'3-and-out': How loss of Mayo affects Pats

'3-and-out': How loss of Mayo affects Pats
October 17, 2013, 11:15 am
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Jerod Mayo - done for the year after surgery on a torn pectoral muscle.

It's undoubtedly a huge blow to a Patriots defense that looked to be the strongest in years coming into the season.

Mayo was the team's defensive captain out on the field, and a true leader.

Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi break down three ways the Pats will be impacted by his season-ending IR placement.

1. On the field.

"The last two weeks I think he's played as well as he has in any of the last few seasons," Curran said.

May has come up with plenty of key stops for the Pats this season, and usually is up near the top of the list in tackles every game.

"What he did on Darren Sproles shows you that versatility that the Patriots will probably need two players to step in and replace," Curran said.

2. Play-calling ability

"He is the safety valve," Curran said of Mayo.

Mayo wore the communication device for the Patrioys on defense, transferring signals from the sidelines to the team. He doesn't freelance as much out on the field because he's overseeing the rest of the defense.

3. Leadership

Mayo wore the 'C' for the reason. He embodies everything Bill Belichick and the Patriots want out of a player.

"Has a great way about him. Great personality," Curran said. "Keeps things light, but his preparation pregame, and his communication and level of professionalism in-game. You see it when he communicated with Bill Belichick and how much they've put on him."