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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Devin McCourty

Devin McCourty

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Devin McCourty, FS, Patriots (NFL) — Not one of New England’s defensive backs had a standout game statistically. Nobody made a very memorable big play or forced a takeaway. So, McCourty gets this spot under the Kawhi Leonard/Andre Iguodala NBA Finals MVP criteria: It’s not so much what he did, it’s more about what he prevented someone else from doing.

Just like Leonard and Iguodala were rewarded primarily for not allowing LeBron James to completely dominate the 2014 and 2015 Finals, respectively, McCourty’s biggest accomplishment in the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI is that he didn’t allow Atlanta WR Julio Jones to dominate the game. Continue reading

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Super Bowl 51: A look at the secondaries

L-R: Harmon, McCourty, Ryan

L-R: Harmon, McCourty, Ryan

The media coverage leading up to Super Bowl LI (a.k.a. Super Bowl 51 for the Roman-numerically-challenged) between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons has mirrored the media coverage leading up to last month’s college football national championship game between Alabama and Clemson.

Legacy has been a popular angle.

Going into the NCAA title game, the biggest question surrounding Alabama head coach Nick Saban was not if he could lead the Crimson Tide to the program’s 17th national title. It was more like, when Saban did it, would he then be considered the greatest college coach of all-time? Would he be considered better than ‘Bama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant? Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Jourdan Lewis

Jourdan Lewis

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan (NCAA): Lewis’ diving, one-handed, backhanded interception against Wisconsin wasn’t just one of the best catches you’ll see from any college football player (offense or defense) this season, it was also a clutch play that helped clinch the 4th-ranked Wolverines’ 14-7 win over the 8th-ranked Badgers on Saturday.

Wisconsin had fourth down inside their own 10-yard line with about 2:20 to go when WR George Rushing appeared to have Lewis beat. But the senior All-American cornerback leaped, hung in the air like Zach LaVine, and snatched QB Alex Hornibrook’s pass with one hand. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Robert Alford

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Robert Alford, CB, Falcons (NFL): In the second quarter against Washington on Sunday, Alford made his first interception of the season. In the fourth quarter, he committed a pass interference penalty that set up a Washington touchdown. Going into overtime, Alford needed something to tip the scales and determine whether he could feel good or bad about his game. It didn’t take long. On the first possession of the extra frame, Alford jumped an out route by WR Ryan Grant and picked off his second pass of the day, returning it 59 yards for the winning touchdown and keeping Atlanta undefeated this season.

Sidney Jones, CB, Washington (NCAA): Almost forgotten amidst the drama and tragedy of USC head coach Steve Sarkisian’s sudden fall due to alcoholism was the fact that the Trojans suffered a crushing 17-12 loss on Thursday to young pack of Huskies that have become surprise Pac-12 North contenders. Jones, a sophomore, stood out in the upset with four tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception against famously accurate USC QB Cody Kessler. Continue reading

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