The New England Patriots are an organization that moves quickly. This morning, the reports already have come out that they are going to hire Jerod Mayo as their next head coach. Patriots owner Robert Kraft and legendary head coach Bill Belichick just announced that they were going to mutually part ways during a press conference yesterday.
After 24 years, there is certainly pressure for New England to get this hire right. Let’s see what Patriots fans have to say about this.
Fans React to Jerod Mayo Announced as Next Head Coach
This announcement came less than 24 hours after Belichick’s official departure yesterday. Fans noticed the timeliness of this and had things to say about it. Here are some of the most notable comments:
“I really thought Vrabel was going to be the pick. Shocked.”
“Great hire! Jerod Mayo is a true leader in the Patriot’s organization and has so much respect in that locker room.”
“Don’t hate it. Internal hire who knows the culture.”
“The Belichick era is over. Should have chose someone outside of the regime, new blood… opportunity for positive change and Kraft botched it.”
“Patriots were prepared… that was quick.”
“Damn they didn’t take long wow.”
“That was fast.”
New England Patriots Moving Forward
The New England Patriots are looking to move forward and start the next chapter of their franchise now. Considering New England won six Super Bowls and appeared in three others under Belichick, Mayo will have some big shoes to fill. However, given how fast the Patriots decided to hire him, they are at least showing Mayo that they believe he is capable of stepping up to the challenge.
At 37 years old, Mayo is now the youngest head coach in the NFL. He just beat out Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay by about one month. There is one other notable head coach comparison to make.
That coach is Mike Tomlin. He was even younger than Mayo when he took the head coach position for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007. Tomlin was just 35 years old during his first season.
Now, we will have to see if Mayo is capable of carrying this Patriots franchise for the next two decades. Mayo will certainly have more eyeballs on him than a typical head coach. However, fans seem to be open-minded about Mayo’s potential.