New England Patriots Links 9/30/11 - Jerod Mayo: The Numbers Don't Lie

Jerod Mayo addresses the media on the state of the defense and the upcoming Raiders game on Sunday.

Well, I wouldn't really say [I feel pressure when the defense is struggling]. Sometimes you can be disappointed in some of the things that we do, but at the same time, you have to go back and watch the film and make corrections. It's a unit -we're a family on the defensive side of the ball. We just have to get better; we all know that. We're practicing hard.

I think we have great players on our defense. At the same time, we have to go out and prove it on Sundays. Up to this point, we really haven't done that. The numbers are what they are. We have to go out and try to change those numbers. No matter how good you think you are, the numbers don't lie.

 I don't really pay attention to the media to be honest with you. I don't really watch television that often. But you feel it in the locker room, just that sense of urgency to get better now. I wouldn't say pressure - it's just, now is the time. We have to take it one game at a time and it starts this week.

Anytime you come off a loss, it's like ‘Hey, we have to bounce back.' Same thing happened with Cleveland last year. We continued to get better after that and we ran off a good number of games in row. Hopefully that trend continues.

Chris Forsberg notes Patriots DE Andre Carter thinks the pass rush is close to clicking.

"As far as from a technical standpoint, we’re almost there," said Carter. "It's as close as it can be, but we can always get closer. It's not an effort thing, as far as taking off the ball or being effective when it comes to power rushes or bull rushes or speed rushes. We watch film and and we’re like, ‘We’re almost there.’ It’s not necessarily a level of frustration, but it is to a certain extent. We just gotta say, 'OK, what can we do to get there maybe a second [earlier]?'"

"One thing about this group of guys, we constantly push ourselves to be the best," said Carter. "With the leadership we have here, we’re definitely more of a veteran defensive line. We're not necessarily pointing fingers at each other, we all just come together, talk to each other as men,and say, 'OK, let’s get this done.'"

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