The New England Patriots decided to part ways with long-time head coach Bill Belichick this week. The franchise was facing its first coaching search since 2000, but decided to avoid it. New England will be promoting linebackers coach Jerod Mayo to the head coaching position, with a press conference coming next week to announce the move.
Mayo is a homegrown talent familiar with the Patriots way of doing things. He played under Belichick from 2008-2015, winning the infamous Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks. Mayo left the game in 2015 and wasn’t involved at the big league level for four years. He then accepted a position to become the linebackers coach for New England in 2019, so he has experience not only playing under Belichick but being part of his coaching staff.
The Patriots opted to go in a different direction heading into the 2024 offseason. The team had won at least 10 games in all but five seasons under Belichick. He amassed a 266-121 regular season record with New England, adding 30 wins and 12 losses in the playoffs. Belichick will likely be the most sought-after coach — by teams that think they have a chance of getting him — based on his long-term success with the Patriots. The only question is whether or not Belichick will wear his six Super Bowl rings in interviews or not.
The decision to promote Mayo makes sense, as his contract was basically set up for him to be the heir apparent to Belichick. Still, he has only ever had one coaching job in the NFL and has never been even a defensive coordinator. With former Patriot Mike Vrabel a free agent coach, it felt like he was destined for the New England job. It will be interesting to see who Mayo brings on as his coordinators as he takes over as the NFL’s youngest head coach, beating Sean McVay by a month.