“When we first installed the defense, a lot of our heads were spinning trying to get a grasp of everything Coach Horton was trying to get us to understand,” McCourty said. “Now you can see it really coming together -- guys communicating a lot knowing what to expect -- and you can see bonds being formed inside and outside of the locker room.”
Versatility is one of the key differences McCourty said is different about this year’s defense.
McCourty added that everyone on the defense has embraced the changes and is excited to see how it plays out this season.
“Now it's up to us as players to continue to get into that playbook and master it so when it comes to Sundays we'll be able to execute,” he said.