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Patrick Chung Conference Call Transcript

Posted Apr 3, 2014

New England Patriots S Patrick Chung addresses the media after signing as an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Q: What are your thoughts on returning to New England and why you ended up here?

PC: I’m glad to be back. It’s like family here. It feels like home. I’m glad to be back. I love the fans, love the coaches, love the environment, love the city. It was like a blessing.

Q: You said it was like family. Can you tell us why things didn’t work out in Philadelphia and why you think things will be better back here?

PC: I can’t really tell you why things didn’t work out in Philly. I don’t make those decisions. You know, Philly is a great city, there are a lot of great people there; great locker room, great coaches. But I feel now that this has happened, I feel like it’s a better fit here. I’ve been here for four years. I know the system, I know the coaches. The coaches are cool. I know most of the players. All locker rooms change but I know most of the players. This is a good environment. I’ve been here for a while so I feel like part of me is home. I’m always going to come back here regardless. I always came back here to help the city regardless of where I was. Now I’m back in the city that gave me my very first chance, my very first opportunity, so I feel like its home.

Q: How are you a different player now than you were in your last year with the Patriots? What did you learn? What did you improve on?

PC: I don’t feel I’m any different. I’m just going to continue to keep working, keep getting better, whatever I can do to help the team, whatever role I might have to play. I feel I’m the same. The scheme, I guess, would fit a lot better. I’ve had a lot of conversations so I just feel like this would be the best fit right now. Plus, I’m really glad to be back too. I’ve missed you guys.

Q: Can you describe how quickly this all came together? When you were released did you have any idea you would be coming back to New England?

PC: I had no clue. I got released. I just started training so I was prepared for an opportunity when an opportunity presented itself. I got the call and I was excited. I was happy. I was relieved. It was very, very, very easy decision. It didn’t really take much. I had no idea where I was going, what the plan was for me. But we figured something out and I’m happy it all worked out.

Q: Does it make it a lot easier for you to do your charity work in the area this summer?

PC: Yeah, I’m going to be doing a lot of charity work. But regardless of where I am, I’m always going to do charity work and help the city that gave me my first chance. You can’t forget about people that helped you out.

Q: Do you have any expectations for your role coming here? Are you OK competing for a spot or snaps or whatever might ?

PC: I don’t have any expectations. Whatever Bill [Belichick] need me to do, this team, I’m going to do it. Regardless if it’s special team or it’s defense, whatever my role is here, I’m OK with that. This is where I want to be, so that’s good for me. I’m not worried about all the distractions, ‘Am I going to be playing, am I going to be doing this?’ Whatever I can do to help the team win, then I’m good.

Q: What are your thoughts on coming in and playing with Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis?

PC: Those are two very good players. I’m very excited to have players like that on our team, on our defense that really believe they’ll help the team. Bill [Belichick] is going to put everybody in the right situation and the right position to make plays. You have two playmakers right there on the outside. It definitely helps. I’m very excited.

Q: Do you think that will change the defensive philosophy from when you were here in 2012?

PC: I’m not a coach so I can’t tell what is going to happen or what defense we might be running. That’s more of a question for the coaches but Coach [Belichick] is going to put our team in the right situation, the right position. Whatever Coach has in mind, whatever he has in store, it will be good for us. We’ll be alright.

Q: How would you characterize your time in New England?

PC: It’s awesome. I love the city, I love the people, I love the fans. It’s an all-around good city. I love Boston.

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