Here’s the mayonnaise.
That could be one of the New England Patriots’ goals this season as they risk losing another assistant coach.
Linebacker coach Jerod Mayo has reportedly interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles for the vacant head coach position.
#Theinfield Patriots’ coach, Jerod Mayo, is expected to audition this week for the Eagles’ head coaching vacancy, a source said. First HC interview for Mayo, who plays a key role in the NE’s defense.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2021
Mayo is a key player on the defensive side of the ball for the Patriots. When he leaves, there will definitely be a void. The Patriots have already lost quarterback coach Jedd Fisch to the University of Arizona.
There are rumors that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is still a candidate for the Los Angeles Chargers. Former player personnel director Nick Caserio has taken over as general manager of the Houston Texans, and Bill Belichick had to step in at the last minute to convince Dave Ziegler to take the same position with the Denver Broncos.
A year after missing the postseason for the first time since 2008, the Patriots suddenly found themselves facing the highest turnover in years at both the management and front office levels.
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Mayo has an excellent reputation as the leader of.
In talking to people who have been in contact with Mayo, everyone seems to be enthusiastic about his leadership skills.
Tom Curran of NBC Sports talked about Mayo’s talent for leadership in a recent podcast.
Jerod Mayo is an excellent leader.
Following Mayo’s interview for the Eagles head coach position, @tomecurran talks about the #Patriots’ coaching abilities inside linebackers that will one day lead him to become the NFL head coach pic.twitter.com/8eskGMXl74
– NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) January 13, 2021
It’s the kind of quality that could potentially help Mayo make a big impression on Eagles management in interviews.
Mayo Career Game
Mayo is only 34 years old.
He retired from the NFL after the 2015 season. He spent his entire 8-year career in the NFL with the Patriots, winning the Super Bowl in 2014. Mayo has played 2 Pro Bowls and an All-Pro team and was named 2008 Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press as Defensive Player of the Year.
At this point, he represents the perfect combination of youth, leadership and performance. He just accepted the position of coach of the Patriots’ linebackers for 2019, but has quickly established himself as a valuable member of the coaching staff.
That explains part of his interview.
What are his or her chances of getting the job?
To be honest, it would be a shock if Mayo was hired by the Eagles. This is not based on a casual attitude, but there is an idea circulating on social media that this interview may not be the most candid investigation.
Right now they’re just questioning him to satisfy Ronnie’s rule. This rule is a joke, because teams hire whomever they want.
– bayoubengal0108 (@bayoubengal0108) January 13, 2021
Sounds like a Rooney Rule interview.
– Jim Ruso (@SundanceJimRuso) January 13, 2021
I love mayonnaise. But that sounds like a Rooney rule.
– Quincy Barnhill (@BarnhillQuincy) January 14, 2021
Even Mike Greger himself mentioned the Eagles.
I absolutely love everything I’ve heard/read about Jerod Mayo. He would be a great coordinator, but he is not ready to be a head coach. The #Eagles are just exercising due diligence (Rooney rule) on him. Besides, they’re scary… There aren’t many patriots. #FlyEaglesFly
– Michael Greger (@mike_greger) January 13, 2021
You can’t go so far as to accuse the Eagles of interviewing Mayo just to comply with the Rooney rule (where teams interview a minority candidate), but I will say that Mayo’s lack of experience as an NFL-level coach makes it look more like a fake interview than anything else.
It would be surprising if the Eagles turned to someone who has only coached for two seasons to be their next head coach. If you buy into the idea that the Eagles are just trying to score this interview, Mayo would be the perfect man for the job. He is young and promising, but his lack of attitude can easily be attributed to his lack of experience.
Mayo’s not stupid. If it’s on the line, he’s probably aware of this possibility, but he understands that these kinds of conversations have long been part of his role as assistant or job coach. His time will come, but it may not.