The New England Patriots season came to a close during Super Wild Card Weekend and now the focus shifts from winning games towards building yet another playoff contender throughout the offseason. While Bill Belichick looks to retool his roster, he may also need to look to fill various positions on his coaching staff and front offense. A number of Patriots personnel members have been identified as hot names to monitor during this hiring cycle, ranging from head coaching and GM positions.
Below, we’ll look to keep a running tracker of where notable names — like linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and director of player personnel Dave Ziegler — are garnering interest across the league.
Mayo to interview for Raiders job
Jan. 24 — Jerod Mayo is flying to Las Vegas on Monday to interview for the head coaching job with the Raiders on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Mayo was the first request the Raiders put in as they began their search for a head coach, so it would appear like he is held in high regard. Las Vegas also interviewed Patriots director of player personnel Dave Ziegler for their GM opening this weekend, so if they decide to hire Ziegler, Mayo could be a logical pairing.
Mayo not among finalists for Broncos job
Jan. 24 — Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported on Monday that the Denver Broncos have narrowed down their head coaching search. Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell and Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett are reportedly the three finalists for the job. That seems to suggest that Mayo — who interviewed with the Broncos — will not be heading to Denver.
Texans aiming for Pats ties with coaching vacancy
Jan. 21 — CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones reports that league sources feel the opening head coaching job with the Houston Texans will…