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Belichick on Jerod Mayo: He’s the guy that the team revolves around

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There’s been a big focus on the health of tight end Rob Gronkowski this offseason, something that makes sense given how much better the New England offense was when Gronk was in the lineup last season than it was when he was out of action.

Gronkowski wasn’t the only key member of the Patriots to miss large portions of last season, however, and coach Bill Belichick spent some time Friday explaining how important one of the other returning players is to the team. Belichick says that linebacker Jerod Mayo is vital to what the team hopes to accomplish on both sides of the ball.

“I think he means a lot to our team. He’s, I’d say, really the guy that the team probably revolves around more than any other player. Not that there aren’t other players that are instrumental in that but I think he touches pretty much everybody, not just the defensive players but all the guys; not just the older guys but the younger guys,” Belichick said in his Friday press conference. “He’s got great work ethic, great presence on the football field and great personality that’s, I’d say, in a very good way professional but also has a good rapport with all the players and the coaches. I think he’s as well respected as any player in the locker room. I’d say one of the best overall team leaders, players, kind of a glue chemistry guy I’d say that I’ve been around.”

The Patriots like to attack teams in multiple ways defensively, something that was difficult last year when Mayo was out of the lineup for 10 games with a torn pectoral muscle. With Mayo back as a mentor for Jamie Collins, Donta’ Hightower and other young members of the front seven, Vince Wilfork back from an Achilles injury and Darrelle Revis joining the secondary, the Pats have a defense that looks as good as any they’ve had since the early days of Belichick’s tenure as head coach.

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33 Responses to “Belichick on Jerod Mayo: He’s the guy that the team revolves around”
  1. deliveredbysherpa says: Jul 25, 2014 1:20 PM

    I hate mayonnaise, but Mayo is awesome.

  2. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 25, 2014 1:22 PM

    … like a delicious sandwich

  3. thepftpoet says: Jul 25, 2014 1:26 PM

    Spygate.
    Murdergate.
    Annoying Fanbasegate.

    This defines the Patriots.

  4. reesesteel23 says: Jul 25, 2014 1:34 PM

    Lol @ annoying fanbasegate

  5. dmc1542 says: Jul 25, 2014 1:41 PM

    The pft poet back again… Have you paid your troll toll?

  6. elyasm says: Jul 25, 2014 1:41 PM

    Bitterness and envy seem to define thepftpoet.

  7. montrealraider says: Jul 25, 2014 1:47 PM

    Thats as strong a statement I ever heard from Belichik.

  8. jimjets says: Jul 25, 2014 1:51 PM

    wow, when Rex does this he’s “gushing” when BB does it he’s “explaining something”.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 25, 2014 1:52 PM

    “He’s, I’d say, really the guy that the team probably revolves around more than any other player.”

    Translation: It’s been 10+ years since our former star player has lead us to anything significant, and even prior his greatness was tainted. Time to move on.

  10. penthousepauper1960 says: Jul 25, 2014 1:57 PM

    @thepftpoet:

    ANNOYING…THAT DEFINES YOU.

    How are all those SB trophies your team won looking these days?

  11. dublindemonszfl says: Jul 25, 2014 2:05 PM

    He must be holding the Huka

  12. 6ball says: Jul 25, 2014 2:05 PM

    .
    Despite injuries, free agency, salary cap concerns, coaching staff retooling, off field incidents and 53 unique personalities, the Patriots have averaged over 12 wins per season since 2001.
    .

  13. deliveredbysherpa says: Jul 25, 2014 2:09 PM

    jimjets, Rex is not selective when it comes to explaining his point of view and praise for players, team, and his overly high opinion of the Jets playoff chances. Most people tune him out at this point, since few of his predictions come true. BB on the other hand, chooses to heap praise on very few players, so that his words have more meaning.

    If Rex didn’t talk so much, maybe people would hear him.

  14. dalcow4 says: Jul 25, 2014 2:10 PM

    Good player. But man oh man that is one thin team. Absolutely zero depth and the starters are mediocre all over.

    Best QB in the league, though– which makes them pretty good.

  15. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jul 25, 2014 2:12 PM

    obviously, bb has decided that to get the best out of this player, he is obliged to pump him up.

    but the truth is without brady they are going nowhere, and that wasn’t the case when they lost mayo.

  16. mattwalshvideo says: Jul 25, 2014 2:19 PM

    That team revolves around the best cameraman, end of story.

  17. nflfan1 says: Jul 25, 2014 2:19 PM

    Love how the haters HAVE to troll everything “Patriots” but claim they’re accomplishments mean nothing. The envy in your hearts keeps pats fans smiling. How many Jags articles are you PRESSING the “thumbs down” on? No need to comment…but then again, you can’t help yourselves. LOL

  18. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 25, 2014 2:20 PM

    This guy talks a lot for someone who hasn’t won anything in over a decade and chokes every year in the playoffs. Loses to Mark Sanchez. Loses to Flacco. Loses to Peyton twice.

  19. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 25, 2014 2:42 PM

    I would be bitter to if I cheered for the 4th place Vikings

  20. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 25, 2014 2:46 PM

    it’s funny how people say that without brady they would be nowhere but I’m pretty sure they proved it before when Brady went down in 2008 that they could still win.

  21. mangoldbond says: Jul 25, 2014 2:48 PM

    Somewhere in a corner sits Tom Brady crying about this statement.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 25, 2014 2:51 PM

    nflfan1 doth protest too much.

  23. flash1287 says: Jul 25, 2014 2:56 PM

    buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says:
    Jul 25, 2014 2:20 PM
    This guy talks a lot for someone who hasn’t won anything in over a decade and chokes every year in the playoffs. Loses to Mark Sanchez. Loses to Flacco. Loses to Peyton twice.

    Wait you mean like Rex?
    Enjoy 8-8 again!

  24. tigerlilac says: Jul 25, 2014 3:02 PM

    Rex’s obsession with the Patriots is so great that he named his wife’s feet Tom and Bill.

  25. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 25, 2014 3:20 PM

    8-8 is better than a tainted history. Clown.

  26. vikesr4reel says: Jul 25, 2014 3:21 PM

    Pats are on the DECLINE!!

    LOL

    SKOL

    #patsandsaintscheat

  27. jayovalentine says: Jul 25, 2014 4:32 PM

    (757) !

  28. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 25, 2014 5:00 PM

    3 of the biggest clowns talking about 2 franchises that are jokes of the nfl. The jets amd vikings belong in arena football.

  29. TheWizard says: Jul 25, 2014 5:16 PM

    Love how the haters HAVE to troll everything “Patriots” but claim they’re accomplishments mean nothin

    Excellent point.

    They invalidate their own words.

    I like that.

  30. jchipwood says: Jul 25, 2014 7:07 PM

    .

    I wonder if Mayo is as tough as patriot fans

    .

  31. Punk says: Jul 25, 2014 7:09 PM

    You don’t say?

  32. bbgraf08 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:44 PM

    Jimjet–Belichick praised an individual player but did not make any ridiculous claims that won’t be backed up. Don’t see any comparison. Say what you want about Belichick, but other than his arrogance to the press he makes very good points when he speaks.

    Patriots +450 to win the Super Bowl. Good bet. People forget how solid the patriots defense was last year before almost every key player got hurt.

  33. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:41 PM

    Jets and Vikings, the teams and their fans, the bottom feeders of the NFL

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