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New England Patriots Links 12/03/10 - Wilfork Defends The Defense

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Vince Wilfork responds to the media pointing out the Patriots defense ranks 31st in total defense and 32nd in pass defense:

"I don’t pay attention to that. The important part is winning," Wilfork said. "We’re 9-2, and there are a lot of teams that have pretty good defenses out there, and their records don’t show that. I don’t care about stats. The main stats for me is winning. However you can win, that’s what it’s all about. People can say what they want to say about this team. About the defense, the people we have here. We just … the only thing we’re trying to do is win. Point blank. If that calls for us to be the 32nd defense in the league, then it is what it is.

"At the end of the day, Sunday — this week, Monday — we want to make sure we do everything we can to walk away with a W. Every week, that’s our goal. To win. Good teams find a way to win. The Jets are a great team. They’ve shown they’ve blown out people. They’ve won close games. OT. They’ve been challenged and they’ve always [risen] to the occasion. That team, we’re going to have our hands full. We’ll have our hands with them. By the same token, we’re at home. Out there, they beat us. Hopefully, we can turn that around this week."

Bill Belichick is asked to address the ramifications of this game, and the 'embarrassing' status of his defense being ranked 31st in the league.

Well, there's a lot of football left. There's still a third of the season to go. There's a lot of football left. It will be a different story every week. This happens, that happens, something else happens, it will be this, and next week it will be another one, and next week there will be another one. There will be five different scenarios in the next five weeks. I'm not worried about that.

We play to win the games. That's what our goal is.  There are a lot of things that we can do better as a football team - things we can do better as coaches, players, as a team - absolutely. There's a lot of room for improvement.