The New England Patriots aren’t identified for being clear about any of their plans, which is why an announcement about their teaching workers Thursday got here as a shock to many.
In that assertion, the Patriots stated head coach Bill Belichick has already begun contract extension talks with Jerod Mayo to maintain him in New England long run.
This comes after Mayo, the group’s linebackers coach, who additionally served as co-defensive coordinator, drew curiosity from the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers.
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Both groups requested to interview him. The Browns are on the lookout for a defensive coordinator, and the Panthers needed to speak to Mayo about their head teaching emptiness.
The 36-year-old Mayo labored alongside Belichick’s son, Steve, with the protection. Steve Belichick referred to as the performs on recreation day, although Mayo has trended as a possible head coach within the league.
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Mayo has solely identified the Patriots in his taking part in and training days, having performed eight seasons with them as a linebacker, accumulating 802 tackles, 11 sacks and eight compelled fumbles over 103 video games. He additionally captured a Super Bowl ring and two Pro Bowl nods.
But that wasn’t all of the assertion stated.
“In addition, the team will begin interviewing for offensive coordinator candidates beginning next week,” it said.
With Josh McDaniels taking the pinnacle teaching job in Las Vegas previous to this season, Belichick dealt with the offensive duties alongside Joe Judge, who was fired by the New York Giants, and Matt Patricia.
But the Patriots noticed quarterback Mac Jones regress a bit. The Patriots averaged 21.4 factors per recreation to complete seventeenth within the NFL. They have been additionally twentieth in passing yards with 208 per recreation.
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Bill O’Brien, who has been within the Patriots’ constructing prior to now as their offensive coordinator previous to leaving for Penn State’s head job in 2012, is taken into account a high candidate for the job.
Kliff Kingsbury, who was simply fired as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, additionally has ties to the Patriots from his taking part in days.
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The Patriots completed 8-9 this season, simply lacking the playoffs after shedding to the Buffalo Bills in Week 18.