JM: It’s going to be a unique opportunity. To grow up with a guy and we were always playing on the same team, so at this level to be able to face off, will be something special that we won’t realize after the game, but probably years from now.
Q: Have you guys been doing any trash talking?
JM: We cut off all communication. I only have one brother this week.
Q: How is your mother going to react to the game? What is she planning to wear?
JM: I told her that… she’s coming down today and staying with me. I told her that if she’s staying with me and planning to come back to the house after the game that she’ll be rooting for the Titans.
JM: [Laughs] Nah, there won’t be any Patriots memorabilia in Nashville at all.
Q: We talked to Devin earlier and without hesitation he said that he is his mother’s favorite son. What do you have to say to that?
JM: Ah, you know that everyone has to be confident in themselves, so I would expect him to say that.
Q: He said the ticket requests fell on your shoulders. How many family members will you have in the stadium Sunday?
JM: Just about 20. Since I’m the one with the home game, the ticket requests fell on me, so I’ll be looking for a check for about half from Dev.
Q: Do your teammates say that you and Devin play a similar style of football?
JM: Yeah, people have been saying that since his rookie year. It’s funny, when you turn the film on for both of us you can see a lot of similarities in our body movements. Some of the guys even joke around and say we walk alike. It’s a pretty cool thing.
Q: Are your offensive teammates coming to you this week looking for a scouting report?
JM: Well, I told the guys that I’m probably the best scout team look they can get this season going up against Dev on Sunday because our games are so similar. So I can line up without even noticing and probably do some of the things he does.
Q: Since you are a twin, how easy is it to spot flaws in your brother’s game and share them with your teammates?
JM: Well, I haven’t really gotten a chance to watch him play other than watching a game or two on TV. As far as studying him, we’re held up studying
Q: You mentioned similarities between the two of you. What are the differences in your games?
JM: I don’t know, I guess I’d leave that to other guys to figure out what the differences are. I think we both go out and play hard, not afraid to tackle, go out there and do whatever the team needs to win the game.
Q: Devin was drafted earlier, but you just signed a new contract. Who has the bragging rights there?
JM: [Laughs] I don’t know, I probably have a little bit of it now. I talk a little bit of trash to him about when I first signed and how he was the first rounder, but it doesn’t matter anymore. It’s just kind of good motivation for one another. It pushes us to get to where the other one is at.
Q: How did growing up with each other help you guys evolve your games?
JM: It’s been huge. Always having someone next to you to be honest with you and push you. I can remember some of our college workouts, just getting out there and it being hot and you feel like slacking off. Just to have that person to the side who wasn’t afraid to tell you that you were slacking off or to step it up. Things like that, having that person to push you and motivate you to get you where we are today.
Q: What was the competition like when you played basketball or video games or anything like that?
JM: [Laughs] Oh man, you can ask my mom about that. Basketball games and video games always ended in a fight. We’d play basketball, not keep score and just go at it.
Q: Which brother could beat the other one?
JM: I was a first-team all county player in high school and he was second, so…
Q: Is it going to feel different to play a game with your brother on the other team?
JM: I don’t know. It might feel a little bit weird. Usually on Sundays after our game I’m hoping that he has a good game and wins the game, but I don’t know. I guess we’ll have to find out after the game how we felt.
Q: Was it last year when you and Devin bought your mom a house? What was it like to be able to do that?
JM: Yeah, that was an extraordinary feeling. That’s kind of what motivated us our entire lives, to be able grow up and be able to give back and do things for my mother. So to be able to do things like that and just see the smile on her face and to know that you’re making a huge difference for her in her life, that’s probably the best feeling we can get coming out of this.
Q: What is the best case scenario for the McCourty twins on Sunday?
JM: [Laughs] Titans with a win. He’ll get over it.