The New England Patriots are coming off of a really challenging season. Head coach Bill Belichick decided to trust a rookie quarterback and spent a lot of money in the offseason. The Patriots won many games, but it wasn’t enough to make the big game. Mac Jones and his teammates lost the wild-card game to the Buffalo Bills. NFL analysts discussed the issues the defense had in 2021. Well, Jerod Mayo knows the system really well and he decided to address the rumors and the drama surrounding the Patriots defense.
Mayo and Steve Belichick led the defense. The Patriots didn’t have a defensive coordinator and some say this caused huge issues in the locker room. There were a lot of rumors about the factors that led to these problems.
Jerod Mayo downplays drama in Patriots locker room
Edge Rusher Matthew Judon didn’t pay much attention to outside noise. He just said that the team hasn’t played the “best ball.” NFL teams can’t really do this at the end of the regular season and Judon knows it really well. Of course, there are no excuses… Judon was well aware of the fact that players didn’t try really hard and that’s all. He downplayed all the rumors about his team.
Mayo couldn’t agree more. He and his colleagues are focused on the upcoming season and all the changes on the roster. The Patriots coaching staff will be different in 2022, but we don’t know much about the changes Bill Belichick made.
“We’re all about the present right now, we’re all about this year,” the Patriots inside linebackers coach said during a virtual news conference. “It’s early in the season and we’re all on the same page. And we have a great working relationship — all of us on this coaching staff. I didn’t even hear (the rumors). But it’s all about now.”
Absolutely. We didn’t even think that Belichick’s assistant would spill the beans or say too much about the plans or the issues the team had. A real pro, huh?
The Patriots made some shocking moves in the offseason and Belichick has started shaping his roster. Eriq King had to go and this won’t be the only move for the team.