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Devin McCourty feels Patriots defense often gets overlooked

Ryan Hannable
September 21, 2018 - 10:03 am

FOXBORO -- Playing in New England with an offense led by Tom Brady, the defense can often get viewed on a different scale, and often times not get the respect it deserves.

Speaking Thursday at Gillette Stadium, Devin McCourty acknowledged that is the case.

"I feel like here in New England, unless you play offense, there’s always adversity," he said. "We’re never good on defense. So, I always take that as, you go out there, you get better, you go play. I mean, we’ve won Super Bowls and still haven’t been good on defense. So, I always think it is what it is."

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While the unit has had its ups and downs, it has finished in the top 10 in points allowed the last three seasons, including top five in the last two.

It can be easy to see where McCourty is coming from.

After allowing 31 points to the Jaguars this last week, the unit will look to bounce back against a high-powered Lions offense Sunday night.

"I think it’s just a bad taste in your mouth," he said. "I think it’s like – I don’t feel like we’re probably different than any other team. If you go out there and you don’t perform the way you want and you lose, it’s – you want to get back out there, you want to play right away and you can’t. But the one thing you can do is go out there and prepare and make sure you play better that next week.

"I think it’s always been that sense of urgency around here. It doesn’t even need to be said. I think guys understand how to approach the week and make sure we go out there and we play better than we played last week."

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