Josh Boyer knows he has plenty to work with in Patriots secondary: ‘We’re very fortunate’
|05.31.14 at 3:30 pm ET|
FOXBORO — There isn’t an assistant coach on the Patriots staff more excited to plan for 2014 than Josh Boyer. Who could blame him?
After watching his boss add the likes of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to a secondary that already includes Devin McCourty, Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan and Kyle Arrington, Boyer, the Patriots secondary coach, was very grateful to Bill Belichick for reworking a part of the team that figures to be a strength.
“Well, the one thing I would say I think we’re very fortunate that we have a group of people that are full of competitive guys. Brandon Browner is a competitive guy. Darrelle Revis is a competitive guy,” Boyer said Friday. “Logan Ryan is very competitive, Kyle Arrington the same. Justin Green, who was on our roster last year, he’s been competitive for us. And then we have a good group of young guys that are in the same mold; they’re competitive guys. They’re all working and pushing each other to get better.
“We’re trying to get better as individuals. That will help our group get better, help our team get better. That’s kind of what we’re pushing for here.”
In Revis and Browner, the Patriots have brought in two star defensive backs who have not only been two of the best physical defensive backs at the line of scrimmage, they were leaders on their respective teams in the past. Will they step in and become instant leaders with the Patriots?
“I think all of our guys are leaders,” Boyer said. “The easy way to lead is by example and think all of our guys, in the offseason, they were working hard there. They come out in the coaching sessions. They had good sessions there. Our goal is going to be to go in there and have a good film session and then get back out there on Monday and have a better day than we did [Friday].”
Starting with OTAs, and continuing with June mini-camp and training camp, Boyer and the new-look secondary will be looking for cohesiveness, the type of coming together that allows Belichick to use his defensive backs in the multiple looks he loves to show during a season for game-planning purposes.
“I think it’s a combination of trying to get everybody to work together,” Boyer said. “We’re going to ask guys to do different things, move guys around, ask them to do different techniques, different spots. So, there’s going to be numerous groups of guys in and out and you’ve always got to be ready because if a guy’s not there, then you have to play with somebody else. I think we’ll cover that from all angles.”
Of course, the Patriots will have to wait to get a full look at Browner as he will have to sit out the first four games of the regular season due to violations of the NFL performance enhancement drug policy.
“I think you take it collectively from what you have as a group, whatever is best for us defensively for that week, we’ll move those guys,” Boyer added. “If it’s, ‘Hey, you have to play a different position. This is going to be what’s going to be the best game plan for this week.’ That’s what we’ll ask a guy to do. Obviously, we’ll try to marry that up with their skill set.”