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Jerod Mayo returns to football as Patriots' linebackers coach

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Jerod Mayo returns to football as Patriots' linebackers coach

If it looked to you like talking about football on television was enough to scratch Jerod Mayo’s itch for the game, you weren’t alone.

I thought the same thing.

But the former Patriots linebacker, best known for his nine-year run in the NFL, and then as a weekly guest and subsequent in-studio host on Quick Slants, is pulling the ripcord and going back to the game. Mayo has agreed to become the Patriots linebackers coach.

The departures of Brian Flores, Josh Boyer and Brendan Daly put the Patriots defensive coaching staff in transition mode. The addition of Greg Schiano as defensive coordinator was one move. Mayo is another.

Mayo retired in February 2016 after three straight seasons in which he ended up on season-ending IR (torn pec, torn patella, shoulder mayhem). With his reputation as a leader and as one of the smartest players Bill Belichick coached, immediate speculation was that he’d go right into coaching.

But while he was playing, Mayo was also building experience in the business world and he transitioned from the field into a job with Optum.

At the time, Mayo said, "I love the game of football. I'm not going to rule [coaching] out, but right now I just need a little break.”

Now he’s back. Mayo figures to be in position to have a big impact on second-year linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley who was outstanding through training camp and into the early regular season before a torn biceps landed Bentley on IR. Mayo’s command of the on-field responsibilities in the Patriots defense -- not just at linebacker, but in the front-seven in particular -- will presumably help ease the loss of Daly and Flores.

Mayo’s relentlessly upbeat personality also figures to make an impact on the Patriots who said goodbye this offseason to “character coach” Jack Easterby.

Belichick’s ode to Mayo at the 2016 owners meetings are worth revisiting.

"I'll start out this morning, first of all, to talk about Jerod Mayo," Belichick said. "There have been very few players in my career that I've had the opportunity to coach that I'd say had more of an impact on a team than Jerod has from day one, which is unusual."

"From the first day he walked in the facility, which was his pre-draft visit, after we drafted him in 2008, he's been a pleasure to coach, a great addition to our team, both on and off the field," Belichick continued. "I'm sure I learned a lot more from him than he did from me. Jerod, (Mayo’s wife, Chantel) and their family brought a special glow to our team, to our organization. Although Jerod will always be part of the team and is always welcome, he'll be missed on a daily basis, the attitude, work ethic and love of football that he brought was special. He was very special.”

The expectation is that this is going to curtail Mayo’s Quick Slants availability. We’ll miss him too.

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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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49ers RB Matt Breida on possible Super Bowl vs. Patriots: 'I like our chances'

49ers RB Matt Breida on possible Super Bowl vs. Patriots: 'I like our chances'

The New England Patriots (6-0) and San Francisco 49ers (5-0) are the only two undefeated teams remaining, so predictably there's already talk of a potential Super Bowl matchup between the two squads.

One thing is for certain: the 49ers aren't lacking confidence as they cruise into Week 7 of the 2019 season. Niners running back Matt Breida made that clear Tuesday night on NFL Total Access when asked how he'd feel about lining up against the defending champion Patriots in Super Bowl 54.

"I feel like I like our chances," Breida told Scott Hanson. We have a great team, great special teams, offense, defense, and everyone's playing at high energy right now. So we'll just have to wait and see."

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Given how dominant the 49ers have looked up to this point, it's no surprise they feel they can go toe-to-toe with any team in the league. Like the Patriots, their defense has been spectacular ranking at or near the top in almost every major statistical category. Offensively, Breida and fellow RBs Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert have helped San Francisco establish one of the NFL's best rushing attacks.

Of course, with10 weeks of regular-season football left on the schedule, it's still far too early to be looking ahead to February. But we have to admit, a Tom Brady vs. Jimmy Garoppolo Super Bowl matchup sounds pretty exciting.

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