Robert Kraft Wants Jerod Mayo To Be Future Patriots Head Coach

'I hope he's with us'

Zack Cox4 hours ago

Bill Belichick has not revealed how much longer he plans to coach. But the New England Patriots already have their preferred successor on staff.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Monday said he hopes linebackers coach Jerod Mayo eventually will be New England’s head coach.

“There’s no ceiling on his ability to be a head coach, and he’ll be a head coach,” Kraft told reporters at the NFL annual meeting in Phoenix. “I’m sure of that. I hope he’s with us. So we’ll see what happens.”


“Jerod is an individual I think there’s no ceiling for his ability to grow and how competent he is,” Kraft told reporters, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “We had the privilege of having him as a player, and I saw how intense he was and the leadership skills he had on the field. I saw him leave us and go into private industry and learn the X’s and O’s of business and then come back and be a coach and do that with us.

“Good coaches get hired away, so I was happy we were able to sit with him and try to keep him here long-term. I’m going to do everything I can to try to make that happen.”
Belichick, who turns 71 in April, is just 18 wins shy of matching Don Shula for the most in NFL history. Kraft said he still believes in Belichick and hopes he can break that record for the Patriots, but he also stressed that team success takes precedence over any personal accomplishments.

“Look, I’d like him to break Don Shula’s record, but I’m not looking for any of our players to get great stats,” Kraft said. “We’re about winning and doing whatever we can to win. That’s what our focus is now. It’s very important to me that we make the playoffs. That’s what I hope happens next year.”