Jerod Mayo plays grizzled vet
Just as a quarterback needs time to develop in a team’s system — think the 2001 version of Brady versus the 2004 version of Brady — so, too, does a linebacker in the Patriots’ complex scheme. Now in his fifth season, Mayo has broken through to the point that new opportunities are opening for him. Bruschi pointed to a fourth-and-5 play in the team’s “Monday Night Football” victory over the Houston Texans as one shining example of this. Mayo lined up in the “A” gap (over the center) on the play, which came with the Patriots leading 21-0 in the second quarter, and knew he had running back Arian Foster in man coverage. But Mayo saw the potential for a big play and called out to left end Rob Ninkovich to cover Foster if the running back swung out in his direction, which is exactly what happened. And when center Chris Myers blocked down on lineman Vince Wilfork, Mayo exploded through the line unblocked to pressure quarterback Matt Schaub into an incompletion.
We have competition every week to see whos going to go out there and make the most plays, most tackles. SN: How much fun will the AFC playoffs be with the Patriots trying to get past the Texans, Broncos and Ravens again? Mayo: It definitely will be fun. The AFC has a lot of very good teams, and like I told Arian Foster on Monday night, Well probably see you again down the line. SN: With your last name being Mayo, was it a natural for you to team up with Subway? Mayo: It was definitely a natural partnership.
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Someone who should immediately be considered is middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu , whos still waiting to sign on somewhere. New England should strongly consider bringing him to Foxboroughfor a look. Another linebacker currently without a team is former Tennessee Titan Keith Bulluck, who has seen time at both outside and inside linebacker. Frankly, its surprising neither Tatupu nor Bulluck is playing football right now. I believe both still have something to offer a team like the Patriotsat least for a few weeks. Another Patriot Linebacker Can Step Up Dane Fletcher may be the new man in the middle for the Patriots Handout/Getty Images If the Patriots dont replace Mayo via free agency, it will be because either Bill Belichick doesnt think anybody out there can help, or he believes Mayos replacement is already on the roster. And he just may be. Fellow linebacker Gary Guyton replaced Mayo in Oakland after he went down, and played well for the most part (although he was badly out of place on Michael Bushs rushing touchdown for Oakland). He could fill in for Mayo, but the more logical choice here is Dane Fletcher. A second-year inside linebacker, Fletcher has played well for New England so far this season, even seeing time on offense in goal-line situations. If Belichick limits his reps on offense and plays him more in the middle of the defense, Pats fans may forget that Mayo was ever thereat least for a few weeks.
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A look at PFF’s signature stats also show Mayo might be the best 4-3 outside linebacker in the NFL. They have him third in pass rush productivity, second in run stop percentage, first in tackling efficiency and seventh in coverage, his supposed weakness. By every available metric Mayo is having a dominant season. Let’s take a closer look at how the Patriots have been utilizing Mayo differently this year. First a look at the old 3-4 from the 2009 playoff game against the Ravens . This used to be the defensive formation of choice for the Patriots, until it was slowly reduced to only their run-stopping formation. Now it’s only used only on occasion. As you can see Mayo doesn’t have much room inside to maneuver, thus negating his substantial speed and giving a greater advantage to the guard that he must defeat.
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Gil Brandt tries to figure out the coach’s angle. More … “We always talk about ignoring the noise, and we’re doing the same now,” Mayo said. “Whether it’s good or bad, we always talk about ignoring the noise.” Former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker showed similar reticence when we asked about the subject on last week’s ATL Debate Club podcast. It’s an example of New England’s closely managed media policy working out for the best. This is a time when speculation, innuendo and opinion are unnecessary. No arrest has been made.
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Hightower is the versatile national champion from Alabama who might add an additional pass-rushing element to the defense this season. Collins has already developed a reputation for being a freakish athlete with a playmaking side to his game. Mayo, meanwhile, is the guy who has held it all together. Hes led the team in tackles in all five of his seasons and will be a captain for the fifth time when that group is announced in a few weeks. Mayos work ethic helps set the pace behind the scenes.
Jerod Mayo once again in middle of Patriots’ defense
That was cool, said Mayo Thursday. You can actually see fish swimming up to you on the beach. Im from where the dirty water is. His gray jersey was dark from his shoulders to his stomach, not from being outside in the rain that visited Foxborough around lunchtime, but from his workout in the weight room. Although he lamented the fact that the offseason program is shorter now under the collective bargaining agreement it does not start until mid-April, where once it was March Mayo is happy to be putting in the time. I look at this as my profession, he said. Im always trying to get better. I dont want there to be rules in place where your strength coach cant work with you. I like to work. I like to try to get better, and a lot of guys around here like to do that as well.
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Assuming these factors are in play, the decision was probably an easy one for the Patriots with Mayo. He’s the type of player to build around and the proactive approach spreads out the money over seven years which helps from a salary-cap perspective. In the end, it all comes down to compromise. Sometimes they are reached in situations like these (e.g. Warren, Dan Koppen, Mayo etc.) and sometimes they aren’t and players have to wait longer for their big deal (e.g. Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins etc.). What it means for Welker. There is nothing that says the Patriots couldn’t lock up both Mayo and receiver Wes Welker to contract extensions, but at this point, nothing is imminent with Welker, according to sources. Given that the Patriots and Welker have not been able to come to an agreement, it’s easy to envision a scenario in which the Patriots were motivated to work harder with some of their other players in line for extensions, starting with Mayo.
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For Jerod Mayo, its his profession. Mayo takes great pride in his work on the field, and he knows how important his commitment off the field is to that success. During the season, Mayo works as hard as any player to perfect his craft, and in the offseason things dont really change for him. While some guys spend their downtime touring the country or retreating to their summer houses, Mayo sticks around Foxboro so he can be close to work. Guys have been here. Its like we didnt miss a beat, Mayo said to reporters on Thursday. I look at this as my profession. I dont want there to be rules in place [when] your strength coach coach can work with you. Mayo wouldnt describe himself as anything more than just a blue collar player, and that hardworking style may be the perfect solution to the Patriots recent defensive woes.
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All have credited Mayo with helping them in the classroom and on the field. Mayo is big on leading by example, and younger teammates would be wise to follow him to likely his favorite spot in the building: the film room. He spends hours poring over tape, remote control in hand. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers. Shalise Manza Young can be reached at email@example.com .
Jerod Mayo has workmanlike approach to offseason
All have credited Mayo with helping them in the classroom and on the field. Im not going to go ask them, do they need help, Mayo said. Hopefully, they just see how I work and kind of follow the lead of the older guys like Tom [Brady], like Vince [Wilfork] and even Coach Belichick hes here all day every day. We have great leaders on this team, great examples to follow. Mayo is big on leading by example, and younger teammates would be wise to follow him to likely his favorite spot in the building: the film room. He spends hours poring over tape, remote control in hand. I just enjoy the game.
Jerod Mayo taking lead for Patriots’ defense
You watch the film the other teams see that, too youd better get to work and just become better. Whatever the mistake was, physical or mental, it doesnt really matter. You just fix it. Sebastian Vollmer The Patriots had looked solid in their first two preseason games before the woeful performance Thursday, which gave coach Bill Belichick plenty of things to critique. After the game, everyones dreading the next day when you have to come in and watch a film like that, a performance like that, Mayo said. We try to go out there each and every week not only to win the game, but to win handily just so we dont have to go through those speeches. A game like that, you have to learn from it, Mayo continued. You have to learn from it. Because if you dont, it was for nothing.