New Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo replaces Bill Belichick.
– Jerod Mayo, a former Patriots player and assistant under Bill Belichick, is named the 15th head coach, making history as the first Black head coach in the team's history.
Mayo, at 37, becomes the NFL's youngest head coach. He won a Super Bowl as a player in 2014 and served as the Patriots linebackers coach since 2019.
Belichick's departure after a 24-year tenure prompted Mayo's promotion, with the Patriots announcing a long-term extension for Mayo last offseason.
Despite a 4-13 season, Mayo's defensive coaching skills were recognized, and he, along with Steve Belichick, handled play-calling duties.
Mayo's coaching reputation emphasises his ability to relate to players and his diverse experience, including time spent working in finance at Optum.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft emphasises the urgency of returning to the playoffs, setting high expectations for the new head coach.
– Mayo's understanding of leadership, both in football and life, is highlighted by former players, and he is praised for getting the best out of his team.
– Mayo may not have the same control over personnel matters as Belichick did, with Kraft noting that Belichick earned that authority after winning his third Super Bowl in 2004.
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