Former Vol Reportedly Tagged As NFL Head Coach Candidate

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    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy will not be back with the team next season. With a coaching search looming, one report from Friday states that a former Tennessee linebacker and NFL veteran could potentially be an option.

    According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer on Friday, VFL Jerod Mayo is a name that is being considered for the Bears’ coaching job.

    “I’ve heard a few younger candidates that project as leaders, like Patriots LBs coach Jerod Mayo and Colts DC Matt Eberflus, will be in the mix, too,” Breer said in his report from Friday.

    Since his time at Tennessee, Mayo has spent his entire NFL career in New England. Mayo’s eight-year playing career with the Patriots included a Super Bowl championship, two Pro Bowl selections, and one first-team All-Pro selection. However, four years after his playing career ended in 2015, Mayo then transitioned into a coaching role with the team under head coach Bill Belichick. Starting in 2019, Mayo took over as the Patriots’ linebackers coach, a position he currently holds today.

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    While at Tennessee, Mayo was a terrific player in the mid-2000s for the Vols. Mayo was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2007, paving the way for him to be taken with the tenth pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

    After Jeremy Pruitt was fired from Tennessee, Jerod Mayo was even a name that was popping up on analysts’ hot boards during the coaching search in early 2021.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.