Jerod Mayo interviewed for Las Vegas Raiders head coach job

New England Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo has been in short supply this year as several teams seek new head coaches. The Denver Broncos have already pushed to interview the former Pro Bowler.

Now comes this news by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media stating that the Las Vegas Raiders have asked to interview Mayo for their head coach’s opening.

This is a rather interesting development in Vegas given that interim head coach Rich Bisaccia led the Raiders to a 7-5 record and a surprise playoff appearance after Jon Gruden resigned five games in the season.

After the Raiders’ AFC Wild Card Playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the players came out in favor of Bisaccia as a full-time head coach. However, his aides have been kept in the dark since said loss, suggesting owner Mark Davis will be chasing a big name.

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Jerod Mayo as Head Coach Candidate

August 29, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo watches the action during the second half against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

A star linebacker for the Patriots from 2008 to 2015, Mayo earned two Pro Bowl appearances and won a Super Bowl during his time in New England. The former Tennessee first-round pick has since made a transition to the sidelines.

Mayo, 35, has been the Patriots’ inside linebackers coach since 2019, coaching Dont’a Hightower and other Stallions defensemen during that time.

That said, it’s somewhat surprising that he’s already considered a hot head coaching candidate with just three seasons under his belt as a positional coach. That’s a pretty big rise through the coaching ranks in an NFL that generally values ​​experience.

There’s definitely a reason why several teams are interested in Jerod Mayo as head coach. He is highly respected in the NFL world. Working under Bill Belichick also played a role in this.

“Bill has been great with us,” Mayo said recently. “He’s been an open book for me, whether we’re talking about X and O, or structuring a team, or something like that. He was great.

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Las Vegas Raiders head coach and general manager search

November 15, 2020;  Paradise, Nevada, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee - USA TODAY Sports
November 15, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

Rapoport also reported that the Raiders are likely to ask to interview Indianapolis Colts executive Ed Dodds for their general manager job.

This is also interesting in that Mike Mayock remains under contract after finding himself in the hot seat ahead of the 2021 season. players before resigning in disgrace.

As for Dodds, he’s currently assistant general manager for the Colts under Chris Ballard and has served in that position since ack in 2018. It’s the same front office that added a ton of key contributors to the draft, including All-Pros Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard in 2018.

It’s going to be intriguing to see how this whole situation unfolds. Even before securing a playoff berth, reports suggested Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh could be a candidate for the Raiders’ head coach job. Right now, it looks like Mark Davis is going big game hunting. Whether that means adding Jerod May to the mix as the team’s next head coach remains to be seen.

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