Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo was asked during Tuesday's news conference if he would replace longtime head coach Bill Belichick in New England, and the former player took it in stride.

“You've been here long enough, I bet you can answer the answer I'm about to give you,” Mayo replied, per Harry Thompson “Boston Globe”. “We are 100 percent focused [this coming Sunday’s home game versus the 8-5 Kansas City Chiefs.] I'm trying to control only the controllable elements, and that's beyond my control. I hope that, as you all know, I want to be a head coach one day. Where it is? I don't know.”

There was talk last summer that Patriots owner Robert Kraft was watching Mayo go first he became New England's middle linebackers coach in 2019, “as the team's coach-in-waiting.” That was before the Patriots lost 10 of 13 games this season and before it was reported this week that Kraft had decided following the club's Nov. 12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Germany that he would part ways with Belichick at the end of the season.

Neither Kraft nor Belichick has yet confirmed that the six-time Super Bowl champion's head coach will leave the team next month.

“But at the same time, I would say I love New England very much,” Mayo continued in his response. “I love the fans, the people around the building and my family very much. They love this place too. So it would be great if I could stay here and continue to grow throughout my career, but we'll see. And honestly, there's really no anxiety about it. I'm not trying to get too spiritual, but wherever God wants to take me, I'll be ready.

Apparently, Kraft will make a franchise-altering announcement on the morning of Jan. 8, after New England's season ends. It's unclear what this day might mean for Mayo, but the 37-year-old seems eager to take on the responsibility that will come with a club and league legend taking over.



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