New England Patriots

Mayo won’t be Belichick 2.0

Not surprisingly, the first grumble over Jerod Mayo as the man to replace Bill Belichick is the inarguable point that Mayo has never been a head coach of any football team, at any level.

Facts are difficult to dispute, though there are lots of New Englanders who aren’t afraid to try.

That became the jumping-off point for the notion that Mayo’s administration would simply be Belichick 2.0.

That is really an indictment of Mayo’s intelligence. 

Belichick was fired in large part because the Patriots’ offense was a monumental disgrace. If the man hired to replace him is foolish enough to make no serious alterations, he should be shoved out the door before the first snap of the first training camp session.

Even if Josh McDaniels were allowed to come within a continent of Gillette Stadium he would make sure that any offensive plans he rolled out for Belichick would stay in the back of the filing cabinet.

The reasons are obvious. Tom Brady and his teammates are not coming through that door, unless it’s to engage in some nostalgic soaked chat.

And the NFL’s cultural changes are enormous. Belichick’s resistance to the evolving culture as much responsible for his demise cannot be discounted.

“I coach out of love,” Mayo said in an ESPN interview. “Once you build that relationship with a guy, it can be tough on the players. But if you don’t have that warmth before confidence … Whatever the coach told you to do, you just go out and do it. But this generation is a little bit different. They want to understand they ‘why.’ ”

For the Patriots, the why as to the organization’s spiral from its historic heights couldn’t be clearer.

The league changed. The coach of the league’s greatest extended dynasty didn’t.

Is there a legitimate argument to suggest that the new coach doesn’t grasp that?