Patriots defense knows it isn't pulling fair share of weight

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FOXBOROUGH -- Going into the season, the Patriots defense was supposed to be the unit leading the way with all the talented players assembled in the offseason and especially with a rookie quarterback.

Through six games, the Patriots are 2-4 and the defense is ranked 17th overall in the NFL.

“We don’t like where we’re at just because we haven’t been finishing," safety Adrian Phillips said Wednesday. "Everybody that plays defense, and this is probably the same for the teams around the league, they like when the pressure is on them. We like when the pressure is on us and we haven’t been holding up to that, but we’ve been getting better each and every week. … Our main thing is getting better each and every week and making sure when we get to those situations and points in the game, everybody is clicking and everybody is moving on the same frequency and we can come out with the win.”

Devin McCourty knows the unit hasn't been pulling its fair share of the weight, but notes the team needs to get better in all three phases.

“No," he said. "It is what it is. I’ve always said looking at numbers doesn’t really matter. This league comes down to one thing, your record. That’s what it’s all about. Any good team I’ve ever played on we had a good record. That’s what it comes down to. I would say across the board we’ve got to be better this week. Offense, defense, special teams. First quarter to the fourth quarter, 14 minutes to go in the quarter all the way down to 30 seconds to go in the game. That’s when we’ve got to be at our best and we’ve got to have that this week.”

The unit will look to turn things around this week when the Patriots host the Jets.