Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty joined “NESN Live,” the regional sports network’s new show, for its debut Monday and proceeded to have a bit of fun on behalf of his teammates and twin brother.
But the most revealing anecdote he shared during the show was that Greg Schiano, his college coach at Rutgers and the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is a tougher coach than Bill Belichick.
“Toughest coach I’ve ever played for,” McCourty said. “I don’t know, maybe I should say Bill because then he might feel better and think he’s tougher on us. I might get in trouble but I’m gonna go with Coach Schiano.
“[Schiano’s] more of a yeller and a screamer,” McCourty added. “He’ll get right in your face. Bill’s more sarcastic. Both can be pretty brutal, but I’m gonna go with coach Schiano.”
McCourty also said that Julian Edelman was harder to cover than former teammate and current Denver Bronco Wes Welker.
“We don’t ever root for any Broncos around here,” he said.
As far as being a safety over a cornerback, there’s apparently some power to the situation that is attractive to McCourty.
“I have more control,” he said. “I always tell corners that now if they get on my nerves, I can make their jobs a lot harder. So they always gotta make sure I’m their best friend out there.”
Of course, everything McCourty said was in jest. And in keeping with the tradition of these lighthearted interviews, he explained why he was a better defensive back than his twin brother, Jason McCourty.
“I’ve gotten this question so many times,” he said. “I don’t even understand why. It’s so easy. You got one guy who is a two-time All-Pro (2013 second team AP All-Pro and 2010 Sporting News All-Pro) and you got another guy who is just pulling on my pant leg for me to teach him a bunch of things. So I’m gonna have to go with Devin McCourty on that one. I try to teach him everything that I learn.”