Great stuff as always, and here’s a nugget about the how the dominoes might start to fall in the secondary today. Hopefully Chung can finally get back out on the field. He hasn’t missed a practice yet has been out since Seattle.
McCourty and Gregory are essentially the same players, deep free safeties. When they’re both on the field, one has to play closer to the line in the strong safety position, and that’s a weakness for each of them. It was on display against the Bills when they combined for six missed tackles. To be the best they can on defense, the Patriots need Chung playing next to McCourty. He’s the strong safety on this team. And that would free up Gregory to fill a variety of roles (safety, cornerback, nickel, dime), which is exactly what he was supposed to do before the season started and McCourty looked headed to safety.