Report: Patriots' Mayo expected to be top candidate in Texans' head coach search

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New England Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo is expected to emerge as a leading candidate for the Houston Texans' head coaching job, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Texans fired David Culley on Thursday on the heels of a 4-13 campaign. He was one season into a five-year contract.

Mayo, 35, joined the Patriots' coaching staff in 2019. He played eight seasons in New England, collecting two Pro Bowl nods and one Super Bowl ring before hanging up his cleats in 2016.

Mayo played in New England at the same time Texans general manager Nick Caserio served as the Patriots director of player personnel. Mayo was a team captain for several seasons.

The Texans hired a former Patriots assistant as their head coach once before, bringing aboard Bill O'Brien in 2014. O'Brien lasted six-plus seasons before being replaced on an interim basis by Romeo Crennel - another ex-Patriots assistant.

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