Character moments for Devin McCourty: Intercepting Peyton Manning, and buying a home for his Mom.
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."
- Erik Scalavino and Paul Perillo debate which rookie RB will be more productive, both rushing and receiving, in 2011.
- Andy Hart reports Leigh Bodden, Devin McCourty and Pat Chung were among 11 NFL stars to head to Maxim's offices for a day of "work" and a photo shoot.
- Albert Breer (NFLN) Sources: Some owners demanding better financial protection.
- Mike Reiss offers some quick-hit weekend thoughts from the Patriots and around the league.
- Christopher Price reports plenty of current and former Patriots got together over the weekend for Heath Evans' annual 7-on-7 tournament.
- Ian Rapoport looks at how Bill Belichick evaluates his D-Linemen and notes how sacks aren't a huge part of it.
- Karen Guregian asserts Kevin Faulk is still an impact player and it just makes sense to bring him back.
- The Boston Herald looks at Kevin Faulk's career numbers that underscore his all-around contributions to the Patriots.
- Christopher Price reveals the latest episode of 'where in the world is Wes Welker'.
- Christopher Price talks with Jermaine Cunningham and Rich Ohrnberger about the impact the lockout will have on this year's rookie class.
- Ian Rapoport posts some pictures of Rich Ohrnberger and Jermaine Cunningham helping out at a "Football for YOU" camp for children.
- Mike Reiss discusses the Patriots Football Weekly article that compares each Pats draft pick to an NFL player, in terms of style of play and physical makeup.
- Mike Reiss notes the Patriots are considering a return to San Jose State when they make their West coast trip to play Oakland in Week 4.
- Tom E. Curran says teams and players are bracing for a free agent frenzy as soon as the lockout lifts.
- Christopher Price thinks the delay caused by the lockout could mean fewer holdouts this year.
- Steve Buckley writes about the Hub's run of championship gluttony, beginning with the Patriots.
- Kirk Minihane says we are officially in the Golden Age of Boston Sports, having all four active coaches with championships.
- Chris Cook (Guardian) The NFL comes to Royal Ascot. Read this for some Wes Welker humor.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) AFC East's best: No. 25 Rob Gronkowski.
- Peter King (SI) MMQB: Goodell will find out soon if there's opposition to potential labor deal.
- Dan Pompei (Nat'l Football Post) Sunday Blitz: Replacing Peyton Manning, father and son coaching combos, and all the latest scoop.
- Greg Gabriel (Nat'l Football Post) Who are the lockout's biggest losers?
- Adam Rank (NFL.com) Fresh-faced future football players when they were young. Can you guess who's who?
- Michael Silver (Yahoo! Sports) 'Baby Bear' brings players pain, results.
- Andy Benoit (NY Times) Top 10 defensive ends in the NFL.
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Moderates Kraft, Mara will be key if season is saved.
- Andrew Brandt (Nat'l Football Post) A moment in time: With past as guide, Goodell presents deal.
- Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) Chicago meetings pivotal for Goodell.
- Clark Judge (CBS Sports) Despite differences among owners, coaches on alert for late July.
- Ray Ratto (CBS Sports) Distrustful owners hold the key to unlocking the lockout.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballtalk) Owners, players need to trust the men they hired.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) The rookie wage scale issue continues to loom.
- Tim Kawakami (San Jose Mercury News) When NFL reaches labor agreement, it will trigger flurry of fast deals.
- AP Report: Reaching a deal not a done deal.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Video: Owners divided on latest talks.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) Rapid growth reason for NFL labor war.
- Arlen Specter (NY Times) Congress can — and should — intervene to force a resolution to the dispute.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Arlen Specter Calls for Congressional involvement in lockout.