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Who might Jerod Mayo hire to Patriots’ coaching staff for 2024 NFL season?

Was Jerod Mayo a good hire for the Patriots? Who should he pick as his offensive coordinator in 2024?

Head Coach Josh McDaniels looks on from the field before a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on September 10, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The New England Patriots have moved on from Bill Belichick after 24 seasons of coaching the Patriots to six Super Bowl wins. They had a succession plan in place though, meaning new head coach and former Patriots player and linebackers coach Jerod Mayo will take over.

Mayo becomes the youngest head coach in the league at 37-years old. Despite being titled a linebackers coach, Mayo broke down tape and coordinated with Steve Belichick. There wasn’t an actual “defensive coordinator” in New England, but Mayo was right in the thick of things each week. He was picked 10th overall by Belichick in the 2008 NFL Draft and now will try to get a 4-13 team back on track.

There are still plenty of questions about who the new general manager will be, what coaches will stick around with Belichick gone and who Mayo will bring in as offensive coordinator.

The biggest shift will be splitting personnel decisions up, as Belichick was the GM as well as head coach during much of his tenure. Mayo won’t have that luxury. Mayo will likely be more of a “players coach” as well. He said he tries to “coach out of love” because “once you build that relationship with a guy, you can be tough on the players.” Belichick probably didn’t use the word “love” very often when talking about his players. And multiple players lauded the news.

As a rookie and defensive minded coach, we can expect the new general manager and offensive coordinator to have input into the offensive philosophy and the GM to have the final say on who the team picks at No. 3 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

With the third pick, the Patriots will be able to get whoever is left of Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, or Jayden Daniels. Williams appears likely to go first overall, so much will come down to how they feel about Maye and Daniels. But we should expect the Patriots to select one of those quarterbacks unless they end up trading for Justin Fields or Kirk Cousins. The post-Brady era has likely cemented the team’s desire to find a capable QB by any means necessary.

Possible offensive coordinators

Josh McDaniels

McDaniels has a storied history with the Patriots as their OC and a forgettable history as a head coach in his own right. Robert Kraft knows the positive side of McDaniels’ coaching career though, with his work with Tom Brady and contributions to Super Bowl titles. And, fans in the New England area don’t have nearly as bad a taste in their mouths as fans west of the Mississippi do when they think of his coaching prowess.

Arthur Smith

Smith was hired by the Falcons due to his work helping Ryan Tannehill put together strong offensive seasons with the Titans, which included playoff runs. He was let go by the Falcons, but still has a good overall reputation as an OC.

Frank Reich

Reich is an interesting candidate due to his OC work with the Eagles during their Super Bowl win and head coaching experience. Since Mayo is a rookie, bringing in a seasoned veteran like Reich could be a useful move and Reich doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would covet more “power.”

Bill O’Brien

O’Brien returned to the Patriots OC job in 2023 and they won four games with Mac Jones and Baliey Zappe at the helm. It would be seen as a bad move keeping him, but the “Patriot Way” is something that could stick with Mayo in there.

Joe Brady

Brady was a fresh offensive mind who joined Matt Rhule’s staff at Carolina after his successful run at LSU. That job didn’t work out for anybody, so Brady ended up in Buffalo as the quarterbacks coach and interim offensive coordinator. He might be hard to pull away from Buffalo, but the Patriots will need some fresh blood on offense and Brady might want the challenge of developing a star rookie quarterback.

Whoever Mayo chooses for offensive coordinator and quarterback will tell us a lot about the direction he wants to take the team offensively and philosophically. Do they stick with the old guard in McDaniels or God-forbid, Bill O’Brien? Do they end up with Jayden Daniels, a QB who needs an offense that allows his rushing ability to shine or Drake Maye, who will work behind the line of scrimmage most often?

I’d like to see Joe Brady or another young offensive mind land in New England to give that offense a bit of a jump start while Mayo does what he does best with the defense and managing players.

I have some reticence with the Patriots sticking in house for their next coach, as they are wont to do. But, I still see the change from a 71 year old Belichick to a 37 year old Mayo as a good one for the organization overall. The times, they are a changing, and Belichick and Tom Brady were able to keep the “Patriot Way” going longer than anyone could have imagined, but they can’t hold onto the past. Passing over McDaniels would be a good start.