Devin McCourty isn’t buying disrespect card played by Jets: ‘There’s no difference between these 2 teams’
|12.19.14 at 7:31 pm ET|
FOXBORO — There was a ton of commotion when the reporters were allowed in the Patriots locker room early Friday afternoon. There was Devin McCourty in the middle of everything, yelling and screaming.
He wasn’t trying to fire his team up about finishing the season strong or warning them about the perils of taking the 3-11 Jets lightly Sunday.
No, he was telling everyone within earshot that he leads the fastest group of Patriots on the field. He was willing to race anyone willing, including Jonas Gray, Matthew Slater or even Aaron Dobson.
“It’s matters what we run,” McCourty laughed. “We’re onto the Jets. We’re onto the Jets. You’re going to get me in trouble.”
Once the yelling the settled down, McCourty was asked about the noise coming from New York that some Jets players like Willie Colon and Jeremy Kerley feel disrespected by Patriots players and the entire organization.
“It’d be hard for us to say we don’t respect a team [when] the last three or four games have been decided three points or so and one of them last year, they won. So, I really don’t see how that’s possible. You’ve got two teams that like playing each other,” McCourty said. “You watch the film, you can tell that right away. There was a fight here, scuffle here last year. There’s no love lost between the two teams but I think there’s definitely a good amount of respect definitely coming from our side and I think they respect us, too. And I think that’s why we go out there and we play each other tough and have competitive games. We know how they want to play us, they know how we want to play them and I think that’s why there are so many good games between the two teams.”
To McCourty’s point, the last three games have been decided by three or fewer points. In New England’s 13-10 win in the 2013 home opener, there was a brawl as the Patriots hung on for the win. The Jets got a measure of revenge five weeks later in a 30-27 overtime decision at MetLife Stadium.
On Oct. 16 at Gillette, the Patriots were handed their biggest scare during a seven-game win streak when Chris Jones blocked a Nick Folk field goal on the game’s last play, preserving a 27-25 victory.
“I don’t care if we were both undefeated or both out of the playoffs, they don’t want to lose to us and we don’t want to lose to them,” McCourty said. “I feel like it’s like that every year, twice a year. That’s just how it is. Neither team wants to lose to the other one. To me, it’s probably one of the biggest rivalries in football and that’s how we play, and that’s how they play. Records go out the window in all division games, especially between these two teams.
“There’s no surprises that we can do or they can do. Obviously, the game plans aren’t going to be exactly the same from what we watched on film but we know their personnel so well just like they know us that we know they’re going to do some things but that’s why it always comes to sheer execution and outplaying the guy across from you. We know each other well and they’re playing hard and we’re playing hard and that’s what it comes down to. Each year, it’s come down to a few plays, usually toward the end of the game, who makes one or two more plays has really won the game. I think it’ll be similar this year. To me, there’s no difference between these two teams.”