Devin McCourty: Staying with Patriots the new challenge he was looking for

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Patriots safety Devin McCourty thought he needed to leave New England this offseason.

Everybody else did, so why should he be different?

But he said the ability to play with his brother again and the new test presented by rebuilding the Patriots was enough to convince him to come back, at a time when most other Patriots veterans were heading out the door.

“Going into free agency, I was thinking that at this stage in my career, I was ready for a change,” McCourty wrote in the Players Tribune. I mean, I love New England. But after 10 years and winning three Super Bowls, something inside was telling me that I was ready for a new challenge. And I thought I might have to go elsewhere to find it.”

As it turns out, the challenge will be putting the pieces together, after mainstays from Tom Brady to Kyle Van Noy to Jamie Collins to Nate Ebner to Duron Harmon heading out.

McCourty acknowledged the obvious, that without Brady quarterbacking the team after 20 years and six Super Bowls, maintaining the level they’re accustomed to will be difficult. But he’s leaning into that effort.

“People are going to say that because Tom’s gone, the dynasty is over,” he wrote. “They’re already burying us, far as I can tell. And that’s fine. Let ’em. We’ve never listened to the noise, and we’re not about to start now. But the task is definitely taller this coming year than it has been in years past. There’s more work to do. And it’s not gonna be so easy this time around. That’s where the new challenge comes in.

“I thought I had to leave New England to find what I was looking for. But it turns out that there is no greater challenge for me right now than leading this Patriots team into a new era and helping ensure that this next wave of players can continue our legacy and build on what we’ve already achieved as a franchise. That’s what I’m most excited about moving forward.”

As one of the few remaining links to past success, it will be hard for McCourty to keep his team at that level. But he wanted a challenge, and he has certainly found one.

33 responses to “Devin McCourty: Staying with Patriots the new challenge he was looking for

  1. No offseason program means that Miami will have trouble developing chemistry with all of the new players. 8-8 at best.

    Buffalo will be tough again this year, but should split the season series 1-1. 11-5 at best.

    NYJ are the NYJ as long as Gase is there. 6-10 at best.

    NE should easily take the division again at 12-4 (11-5 at worst, as long as BB is there)

  2. That’s a great attitude to convey to the whole team.

    I know Devin was thrilled to have Jason join the Patriots and their families live across the street from each other. Nice for them to have that continue.

  3. I am dead serious when I say this:

    I think BB thought Stidham would have run the offense better vs Miami and Tenn late last year.

    How does Brady look good vs Buffalo, throw a TD to LaCosse for example, and then turn around and do a 180 running the offense so poorly vs Miami?

    I know the answer and so does BB, which is why Brady is not there anymore.

    Hint: Terry Bradshaw hit on it yesterday.

  4. Too bad this season will be over before it starts…. i would have enjoyed seeing him & the rest of the team do just that!!!
    Go Pats!!!see ya in 2021!!!! HOPEFULLY!!!
    Stay healthy everyone & good luck!!!

  5. Devin. . . THAT is the right attitude! Kudos, man!

    And to clear up one part of the article. . . I don’t believe that Duron Harmon “Headed for the door”, I believe he was “Shown the door”, which I think was a big mistake.

    Gritty football is cool football.

    Go Patriots!

  6. right now I think there is less than a 50% chance that Stidham can lead the Patriots into the playoffs and win one playoff game.

    that being said I would like to see it happen for one reason and one reason only. 31 team owners and coaches will have a collective heart attack – LOL

  7. kurdishpats1 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 9:12 am
    No offseason program means that Miami will have trouble developing chemistry with all of the new players. 8-8 at best.

    Buffalo will be tough again this year, but should split the season series 1-1. 11-5 at best.

    NYJ are the NYJ as long as Gase is there. 6-10 at best.

    NE should easily take the division again at 12-4 (11-5 at worst, as long as BB is there)

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    For years, it’s been 12-4+ with Brady. Slam dunk. I have the numbers as 2 wins per year because of Brady, 2 because of BB.

    Minus the 2 now with no Brady, so no worse than 10-6.

    I am dead serious when I say NE won 10 games last year literally from the Defense and STs. Brady’s last offensive brilliance came vs Miami in October. Brown was cut for obvious reasons, pressure from Goodell and other NFL teams, and then Brady literally checked out.

    In BB’s eyes, Stidham won’t be checking out.

