"We are what we are."
Devin McCourty isn't looking at the shoulda, woulda, coulda's. He's looking at the facts. When asked by Tom Curran on Quick Slants after the loss to Pittsburgh if this is the Patriots team we can expect to see going forward, McCourty was very forthcoming about the play of his team.
"We're 9-5. We have a chance to still win our division and be in the playoffs. It's not like we're sitting here waiting for a team to go 14-2, that's not happening...I never look at football like 'they're 9-5, but they're really a 13-3 team.' "
New England still has two games left, and McCourty pointed to one big thing the Pats need to work on heading toward the playoffs.
"It keeps coming back to the same thing for us as a team, just consistency. Being able to do it every snap, and not having any plays that hurt us, without the other team doing it."
McCourty is likely referring to the penalties from Sunday's game. The Patriots committed 14 penalties, which cost them 106 yards.
New England has battled consistency issues all season. After a dominating win against the Vikings in Week 13, the Patriots lost to the Dolphins on a last second miracle play and then to the Steelers in a sloppy performace.
The Pats are 6-0 at home, but just 3-5 on the road.
"[Consistency] is something we gotta, we have to improve on. Is there room to improve? Yes. There's room to improve as a team, how we're playing."
New England will get a chance to work on their consistency when they host the Bills and Jets to close out the season.
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