Patriots defensive backs coach Josh Boyer talks about the young defensemen
It doesn’t take IQ above 100 to realize that New England Patriots are weak defensively. Last season, the New England Patriots had one of the most lowly-ranked defenses in the league. This is something even New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick admitted later in the season.
In spite of all the odds, the New England Patriots somehow managed to enter the Super Bowl. After a tough encounter against archrivals the New York Giants, Tom Brady and Co. left the field without victory.
Defensive backs coach Josh Boyer believes New England Patriots will have a much more balanced squad this season. In a recent news conference, Josh Boyer updated about the improvements in New England Patriots’ squad.
Josh Boyer praised his new prodigies by saying that they were “tough”, worked “well together” and had a “great work ethic”. Above all, Josh Boyer highlighted that his new squad members were not “individuals that put themselves in front of the team or the position. It’s really a great group to work with.”
In his new conference, Josh Boyer also informed about the progress Ras-I Dowling had made in practices with the team.
“As a year-two player, one of the things when he (Ras-I Dowling) came in, he was very well versed in understanding film breakdown, film study,” Josh Boyer said. “He picked up our schemes quickly. The thing for Ras-I, it’s nice to have him out there every day. He’s pushing through, trying to get back into game shape. It’s basically been two years since he’s really played a full season. So there’s a lot of things he’s working through there. He’s improving on some things, and there are some things we need to get him up to speed on . . . and get him game ready.”
Josh Boyer also talked about Devin McCourty. As a rookie Devin McCourty brought a lot of hype in the league. However, the round-one pick has lacked the intensity he promised in 2010. Josh Boyer reckons Devin McCourty has the tenacity to become a big player but what he lacks in “consistency”.
“I think the thing with Devin, you know he’s going to come in with an outstanding work ethic,” Josh Boyer explained. “There’s a couple things we’ve been focused on technique-wise with Dev, to try to help him improve his game. I think the big thing with him is his consistency. He did a lot of good things for us last year as well as his rookie year. So, we try to build on those good things, and the things we see that aren’t so good, we’ll try to improve those as well.”
Josh Boyer also talked about the 22-year-old former Oakland Raiders cornerback, Sterling Moore.
“The thing with Sterling, I think he’s improved his technique,” Josh Boyer said. “He’s a guy that will stay after practice. He works very hard and does a lot of stuff on his own. Again, he’s picked up stuff quickly in the classroom. The more these guys get experience playing, it builds confidence, and they have confidence in the techniques we’re teaching, it allows them to improve.”