Pats' secondary has solid base for long haul

Posted Nov. 12, 2010 @ 3:26 a.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

If the Patriots collapse and fail to make the playoffs, a big chunk of blame will land on the secondary. Injuries to the unit and an ineffective pass rush don't help, but the 29th-ranked pass defense through eight games is not something to ignore. No changes are coming this season, and the only fresh face on the unit, Jarrad Page, has been out with a calf injury. It's hard to believe considering this season's poor numbers, but the future of the secondary is incredibly bright with a starting four of Devin McCourty and Leigh Bodden at corner, and Brandon Meriweather and Patrick Chung at safety. Chung, who missed two games with a knee injury, is producing the way the Patriots had hoped when they drafted him. Pair that with how well McCourty has played in his rookie season against top receivers, and one team observer believes that, if Meriweather stays long term, this group could be a very good secondary for the next few seasons.