The Eagles are expected to interview Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo for their head coaching vacancy, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Mayo has only been coaching for a short while, but he’s been a fast riser over the last couple of years.
Known in New England as “Jerod Belichick,” Mayo has guided the Pats to the least points allowed in the NFL over the last two seasons. He’ll be the fourth candidate interviewed — Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, and Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles are also set to meet with the Birds. Soon, University of Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley could join that list.
Mayo may lack experience, but he comes with the endorsement of prominent Patriots figures.
“The same stuff [Mayo] carried when he was a player, he’s definitely still got it,” said Patriots ILB Dont’a Hightower in 2019 (via Jeff Howe of The Athletic). “He’s a hell of a coach. Honestly, I wouldn’t expect anything less. He’s got so much knowledge and so much wisdom that he brings – not just as a football player. He’s definitely done it. He’s seen it. He’s played it. The reputation that he has, he’s an all-pro, so it’s great to have a linebacker coach who has been through so much and can relate to a lot.”
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