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Bejeweled ex-Pats discuss the defense

Posted by Albert Breer  October 4, 2010 03:59 PM

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I then mentioned some stats on Tom Brady, compiled when I did a story off last week's game that was on how there's more on the quarterback to win games for New England than there ever has been.

Law took that idea. And ran with it.

"There’s definitely more on Tom, Stevie Wonder could see that, because of the youth that they have on the defense," Law said. "It’s easy to get complacent when you’ve got a guy who you know can get you in the end zone at any moment and drive you down the field. But you still have to have pride, in yourself and your job. Some freak thing like what happened a couple years ago, you never know when that’s gonna happen, so you have to be prepared to carry the load for the team as a defense. That’s what we wanted to do. ...

"We had a nice competition going with the offense. If there was too much of Tommy talking, it was, ‘We gotta step it up, guys.’ And that was the fun we brought to it."

So do these guys think it's going to be fixed?

Well, a couple things have to happen first. Mainly, McGinest thinks the players need to build trust in one another, and that takes time.

"You see guys try to do other guys’ jobs because they just don’t trust that the guys gonna be there. Guys aren’t in the right place," McGinest said. "That’s one thing that Bill always said when he talked to people – 'Do your job, and don’t worry about everybody else.' If you do your job and everybody takes that approach, everybody will be on the same page. You don’t see that now."

More than that, though, both Law and McGinest believe it'll be a matter of the players being good enough to carry out Belichick's vision.

And they've got a ways to go in that effort.

"It’s the players that have to play the game," Law said. "The system and the coach, that helps, to know your players and put them in the right position, to be able to utilize their strengths and help the team win. But you can’t tell somebody to do the same thing I was asked to do. It’s too hard. Now, if you have a Darrelle Revis, OK."
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