Patriots love the fit of Lions castoff Kyle Van Noy

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The Lions are doing their level best to imitate every aspect of the Patriot Way.

But a guy they didn’t seem to have any use for has flourished since escaping Detroit and landing in New England.

Via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, Patriots coach Bill Belichick showered linebacker Kyle Van Noy with praise after a day of joint practices with the team that traded him in 2016.

“Kyle’s done a good job for us,” Belichick said. “Kyle’s a versatile player. He fits well into our scheme. The scheme that he was in before I think was maybe not as good a fit for him, similar to when we got [linebacker Rosevelt Colvin] from the Bears. Sometimes some players fit in one situation and one scheme a little bit better than others.”

Van Noy was three seasons into his Lions career, apparently miscast, when they sent the former second-round pick to the Patriots for a seventh-round pick. Once saved, he won a couple of Super Bowls, and has become a key part of Belichick’s defense, leading them in tackles last year

“Kyle’s done a great job for us,” Belichick said. “He’s smart, he’s very instinctive, he does a good job with communication.

“He can call signals. We have multiple signal-callers on our defense, and that’s a good thing that helps with communication and adjustments. He’s made a lot of big plays for us since we got him. I’m glad we have him. He’s done a great job.”

As Belichick noted, he’s not the first player to perform better on a good team than a bad one. And perhaps when Van Noy hits free agency next year, the Lions can overspend for him — the way they did for former Patriot Trey Flowers.

19 responses to “Patriots love the fit of Lions castoff Kyle Van Noy

  1. This is very typical of our pathetic Lions organization. At least he can play for a team that knows what they’re doing now. Good Luck!

  2. That’s funny. Pretty good shot at the Lions. Especially the way you targeted the Trey Flowers contract. It’s remarkable how smart The Patriots are.

  3. Van Noy’s on a $6mil/yr contract, Hightower’s on a $9mil/yr contract. I think the Pats will offer in that range come next year. Will see if other teams go overboard. Hightower visited other teams; I am sure he will have some advice for Van Noy come March 2020.

  4. Hightower, Van Noy, Collins and Bentley may very well be the best LB core in the NFL.

  5. What a steal. TO think BB had the stones to unload Collins mid season and then acquire this guy who has helped them to 3 SBs, winning 2? Who says BB cannot collect talent? He’d be the best Steelers LB on their starting roster right now.

    A beast.

  6. Lions4Life says:
    August 6, 2019 at 8:25 am
    This is very typical of our pathetic Lions organization. At least he can play for a team that knows what they’re doing now. Good Luck!

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    Yeah, sorry about that. Sounds like Van Noy was ousted based on the coach’s unwillingness to coach. Caldwell was TERRIBLE.

    Mayhew set you back years with poor drafts and even when he hit, he didn’t know it. Quinn should have fought harder to keep him, but Caldwell was already there.

  7. dickshotdogs says:
    August 6, 2019 at 8:30 am
    That’s funny. Pretty good shot at the Lions. Especially the way you targeted the Trey Flowers contract. It’s remarkable how smart The Patriots are.

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    It’s true, except technically Flowers and Van Noy play different positions. Van Noy is a 3-4 OLB. Flowers is more of a 4-3 DE, with the ability to go in the NASCAR package at 4-3DT on obvious passing downs. He’s rare in a sense he is very consistent over a lot of snaps (not that Van Noy is not), but can move all over the line and not lose anything quality-wise vs the run or in the pass rush. Rare quality in every phase for Flowers. Van Noy is more of a strong side OLB in a BB D.

  8. I always thought Van Noy was a bit slow getting to the ball. Slow reaction time I think.

  9. factschecker says:
    August 6, 2019 at 8:47 am
    Hightower, Van Noy, Collins and Bentley may very well be the best LB core in the NFL.

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    As for a full corps, don’t forget John Simon. A 2nd rd pick from OSU with 3-4 experience in Houston and Indy, who was let go in INdy due to the move to the 4-3. He played very well and got better as he want in a tough environment, having a nice SB in the weakside 3-4 OLB look. NE doesn’t play a base D, but you may see more 3-4 looks a la 2003/2004 from BB now since he has the components. The underrated steal from the Jets (Mike PEnnell) makes this possible. The Jets fans don’t even know the quality of their own players. lol

  10. Don Milner says:
    August 6, 2019 at 8:58 am
    I always thought Van Noy was a bit slow getting to the ball. Slow reaction time I think.

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    You can either have a TJ Watt style player who refuses to set the edge, gets swallowed up by the tackle leaving gaping holes on the strong side, or you can have a stout, responsible defender who understands the position.

    He’s not a speed LB, no. His instincts and IQ cover up for any perceived speed issues.

  11. Nice piece, but totally off base to write: “As Belichick noted, he’s not the first player to perform better on a good team than a bad one.” That’s a dig from the writer; Belichick said nothing of the kind. In fact, BB went out of his way to make sure his comments wouldn’t sound like a dis on the Lions by saying that the same no-fit problem had happened when the Pats acquired Colvin.

  12. Don Milner says:
    August 6, 2019 at 8:58 am
    I always thought Van Noy was a bit slow getting to the ball. Slow reaction time I think.

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    A lot of us simply go by end results. “How much does he do to help his teams win games”. And he scores really high in that regard. Its better than just ‘thinking’ stuff.

  13. spartanlegend says:
    August 6, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Seems like an unnecessary dig at the Lions but whatever

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    The Lions a bottom dwelling, miserable franchise and you know it but whatever

  14. dickshotdogs says:
    August 6, 2019 at 8:30 am
    That’s funny. Pretty good shot at the Lions. Especially the way you targeted the Trey Flowers contract. It’s remarkable how smart The Patriots are.

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    I read that as the author taking shots at the Lions, not Belichick or any of the Patriots. Even if the author was sort of putting the words in Belichicks mouth at the end of the article if you read back up you can see what Belichick said really and it was just a dry assessment of players, not a dig on any team’s past decisions.

  15. StaffordisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysturntheballover says:
    August 6, 2019 at 12:25 pm
    spartanlegend says:
    August 6, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Seems like an unnecessary dig at the Lions but whatever

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    The Lions a bottom dwelling, miserable franchise and you know it but whatever

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    See? This is what an unnecessary dig at the Lions looks like. Not what Belichick said.

  16. The Lions a bottom dwelling, miserable franchise and you know it but whatever

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    See? This is what an unnecessary dig at the Lions looks like. Not what Belichick said.

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    So a team that has one playoff win in 62 years (1991 last win) that is typically always in last or third place in the division should not be held accountable with a negative “dig?”

    man, you must have uncanny patience…

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