Linebacker Kyle Van Noy talks with Miami Coach Brian Flores during a game last season, but Van Noy – who was released by Miami one year into a four-year deal – had a “no comment” when asked about Flores this week. Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini

Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Kyle Van Noy’s short response to a reporter’s question about Brian Flores spoke volumes.

When asked about the difference he saw between Brian Flores as the head coach of the Dolphins and Brian Flores as the linebackers coach for the New England Patriots by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, he didn’t have to say much to get his point across.

“Yeah, no comment,” he tersely answered during his introductory video conference with New England media after re-joining the Patriots on a two-year deal last week.

Van Noy, who was recently cut by the Dolphins after just one season into his four-year, $51 million deal (just $15 million of which was guaranteed) in what was a cost-cutting move, also was asked if he will feel more of an edge when he faces the Dolphins this season.

This time Van Noy needed three words to answer the question.

“Sure,” he said. “You’ll see.”


He later added: “I know everything they do down there (in Miami),” he said. “It’s gonna be good.”

His release came as a shock to Van Noy, the two-time Super Bowl champion who played under Flores when both were in New England, is coming off one of his best seasons with six sacks while recording career highs with 10 tackles for loss and six pass deflections.

He also raved about Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and said he will be playing with extra motivation after the way his Dolphins career ended.

“He’s one of the greatest, if not the greatest coach in the game,” Van Noy said. “I think it starts from the head man, and I think he knows what he wants and how to get the pieces he wants and puts it together. I think as players, we’ve just got to come together as quickly as possible and have one goal in mind. And I think everybody’s got that right now. I can just tell you from speaking to some of the players, how hungry and excited they are. And I’m really excited. I’ve got a big chip on my shoulder, too.”

Van Noy, 29, now begins his second stint with New England, where he won two Super Bowls during his three and a half seasons.

New England offensive lineman Justin Herron received an “Outstanding Citizen” certificate in Temoe, Arizona for intervening when a 71-year-old woman was attacked in a public park. Charles Krupa/Associated Press

JUSTIN HERRON, a Patriots offensive lineman, was in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday morning when he saw a 71-year-old retired teacher was in need of help after a 30-year-old man reportedly attacked her from behind, pushing her to the ground.


Herron, along with another good Samaritan, Murry Rogers, who was also in the park, intervened to help save the woman from further attack. Because of their efforts, the two were presented with an “Outstanding Citizen” certificate by police at a news conference on Wednesday.

Herron, a 2020 sixth-round pick out of Wake Forest, said he was taking advantage of the great weather and walking around the park when he heard the victim screaming.

“It was a crazy experience. It was something that I never dreamed or I thought I would see, you know. You see it in movies and TV all the time, but you never think it’s going to happen in real life until it does,” Herron said via News 12 in Tempe. “In that moment, I was just shocked. It was 11 (a.m.) … it was in the middle of the day, not one cloud in the sky and in a very open field. The fact that it had happened there at that time was just very, very shocking.”

The 6-foot-5, 304-pound Herron reportedly grabbed the man and held him until police arrived.

“I’m a football player, so I’m kind of big. I try not to be too aggressive with people knowing I could potentially hurt somebody,” Herron said. “I do have a loud voice. I yelled, told him to get off of her and then yanked him off and I told him to sit down and I told him to wait until the cops come.”

Once the attacker was apprehended by police, Herron, who is 25 and heading into his second season with the Patriots, made sure he attended to the victim.


“In the moment, I wish I could tell you what I was thinking,” said Herron, who was used as a swing tackle last season. “I just knew someone needed help … all I could do was just rush myself over there, make sure and help the victim, comfort her, and be the best person I could be around her.”

MATT JUDON was steps away from the “Happiest Place On Earth” when he made one of the biggest decisions of his life.

The Pro Bowler was in the parking lot at Disney World in Orlando when he agreed to a four-year, $54 million contract with the Patriots. Judon was with his wife and daughter, who was on a school break. The 28-year-old drove to the amusement park while his agents negotiated with the Patriots and other teams last week.

“It was a very good experience… Life changing decisions, you kind of have to do them fast and swiftly,” Judon said. “Obviously, I was excited. Me and the family celebrated.”

Out of the dozen free-agent signings the Patriots made last week, Judon is the marquee name on defense. This outside linebacker is coming off back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons in Baltimore. Judon has 34.5 career sacks in five NFL seasons. Over the last three seasons, he’s got to the quarterback at a higher rate than most pass rushers. From 2018-20120, his 74 quarterback hits are the fifth most in the NFL behind T.J. Watt, Aaron Donald, Za’Darius Smith and Chris Jones.

Considering the Patriots finished in a tie for 27th in the NFL in total sacks (24), Judon fit a clear need for the defense. Judon called the Patriots the “the best situation possible” for his career.

Judon still doesn’t know how the Patriots will use him in their defense, but that will come once the teams practice this offseason. He said his conversation with Coach Bill Belichick was short, but he’s eager to begin his career in New England.

“(Belichick) gave an overview of the team and how they run things and everything,” Judon said. “It was funny and it was good, but it was very brief. So, that’s how he did it. Obviously, we’re going to have a lot more conversations coming up. But first, we’ve got to figure out what we’re going to do with the NFL and the OTAs and stuff like that. After that, we’ll have a lot more conversations.”

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