  8. The rise of “the Rooster” Mahomes and the Hall of Famer L. Jackson make it a good time to regroup.

    TB should enjoy the senior living in St. Pete

  9. 6ringsnewengland says:
    March 24, 2020 at 9:51 am
    right now I think there is less than a 50% chance that Stidham can lead the Patriots into the playoffs and win one playoff game.

    that being said I would like to see it happen for one reason and one reason only. 31 team owners and coaches will have a collective heart attack – LOL

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    I have a Jets friend (unfortunately), who has run his mouth for 20 years and I’ve stolen money from him for that time span, as he claimed NE is done and this and that for 20 years. Anyway, he won’t take my bet that NE wins the division with Stidham, even for $100.

    Telling.

  10. That’s a leader right there! others ran away from the challenge while hes embraced it ! That’s the patriot way never give up and fight till the end.im more excited about the Pat’s then ever!!!!!

  11. So My man TB is gone, But My Main man BB is still in the saddle.

    10 & 6 would be nice, 11 & 5 is asking a bit much with the schedule we have this upcoming season.

    Stay safe everyone…… ride out this storm…. stay strong keep your elders in mind and heart. Covind-19 spare no one… be alert….

  12. My favorite part of the year is watching BB build his team. Free agency, draft, trades, salary cap management.
    I was in the camp that thought it was time for Tom to move on.An extra $25 to $30 mil against the cap for the next 2 years would have been tough.
    A lot of draft picks this year, will be another big haul next year as well.Need to rebuild the defensive front 7. Should have a lot of cap room next year.
    I think the 2021 team will be good. Really good, if Stidham progresses.

  13. Challenge is a cute way to describe a tsunami 1/2 mile away as you make a sand castle on the beach

  14. I’m weirdly looking forward to life after Brady just as a change of pace, I’ll forever cherish Brady on the Pats and don’t think their run together Will ever be matched, but change was inevitable with a 43 old QB. I wish he would’ve ‘went out on top’ or had a last season or last hurrahs, etc….but oh well.

    I like Stidham, I think he’ll grow into a solid QB, and with a good defense he shouldn’t have to carry the load a ton (much like Brady’s early years). Hopefully he can limit the turnovers and spread the ball around.

    Defense definitely took a big hit with key departures, and they didn’t play as well later in the year, giving the ‘easy early schedule’ folks some Credence.

    Good luck TB, will watch from afar and am excited for Stidham and this new chapter. Gotta love sports.

  15. “I think BB thought Stidham would have run the offense better vs Miami and Tenn late last year.”
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    Stidham was a rookie last year and went 2-4 with an INT for the season. BB could easily have been falling out of love with Brady but he probably didn’t think Stidham was was a better option, else he would have actually put Stidham in there.

    Seeing lots of the two camps who either thought the Pats were good totally due to Brady or totally due to BB. I think both those groups are going to be surprised to learn it was a combination of the two of them making the team great. I don’t see either having anywhere close to the success they had together. Odds of the Pats and Bucs both missing the playoffs are probably better than both of them making it this coming season.

  16. stipez says:
    March 24, 2020 at 10:05 am
    The rise of “the Rooster” Mahomes and the Hall of Famer L. Jackson make it a good time to regroup….
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    I was not aware that the University of Louisville had its own Hall of Fame. Congratulations to L. Jackson on being elected to the only HOF he will ever be elected to, the University of Louisville HOF. That is one more HOF than any of us will ever make.

  17. Devin is a good dude and all but let’s not be talking about challenge while people are suffering and not sure how they’ll make ends meet… that’s a real challenge.

  18. People “like” Stidham, based WHAT???

    He’s thrown FOUR passes, completed just two for fourteen yards, and had an interception.

    THIS is the guy you’re thinking can win 10 – 12 games????

    And tylawspick6 thinks Brady was worth just two wins a year????

    Some of you Pats fans are just too stupid to appreciate just how great Tom Brady is! Between no Brady, and a now-crippled defense, New England will be lucky to win 8 games.

  19. BB obviously believe in Stidham. Will be interesting to see how well he does. Brady had a few hiccups his first games and so likely will Stidham. As long as he responds with the very hard work BB will want to see from him I think he’ll do well.

    He’ll need to be like Brady was up till a couple years ago. Revis had a great story about Brady when he came here in 2014. First day of camp he came in at 730 AM, and Brady was already there working. Next day it was 7 AM, Brady was already in working. Third day it was 630 AM, Brady was already there working. Next day was 6 AM, Brady was already there working and Revis gave up trying to beat him in.

    That’s what Stidham needs to do or close to it. Be there first every day and lead the team by example.

  20. Oh my god. Reading these comments from Pats fans is amazing. 10-12 wins? With Brian Hoyer and that roster??

    You guys are in for a rude awakening.

