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Patrick Chung on M&M: ‘I think Devin [McCourty] is fine’

10.21.11 at 12:05 pm ET
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Patriots defensive back Patrick Chung made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday, with the Patriots enjoying a bye this weekend.

“We finished strong with the Cowboys last week,” he said. “We just think of it as get your body right so we can have another game like that. Get everybody healthy so we can get everybody back and keep playing football.”

Asked what message Bill Belichick gives the team heading into five straight off days, Chung said: “Just get your mind off football. Take care of whatever personal stuff you need to take care of, whether it be just hanging with the [family] or taking care of some personal stuff. Just get your mind off football. Just get a couple of days to yourself. Ease your mind, have fun, relax. Stay out of trouble, too.”

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

On the defense’s improvement: “We’re doing all right. We can get better.”

On the struggles of second-year cornerback Devin McCourty: “I think Devin’s fine. To me, he’s the same player, same name, same player, same athlete. Whatever you guys want to say about him is whatever, I think Devin is fine. I’m not going to dwell. Devin’s Devin. Devin’s my teammate, and he’s very good. I couldn’t care less what you guys say.”

On the transition from the first year to the second year: “It’s huge. It can make a huge difference. Mentally — physically, guys have it different. Guys are fast, guys are strong. They can get better with that stuff. But mentally, and just relaxing and getting the playbook and being kind of mature and just carrying yourself as a veteran, the faster you can do that, then the easier it is going to be for you.”

On going into broadcasting after his playing career: “Maybe. I don’t know. I haven’t really been thinking about that stuff. I’ve got a lot more years to play football, hopefully, knock on wood. But if the opportunity comes, I might take a stab at it.”

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