Report: Eagles to interview Patriots coaching assistant Jerod Mayo for head coaching vacancy

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New England Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo will interview with the Philadelphia Eagles for the head coaching vacancy this week, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This will be Mayo’s first head coaching interview.

Mayo, nominally, serves as the inside linebacker coach, but it seems his responsibilities are fairly expansive. How expansive? Bill Belichick won’t clarify.

New England has not had a defensive coordinator since Matt Patricia left in 2017. Brian Flores acted as the de-facto defensive coordinator before taking the Dolphins hech coaching job. And now, Steve Belichick, currently the outside linebackers coach, is calling plays for the defense. Mayo seems to be helping Steve in his ascent up the coaching staff.

Mayo played linebacker for the Patriots from 2008, when he was the 10th overall pick, to 2015. He moved to a career in media for a brief period before returning to the Patriots linebackers coach, a position he’s held since 2019.

“Coach Mayo, man, you see I’m smiling. It’s just been fun,” rookie linebacker Josh Uche said this season. “It’s been great and just having a role model, somebody that I can go back and watch their film and actually try to emulate what they did. Just having someone that can coach you from a player’s perspective has just been very insightful. I’ve been able to learn a lot.”