Patriots reportedly has a contractual ‘succession plan’ in place with Jerod Mayo


The Patriots may rent Mayo briefly order due to his reported contract standing.

New England Patriots inside linebacker coach Jerod Mayo watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. Whether Bill Belichick’s future as the New England Patriots head coach will extend beyond this season remains an open question. But Jerod Mayo, one of the candidates to possibly succeed the legendary coach reiterated on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024 that he believes he’s ready for an opportunity to lead an NFL team.
Jerod Mayo is perhaps the following man up in New England after Invoice Belichick. (AP Picture/Stew Milne)

The Patriots might not should run an intensive teaching search to seek out Invoice Belichick’s alternative — not with linebackers coach Jerod Mayo already within the constructing. 

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Mayo stands as a “robust candidate” to take the reins of the Patriots in 2024, with the previous All-Professional’s present contractual scenario in New England doubtlessly paving the best way for a neater hiring course of for the crew.

“If he’s the selection, the [Patriots] may merely rent him,” Rapoport posted on X Thursday evening. “No must undergo the prolonged hiring course of — they established a agency, contractual succession plan in a previous contract & communicated it to the NFL.”

Rapoport added {that a} succession plan spelled out by way of a training contract shouldn’t be something new within the NFL, with the Seahawks following an identical script earlier than hiring Jim Mora and the Colts doing the identical with Jim Caldwell.

NFL guidelines and laws typically require weeks of compliance for groups as they assess their choices for a brand new head coach. But when Robert Kraft and the Patriots tab Mayo as the following man up after Belichick, New England has the technique of wrapping up this teaching search briefly order.

But when New England opts to look exterior the group at different rumored teaching candidates like Mike Vrabel, the Patriots must adhere to the NFL’s hiring coverage.

Final January, the Patriots introduced in a crew launch that it started “contract extension discussions with Jerod Mayo that may hold him with the crew long-term.” With Mayo considered as a high head-coaching candidate final offseason, a contractual succession plan may have been an attractive option to hold him in New England for the foreseeable future.  

Shortly after the information broke Thursday morning that Belichick and the Patriots have been parting methods, ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Adam Schefter reported that Mayo, 37, “tasks to be a, if not the, main candidate for the job” in New England.

On Thursday, Kraft mapped out what he’s on the lookout for within the Patriots’ subsequent head coach.

“I’ll simply say we’re on the lookout for somebody who will help us get again to the playoffs and win. Imagine me, after my household, that is actually one of many two most vital belongings in my life,” Kraft stated. “I’m very upset after we don’t win video games, and it carries the entire week. So I promise you I’ll be centered to do the most effective I can do to ensure we’re placing ourselves in the most effective long-term place to win for a few years.”