By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Think Devin McCourty is ready for Patriots-Dolphins?
The defensive captain often speaks from the heart, and at his center is a similar competitive fire that we saw in Tom Brady for two decades. He's often gracious and respectful of everyone he's asked about. But on Thursday, he showed the kind of competitor he is when asked about his former teammates in Miami.
McCourty was asked what kind of players the Dolphins are getting in former Pats Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts. Anyone who thought he would give some eloquent, glowing screed was sorely mistaken. He wants what Patriots fans also want.
“Hopefully bad play on Sunday. That’s my hope.”
That's it. That's the tweet.
It would be a bit of a leap to suggest that McCourty is harboring any resentment toward his ex-teammates for defecting to Miami and accepting opportunities for more money and/or playing time. But he shouldn't exactly go out there acting like they're best friends when their teams are days away from competing against each other.
With Brady gone, it's on McCourty to be that kind of take-no-prisoners presence for the Patriots. That ice-cold response he gave on a simple question about his former teammates is a strong indication that he's exuding that kind of personality.
Pats fans ought to love to hear it.
Speaking of the Patriots, Alex Barth and I previewed the season and Sunday's opener against the Dolphins in a podcast for 985TheSportsHub.com. Have a listen below.
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