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Mike Reiss tells us why Fox Sports' John Czarnecki and AOL Fanhouse' Dave Goldberg voted for Devin McCourty as the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Dave Goldberg:  "I went with McCourty over [Ndamukong] Suh because I felt that even as a rookie, he transformed the secondary from a rather lackluster unit into one that helped them record the NFL's best record,"

"Not only the [7] interceptions but also the coverage. He certainly outplayed [Darrelle] Revis, who made All-Pro on reputation. Revis played well late, but held out and, as holdouts usually do, pulled a muscle. McCourty never played like a rookie. In the games I saw, both in person and on TV, he was rarely hesitant and almost always aggressive, which is uncommon for a rookie."

John Czarnecki: "For me, it was pretty simple. Suh should have been good. Some teams liked him better than [No. 1 overall pick Sam] Bradford. But I don't think Suh out-performed McCourty, who had seven interceptions. I never viewed [McCourty] as a starter when he was drafted, but as a nickelback, someone in the scheme. He played way above his draft measurements, in my opinion.

"He looks like a cover cornerback and he was exceptional in the second half of the season. Yes, teams tested him, but he fought back and made a lot of plays in my assessment. I saw enough games from Suh where he relaxed and took a lot of plays off. I didn't see that from McCourty. Helluva player with a huge upside. He probably was New England's best player in the secondary."

Karen Guregian talks about how former Patriots fullback and unrestricted free agent Heath Evans is preparing for a lockout - and for possible retirement.

"There’s only two places I’m going to play. That’s the New England Patriots [team stats]. And that’s the New Orleans Saints," Evans said. "I refuse to lose. I refuse to play for a head coach I’m not absolutely in love with, and these two head coaches (Belichick and the Saints’ Sean Payton) I’d run through a brick wall for. And that’s that."

Karen Guregian notes that during the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am broadcast, Peter Costas analyzed both the swings of Belichick and Edwards and was critical of both of them.  To which Belichick cracked:

"I think based on that, Herm and I are better sticking to football."


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