McCourty: Patriots defensive backs working overtime to make corrections


McCourty: Patriots defensive backs working overtime to make corrections

FOXBORO -- Patriots defensive backs didn't sugarcoat it after their Week 4 loss to the Panthers. Maybe they need to watch more film. Maybe they need to meet more. Maybe they need to work harder. What happened against Carolina, they insisted, can't happen again.

Devin McCourty said on Tuesday that the secondary has been working overtime since then. Extra film sessions. Extra meetings. They even did a walkthrough before Tuesday's walkthrough.

"That's all it's been. That's all it's been," McCourty said of the extra work. "We were able to watch film in there. We just finished watching film again. We were able to walk through before the walkthrough. 

"One thing I know about here is when things aren't going right, we're not going to sit around and hope it gets better. We're going to attack it and do everything we can to make it better. We've met. We've walked through. We walked through again. We gotta keep doing that and then we gotta go play well Sunday. 

"We're not sitting around. We're not talking about a team that's been sitting around scratching our heads for four weeks. We've been getting after it. We've been watching film, doing things. We need to go play well on game day, too. That's a part of being a good football team, good players, is that when it's time to go play and turn what you practice what you watch into game reality, we gotta go do that. 

"To me, I'm anxious and excited about that part of it. We don't have a group that doesn't know hard work and just wants to come in and sit around. We have a hard-working group of guys, but it's time to show up, make plays and play better."

Part of playing better, McCourty explained is sticking to your assignment. He admitted that when there are issues, sometimes players may feel as though they have to do something in order to make up for whatever it is the player next to him might (or might not) do. 

"That's very dangerous," he said. "That's why we're meeting. That's why we're going over things. So that it doesn't turn into that where now a guys unsure of what's going to happen so he's trying to do this and that. That'll never work . . . 

"That's why Monday's so key. Maybe the next team's not like that team, but maybe that comes up later in the season or maybe it comes back up next week. That's why it's important to correct those things for that reason. So we're not sitting there [and] there's a guy saying, 'Man, I remember this formation, we got this last week, and I didn't know what was going to happen and I still don't.' That's why you wanna go over it. That's when you say, 'All right, we messed it up on this play but the next time it comes up, let's get it right so we can still play fast.' "

McCourty said there's no drastic changes coming to the Patriots secondary in terms of how players playing in that area of the field communicate. But he acknowledged that the manner in which the team has played of late will change. 

It has to.

"I think everything in football is correctable," McCourty said. "Especially if you have a group that you feel you have some good football players. We have a talented group, so I always think that's correctable. 

"I also think that you watch the NFL, you see teams that are last go to first. You see that all the time. It's because of putting the time and the work in. As I sit here and say it's correctable, but it's up to us to correct it. It's not going to just correct itself. It's really on us, getting it done. I think we're on the right path. But like I always say, being on the right path, you don't know until you go out there and do it in the game."

Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots rookie Sony Michel buys his parents new cars

Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel surprised both of his parents with new cars.

Michel told the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys all about it, saying "It's my obligation to take care of my parents. That's always been my goal, to take care of everything they need from here on out."

Michel posted photos on Friday of his parents posing next to their new rides:


Ex-Patriots WR accused of vandalizing former college teammate's car

Ex-Patriots WR accused of vandalizing former college teammate's car

Jabar Gaffney, a former Patriots (2006-08) wide receiver, is suspected of vandalizing a car belonging to his former high school and college teammate Lito Shepard, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback.

Gaffney and Sheppard were teammates at the University of Florida and in high school, and according to details from the police report published by First Coast News, Sheppard said he and Gaffney, and Gaffney's longtime girlfriend, have had an ongoing feud that began in 2012.

Here's the account of the incident outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant from the police report: "Gaffney retrieved some type of tool and a container from the suspect's vehicle, walked over to the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle near the gas tank, and pried it open. Gaffney then poured an unknown substance from the container into the gas tank...The unknown female walked around the vehicle and stabbed all of the tires with a sharp object."

The report said the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Sheppard said his BMW sustained about $14,000 in damages.

No arrests have been made as of yet. Gaffney, 37, caught eight touchdown passes in 43 games (20 starts) in three seasons in New England.