Patriots coach Jerod Mayo’s new staff a mix of youth, vets and connections to executive Eliot Wolf

Newly-named New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo faces reporters Jan. 17 during an NFL football news conference, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jerod Mayo was clear when he was hired as the New England Patriots new coach that he wanted to empower his new staff with the freedom to have a voice both on the sideline and in the meeting rooms.