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Surprise, surprise! Meriweather is gone

Posted on: September 3, 2011 4:09 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 4:16 pm
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Of all the cuts so far, the release of Brandon Meriweather is the most surprising. I know he didn't play well last season. I know he struggled in coverage during training camp. I also know he's had off-the-field issues.

But he was a starter on a club that led the league in interceptions and just let James Sanders go.

The Patriots ranked 30th last season in pass defense, and part of that stemmed from an insufficient pass rush. But part of that must have had to do with a secondary where Meriweather was supposed to excel. Only he didn't.

I don't care that he was named to two Pro Bowls. He wasn't the player the Patriots imagined when they made him a first-round draft choice.

Moreover, he had off-the-field issues and was entering the last year of his contract.

There had been a feeling that the release of Sanders might have caught his attention; made him shape up this summer and work at improving on communication. Didn't happen. So he's cut, and look at what New England has done in the past week -- cut two of its key defensive backs from a year ago.

New England isn't afraid to make the difficult decision, and it just proved it. Again.

So what happens now? Well, Patrick Chung returns at one starting safety spot, and second-year pro Sergio Brown is the leading candidate to replace Meriweather. Josh Barrett and James Ihedigbo are others who could factor in.

Bottom line: Change is good. The Patriots must believe.




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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:11 pm
 

Surprise, surprise! Meriweather is gone



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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:59 am
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Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:07 am
 

Surprise, surprise! Meriweather is gone

Could we possibly see Ras-I Dowling roaming the deep middle of the field with his 6-2 frame?  Why else would the Pats be carrying 6 DB's?  If Shaper has slowed down as much as people say he has, then I would rather the Pats bring Sanders back, or play Dowling as FS.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Surprise, surprise! Meriweather is gone

so the pats safeties are now patrick chung, segio brown, josh barrett, and james ihedigbo?  they probably just went from the 30th ranked pass D to the 32nd, that could be the worst safety group in football.


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