Former Tennessee Vols linebacker Jerod Mayo will interview this week to be the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
#Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo is expected to interview for the vacant #Eagles head coaching job this week, source said. The first HC interview for Mayo, who plays a key role in NE’s defense.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2021
Mayo, who played at Tennessee from 2004-2007, was a standout linebacker for the New England Patriots for eight seasons.
After being selected with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Mayo went on to reach two Pro-Bowls.
Mayo started his coaching career in 2019 when he was named the Patriots’ inside linebackers coach.
While I don’t expect Mayo to land the Eagles job, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he’s interviewing to be a head coach.
Mayo has been considered a “rising star” in the coaching ranks.
Here’s what was said about Mayo, via the Houston Chronicle, back in November:
“Jerod is a strong leader of men,” an NFL source told Wilson. “He’s incredibly smart with outstanding emotional intelligence and knowledge. I wouldn’t bet against him becoming a head coach very soon and being very successful.”
That also shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the way he landed the job in New England.
The fact is Mayo’s hiring this offseason — much like his mirroring of Belichick’s coaching on Thursday — was beyond unusual. It was unprecedented. The 33-year-old former linebacker is the only Patriots position coach ever hired by Belichick without a year of experience coaching in his system or elsewhere in the NFL or major college ranks.
Even if Mayo doesn’t land a head coaching job this offseason, it likely won’t be long before he’s leading an NFL franchise.
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) November 29, 2020
If nothing else, the interview experience with the Eagles will help Mayo as he continues his rise up the coaching ladder.
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