FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- Here are some quick hits from CB/S Devin McCourty’s Wednesday press conference at Gillette Stadium:
On the Patriots’ practice consistency: “As a player here, you kind of know what to expect. When you go into any kind of a practice -- whether it be a bye week, a big game in the regular season, a playoff game, or in this case a Super Bowl -- we kind of know what to expect at practice. We know we’re gonna work hard and practice is really just gonna be what it’s gonna be. It’s not gonna be something special.”
On advice from the Patriots’ Super Bowl veterans: “Just certain things that really don’t have anything to do with the game. Most of the things are just getting out of the way the structural things, getting [everything set] for your family and all that. We worried about that Tuesday and Wednesday and got that all out of the way, so now we can go ahead and play.”
On the Giants’ passing game: “They have a great quarterback. Eli has done a great job ... throughout the season, especially towards the end of the season and in the playoffs. And for us in the secondary, they have three phenomenal receivers. I mean, they made plays all throughout the playoffs, [Victor] Cruz, [Mario] Manningham and [Hakeem] Nicks. So I think when you put those guys together with a quarterback like that, it creates so many different matchup problems that, throughout any playoff game, they're taking advantage. That's why you'll see different guys have big games in each of the different games. So I think just to prepare for all those guys is the toughest thing."
On the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ hiring of Greg Schiano, McCourty’s coach at Rutgers: “He’s a great coach, so I’m not surprised that he was offered the opportunity. I think he’ll do a great job. [He’ll succeed in the NFL because of] the way he goes about everything. He was always a professional while I was there, and that’s how he runs the program.
On the most surprising thing about playing safety: “Honestly the biggest surprise I think is just looking at the field. Like I said before, it’s just a different angle and a different vantage point than I had looking at the offense when I was at cornerback.”