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Devin McCourty on safeties coach Steve Belichick: 'His dad is a pretty good coach'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty is a proud alumnus of Rutgers University, one of five Scarlet Knights currently on the team's roster.

When asked how he feels about Rutgers alum Steve Belichick being promoted to safeties coach this year, he flashed a wide grin.

"It's the greatest thing," he said. "Why would we not do that?"

Rutgers pride runs deep for McCourty, as well as teammates Logan Ryan (cornerback), Duron Harmon (safety), Jonathan Freeny (linebacker) and Kevin Snyder (linebacker).

For McCourty, there was a strong connection with the team's former safeties coach Brian Flores, who will now coach linebackers. But he's confident in Belichick, who spent the last four years as a coaching assistant on the staff.

"It’s really encouraging. Steve is a guy that’s been here and just been a sponge learning everything," McCourty said.

"It’s been cool for me, just to see how much he’s developed and worked hard and it seems like he’s always here so he’s very excited to be the safety coach and have a good group coming. We have some leaders and guys that are definitely going to try and help him out as much as possible."

"I think his dad is a pretty good coach so I’m sure he’s learned a lot from him and I think it’ll just be important for us to learn from what he’s going to bring and how it’ll change us a little bit. He really believes in a lot of the things 'Flo' was saying to us in the previous years, but he’ll have his own style and what he wants to do, so I’m excited to have a young guy come in and we know he’s going to be full of energy, ready to go every day."