Law: Secondary needs primary approach

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Law: Secondary needs primary approach

The Patriots have their problems in the secondary; that's patently obvious. But ex-Pats Ty Law and Troy Brown agree there's someone on their coaching staff who, if he could devote the time to it, could solve the problem.

And that person is Bill Belichick.

"He is just as good a position coach as he is as a head coach," Law, the former All-Pro cornerback, told Michael Felger on 'Sports Sunday'. "I mean, I understand, as a head coach, you have to micromanage everybody. You have to oversee things.

"But at this point in the season, Belichick has to go back out there -- kind of like he did when I was playing for the Patriots -- come back and say, 'This is what we're going to do as a secondary.' He would be in our meetings . . . and he would be actually coaching us from a position standpoint. He was no longer the head coach. He was the defensive backs coach when we weren't playing right.

"So I think he needs to do that right now, go back and show these guys some of the basic fundamentals. Because they don't have a true, veteran leader back there. They don't even have a veteran leader as a coach."

Brown -- who also played the secondary in addition to his duties at wide receiver -- concurred with Law.

"In 2004, Belichick would call fellow DB Earthwind Moreland and myself into his office -- we had to cut our lunch 20 minutes short -- and we'd sit there and we'd watch receivers," said Brown. "We'd watch the coverages that teams were playing against them and he would tell us things that I had no idea to look for. You know, 'This guy doesn't catch the ball going well to his left', 'That guy doesn't catch the ball going well to his right', 'When he's lined up here, he's going to do this', 'When he's lined up there, he's going to do that'. That's the kind of secondary coach he was.

"So I can see what Ty's saying about his knowledge about playing the secondary."

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.