Reporting Levan Reid
FOXBORO (CBS) – On the final day of Patriots camp, former cornerback, Ty Law was in the house for a visit. He talked about missing the game and building team camaraderie. He said the game has changed inside the lines. For one, he thinks safeties and cornerbacks need to seek each other’s help.
“Stay on the film and work with your safeties. That’s one thing that most defensive backs, cornerbacks don’t do. They don’t get together enough. I remember when I played, we got together and we went out and ate together,” said Law. “We watched film together. We’d go out at somebody’s house. We’d get a case of beer, we drank a couple of beers, and we watched film. I mean that’s what you do, and it builds camaraderie. If you can trust somebody off the field, you can trust them on the field. That’s what we did, and that’s how we were able to be successful.”
He also said he would call some of the best players at his position in the game and get advice. Ty called it “making friends” and said it was very important to his growth at the position.
“I used to call Rod Woodson and Deion Sanders when I was playing and I was at the top of my game, just to try to see what they did to this guy, what do you think of this guy, and I think that’s the mark of someone wanting to get better. Just because you made it, that doesn’t mean you know everything,” Law said.
Finally, Ty mentioned playing defensive back is all about the swagger. If you believe that you are going to shut someone down then that’s all that counts and when you get beat, you have to believe it wont happen again.
“It’s all about swagger when you’re playing defensive back. If you get beat as a defensive back early, you have to expect for them to come at you often. To the best of your ability, you want to nip that in the bud and show swagger right off the rip,” he said. “Let’s say they did get you, just make sure they don’t get you again the next time. Do whatever is in your power to say ‘You know what, you’re going to stay off of me. I’m going to make you throw the ball over there.’ And then the guy over there says ‘Hey, you aren’t going to throw at me, you better throw it at him.’”
Ty said if they had changed the rules earlier and only allowed one practice, he might be still playing.