Patriots working to keep Jerod Mayo, will interview offensive coordinator candidates next week

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The Patriots made an unprecedented announcement Thursday: They have begun negotiations with linebackers coach Jerod Mayo to keep him on staff, and they will begin interviews with potential offensive coordinators next week.

Mayo has drawn interest from the Panthers for their head coaching vacancy and the Browns for their defensive coordinator job. Both teams requested permission from the Patriots to interview Mayo.

Mayo began his coaching career in 2019 as the Patriots inside linebackers coach. He has shared defensive coordinator responsibilities with Steve Belichick despite neither of them having that title.

The Patriots didn’t have an offensive coordinator in 2022 either, and the Matt Patricia/Joe Judge experiment failed.

Patricia, the senior football advisor/offensive line coach, ended up calling plays with Judge as the quarterbacks coach. The Patriots finished 17th in scoring and 26th in total yards, and Mac Jones did not take the next step in his development.

Former Patriots offensive coordinator and Texans head coach Bill O’Brien currently is Alabama’s offensive coordinator and the favorite to land the job.

79 responses to “Patriots working to keep Jerod Mayo, will interview offensive coordinator candidates next week

  1. I firmly believe Mayo will be the next Patriots head coach sometime in the next 2-3 season after Belichick breaks Shula’s all time win record.

  2. Mac Jones did not take the next step in his development.

    Looking like another in a long series of BB early round whiffs

  3. If Bill O’Brian is one of the interviewees that may be the safe bet for who’s getting the job.

  4. It’s a no brainer to bring in Kliff Klingsbury. It makes too much sense. He’ll get the most out of Mac

  5. Mayo should be named the Defensive Coordinator, and Steve Belichick should go to another franchise to continue his development without having Bill looking over his shoulder. That way people can see if he truly has what it takes to advance up the latter

  6. Of course they want to keep Mayo, without him all Bill has left are his kids as coaches and they are there because of their dad, not ability.

    It’s always possible Bill moves one of his kids from defense to OC, he already tried it once with Patricia.

  7. Mayo should interview for these jobs. He’s hurting himself by not doing it. Belechick is acting like Jerry Jones trying to hold him back. Keep him off the market out of sight. He’ll get strung along by the Patriots and not get face time with these General managers and owners which would help further his career.

  8. Give Mayo DC JOB/TITLE
    Higher a OC with JOB/TITLE
    make Judge the special teams coach with Achord his assistant to learn
    Get a O-Line coach keep Patricia as assistant to learn
    Get a WR coach & keep Brown as assistant
    The rest is FA PLAYER/DRAFT ACQUISITIONS

  9. Some information for Patriots fans :

    In 10 wins of 2021 season, Pats offense scored 32.5 points, 19.57 in 7 losses.
    In 8 wins of 2022 season, Pats offense scored 24 points, 19.11 in 9 losses.

    Unless Belichick adds some top talents on offense, NOTHING will change, maybe even worse.

  10. nhpats2011 says:
    January 12, 2023 at 7:27 pm
    Mac Jones did not take the next step in his development.

    Looking like another in a long series of BB early round whiffs

    2060Rate This

    ——————-

    Yet he had one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history. And, then his OC left. Alex SMith wasn’t a bust either. He just had 6 different OCs in 6 seasons.

    And now for this fact which gives me more secondary embarrassment for you, which is a common theme here:

    Thru 28 games Allen had a 55% comp. 5163 yards, 30 TD and 21 INT
    Thru 29 games Jones has a 66.7% comp., 6351 yards, 31 TD and 21 INT

    ^^Looks like Buffalo “whiffed”.

  11. As a Pats fan it is utterly shocking they put this out. Mr Kraft did this and I must say I’m impressed ! Wouldn’t be shocked to see Jimmy G signed too as Mac Insurance. Just get an OT and WR1

  12. Belichik needs 30 wins to tie Shula’s record and he aint getting 10+ win seasons over the next 3 years. Kraft will show him the door going 8-9 or 9-8 the next 2 years. Kraft is spoiled and BB is a victim of Brady’s success.

  13. Mayo will be the DC probably with word that if he succeeds in that role he will replace Belichick.

  14. Might just be lip service, a public relations ploy so that when Mayo signs elsewhere Bill can say “he tried”.

  15. Anyone with any prospects like Mayo would be wise to jump that already sunk patriots ship. Completely talentless, irrelevant joke team with no QB and no chance, exactly like I said before the season. Every year for them ends with bb’s terrible team getting humiliated by the Bills, who actually have a QB, actually have a GM, actually have a coach, and aren’t just a disgraced cheating joke that was completely exposed the second Brady got away from that parasite belicheat.