  21. lgw91s says:
    March 24, 2020 at 10:25 am
    My favorite part of the year is watching BB build his team. Free agency, draft, trades, salary cap management.
    I was in the camp that thought it was time for Tom to move on.An extra $25 to $30 mil against the cap for the next 2 years would have been tough.
    A lot of draft picks this year, will be another big haul next year as well.Need to rebuild the defensive front 7. Should have a lot of cap room next year.
    I think the 2021 team will be good. Really good, if Stidham progresses.

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    Exactly.

    1. 12 draft picks, 3 3rds in 2020 draft.
    2. A red-shirted 2019 class, with the ones who weren’t redshirted looking very good as rookies in their own, respective ways (Winowich, Meyers, Harry).
    3. Over 100 million in cap space in 2021.

    This means BB will do what he did in 2011. The difference is better continuity when BB loaded up on picks in 2010. There are more system vets in place now than 2010 when that transition happened.

    And, go back and look at Brady’s 2011 play. It wasn’t good comparing it to 2010.

    The Lockout hurt, sure, and it probably will hurt him badly in TB now.

    So, the difference is NE had Brady there, but just how good was Brady in 2011? BB is likely banking on the idea that Stidham probably doesn’t lose the game vs Miami or even Tenn.

    How many drives last year did Brady and that offense blow on 3 and outs after continuous short fields for example?

    Brady’s 2018 red zone work was awful, for exampkle, and that was with Edelman/Gronk. He had some of the worst numbers in the league in 2018. Read it agaih, if you need to. That was 2018. The SB win by the D masked how long this has been going on and it coincides directly with Brady’s post MVp 2017 season and him not getting some enormous deal from BB until age 45. That’s why he kept publicly lobbying “age 45” as he was pimping his avacado books and documentatries.

    As if that passive aggressiveness didn’t drive BB insane? Of course it did.

  22. lemmetalkwouldya says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:00 am
    People “like” Stidham, based WHAT???

    He’s thrown FOUR passes, completed just two for fourteen yards, and had an interception.

    THIS is the guy you’re thinking can win 10 – 12 games????

    And tylawspick6 thinks Brady was worth just two wins a year????

    Some of you Pats fans are just too stupid to appreciate just how great Tom Brady is! Between no Brady, and a now-crippled defense, New England will be lucky to win 8 games.

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    1. Jim Nagy (google him)
    2. BB’s private work with intended starters (Brady, Cassel and JimmyG)
    3. McDaniels
    4. Pats players very impressed with him taking Brady’s #1 reps against the best D in the league.

    I like those odds, thanks very much. Enjoy your day!

  23. jasons81 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 10:56 am
    Devin is a good dude and all but let’s not be talking about challenge while people are suffering and not sure how they’ll make ends meet… that’s a real challenge.

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    lemmetalkwouldya says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:00 am
    People “like” Stidham, based WHAT???

    He’s thrown FOUR passes, completed just two for fourteen yards, and had an interception.

    THIS is the guy you’re thinking can win 10 – 12 games????

    And tylawspick6 thinks Brady was worth just two wins a year????

    Some of you Pats fans are just too stupid to appreciate just how great Tom Brady is! Between no Brady, and a now-crippled defense, New England will be lucky to win 8 games.

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    That’s not what I mean, Mr. Comprehension. The point is, BB is so great, he can steal 2 games per year with his brilliance. Brady? Same thing. That’s 4 wins per year where the Pats win a game they shouldn’t have because of those humans.

    Get it?

    That’s now been slashed by 50%, IMO, because Brady left.

    Like I said, NE’s D and STs won 10/12 games last year by themselves. Have a nice day!

  24. At 7am, Ben Roethlisberger is at a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through getting 3 bacon egg and cheese croissants to start the day.. Large ice coffee—extra cream, extra sugar…

    Actually, more like 9am, but you get the contrast between him and Brady. That stuff matters.

  25. chickensalad43 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:18 am
    Oh my god. Reading these comments from Pats fans is amazing. 10-12 wins? With Brian Hoyer and that roster??

    You guys are in for a rude awakening.

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    A loaded roster? That roster? Best OL in the AFC, as shown going to 4 SBs in 6 years, the best coaching staff in the league, best RB group 1-4, best secondary hands down, etc.

    That roster?

    12 picks in the 2020 draft, 3 3rds. That alone ups the odds that BB will have another successful draft like he most likely did in 2019.

    NE’s RB group was so loaded last year that Damian HArris from Alabama couldn’t even dress.

    Look at how Vereen helped NE after being red-shirted or JAmes White for that matter. BB is 2 and 3 steps ahead of your team and your line of thinking.

    Go back and look at what NE did in 2010/2011 with the youngest roster in the league. They won’t be THAT young, but with a redshirted 2019 class with their heads in the playbooks, and 100 million in cap space nezt year, YOU are in for a rude awakening.

