ATLANTA- Patrick Chung is the emotional leader of the team. When he broke his arm in the second half, there was a huge gasp among Pats players. Chung is tough and he is the player that picks teammates up after there is an injury.
“I gotta support my teammates, Can’t do that from the locker room," Chung told Nesn.com's Doug Kyed "I hurt my arm - it's not like I couldn't walk."
When Chung exited, Devin McCourty went to defensive coordinator Brian Flores and said what do we do. McCourty would normally be the strong safety. With Jonathan Jones playing a lot of safety and Chung playing linebacker, the Pats moved Elandon Roberts into Chung's spot and Duron Harmon received more snaps on passing downs. Jason McCourty said afterwards that Chung is valuable to the Pats because he can play on all downs and has tremendous versatility.
"As a defense, we’re on the field and there is nobody that can replace Pat," said CB Jason McCourty told Doug Kyed. “It’s not just like he goes down and it’s next person in. He plays safety, he plays linebacker, he plays the most different positions on our defense, so when he goes down, it’s an adjustment on what guys can play different roles.
“Hats off to the staff and us as players for adjusting. Everybody knew that we had to pick up a little bit for Patrick and seeing him come back to the field with the sling on encouraged us.”