New England Patriots Coach Won't Interview for Browns DC Opportunity

NFL teams will have to sweeten their offers if they're going to pry linebackers coach Jerod Mayo away from the New England Patriots. According to multiple reports, the former Pro Bowl linebacker has turned down a request to interview for the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator vacancy.

Mayo will apparently still interview for a head coaching opportunity with the Carolina Panthers. The Patriots are stingy with titles, so it's possible Mayo deemed a DC role with the Browns as a lateral step in his career path or simply not tantalizing enough to leave behind what he has built in New England. The Patriots recently offered him an extension, and he probably won't leave the organization for anything less than a head coaching gig at this point.

Mayo played inside linebacker for the Patriots from 2008 to 2015 after being drafted 10th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He earned Pro Bowls in 2010 and 2012. After retiring in 2015, Mayo rejoined the Patriots in 2019 as their linebackers coach. Their defenses have been solid in his tenure, ranking eighth or better in yards allowed in three of the past four years.

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