Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo is probably not a linebackers coach for for much longer.
After interviewing for 3 head-coaching jobs over the previous two years, Mayo reiterated his need to grow to be a head coach once more on Tuesday.
“That’s never changed. I think I’m ready to be a head coach in the league,” ” Mayo mentioned through video convention. “But I have to say this, too: right now, my focus is on being here with the Patriots. But that’s definitely still the goal.”
Mayo is reportedly within the ultimate yr of his contract with the Patriots. According to NBC Sports Boston, Bill Belichick provided him the title of co-defensive coordinator final offseason, and he turned it down, believing he had accomplished extra to coordinate the protection than defensive play-caller Steve Belichick. Mayo, 36, is closing in on his fourth season as an NFL assistant.
After a embellished 8-year taking part in profession, Mayo rejoined the Patriots as their inside linebackers coach in 2019. He turned the primary Patriots place coach ever employed by Belichick with no yr of expertise teaching in his system, elsewhere within the NFL or within the main faculty ranks. In two of the previous three seasons, the Patriots protection completed as a top-3 unit by factors allowed. The Pats rank fifth this yr.
Mayo took his first head-coaching interview in 2021 with the Eagles. Last January, he met with the Broncos and Raiders about their vacancies. After Denver employed former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, Broncos common supervisor George Paton instructed the Herald on the NFL Combine he believes Mayo will “100 percent” be a head coach someday.
“He has a dynamic personality, really bright, really smart, knows what he wants,” Paton mentioned. “I think he’s only coached three years, but he really had an interesting, unique perspective about how he’d do things. I really enjoyed the visit.”
The Broncos fired Hackett on Monday, sparking hypothesis Mayo may once more be within the working, notably with a brand new possession group taking on. Mayo was not among the many group’s ultimate candidates final winter, which included Hackett, present Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell and Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, a former head coach. Quinn is the one candidate in that pool who can be thought of this offseason.
Though whether or not Mayo strikes on to Denver or not, the chief impediment in his approach — an absence of expertise — appears to be eroding with time.
“I like him. I like him a lot,” one other high-ranking personnel government instructed the Herald in March. “And I think he has a lot of good qualities. But these are big, big jobs. So it’s just a matter of time.”
“I think it’s probably going to be experience, a year or two. I don’t think it’s going to take long,” Paton mentioned. “I mean, he lights up a room. … We really enjoyed the interview.”