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Mike Mayock wants Raiders to follow Patriots' 'mind-boggling' model of success

Mike Mayock wants Raiders to follow Patriots' 'mind-boggling' model of success

As long as Bill Belichick continues to dominate his competition, his competition will try to emulate him.

Take Raiders general manager Mike Mayock, who was brought in this offseason to turn around a moribund Oakland squad that went 4-12 last season.

On the latest episode of NBC Sports Bay Area's "Raiders Insider" Podcast, host Scott Bair asked Mayock how he plans to turn things around in Oakland.

Mayock responded by bringing up the New England Patriots unprompted.

"The goal is to win every football game," Mayock told Bair. "Obviously you look at what New England's done ... I played for Coach (Bill) Belichick and have always had the utmost amount of respect (for him).

"I think when you do it the way they have over his 18 years, it's almost mind boggling. That's the model out there, and nobody else has been able to do it for that level of time. So, I have a lot of respect for them."

Mayock, a former defensive back, is an early Belichick disciple, having played the 1982 and 1983 seasons on Belichick's New York Giants teams.

Belichick's philosophy apparently rubbed off on the Raiders general manager, who added a line right out of his former coach's lexicon.

"All we're trying to do is one block at a time," Mayock told Bair. "Get a tiny bit better every day and don't even worry about all that other stuff."

If you've seen HBO's "Hard Knocks," you know Mayock is already dealing some headaches in Oakland, most involving star wide receiver Antonio Brown. And in a competitive AFC West, it seems unlikely the Raiders will be battling the Patriots for conference supremacy this season.

But if Oakland takes a step forward under Mayock, he can thank Belichick for the inspiration.

UPDATE (12:35 p.m. ET): It appears Mayock has had enough of one headache. The Raiders are planning to suspend Brown after Mayock had a dispute with the star wideout, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Devin McCourty avoids fine after personal foul penalty for hit against Dolphins

Saturday is the day the NFL usually passes out fines for hits from the previous Sunday. Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree, for example, was hit with a $21,056 bill for his helmet-to-helmet shot to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, though he wasn't penalized on the play. 

Devin McCourty, however, can rest easy. As can his daughter London, 2, and son Brayden 1.

He wasn't fined for his hit on Dolphins receiver Allen Hurns, though he did draw a personal foul flag for lowering the head to initiate contact. 

Initially, the veteran Patriots safety wasn't happy with the call, but then said he told the officials "it was actually a pretty good call once I saw the replay."

McCourty expressed concern a fine might be coming last Sunday in his postgame press conference. "Hopefully the NFL doesn’t fine me. I don’t think it was fine-worthy. I’ve got too many kids for that,” he said with a smile.

McCourty has only drawn one fine in his career. In December 2010, he was fined $10,000 after a hit on a defenseless receiver, Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.  

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Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

Patriots promote FB Jakob Johnson off practice squad to replace injured James Develin vs Jets

The Patriots promoted fullback Jakob Johnson off their practice squad Saturday to replace the injured James Develin in Week 3 against the Jets. 

Develin missed all three of the Patriots' practices this week with a neck injury and was listed out on Friday. 

Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Tennessee and former German Football league player, will dress for his first game in the NFL. 

Johnson was originally recruited as a linebacker out of high school, but he made the transition to tight end while with the Volunteers. The Patriots turned him into a fullback, so the 24-year-old has shown a fair share of versatility over the course of his career. 

The Patriots usually find creative ways to utilize Develin in the passing game while sometimes giving him opportunities to punch in touchdowns on the goal line. There's a small chance Johnson gets that chance on Sunday, but who knows since the game will most likely be over by halftime. 

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