New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy sounds like he's in midseason form, and made it clear the Patriots are "ready for a new challenge."
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Van Noy made it clear he hasn't lost a step.
Responding to a question about winning the Super Bowl, Van Noy interrupted and added "two times," since the Pats linebacker has in fact been with the team for two successful Super Bowl runs (as well as one that was rather unsuccessful in Super Bowl LII).
Asked about learning the Patriots' system, which is a challenge for many players, Van Noy said, "I think I know the system now, I think now it's just trying to help out as many guys at this point to learn the system and get on the same winning page."
With the draft and free agency, new players have joined the organization. Van Noy was asked how he interacts with newcomers to the team, if he makes a point out of introducing himself. Van Noy said he prefers to stick to himself, but will try to make himself known to his new teammates.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, known for his "no days off" mindset with respect to moving on from wins, certainly has his team ready to "turn the page" and prepare for the upcoming 2019 season.
Van Noy was asked about this:
"You would have thought we lost already, with the way that we're working. It's a big thing—complacency. We have a lot of guys here that are motivated for greatness. Not just with the coach, but with the players, and the players in every room you have a veteran—a McCourty, and a Chung, and a Hightower, who are motivated...so are the young guys, who are hungry to prove they can play. That goes offensively and defensively. You have veteran guys that hold that standard, and they do a good job."
Van Noy made it clear he's ready for another season, and wants to win again:
"It was hella [sic] fun (referring to Super Bowl celebration). I had the time of my life, but now, I'm focused already on another season and I want to win again. Can't be satisfied, we're definitely not satisfied. If you guys saw how we're working right now, you'd be impressed with the grit and tenacity we've shown already."
Van Noy said going from his first year to his second year with the team, as with other rookies, helps to build confidence, and go from "a student athlete to a professional."
Perhaps the most interesting (and abbreviated) part of Van Noy's comments, were with respect to his interactions with new Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo.
Mayo played at linebacker for the Patriots from 2008-2015, and developed a reputation for his strong work ethic.
Mayo was named linebackers coach of the Patriots earlier this offseason following a mass exodus of coaching assistants.
Van Noy praised Mayo:
"Mayo has been around...knowing him and how he's played the game he's played, at a really high level—to me, he got gypped on some Pro Bowls, and he's a really good player. I don't think I'm going to get in to him coaching. I think right now, we're all listening to Bill."
Van Noy has been a solid contributor for the Patriots. He's had 192 combined tackles and 10 sacks in 36 regular season games played with the Patriots since he was traded to New England during the 2016 season. Van Noy was sensational in Super Bowl LIII, recording four solo tackles, one sack, and had Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff feeling uncomfortable throughout.
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