- Jerod Mayo has been announced as the new head coach of the Patriots
- Bill Belichick left Thursday with Mayo serving on his staff since the 2019 season
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The New England Patriots have announced Jerod Mayo as their new head coach, replacing Bill Belichick just 24 hours after the legendary coach left.
Mayo, who becomes the youngest head coach currently working in the NFL at 37, served on Belichick’s coaching staff as the inside linebackers coach.
Back in March, Patriots owner Robert Kraft tipped Mayo as ‘a strong candidate to be the heir apparent’ to Belichick and it’s always been like he would get the job.
As part of a new era for the famed franchise, the Patriots are now planning on hiring a new general manager to work alongside Mayo.
Mike Vrabel was also believed to be among the leading candidates and he became available when he was fired by the Tennessee Titans earlier this week.
The New England Patriots have announced Jerod Mayo as their new head coach
Bill Belichick (right) left the franchise on Thursday and said farewell alongside Robert Kraft
But Kraft has stuck to his succession plan, hiring Mayo to lead the team into the post-Belichick era.
Mayo was a lifelong Patriots player – having been drafted by the team with the tenth overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Tennessee.
He led the league in tackles in 2010 and was named to his only All-Pro team and his first of two Pro Bowl teams that season.
Mayo won Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots in the 2014 season and played one more season in 2015 before retiring.
After a brief professional football hiatus, Mayo joined the Patriots staff as an inside linebackers coach in the 2019 season.
Belichick, the six-time NFL champion, agreed to depart as the coach of the Patriots on Thursday.
It ended his 24-year tenure as the architect of the most decorated dynasty of the NFL’s Super Bowl era.
Mayo won Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots in the 2014 season and was on Belichick’s staff
Mayo won Super Bowl XLIX with the Patriots in the 2014 season having been drafted in 2008
‘It’s with so many fond memories and thoughts that I think about the Patriots,’ he said alongside Kraft.
‘I’ll always be a Patriot. I look forward to coming back here. But at this time, we’re going to move on. And I look forward, excited for the future.’
Belichick, 71, became just the third coach in NFL history to reach 300 career regular-season victories earlier this season, joining Hall of Famers Don Shula and George Halas.
With 333 wins including the playoffs, Belichick trails only Shula (347) for the record for victories by a coach.
But the Patriots ended this season 4-13, Belichick’s worst record in 29 seasons as an NFL head coach. It supplanted the 5-11 mark he managed in his last year in Cleveland in 1995 and again in his first year in New England in 2000.
Including the playoffs, he ends his Patriots tenure with a 333-178 record.
Belichick is expected to resume his pursuit of Shula’s record elsewhere. Kraft alluded to that, saying complete closure for their relationship couldn’t come ‘while he’s still coaching.’
‘But I hope when that’s all over, we can do something that properly honors him and respects him for what he’s done with us,’ Kraft said.
More to follow.