McCourty: There’s No Such Thing As A “Patriot Way”

Devin McCourty, who has spent his entire 10-year career in New England, offered his interpretation of the “Patriot Way”

July 09, 2020 - 8:15 am
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If you’re a fan of the New England Patriots – or the NFL in general – you’ve probably heard the phrase, “Patriot Way.” Bill Belichick once said he’s “not really sure” what that means.

Well, Devin McCourty, who has spent his entire 10-year career in New England, offered his interpretation of it on CBS Sports Radio.

“I think people get so caught up on that so-called ‘Patriot Way,’” McCourty told JR SportBrief. “It’s one of the first things I tell guys when I have a conversation with them if they’re new to the team. I tell them, ‘There’s no such thing as a Patriot Way.’ We don’t have these set rules of, like, to be a Patriot you only can wear this, or you only have to do this, [or] you have to be 40 minutes early to meetings. I think people kind of get that mentality.

“But really,” McCourty continued, “the ‘Patriot Way’ is saying, ‘I’m putting the team first.’ That’s first and foremost. I’m going to be dedicated. I’m going to work my butt off to do my job and make sure that everybody in this building, on this team, the guys that I step and play directly with, whether it’s in the secondary or offensive line, it’s everyone knowing, hey, I’m going to be accountable to you, I’m going to do my job – and then you just go do it.”

The Patriots are one of the best bargain shoppers in the NFL. They routinely sign players jettisoned by other teams – and those players often flourish in Foxborough.

“You can just go down the list and name guys,” McCourty said. “People will be like, ‘Oh, he’s not really a Patriot type of player,’ and they come to our team and have great success. There was Aqib Talib coming from Tampa; LeGarrette Blount gets released out of Pittsburgh and then comes back to New England and has 18 touchdowns; now you look at a guy like Cam Newton, who people are like, ‘[His] personality doesn’t fit.’ You just don’t know that. When I think of Martellus Bennett coming to our team – as much as he talks – and he had great success and is probably one of my close friends to this day. 

“I think that’s what it’s about,” McCourty continued. “Guys who love football and love being on a team and competing. They have good success in New England, and I don’t think that’s ever going to change because that’s what Bill really believes in.”