Jerod Mayo on M&M: ‘By any means necessary, we’re going to win these games’
|09.09.13 at 11:43 am ET|
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to recap the Patriots’ 23-21 victory over the Bills.
Mayo walked off the field alongside Tom Brady after Sunday’s win, a game that was much closer than many anticipated.
“We didn’t talk about too much,” Mayo said with a laugh. “I pretty much let him know that, hey, by any means necessary, we’re going to win these games. It doesn’t matter what the score is. If it’s 42-43 or 3-0, we’ve just got to find a way to win. Yesterday was a tough game. We were on the road against a division opponent. They always play us tough. That was a good win for us.”
Added Mayo: “It’s hard to win in this league. You’ll take a win over a loss any day. We’re happy to get the win. Obviously we see where we need to improve. But it’s only one game. We have a long way to go. We’ll take it one day at a time. I think the guys are positive but at the same time realize that we have a lot of improvements to make in every phase.”
Even when the Patriots squandered an early double-digit lead and were trailing in the fourth quarter, the Patriots stayed focused on the task at hand and pulled out the win with a last-minute field goal.
“There were no heads hanging or anything like that. Guys knew what we had to do,” Mayo said. “Our job is to keep them out of the end zone and get the ball to our offense’s hands as many times as possible. That was the mindset of the guys. There was no finger-pointing or anything like that. Guys just knew, hey, we have to go out here and make a play and get the ball back. Fortunately, we were able to do that.”
The Jets visit Foxboro on Thursday, leaving the Patriots little time to celebrate their first win of the season.
“The Jets have a good team. They’re 1-0 as well,” Mayo said. “We enjoyed the Buffalo win the length of that flight [home] yesterday. We’re moving on. All of our focus now is on the Jets.”
Added Mayo: “I love playing against the Jets. It’s always a good game. They play football the way it’s supposed to be played — power running scheme. They have a new quarterback now that can run around a little bit. So, we’ll see what they bring in.”