By now you have certainly heard the news that fan favorite Patriot linebacker Jerod Mayo has decided to retire from the game of football. Mayo was placed on injured reserve three years in a row, and his health was becoming a major factor. The linebacker had a large 2016 cap hit, so there was a shot he would not have been back with the team anyways, but the news comes as a relatively big shock.
Mayo has always been loved by the fans and those inside the Patriots organization. Word has it that he has always been one of Bill Belichick's favorite players, and he's regarded as a very intelligent player.
As a result, many fans and analysts have floated out the idea that the team could bring back Mayo in a coaching role. Many people, including myself, have thought that Mayo would be a lock for the Patriot linebackers coaching job once he decided to call it a career.
I hate to break it to you, but it appears that there isn't much chance of that happening. According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, Mayo will pursue business interests rather than turn to a career in coaching.
It's not the end of the world that Jerod Mayo isn't joining the Patriot coaching staff, but it certainly would have been a great story and a solid addition to the staff. Either way, Mayo was a true Patriot, and I'm sure Bill has an opportunity somewhere should he change his mind.
By Jacob Young