The New England Patriots have employed a no-nonsense attitude for the duration of Bill Belichick’s tenure in New England. So, it certainly is strange to see tight end Aaron Hernandez involved in an on-going murder investigation that, as of now, leaves more questions than answers as to who was responsible for the death of Odin Lloyd.
The murder investigation has kept the Patriots at the center of attention in the NFL this past week. The buzz surrounding Hernandez has brought a negative outlook to the franchise this week, something that is unusual for a team that handles their football operations in a respectable manner.
It should come as no surprise then that Jerod Mayo, one of the leaders of an improving Patriots defense, brushed off questions about Hernandez and insisted the team retains its focus moving forward.
“We always talk about ignoring the noise, and we’re doing the same now,” linebacker Jerod Mayo told ESPNBoston.com. “Whether it’s good or bad, we always talk about ignoring the noise.”
Mayo refused to directly respond to Hernandez’s legal situation.
“I’m going to leave that one alone until everything’s done or whatever,” he said.
Head coach Bill Belichick refuses to let off-the-field distractions daunt the success of his football team. His ability to deter unnecessary media attention is one of the reasons the Patriots were comfortable signing Tim Tebow.
Mayo has immersed himself in the “Patriot-Way” and will not allow off-the-field distractions to ruin the chemistry of the defensive unit. The offensive unit should be kept in check in terms of focus as well with Tom Brady leading the charge.
The Patriots may be the lone team in the league capable of handling a murder investigation of a star player during the offseason and still achieve immense success that year. The Patriots appear up for the challenge under the leadership of Belichick, Mayo and Brady.