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Quick Slants Podcast: Jerod Mayo explains why he thinks the Chargers are ‘the worst possible matchup for the Patriots’

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Quick Slants Podcast: Jerod Mayo explains why he thinks the Chargers are ‘the worst possible matchup for the Patriots’

1:30 - Jerod Mayo gives a player perspective on how traveling on the road in playoffs impacts the team.

4:00 - Jerod explains why ‘this is the worst possible match-up for the Patriots.'

8:00 - Tom and Jerod disagree on whether the Patriots-Chargers game will be high-scoring.

12:30 - Are we surprised Josh McDaniels is staying? How much did his decision not to join Colts cost him interest?

22:00 - Jerod Mayo reacts to Cody Parkey’s miss.

26:00 - Do Patriots fans feel like their dynasty is coming to an end?

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Devin McCourty slams Colts fans for booing Andrew Luck after retirement news broke

Devin McCourty slams Colts fans for booing Andrew Luck after retirement news broke

Andrew Luck shocked the NFL world on Saturday night when news of his retirement made its way around the league. When the news broke, the Indianapolis Colts were in the process of playing a preseason game...and Luck was on the sidelines. And he didn't get a warm reception from the Colts fans.

The Colts fans booed Luck as he came off the field and was swarmed by media members and cameras. This came despite the fact that Luck kept the Colts relevant in the post-Peyton Manning years despite dealing with a plethora of injuries.

The reaction of the Colts fans didn't sit well with many. That included New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who took to Twitter to diss the Colts fans that chose to boo Luck.

McCourty's reaction seems fair. After all, Luck has long been the face of the franchise in Indianapolis. Giving him this kind of send-off just doesn't seem right, and many NFL players, including McCourty, called out the Indy fans for this.

Luck did little to deserve this reaction. He was still a solid franchise quarterback for the Colts and did a lot to keep them competitive in the post-Manning era. He simply took a catastrophic number of hits due to a poor offensive line and suffered a few injuries. In the wake of his latest malady and a four-year pain cycle. he decided to call it quits.

Now, with Luck retired, Jacoby Brissett will be the starter in Indianapolis. The former Patriots draft pick will get a chance to prove himself as a starter for the first time since 2017.

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Andrew Luck retires, former Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett to start for Colts

Andrew Luck retires, former Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett to start for Colts

On Saturday night, the NFL world was turned upside down when news broke that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Twitter that Luck, 29, has decided to retire and that a press conference to announce his decision would be held on Sunday.

Luck led the Colts to playoffs last season and threw for 4,593 yards, 39 TDs, and 15 interceptions during the regular season. He had missed all of the 2017 season dealing with complications from a shoulder injury. And now, after dealing with a calf injury, he has decided to walk away from the NFL.

In the wake of Luck's surprising decision to retire, Indy's status as an ascending team in the AFC will now be put on hold. That will make the Patriots' path back to the Super Bowl just a bit clearer.

There also is another connection to New England that comes from the fallout of Luck's decision. Jacoby Brissett will be the starting quarterback for the Colts. Brissett, of course, was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft before being traded to the team ahead of the 2017 season in exchange for Phillip Dorsett. Brissett served as the starter for the Colts during that season and completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.

Brissett will now get a chance to show that he has grown since that 2017 campaign. He also is set to hit free agency following the season, so this will be his chance to prove that he's worthy of being a franchise quarterback.

Brissett will be one of two starting quarterbacks in the NFL that backed up Tom Brady to start his career. The other is Jimmy Garoppolo, who is going to start for the San Francisco 49ers after recovering from a torn ACL last season.

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