Devin McCourty: Fun comes in winning, and Patriots do that a lot

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If winning isn’t fun, Devin McCourty doesn’t know what is.

“We got a couple guys from Cleveland that went 0-16, and they told me that wasn’t fun,” McCourty said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “I’m going to try to stay on this side.”

The Patriots are 102-26 in the regular season with four Super Bowl appearances, including two titles, since McCourty joined them as a first-round pick in 2010.

The Patriots reacted to former teammate Cassius Marsh‘s comment that playing for the Patriots is neither “fun” nor “happy.” Linebacker Dont'a Hightower said the Patriots have fun but admits it’s not for everyone.

McCourty wrote off Marsh’s comments as frustration.

“I’m always having fun, but I get it,” McCourty said. “Cassius had a frustrating time here. I didn’t think he would get released here and say New England was the time of his life. He can’t wait to try to come back some day.

“I think every experience for everyone, no matter what, is different. . . . You look at it, a team that beat us in the Super Bowl and you have guys [on their team] who are talking about it, so it’s front news. Cassius leaves, he played here, so that’s another one. But I think if you ask any guys on this team, the fun we have comes from hanging with each other, the relationships between the guys. A lot of our fun happens right in the locker room even before we come out here and have fun winning football games. Obviously, we work for a living, so in this business, you have to win. When you lose, that’s not fun. People get fired. That’s not fun.”

73 responses to “Devin McCourty: Fun comes in winning, and Patriots do that a lot

  1. Did you have fun last year when Nick Foles carved you up like a christmas turkey ?

  2. Since Devin has a twin brother who used to play for not-so-successful teams, he has even more insight into this than most.

  3. It’s sad that these guys feel like they have to respond to that claptrap.

  4. The Truth says:
    May 31, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Did you have fun last year when Nick Foles carved you up like a christmas turkey ?
    ————————

    Did the Eagles defense have fun getting carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey?

  5. The Truth says:
    May 31, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    Did you have fun last year when Nick Foles carved you up like a christmas turkey

    Lame

  6. Butler comments have been ignored about the SB, BB, NE.

    “I never got a reason,” Butler said. “I feel like this was the reason: I got kind of sick. I went to the hospital. They probably thought I was kind of late on the game plan. I wasn’t as locked in as I should be and could have been a matchup deal. It could have been anything.

    “But Bill Belichick has been doing this for a very long time. He took a veteran out of Super Bowl XLIX [against the Seahawks] and put in a first-year rookie, and that turned out right, so you could never question his decision. It didn’t work out right [against the Eagles]. It didn’t work out the best for me or him or the New England Patriots. But I can say he won more than he lost, so it is what it is. I always have love for New England, Bill Belichick, Mr. Kraft, all those guys. Life just goes on.”

  7. I complained to my boss that he personally does not do enough to make my job fun.

    I came back from lunch and there was a large box on my desk.

  8. Bill Belicheat gives statements to Devin McCourty. He’s the only guy that said the players knew Malcolm Butler was going to be benched in the Super Bowl. Now he fires back on behalf of Belicheat at Marsh. Malcolm Butler told me that being benched in the Super Bowl and watching your team get smoked is in fact NOT FUN.

  9. Damn 102-26 sounds fun to me. I wonder what’s the next best record in that span

  10. It sure was fun watching the Eagles outcoach and outplay the jerks last Super Bowl.
    Evdn more fun watching this teams dysfunction play out.
    The cheating dynasty is over.
    The Eagles slammed that window shut, slapped plywood over it, painted it, and Nick Foles put a FOR SALE BY OWNER sign on it

  11. This is so meaningless. I mean it has meaning, but this is just ridiculous. Everyone knows the Patriots way. They win a lot. It’s fun winning. When they lose big games with lots riding on it they find no fun at all and leave the field as the biggest sore losers ever because winning is everything…

  12. If everything were cupcakes and unicorns then the two most recognizable players on the roster would likely show up for OTA’s. Gronkowski and some guy named Brady are not there soaking in all the “FUN”.

