The Patriots have selected Jarrod Mayo as Bill Belichick’s successor and the 15th head coach in franchise history, sources told ESPN.
FOXBOROUGH, MA—Act Fast One day after parting ways with legendary coach Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots selected Jarrod Mayo as his successor and the 15th head coach in franchise history.sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
May, 37 years old, It will be officially announced at a press conference next week. He will become the youngest coach in the NFLa title Sean McVay has held since being named coach Los Angeles Rams 2017; May is a month younger than McVeigh.
Mayo, Patriots linebacker from 2008 to 2015 After being selected by Tennessee in the first round of the draft, Joined Belichick’s coaching staff in 2019 as defenders coach.
The Patriots bypassed the standard NFL recruiting process and immediately hired Mayo because they had a succession plan in place in the contract extension Mayo signed last offseason, similar to baltimore ravens He assumed the general manager role in 2019 when Eric DeCosta replaced Ozzie Newsome.
possible Became the first black head coach in Patriots history.
Mayo received huge support from his players in the dressing room, especially on defense. When news of Belichick’s departure broke, one guard said in a text message: “I hope they give it to Mayo. He deserves it”.
team leader Dietrich Wise Jr. He credits Mayo as the primary reason he believes the defense has had success against the Buffalo Bills quarterback, Josh Allensuffered a loss in Week 17.
Mayo was named team captain in his second season as a playersome players called him Little Bill because they viewed him as a future coach, and like Belichick himself, spent countless hours in team facilities.
Belichick and the Patriots announced Thursday that he is leaving the team after 24 seasons as coach, including six Super Bowl titles.. The decision to part ways came after a meeting between Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, with Belichick saying it was time to “move on.”
Mayo spent his entire career in New England, played in 103 games and totaled 905 tackles.He led the team in tackles each of his first five seasons and became Second Patriots player to win Defensive Rookie of the Year award From the Associated Press. He was a member of the Super Bowl championship team in 2014, but played in only six games that season due to a leg injury.