Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) looks on before facing the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Devin McCourty Says Julian Edelman Is Harder To Cover Than Wes Welker


Yesterday Pats’ safety Devin McCourty spoke on ‘NESN Live’, and answered a couple really interesting questions regarding Julian Edelman, Wes Welker, and coach Bill Belichick. (All quotes from Doug Kyed of NESN)

On who is the tougher cover for him:

“Julian Edelman,” McCourty answered on Monday’s show debut. “We don’t ever root for any Broncos around here.”

On who is the better dresser between Edelman, and Tom Brady:

“You gotta go with the teacher, because he started it,” McCourty said. “Tom started it and Julian followed. I’ll give Julian one, he thinks he’s like an actor. He thinks he’s a pretty famous actor.”

On who is the tougher coach, Bill Belichick, or Greg Schiano:

“Ooh, Greg Schiano,” McCourty said. “Toughest coach I’ve ever played for. “He’s more of a yeller and a screamer. He’ll get right in your face. Bill’s more sarcastic. Both can be pretty brutal, but I’m gonna go with Coach Schiano.”

On the Edelman versus Welker note, I think Welker is still the better player, but I definitely think there could be a legitimate argument made for Edelman. He is quicker than Welker, and much better after the catch. However Welker is such a smart player, and excellent route runner, that I think he still has the slight edge over Edelman.

I did find McCourty’s comment on Belichick and Schiano very curious. Belichick is known to be an extremely strict coach, so to hear that Schiano is even tougher is interesting. I am not doubting Belichick’s toughness, because we all know he doesn’t play around, but this speaks volumes to Schiano’s coaching style. Perhaps he was a bit too rough on his players, which led to him losing his job in Tampa.

Obviously I am just speculating here, but it certainly is plausible.

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  • trinity

    Does he mean for the few seconds that Edelman can actually stay on the field before he gets hurt again? Edleman is as fragile as an egg, and i think wes’s toughness and just the fact that he’s better than edleman makes him the tougher matchup.

    • Jacob Barefoot

      That doesn’t make sense at all. Wes got his ass knocked out toward the later part of last season and was out with concussion. Edelman had a clean injury free 2013 and prodominantly 2012 proving to be a reliable target and threat. And saying that toughness and “the fact that he’s just better” doesnt prove anything. Have a look at the film. Welker consitantly gets knocked around by any corner/saftey covering him because his physicality does not represent ‘tough’. What i’m saying is that julian is improving, and if anything at all, wes is declining.

      • Amar S.

        Another thing to debate about is ball positioning compared to where Brady and Manning throw to their slot WRs. Not many people notice this, but when Brady throws the ball, he leads his WRs up the field more so the WR can go get it in stride (more YAC in a sense, less chance of big injury). On the other hand, Manning throws it on the dart right when the WR breaks on his route. The point of this? Throwing it right from the break gives the WR a bigger shot at taking bad hits, hence Welker getting his concussions last season (injury free last few years except when he tore his ACL). Another example is Austin Collie. He was concussed many times at Indy playing with Manning.

        • Jacob Barefoot

          Yea manning is a shocker for the old hospital pass haha. They are actually completely different players, wes and jules. Slot and Z. Amendola’s our slot guy so we should be battling those two out. We who would win that one though… Haha

        • Cyrus Geller

          Interesting note. And there is history there with Gonzalez and Collie with Peyton.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Welker’s toughness is another plus for him, but Edelman did stay on the field all of last season, and put up much better numbers than 83.

      • trinity

        I don’t expect monster numbers from Welker this season either. That’s because he’s playing on the most loaded offense in the league. He scored 10 times. They had FOUR guys doing that. Ridiculous offense, and they spread the wealth. He’s still better than edleman, and New England’s lost was without a doubt Denver’s gain in that regard. Welker knows it too. That’s why the best moment of the AFC championship game was when Welker chased down Belichick after it was over and sarcastically shook his
        Hand. Lol that shit was priceless!

        • Amar S.

          Denver undoubtly had a great offense last season, however, look at the schedule you guys played last season. None of the teams exactly had a stellar defense, then got destroyed by Seattle in the SB. Any AFC team would’ve lost that game.

          On another note, while the subject is still on Welker, go look at Denver’s 3rd down percentage when he’s not on the field.. Particularly at home against San Diego. Perhaps the least talked about topic amongst us fans, even analysts, is Welker’s effect 3rd down on offense. He’s what makes the offense so dynamic.

          • Cyrus Geller

            Excellent point. Welker is dynamite on third downs. Bailed the Pats, and Broncos out of so many jams by coming through on the money down.

        • Cyrus Geller

          You really think Denver has the most loaded offense in the league? After losing Decker? And losing Moreno? Especially after getting blown out in the SB. That has to take some effect on the team. Plus Manning isn’t getting any younger, and his arm strength was never a positive thing for him. I think they will definitely be top five, but I don’t know about number one.