  13. Lifetime Ban For Kneelers says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    It sure was fun watching the Eagles outcoach and outplay the jerks last Super Bowl.
    Evdn more fun watching this teams dysfunction play out.
    The cheating dynasty is over.
    The Eagles slammed that window shut, slapped plywood over it, painted it, and Nick Foles put a FOR SALE BY OWNER sign on it
    ———-

    Get outside much? Window is wide open until Brady says otherwise. Would love to you clowns get that far again, any day

  14. mmack66 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    The Truth says:
    May 31, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Did you have fun last year when Nick Foles carved you up like a christmas turkey ?
    ————————

    Did the Eagles defense have fun getting carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey?

    Since they got the Lombardi Trophy after the game I will go with an emphatic Yes. Lots of Fun.

  15. Some people will find things to complain about, no matter what. We play sports because they are fun.

    I never progressed past HS ball and played on a losing team. It was still fun. I had more fun when we won than when we lost. But even when our coach was running us into the ground because we played poorly…it was still fun. Even the low-lights of the worst games, we can still find things to laugh about years later, as we experienced them together–as a team.

    The guys complaining that N.E. wasn’t fun should just suck their thumbs and be quiet.

  16. Lifetime Ban For Kneelers says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    It sure was fun watching the Eagles outcoach and outplay the jerks last Super Bowl.
    Evdn more fun watching this teams dysfunction play out.
    The cheating dynasty is over.
    The Eagles slammed that window shut, slapped plywood over it, painted it, and Nick Foles put a FOR SALE BY OWNER sign on it
    ———————

    The Eagles get lucky, with some obvious help from the officiating crew, for once in nearly 60 years, and all of the sudden their fans think they are a great team. Maybe have some sustained success and/or win another one before you go nuts.

  17. If only Belichick would have named Brady player of the week in front of the troops last season…

  18. Lifetime Ban For Kneelers says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    It sure was fun watching the Eagles outcoach and outplay the jerks last Super Bowl.
    Evdn more fun watching this teams dysfunction play out.
    The cheating dynasty is over.
    The Eagles slammed that window shut, slapped plywood over it, painted it, and Nick Foles put a FOR SALE BY OWNER sign on it


    Christ.

    Do you know how many times we have seen this comment and still hasn’t happened

    The Patriots will be in another SB before the Eagles

  19. skmad2014 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    Candidate for dumbest debate ever.

    ——————-

    Well, the media is playing into the lowest common denominator for clicks….Haters and Troll Losers that make up 99% of the rest of the league.

    So, people like that started it and created a market for it, one that cheater Goodell and the owners play into as well.

    Meanwhile, the owners are trying to sell the public that 3-4 guys kneeling during an anthem that isn’t even really seen on my tv screen, is the reason for ratings drops.

    LMAO

    Keep doubling down, Roger! Double down again! And again and again and again…

    The NFLPA is sitting in the cat bird’s seat for the 2020 CBA negotiations and all non-Millennial fans should be thrilled with that.

    Let’s get it back to the old days when Rozelle and Tagliabue led a more honorable league, so the ratings can rise again.

  20. 49ers2017 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    mmack66 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    The Truth says:
    May 31, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Did you have fun last year when Nick Foles carved you up like a christmas turkey ?
    ————————

    Did the Eagles defense have fun getting carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey?

    Since they got the Lombardi Trophy after the game I will go with an emphatic Yes. Lots of Fun.

    —————–

    Good thing they got those 2 free TDs, huh?

    Have rules ever been changed during a SB before? Hmm.

  21. ExitStrategy says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:06 pm
    I complained to my boss that he personally does not do enough to make my job fun.

    I came back from lunch and there was a large box on my desk.
    —————————————-
    Im actually impressed your ID still worked to get back in the building.

