After signing a four-year, $51 million contract with the Miami last spring, Kyle Van Noy was in line to be one of the faces of an up-and-coming Dolphins team. However, that vision never came to fruition, as Van Noy was released earlier this month as a cap casualty, just one year into the contract.
Now back in New England, Van Noy will face the Dolphins at least twice in 2021. During his re-introduction to local media on Wednesday, he was asked about the prospect of playing against his former team.
When he was specifically asked about having a ‘chip on his shoulder’ for the Miami matchups this year, Van Noy’s answer said a lot – albeit in few words.
“Sure. You’ll see.” Full answer.
Van Noy was also asked about Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who was the linebackers coach during Van Noy’s first stint in New England. “No comment” was all he offered on that subject.
It’s no secret that Van Noy is an emotional player – it’s part of what made him a fan favorite in New England during his initial tenure with the Patriots. In fact, he ended up in the middle of things during a chippy ending between the Patriots and Dolphins in Week 1 last year, involving Cam Newton’s chain.
Asked if he’s discussed the incident with Newton since re-signing with the Patriots, Van Noy said he’s looking forward to clearing the air. “I think everybody’s gonna be excited after,” he remarked. “Hopefully we have dinner – I’ll pay for it – and get to know each other better…It’s gonna be good.”
“I think me and Cam have similar mindsets and that’s to win,” Van Noy continued. “I’m excited to work with him. I’ve heard nothing but good things.” Given both are vocal and emotional players, and strong leaders, that relationship could develop into a key one as the Patriots look to turn things around from their 7-9 season.
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