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‘I was just really stunned’: Rodney Harrison had harsh words for the Patriots’ defensive front seven

"It wasn't very good."

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Matt Judon during the Patriots' loss to the Dolphins. AP Photo/Winslow Townson

The Red Sox defeated the Mariners 9-4 on Wednesday after scoring six runs in the 10th inning. Boston still trails the final American League wild card spot (currently held by the Blue Jays) by a fraction of a win percentage point.

Also on Wednesday, the WNBA-leading Connecticut Sun defeated the New York Liberty, 98-69. It’s Connecticut’s 13th win in a row, taking the team’s record to 25-6 with only one regular season game remaining before the playoffs begin.

Rodney Harrison’s disappointment with the Patriots’ front seven: Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison revealed his disappointment for his old team’s defense following the 17-16 loss to the Dolphins in Week 1.


While Harrison noted “uncharacteristic mistakes” on offense — penalties and fumbles — he reserved his strongest criticism for the defense. Specifically, the defensive line and linebacker units.

“I look at their defensive front seven — which is supposed to be stout, which is really supposed to be the strength of their team — and it was average,” said Harrison during an NBC Sports interview. “It wasn’t very good. I just didn’t see the consistent pressure. I didn’t see them stopping the run. I didn’t see those guys flying around. They looked slow, they didn’t really look energetic.

“This is supposed to be a faster, more athletic defense,” Harrison explained. “I was just really stunned by the Patriots’ front seven.”

The Patriots (and the team’s front seven) will get another chance to prove themselves in Week 2’s Sunday matchup against the Jets at 1 p.m.

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