Jerod Mayo on M&M: ‘We’re moving on’ from debacle in Detroit
|08.26.13 at 11:54 am ET|
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer checked in with Mut & Merloni as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday and talked about the team’s disappointing preseason performance against the Lions on Thursday, a 40-9 rout.
“We go into every game expecting to win, wanting to go out there and execute the game plan. Obviously, we didn’t do it last week,” Mayo said. “But we’re moving on. We have to continue to get the Patriots better, practice hard and get ready for the Giants.”
Said Vollmer: “It doesn’t matter if it’s practice, preseason, regular season, playoffs, it doesn’t matter. Your always supposed to do your job. If you don’t do it, it’s not a good thing. You’d better improve, learn from it, watch film and move on and do better.”
The Patriots offense was the biggest culprit, with the offensive line struggling and the team turning over the ball on four of its first five possessions.
“You never want that to happen. You’re striving for the perfect game. You never want Tom [Brady] to get hit and all that,” Vollmer said. “But you know, you can go two ways from this. You can go in the tank and think you’re not a good player or whatever it is, didn’t have a good night, or you learn from it. You watch the film — the other teams see that, too — you’d better get to work and just become better. Whatever the mistake was, physical or mental, it doesn’t really matter. You just fix it.”
The Patriots had looked solid in their first two preseason games before the woeful performance Thursday, which gave coach Bill Belichick plenty of things to critique.
“After the game, everyone’s dreading the next day when you have to come in and watch a film like that, a performance like that,” Mayo said. “We try to go out there each and every week not only to win the game, but to win handily just so we don’t have to go through those speeches.
“A game like that, you have to learn from it,” Mayo continued. “You have to learn from it. Because if you don’t, it was for nothing. And that’s not the way we want to play.”
Cutdown day is Tuesday, when all NFL teams must trim their rosters to 75. Mayo said he’s not looking forward to finding out who gets waived.
“It’s tough. Throughout the preseason and throughout training camp, you become a family,” Mayo said. “Everyone’s putting in work, everyone’s out there sweating and bleeding together, the camaraderie’s there. And then you know when the cut time comes that it’s going to be a tough couple of days for guys. It’s like you’re losing a family member. But at the same time, we know what it is. Like you’ve said, I’ve been around it quite a few years now.
“It is tough. But at the same time, we have to move forward and play with the guys that are here.”