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The New England Patriots have reportedly hired the man to replace Bill Belichick

Jerod Mayo, an assistant coach in New England since 2019 and a former Patriots player, has been hired as the next head coach in Foxborough and will be introduced next week, according to multiple reports. 

Mayo had it written into his contract that he would succeed Belichick, according to NFL Network. 


Mayo spent his entire career with the Patriots, playing linebacker for New England from 2008-2015. He rejoined the organization as an inside linebackers coach in 2019. 

After 24 years and six championships, Belichick and the Patriots agreed to part ways on Thursday. 

Jerod Mayo looks on during a game against the Commanders

Belichick held a relatively brief press conference Thursday, where he spent the majority of his time thanking players, staffers and fans for their contributions during his lengthy tenure.

“Players win games in the NFL,” Belichick said. “I’ve been very, very fortunate to coach some of the greatest players to ever play the game.” After Belichick shared his feelings, longtime team owner Robert Kraft stepped up to the microphone and said the parting of ways was amicable.

Jerod Mayo on the field before a game against the Raiders

“Good afternoon everyone. And as Bill mentioned, yesterday we met and mutually agreed to part ways, amicably. Like a good marriage, a successful head coach-owner relationship requires a lot work. I’m really proud our partnership lasted 24 years. I don’t think in the NFL there has been any other partnership that lasted longer and has been as productive as ours,” Kraft said.

New England has missed the playoffs in three of the last four seasons. 

Fox News’ Chantz Martin contributed to this report

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