Here are Jerod Mayo’s comments following New England’s 45-3 win over the Jets on Monday night.

On if he sees progress in the defense:

I think so.  I’ve been saying since 6-weeks ago that this defense has really been taking steps forward.  Young guys really stepping up, Devin McCourty, Brandon Spikes, made huge plays today, and I like the direction we’re going in.

If he had any doubt that the defense would have a game like tonight:

“We had those extra days to prepare, and I think guys spent a lot of time in the film room – those days off we still were here watching film – so we pretty much knew what they were going to do.  Coach Belichick put together a great game plan, and we went out and executed.”

On whether all the Jets talking was extra motivation:

“Not really to be honest with you.  Coach Belichick does an excellent job telling us to ‘ignore the noise’ each and every week, and that’s what we did.  I think we did our talking on the field tonight.”

On how much a help the lead was:

“It was huge.  Just to make the Jets one-dimensional, make them have to throw the ball.  You know we know what to expect, and guys went out and made plays.”

On if he thought this was the first time they played 60-minutes:

“I think so.  Throughout the game he kept reminding us, ‘hey, play 60 minutes, let’s put it all together,’ and this is one of our best efforts this year.

On the play of Devin McCourty:

“He’s doing an excellent job.  He’s always here early in the morning and stays late, so it’s really showing on the field and really paying off.  Since he came in as a rookie he’s really put in that extra time, and that hard work is really paying off for him now.”