Jerod Mayo on D&C: Bill Belichick devoted to defense
|09.24.10 at 8:16 am ET|
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about Sunday’s game vs. the Bills, as the Patriots try to rebound from last Sunday’s collapse vs. the Jets. “We’re trying to get that bad taste out of our mouths, and we’re ready to go,” Mayo said.
To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Mayo said the Bills present some interesting challenges. “First and foremost, we really don’t know what to expect from the quarterback position,” he said. “They’re coming in with a new guy [Harvard product Ryan Fitzpatrick], and he can make a lot of throws. That’s one of the things that scares me. At the same time, they have a three-headed monster at running back.”
Asked if human nature would cause the Patriots to be less motivated to play the Bills as compared to one of the team’s more intense rivals, Mayo said: “Coach [Bill] Belichick doesn’t let human nature take over. We approach every week the same. He does a good job of letting us know the importance of each game.”
The Patriots never officially named offensive and defensive coordinators this season. Asked who the team’s defensive coordinator is, Mayo said: “Bill Belichick.” Asked if Belichick sometimes has to desert the defense to attend to duties as head coach, Mayo indicated that’s not the case. “He’s always with us,” Mayo said. “He’s the defensive coach. He’s there. He does everything that [former defensive coordinator Dean] Pees used to do.”
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