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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

The Denver Broncos have requested to interview Patriots’ inside linebacker coach Jerod Mayo to fill their open head coaching job, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday afternoon. Denver fired former head coach Vic Fangio on Sunday.

It’s likely the Patriots will accept the request, as is common practice in the NFL. However, the team did notably prevent the Houston Texans from interviewing former director of player personnel Nick Caserio due to a clause in his contract.

Mayo had previously been linked to the Broncos immediate after Fangio’s firing. He’s also been named as a possible fit for the Chicago Bears. This will be Mayo’s second time interviewing for a head coaching job – he spoke with the Philadelphia Eagles last year before they hired Nick Sirianni.

This isn’t the first time the Broncos have turned to Patriots staffers to fill open positions. They interviewed assistant director of player personnel Dave Ziegler last year for their open GM job, which ended up going to George Paton. Back in 2009, they hired then-Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their head coach, where he spent a season and a half.

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