  16. bozobiden says:
    January 12, 2023 at 8:26 pm
    Mayo should be named the Defensive Coordinator, and Steve Belichick should go to another franchise to continue his development without having Bill looking over his shoulder. That way people can see if he truly has what it takes to advance up the latter

    —————————-

    I actually (begrudgingly) think Steve B. has been doing a good job. I still don’t like the nepotism of it, but he has been getting good results from players he coaches. He just might in fact be really good at this. In fact, if he really is great at coaching, the presence of the nepotism factor becomes that much more annoying.

  17. Jerod is probably HCIW.

    Billy O’Brien probably isn’t coming back. If he does, that cancels any DeAndre Hopkins talk.

  18. Their D was lights out compared to other years. Coaching makes a difference. Look no further than the Giants. They had less ‘on paper’ on the field talent this year.
    Joe Judge needs to be their ST coach. Their ST’s cost them the playoffs. Patricia needs to go. Mayo needs to be the DC.
    Jr can be whatever BB wants and JR will not lose a penny or a nights sleep. THAT is how you keep Mayo. That is how you appease Kraft. It seems kind of obvious.
    If I thought about it then I’m sure others have too as well as Kraft. Defined roles = accountability. Do your job, right? How do you keep saying that when the people saying it don’t have defined jobs?

  19. metitometin says:
    January 12, 2023 at 8:21 pm
    It’s a no brainer to bring in Kliff Kingsbury. It makes too much sense. He’ll get the most out of Mac

    Yeah sure, because he clearly got the most out of Kyler Murray. On the other hand, Kingsbury is available…

  20. Kraft is giving Bill one more year; and he wants at least one playoff win or else Bill is done.

  21. thank goodness, and thank goodness. Jerod was a great player and extremely intelligent. He deserves a shot at running a squad. And the OCs need to go (no matter who was actually the OC)

  22. The weak link is the elephant in the room. Bill has proven to be a losing head coach sans Brady full stop. Bring in Sean Payton if we want to EVER win again, because unless we can get Pat M, we’re not going to win EVER again with Bill. He’s proven this.

  23. Bottom line is without Brady BB is Jeff Fisher at best.
    The whole franchise lived off Brady for 20 years, how did those assistants who became head coaches do?

  24. There has been a lot of radio sports talk pushing for Mayo to be elevated, and for Belichick’s kids getting jobs elsewhere. I see a lot of those thoughts parroted in the above posts.

    What has Mayo done that would justify him getting an NFL HC gig? Most of the HC positions are being held by offensive minded coaches, not defensive. The Chargers chose a defensive minded head coach, and made the wrong decision.

    That being said, I think Mayo would have stood a much better chance of getting an HC gig if he hadn’t been buried in the Belichick coaching staff of coaches without position titles.

    And, it doesn’t help Mayo when in just about every Patriots’ game I have seen that was broadcast on CBS, happened to show one of Belichick’s kids wearing the defensive playing caller headset. Their broadcasts sound like a damn infomercial promoting Steve Belichick.

  25. They need to get the best OC available and get Mac Jones straightened out. He did not show the needed progress from his rookie year and if they fail on the OC, than Jones will end up being a failure. Bill has got to stay away from a Patricia type!

  26. If Mayo becomes head coach after Belichick retires, he has to clean house. Namely get rid of Patricia and Belichicks kids.

  27. Belichick is an insecure man who will not hire anyone that could transition into his job. Forget about any coach with credentials

  28. The genius coach made staff hiring decisions everyone in the whole world knew were idiotic and wasted a year of good defense and a QB on a rookie deal.

    If I’m Kraft I’d say “You told us to blame you if it didn’t work, so hit the road and let someone else give it a try”.

  29. This is good news.

    Interesting to see the team be that transparent. Did Kraft tell Bill to do that?

  30. First off Belichick has input but it’s Kraft who is driving to keep Mayo.
    It would be nice if Steve Belichick went somewhere else.
    As for the poster who said Belichick whiffed on Jones pick, you have zero idea what you are talking about and I highly doubt you’re a Patriots fan. Jones fell because the Niners drafted Lance and screwed up the entire draft. Did you watch? Also too early to give up on Jones. His rookie year was above average given what he had to work with and Belichick is to blame for his second season and still Jones showed at times he could still be a competent NFL QB in what was one of the worst systems NE has ever employed on that side of the ball.

  31. Matt Patricia in addition to calling offensive plays, was also in charge of the offensive line.

    They were horrible this year, especially in the first half of the season. They also were committing penalties like crazy.

    Patricia was 0 for 2. he needs to go.

