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Wilfork: 'Have faith in this team'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork met with reporters in the media workroom this morning, and this remark stood out: "I have faith in this team."

Wilfork was talking about young defensive linemen Kyle Love, Brandon Deaderick and Ron Brace before he veered off course to share his opinion on the club.

"I think we have a good team here, I really do," Wilfork said. "We just have to work a little harder, especially now [with] 10-11 teams in the AFC [.500 or better]. Nothing is decided now. It's like we're starting at 0-0 right now."

That 0-0 message has been something several players have repeated over the last 24 hours, which is what Bill Belichick has stressed to them this week.

Wilfork was asked how hard it is not to let doubts creep in after back-to-back losses.

"It's not tough. We just have to continue to believe in what we're doing," he answered. "I believe the last time we played the Jets, they were coming in on a two-game losing streak, on the road, and they ended up losing the game. But ever since then, they've turned it around and started playing better football. Now the tide has turned.

"... It says a lot about your team if you stick together and play together, and play good football. I think we can do that. It's not [like] we're getting blown out. It's just small things that lead to big things. If we clean those things up ... what we have in this locker room is what we have. This is what we're going to ride with it and we're going to die with.

"It's not always perfect, but when it's not perfect, what are you going to do? Are you mentally tough and will you handle your situation? Or will you just fold and just give in to the critics and give in to everyone that says we can't do it?

"I have faith in this team. I really do. I believe all of us are going to come to work and we're going to grind, and grind for one another. It starts on the practice field. We had a good day yesterday and now we need a better day today, and a better day Friday, and Saturday into Sunday. That's where we're at as a team."