Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Irish Hooligan, Apr 16, 2009.
A great read and an amazing example of the Patriot way.
Patriots blog - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com
I am so excited for this season, it seem so far away still!
I am also eager to see Mayo in action again, he is awesome.
same!!! mayo is a beast and this proves he was made for the Patriots!!
This is the kind of thing that makes you realize how clueless all draftniks are. I know there was probably a voice or two saying "I kind of like Mayo," but they were certainly not dominant on this board or in the sports media.
Aside from his obvious (now-proven) ability, Mayo is doing the Captain Ahab thing (just like we like them to...) It's easy to say "he's got a great work ethic" but a lot harder to turn up this kind of a story on a guy.
If you're on another team, pray to whatever God you worship that it does no good (even if you know it's in vain.)
I really wonder if the Patriots knew exactly what they were getting in the mental makeup of this kid. I would be stunned and amazed if they didn't....especially since he was that way in college.
Remember.....Bill said he wants players who think football is important. Mayo obviously is one of those....glad he is a Patriot!
Man, it's too bad that they had to really reach to get him all the way up at #10.
Phenomenal piece. I was already expecting tremendous things from Mayo year 2 - similar tackles but a much greater presence making impact plays (sacks, pressures, interceptions and fumbles). I think once he gets to the point where he can play more instinctually he will go wild and be an all pro ILB.
The Pats knew exactly what they were getting. Mayo was the perfect WILB candidate for us. As brilliant as Patrick Willis is (and I love Willis), I think Mayo will be the better player for our system in the long run.
I agree with all of this, all of it. My youngest boy can't walk yet being 10 month but he does have a Mayo Jersey.
What do you mean by this? Yeah he was drafted at 10, but we traded away the 7th knowing we could still get him at 10. I'm glad Mangini took Gholston at 6, even if Belichick wanted him, this worked out way better.
He was being facetious.
I assumed he knew that, but you never know. It was either he was being facetious as you put, or he was one of the clueless people out there. Glad to hear it's not the latter.
I didn't think the /sarcasm tag was necessary, but maybe it was
Gotta love that attitude hes going to have a monster career!
I think we have to be careful about what we should expect from Jerod in year two. We know he's got the talent and the mindset to be a huge success, and it's hard not to be excited after such a phenomenal rookie year, but if we expect too much too soon, and he suffers what most soph's do in this league, then both sides of this could end up hugely disappointed, and maybe forming a false opinion.
I'd be delighted if he simply gets within 20 tackles of his tally last season, that coupled with the hopeful improvement of those around him would mark us down for a successful season defensively.
That's a reasonable thought. I have great hopes for Mayo, and BB usually expects to see a big jump between year 1 and 2, but I wouldn't want to bury the kid under unreasonable expectations. A repeat of his rookie year with a bit more instinctual play would be fine. As you say, hopefully the overall defense around him will be improved.
I think we all knew this from watching him last season. Finding your biggest weaknesses and improving on them is a sign of a winner.
That technique was what made Larry Bird all world and the same with Brady. Continuous assesment and improvement.
Contrast that approach with whiney Jake Plummer's comments and approach in the NFL forum.
I think people are being unfair to Plummer, since we don't have the specifics he's talking about. Expecting players to work hard is one thing but, for all we kknow, Shanahan's expectations might have been ridiculous.
Well, Shanny DOES look like a bug eyed psycho
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