Duron Harmon: Jerod Mayo has been calling the defensive plays

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At a recent press conference, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick declined to answer a question about whether inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo has been calling the defensive plays.

It appeared that Mayo was calling the plays against the Lions last week and safety Duron Harmon was more forthcoming than his head coach during an appearance on WEEI.

“Jerod, obviously, he’s been calling the plays for us,” Harmon said. “He’s been working at making sure he can get the play in on time and he’s been doing a good job for us. Obviously, there are going to be growing pains, and I wouldn’t even call them growing pains. There are just some things we’re going to need to get better at, but right now I like where we are headed.”

Belichick likely has a sizable hand in putting together the plans on defense, but the Patriots aren’t easing Mayo into anything in his first year as a coach.

One way that Harmon sees Mayo acclimating himself to the new position is by “trying to get the input obviously of the older guys,” some of whom join Harmon as former teammates of the man now pushing buttons on defense in New England. Harmon said those players know Mayo is “smart and a great leader” and it seems everyone else on defense will be getting to know all about Mayo too.

11 responses to “Duron Harmon: Jerod Mayo has been calling the defensive plays

  1. Mayo was smart with his money as a player. He got good advise from business leaders that weren’t trying to make money off of him and he listened.

  2. That has never been the point. The question asked BB was what was the process because quite a few coaches are wearing headsets. Mayo was hired by BB and he’s being groomed like all the other coaches for certain tasks. It’s a work in progress.

  3. Of course he is. Belichick won’t know what plays to call until he’s filmed the opposing teams walkthrough.

  4. Calling in the signals is probably the LEAST important aspect of being a DC. It’s one thing to doing that and another to plan and coordinate a specific game plan week to week. There is no one on the Pats coaching roster other than Bill who can do that this year.
    He’ll be the defacto DC this year, while Mayo will call in the defense under Bill’s watchful eye

  5. So Jerod, what exactly would you say you do here?

    Well-well look. I already told you: I deal with the ** damn PLAYERS so the COACH does’t have to. I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can’t you understand that!?! What the hell is wrong with you people!?!

    Foxboro Space

  6. Told ya. Mayo is the guy without the title. It’s not hard to look at the sideline and see it.

    BB always has the opportunity to intervene, but he really doesn’t do a ton of over-ruling unless stuff simply isn’t working, even with McDaniels.

  7. vaphinfan says:
    August 13, 2019 at 11:21 am
    Of course he is. Belichick won’t know what plays to call until he’s filmed the opposing teams walkthrough.

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    The guy in the red suit comes down your chimney in about 4 months. Get the milk and cookie ready, little guy!

  8. It was clear during the game he was doing so. Mayo brings the player’s eye view to the DC position, and I think he will quickly become one of the best DCs in the league. He’ll have to earn the title this year and won’t formally have it until the 2020 season, but seems clear that’s the path he’s on.

  9. >> Of course he is. Belichick won’t know what plays to call until he’s filmed the opposing teams walkthrough.

    Good one. :). I have to note that you don’t need to worry. The Phins are impervious to filming. I mean, if you don’t even know what you are doing, how can anyone else figure it out??

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