|Ty Law: Patriots’ defense has ‘incredible young talent,’ but needs time to bond||06.28.11 at 9:12 pm ET|
Former Patriots cornerback Ty Law had a few chances to watch the 2010 New England defense in action, and was impressed with what he saw last season. While the Patriots fell short of their ultimate goal, Law wants to remind people that the great Patriots’ defenses of the early part of the 21st century took time to mesh before they became truly special.
“They have incredible young talent,” Law said, speaking prior to The Tradition Tuesday night at the TD Garden. “To see what they accomplished right now, to be so young, people put the pressure on them because they lost another home playoff game. Look who they’re playing with! I mean, they’re young, they’re inexperienced. Give them a couple of years, because it’s hard to get that far, [when you're] that young and expect to win.
“I think people have been a little spoiled by what we were able to accomplish so many times in such a short time span. Remember, we played together for quite some time. We had a core group of guys that played together, that knew each other. I mean, we bonded. These guys haven’t had a chance to bond yet like we did.”
One guy who did impress him was Devin McCourty, who finished one of the finest rookie season by a corner in franchise history — he started all 16 games for the Patriots, and ended up with seven interceptions and a Pro Bowl berth. Law called McCourty “an incredible young athlete,” and believes he can be one of the best in the game before long.
“I think he’s going to be one of the better cornerbacks to ever suit up for the Patriots,” Law said of McCourty. “I mean, he’s young, and for what he’s done, this year, if he can just build upon that and do the little things and get better and better, I mean, he’s probably going to be one of the top two or three corners in the game. There are only so many Darrelle Revis‘s out there. If he works hard, he’ll get close. That’s how much respect I have for that guy. He probably can do as much as anything I’ve ever done.”
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