After learning he'd be released by the Miami Dolphins, veteran linebacker Kyle Van Noy said he was surprised and disappointed by the decision. During his first press conference since rejoining the New England Patriots, Van Noy said he had "no comment" to a question about playing for Flores as a head coach and not an assistant.
The 30-year-old clarified his recent comments about Flores on "The Pat McAfee Show" on Friday.
"Honestly, I'm just as shocked as you are about it," Van Noy said of being released. "I truly don't know. And the no comment thing, it's funny. I'm damned either way. I'm damned if I give him praise, I look disingenuous. I'm damned if I say negative things. I look like a salty you-know-what, and I just figured no comment was the best situation for that because now you can run it however you want."
"I'm just as shocked as you are about it.. I truly don't know..— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 26, 2021
& the no comment thing it's funny. I'm damned either way. If I give him praise I look disingenuous, I'm damned if I say negative things I look salty"@KVN_03 on the release from the #Dolphins #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/3FV91DyzWm
Van Noy signed with the Dolphins after spending three-and-a-half seasons with the Patriots. In 14 games last season, he recorded six sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, six pass breakups, 69 tackles and 10 quarterback hits.
He was a better player under Bill Belichick, and he'll have the chance to reignite his career in New England, where he was dominant. He’s now joining Dont’a Hightower and Matthew Judon at the linebacker position with hopes of turning the Patriots back into a playoff contender.