New England Patriots Links 6/20/11 - Devin & Jason McCourty Purchase Dream Home For Mom

Character moments for Devin McCourty: Intercepting Peyton Manning, and buying a home for his Mom.

Christopher Price tracked down OL Rich Ohrnberger, working with kids as part of a "Football For YOU" clinic in Providence.

Going to teach them the same way that Dante Scarnecchia coaches you guys? "Maybe leave out some of the expletives [laughing]. I see a lot of that going on out here already. These coaches that they’ve brought out here helping these young guys, it’s great. You start somewhere, and I remember going to camps like this as a kid for lacrosse and football, and it’s important to do these sorts of things."

How has your offseason been? "It’s been different [laughter], but good. I’ve gotten to see more of my family and my friends, but I haven’t been distracted from my job, which is to train hard and be ready for whenever everything gets sorted out. I’m excited for a season — I think there will be one. I just hopeful that both sides can come to an agreement soon."

Where have you been working out? Here? At home? "It’s been a little bit of a mixture. I’ve been doing some stuff on my own, some stuff with other guys — obviously, there are some other offensive line guys still in town. We’ve been doing some things together. But in general, it’s about doing your job and knowing what you need to do to be ready whenever it is when we get back, and so that’s what I’ve been concentrating on."

What are some of the things you want to improve on this offseason? "Just in general coming in to the season healthy and in great shape. Stronger than I was last season. The offseasom grants you the ability to concentrate on speed, athleticism and strength training, as opposed to just being geared toward getting ready for the next game week. That’s the focus of every offseason. My training so far has been going in that direction, and I’ve been happy with all of that."

Mike Reiss recaps how Bill Belichick evaluates the effectiveness of defensive linemen, from an ESPN Magazine article.

"Smart coaches find ways to look at blue-collar data differently.  For example, when New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick judges defensive tackles, he looks at tackles, assists, overthrows forced and pressure on quarterbacks -- all stuff you can find online," Wickersham writes. "Then, he and his staff divide the defensive tackle's production on a per-play basis to figure out how many tackles a player averages each snap. The data isn't special, but the method of using it is."

This highlights a point that Belichick has made in the past about quarterbacks sacks being an overrated stat, because it doesn't account for overthrows forced and pressure on the quarterback. ... Combine that with how much a lineman is on the field, and it starts to create a picture of how Belichick judges the effectiveness of players like Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, Mike Wright and Co.

Josh Thomson (Journal News) McCourtys purchase mom her dream home.

"As soon as we were able to do it, she looked around and found a house she wanted," Devin said. "I think it’s any son’s dream to someday move your parents and get them something better in life. I’m just fortunate enough to have an opportunity to do it."

"She put me straight to work [unpacking], but it’s been an awesome feeling," Jason said. "To see the excitement on her face, it’s been a dream come true."

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