The New England Patriots are hiring Jerod Mayo because the fifteenth head coach in franchise historical past, sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter, transitioning rapidly after parting ways with Bill Belichick on Thursday.
Mayo, who turns 38 on Feb. 23, turns into the youngest head coach within the NFL and had been recognized as a prime goal by Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft for a while.
Taking a better look, Patriots reporter Mike Reiss solutions 4 massive questions in regards to the Mayo hiring, together with what comes subsequent. Nationwide reporter Jeremy Fowler dishes on what he is listening to in regards to the rent, and draft analyst Jordan Reid spins it ahead to the draft. Lastly, entrance workplace analyst Mike Tannenbaum grades the rent.
Let’s get to it.
Who’s Jerod Mayo and what makes him match?
Reiss: Mayo is a former Patriots linebacker (2008-15) whose management was evident when he was elected a captain in his second season — a uncommon feat in New England. He labored in finance upon his retirement from soccer earlier than being recruited again to the teaching workers below Belichick in 2019 to teach linebackers.
Some teammates used to discuss with him as “Invoice Jr.” as a result of his mixture of soccer intelligence and lengthy hours reminded them of Belichick. His head-coaching candidacy had notable help amongst defensive gamers within the locker room, and he beforehand interviewed with the Eagles and Broncos. The Panthers had requested an interview final 12 months, however Mayo elected to remain in New England.
How did this rent occur so rapidly?
Reiss: When the Patriots signed Mayo to a contract extension final offseason, they wrote succession plans into the contract that permits them to forgo a conventional NFL teaching search. Sources mentioned the projected plan was for that to occur after the 2024 season, however the Patriots’ 4-13 marketing campaign accelerated the timeline.
This is similar to what the Ravens did of their basic supervisor transition from Ozzie Newsome to Eric DeCosta in 2019, the Indianapolis Colts of their head-coaching transition from Tony Dungy to Jim Caldwell in 2008 and the Seattle Seahawks of their head-coaching transition from Mike Holmgren to Jim Mora in 2008.
What are the most important modifications we are able to anticipate shifting from Belichick to Mayo?
Reiss: Mayo mentioned his method is to “coach out of affection” as a result of “when you construct that relationship with a man, you might be robust on the gamers.” That projected tradition could be a notable shift from Belichick, who developed robust relations with gamers via a bottom-line-business method. Additionally, Belichick had retained last say on personnel for many of his tenure. It’s unlikely the Patriots will give Mayo last say on personnel.
Will the Patriots rent a basic supervisor to work with Mayo?
Reiss: Sure, and the search is prone to embrace inside candidates. The present construction has director of participant personnel Matt Groh, director of scouting Eliot Wolf, senior personnel advisor Patrick Stewart, school scouting coordinator Camren Williams, and director of professional scouting Steve Cargile in main roles.
What are you listening to across the league on the rent?
Fowler: This isn’t a stunning transfer, for the reason that Patriots dropped a serious trace final offseason when asserting a brand new contract for Mayo. Not often do the Patriots announce an assistant teaching extension. However this one, it seems, was a particular case, with the groundwork for a succession plan.
Mike Vrabel was the pure exterior match, however he was extra the shiny new toy than an precise candidate, because it seems. I’ve heard from just a few coaches this morning who would have favored to see the Patriots run a broad search. However for the reason that NFL’s revamped hiring practices are designed to supply extra alternatives for minority candidates, this can be a good one for Mayo, whom many league execs have circled as head-coach materials for some time now.
Are the Patriots undoubtedly drafting a brand new quarterback for Mayo at No. 3? Would the signal-callers obtainable there be instant upgrades over Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe?
Reid: The choices at No. 3 develop into much more fascinating with Mayo getting the New England job. The Pats are proper in the midst of the quarterback hunt and in place so as to add one among Caleb Williams (USC), Drake Maye (North Carolina) or Jayden Daniels (LSU). Any of them could be a direct improve over the Pats’ present personnel below heart. The Patriots have been thirty first in QBR this season at 31.5, so it is the most important want.
However entertaining a trade-back situation can be doable, with groups just like the Giants, Falcons, Vikings and Raiders all outdoors the highest 5 and in want of quarterback assist. I might see a situation the place the Patriots commerce again and pivot to including a veteran quarterback by way of free company — or drafting Michael Penix Jr. (Washington) or Bo Nix (Oregon) on Day 2.
New England additionally lacks expertise on the talent positions and will make the most of a deep WR class. Each beginning tackles (Trent Brown and Mike Onwenu) are set to develop into free brokers, which additionally makes offensive deal with an early-round risk.
How would you grade this rent?
Tannenbaum: B. I prefer it from the standpoint that they’ve gotten to know Mayo through the years, a lot the identical method they acquired to know Belichick in the course of the 1996 season (he was the defensive backs coach there) earlier than finally hiring him as their head coach in 2000. But it surely’s actually necessary that Mayo now hires an skilled workers — and ideally a former head coach because the offensive coordinator. Arthur Smith would match that invoice.