July 21, 2024

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 16: Linebackers coach Jerod Mayo of the New England Patriots walks onto the field prior to a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 16, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

Jerod Mayo could become Bill Belichick’s successor at the Patriots

They are some very big shoes to fill.

The New England Patriots are about to find themselves at a very serious crossroads for the future of the club.

They have been led to an incredible six Super Bowl wins over the years by Bill Belichick, but he will soon be 71 years old and his time in the NFL is clearly starting to come to a close.

He has also struggled to maintain the same level since Tom Brady left, along with other key parts of the squad that was so successful for so long.

That means that they must start to think about who will be the next coach of the Patriots and ex-linebacker Jerod Mayo could be the main for the job.

“Well, he’s definitely a strong candidate to be the heir apparent, but we have some other good people in our system,” New England owner Robert Kraft told NFL Network at the NFL Annual Meeting on Monday. “So right now, we have a good head coach, and we’re doing everything we can to support him, and make sure we do everything we can to win.”

They explained via a statement back in January that they are beginning negotiations with Mayo to keep him at the club in the long term which is much more information than the Patriots have ever been known to give away.

Anger for Kraft

There was some anger from Kraft towards Belichick after the latter handed over the offensive reins to Patricia and Judge.

“I think he got put in a difficult position; it was sort of an experiment,” Kraft said of Patricia. “He worked very hard at it. In retrospect, I don’t think it was the right thing. I feel bad for him because he is such a hard worker and he got put in a difficult position.”

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