Jerod Mayo Opens Up About Retaining Bill Belichick's Son on Coaching Staff

The New England Patriots' new head coach spoke candidly about having a Belichick on his coaching staff.
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Post-Bill Belichick era is officially underway in New England. As the team is going through organized team activities, first-time head coach Jerod Mayo has a mountain to climb, preparing the team for the next season without the Hall-of-Fame coach for the first time in 24 years.

There are plenty of new faces in Foxborough. A lot of the coaching staff left with Belichick and Mayo brought in new personnel to support him in his first year as a head coach. There is still one member of the staff, however, who knows the organization as well as anybody, who is staying on to help Mayo. Brian Belichick, the youngest son of Bill Belichick is continuing his role as the safeties coach.

Speaking to reporters during Monday's press conference, Mayo addressed having a Belichick on his staff for the first time.

"True professional. You know, any time you see your dad and your brother go somewhere else, the natural thing would be to go with them. He’s a New Englander. He’s a Patriot. I’m happy to have him."

Jerod Mayo on Brian Belichick

Having the organizational know-how that Brian Belichick has is valuable for any coaching staff. He is entering his ninth season with the Patriots and his fifth as a safeties coach.

Bill Belichick's older son Stephen was with the Patriots for 12 years before taking on the defensive coordinator job at the University of Washington this winter. It was widely expected that Brian Belichick would leave after his father and brother but he surprisingly chose to stay and it sounds like he was welcome with open arms by Jerod Mayo.

It will be a difficult season for the Patriots, nevertheless. On FanDuel Sportsbook, the over/under in win totals for New England is set at 4.5 wins, the lowest number in the entire league.

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