FORT LAUDERDALE — Patriots linebacker Eric Alexander said he wishes he would have put up a better performance this past season.
Alexander wrapped up his sixth NFL season with 12 tackles overall and played in 14 games.
“Personally, I felt like with me primarily being a special teams player, I defintely needed to play better,” Alexander said. “I could have played better, should have played better. I’m just going to focus on becoming a better football player.”
Alexander is in South Florida this week, attending his first Super Bowl as a spectator. Alexander played at Louisiana State and is from Port Arthur, Texas. He said if the Saints reached the Super Bowl, he would make the trip.
But that didn’t stop Alexander from reflecting on some of the Patriots’ offseason moves. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees and the Patriots parted ways. Alexander said he was disappointed to see Pees go but not surprised.
“Nothing really surprises you in this game,” Alexander said. “I was sad to see him go. When I came, he was my linebackers coach when I first got here, but that’s part of this game.”
If the Patriots want to promote linebackers coach Matt Patricia, Alexander said he would be a good fit.
“He’s definitely a good coach. Very smart, very intelligent young guy,” Alexander said. “I think he has what it takes to become a defensive coordinator.”