Brown, Woicik pulling up stakes with Pats' staff?

Brown, Woicik pulling up stakes with Pats' staff?

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com
After appearing a rudderless group in 2009, the New England Patriots young secondary improved vastly in 2010. But it appears the one coaching addition to the group made for the2010 season was on a one-year hitch. Corwin Brown is moving on according to ESPN Boston.com's Mike Reiss. Reiss cites a league source in his report. In 2009, Josh Boyer - then 33 - was in charge of a veteran-laden secondary that was an overall disappointment. But after last season, Brown - a former Patriot and Jet who'd previously been the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame - was brought in to help in the secondary, specifically with the safeties. By the end of the season, the Patriots had a terrific safety rotation with Patrick Chung, James Sanders and Pro Bowler Brandon Meriweather (who didn't have a season as good as Sanders or Chung). And the cornerback play also sparked under Boyer with Devin McCourty making the Pro Bowl as a rookie and Kyle Arrington playing exceptionally well on the other side. The reason behind Brown's departure? Probably a more weighty role. Defensive coordinator at Notre Dame is a better position than secondary coach at New England and this was likely a bridge job for him. One he did well. Reiss and ESPN Dallas reporter Todd Archer also report that strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik is interviewing with the Cowboys. Woicik, who was strength guy for three Cowboys Super Bowls in the 1990s and the three here in New England, is highly respected as a no-nonsense (and humorless) coach. Assistant strength coach Harold Nash is likely in line to succeed Woicik if he goes. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Postcard from Camp Day 2: Last day before the pads come out

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Postcard from Camp Day 2: Last day before the pads come out

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick had some fun with reporters on Friday morning, explaining that there's not a whole heck of a lot that can be taken away from practices where there's no contact. 

With that in mind, here is what we saw from Day 2 of training camp practice -- knowing full well that this isn't really training camp because the pads have yet to come out. 

WHAT WE SAW

* Rob Ninkovich and Joe Cardona were absent from practice for the second consecutive day. Belichick said both are out due to "personal reasons."

* Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell were not spotted on Friday. They seemed to finish Thursday's practice without any issues so the team could simply be trying to manage to important pieces to their passing game. Both have had significant injury histories and could benefit from the occasional down day. 

* Kony Ealy was back on the field after missing Thursday's work. He joins a defensive end group that includes Trey Flowers, Geneo Grissom, Derek Rivers and Deatrich Wise. 

* Cody Hollister appeared to suffer an upper-body injury early in practice after diving to catch a Jacoby Brissett pass. He did not return. 

* Patriots owner Robert Kraft showed up at practice early on in the session and was greeted by loud cheers from the crowd in attendance. 

* Kickoff work was part of the focus of Friday's special-teams periods. Emphasizing the point that special teams are considered a critical phase, the Patriots gave Stephon Gilmore and Chris Hogan -- both of whom are presumed to have big defensive and offensive roles -- reps on the kickoff team. That's not unusual in Foxboro, where Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon and Patrick Chung are among their most important special-teamers.

* Undrafted rookies David Jones and Will Likely both worked as kick returners. 

* Behind Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon at the tackle spots are Cameron Fleming (left) and LaAdrian Waddle (right). Rookies Tony Garcia (left) and Conor McDermott (right) have worked with the third team. 

 

NOTEWORTHY MOMENTS

* During a 4-on-3 drill down by the goal line, Jimmy Garoppolo completed a pass to Chris Hogan but Hogan was kept out of the end zone by Cyrus Jones. Hogan took exception to Jones' physicality and the two went facemask-to-facemask. Jones then tried to slap the ball out of Hogan's hands twice. Bill Belichick saw it all and said something softly to Jones before Jones headed back to where the defensive backs were congregating, high-fiving assistant Steve Belichick and others.

* For the second straight day, Garoppolo was picked off by Jordan Richards and Eric Rowe in quick succession. The first came on a pass deep down the field that was uncharacteristically end-over-end by the time Richards camped under it. The second -- two plays later -- came on a back-shoulder throw intended for Devin Lucien. It looked like Lucien had the chance to snag it, but somehow Rowe came up with it while falling to the ground. 

*  Tom Brady and Garoppolo were generally very accurate during 7-on-7 work, but corners had their hands wrapped in gloves with no fingers. The drills seemed competitive, but they weren't all-out. The second set of 11-on-11 plays were also done with defensive backs wearing gloves.

 

11-on-11

* Brady incomplete to Cooks down the sideline. Glimore there in tight coverage. 0-for-1

* Brady complete to Cooks but would've been sacked by Wise. Long rep. 0-for-2.

* Brady incomplete to Hogan. Gilmore in coverage. Gave a little bump. Flag? 0-for-3.

* Brady complete to Lewis with Harris in coverage. 1-for-4

* Brady complete to open Edelman. Miscommunication for J. Jones and Gilmore. 2-for-5. 

 

* Garoppolo intercepted by Richards. Hogan was the target. Coleman in coverage. 0-for-1.

* Garoppolo complete to Burkhead. 1-for-2. 

