While the Patriots defense allowed only 17 points and less than 200 yards passing against Miami on Sunday, the unit wasn't satisfied.
Safety Adrian Phillips called it a wake-up call when speaking Wednesday and former Patriots safety and current NBC analyst Rodney Harrison went after the unit in a NBC Sports video.
“I look at their defensive front seven — which is supposed to be stout, which is really supposed to be the strength of their team — and it was average,” Harrison said. “It wasn’t very good. I just didn’t see the consistent pressure. I didn’t see them stopping the run. I didn’t see those guys flying around. They looked slow, they didn’t really look energetic.
“This is supposed to be a faster, more athletic defense. I was just really stunned by the Patriots’ front seven.”
The Patriots also only recorded two sacks, which they will look to change Sunday when they take on the Jets.