Originally written on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 1/13/13
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BY DAN BEGNOCHEThe New England Patriots’ secondary has caught its share of criticism throughout the season. Whether that criticism is warranted, however, seems to depend on what instance of the game you’re watching.One minute, the Patriots’ passing defense looks deplorable, evidenced by its 27 touchdowns given up through the air and more than 270 yards allowed per game, which was fourth worst in the league.Another minute, someone in the defensive backfield is snatching the ball out of the air for a timely turnover, something the Patriots did 20 times in 2012. Defensive back Devin McCourty says New England's defense leans on "character" as it rides the waves. (photo: JDN, Flickr)“I think everyone on this defense, on this team, has done a good job of taking all the coaching that we get each week – after wins, after losses – and putting it to use and going out there every day at practice and improving and do things better,” McCourty told the media Thursday. “I think it speaks to the ch...
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