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Patrick Chung on M&M: ‘We played good defense’ vs. Steelers

11.04.11 at 12:34 pm ET
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Patriots defensive back Patrick Chung checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Friday for his weekly appearance. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Chung wasn’t interested in spending too much time rehashing the defensive struggles in Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, and he remained positive about the team’s effort.

“We played good defense,” he said. “The game comes down to five big plays. They executed more of those plays. We played good. But that game’s over. We’re over that game.”

Looking at specific aspects the Patriots can improve, Chung focused on communication.

“Everybody has to be on the same page in order to be in the right defense,” he said. “Little communication things, that’s very important but it can be easily fixed. Easily fixed by guys being in the meeting room, knowing what they’re doing. That’s not a problem. Every once in a while the defense has a couple of problems. It’s just how you react to it and how you get better from it.”

Asked why it’s taking the team so long to get past these issues, Chung replied: “Nothing’s holding us back. That’s how the game goes sometimes. That’s how the game goes. It’s all about limiting those errors. Everyone has communication problems. It’s about limiting them and keeping them to a halt. Keeping them very limited, having maybe one or two instead of three or four. That can make a huge difference. Everybody has their problems. It’s just about how you react from it. Just play ball after that.”

Asked why the Patriots don’t play a more aggressive style, Chung took exception to the question.

“I think we’re aggressive,” he said. “We fly to the ball. … I would never say that. We’re an aggressive team. We’re coming to get the ball and we’re coming to play football.”

Injured Steelers receiver Hines Ward took a shot at the Patriots defense after Sunday’s game, saying the Pats weren’t enough of a threat to make him rush back.

“That’s how he felt. Everybody has their own opinion,” Chung said. “We’re not worried about that stuff. We have a game to get ready for. … He can say whatever he wants to say. We’re not worried about small talk. We’re not worried about any of that stuff. We’re here to play football.”

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