Mayo not hoping for Honolulu


Mayo not hoping for Honolulu

Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Patriots are the worst team in the NFL for total defense.

I know, I know.

But would you believe Jerod Mayo if he told you he doesn't lose sleep over those 409.8 yards surrendered per game? That's what he told Tom Curran during the pair's weekly Quick Slants interview.

"At the end of the day it's all about wins and losses," he said. "The key stat for us is points per game. That's the biggest thing that we go after.

One reason Mayo might not just be blustering? There's a defensive statistic that's actually looking up, and that's red zone touchdowns allowed. The Patriots are ranked fourth in that category, holding offenses without a score on more than 22-percent of trips within the 20.

"Obviously, keeping the opponent out of the end zone is always going to work in our favor -- and on third down. We always try to be good on third down and we've done that the last couple weeks," he said.

Ever the (succinct) captain, that Mayo.

But he did go off-script when Curran asked about the Pro Bowl. After giving a nod to the hard work of cornerback -- and NFL interceptions leader -- Kyle Arrington, Mayo admitted he hopes to join his teammate at the Aloha Stadium all-star game.

Then he thought about it for a second.

"Cut that! We're going to the Super Bowl! Cut that one out. Cut that out," Mayo said. "Neither one of us is going to Honolulu. We're trying to win "

Uh-oh. Really dare he move off of Belichick's philosophical island and over to Rex Ryan's?


"Nope, matter of fact. Cut all that out One game at a time."

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Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.


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