What does the acquisition of cornerback Aqib Talib mean for the Patriots? ESPN analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi gives his instant analysis in the video above.
“Coach Belichick has been doing everything he possibly could to fix that secondary, moving their best cornerback in Devin McCourty to play safety,” Bruschi says. “So you have to think about what that does now with the dynamic. You bring in another corner, so is McCourty there to stay? Or do you bump him back to corner and have Talib and McCourty there? Now he has more options to really shore up that secondary.”
Bruschi also reflected on why the Patriots made the move, which came right at the NFL’s 4 p.m. trade deadline:
“I think this is a sign, a sign of how coach Belichick was so frustrated with his defensive secondary,” Bruschi says.” The one thing I know about Belichick is this: What really gets under his skin is when you’re an error repeater. And that’s what has been happening with this defensive secondary. Up in Seattle, the post-corner-post that gave up the big gain to Sidney Rice that sealed the game, also was the same play the St. Louis Rams were able to complete early in Sunday’s game. Same exact play. And that’s what drives him crazy and that’s what drove him to finally make a move with this.”
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