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Devin McCourty says Pats "are what we are," need to improve consistency

Devin McCourty says Pats "are what we are," need to improve consistency

"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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Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

We've already seen some pretty great footage from inside the New England Patriots' locker room following their AFC Championship Game win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

But the Patriots' videographers caught the rarest of scenes: Bill Belichick doling out warm embraces like candy bars.

The team released its official "behind the scenes" video Tuesday of the visiting locker room celebration at Arrowhead Stadium, and it's worth a full watch.

The best part comes just 20 seconds in: Belichick standing at the door of the locker room, gleefully (by his standards) giving bear hugs to every Patriots player and coach as they walk in.

This is completely normal behavior after you've won the AFC title game as a road underdog, but it's an emotional side of the grizzled head coach that fans rarely see.

Belichick kept an even keel in a postgame speech to his players, however, congratulating them on a terrific win but reminding them that their Super Bowl LIII matchup with the Los Angeles Rams "will be tougher than this one -- but that's the way it's supposed to be when you're going all the way through."

Hey, the man speaks from experience.

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