In the Starting Line-Up
Enough had been seen to discuss it. It’s just an impossible matchup for D. McCourty. He simply doesn’t have the length or strength to play man against a good TE. Giving up 50 pounds, he can’t press, so he’s lined up 10 yards off and in a chase position from the snap. Even if there’s a bad throw and he gets in position to contest the reception, McCourty’s giving up 6 or 7 inches in height making it a “tall” order to even get a hand on the ball.
I actually like the use of more dime alignments. Involving Chung more in coverage of running backs has been a positive. With J. McCourty making the CB2 position his own over the last few weeks, my hope is Eric Rowe becomes the dime back rather than D. Harmon as I see him as the only DB on the roster with the physical attributes to cover TEs man to man other than Chung.
Then I guess, we pray for no more injuries as this team’s depth is painfully thin in this area.
Now Chung is 15-20lbs heavier so that aspect as well as Rowe at 6'1" are good considerations.
All that said, what does BB always do? He adjusts. He adjusted regarding the opposing RBs toasting Pats LBs so now it's Chung. He'll do the same with McCourty IF McCourty doesn't improve in that part of the game (and I think he will) in practice the next 6 days. He has the best TE in the game to practice with/against.