Jerod Mayo spent eight seasons as Tom Brady’s teammate in New England.
Now, the two are in very different roles that have them on a collision course for Oct. 3 at Gillette Stadium.
Mayo, despite being nine years younger than Brady, is in his third season as a Patriots assistant coach. While he technically oversees the inside linebackers, the position he played as a teammate captain alongside Brady, Mayo is a top coaching voice on a New England defense that doesn’t have a coordinator in a titular sense.
Brady leads a Bucs squad that’s already scored 79 points in a 2-0 start to its Super Bowl title defense season, the 44-year-old TB12 having thrown nine touchdown passes in the two wins.
Though the Patriots still have a Week 3 visit from the Saints to worry about, Mayo was asked during a Tuesday morning Zoom with reporters for his thoughts about getting ready to face Brady and the high-powered Bucs in the Week 4 Sunday night battle in Foxborough, and whether it’s going to be weird to go against the guy who quarterbacked the team to six Super Bowls in his two decades in New England.
“It wouldn’t be weird at all,” Mayo said of coaching against Brady. “We’re both competitors. You always want to coach against the best. And I think Tom’s a great, obviously he’s a great quarterback, a very cerebral person. I kind of look at myself the same way. I definitely would enjoy the challenge.”
It’s indeed a unique hype-worthy challenge that Mayo, Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots will get against their former GOAT QB in less than two weeks.