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Aqib Talib on Pats secondary: ‘I think we can play a lot better’

01.01.14 at 8:03 pm ET
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Aqib Talib breaks up a pass for Roddy White in the end zone to save the game against Atlanta. (AP)

Aqib Talib breaks up a pass for Roddy White in the end zone to save the game against Atlanta. (AP)

FOXBORO — Of all those most excited about the return Wednesday of safety Devin McCourty from a concussion, Aqib Talib might top the list.

Talib knows that a secondary that’s been playing very well together just got its quarterback back. Combine that with a hip that Talib says is feeling better every day, and there’s reason to think this bye could go a long way to proving very useful to the Patriots and their secondary.

‘€œI think we’€™re playing well, but I think we can get a lot better,” Talib said. “We can get a lot better. We really break down the tape, so we see a lot more than you all. I don’€™t know if you all break down the tape, but we see a little bit more than you all see. We’€™ve got a lot of work to do. We can get a lot better.

‘€œIt’€™s collectively. Of course individually, but we just can get a lot better.’€

What are the specific areas that the pass defense needs to improve?

‘€œBeing in the right spot,” Talib added. “The way we do things, there’€™s a certain way you want to play Cover-2 of man and stuff like that. So, being in the right spot, the correct depth on zone drops, stuff like that.

‘€œWe’€™re going out there, practicing against each other and working on technique stuff; staying in shape, a lot of technique-work.’€

While resting his hip and taking it easy this weekend, will Talib watch the playoff games and his next opponent?

‘€œSure, I’€™m a fan,” Talib said. “I’€™m a football fan, I’€™m tuned in.’€

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