Safety James Ihedigbo, who started alongside Patrick Chung yesterday against the Steelers but was replaced by Sergio Brown in the second half (there wasn’t an injury announcement to explain the switch), was one of the few players who spoke in the New England locker room today.
Ihedigbo said he and his teammates on defense work too hard to play the way they did in Pittsburgh.
“I’ve never been around a group of guys that want to win more than the guys in this locker room and winning is everything,” he said. “We work too hard during the week and we watch too much tape and we study too much as a group to come up on the short end of a week that we put so much effort into preparation. Like I said, we’re definitely going to have a chip on our shoulder this week and I know our defense we’re going to be fired up, we’re going to be ready to go, we’re playing back at home, we’re going to study the game plan hard, and we’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”
New England surrendered 365 passing yards to Ben Roethlisberger, and the Steelers converted 10 of 16 third-down chances.
“You watch that film and it’s nothing we want to represent us as a defense in this league or as a team and we watched that and everyone had that look on their face of, ‘hey, this isn’t us.’ What we put on tape isn’t us and we’re going to correct that and come out this next week and show how the New England Patriots play defense,” Ihedigbo said.
“I wouldn’t say they [coaches] uttered any words (during film review today), it was just, kind of, common knowledge that guys know we expect more of each other and the coaching staff expects more out of us and we didn’t play to their expectations or to our own so like I said, we’re going to come out this week ready to go. I can guarantee you that.”