Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Sunday's game against the Jets. "This is a rivalry game to us," Mayo said. "At practice, it's been a tough week for us."
When it was suggested that Darrelle Revis is faking the hamstring injury that appears on the Jets' injury report, Mayo agreed. "When I saw that story, I thought the same thing. Look, he's healthy, he's 100 percent healthy. I'm not buying into that."
Asked if Mayo would want the Jets to know if the Patriot wasn't at full strength, Mayo said: "I wouldn't want anybody to know. For him to come out look that, it's just a decoy. So then everybody can be like, even if he goes out and has a great game, everybody will be like, 'Oh, he's the greatest, he has a tender hamstring, he's coming out, running back sticks and stuff like that. I'm not buying into that."
Asked about Tedy Bruschi's comments about Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez giving in when things aren't going well, Mayo responded: "I'm not sure if he struggles when things get tough, but I know sometimes he looks to run before he looks to throw. That's a problem when you're playing quarterback. They pay you to throw the ball. I think if they get out in front, if they can get the running game going, they have a good shot at winning games. That's one thing we're focusing on this week is to stop the run and make Mark Sanchez beat us."
Asked about Rex Ryan's comments that the Jets would simplify the offense following Monday night's struggles against the Ravens, Mayo said: "It looked pretty simple against the Ravens. There weren't too many passes going down the field against the Ravens. Maybe they're just going to be running the ball every play. We'll just get in the box and see what happens."
Mayo said Tom Brady's comments this week about Patriots fans at Gillette Stadium lacking passion have some truth, but he gives them a pass for last Sunday's game. "I don't think it's as loud as some other places, but at the same time, I think those guys, especially last game, the season-opener, I think they were pretty loud," he said. "I did see some of them leaving at the end of the game, but it was a blowout. I would probably try to leave early, too, to beat traffic. I agree with Tom to a certain point, but at the same time, I think we have great fans.