Houston Texans candidate no. 3: Jerod Mayo, Patriots LBs coach
The third potential candidate for the Houston Texans with a New England Patriots connection is Patriots linebacker coach Jerod Mayo.
Mayo was the Patriots’ first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the first year that Nick Caserio was promoted to Director of Player Personnel.
Even though Caserio didn’t have final say over the roster (that is obviously Belichick), that seems like a notable connection right now as Mayo continues to receive hype as a potential head coach candidate.
The Patriots obviously have one of the toughest defenses in the league, and Mayo’s linebacker unit is a big part of that.
He has leadership qualities and the type of energy to really be the right catalyst in the head coaching seat for a team like Houston that is clearly in a long-term rebuild mode.
Although adding Jerod Mayo may not keep Deshaun Watson around, he would be the type of coach to get the Texans through some tough years and perhaps motivate that team to more wins than they thought capable, similar to what Brian Flores did with the Miami Dolphins.