Chung on defense: 'It takes time'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The mantra is clear.

That 28-21 playoff loss suffered by the Patriots at the hands of the Jets last January, at home, no less, has been archived by New England’s players.

Safety Patrick Chung spouted the party line Wednesday, as the Patriots prepare for a rematch, hosting the Jets in a key divisional game Sunday (4:15) at Gillette Stadium.

“That was last year. We’re not worried about that. This is a new team, a new season,” said Chung.

What isn’t new, though, is that the Patriots’ defense is struggling again in terms of yardage being given up. New England is last, by far, in terms of coughing up yards. Chung said the defense is well aware of its troubles.

“We’re striving to get better. It takes time. You can’t push it. You can watch film and work harder, but it takes time,” said Chung, who claimed an important interception in last Sunday’s 31-19 win in Oakland.

“We don’t worry about what people are saying. We have to play our game for us to come together as a team,” said Chung.