The New England Patriots secondary did a stellar job limiting Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green in Week 7. New England held Green to just 2 catchers for 32 yards after halftime.
A key contributor to the Patriots secondary has been safety Duron Harmon. The 25-year-old Rutgers product has taken on a leadership role in his fourth season with New England. The Patriots drafted Harmon 91st overall in the 2013 NFL draft.
Head coach Bill Belichick referenced several Boston sports legends when discussing Harmon’s leadership style at his Friday press conference.
“Duron is, I’d say every team, or most every team I’ve ever coached, there are always a couple guys on the team that I would say, for lack of a better word, that are silent leaders,” Belichick said.
“They have leadership but it kind of comes out in a little bit of a different way than Junior Seau or Tedy Bruschi or somebody like that. Again, I’m not saying one is better than the other, they’re just different, and I would put Duron kind of in the silent leader category.
“But I would say, and Bill Russell taught me this, that in a way, a silent leader in some respects is more powerful than a more vocal leader because you hear the vocal guy, you see him, you’re very aware of it, but then there are guys that give you that quiet leadership that in a way is more powerful because it’s not quite out there as much, but it’s that quiet push that sometimes can maybe have a little more impetus.”
Harmon has played in all 6 of the 5-1 Patriots’ games this season, starting in 2 contests. He’s totaled 7 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception.