With Doug Pederson now out as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, the team's front office apparently has their eyes set on one New England Patriots coach.
Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo is expected to interview for Philadelphia's head coaching vacancy this week, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
Mayo has quickly become a rising star in the NFL coaching ranks. After joining New England's coaching staff in 2019, it is believed that he and Steve Belichick began splitting duties as New England's defensive play-caller as early as the 2019 season, though you won't get Bill Belichick to admit that.
If Mayo were to get the Eagles' head coaching gig, he would be put in an interesting situation. With Jalen Hurts proving quickly that he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL, paired with Carson Wentz, who is still under contract through 2024 and doesn't want to be a backup, Mayo's first order of business would be to hash out how to handle his quarterback room. That's tricky business, as choosing to trade Wentz could lead to major cap casualties over the next several years, and choosing the wrong player to be his starter could have the locker room quickly losing faith in their new head coach.
For those reasons Mayo may not even be interested in the job. But if he is, and Philadelphia offers him the job, then New England may have to replace an important part of their defensive staff this offseason.