* Garoppolo intercepted by Eric Rowe. Rowe was all over Lucien. 1-for-3.  

* Garoppolo complete to Edelman with Coleman in coverage. 2-for-4. 

* Garoppolo complete to Edelman. Good coverage by Coleman, though. 3-for-5. 

 

* Brissett complete to Carr. 

* Brissett incomplete to Develin. Roberts in coverage. 

* Brissett complete to Cotton with Thompson in coverage. 

* Brissett complete to Hollister with King in coverage. 

 

11-on-11 (corners wearing restrictive mitts)

* Garoppolo complete to Burkhead. 

* Garoppolo complete to Bolden. 

* Garoppolo complete to Hogan with Coleman in coverage. 

* Garoppolo complete to Lewis. 

* Garoppolo complete to Lewis with Van Noy and McCourty converging in coverage. 5-for-5.

 

* Brady incomplete to Edelman. Broken up by Rowe. 

* Brady complete to Gronkowski with Harmon in coverage. 

* Brady incomplete to O'Shaughnessy. 

* Brady complete to Hogan. 2-for-4. 

 

* Brissett complete to Carr. 

* Brissett complete to G. Gronkowski. 

* Brissett complete to Carr. 

* Brissett incomplete to Hollister with Richards in coverage.  3-for-4. 

 

7-on-7 (corners wearing restrictive mitts)

* Brady complete to White. 

* Brady complete to White. 

* Brady complete to White. 

* Brady complete to Cooks with J. Jones in coverage. 

* Brady complete to Hogan. 

* Brady incomplete to White. Pass broken up by Chung. 5-for-6.

 

* Garoppolo complete to Carr deep down the sideline. Coleman in coverage. 

* Garoppolo complete to Allen down the seam. Would've been lit up. 

* Garoppolo complete to Carr with Coleman in coverage. 

* Garoppolo complete to Burkhead. 

* Garoppolo incomplete out of the back of the end zone. 

* Garoppolo incomplete. Broken up by the paddle. 4-for-6

 

4-on-3 at the goal line

* Brady to White with McClellin in coverage. 

* Brady to Edelman.

* Garoppolo incomplete to Lucien. Rowe breakup. 

* Garoppolo incomplete to Slater. Coleman breakup. 

* Brissett to Lewis. 

* Brissett out of the back of the end zone.

 

* Brady incomplete to Gillislee. Through his arms. 

* Brady to Lengel with Roberts in coverage. 

* Garoppolo complete to Burkhead. Noice route. 

* Garoppolo complete to Hogan but Hogan kept out of the end zone by C. Jones. Feisty.

* Brissett complete

* Brissett incomplete. Throwing it hard. 

Belichick sarcastically praises media's ability to evaluate talent before padded practices

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Belichick sarcastically praises media's ability to evaluate talent before padded practices

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick took some time during Friday's press conference to remind reporters, and anyone else listening, that now isn't exactly the time for evaluations. Players are still in their shorts. Pads have yet to be introduced. 

In essence, pump the brakes. 

During his almost three-minute spiel, he made a few sarcastic quips about the talent "evaluators" in the media, and asked them to try to understand that what they are looking at for the first two days of training camp isn't REAL training camp. 

After fielding a few questions about subjects like the pass-catching ability of his running backs, the skill set of Brandin Cooks, and the versatility of undrafted rookie defensive back Kenny Moore, here's how Belichick made his point. 

"You know, you guys are asking a lot of questions about what we've seen from this guy, what we've seen from that guy," he started. "We've yet to put on pads. I understand that, you know, there's a pretty talented group of evaluators in this room but in all honesty our evaluations come more in training camp when we actually practice and we can fully execute the techniques and the plays that we're trying to do.

"The main thing we try to get done in the spring, and the main thing we're trying to get done in these two days is to teach the players what to do, to give them the most fundamental instruction that we can given the restraints that we have on practice. And then when padded practices, and I would say real training camp starts tomorrow, and will continue for quite a while after that including preseason games, is when the real evaluations start.

"I know everybody's all excited when a guy catches a pass, but when the defense doesn't jam him or they're not allowed to really because we don't want heavy contact out there, [they] aren't competing through contact at the end of the play, then it's not quite the same as when all that's going on. I'm not taking anything away from the receiverss. I'm not taking anything away from anybody. I'm just saying it is what it is. The competitive level out there's not what it's gonna be starting tomorrow.

"To evaluate players competitively when they're not on a competitive level, I have a hard time with. But I know a lot of the people are real good at that, and they can make a lot more out of it than I can so I can respect that. But due to my personal limitations, and my personal inability to make those evaluations, I don't make them. We can keep asking about how everybody does on this and how everybody does on that, and the main thing for me is to see if they're doing the right thing, doing it properly, how we can correct that, and then there will be a point in time where everybody will be able to go out and do it to the best of their ability against very competitive players on the other side of the ball, and we'll see what happens.

"That's when the evaluations really start, other than if a person can't take the intstricution and do whatever you've asked him to do or do it properly, you can evaluate that. But in some cases it's hard to evaluate how they do them competitively against somebody else when it's not a competitive situation."