  32. nhpats2011 says:
    January 12, 2023 at 7:27 pm
    Mac Jones did not take the next step in his development.

    Looking like another in a long series of BB early round whiffs

    ——————-

    I would say the problems are pretty recent, at least with first round drafting.

    Harry, Wynn, Easley.

    I can’t complain too much about Sony. Zero chance the Patriots win the 2018 Super Bowl without him. 336 yards and 6 touchdowns in the playoffs.

    That was all we got, but since the goal is to win the Super Bowl, that’s pretty good.

    Before that we had High, Jones, Solder, McCourty, Mayo, Wilfork. Amazing.

    Maroney wasn’t great. Meriweather just ok and kind of an idiot.

    Jury is still out on Mac, but I agree this year wasn’t good.

    Strange looks really good so far.

  33. nfl1920 says:
    January 12, 2023 at 8:49 pm
    Mayo should interview for these jobs. He’s hurting himself by not doing it. Belechick is acting like Jerry Jones trying to hold him back. Keep him off the market out of sight. He’ll get strung along by the Patriots and not get face time with these General managers and owners which would help further his career.

    ————–

    Well nearly all of Belichicks assistants have had great opportunities.

    Saban, Crennel, Weiss, O’Brien, Flores, Patricia, McDaniels, Judge. Belichick didn’t determine their success or failure, but they all got great chances. So not sure how he’s holding anyone back. Trying to keep good people is what an organization does.

  34. metitometin says:
    January 12, 2023 at 8:21 pm
    It’s a no brainer to bring in Kliff Klingsbury. It makes too much sense. He’ll get the most out of Mac

    ————-

    I like that call too.

  35. I can’t complain too much about Sony. Zero chance the Patriots win the 2018 Super Bowl without him. 336 yards and 6 touchdowns in the playoffs.
    —-
    Was it really all Sony? Or was it his OL with Gronk helping out? I think a lot of backs could have done what Sony did with blocking like that.

  36. Well nearly all of Belichicks assistants have had great opportunities.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No, the assistants on offense side didn’t.

    Nearly all designs of all offensive assistants depend on a WR who can stretch and open the fields, otherwise all of them failed except several who had Tom Brady as their QB.

    By not investing on a big time play maker, Belichick gave his OC and O-assistants no chance to succeed.

    Again, some information for Patriots fans :

    — In 10 wins of 2021 season, Pats offense scored 32.5 points, 19.57 in 7 losses.
    — In 8 wins of 2022 season, Pats offense scored 24 points, 19.11 in 9 losses.

    Unless Belichick adds some top talents on offense, NOTHING will change, maybe even worse.

  37. Belechick is acting like Jerry Jones trying to hold him back. Keep him off the market out of sight. He’ll get strung along by the Patriots and not get face time with these General managers and owners which would help further his career.

    ——/

    Wait, so now it’s a teams obligation to provide an opportunity for someone to develop and then go to another team and use those skills?? What?

    No, you develop talent so that the person does a good job for you. That’s the goal as an organization

    For the individual you want to advance

    That’s two different things

  38. carloswlassiter says:
    January 13, 2023 at 7:36 am
    The genius coach made staff hiring decisions everyone in the whole world knew were idiotic and wasted a year of good defense and a QB on a rookie deal.

    If I’m Kraft I’d say “You told us to blame you if it didn’t work, so hit the road and let someone else give it a try”.
    —-
    I think those decisions did a lot of damage to the aura of “In Bill We Trust”. He doesn’t get another mulligan. Either way I expect he retires no matter what after 2023.

  39. Well nearly all of Belichicks assistants have had great opportunities.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No, the assistants on offense side didn’t.

    ——-

    Wrong. As usual

    Pats have had 3 OCs since 2000, all of them got opportunities
    Charlie weis – became HC at Notre Dame
    Josh McDaniels – got 2 HC opportunities
    Bill OBrien – became HC for the Texans

    Oh yeah, Daboll was on staff in NE for 11 years.

  40. I doubt Bill gave his sons a job as position coaches just because they are his sons. He could easily have them on the staff with giving them “titled” jobs.
    Bill could easily got them a “job” with Nick Saban, Greg Schiano or Chip Kelly.
    FYI Bill never played ball at a high (C/TE at Wesleyan) level.
    The problem is when a coach take another job they take other coaches/players with them – Mangini/Flores/McDaniels.
    Jerod would probably take his brother, Deron. with him, Demarcus Covington and maybe others. Multiple staff changes, year over year are not always a good thing. Different styles, personalities and it can cause some chaos until things get worked out.
    I think Patricia was in over his head as OL coach and OC. He was learning both and didn’t have a veteran at those positions to lean on. I know they will hire a OC but I’d bet $ that Patricia would do a better job as OC if he was given the opportunity. Not every HC or coordinator has immediate success in their first year on the job with new players.

