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Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

Jerod Mayo takes advice from Hall of Fame coach

By Vaseline May30,2024

New England Patriots coach Jerod Mayo is taking inspiration from a former Patriots rival as he begins his first year as head coach.

That person is Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy.

Dungy was part of the heated rivalry between the Patriots and Colts in the 2000s. He got the last laugh in 2007, when he defeated New England en route to winning Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears.

Now, more than a decade later, Dungy comes to the Patriots OTA practice and shares the same knowledge that helped him become a champion.

Those philosophies have really stuck with Mayo, who is entering his first season as head coach for the Patriots. He still wants to stay true to himself, but is not afraid to take advice from others.

“I’ve always been a fan of Tony Dungy, even though the Patriots and the Colts have a little bit of history, but from afar he’s just a guy who has won games — like big games as a championship-level coach,” Mayo said. via Keagan Stiefel of NESN.com. “He does it the right way. It’s not by berating people or anything like that, which I think also works on some teams, but it’s by developing men and women. I want to mirror that a bit.”

Developing his own coaching style is certainly important for Mayo as he navigates his new NFL journey. But it is even more important to show a willingness to absorb knowledge from others who are willing and kind enough to pass it on.

Obviously, a Hall of Fame coach like Dungy is a good start.

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