"It wasn’t just the tackle numbers and where he was making those tackles that impressed. Mays was showing an ability to shoot gaps, win at the point of attack, and was generally causing havoc with his aggressive play. In that Chiefs game, he made life particularly miserable for Ryan Lilja and against the Chargers, he spent the day destroying Jacob Hester in one-on-one battles. It was clear from seeing him in just a quarter of the season that when you got Joe Mays going downhill, he was tough for blockers to handle. To get the full picture, it must be understood that Joe Mays is what he is – a prototypical two down linebacker who shouldn’t be trusted in coverage. "