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Patrick Chung on M&M: Loss to Jets ‘so far in the past’

09.02.11 at 12:32 pm ET
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Patriots safety Patrick Chung joined Mut & Merloni Friday morning to talk about New England’s preseason finale against the Giants Thursday night as well as how the Pats are preparing for the first game of the regular season.

While Thursday’s loss to the Giants was just the last game of the preseason, Chung explained that every player still wants a chance to go out and compete.

“Everybody wants to play, regardless if it’s the last game of preseason or a regular-season game,” Chung said. “It’s all a game, it’s all a competition. Everybody wants to get out there and end on a pretty good note and get the wheels moving for the regular season.”

Added Chung: “It’s go-time, it’s go-time. Now they really count, all 16 [games]. [The Dolphins] are a good team, we’re just going to bring our A-game.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

On last season’s playoff loss to the Jets: “That’s so far in the past. I’m not worried about that, that’s in the past and we have a brand new season coming up.”

On if the recent cut of James Sanders caught Chung by surprise: “Yeah, it did, but it’s business. Those are questions more for coach [Bill Belichick], I just know he’s my friend, he’s a good player and a good person, and he’ll be fine wherever he goes.”

On who will start alongside Chung in the free safety spot: “It shouldn’t matter for any of us, regardless of who it is. You’re going to have to play with the guy next to you, whoever coach puts out there, regardless, period. Whoever that is, you’re going to have communicate, you’re going to have to be on the same page, and you’re going to have to have that chemistry and develop it fast as the season goes along.”

On who fires up the defense: “I can honestly say we all fire each other up, Vince [Wilfork] and [Jerod] Mayo and me. … We all just go crazy. We’re a big family defense, we fly to the ball and do what we have to do and get better as the games go along. We have a bunch of leaders on defense.”

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