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Jerod Mayo Replaces Bill Belichick as Patriot Coach

jerod mayo patriot coachThe team signed Jerod Mayo to replace him a day after Bill Belichick left the New England Patriots. Thus, Mayo became the 15th head coach in its history. The team formally introduced the new head coach to the public at a news conference. Also, he is currently the youngest coach in the National Football League.

According to bookie pay per head software experts, the Patriots drafted Mayo in the first round out of Tennessee in 2008. Also, he played for the team until 2015. He was a member of Bill Belichick's coaching staff as the linebackers coach.

As the Baltimore Ravens did with Eric DeCosta's appointment as general manager in 2019 after Ozzie Newsome's departure, the Patriots bypassed the usual NFL hiring procedure and swiftly signed Mayo. It was part of a succession plan outlined in the contract extension he signed last offseason.

Mayo makes history as the Patriots' first Black head coach. In Week 17, after the team lost to the Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, Captain Deatrich Wise Jr. said that Mayo was a big reason for the defense's success.

Jerod Mayo, the New Patriot Coach

While playing for the Patriots, Mayo was chosen team captain in his second year. Some of his teammates even started calling him "Bill Jr." because they saw him as a potential coach who would spend as much time at the team facilities as Bill Belichick.

On Thursday, the Patriots and Belichick, 71, announced that he would be leaving the team after 24 seasons as coach, during which he won six Super Bowls. Belichick stated it was time to "move on" after talks with Patriots owner Robert Kraft led to the decision to split ways.

According to fantasy sports news reports, Mayo is a lifelong member of the Patriots. He played in 103 games for the Patriots and had 905 tackles. He won the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year Award; he was the team's leading tackler for five consecutive seasons and became only the second Patriots player to do so. He played only six games that season due to a leg injury. However, he was still part of the 2014 Super Bowl-winning squad.

After hanging up his spikes after the 2015 season, Mayo found employment at Optum. According to NFL news reports, he has said that working under Belichick and having that experience prepared him for a head coaching career.

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