Jerod Mayo stood out to Patriots ownership for these reasons

The New England Patriots brass reportedly feels very confident in their decision to hire Jerod Mayo as head coach. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer explained the reasoning behind the decision in a column published on Monday, via’s Adam London.

Breer wrote:

The gut feeling on Mayo, I’m told, is about what the Krafts believe is most important in a head coach in today’s NFL — leadership, work ethic, emotional intelligence, overall intellect and, maybe most of all, an ability to communicate, connect with and motivate young guys. The Krafts, again, aren’t guessing on that part. They’ve seen it as Mayo swiftly ascended through the ranks of Belichick’s coaching staff. He’s been the voice leading the defensive meeting room, more or less, since he dived into coaching for the 2019 season.

Mayo has already begun to work on building his staff by interviewing Carolina Panthers outside linebackers coach Tem Lukabu for the vacant defensive coordinator role in New England.

There could be a multitude of other staff positions to fill as well over the course of the next several weeks, depending on who stays and who goes.

The Patriots will formally introduce Mayo as the next head coach in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at 12 p.m. ET.

Story originally appeared on Patriots Wire