Jerod Mayo Joins Patriots Coaching Staff
Foxborough, MA– Drafted in 2008 with the tenth overall pick, Jerod Mayo was a defensive stalwart for his entire career with the New England Patriots, which concluded with his retirement in 2015. A former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and a two-time Pro Bowler, Mayo was one of the Patriots' best ever linebackers. He was a fierce leader on the team and racked up 808 combined tackles over a 103 game playing career.
Despite an injury-plagued conclusion to his career with the Patriots, Mayo always had favor with the Patriots and with head coach Bill Belichick as it was no secret that Mayo was one of Belichick's favorite players to coach. Now, however, Belichick is going to have a chance to coach alongside Mayo, as the Patriots have hired the former All-Pro linebacker as a coach for the crew of linebackers on the Patriots roster, which includes players like Dont'a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy.
From his college days playing for the Tennessee Volunteers to his well-regarded tenure with the Patriots, Mayo has displayed more than talent; he was always a vocal leader and exhibited the potential to be an excellent coach one day. Now, he's going to get his chance to prove himself on a defensive coaching unit headed by Greg Schiano, the Patriots' new defensive coordinator. (Schiano, of course, replaced Brian Flores, one of New England's better defensive minds who joined the Miami Dolphins as their head coach.)
The news was later confirmed by New England, but was first announced on Mayo's Instagram profile as he cited his "passion" and "sense of purpose" for being an integral part of maintaining the Patriot Way. With Flores' departure, it will be crucial to have someone like Mayo around because he knows the Patriots' system inside and out by this point.
In the wake of Rob Gronkowski's retirement, it is also refreshing to have this news about Mayo. At a time when the Patriots expect to lose some familiar faces, it's nice to have an old friend make his return to the team.
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