This past week, the New England Patriots made the announcements they'd be moving on from head coach Bill Belichick and promoting defensive coach/former player Jerod Mayo to be his replacement. Owner Robert Kraft decided to take this path and entrust Mayo to bring the organization back to its winning ways again.
Mayo has been with the organization his whole life. He played for the Pats for eight seasons and has now been on staff with them for another five campaigns. It'd be hard to believe he does not know the operation from every angle and has built relationships with everyone around -- from the front office to the players on the field.
If you were wondering what the free agency market would look like for the Patriots, as in if it would be a destination for players without the future Hall of Fame coach, wonder no more.
Free agent Patriots will want to stay with Mayo at the helm
MassLive correspondent Mark Daniels said via a tweet that he had a conversation with a Patriot who is due to hit the free agency market this offseason. The player indicated that because New England decided to go with Mayo for its head coach vacancy, re-signing with the team is now his "priority."
Obviously, Mayo had a positive impact on the players he was coaching in his time on staff and the players remember that. This player's opinion of Mayo may turn some other free agents' heads to New England in their hunt for a new home, too.
This move is already shaping out to be a home run for Kraft and his team.
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