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New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty was a guest on NBC Sports Radio's "Brian Kenny Show" late this week, and one of the topics he was asked about was how cornerback Darrelle Revis has immersed himself into the way the club does things.
"I think the only real adjustment for him is just learning a system," McCourty told host Jason Page, who was filling in for Kenny. "He's a guy who has been carrying himself great throughout his whole career. I don't think it's a huge adjustment of him having to get used to the way we do things. I think it's more scheme things, terminology, just getting used to hearing everything for the first time in a new system. A lot of stuff when it comes to football, he knows. He's a very smart player. It's just trying to talk the same language as everybody else, how we describe things and how we talk about things."
Along those lines, McCourty was asked about Revis adopting a "Patriots Way" approach.
"When you just talk about the Patriot Way, I just think you talk about doing things the right way, and how to carry yourself on the field and off the field," he said. "I tell guys all the time throughout the league, I think there are a bunch of guys that I think would fit in, but obviously this organization really values their different goals. There are different things that they like and how they want things to get done. So of course, throughout the league that are probably certain guys that won't fit in. But a guy like Revis who came in, he fit in right away. The same thing with [Brandon] Browner, whose been in our secondary now. They've both fit in very well and have picked up things, and now it's going out there and competing trying to bring wins."
McCourty, a team captain, also told a story about how he always feels the urgency to win, and it doesn't take team leaders like Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork being closer to the end of their careers to spark that urgency.
"It's now my fifth year and having guys come in and out of the organization, I remember when [defensive lineman] Shaun Ellis came [in 2011], and he never had played in a Super Bowl and I think it was his 12th or 13th year. That makes you realize just to take each season and have that urgency because you don't know what's going to happen the rest of your career," he said on the program. "With Tom back there, and guys like Vince really adding up those years in their career, you think about it, but I think every individual amongst the team, you need to have that urgency because you don't know what's going to happen in the future and you want to make sure you take advantage of any opportunity you get to play in the big game or win the whole thing."