McCourty was twice named to the academic All-Big East team while at Rutgers, and now he spends his work week preparing to play both positions in the defensive backfield. Education is key, but so is communication.
“It’s really just knowing what we’re doing as a defense in the secondary,” said McCourty. “Especially if you know what you’re doing at safety, then you know what the corners are doing, so it’s not a bigger workload. Just knowing what you’re doing at safety, I think, prepares you to play corner as well.
“I have a good knowledge, especially for our corners, of what they’re doing, so I think a little bit of that helps. I can say things and then can communicate with them, to let them know that I’m on the same page as them. It helps them out a lot.”