  41. Lots of folks want BB gone….Kraft has hired 3 coaches as owner

    Bill Parcells
    Pete Carroll
    Bill Belichick

    Three excellent coaches, he has a good track record.

    If BB goes, there is an excellent chance he hires another really good coach

  42. jokersc says:
    January 13, 2023 at 9:56 am
    Belechick is acting like Jerry Jones trying to hold him back. Keep him off the market out of sight. He’ll get strung along by the Patriots and not get face time with these General managers and owners which would help further his career.

    ——/

    Wait, so now it’s a teams obligation to provide an opportunity for someone to develop and then go to another team and use those skills?? What?

    No, you develop talent so that the person does a good job for you. That’s the goal as an organization

    For the individual you want to advance

    That’s two different things

    ////////////////////

    If they want to elevate Mayo, why wait until now? Would they be doing it if other teams didn’t have interest in him? I don’t think so.

    Mayo should move on. There is no reason for him to stay.

  43. “you develop talent”

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    How do you develop the talent of a player?

    A coach doesn’t develop the talent of a player, a coach identifies the talent of a player, and builds a team that can utilize the talent of a player?

    And I don’t see any player recruited since 2020 on Pats will be even in Patriots HOF.

  44. Bill O’Brien probably gets the OC job and would be a million times better than Patricia. But it’s a double-edged sword: They tend to hire people who have worked there before because they know the culture but that contributes to the culture being stale and short on new ideas. Patricia honestly should be sent packing. Not just because of the OC debacle but also because he was never even that great with the D. He has this rep for being a football encyclopedia but that doesn’t seem to help much in his results. Shed him and let Mayo breathe some new life into the team.

  45. Perhaps they can promote him to Oline Coach and QB Coach as well? isn’t that what they do over there?

  46. A number of posters above imply Kraft is irate at Belichick and should fire him.

    Kraft invested $172MM to acquire the Patriots and, in large part, due to Belichick’s oversight the franchise would easily return north of $7 billion in a current sale.

    The guy many claim can’t draft nor coach went to the super bowl and beat the Greatest Show On Turf a year after being hired. Beginning in that year, through 2022, the Patriots have missed the playoffs a total of 3 times, (twice eliminated in the final weekend, one of which was a tiebreaker,) in 21 years. Once in 21 years they fielded a team that wasn’t very competitive (the Covid Cam year) at 7-9. He went to the playoffs with a rookie Mac Jones that many of you claim is a “noodle armed” QB not capable of being a starter.

    Compare that to the last year’s super bowl champ Rams or the dumpster fire known as the Colts.

    For a guy who can’t coach or draft he’s done petty well.

  47. They tend to hire people who have worked there before because they know the culture

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    LOL, what culture? being cheap on offense and expect a QB to deliver?

    That is what happened to Brady and Belichick the garbage shamelessly took the credits.

  48. A coach doesn’t develop the talent of a player, a coach identifies the talent of a player, and builds a team that can utilize the talent of a player?

    ———

    You really have no idea how any of this works, do you?

    You just think a player shows up and has everything he needs and would just develop into a good player on his own?

  49. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    January 13, 2023 at 10:48 am
    Let the Bailey Zappe era begin

    Nah he sucks

  50. If they want to elevate Mayo, why wait until now? Would they be doing it if other teams didn’t have interest in him? I don’t think so.

    ——-

    Maybe he wasn’t ready? Did Mayo get interviews last year? No, because no other team thought so either.

    No he doesn’t owe them anything, except for the fact they gave him an opportunity to learn and grow. He’s been a part of the pats organization for 10+ years. And maybe they have a good relationship, I don’t know if they do, do you? Just because you don’t like the Pats doesn’t mean Mayo doesn’t .

  51. The reality of this is that if the offense gets tweaked a bit (2 more sustained drives per game/2 less 3 & outs, 4-6 more 1st downs), the Pats would be in the 11-6 range. The defense and ST would be on the field less and be fresher for the long haul. It’s not as horrible as people make it out to be.

  52. The reality of this is that if the offense gets tweaked a bit (2 more sustained drives per game/2 less 3 & outs, 4-6 more 1st downs), the Pats would be in the 11-6 range.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That is exactly why Colts, Saints, Packers and Chiefs had to put so much talents around their QB.

    Peyton, Brees, Rodgers and Mahomes didn’t need so much talents around them to beat lousy teams, or their teams could have spared lot more money to defense and would have still won those games.

