The Philadelphia Eagles are trying to find a new coach this offseason and it looks like they have created a list of favorites. A former All-Pro New England Patriots linebacker is definitely on this list. Patriots linebacker coach Jerod Mayo is one of the best young coaches in the NFL and Philadelphia wants him.
The Eagles will interview Mayo for their head caoch vacancy. Ian Rapoport from NFL Network confirmed the information. Mayo spent eight years as a player with the Patriots and the team hired him as an inside linebackers coach. He was on this position for two years.
Mayo is a first-round pick for the Patriots. The team got him in the 2008 NFL Draft. Mayo was a Patriots captain for seven straight years. He was an All-Pro in 2010 and led the NFL with 174 tackles. The coach led the Patriots in tackles for five straight seasons, made two Pro Bowls in 2010 and 2012, and was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008.
In the past two years, Mayo was an assistant coach with the Patriots. However, he has already made a name for himself. Many would agree that he is one of the best young coaches in the NFL.
Patriots linebacker coach impressed NFL experts
The 34-year-old will have his first coaching interview. Will the Patriots let him go? Mayo had a kew role in the Patriots defense as players allowed the fewest points per game in the league in the past two seasons. Opposing quarterbacks had a 75.5. passer rating against the Patriots’ defense. That’s the lowest in the NFL. NFL experts confirm that the 35 pass touchdowns allowed over the past two seasons is also the fewest in the league. Patriots’ 58 takeaways are the second-most in the NFL.
Mayo is the fourth candidate Philadelphia requested to interview for the position. The team has already contacted Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Rodd Bowles. Philadelphia contacted Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley.