Former New England Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest joined Felger and Massarotti on Radio Row, and with Marshall Faulk saying he still feels “cheated” from the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Rams, the former Patriots linebacker was asked for his thoughts.

Faulk said the Patriots seemed to know the Rams’ plays ahead of times based on checks the defense made prior to the snap, but McGinest said the defense simply had checks in place for all formations.

“We were a very smart football team defensively. We had a lot of guys that could line up and knew what to do. We communicated very well,” McGinest said. “If we had any extra information, then that game wouldn’t have been as dramatic as it was coming down to a field goal, trust me. It would’ve been a blowout.

“If we had any advantage where we knew the plays going on, then there wouldn’t have been a comeback by the Rams. Everything would have been shut down, and the game wouldn’t have come down to what it came down to.”

McGinest also was asked to assess the current Patriots’ defense.

“They’re still growing, they’re still learning,” McGinest said. “It’s going to take some time for this team to get that. But let’s understand this: the teams that I played on, this team will never be that. They’re a different group of guys, it’s a different time, it’s a different era, and I think that’s one of the things Belichick is trying to instill in them. ‘You guys are not that team, but you can create your own type of team like that with the talented guys you have here now.'”

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