Patriots: That wasn't us in Pittsburgh

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Patriots: That wasn't us in Pittsburgh

FOXBORO -- What you saw on Sunday in Pittsburgh, that wasn't the New England Patriots defense.

At least, that's what safety James Ihedigbo believes after watching the game film on Monday at Gillette Stadium.

"You watch that tape, and it's nothing that we want to represent us, as a defense, in this league or as a team," said Ihedigbo. "We watched that, and everyone had that look on their face, as you know, 'Hey, this isn't us. What we put on tape isn't us.' And we're going to correct that, and come out this next week, and show how the New England Patriots play defense."

The Pats hope they play defense with better communication in the secondary, something that plagued them against the Steelers.

As they get deeper into the season, the Patriots believe that communication will only improve.

"It's just going to get better," said safety Patrick Chung on Monday. "Some miscommunication, but it only gets better with guys coming in and starting to play more with the guys that are in there. It's just going to get better as the weeks go on."

As for the team's red zone defense, allowing only two touchdowns on five Pittsburgh red-zone possessions on Sunday wasn't something to hang their head over. But even that can improve.

"Sometimes you've got to hold them to zero points," said Chung.

And sometimes, you have to take what happened on a particular Sunday, and use it as motivation for the next weekend. After watching film on Monday, the Patriots' defense seemed dead set on doing just that.

"I've never been around a group of guys that want to win more than the group of guys in this locker room," said Ihedigbo. "And winning is everything. We work too hard during the week and we watch too much tape and we study too much as a group to come up on the short end of a week that we put so much effort into preparations.

"We're definitely going to have a chip on our shoulder this week," added Ihedigbo. "And I know, our defense, we're going to be fired up, we're going to be ready to go, we're playing back at home. We're going to study the game plan hard, and we're going to be ready to go on Sunday."

Faulk: Brady thanked me for wearing his jersey at NFL Draft

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Faulk: Brady thanked me for wearing his jersey at NFL Draft

Many -- most? -- of Tom Brady's teammates, and ex-teammates, feel the same as the denizens of Patriots Nation: That the future Hall of Fame quarterback has been unfairly railroaded in the kangaroo court of Roger Goodell and Ted Wells and the NFL.

Unlike the rest, however, Kevin Faulk had the chance to do something about it.

He made an unmistakable statement when, while making one of the Patriots' picks at the recent NFL Draft, he whipped off his jacket and displayed a Patriots jersey adorned with Brady's No. 12. And he punctuated it with a look of total defiance on his face.

Pats fans loved it. And so did a certain quarterback.

Brady called Faulk and, according to the ex-running back, told him: "Thank you for just showing the respect that we had for each other."

"That was all it [was]," Faulk said Tuesday morning on Toucher & Rich. "It wasn't [a] big, drawn-out deal, nothing like that. It was, 'Thank you.' . . .

"We may not talk every day, but whenever we do pick up the phone to call to each other, we can help each other out."

Still, Faulk admitted to nerves prior to the moment, Until . . . 

"[I] went to the green room right before they take you to the stage," he related. "And the girl who took me to the green room, she was a New England Patriots fan. And she was like, 'I love it!' So that just gave me that much more . . . confidence.

"It was like, 'Let's go do this!' "