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Vince Wilfork on Big Show: ‘Detroit game wasn’t who we really are’

08.29.11 at 6:28 pm ET
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Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork joined The Big Show as apart of Patriots Monday to discuss Saturday’s game with the Lions, what the team can do better and wanting to play in the fourth preseason game, among other things.

“That New England Patriots team that just played the Detroit Lions, that is not who we are,” Wilfork said. “That is one thing we have to show. We know that is not us, so we have to prove it to ourselves, the coaching staff, the fans. We have to prove who we really are. That Detroit game wasn’t us at all.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, visit The Big Show audio on demand page.

On Saturday’s loss to the Lions: “Any time you lose a ballgame, you’re going to question what happened. I think that was the case all the way around the locker room, what we could have done better and go to Detroit and put out a better effort. We got a chance to sit back and watch film and go over corrections and it was a lot of things that happened in the game that shouldn’t have, a lot of football that was played the way it shouldn’t be played. At the same time there were things that we did well. At this point you have to correct and move forward. Thursday night with the Giants it will be rockin’ again. We have to put one foot forward and keep striding to be the best. We’re going to take another step this week.”

On what the Patriots could have done better: “First of all, it was inconsistent football all the way around. Defensively the screens killed us, at times we had them backed up and we let them off the leash. It was just a lot of inconsistencies. One things we pride ourselves around is being consistent and being able to play on the road, handle the road crowd, all those things. I don’t think we did a pretty good job of that.

“Defensively, giving up big plays played a big factor of what went on. Just little stuff here and there that made plays look even worse. You got to go back to the drawing board. We have one preseason game to go against the Giants and we have to make these corrections and move forward. The last thing we can do is sit back now and say, ‘What if, what if, what if, we should have …’ That’s it. It’s over with. We’ve watched film, and hopefully against the Giants we don’t make those mistakes. Sooner or later those mistakes are going to add up and bite us in the butts.”

On wanting to play in Thursday’s final preseason game: “Me personally, I am a football player, after losing a ballgame you want to go out and prove yourself the next week. But that is [Bill Belichick's] call. Whatever Bill decides to do, that’s what he decides. I will tell you one thing, he will be have every guy on this roster ready to play. When you take the field and get beat up like we did against the Detroit Lions, you can’t wait for that next week and that next game to get here because you want to get that bad feeling out and get back to doing what you’ve been doing, which is playing good football.

“We want to get back into the swing of things, get back to the drawing board. It’s a short week and will be another challenging week for us, just like the Giants. They play [Monday] tonight, and then they come out here. They have a short week, we have a short week. It is going to be another one of those things where we’re on a short week and everything is challenging.”

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