Ronnie Lott Impressed By Patriots’ Secondary: ‘It Really Is A Unit’

SAN FRANCISCO — Ronnie Lott played cornerback and safety at a Hall of Fame level, so he knows great pass defense. And he likes what he sees in the New England Patriots’ secondary.

“It not only comes from coaching, but it comes from the fact these guys are hard workers,” Lott told’s Michaela Vernava on Wednesday on Super Bowl Radio Row. “It comes from the fact of the type of people they are. I think when you think of (Malcolm) Butler and you think of (Patrick) Chung and you think of that group of guys, it really is a unit. It’s not one guy or another guy. It’s a unit. Even when you had (Darrelle) Revis, the unit has to work well together. And it looks like the way that they have their unit, their unit always works well.”

The Patriots finished the season 16th in the NFL in passing yards allowed, but they allowed the 11th-fewest touchdowns through the air en route to winning the AFC East and reaching the conference championship game.

“They don’t give up big plays,” Lott said. “They don’t put themselves in situations where they hurt themselves. They always find themselves in situations where they’re constantly helping themselves.”

For an extended interview with Lott, including an in-depth look at NextVR‘s virtual reality technology, visit NESN’s YouTube page. Fans in the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50 also can experience NextVR at NFL Experience, located at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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