Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Thursday's preseason loss to the Giants and the season outlook as the regular-season opener approaches. Mayo said the critics of this Patriots defense only serve to inspire the players.
"You definitely have to use it as motivation," Mayo said. "I try not to get into all the media and the callers and stuff like that. At the same time, you still hear the things. You use it as motivation. They said the same thing last year. They kind of bashed our defense. But we still ended up fifth in scoring defense in the league. Even though we had a couple of bad games — you take away a couple of those bad games last year, we would have been up pretty close to the top. At the same time, we have to go out every week and prove the doubters wrong."
Mayo said one the keys for the defense is to get more pressure on the quarterback. "I think we need to get to the quarterback a little bit more. Put a little more pressure on the quarterback, don't give him as much time to make all his reads back there," Mayo said. "I think we're doing a pretty good job as far as stopping the inside run, even though the ball's bounced out a couple of times. That's another thing we need to improve on, the outside. Overall, I think we're pretty confident in this scheme and ready for Week 1."
Mayo talked about what it's like being a leader of the defense at such a young age. "It's a little awkward going into your third year being a leader," he admitted. "At the same time, I welcome the challenge. A lot of the guys look up to me as far as communication the field, as far as going out there and getting everybody on the right page. It's something I enjoy doing. It's not a problem at all. We still have some good players on the team. We still have some good leaders on the team that have been here longer than I have. Vince Wilfork's been here for a long time. We just want to go out and do our job and get it done."
Fellow linebacker Brandon Spikes made headlines this week when his sex video made its way across the Internet. May discussed how the rookie is dealing with the notoriety. "He came to me, as a matter of fact, before it all came out and talked to me about it and asked me what he should do," Mayo said. "I told him, 'Just handle it like a professional. You're not in college anymore. You're in the NFL. You have to handle these things and take it in stride and get over it. This week we're playing the Cincinnati Bengals. That has to be the only thing on your mind going into the game.' "
Added Mayo: "He definitely was embarrassed about it. He had a whole lot of remorse as far as the whole situation went. But at the end of the day, you can't take it back. Hopefully, he'll get over it and be ready to play.
"It is a lesson. In this day and age, technology is all over the place. There's always a camera phone, there's always a camera or whatever. You have to be careful with things. You never know what's going to happen. Just conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times, especially in the public eye, and you'll be fine."
We check in with the playmaker, the great number 88 Michael Irvin for his unique take on deflategate, the Patriots and the NFL.
Ben Volin has been a must-read on the Pats and Deflategate despite him ruffling the feathers of many Pats fans and he joins NFL Sunday to discuss the latest. He talks about the owners' meetings and what he expects to unfold this week as well as the showdown between Goodell and Kraft.
The guys provide more thoughts on the latest on Deflategate and get callers' reaction.
Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?
Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton speak to Red Sox Manager John Farrell live from Fenway Park for our weekly visit.
Joe & Dave talked to the rookie Sox catcher, who knocked in the go-ahead run against Felix Hernandez.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino fater the Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 and saw some great defense from Shane as well as a solo HR from him.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Manish Mehta on Darrelle Revis's comments about the Patriots cheating.
The Sox GM joined the show to give his thoughts on the team being 2 games under 500 at the 40 game mark.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog and Draftkings.com joins the program to break down the the two conference finals series, the NBA Draft, and whether or not Corey Brewer is the ugliest player in the game?
NESN Color Commentator joins the guys to discuss what Don Sweeney will do as the new General Manager of the Bruins. What is the fate of coach Claude Julien?
The Letterman final show and Chris Mad Dog Russo still hasn't read the Wells Report
Dale, Michael and Jerry continue to discuss and take reaction to deflategate, with the latest wrinkles coming from the NFL social media department taking shots at the organization even after Robert Kraft capitulated to his team's punishment.
We wrap up the day with some of the best in sound you may have missed.
Mikey Adams is joined by Chris Villani as they take calls on the Friday night Two Minute Drill and discuss the ongoing DeflateGate saga with the New England Patriots and Roger Goodell's role in hearing the Tom Brady appeal.
Continued conversation on deflate-gate and the aftermath of the Brady suspension and sanctions passed down to the Patriots organization
Deflate-gate is still the hot topic, still gaining personal insight and what could come next
Ben, Russ, and Alex recap the Revs loss to Sporting KC and discuss what the Revs need moving forward. Also discussed is the FFP and how it will affect the transfer window.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Dino's rehab experience.
Mike Mutnansky preview the 140th Preakness Stakes with Matt Bernier of the Daily Racing Form and Dick Jerardi of Wpressbet.com.
Dale, Michael and Jerry bring you complete coverage of Robert Kraft's capitulation, and fan reaction which generally less than pleased with the Patriots latest action.More from this show