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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.

“We 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.

“You can’t have one without the other,” McCourty said. “If 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 “coach [Bill] Belichick is big on.”

“We 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 “incredible to watch.”

“Often at practice, you’ll see him just talking to himself, trying to stay on top of himself,” McCourty said, adding: “You 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.

“I don’t know how hard it is to learn,” McCourty said. “I just know how hard it is to defend.”

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