Add Bill Belichick disciple to Philadelphia Eagles coaching search

Jerod Mayo (Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
Jerod Mayo (Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) /

Add a Belichick disciple to the Philadelphia Eagles discussion.

It’s been a day or so (at the time of this story being published), and the Philadelphia Eagles, though they started their head coaching search a week after the other six teams that are looking, have hit the ground running to find the man that will wind up being the third head coach that this team has hired in the last ten years.

According to a report by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, we can now add a former New England Patriots star at the second level of their defense, their current inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo to the list of candidates that the Birds will interview for the vacancy left by the only man that can say he led Philly to the Super Bowl and brought home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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Mayo cut his teeth collegiately in Knoxville with the University of Tennessee Volunteers’ football program. He was taken in the first round (10th-overall) by the Pats in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Tons of tackles, two Pro Bowl nods (2010, 2012), a First-team All-Pro selection (2010), an NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Trophy (2008). and a spot on the New England Patriots 2010s All-Decade Team was the result. We know that he can play linebacker and he can teach others to play the position.

The question is can he lead an entire football team? Does Philly really want a defensive-minded head coach with all of the issues they have with Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts? Can he hire a coaching staff? No, wait! The real question is would he be allowed to hire most of his coaching staff?

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Add Mayo’s name to a list that has mentioned Robert Saleh of the San Francisco 49ers, Philly’s own Duce Staley, and Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners among others. Things are getting really interesting in the City of Brotherly Love.