New England Patriots Links 10/21/10 - Mayo Making His Own Statement With Tackles

Jerod Mayo makes one of the 18 tackles he had Sunday (61 total). Todd Heap was abused all day long.

Safety Brandon Meriweather makes a statement yesterday following practice.

"Once again, I want to say I’m sorry for the hit.  I understand the league is trying to protect the health of all our players, but …I don’t even know how to put it."

"To be honest, I just want all this to go away, you know what I mean? I want to focus, with the rest of my team, on the Chargers and really not let this come up again. I’m going to try my best to play within the rules, like my coach had always taught us. I’m going to hit and play the game like my coaches have always taught us. Even in training camp, we have always been taught the proper way to hit. Just focus on that and try to put it in my game in some way, shape or fashion.

"And, from here on, I’m focusing on the Chargers. Anything else spoken about this, I will not comment on."

Bill Belichick talks about what it is that allows Jerod Mayo to wade through blockers and see the backfield the way he does.

Jerod has terrific instincts. He had those in college and I think that's one of the impressive things about watching him at Tennessee - just the way he was able to sort plays out, find the ball, get over trash, get past guys that are around his feet or in the pile in the way and get past that to make the tackle. Of course he's a strong tackler.

I've talked, I've coached it a long time, coaching Harry [Carson] and Pepper [Johnson] and Carl [Banks] and those guys [and] in Cleveland, Mike Johnson, Clay Matthews, Marvin Jones, Mo Lewis. The more you talk to them, the more it's hard for them to explain it. 'What did you see on this play?' 'Well, I just saw it.' 'Why did you go there?' 'I just...it was there and I just felt it was the right thing to do.' There's just so much happening in front of you that it's really hard to say, 'It was this. It was that.'

But just put the whole picture together and they see something and that's why they go there. It's probably the same thing the back sees on the other side of the ball. 'What exactly did you read?' 'I saw this, but in the end I saw a space to run and that's where I went.' That's where the linebacker went to meet him.

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