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    Someone (i think our fine mod JM57) mentioned a lineup with Spikes on the outside. I couldn't see it happening, but after reading this who knows it might.

    Belichick likes Mayo inside | ProJo.com | Tim Britton | Providence Journal


    Mayo has emerged as one of the game's best interior linebackers during his three seasons in New England's 3-4 scheme. There's a chance, however, that he'll be asked to move outside if the Pats go to a 4-3, with Brandon Spikes -- Mayo's partner on the inside in 2010 -- taking over as the lone middle linebacker.

    Head coach Bill Belichick did his best to quash that talk on Saturday.
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    Re: BB Like's Mayo Inside.

    Didnt Mayo play alot on the outside in tennessee?I though he played very well on the outside at tennessee.
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    Re: BB Like's Mayo Inside.

    don't know, but i think he would be athletic enough to do it.
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    Re: BB Like's Mayo Inside.

    Interesting. Maybe Spikes to OLB on first and second down, Guyton on passing downs. Similiar to the rotation they did at MLB last season.
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    Re: BB Like's Mayo Inside.

    I can't access that link for some reason
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    Re: BB Like's Mayo Inside.

    I just tried it, it worked for me.
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    Re: BB Like's Mayo Inside.

    We can at least try him @ OLB


    if he could do it in college, which I suspect he did.... he can surely do it @ the PRO level. Most colleges use a primary 4-3 hardly ever 3-4.



    Spikes doesn't have the athleticism to be an OLB. Plz find both 10 yard splits.:rocker:


    add the 40 time if u want, but 40's don't mean much back their.
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    Re: BB Like's Mayo Inside.

    ohhhh that's a link to some kind of vip forum?
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    Re: BB Like's Mayo Inside.

    What part of that says that Mayo won't play WLB?
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    Belichick on Cannon, Mayo & more - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

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    Re: BB Like's Mayo Inside.

    WLB is in the tackle box, off the line of scrimmage. Sounds like Belichick is doing some more media trolling. That 4-3 WLB spot is basically where he was lining up in the 3-4, but with different alignments up front.
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    Re: BB Like's Mayo Inside.

    Interesting. Although it's hard to imagine Spikes elsewhere besides the inside. Makes me wonder also when Fletcher gets playing time if that will take any away from Mayo if he doesn't succeed on the outside.
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    Exactly. It sounds like we have 3 middle linebackers (Mayo, Spikes, Fletcher) who all deserve some time on the field (and expect Mayo to be playing 90%+ of the snaps based on previous years) and a shortage of outside LBs. That's why BB's comments are puzzling. Moving Mayo outside seems like a very reasonable option - and it's what he's done during camp. Now we says that it's not going to happen? :confused:
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    Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    Never thought id see him blitzing so much
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    It reminded me a lot of what the Ravens have been doing all these years. Aside from him being a HOF player, their scheme allows Ray Lewis to be a one man wrecking crew.

    Mayo is smart and athletic enough to play a similar role.
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    Please dont insult LT like that.
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    He looked more Ray Lewis in his prime tonight than anyone else I thought (minus the evangelical speech giving).
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    He looks like a completely different player when he's allowed to attack like that. Dare I hope, he might finally force a fumble or make an interception this season. ;)
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    Do not get the subtle vitriol about Mayo, what is there not to like about him ?? Not getting interceptions or forcing fumbles??

    The reality is that he is a team leader who has only gotten better every year here... is he LT'ish?? probably not. But he is one of the best linebackers in the league right now.. in the past they could not play the strengths he showed last night, but in this "new" scheme can allow him more freedom and it is paying dividends for him and most of all the Patriots.
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    Mayo has taken steps each year and I don't look for that to change much this year. I'm sure we will see him all over the place. And to those saying he looked like a young Ray out there, I'd have to agree. His performance did remind me a lot of Ray Lewis yesterday.
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    I think I remember in our 1st SB run, there were guys saying "Oh come on," when we played Denver and some announcer said "There's a couple of great Michigan quarterbacks in this game, and I'm not sure the best one is Brian Griese," or something like that. All the clueless homers daring to dream of Brady as another Brian Griese... :D

    At some point someone said "I think LT might be as good as Butkus" or "I think Ray Lewis might be in the same general stratosphere as LT" (okay not quite. But you get the idea.)

    We'll see what comes of the season. He's already one of the better LBs in the league. Any time "the league" annoints one of our guys to be among the best, they're not all necessarily wrong.

    Let's hope he doesn't ever have to single-handedly shut down another team with a broken limb like LT did... other than that why not hope he can be every bit as significant as a Lewis or an LT? He just ain't done it yet.

    Cool if he does ;)

    I think part of our problem is we mentally shut off everything that might happen once Brady is out of the game... that whole "the team is Brady" cult. There are other guys on this team.
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    Everyone needs to slow down. It was one preseason game. Yes, Mayo looked great, but he needs to do this in the regular season before we make Lawrence Taylor or Ray Lewis comparisons.
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    Mayo (while playing 2 GAP MLB IN A 3-4) led most linebackers last year in tackling running backs and he led most CORNERBACKS in the league in tackling WRs. Mayo was the only LB that made it on the NFL Cornerback top ten WR tackling list, and he was at the top end.

    He may not be a ball hawk but he has enough game in his own right, which inolves high speed collision with anybody that dares pass or run the ball, that he does not need to apologize to Ray Lewis or LT for playing football.

    This guy was our best tackler last year against running back AND WRs.
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    Of course, any time a player is called "a Lawrence Taylor," "a John Hannah," etc it's hyperbole.

    But I think we can say that after establishing himself as one of the league's best 3-4 ILBs, Mayo came out of the gate -- no offseason program, no OTAs -- looking like one of the league's best 4-3 WLBs. And that's seriously impressive.
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    Mayo played the Mike,Sam, and Will last night and did a good job at all positions. I don't recall LT playing all 3 LB positions.
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    Belichick likes Mayo inside - Projo Pats Blog

    "I don't really see that," said Belichick of Mayo going outside. "I think he's going to play off the line of scrimmage, he's going to play in the tackle box somewhere, whatever front we're in -- 3-4, 4-3, 2-4. He's going to play inside the box off the line of scrimmage. That's what he's always done. He's one of the best I've coached, one of the best in the league at doing that.

    "I can't imagine him playing anywhere else, at this point."

    I really think he just likes messing with people.
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    Re: Dare i say, mayo looked LTish tonight

    I would think Tomlinson should be honored. It's more praise than he deserves. ;)
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    I think this story is overplayed. Odds are the starting LBs line up in the 4-3 will be:

    Mayo - WLB
    Spikes - MLB
    Ninkovitch - SLB
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