NEW YORK — This offseason, the McCourty twins have added trash talk to their favorite activities.
Playing together at St. Joseph’s (Montvale, N.J.) and Rutgers, the pair of NFL starters will face off this season when the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans clash in the regular season.
“It won’t be a good showing for the Titans,” joked Devin McCourty while speaking with reporters at Brian Leonard’s charity even this week.
And when Jason McCourty was told what his brother said, the starting Tennessee Titans cornerback simply said, “he’ll be in for a rude awakening when they come down to Nashville. I can’t wait for that matchup.”
But when the questioning came to discussing new Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, both McCourtys got serious in discussing why they feel he was the right man for the job.
“I think he’s going to be very similar to Coach Schiano,” said Jason McCourty. “I also think him having a bit of a different personality will give a bit of an edge to the team as well. The players seem to really be able to get along with him.”
A five-year player at Rutgers, Devin McCourty spent many hours in meetings and on the practice field with Flood.”
“He’s been there the whole time we’ve been there and he’s always had a little extra role as a coach,” Devin McCourty said. “Sometimes if Coach Schiano had to do a meeting or something, Coach Flood would stand up and talk. I think it’s a great opportunity. Coach Flood was a great coach for me. It’s a chance to show other people and take this program to a level it hasn’t been.”
Fresh off a start in the Super Bowl, McCourty called the experience a dream come true. His only regret, he said, was coming up short against the New York Giants.
McCourty was one of three Scarlet Knights to suit up for the Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday, with Tiquan Underwood also with him through the week until getting cut the night before the game.
The Rutgers influence on the Patriots is so strong, McCourty said, that it annoys other players on the team.
“A lot of the players hate it because I talk about it every day,” McCourty said. “Once we got there, toward the end of the season, we had four guys from Rutgers there at the Super Bowl. We’re taking our own picture. We’re doing everything, talking trash to everyone on our team. It was good having guys [Alex Silvestro and Tiquan Underwood] that I played with and a veteran like [Nate Jones] on our team, who I got to meet a couple of times in college and then playing with him. It was just a great experience.”
As a fifth-year senior and team captain, McCourty spent one season playing with Mohamed Sanu. The former first-round draft pick has seen enough to know Sanu is going to be a talented NFL player, he said.
“I think the sky is the limit,” McCourty said. “I know a lot of times watching their games this year, some of us would text each other. We had Ty, [Kenny Britt], Ray Rice, Brian, but I don’t think I’ve ever watched more plays where you’re just amazed by what a guy’s done. We’d watch games and be like, ‘alright, we know they’re going to throw to Sanu.’ They know it and he still makes that catch at South Florida where he tips it to himself.”