By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Replacing Jerod Mayo (knee) the player will not be easy for the New England Patriots. But maybe just as challenging will be filling the communication void left by his absence.
"Everybody has a job to do. When someone goes down, everybody else has to step up and play their role," said Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. "This is going to be a prime example for us. Whatever happens, whoever we have out there Sunday playing, they're going to have to be able to step up because we all depend on them."
More like unshakeable confidence that whoever is on the field, will get the job done when called upon.
"I don't think Bill (Belichick) would put anybody on the field he doesn't have confidence in," Wilfork said. "We feel the same way. We have each other's back. We know exactly what we have in this locker room and on the field."
What Wilfork sees is a defense that has struggled with being consistent, something he believes will improve in time.
"It's a good thing when you can sit back and say you got more that you can give," Wilfork said. "We have more we can give than what we're putting out. It's going to take all of us, not just myself or a couple players. Whoever is on that field, we're all depending on each other."