FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots safety Patrick Chung doesn't like his unit being called the team's weakest link.
"I don't pay attention to it," said Chung. "We haven't even played a game yet. We'll play ball, play to the best of our abilities. We'll find out."
The defense was questioned all last season, too. Criticism of it is nothing new. When that was pointed out to Chung, he reiterated his stance.
"In one ear and out the other," said Chung. "People are going to say what they want to say, everybody is going to have their opinions. In one ear, out the other, play ball, get better."
There's a school of thought that the Patriots defense will get better. Chung is now something of a seasoned player, while Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, and Sterling Moore are all gaining experience. Newcomer Tavon Wilson could play a role as the rest of the secondary hopefully gels into a unit that neither bends nor breaks.
"Consistency is No. 1," said Chung. "You have to be able to make plays consistently. It can't be good play, bad play. Consistent is No. 1 on the back end, because if you mess up on the back end it's a touchdown. You have to be on the same page and everybody has to know what they're doing so those plays never happen."
The secondary had some success against Tom Brady and the offense Wednesday.
"Going against him is definitely going to make you better," said Chung. "You guys know that, everybody knows that. He's going to make us better, our offense is going to make us better."