    Go look at what BB did with Brady in 2001 on the fly, Cassel in 2008 with an old and slow roster (11-5), and how he worked daily with JimmyG. The latter just played in a SB and was a bogus off PI call away from a ring.

    Try to to keep up, little guy.

    It’s YOU people who are in for a rude awakening and it will be absolutely glorious.

  26. harrisonhits2 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:04 am
    BB obviously believe in Stidham. Will be interesting to see how well he does. Brady had a few hiccups his first games and so likely will Stidham. As long as he responds with the very hard work BB will want to see from him I think he’ll do well.

    He’ll need to be like Brady was up till a couple years ago. Revis had a great story about Brady when he came here in 2014. First day of camp he came in at 730 AM, and Brady was already there working. Next day it was 7 AM, Brady was already in working. Third day it was 630 AM, Brady was already there working. Next day was 6 AM, Brady was already there working and Revis gave up trying to beat him in.

    That’s what Stidham needs to do or close to it. Be there first every day and lead the team by example.

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    That was 2014.

    Guess who BB drafted in 2014? I’ll give ya a hint: He was one bad call away in the SB by Goodell’s henchmen (Sorenson trying to grab Kittle’s arm), from being a SB winner in February.

    He plays on a team on the west coast and was being personally groomed DAILY (the Brady treatment in front of Bledsoe in 2000/2001 and the Cassel on the fly treatment in 2008).

    In 2014, THAT Brady was a different Brady.

    That was also a Brady that listened to BB after the KC debacle when BB simply shifted the offensive approach to more balance, a run game commitment, Brady more under Center, etc.

    THAT Brady was hard to reach in 2018 and 2019 and prior to 2014 as well, hence why BB drafted JimmyG as the heir apparent.

    Get it? Brady’s job was threatened.

  27. Amazing how fast Pats fans went from “hes the goat” to “hes washed up anyways”. Not discrediting BB, hes the best coach ever but to think there will be no growing pains in the rebuild is just stupid. No playoffs this year. Sorry. At least one year. That’s just how s rebuild is. Stidhim will make bad throws and throw costly ints that Brady wouldn’t and it will cost you guys games. That’s just a fact of life. Dont fret BB will have it on track after that though

  28. ikeclanton says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:34 am
    At 7am, Ben Roethlisberger is at a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through getting 3 bacon egg and cheese croissants to start the day.. Large ice coffee—extra cream, extra sugar…

    Actually, more like 9am, but you get the contrast between him and Brady. That stuff matters.

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    Ben has ALWAYS attended OTAs. That stuff matters.

  29. tylawspick6 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:25 am

    This means BB will do what he did in 2011. The difference is better continuity when BB loaded up on picks in 2010. There are more system vets in place now than 2010 when that transition happened.

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    Pretty sure the biggest difference will be the absence of Tom Brady. Your continued bashing of him is just dumb.

  30. bengal4573 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 12:06 pm
    Amazing how fast Pats fans went from “hes the goat” to “hes washed up anyways”. Not discrediting BB, hes the best coach ever but to think there will be no growing pains in the rebuild is just stupid. No playoffs this year. Sorry. At least one year. That’s just how s rebuild is. Stidhim will make bad throws and throw costly ints that Brady wouldn’t and it will cost you guys games. That’s just a fact of life. Dont fret BB will have it on track after that though

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    Pats fans still call him the GOAT. Brady IS THE GOAT. No question.

  31. bengal4573 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 12:06 pm
    Amazing how fast Pats fans went from “hes the goat” to “hes washed up anyways”. Not discrediting BB, hes the best coach ever but to think there will be no growing pains in the rebuild is just stupid. No playoffs this year. Sorry. At least one year. That’s just how s rebuild is. Stidhim will make bad throws and throw costly ints that Brady wouldn’t and it will cost you guys games. That’s just a fact of life. Dont fret BB will have it on track after that though

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    No one said “he’s washed up”. What I am saying is, as of December 16th 2018 when I sent an email to friends and family pointing out how poorly he was playing like vs teams like Pitt or Miami in 2018 December, something needed to happen then. Winning the SB, mainly due to the Defense, masked the reality.

    Brady skipped OTAs 2 years in a row and with a lot of personnel coming in new to the team, it was a slap to the face to season ticket holders, the fans in general and his own teammates.

    Brady can still be good, but he wants to be great. He will soon learn what made him, besides his talents an desires, was the VERY supportive Cap Era environment BB provided him.

    That’s it. Brady said he would retire when he “sucked”. Well, he “sucked” most of 2018 and 2019 for his standards. He believes it’s do to lack of weapons. BB does not. I do not.

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