          • trinity

            Oh yes, without a doubt they have the most loaded offense. I think the superbowl loss says less about Denver and more about Seattle. As in, that game doesn’t erase the fact that their offense last season was one of the greatest the league has ever seen. They just ran up on a defense that was ridiculously good, started the game bad, never got back into it, and that got killed. But does it change what they did to get there? Hell no. As for Decker, it’s fine. He had a great season for them. But out of their 4 recieving targets, he was definitely number 4 in terms of importance. As aggressive as elway has been, do you really think he would have let Decker walk if he thought he was irreplaceable? Lol hell no. He let him walk, then turned right around and snatched Emanuel sanders from the chiefs and bucs. Consider Decker replaced :). Plus they did well drafting Cody Latimer. You know how Peyton is. He’s like Tom. They both elevate their recievers. The bears are the next best offense, and I’m definitely not taking them over Denver. As for Peyton’s age, he was old when he scored a thousand points two seasons ago. He was even older last season when he put up a million points lol. At this point, it’s foolish to doubt him or Tom even though they are old. I look forward to seeing them play this season!

          • Cyrus Geller

            I agree with you that Peyton and Tom are a rare breed that make everybody around them better. And I am not doubting Peyton’s greatness. I know he’ll turn in another great season (until the playoffs roll around). But I think there are other offenses that may rise above them this season.

          • trinity

            We’ll see :). As for the postseason, I think it’ll be the Tom and Peyton show once again. I respect rothliesberger, flacco, and luck. But the truth is that the AFC is about the Broncos and patriots. Then there’s everyone else. I agree, I’m looking
            forward to them clashing once again. May the best team win.

          • Cyrus Geller

            100% agree there. There is nobody even close to the Pats and Broncos in the AFC. Will be a very fun season.

          • trinity

            Damn right!

          • Cyrus Geller

            It will still be great to see Peyton and Brady clash once again. Always heart attack type of games.

  • Jacob Barefoot

    I personally think edelman is beginning to overtake welker.. He just has this swagger about him that welker doesnt. Plus i think he is a little more tougher injury wise. Welkers intelligence and route running as a SLOT receiver is yes very impressive. But edelman takes the cake with run after the catch, the ability to play Z aswell as slot, and his big play ability, speed/short-area-quikness and overall elusivness.

    • trinity

      Swagger? That swagger never seems to keep him on the field. Wes is more shifty, tougher, and just all around better than edleman.

      • Jacob Barefoot

        Dude. I dont know if you watch football or not but edelman was on the field. All season. He was the leading receiver. 105 catches for 1056 yrds and 6 tds. Welker got 73 catches for 778 yrds. Hes a legend no doubt but hes on his way down

        • trinity

          I don’t think that indicates he’s on the way down. It indicates he’s sharing the rock on the most loaded offense in the league. You’re right, he is a legend. I’ll say this. I don’t blame you if you hope he is on the way down. You’re going to need
          Every advantage under the sun when you guys face Denver again.

    • Amar S.

      I’m actually going to have to agree with Trinity on this. What made Welker the best slot WR for many years was his toughness. That man used to take huge hits and get right back up.

      Another underrated aspect of Welker, which I love, was his blocking. In 07 game vs the Ravens, he threw the slot corner across the field and put him on his ass! That’s how to block like a man!

      The only thing Edelman has over Welker is the long ball (not gonna count punt returning skills). Welker is an all time great Patriot, give Edelman a few years before articles and conversations like this stir up or it isn’t fair for Edelman’s side of the debate.

      • Jacob Barefoot

        Oh yea for sure and i respect welker 100% as a slot receiver. but i just see something in edelman that is developing into what wes was but better. His juking abilty for starters makes him far more elusive, just look at his td against denver last year… Pulls the spin move on chris harris and superman dives between two defenders for the score. Same skills seen in miami game and many others. Wes runs nice routes but hes a little rigid when he runs, compared to edelman. Fun argument, i think we’re both right. Both were, are and will be great patriots

        • Amar S.

          I’ll give you that. Edelman got the moves and is definitely on the rise. I hope the Patriots stay injury free this season to see what our potential is. I’m feeling a superbowl!

          • Jacob Barefoot

            Omg i know right! The imrovements our rookies are making along with injury returns and our highly touted new additions. I think we’ve hit it right on the mark this year. Add the fact that our schedule isnt too shabby, i can cnfidently say we are red hot superbowl contenders. Feels great!!!! #patsnation #onelove

        • Edelman11Fan

          well said. I am a huge #11 fan myself.

    • Cyrus Geller

      He has to prove that he can stay on the field. If he can, the gap will be very close over the next couple of years.