Kyle Van Noy: I’ll always be a Patriot

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After a one-year stint with the Dolphins, linebacker Kyle Van Noy returned to the Patriots last offseason on a two-year deal.

But New England moved on from Van Noy after just one season of the new deal, releasing him in March.

Van Noy found a new home this week, signing with the Chargers. But in an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, Van Noy said he still has love for his former team. And even though he got cut, he wasn’t entirely surprised by the move.

“I had a feeling just because of how people were moving behind the scenes there,” Van Noy said, via Chris Mason of MLive.com. “But the one thing I love about that place is the respect that Bill [Belichick] has for me and the respect that I have for Bill. Being communicative about it. Being honest and up front. Whether I agree with it or not — I just believe in my ability as a football player and everywhere I’ve gone I’ve made a defense better and every time I’ve left they’ve gotten worse, but that’s another story. But I do respect him. I do respect the Patriots organization. I love RKK [Robert Kraft]. He’s been wonderful to my family.

“I’ll always be a Patriot. There’s no denying that. But I’m definitely a Charger and I hope to be putting a Charger symbol right up to the Patriots because I want to be remembered as both.”

Van Noy recorded 66 tackles with five tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 10 passes defensed, an interception, and two forced fumbles in 2021. He should add experience and versatility to a Los Angeles defense that needs to significantly improve in 2022.

15 responses to “Kyle Van Noy: I’ll always be a Patriot

  1. Good for KVN. Another dude the Lions bungled. Thankfully, there’s an actual coaching staff now so draft picks like this get a chance to succeed there instead of somewhere else. St. Brown could have EASILY gone this same route.

  2. It was nice to see him salvage his career by getting into a place where his skills matched what the team was trying to do. He and JC Jackson add some big game/big play experience to the Charger defense. I think the Chargers have moved ahead of the Chiefs.

  3. Another player who learned the hard way that Brian Flores is not a good coach or person

  4. I’ll miss KVN in a pats uniform. The guy performs and he has the best personality. Best of luck to him

  5. KVN played well for the Dolphins. The issue was his Contract was much bigger than his performance. He is a thumper type and getting older and slower. The new NFL needs LB’s that can cover slot and TE’s whether ILB or OLB. It is just hard to find a defensive scheme he fits and so even the Pats had to let him walk. His energy and veteran presence was appreciated. Wish him well.

  6. I would hate to have a player or teammate who pines for a former team.

  7. Van Noy is not just a good player, he’s a good person and the Chargers will find out that he’s an asset not just to their team, but to the community.

  8. Not what I want to hear if I’m a Chargers fan. I guess he can claim Chargers were his second choice.

  9. Loved KVN as a Patriot and wish he was still with the team. Best of luck to him.

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