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    Friday, April 23, 2010

    Questions Fly: Patriots Draft Devin McCourty

    If this were two years ago, Boston sports reporters would be all about Devin McCourty. In Bill We Trust was always the mantra. If the great Bill Belichick thinks this guy will get it done, then all hail King Bill and let's lace 'em up and get started on our next undefeated season. But, two years have passed and a Bill Belichick draft pick is no longer a sure bet.

    Already the Boston media is all over coach about this pick and some might say rightfully so.

    I make no bones about it, I am NOT a laundry guy, I am a player/coach guy. It has been hard for me over the first few weeks of the Red Sox season to watch guys who I have never seen in a Red Sox uniform come to the plate. I long for the days when I saw Tek behind the plate every night and Mike Lowell on the bag at third, that's just how I am wired.

    So when it comes time to criticizing a coach who has brought us three Super Bowl rings and another Super Bowl appearence, I am hard pressed to criticize anything he does. That is why I am reserving judgement on Devin McCourty.

    No, he is not the splash that the Patriots made in the 2007 off-season when they brought in Welker and Moss. He's unlikely to be a surprise superstar like Tommy Brady, but as coach said he is a solid four down guy and the Patriots need someone right now who can be a final piece to a defense that stumbled last year and could use some stability.

    So, I say today, In Bill I Trust. I can't promise that I won't question the coach in the coming weeks or months, but for right now, I am going to sit here in my gray Belichick sweatshirt and let the critics criticize, I'll wait for the first snap of the season to make my judgements.

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