3 reasons hiring Jerod Mayo will pan out sooner rather than later

The plan was in place, and that can be seen as a positive.

New England Patriots, Jerod Mayo
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It is officially a new era in New England. The Patriots will be coached by a man not named Bill Belichick for the first time in 23 years.

The Patriots announced the hiring of Jerod Mayo as the team's next head coach, promoting him from his previous position as the team's inside linebackers coach.

Typically, new head coaches can be a bit of a risk. There is a lot of unknown involved. Yet, there are reasons to believe that Mayo will pan out much sooner rather than later.

1. Mayo is already respected within the building and has rapport with the locker room

For players who end up sticking around, this is a huge factor that played into hiring Mayo. There are positives to hiring an external candidate, for sure. But, hiring an internal candidate who is already established within the organization takes away a lot of the initial "to-do's" for a new head coach.

Knowing the building, the staff and the players is a huge advantage. Do not take that fact lightly. This move speaks to continuity that Robert Kraft has seen and wants to continue, rather than bringing in an outside personality who will have to re-establish much of what's already in place, only in his own fashion.

Promoting Mayo takes away a heck of a lot of extra work that would normally be done in a head coach's first season. That can't be overlooked.