Devin McCourty was brought back for his 11th season as a member of the Patriots. His veteran leadership will be more important now than ever while the team transitions from the Tom Brady era. There will be many challenges ahead but McCourty has a message of hope that you can not count out this new generation of young Patriots players.
“People are going to say that because Tom’s gone, the dynasty is over. They’re already burying us, far as I can tell,” McCourty wrote in a post on The Players’ Tribune. “And that’s fine. Let ’em. We’ve never listened to the noise, and we’re not about to start now. But the task is definitely taller this coming year than it has been in years past. There’s more work to do. And it’s not gonna be so easy this time around.
“That’s where the new challenge comes in.
“I thought I had to leave New England to find what I was looking for. But it turns out that there is no greater challenge for me right now than leading this Patriots team into a new era and helping ensure that this next wave of players can continue our legacy and build on what we’ve already achieved as a franchise.”
McCourty knows what he is up against, and the Patriots will be all about the next man up mentality heading into next season.
“So thanks for all your love and support, New England. I don’t know what the future holds in this new era of Patriots football, but what I can promise you is that we’re going to work,” McCourty said. “That’s what we do. That’s what we’ve always done. And no matter who comes and goes, that’s one thing that will always stay the same.
"After 10 years and winning three Super Bowls, something inside was telling me that I was ready for a new challenge."
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) March 24, 2020