Thornton: "Systemic" weakness in Patriots secondary

Thornton: "Systemic" weakness in Patriots secondary
October 19, 2012, 11:40 pm
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Jerry Thornton of Barstool Sports checks in with Felger and Mazz to discuss the state of the Patriots.

"Everything I've ever believed in has betrayed me at some point," began Thornton. "My church did, my country, Mel Gibson... all I want to do is believe in Bill Belichick and last Sunday's loss in Seattle was one of those games that tested your belief system."

When pressed by Felger to explain what worried him the most about the loss, Thornton had a quick response.

"It's the fact that at the start of the fourth quarter, with a moral certainty, I knew in my bones, that the secondary was going to squander that lead."

The three go on to question where the fault lies with a defense that, for several years, has been the Achilles of New England Patriots football.

"I don't want to pin it on just the draft, because I think that's just letting other things off the hook," said Thornton. "The secondary has been so bad for so long, it's systemic. Saying it's just the draft is a crutch. It's got to be the way they're being coached, the way they're being schemed... We've been doing this for how many years now? And nothing changes. They just keep drafting DBs and throwing them in there and telling them where to play and it's the same results."

Thornton makes an interesting point in noting that there are times where he still believes. The Patriots will, on occasion, put forth the kind of dominant defensive performance that really makes you believe they're capable of being a force in the NFL. But then the next week they get shredded by a rookie quarterback, or a mediocre team, and all hope is lost.