- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty received two votes for Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year -- one from John Czarnecki of Fox Sports and one from Dave Goldberg of AOL Fanhouse.
Today, Goldberg offers up his analysis.
"I went with McCourty over [Ndamukong] Suh because I felt that even as a rookie, he transformed the secondary from a rather lackluster unit into one that helped them record the NFL's best record," Goldberg writes in an e-mail. "Not only the  interceptions but also the coverage. He certainly outplayed [Darrelle] Revis, who made All-Pro on reputation. Revis played well late, but held out and, as holdouts usually do, pulled a muscle. McCourty never played like a rookie. In the games I saw, both in person and on TV, he was rarely hesitant and almost always aggressive, which is uncommon for a rookie."
Goldberg notes that he voted Suh for All-Pro at defensive tackle, along with Vince Wilfork.
"I thought Wilfork, McCourty and [Jerod] Mayo were the reasons the Pats defense was better this year," he writes. "But especially McCourty, because the other cornerbacks were shaky so often and rotated in and out, starting with [Darius] Butler's benching."