Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined Middays with MFB on Thursday to discuss his rehab, Deflategate and also to look ahead to the Super Bowl. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
This entire week has been all about Deflategate in the media and there hasn’t been much discussion at all about the actual Super Bowl game. Mayo said it it’s been highly unusual.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Mayo. “At the same time I know the guys are focused on Seattle and you know the whole ‘ignore the noise.’ That is what the guys are doing. When you get in between the walls, we’re studying film and trying to move forward.”
The linebacker was asked how he feels about the team being under scrutiny a lot of the time. He acknowledged it happens, but it isn’t something the team thinks about.
“I really don’t know. I don’t what know it is,” he said. “I feel like sometimes the team sometimes gets attacked unfairly, but at the same time really it doesn’t matter, we’re trying to put a good performance on each and every week. I know the guys are really focused on the game and it’s a huge game. We’re not really bothered with all that going on.”
Mayo suffered a torn patellar tendon in Week 6 against against the Bills. It’s the second straight year Mayo has suffered a season-ending injury early in the year. He said rehab is going well.
“I’m doing good. Rehab is going well,” Mayo said. “I’m doing good. We’ll keep taking it one day at a time, no setbacks here.”
Despite being placed on injured reserve, Mayo has still remained part of the team, showing up at the facility everyday, watching film and helping out the linebackers. He has even been on the sidelines during the playoffs, something unusual for a Bill Belichick coached team, to have a player on injured reserve on the sidelines.
“I just tried to keep the guys calm. I know it’s a long game and sometimes things don’t go your way,” said Mayo of what he did in the Baltimore game. “I try and keep everybody calm and obviously I can see things from the sideline that you can’t really see on the field. It’s difficult to see the entire field when you’re out there looking at certain keys. I can see a lot of things on the sideline and I just try to rely some of the things that I see to the guys.”
Mayo is proud of what Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins have done in his absence on the field.
“I feel like every week those guys are getting better,” he said. “[Hightower] is doing a great job as far as lining everyone up and going out there and controlling the defensive line and the coverage. Jamie [Collins] is a great athlete that can make a lot of plays. The interception last week and the play the week before with the forced fumble even though that got called back. Talented individuals, I am so proud and happy for them. Hopefully it continues to this week.”
As for his future in New England, Mayo has a contract through the end of the 2017 season, but has a cap hit of $10.6 million next season. With that as the case, there’s a chance the team will look to restructure his deal.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” Mayo said of his future. “I am taking it one day at a time just like anything else. Right now my focus is on the Seahawks. I am just trying to help the guys and when we reach that point we’ll deal with it then.”