Jerod Mayo on D&H: ‘We’re prearing for 60 minutes’ vs. Dolphins
|12.31.10 at 11:00 am ET|
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday as part of WEEI’s Patriots Friday. Joining guest hosts Eric Frede and Chris Price, Mayo talked about Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Dolphins as the Patriots prepare to head into the playoffs with a bye week before hosting a conference semifinal. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
“We’re going out there with the mindset to win,” Mayo said of Sunday. “We really don’t want to head into the playoffs after a loss, so I think everybody that’s healthy and able to play will play.”
Mayo said Bill Belichick has showed no signs of letting up on the team this week. Said Mayo: “He’s telling us, ‘Be ready to go.’ That’s what we’re doing. We’re preparing like this is a regular game, like our record is 0-0. We’re going out there trying to win this game. Like I said, everybody that can play will play. How much, we don’t know. But we’re preparing for 60 minutes.”
Mayo said the defense needs to continue to progress and can’t afford to take a week off. “This performance this Sunday is very vital to our success in the playoffs,” he said. “We’re going out here trying to pitch a shutout and win this game.”
Talking about the leadership role he’s developed on this young Patriots defense, Mayo said: “This year, I’ve been a little bit more vocal, just based on the fact that I’ve been here and been playing a lot of football for the Patriots. But I’m still in the process of earning my stripes, and hopefully it continues.”