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Devin McCourty “can’t imagine” playing without Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes AP

After ending the last three seasons on injured reserve, linebacker Jerod Mayo faced a choice about whether he wanted to continue playing in 2016.

Mayo announced that decision on Tuesday via Instagram with a post about retiring as a member of the Patriots after eight years with the team. That decision may have been helped along by the likelihood that the Patriots would be moving on without him because of a cap hit of more than $11 million, but Mayo’s teammates weren’t thinking about the financial ramifications of his departure when they responded to the news on social media.

Safety Devin McCourty said he “can’t imagine” playing without Mayo, who he calls one of the greatest Patriots, and “can’t thank him enough” for his help over the years. Defensive end Chandler Jones said he was “honored” to play alongside Mayo in a post hashtagged “legend,” which was also a word that wide receiver Julian Edelman used to describe Mayo.

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork left New England for Houston before last season, but played seven years with Mayo and penned a long tribute to him that had as much to do with their friendship off the field than Mayo’s accomplishments on it. There was a lot of that going around on Tuesday and there will likely be further celebrations of Mayo’s time with the Patriots in the coming days.

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29 Responses to “Devin McCourty “can’t imagine” playing without Jerod Mayo”
  1. ampats says: Feb 17, 2016 7:27 AM

    Jerod Mayo will become the Pats next LB coach ( open position) as he has been a defacto assistant coach the past three seasons.

  2. logast says: Feb 17, 2016 7:46 AM

    Mayo is a fantastic linebacker, and for years was the signal caller. Terrific leader. And obviously well respected in the locker room. I would not be surprised to see him in a coaching capacity.

  3. tigerlilac says: Feb 17, 2016 7:47 AM

    Mayo appears to be the real deal. I would like to think people would say the same about me upon retiring but am not sure either will happen.

  4. factman66 says: Feb 17, 2016 8:04 AM

    If Jarod Mayor is considered a legend and one of the greatest players in your franchise’s history then it speaks to the lack of talent that franchise has developed. Mayo was average at best.

  5. Peyton Needed the Slap Arm says: Feb 17, 2016 8:21 AM

    Devin, you’ve been playing without him for three years.

    With that said, good luck to Jerod, and thank you. A man that held strong when the pats D was below average. There was a point in time when Jerod was one of the only promises on that D.

    In fact, at one point, he was pretty much the only good defensive player on the pats. If i recall correctly, he had a 170+ tackle season? Wow.

  6. terripet says: Feb 17, 2016 8:29 AM

    Then retire with him, you are not a good safety anyway.

  7. boobsanders says: Feb 17, 2016 8:41 AM

    He missed more games the past 3 years than he has actually started it so it shouldn’t be that hard to imagine what it would be like to play without Mayo.

  8. joshgordonsbong says: Feb 17, 2016 8:41 AM

    kind of sounds like he played without him a lot these last few seasons…he should be used to it

  9. usa98j30t4 says: Feb 17, 2016 8:53 AM

    Another great Patriot who represented the organization with class. Great leader and player. Best of luck to Jerod in the future.

    #deangelowilliamsisaloser

  10. j0esixpack says: Feb 17, 2016 8:59 AM

    Don’t be surprised to see Mayo back as a coach one day. He may have spent the last few years battling injury but he’s still been there supporting and helping his teammates

    Belichick loves smart football guys who lead by example

  11. thundersnacker says: Feb 17, 2016 9:03 AM

    It will be weird watching some scrub wearing 51 running around in training camp.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:19 AM

    “Then retire with him, you are not a good safety anyway.”

    Lolz a Bills fan acting like they know what a good player is. 20+ years of bottom feeding and no end in sight.

  13. BradyIsTheGCOAT says: Feb 17, 2016 9:20 AM

    you’ll really be blown away if you ever have to play without the other teams play sheet / calls in your locker before the game.

  14. weepingjebus says: Feb 17, 2016 9:26 AM

    Brotherhood. This is why the trolls always comment, it eats them up that their teams are just a bunch of mercs going through the motions.

  15. trolling the trolls says: Feb 17, 2016 9:45 AM

    that’s the thing about anabolics, sure they’ll help you play better, but the body breaks down sooner.

  16. switchwitch59 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:53 AM

    factman66 says:
    Feb 17, 2016 8:04 AM

    If Jarod Mayor is considered a legend and one of the greatest players in your franchise’s history then it speaks to the lack of talent that franchise has developed. Mayo was average at best.
    ————————————————–
    You apparently don’t remember, or perhaps never knew, that Mayo started the practice of timing the QBs snap count and jumping the offensive line to sack the QB. He was a lot better than you think.

  17. obsession55 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:58 AM

    Why is it hard to imagine? He was constantly hurt and on the sidelines

  18. doublebase says: Feb 17, 2016 10:21 AM

    McCourty can’t imagine playing without him? Mayo hasn’t played anything close to a season in 3 years. It might be easier than he thinks.

