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Banta-Cain not sure why he didn't start

Posted by Albert Breer  September 27, 2010 04:32 PM

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Banta-Cain said that mentality is a big part of it.

Call it swagger, if you want. Call it confidence. Whatever you want to call it, the Patriots certainly lacked what Banta-Cain is talking about.

"I think it’s always mental," Banta-Cain said. "Obviously at this level, you got the talent, you’ve got guys who can play, so it always comes down to the mental part. If anything it’s a mentality, more than anything else.

"It’s basically that we don’t allow teams to come in here, and execute their offense, regardless of who it is. That’s just the mentality we gotta have, and when you’re not mentally focused, you give up plays that teams shouldn’t get. You give them up because there’s something lacking on the play."

Banta-Cain went on to say that he believes it's more consistency than overall confidence, and that he believes that, if the Patriots can make strides in playing a more consistent, comprehensive game, "you'll see a good defense."

But he also knows there are no guarantees, and that there's a lot of work to do.

"Obviously, no one’s happy about giving up 30 points," Banta-Cain. "But I still think there’s a lot of room for improvement. It is not anything where we’re gonna panic. I just think we’re not playing complete team defense."
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