Jason McCourty spoke to the media on Friday for the first time since signing as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins, revealing his free agency process and reuniting with several former teammates, among other things.
McCourty signed with Miami on May 7 after spending the last three seasons with the New England Patriots, after eight years with the Tennessee Titans and one with the Browns.
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In McCourty’s first season in New England, which ended with the Patriots winning the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, the team’s de facto defensive coordinator was Brian Flores and his teammates included the Current Dolphins players Eric Rowe, Elandon Roberts and Jamal Perry (then known as Jomal Wiltz).
This familiarity played a role in McCourty’s decision to sign with the Dolphins after also attracting interest from the New York Giants.
“I was talking to Flo and obviously I know (defensive coordinator) Josh Boyer and all these guys throughout the process,” McCourty said. “It seemed like a really good fit for me. I think it obviously came down to some familiarity with these coaches, but then kind of knowing the guys here, from Eric Rowe to Jamal Perry to Elandon Roberts, Emmanuel Ogbah ( in Cleveland). I got to play with a lot of guys who were on defense here and there was some familiarity there. I think I’m a good fit here and can’t wait to learn to get to know the guys here and get to know the system and what it’s like to be a Miami dolphin and just try to help that way.
Along with his background, McCourty offers the kind of versatility Flores enjoys in his players, having lined up for cornerback, safety and corner slot throughout his career.
Given the lineup of the Dolphins roster, it makes sense to suggest that McCourty could be more useful in safety, where the team has Rowe and recent draft picks Brandon Jones and Jevon Holland.
“Obviously I played for Flo as a coordinator in 2018 in New England, but the Miami defense isn’t exactly the New England defense,” McCourty said. “So for me, rather than just focusing on being a free defenseman or a cornerback or a nickel, this is how do I teach any defense to understand, ‘OK, when free safety comes. moves that way it does because the wedge now thinks that way and the nickel is going to move in that direction. I think the more I can understand the totality of the defense and why the moving parts move the way they are, the more I can learn on my own and be able to play better, the more I can help the guys around me because I understand the defense as a whole.
Moving from New England to Miami means not only will McCourty now play for a team that was once a division rival, but he’ll also face his twin brother Devin twice a year.
“It’s fun,” Jason said. “It’s different. Obviously I walk into the locker room and you see the DeVante Parkers or Jakeem Grants. These are the guys you plan the game for the last three years twice a year, so it’s different. . Now you walk into the locker room. But I think the thing is in our league, you are used to it. Every year the only constant thing in the league is change. Every year you see guys coming up and guys. leave, and for me it’s just trying to come in and get to know the guys. You play against them, you know them by their jersey numbers and what they look like on the movie, but then you walk into the locker room and you see a guy and you’re like, “He looks familiar. Then we go out with the jerseys on, and you’re like,” Oh, it’s Allen Hurns, “or whatever; because now you put the numbers in the game with the face. It’s definitely different.
“Dev is already telling me about the week 1 game. I want to come here, I want to have fun and I want to help this team win football games.”
Unsurprisingly, Jason was asked if any early bets had been made between him and his brother for the Week 1 game between the Dolphins and the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
“Nothing too early,” he said, “but I told him that the family was already going to be more on my side because who wouldn’t want to come here and visit rather than climb into the snow where he is. find and visit him. “