Jerod Mayo breaks down the Patriot Way

AP

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.

15 responses to “Jerod Mayo breaks down the Patriot Way

  1. 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

  2. “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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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