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Devin McCourty knew the Patriots wouldn’t be a playoff contender this season however that didn’t have an effect on his determination to retire, he mentioned throughout a latest look on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show.
“I positively thought it was going to be a tricky season,” mentioned McCourty. “General, I simply didn’t suppose there was going to be sufficient … So coming off final yr to suppose we might be a contender in 2023? No. However in my total determination, I might say no as a result of I used to be form of executed it doesn’t matter what.”
The Patriots are an AFC-worst 2-7 this season. They’ve been one of many worst groups in all the NFL. Did McCourty take into account becoming a member of one other crew?
“I might have simply mentioned I don’t wish to play in New England, however I might go play elsewhere and possibly had an opportunity to win a Tremendous Bowl. However I feel total for me I used to be on the stage the place soccer was executed.”
“If you play a season and also you’ve been on Tremendous Bowl groups, you understand like ‘alright, this crew is shut,’” McCourty continued. “I’ve performed on groups the place we didn’t go to the Tremendous Bowl or we would have misplaced however I’m like, ‘man, subsequent yr we’re going to have an opportunity.’ I nonetheless suppose this crew is just a few years away from having an opportunity to get again into being contenders.”
Whereas McCourty was satisfied that issues wouldn’t go easily for the Patriots this yr, he didn’t suppose that issues would get fairly this dangerous.
“I didn’t suppose they’d be 2-7 proper now,” McCourty mentioned. “However, I feel total, I used to be going to be 36 this yr. If I’m not enjoying for a Tremendous Bowl, then what’s the purpose of placing my physique via extra ache? They’ve a methods to go, however I feel they nonetheless have the management underneath Invoice to get that executed sooner or later.”
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