No Huddle: Quick hits with McCourty


No Huddle: Quick hits with McCourty

FOXBORO -- Devin McCourty answered a few questions Friday afternoon before New England's flight out to Seattle.
Literally, a few.
Here's what the cornerback had to say.
What does it take to put the previous wins behind you and play in the moment?
DM: "Just being prepared and knowing what we've got to do this week. The past two weeks don't matter. We're just focused on what we've got to do to go out in Seattle and play well. I think that's what the team has done is, turn the page. We've got things that we really need to do this week to go out there and try to get a win.
"After that, things will fall into place and we'll see what we have to do after that."
A good plan for everyone, everywhere, really. McCourty Zen.
What kind of challenges do Seattle wide receivers Sidney Rice (6-4, 202) and Golden Tate (5-10, 202) present?
DM: "That's one challenge with us... Rice, he has good height and good size, he can go up and get the ball. Golden Tate doesn't have that size, but he does a great job of going up and getting the ball. As you watch you can see he's really made some plays down the field. Just like that play in Green Bay -- it was thrown up and he went up there and competed for the ball. We'll just have to go out and try to compete with him on plays down the field and when they catch the ball on different plays, just tackling them to the ground."
The corner is of course talking about Tate's controversial game-winning "catch" against the Packers. Ninety-nine percent of the nation believes the replacement refs not only got the call wrong, but should have whistled Tate for offensive pass interference.
Remember the replacement refs? Yeah. That was fun.
Is part of the strategy of going against rookie quarterback Russell Wilson getting him rattled early?
DM: "We just try to go out there an play. He does a great job of getting outside the pocket and making some plays. I think we'll have to do some different things. You don't want to just attack-attack him. He's able to get outside, break a tackle; once he sees a lot of open field he has pretty good speed and athleticism to make a play with his legs and then throw the ball. We'll just try to do some different things to attack and give him different looks."
Wilson had a great preseason and won the starting quarterback job for Seattle. But lately he's been having some hiccups in keeping his early success consistent. Five of Wilson's six interceptions have come in the last two weeks. He's also thrown just one touchdown in that span. The Patriots defense was probably salivating after watching Wilson's performance against St. Louis: 17-for-25 passing for 160 yards.
The Seahawks rank No. 27 in the NFL for points scored with just 86. New England is No. 1 with 165.

Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip


Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip

While being away from home isn’t uncommon for the Patriots - just think about all those Super Bowl trips - Tom Brady believes each excursion takes on it’s own feel, it’s own flavor and - eventually - it’s own meaning.

Back in 2014, the Pats went from playing in Green Bay and losing to the Packers straight to San Diego for a week on the West Coast prior to a rousing victory over the Chargers. That week, many players said in the aftermath, helped propel the team to great heights,.  You’ll recall, that season ended in grand fashion, a triumph in Super Bowl 49 over Seattle, at the time - and maybe still - the greatest Super Bowl ever played.

“I think all these experiences are pretty unique,” Brady said Friday from Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy. “That was a very unique experience. This is different.”

Brady spoke about the number of stops the Pats have and will have to make on this trip - from Denver to Colorado Springs then on to Mexico City Saturday before a Sunday night return to Foxboro and their own beds for the first time in 10 nights.

“When you’re on the road like this, there’s less to do,” he said. “You know my family is not here, my kids aren’t here. There’s nobody telling me what I did wrong in the house. It’s just being at home and now it’s being here and trying to figure out a way to win a game.”

Brady quickly smoothed over any possible ill-will at home - why make Gisele mad? - smiling and saying “I didn’t mean that so I’ll take it back.”

Kidding aside, the 40-year old signal caller seemed pleased with the work the Patriots have put in during this long trip. A week of team-bonding can’t be a bad thing, especially for a group that seems to be hitting it’s stride both on and off the field. There’s the five wins in a row and also a locker room that has a better understanding of one another than it did during the first month of the season. But Brady is not ready to make any grand proclamations. That just wouldn’t be his style.

“I think it’s still work in progress,” he said of team chemistry. “You look at still adding a player like Marty (Bennett) last week. Things are always changing and evolving. We’re still trying to figure out what we’re doing well and after 8 or 9 weeks, you start to figure those things out. Now we have to work hard at those things, try to really own them, and use them going forward to try and win the most important games. We have a lot of important games coming up, starting with this one. Hopefully we can play our best football going forward.”

Brady said he’s been fired up for this game with the Raiders south of the border ever since the schedule was released all those months ago.

“I’ve never been to Mexico City,” he said. “It’s been a game you kind of look forward to. We’re playing against a really good football team in a pretty cool environment. It will be very memorable. I think everyone is excited.”

Patriots’ injury report: Center Andrews, WR Hogan out


Patriots’ injury report: Center Andrews, WR Hogan out

The Patriots will be without center David Andrews on Sunday when they play the Raiders in Mexico City. Andrews, who hasn’t all practice all week with an illness, is one of four Pats listed as out on the injury report released Friday.


Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, who didn’t play last week against the Broncos is also out, along with wide receiver Chris Hogan and special teams captain Matthew Slater. Offensive linemen Ted Karras and Joe Thuney each took reps at center so one of them will likely start in Andrews’ absence. LaAdrian Waddle filled in for Cannon and performed well last week vs. Denver. 

Here’s the full injury report for the Patriots and Raiders: