Bill Belichick is pleased with the continued progress of the New England Patriots secondary.
After a slow start, Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore and New England’s cornerbacks have steadily improved their play. Belichick is encouraged with their advancement.
“I thought Steph had a solid game,” Belichick said on a Monday conference, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “I thought our entire secondary covered competitively against a very good group of receivers.”
The Patriots haven’t allowed more than 17 points during their seven-game winning streak. New England still has the NFL’s second worst defense as far as passing yards allowed per. Yet, the Patriots have a bend but don’t break defense. New England’s defensive unit gets stingy when opponents are near the red zone. The team ranks 11th in the NFL in points allowed.
New England’s secondary isn’t where Belichick wants it to be. Although, their steady improvement is a positive sign.