB Rating
6 Kareem Jackson HST 110.9
8 Devin McCourty NE 106.2
As 76 said, man coverage is not strength. From another PFF
article. Bill realized what he has and moved him. Kareem got better.
Again, McCourty’s biggest asset last season was his ability to avoid the big play. He was asked to play a lot of “off” man and zone concepts and he really excelled at covering receivers deep and keeping completed passes in front of him.
When discussing the Patriots’ change in defensive philosophy for 2011, ... possibly due to inexperience at safety, he rolled the dice by playing more man-to-man press coverage, and McCourty was out of his element.
After McCourty showed himself to be one of the bright young CBs in the league last season, he has clearly taken a step back. At first it seemed the change in scheme was to blame, but his tackling struggles are also alarming....