Bill Belichick mum on whether Jerod Mayo is calling defensive plays

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It may be the preseason, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick already is in midseason stonewalling form.

Asked Friday by Tom Curran of NBCSportsBoston.com whether newly-arrived defensive assistant Jerod Mayo is calling the defensive plays, Belichick answered with a non-answer.

“We’ll always do what we feel is best for the football team, Tom,” Belichick said. “That’s what we always do, so I don’t see that really changing.”

So Curran asked whether Mayo is calling the defensive plays.

“We’re doing what’s best for the football team,” Belichick said.

As explained during Friday’s PFT Live, it appears that the Belichick has decided that thumping opponents on the road in the preseason is what’s best for the football team. Last year’s 3-5 road record forced the Patriots to play the AFC title game in Kansas City, and the Patriots nearly lost.

This year, Belichick already has discussed the importance of performing better away from home — and he seems to be doing what he can to cajole the players to turn it up a notch when turning up in a city outside of Massachusetts. As evidenced by last night’s 31-3 win over the Lions.

22 responses to “Bill Belichick mum on whether Jerod Mayo is calling defensive plays

  1. It’s a work in progress. Every time Detroit punted(93 yrds total offense),4/5 defensive coaches huddled around Belichick. He was the only one talking. Players seem to trust Mayo though.

  2. Tom Curran went all in on the Seth Wickersham “Brady and Kraft each hate Belichick and Belichick hates them both back” stoy.

    He will never get a straight answer from Belichick again.

  3. I just think a lot of the players have to perform at a very high level every play – just to make the 53. That defense is very deep.

  4. How did that segue from ‘who is calling defensive plays’ to whether they should show mercy in away preseason games?

  5. If he says the reporters name in an answer, that’s usually a sign he is annoyed by the question.

  6. For my money, Tom Curran is a good, fair reporter. I don’t know him, but if there’s a slight bias it’s toward homerism. I get the backlash against Borges and Volin, but this conspiracy theory stuff is nonsense

  7. johnnyrow says:
    August 9, 2019 at 1:48 pm
    How did that segue from ‘who is calling defensive plays’ to whether they should show mercy in away preseason games?
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    The only other thing they could have done was to punt on 1st downs…

  8. vikesr4reel says:
    August 9, 2019 at 7:04 pm
    Everything is so secret especially how they plan to cheat

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    Can you imagine all the cheating comments if they win again????

    Seven Super Bowls that’s a lot.

  9. Belichick did the same thing 1st year josh took the offense to protect him. Curran knows that. And I guarantee matty p wasn’t whining about the score, it’s not peewee football.

  10. magnumpimustache says:
    August 9, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Can you imagine all the cheating comments if they win again????
    Seven Super Bowls that’s a lot.

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    Maybe by 2020 all the crybabies will finally grow up and will stop believing nonsense.

  11. That’s a great idea it is to add stars next to the super bowl wins which occurred after the rest of the league cheated one team out of draft picks. It’s an extra accomplishment to still win despite being cheated The the stars will serve and an acknowledgement of beating all the cheaters.

    We all remember how eager the commissioner was to collect PSI information in 2015 when he still believed that it would prove that one team cheated. We also remember how fast that commissioner decided to hide that PSI information when he realized that science can’t lie.

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