  22. mediasloppy says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    This is so meaningless. I mean it has meaning, but this is just ridiculous. Everyone knows the Patriots way. They win a lot. It’s fun winning. When they lose big games with lots riding on it they find no fun at all and leave the field as the biggest sore losers ever because winning is everything…

    ——————

    Excuse me? The clasisest players and coaches are somehow sore losers? All they do is compliment the opponent and treat them with respect, never making excuses.

    If what you said was true, they’d be demanding explanations on the 2 free TDs that Philly received and an investigation into why rules were changed during the game to help the opponent. TWICE.

  23. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    It’s EASY to win when you cheat. Or at least it should be. I guess Belicheck couldn’t think of a good enough scam for the Eagles this year

    It must suck to know the Patriots are a better team than whatever team it is you root for.

    Sucks so much you actually took the time to create a username to take a shot at the team you are clearly jealous of

  24. That Eagle player is so obsessed with the Patriots. And that Marsh, maybe he should stop and mull that maybe he got hired because of his stint with the Patriots. Maybe Niners will have more “ fun” now because of JimmyG molded by the not fun Patriots. We hear the Niners players awed by JimmyG ways, his professionalism, leadership, awesomeness, all may we brag, because that’s the Patriots Way. The Patriot team is not for sissies.

  25. Lifetime Ban For Kneelers says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    It sure was fun watching the Eagles outcoach and outplay the jerks last Super Bowl.
    Evdn more fun watching this teams dysfunction play out.
    The cheating dynasty is over.
    The Eagles slammed that window shut, slapped plywood over it, painted it, and Nick Foles put a FOR SALE BY OWNER sign on it

    ———————–

    So they celebrated beating the “jerks” by acting like jerks themselves….for three straight months afterward.

    Oh yeah, and we all loved those videos of their fans eating horse poop in the street. I guess in some weird way it’s better than punching them.

  26. tylawspick6 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:30 pm
    skmad2014 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    The NFLPA is sitting in the cat bird’s seat for the 2020 CBA negotiations

    ——————-
    I dont think it matters what seat they are in. Have you ever watched the NFLPA negotiate?

    “Ok fine, we will give you the consession that we will let you protest at games, but then you have to give us concessions on the benefits and long term care for you and your families.”

    Who won?

  27. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    Nick Foles carved up the Pats? Just like TB12 throwing for over 500 yards carved up Philly !
    At least the Pat TD’s were legal, unlike 2 of Philly ‘s!!
    _________________
    Who got the win?

  28. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    Who got the win?? The team that had 2 ILLEGAL TD’s that who!!!
    ________________
    🙁

  29. crush22 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:42 pm
    pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    Nick Foles carved up the Pats? Just like TB12 throwing for over 500 yards carved up Philly !
    At least the Pat TD’s were legal, unlike 2 of Philly ‘s!!
    _________________
    Who got the win?

    Ha ha ha

    A Colts fan TRYING to talk shiz on the Patriots
    That’s funny

    You know who didn’t get any wins ????

  30. Lifetime Ban For Kneelers says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    It sure was fun watching the Eagles outcoach and outplay the jerks last Super Bowl.
    Evdn more fun watching this teams dysfunction play out.
    The cheating dynasty is over.
    The Eagles slammed that window shut, slapped plywood over it, painted it, and Nick Foles put a FOR SALE BY OWNER sign on it

    =================================================

    ive been hearing this every year for so many years. that and hahahaha bradys done. hasnt happened yet.

  31. Patriots Fans! Imagine if Jimmy G was still on the roster! Tom Brady could play 18 more years, retire, take over as head coach. This Dynasty could have gone another 50 years! Assuming Jimmy G could also play until he reaches social security eligibility.

  32. tylawspick6 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    mediasloppy says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    This is so meaningless. I mean it has meaning, but this is just ridiculous. Everyone knows the Patriots way. They win a lot. It’s fun winning. When they lose big games with lots riding on it they find no fun at all and leave the field as the biggest sore losers ever because winning is everything…

    ——————

    Excuse me? The clasisest players and coaches are somehow sore losers? All they do is compliment the opponent and treat them with respect, never making excuses.

