Countdown to Camp: Can the Pats defense improve?
Mon, 23 Jul 2012|
CSNNE.com's Tom E. Curran joins SNC where he breaks down the areas of concern for the New England Patriots.
Well I lost the that I publisher Tommy current -- sleep until Thursday. But no rest for you before training camp he's ready to get. If it that's why died -- force them open as you get ready for Thursday -- the Patriots ready especially on the defensive side of the ball because. The that was a much maligned group last year but maybe it wasn't as bad overall as we thought. When you look at how they did at the end of the year -- especially into the playoffs and Super Bowl I thought they played really well but there were some weak points. Caused by injury. In scheme that they needed to address what are some of the biggest improvement areas improvement you've seen heading into this camp defensive line and I find interest -- you gonna get Myron Pryor back Kyle Love played at a high level they added Jonathan than any kind of a situation pass rusher. In Cincinnati he's got to commend you guys to bring some heat. From the middle of that defense also I think the Patriots looked -- there. Situational. Substitutions. Had you know what -- running with you -- defensive linemen on the field now let's get some benefit to that was once plus. Jones hightower the two big names in the draft Patriots obviously drafted towards the defensive sub ball would you see a lot of contributions from some of these draft players right away. I think it's gonna take awhile for Jones to get to a point where he's making. Serious contributions because that outside linebacker defense events but it's really difficult. To kind of get your feet when you hightower could be an immediate contributor you look at him and Brandon Spikes to guys in the middle of the fight over who. He's going to play next to -- with the once thought that second level that I'm concerned about. And sure you like to have great concerns we always hear. -- -- -- BA and Andre Carter. Mark Anderson departed for the hills and now you need to situationally edge pass rush for somebody to bring that he's there you're right because that was my next question your reading my mind is there enough for the pass rush is heading into the season right now that you see on paper that Patriots fans should be too concerned I don't know where it's gonna come from now right now I mean I don't know. When you have guys who combine both to have double digit sacks. With Carter Anderson. And now neither one is going to be available the beginning of training camp for -- Anderson never be available for the Patriots here and Carter went to get back to what may be excited but that's I was. Was it gonna come from is it gonna come from scheme but that would be a step back I would think it's quite -- don't. Somehow conjured up. Finally there doesn't seem to be room for a step back for the secondary and there's only one way for this group to go and are they ready to take a step forward you know at the end of the year I think they played better and I think ticket scheme better. Two I think it started understand it better depth McCourt can't be that that Kenny and. I hope that. Okay and if he's throwing more was pretty good Patrick Chung is is -- a borderline Pro Bowl player they can stay healthy back there. I think that's secondary to pick it up but again I'm back for the pass rush. Concerned if you can't get for the quarterback too much time for all our secondary is -- okay -- got a couple days of rest so get some rest before Thursday please. -- -- Why he's ready he's ready you know he's got his game face on. No network club -- daily coverage for the Patriots at Trinidad and Comcast sports net it all begins life Foxboro this Thursday. Was on the Mike yardage but that's six inning catcher anytime on CS NNE dot com Comcast sports net. Training camp -- is presented by --