Kyle Van Noy explains how Patriots aren't complacent following Super Bowl win, ready for another season

Ryan Hannable
May 07, 2019 - 1:10 pm
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots have won three Super Bowls in a five-year span and have been to the game each of the last two seasons. This might cause some teams to get complacent, but not the Patriots.

Speaking Tuesday at Gillette Stadium following a voluntary offseason workout program, Kyle Van Noy explained how that isn't the case.

"I want to win again. Can’t be satisfied. We’re definitely not satisfied," he said. "If you guys saw how we’re working right now you’d be pretty impressed with the grit and tenacity we’re showing in this offseason workout [program] already.”

Van Voy added: "I think everyone is rejuvenated. We're ready for a new challenge."

Some might say Bill Belichick does a great job of turning the page and not looking at what happened the year prior, but it goes beyond just the coach.

"We have a lot of guys here that are motivated for greatness. Not just with the coach, but with the players," said Van Noy. "The players in every room you have a veteran like a [Devin] McCourty and a [Patrick] Chung and a [Dont'a] Hightower. Those guys are motivated and so are the young guys. The young guys are hungry to prove they can play. That goes offensively and defensively. You have veteran guys that hold that standard and they do a really good job." 

The 28-year-old has spent the last 2.5 years in New England where he's turned his career around. In 36 games he has 192 tackles and 10 sacks. In 30 games with the Lions (his former team), he had 36 tackles and just one sack.

While there were some lows in Detroit, he noted how those are benefiting him now.

"I think when you go to a situation where you’re labeled a bust or things weren’t working out, but just wasn’t clicking, you start to question your athletic ability and just life in general," he said. "‘Am I doing everything right?’ I think to stay positive and keep the people, your family, close that are always encouraging you and your friends that are always encouraging you close. Just try to grind through it. That’s what I tried to do. Now, it’s paid off and hopefully will continue to pay off."

He added: "It made me grateful. It changed my mind set. I got to see how other people were treated vs. me and I just wanted to be with respect. I try to give everybody respect. In those times, I learned a lot for sure."

The Patriots linebackers room should get two 2018 rookies back from season-ending injuries in Ja'Whaun Bentley and Christian Sam, which could mean big things for the group in 2019.

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