    If what you said was true, they’d be demanding explanations on the 2 free TDs that Philly received and an investigation into why rules were changed during the game to help the opponent. TWICE.
    ————–
    Dude, please tell me what organization leaves the field after the biggest blow and sends someone out of the locker room to meet the media in place of the head coach…

  33. I love how all of you chowder heads are so butt hurt. You lost, Brady is done, gronkowski wants to retire, Belichick is a huge cheater, and the patsies are no fun.

  34. Eagles fan here… I would rather not have fun and win as much as the Patriots have with that said why are you pats fans letting the few trolls get under your skin? You guys had a great run and it’s probably not over as long as you have your coach and QB be proud and don’t stoop to the trolls. #superbowlchamps

  35. PATRIOTS LOST! End of conversation! PHILADELPHIA EAGLES SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS 2018

  36. The Truth says:
    May 31, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    Did you have fun last year when Nick Foles carved you up like a christmas turkey ?

    ——-
    Miss your team have fun watching the postseason from home like they do every year?

  37. The few iggles players that are foaming at the mouth with this fun thing are only cheapening their victory ,the Patriots are a great organization and if you happen to beat them you really accomplished something ,in my lifetime I have only seen 4 winning machines the Patriots ,Niners and Steelers and Cowboys ,that’s a combined 21 Lombardi’s ,,,,iggles 1 more than none ,,period stop !

  38. The Truth says:
    May 31, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    Did you have fun last year when Nick Foles carved you up like a christmas turkey ?

    ———-

    That one goes in the not-fun category. Oh well… can’t win if you don’t put your chips on the table.

  39. I’m waiting for streetguy to come on and tell ya how they were missing Mike Singletary, Lawrence Taylor, Ronnie Lott and Reggie White on d.

  40. ‘When the Patriots lose big games with lots riding on it they find no fun at all and leave the field as the biggest sore losers ever because winning is everything’

    You know whats worse than being a ‘sore loser’? Being a ‘sore winner’.

    I guess that’s what happens when you repeatedly run into steel poles.

  41. cheating is fun too until you get caught, and that has happened twice to the Patsies and probably more to come.

  42. rjth2012 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 5:25 pm
    PATRIOTS LOST! End of conversation! PHILADELPHIA EAGLES SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS 2018

    ———-

    The conversation is just starting. That was the 2017 season. 99 days before the new season and there will no longer be a champ. Better get to celebrating instead of worrying about the Patriots having fun.

  43. mediasloppy says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    This is so meaningless. I mean it has meaning, but this is just ridiculous. Everyone knows the Patriots way. They win a lot. It’s fun winning. When they lose big games with lots riding on it they find no fun at all and leave the field as the biggest sore losers ever because winning is everything…

    ————-

    It’s not 5th grade playground football. Millions of dollars are at stake. Careers are at stake. Winning really is everything. Losers better be sore, or they better not be there.

  44. theringisthething says:
    May 31, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    ‘When the Patriots lose big games with lots riding on it they find no fun at all and leave the field as the biggest sore losers ever because winning is everything’

    You know whats worse than being a ‘sore loser’? Being a ‘sore winner’.

    I guess that’s what happens when you repeatedly run into steel poles.
    ————-
    I had to thumbs up that even though it quotes me. A sore winner can be obnoxious. I have to put up with packer throlls constantly rip on my team. lol

  45. This is dumbest debate ever. In professional sport, it’s all about winning. That what keeps the business running. So eagles won for the first time, great, good for them and all the hard work they put in. Every team has a different philosophy and nothing is for ever. Patriots suffered until Bill came along; each player has to decide what is important to them; laughing and goofing around or be a professional and come to work like one.