  19. factman66 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:24 AM

    “You apparently don’t remember, or perhaps never knew, that Mayo started the practice of timing the QBs snap count and jumping the offensive line to sack the QB. ”

    So you think in the 80 years that football existed until Mayo came along that it never occurred to any player that timing the snap count would increase your chances of sacking the QB? Lol
    Ever heard of Lawrence Taylor?
    Whoever told you that is a fool and I encourage you to take everything they say with a grain of salt going forward.

  20. trolling the trolls says: Feb 17, 2016 10:28 AM

    youknowiknowitall says:
    Feb 16, 2016 8:08 PM
    Can’t wait for the heads of the haters to explode on March 3rd (or shortly thereafter). It’s coming, losers.
    ****

    i know, it’s going to blow my mind when that suspension gets upheld. imagine how much worse it will be for tom though, feel like von slamming him to the turf one more time.

  21. factman66 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:28 AM

    What’s next, Pats fans?
    Did Jarod Mayo invent stacking and shedding blocks too?
    Jarod Mayor did NOT invent timing the snap count to get a jump on the oline, that’s been going on since before he was born lol.

  22. iglen31 says: Feb 17, 2016 11:03 AM

    factman66
    Feb 17, 2016, 8:04 AM EST
    If Jarod Mayor is considered a legend and one of the greatest players in your franchise’s history then it speaks to the lack of talent that franchise has developed. Mayo was average at best.
    ———————————–
    Jerod mayo, don’ta Hightower, chandler jones, Devon McCourty, Julian Edelman, rob gronkowski, Shane vereen, Stevan Ridley, Nate solder, Sebastien vollmer, Patrick Chung, Vince wilfork, Jamie Collins, Matt light, Asante Samuel, clear lack of talent right? Oh and this guy, Tom Brady, should I go on? The patriots have drafted and developed talent bet than most if not all the NFL. Hence why they are as successful as they are.I didn’t even include the Undrafted players.

  23. vikesr4reel says: Feb 17, 2016 11:28 AM

    Just couldn’t stomach bellacheat and his cheating heart anymore!!

  24. boyso3 says: Feb 17, 2016 11:38 AM

    BradyIsTheGCOAT
    Feb 17, 2016, 9:20 AM EST
    you’ll really be blown away if you ever have to play without the other teams play sheet / calls in your locker before the game.

    Of all the accusations brought against the Patriots that’s the one your going to go with?! I bet you’re the same kind of person that read DeAngelo Williams’ comments and screamed out loud “he must be right cause of all those years he spent in the Pats organization”. And by the way if there were any truth to Deflategate or the so-called playbook stealing don’t you think that the Pats would of had a bad year. I mean common sense tells me that if you’re caught “cheating” your performance tends to suffer after you’re caught i.e. Peyton. So how do you explain Brady and the teams success. 16-0 right after Spygate, then Brady in the Super Bowl vs one of the best defensive back fields and then this year going 12-4 and making the AFC Championship game. Ya it really sounds like they were cheating. The results speak for themselves.

  25. vikesr4reel says: Feb 17, 2016 11:56 AM

    The only people that don’t think the pats cheat are their fans. Everyone else in the UNIVERSE knows they do. Ummm wake up!!

  26. collectordude says: Feb 17, 2016 12:36 PM

    Why do players always say so & so was the greatest?
    A patriot WILL NEVER be the greatest anything.

  27. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 17, 2016 12:55 PM

    Class act andvery much like all the other Patriot greats to come before him……the real fans know what Mayo was and is to the team. The haters will find a reason to cut him down and the real fans will love him for the right reasons….such is life as a NFL fan……Thank you Mayo for all the hard work you did for the Patriots both on and off the field. Enjoy retirement and your wife and three children…much repsect for all you did for the team……Now …go coach up them linebackers for real now without the helmet on!!!

  28. cdace13 says: Feb 17, 2016 3:09 PM

    You trolls hating on Mayo would LOVE to have a guy like that on your team. Class act all the way, stayed out of the papers and look at his first 5 years in the league!! One of the top MLB’s in the game.

  29. switchwitch59 says: Feb 17, 2016 5:16 PM

    factman66 says:
    Feb 17, 2016 10:24 AM

    “You apparently don’t remember, or perhaps never knew, that Mayo started the practice of timing the QBs snap count and jumping the offensive line to sack the QB. ”

    So you think in the 80 years that football existed until Mayo came along that it never occurred to any player that timing the snap count would increase your chances of sacking the QB? Lol
    Ever heard of Lawrence Taylor?
    Whoever told you that is a fool and I encourage you to take everything they say with a grain of salt going forward.
    ——————————————
    Didn’t say he invented it, just he could do it better than anyone playing today. LT was an all-time great, but if you think he invented it you need to watch some old-time games. I’ll never forget the expression on Pay-a-ton’s face when he got a handfull of football and a face full of Mayo at the same time, priceless.

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