    The key here is that in general a team needs offense to win couple of tough games, and needs its QB to deliver when game is on the line (not necessarily in last 2 minutes), AND IN GENERAL A QB NEEDS LOT OF TALENTS AROUND HIM TO BE ABLE TO DO IT. (see how badly Rodgers struggled until the emergence of Watson?)

    That is exactly what Brady did in 2001 and 2019 seasons, with the garbage squad given by Belichick the garbage, but Pats fans take it for granted.

  53. Again, can we stop with Pats drafting bashing. The last three drafts have been good. Why are we talking about the 2017 draft? Mayo and his 3 years of coaching experience needs to go elsewhere for career development or he is bound to fail like many assistants before him. He has never played or coached outside of NE. He only has slightly more coaching experience than Jeff Saturday.

  54. Mayo has years of experience in the trenches. I’ve always thought it unfair that Belichick gave the DC job to his kid, and not him. Mayo should have been the Pat’s DC all along, WITH the title attached to his name. Steve Belichick just rides his Dad’s coattails. Never mind this de facto stuff, and maybe Robert Kraft should choose the new OC…no more friends or relative’s of Belichick’s. It’s a bad look and it obviously hasn’t worked.

  55. Bill O’Brien as OC? What a surprise, another friends and family of Bill retread. When will the nepotism stop? Only when he’s gone.

  56. only other time I remember a team having wrong side people run opposite side of the ball was Eagles, when they named offensive line coach as Defensive coordinator – Juan Castillo.

    That didn’t work either.

  57. Why is Mayo is getting all this interest?

    The offensive may have been awful this year, but the Patriots defense was rated in the top 5 in almost every category. They were awesome. The two people most in charge of the defense were Mayo and Bill’s son Steve.

    So, IMO if Mayo leaves, we will find out how good Steve is. I also think Bill has a lot of input on defense and always has.

  58. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 13, 2023 at 10:02 am
    I think those decisions did a lot of damage to the aura of “In Bill We Trust”. He doesn’t get another mulligan. Either way I expect he retires no matter what after 2023.
    =======================================

    He’s chasing Shula’s record and will NEVER retire until he gets there. Unless he’s fired first for his continuous losing record.

  59. Bill O’Brien: I wish Patriots well, but “very focused” on Sugar Bowl.

    Meaning, he has no interest in the OC job in Patriots.

  60. Chill_Mickelson says:
    January 13, 2023 at 11:55 am
    GoodellMustGo says:
    January 13, 2023 at 10:02 am
    I think those decisions did a lot of damage to the aura of “In Bill We Trust”. He doesn’t get another mulligan. Either way I expect he retires no matter what after 2023.
    =======================================

    He’s chasing Shula’s record and will NEVER retire until he gets there. Unless he’s fired first for his continuous losing record.
    —-
    I couldn’t care less about that record tbh. Maybe Kraft does who knows. I’d rather see him at his age hire some good coaches on offense and delegate instead of bringing on his yes men and his relatives. And I wouldn’t mind seeing someone else picking the groceries.

  61. The Patriots are exemplified in David Andrews last press conference when he broke down emotionally when asked about Slater and McCourty. That’s love and respect. If I’m Robert Kraft I ask Bill how we nature that camaraderie in the younger players that are more focused on individuality and their next contract.

    There was more emotion in that moment than in any Demar discussion I saw that day, and that is no slight to Demar and the Bills.

  62. If I’m Robert Kraft I ask Bill how we nature that camaraderie in the younger players that are more focused on individuality and their next contract.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    WINS

    Unfortunately, most of Pats fans had believed that the engine that pushed the plane high and fast was replaceable.

  63. Finally, I agree in part with William Lee. Hades has frozen over. Yes, winning creates lifetime bonds but hero worship does not so we depart there.

    Brady’s work ethic and ability when he was younger to treat everyone the same was key. But he had and has the same issues with younger players that Bill has now.

    Andrews was an undrafted free agent, Slater a 5th rounder and McCourty a 1st round pick. All three have great character and that’s not dependent on Brady nor draft status.

  64. Tom Brady minus Belichick and ARians = Losing Record

    Spin it dice it slice it anyway you want fan club it doesn’t change the outcome. Losing QB without elite coaching. Product of his team like I’ve been saying all along.

  65. BB has a lot to prove. Had a cheating QB in the worst division in sports for 20 years. Now he’s in a really good division working with QBs who won’t cheat. He is running out of time to win his first title untainted by cheating QBs and weak competition.

  66. Kraft didn’t hire Parcelss,. He inherited him. They didn’t gt along and that is why Parcells bolted. Belichick was the intermediary between Kraft & Parcells.

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