Bedard: Devin McCourty is the leader the Patriots deserve in this moment

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Maybe I'm going a little stir-crazy like the rest of you during this pandemic. Maybe I've been watching too many movies in the quiet, personal nighttime moments with the kids.

But when I read Devin McCourty's terrific The Players Tribune personal essay (Is there anything this guy can't do? Makes us professional writers look like chumps — but a great showcase for that phenomenal Rutgers education!) on life for the New England Patriots after Tom Brady, I couldn't help but think of the ending to The Dark Knight.

“Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.”

If you haven't read the essay yet, you most definitely should.

These are the parts that stood out to me, and then I'll explain why I think we'll see a different McCourty — to the public and the media, not to his teammates — this season, and why that DMac could be The Dark Knight for this team.