The makeup of the secondary will change next week when Aqib Talib, acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, will be eligible to return after a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
“This week we’ve got to just focus on who’s here and what we have to do to get a win,” McCourty said, “and then, I think, next week when all that comes into play, it’ll really help us out.”
It also could mean more time at safety for McCourty once Talib gets acclimated — a process McCourty could speed up with his experience at cornerback.
“I have a good knowledge of, especially for our corners, what they’re doing,” he said. “So I think a little bit of that helps where I can say things and I communicate with them to let them know I’m on the same page as them.”