By Paul KenyonA number of reasons have been cited for the improvement of the New England defense late in the season. Vince Wilfork offered his reasoning Thursday, at least as far as his defensive line is concerned.
The Pats co-captain spoke about how the line needed time to find its stride, both because the team changed scheme and because there were so many players fighting for jobs.
``We had a lot of defensive linemen. For me, I like that,'' Wilfork said. ``Throughout my career that was one area that we always had four or five guys going into a game. But during training camp we had a lot of bodies (more than a dozen), so wehad a lot of guys that had experience. We had a lot of guys that were young.''
``It took us a while, as a unit, to get going because of no offseason and switching our defense to a four-man front. The looks were different, the reads were different,'' he said. ``Once we got the rotation and the looks and the reps and all that good stuff, I think we started playi...