Ty Law does not like what he saw from the Patriots’ defensive backs last week against the Vikings.
On “The Greg Hill Show” Tuesday, the NFL Hall of Famer ripped into the Patriots’ secondary for allowing 301 passing yards to Minnesota. Worst of all, Justin Jefferson torched New England for nine catches and 139 yards with a touchdown. Adam Thielen caught nine balls and found the end zone as well.
ty law calls out the patriots' defense
“Defensively, just when I was saying, ‘Who you know what? These boys can play, this secondary can play,’ you let Justin Jefferson come up there and get nine catches for 140 yards, whatever it was,” said Law. “Eighteen catches in the secondary? Come on. Is anybody actually going to challenge him?”
While the Patriots rank towards the top of the league in most offensive categories, their rough performance against the Vikings introduced fresh questions about whether they can stack up against quality offenses. They’ve stifled Mitch Trubisky, Jared Goff, Jacoby Brissett, Zach Wilson and Sam Ehlinger so far this season.
Not exactly murderer’s row.
Law thinks they need an individual player to step up.
“From when I was there, Asante [Samuel] was there, Darrelle Revis, Stephon Gilmore. we ain’t letting somebody go up there and do whatever they want to do without trying or challenging them,” he said. “I give the secondary, even though they got an interception, another turnover, which is great, I give them a big thumbs down, because you don’t let somebody go out there and beat your ass like that.”
Law hits on the biggest deficiency with the Patriots’ defense: talent. It’s apparent they’re well-coached and capable of owning bad quarterbacks. But NFL teams need more than scheme to win against the best competition.
The Patriots defense may not have a cornerback who can match up 1-on-1 against a player like Jefferson. But Law says they have to try.
“I’m a secondary guy. They’ve got to step back up this week,” he said. "I wasn’t happy with that performance, letting one man do that.”
The road ahead for the Patriots’ defensive backs doesn’t get any easier. They’ll have the pleasure of matching up against Stefon Diggs Thursday night.