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Devin McCourty on D&C: Chad Ochocinco’s work ethic ‘incredible to watch’

08.19.11 at 10:23 am ET
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Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty spoke with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning following the Patriots’€™ 31-14 preseason victory over the Buccaneers Thursday night. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

While McCourty would not grade the Patriots’€™ defense Thursday, he said he liked how quickly the defense asserted itself.

‘€œWe were able to get out there and get a couple of three-and-outs, just to kind of get the offense back on the field and keep them on the field,’€ McCourty said.

McCourty said the key to pass defense was a balance between a strong pass rush and competent defensive backs.

‘€œYou can’€™t have one without the other,’€ McCourty said. ‘€œIf you have a great defensive line that gets to the quarterback fast ‘€¦ then you find out the offense will just say, ‘€˜You know what? We’€™ll just throw quick throws to our receivers. They have bad defensive backs and we’€™ll just attack that way.’€™ And then if you have a bad front and you have a great secondary, quarterbacks have all day to throw the ball. So at the end of the day you still get picked apart, because no one can cover forever.’€

McCourty said this defense is more experienced than last seasons, more familiar with the situational football that ‘€œcoach [Bill] Belichick is big on.’€

‘€œWe have some guys coming back that have a better understanding of what we’€™re going to do on offense,’€ McCourty said.

McCourty also called the work ethic with which Chad Ochocinco has approached his first training camp with the Patriots ‘€œincredible to watch.’€

‘€œOften at practice, you’€™ll see him just talking to himself, trying to stay on top of himself,’€ McCourty said, adding: ‘€œYou can just see how hard he’€™s trying to get it and trying to work at it.’€

McCourty also said Ochocinco’€™s work ethic may be justified by the complexities of the Patriots offense.

‘€œI don’€™t know how hard it is to learn,’€ McCourty said. ‘€œI just know how hard it is to defend.’€

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