No Huddle: Quick hits with McCourty

No Huddle: Quick hits with McCourty
October 12, 2012, 5:58 pm
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FOXBORO -- Devin McCourty answered a few questions Friday afternoon before New England's flight out to Seattle.
Literally, a few.
Here's what the cornerback had to say.
What does it take to put the previous wins behind you and play in the moment?
DM: "Just being prepared and knowing what we've got to do this week. The past two weeks don't matter. We're just focused on what we've got to do to go out in Seattle and play well. I think that's what the team has done is, turn the page. We've got things that we really need to do this week to go out there and try to get a win.
"After that, things will fall into place and we'll see what we have to do after that."
A good plan for everyone, everywhere, really. McCourty Zen.
What kind of challenges do Seattle wide receivers Sidney Rice (6-4, 202) and Golden Tate (5-10, 202) present?
DM: "That's one challenge with us... Rice, he has good height and good size, he can go up and get the ball. Golden Tate doesn't have that size, but he does a great job of going up and getting the ball. As you watch you can see he's really made some plays down the field. Just like that play in Green Bay -- it was thrown up and he went up there and competed for the ball. We'll just have to go out and try to compete with him on plays down the field and when they catch the ball on different plays, just tackling them to the ground."
The corner is of course talking about Tate's controversial game-winning "catch" against the Packers. Ninety-nine percent of the nation believes the replacement refs not only got the call wrong, but should have whistled Tate for offensive pass interference.
Remember the replacement refs? Yeah. That was fun.
Is part of the strategy of going against rookie quarterback Russell Wilson getting him rattled early?
DM: "We just try to go out there an play. He does a great job of getting outside the pocket and making some plays. I think we'll have to do some different things. You don't want to just attack-attack him. He's able to get outside, break a tackle; once he sees a lot of open field he has pretty good speed and athleticism to make a play with his legs and then throw the ball. We'll just try to do some different things to attack and give him different looks."
Wilson had a great preseason and won the starting quarterback job for Seattle. But lately he's been having some hiccups in keeping his early success consistent. Five of Wilson's six interceptions have come in the last two weeks. He's also thrown just one touchdown in that span. The Patriots defense was probably salivating after watching Wilson's performance against St. Louis: 17-for-25 passing for 160 yards.
The Seahawks rank No. 27 in the NFL for points scored with just 86. New England is No. 1 with 165.