Most of the attention of the Patriots’ offseason so far has been paid to the offensive coaching staff. However, one of the biggest storylines has involved a member of the defensive staff, with the team issuing a statement in mid-January that the team had “begun negotiations for a contract extension for inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo.” That was followed by Mayo declining interviews for both defensive coordinator and even head coaching jobs around the league.
Given the impactful nature of that statement and Mayo turning down interviews that would have been – on the surface – promotions from his current job, many expected big things would be in store for the 36-year-old former linebacker. Adding defensive coordinator (a position the Patriots haven’t officially had filled since the 2017 season) to his title seemed like a lock as he’s had some of the responsibilities that come with that title for most of his coaching tenure. Assistant or associate head coach was also speculated.