Jerod Mayo, already long seen as a replacement for Bill Belichick, has been appointed as the head coach of the New England Patriots. The move comes just a day after the organization parted ways with Belichick, who was at the helm for 24 years and won six Super Bowls.
Mayo, 37, will be the youngest active head coach in the NFL. He is the first black head coach of New England and will be one of five black HCs in the league. Mayo will be the 15th head coach in the franchise’s history.
The Patriots selected Mayo 10th overall from Tennessee in the 2008 draft. The linebacker won Defensive Rookie of the Year, two Super Bowls, and was selected to two Pro Bowls during his eight seasons in Foxborough. He recorded 905 tackles.
Mayo joined Belichick’s team in 2019. New England established a succession plan in the contract extension Mayo signed last offseason, allowing the team to bypass the usual hiring process and immediately install him as head coach.
„Well, he’s definitely a strong candidate to succeed, but we have several other good people in our system.“ Patriots owner Robert Kraft told NFL Network in March.
There has been some speculation that the Patriots may have had their eye on another former player – Mike Vrabel, who was recently fired by the Tennessee Titans.