  46. This is silliest debate ever. In professional sport, it’s all about winning. That what keeps the business running. So eagles won for the first time, great, good for them and all the hard work they put in. Every team has a different philosophy and nothing is for ever. Patriots suffered until Bill came along; each player has to decide what is important to them; laughing and goofing around or be a professional and come to work like one.

  47. I actually am feeling really bad for the future of our society. Hard work and winning used to be celebrated and admired. Now the “everyone-gets-a-trophy” generation sees these qualities as ” too hard” and wants everyone to just feel good and have fun. If these people were running the country in the 1940s they would have simply given up.

    Hopefully some future generation will see things differently.

  48. stucats says:
    May 31, 2018 at 5:47 pm
    cheating is fun too until you get caught, and that has happened twice to the Patsies and probably more to come.

    But being a jealous crybaby on the internet is endless

  49. Losing is never fun. The Philthydelphia football team has done a lot of that over the years.

  50. Not hard to choose who is the more mature, self-aware individual that anyone would prefer to work with or have in the family. Some “men” are actually children all their life. Gronk is a clown but he’s business when it comes to doing his job.

  51. after this recent super bowl victory by the eagles I can Giants fans are infinitely classier about winning ( probably because it was their 1st and only SB win) and I’d say the Giants had more to gloat about having beat the 18-0 team, last year’s team was probably the least talented patriots roster Brady has drug to a super bowl.

  52. The iggles….I’m happy for the 100 year olds that finally got to see them win a superbowl….I bet they had fun all them futile years..meanwhile my 20 year old son keeps asking me “whats a losing season”?Well at least now you eagle fans have more to cheer and talk about than rocky movies.

  53. Kids whose parents were strict and disciplined them, typically turned out pretty good.
    Kids whose parents tried to be their “friend” and who were not disciplined, typically turned out to be emotionally stupid losers.
    Belichick runs a tight ship that produces results. Most players would rather win than go somewhere else, get paid, lose a lot, and ultimately become a cap casualty.
    Either you have a backbone and can take it or you can’t. Few NE players have succeeded on other teams, that speaks volumes about the players and how the Patriots used them.

  54. sexualspaghetti says:
    May 31, 2018 at 7:25 pm
    after this recent super bowl victory by the eagles I can Giants fans are infinitely classier about winning ( probably because it was their 1st and only SB win) and I’d say the Giants had more to gloat about having beat the 18-0 team, last year’s team was probably the least talented patriots roster Brady has drug to a super bowl.

    4 1 Rate This

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    it’s called injuries

    they were loaded until the rash of injuries piled up

    good lord. why is this so hard to grasp?

  55. Pats fans when they win “NO EXCUSES”

    When they lose: “here’s all the excuses, wait, I’ve got more, where are you going, I HAVE MORE EXCUSES”

  56. Does lane have fun on random drug test day or not?We know he likes shopping online(how he bought his peds) but I have more fun shopping in stores because then if you make a bad purchase you only have yourself to blame.You don’t have to blame the NFLPA or some app.I wonder how people hit a button to buy something and say that was fun.To each his own….Get out the house lane and see if you can have fun living ped free.

  57. 49ers2017 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:20 pm
    If everything were cupcakes and unicorns then the two most recognizable players on the roster would likely show up for OTA’s. Gronkowski and some guy named Brady are not there soaking in all the “FUN”.

    Yup, they passed on OTAs, along with many other players from most teams. BTW, running into a blocking sled is never fun for anyone. Anyone who actually played or truly understands football knows this. Now you know as well.

  58. mmack66 says:
    May 31, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    The Truth says:
    May 31, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Did you have fun last year when Nick Foles carved you up like a christmas turkey ?
    ————————

    Did the Eagles defense have fun getting carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey?

    ———

    Did the Patriots have fun taking that “L”?

  59. I bet the Pats had fun 5 times!!!! All of those Super bowl champion parties!!!!

    I’m hoping for a super bowl repeat vs Eagles.. You must smash them!

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