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New England Patriots workforce proprietor Robert Kraft formally launched Jerod Mayo because the workforce’s new head coach on Wednesday, formally placing an finish to the Invoice Belichick period in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Mayo is the primary Black head coach in Patriots’ franchise historical past. Mayo stated in his opening assertion that reaching that historic milestone meant loads to him, and he hoped to domesticate a various locker room.

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New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo, proper, speaks throughout his introductory press convention with proprietor Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium. (Boston Globe through Getty Photographs)

Kraft stated he selected Mayo to be the pinnacle coach as a result of he’s what’s finest for the group going ahead, and he simply “occurs to be a person of colour.” Mayo added that he does “see colour.”

“I do see colour as a result of I imagine when you don’t see colour, you possibly can’t see racism,” he stated. “No matter occurs, Black, White, disabled individual — even somebody with disabilities, for essentially the most half individuals are like — once they’re younger, they form of make the spot scorching. Youthful folks know what which means.

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New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo speaks to the media throughout a press convention at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 17, 2024 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Photographs)

“However what I might say is, no, I would like you to have the ability to go as much as these folks and actually perceive these folks. It goes again to no matter it’s, Black, White, Yellow, it actually doesn’t matter, nevertheless it does matter so we are able to attempt to repair the issue that everyone knows now we have.”

Mayo was a linebacker for the Patriots from 2008 to 2015 and gained a Tremendous Bowl with the workforce. He was additionally a two-time Professional Bowler and one-time All-Professional choice.

Jerod Mayo as linebackers coach

New England Patriots assistant coach Jerod Mayo holds a soccer throughout pre-game warmups. (Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe through Getty Photographs)

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He was the Patriots’ linebackers coach from 2019 to 2023.