It’s one of the most talked about NFL regular season openers and everyone is expected the Tennessee Titans to get dominated by the New England Patriots, like they have been in the past. But believe it or not there are some fun things to look forward to this coming Sunday.
How about the fact that the Titans spent so much time in the offseason worried about who would take the place of released cornerback Cortland Finnegan. The fact is, Jason McCourty will be doing so. And on the other side of the line of scrimmage, his twin brother-Devin McCourty, will be doing the same, but for the Patriots.
This is something that makes football even more fun. As if the competition in itself weren’t high enough, you have two family members going at it. It’s like Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. Titans’ defensive back, Jordan Babineaux may have a few words of advice, his brother-Jonathan Babineaux, is a current defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons . it creates a whole new aspect of the game.
The brothers, though they are twins, did not get drafted at the same time. Jason went through in 2009 and Devin followed the year after in 2010, which they said was pretty cool, because then they could be there for each other during the experience. The guys were interviewed this week about the competition between the two and they are even more excited than some of the fans to play each other.
Jason commented to the press by stating, “This should be exciting. We’ve gone against each other in different basketball games and things like that, but really never been at each other or on opposing teams. We’ve always played together. It will be kind of cool to watch each other in live action, really rooting against each other.”
The guys actually would prefer not to talk to each other this week. “I’ve already told him, don’t talk to me, don’t text me don’t tweet me”, stated Jason. Devin recalls, “I actually told him to lose my number…I’ll see and talk to him on Sunday.”
Jason stated in his interview that aside from a few basketball games growing up, the brother have always been on the same team, so this will be what he called “the huge face-off”. He explained that trash talking was big growing up but usually ended in fights, so it’s a good thing their mom will be in the stands.
The guys’ mother is said to have a half and half jersey that she can wear on Sunday, but Devin feels that because the game is in Tennessee, that Jason might have an edge already and that their mother will root for the Patriots. He then added “She still might root for the Patriots. She’ll tell (him) she’s rooting for him since she’s staying at his house.”
When it comes to comparing the guys on the field though, you can tell they are related. Jason has been in the NFL a year longer than Devin, however was following in the footsteps of Finnegan, so his numbers aren’t as high as a starting cornerback. Jason has 144 total tackles with four interceptions and two forced fumbles since 2009. Devin has been with the Patriots since 2010 and has 134 total tackles with one sack, and nine interceptions with two forced fumbles.
Jason doesn’t even want to go out for a pass against his brother. He said his goal for the week will be just getting a chance to block Devin.