Devin McCourty on D&C: Patriots defense ‘definitely fixable’
|11.04.11 at 10:41 am ET|
The Patriots host the Giants Sunday, looking to rebound from their loss to the Steelers in which the defense struggled mightily, forcing only one punt all day.
“It’s a work in progress,” McCourty said. “And I think it’s definitely fixable. But it’s not something where you can just sit back and wait. And I think we all have a sense of urgency right now to just go out there and focus on getting better and believing that if we just keep chipping away at it that things will change.”
McCourty remains friends with Leigh Bodden, who was cut by the Patriots last week, but McCourty said he doesn’t talk about team issues with his fellow cornerback.
“We just talk as two friends,” McCourty said. “We’ll talk about football as far as just playing. ‘¦ We don’t really talk about anything that has to do with his term here, as far as how he feels toward the organization or anything like that.”
Eli Manning said before the season that he feels he deserves to included among the list of elite quarterbacks in the NFL, alongside Tom Brady. This week, as his Giants prepare to invade Foxboro, he refused to back down from his comments. Based on Manning’s 2011 stats, McCourty said he’s proven to be right.
“He’s taken heat for it, and he’s backed it up,” McCourty said. “As a competitor, that’s what we look forward to. Whatever’s said about you or whatever you say, it all comes down to having that opportunity to back it up. When a guy says something and he comes backs it up, I don’t think there’s anything anyone can say about that. He’s proven whatever he said to be true.
“Our job now is to go out there and try to contain an elite quarterback. It seems like week in and week out we see one of this guys. We’ve just got to come ready to play.”
One of Manning’s favorite targets is second-year Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, a UMass product.
“He brings big-play ability.,” McCourty said “You see him catch passes, he breaks a lot of tackles. ‘¦ His ability to make guys miss when they go up to get the ball is going to be tough. Eli knows that, so he gets a lot of the balls thrown his way. We’ve really got to compete and try to limit him as much as we can.”
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