July 27, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung runs through drills during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE
During the offseason, football players tend to focus on improving a lot of things. For example--Quarterbacks like to work on their stance, accuracy, arm strength, mobility. Every position and every person has something specific they want to want to work on.
For New England Patriots safety Pat Chung, he's not only worked on becoming a "better" player--which has been the most common answer among Patriots players. He's trying to become a better on-the-field teacher. He explains:
"Being a coach on the field," Chung said. "They give us the information, and we've got to execute. It's good to have a couple guys out there who can think like coaches, direct traffic, let everyone else be on the same page."
Chung will likely have a bigger leadership role, with many new faces and a few young guys coming on board. Currently, the Patriots have Chung, Steve Gregory, Tavon Wilson, James Ihedigbo, Will Allen, Sergio Brown, Nate Ebner and Ross Ventrone. Half of this year's safety crop are either free agent acquisitions or rookies. Despite there being new faces, Chung--the longest tenured Patriots safety--is confident in his fellow teammates catching on.
"We've got a couple smart guys," Chung said. "We're all in the same room, we're learning the same things. We help each other in the film room, so when we come out here on the field, the communication is still the same. We're working constantly, regardless of whether it's out here or sitting in chairs.