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Jerod Mayo breaks down the Patriot Way

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While Florio went on national television before the Pro Bowl, I visited with the handful of Patriots speaking to the media for the first time since arriving in Indianapolis.

I could go in a lot of directions here, but let’s start with the basics. What defines the Patriot Way?

“Just having mental toughness, everyone doing their job, and ignoring the noise,” linebacker Jerod Mayo said. “It’s hammered in our head every day. If everyone does their job, we’ll be successful.”

This Patriots team seems to have bought in more than previous years. There are no Adalius Thomas-like players. They dropped the one player that wasn’t buying in: Albert Haynesworth.

Mayo spoke about how much it meant to him to make his first Super Bowl as a leader of the defense. But he repeatedly stressed that his team needs to continue to ignore the noise this week more than ever. How do they do that?

“Don’t watch TV and don’t turn on the computer,” Mayo said.

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15 Responses to “Jerod Mayo breaks down the Patriot Way”
  1. silverbuffalo says: Jan 29, 2012 7:40 PM

    Albert Who?

  2. knucklebucket says: Jan 29, 2012 7:44 PM

    Albert was cut after the loss to the Giants. They’ve been a different team since. Now I know what you Redskins fans were saying about him. P.O.S….Go Pats!

  3. foxboro24 says: Jan 29, 2012 8:31 PM

    The patriot way = super bowls. They better win.

  4. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 29, 2012 9:00 PM

    Jerod is one of Bill’s favorite. In the locker room he is known as Jerod Belichick.

  5. tombradyallday says: Jan 29, 2012 9:13 PM

    after haynesworth argued against coach peppers during giants game during season belichick sent him on the first plane smokin out of new england. he didnt help out anyway on d

  6. afc22 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:23 PM

    that would explain the contract extension for Mayo since it’s obviously not his performance

  7. camdenyard says: Jan 29, 2012 10:42 PM

    “Just having mental toughness, everyone doing their job, and ignoring the noise”

    Whoa! Stop the presses! The formula nobody has thought of ever has been discovered!

    Or maybe, it’s…Tom Brady.

    Nevermind!

  8. sphinctorious says: Jan 29, 2012 10:56 PM

    You think Haynesworth is thinking he should try being less of a douche? He could have been playing in the Superbowl.

  9. manofmanners says: Jan 29, 2012 10:58 PM

    Mayo had 95 tackles this season, that is pretty damn good.

  10. hedleykow says: Jan 29, 2012 11:45 PM

    Come Sunday, Jacobs will have some Mayo with that last 6 yard touchdown sandwich to win the game!!!

  11. CKL says: Jan 30, 2012 12:52 AM

    afc22 says:
    Jan 29, 2012 9:23 PM
    that would explain the contract extension for Mayo since it’s obviously not his performance
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    It’s so cute when Jets fans posing as Pats fans troll here.

    I just don’t get that whole dynamic or why it’s fun unless one is a petty, pathetic individual.

    Any ACTUAL Pats fan knows how important Mayo is to the defense even though he doesn’t make a lot of dramatic plays. Is he the best LB EVER? No, but he has had to deal with a lot of flux due to Spikes being out and having some sucktastic guys like up @ LB this year.

  12. enx31 says: Jan 30, 2012 2:36 AM

    Mayo missing 2 games as well. So you figure ~110 tackles at 16. Which is pretty decent, but he got stuck doing too much pass coverage since no one behind him could stop much of anything.

    The ‘Patriot Way’ is nothing but media slang, but Parcells, Coughlin, and most everyone else from that system clearly knows how to run a team. Except perhaps the one’s that jump ship too early.

    Remember going from Parcells to Carroll in NE? Ugh. That was a painful few years.

  13. mmcdan133 says: Jan 30, 2012 5:46 AM

    The patriot way:

    Wake up.
    Make sure Tom Brady is still alive.
    Draft linemen and defense.

    That’s it.

  14. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 30, 2012 8:49 AM

    The Patriot Way is having a coach that will do ANYTHING it takes to win games. If that means putting on a trollish hoodie and making the trek to Mordor for the ring that…well, you know where this is going.

  15. bozosforall says: Jan 30, 2012 10:17 AM

    All those words, when one would have sufficed: CHEAT

    Let the games begin!

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