FOXBORO -- Devin McCourty is tapping into a unique resource this week in preparing to play the Colts: His twin.
McCourty's brother Jason is a fifth-year cornerback for the Titans. According to Devin, the fact Tennessee and Indianapolis face off twice a year means Jason has done a good deal of homework on New England's upcoming playoff opponent.
And he's willing to share.
"You understand more about them than I understand just from a personnel standpoint," Devin said. "He sends me everything he has and I texted him before and said, ‘Whenever you have time, send me over the Colts notes,’ and he sent them to me. I have some good things in there and some things we already knew."
It doesn't much matter that New England and Tennessee play different defensive schemes. Devin explained he and Jason focus their conversations on Indy's offense and its tendencies.
"What we really talk about a lot is the players: how he felt a player was, what he felt he did well when he watched film and we’re both in the secondary so we talk about the receivers, the tight ends, the backs," he said. "I think that’s a key part of it, just getting someone else’s idea of their personnel."
What's interesting is, Devin didn't need borrowed notes to single out Indy's toughest trait. What is it? The will to win. And the reason the safety sees it so clearly is because he thinks New England possesses the same drive.
"I feel like when we’re engaged, I feel like we have that edge that when we get in the game that there’s never going to be a point in the game that we feel like we’re just down or out of it," he said. "And I think that’s what’s going to make this game tough because I truly believe they feel the same way. I think it’s going to be a great game for four quarters."
That may be true. But don't think Devin is tossing Jason's intel out the window to let fate settle a battle of wills. The opportunity is too good to waste.
"It’s always good," he said. "I think he really studies a lot so I get some notes that he takes just from watching film to get his perspective on things."