New England Patriots

Aug 29, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo watches the action during the second half against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots assistant coaches are expected to be connected to teams early and often in this year’s NFL coaching carousel. With ‘Black Monday’ looming, we should have a good idea soon exactly how many teams will be hiring. For those unfamiliar with the term, ‘Black Monday’ refers to the Monday after the final week of the NFL regular season. It’s when most teams who want to fire coaches do so, kicking off staff movement around the league.

One job that’s not formally open, but is expected to be in the coming days, is the Chicago Bears. Matt Nagy is in his fourth year in Chicago, with his contract set to expire. The Bears have backslid under Nagy, failing to finish over .500 since his first season when they went 12-4. They are currently 6-10 and eliminated from playoff contention.

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Patriots’ inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo is expected to receive interest from Chicago. “I’ve heard a few younger candidates that project as leaders, like Patriots LBs coach Jerod Mayo and Colts DC Matt Eberflus, will be in the mix, Breer writes. “I’ve heard they won’t be focused solely on quarterback-developers like they were when they landed Nagy in 2018, with their focus likely on leader-of-men types.” Breer also named Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier as a candidate, with Saints head coach Sean Payton and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh as long-shot options.

Chicago projects to be one of the more attractive job openings in the NFL this offseason. There’s already a young quarterback on the roster in 2021 11th overall pick Justin Fields, and the team is set up to have over $40 million in available cap space.

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