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Bodden: Texans made it 'a tough decision'

Posted by Albert Breer  March 16, 2010 11:33 AM

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That pursuit, of course, hinges on the improvement of a defense without a coordinator-in-title.

And so that was another topic of Bodden's talk with Belichick. The corner was tight-lipped on who will call the defense, but did provide some insight.

"(Belichick) did speak about becoming more involved in the defense with me, and that's something that you definitely want, because he is a defensive-minded guy," Bodden said. "He definitely want his input on the defense. I have no clue who's going to call the defense or what's gonna go on, but hopefully we can pull it together and play better than we did last year."

The presence of a certain No. 12 on the other side of the ball didn't hurt the Patriots' cause either.

"Definitely important to be with another guy that's considered one of the greats," Bodden said. "He's three Super Bowls. He's a winner and a competitor, he's the leader of the team. ... That was definitely in the thought process, having Tom Brady as a quarterback, anything's possible."

But perhaps as much as anything else, it seems like Bodden's instincts pushed this decision along.

When he arrived in Foxborough last year, he felt a different vibe than he had before.

"I knew right away," Bodden said. "Something came over me when I walked in the locker room -- It just felt right, it just felt good. Don't want to go back to Detroit, but when I was in Detroit, it didn't feel like that. When I walked into New England, I just felt right, felt good about the situation.

"And what backed it up was everyone in the organization, the coaching staff, the players, everyone was upbeat about the season and the expectations were high. That's something I wanted to be a part of."
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