Patriots fans and media react to Jerod Mayo getting hired over Mike Vrabel

Well, that didn't take long.
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The New England Patriots didn't waste time to crown the next head coach of their team. Bill Belichick and the team parted ways on Thursday and a replacement was already named by Friday morning. That replacement is not Mike Vrabel, as many Patriot fans might have hoped. The replacement was long-time Patriot, Jerod Mayo.

Mayo was drafted by the Patriots 10th overall in 2008 and went on to play his entire NFL career in New England and then coached the inside linebackers over the last half-decade.

Patriots fans know Mayo well but that doesn't take away the disappointment that some might have felt knowing that Vrabel could have been the next head coach of this team. Vrabel had four winning seasons in Tennessee, led the Titans to the AFC Championship Game and a number one seed in two separate seasons and also was crowned Coach of the Year in 2022. He has ties to the organization and it just made sense.

Let's see how fans are handling this news.

Reactions to Patriots hiring Jerod Mayo over Mike Vrabel

You're probably noticing a pattern here. All of these memes have the characters either dropping to their knees in frustration or watching sadly from a distance. It sure felt like Vrabel was a shoo-in to be the next head coach of the Patriots so perhaps he really did react like these memes.

It's surprising that this decision happened so quickly, especially with some big names out there. The Patriots must really believe that Mayo is the right guy.

This would be pretty funny but it's doubtful the Titans are willing to part with Will Levis after his decent rookie season. We do know how much the kid loves mayonnaise though.

Yeah after a rough season like the Patriots offense had in 2023, it wouldn't be surprising if there was any merit to this tweet.

Cowherd noted that it feels like this is just another chapter in the same old Patriots book so that's why I also included James Palmer's tweet. He notes that even though Mayo has only ever been with the Patriots, he plans to look at the game in a different way and that's not necessarily the "Patriot Way".