Patriots hire Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator and reunite him with Bill Belichick, per report

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New England Patriots name Bill O’Brien as their new offensive coordinator, according to an ESPN report. O’Brien returns to the Patriots after a decade away from the team. He was employed as an offensive assistant, wide receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator with the Patriots from 2007 to 2011, working under head coach Bill Belichick.

When O’Brien was on staff from 2007-11, New England’s offense led the league with 30.7 points per game. game and was second with 393.1 yards per game. match. O’Brien was in New England when Tom Brady was the quarterback — and will now be tasked with grooming Mac Jones as the former first-round pick enters his third year as a starter.

The Patriots needed a stable offensive mind after head coach Bill Belichick went with former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as his primary player call-up for the 2022 season. New England finished 26th in yards per carry. game (314.6) and was 25th in points per possession (1.63) and 27th in yards per carry. battle (27.8). Jones took a step back in Year 2 as a result, finishing with a 65.2% completion rate for 2,997 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and a passer rating of 84.8.

O’Brien spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Alabama, where the Crimson Tide finished fourth in scoring offense – averaging 40.8 points per game. match. In his first season as the primary play-caller at Alabama, O’Brien’s offense averaged 39.9 points per possession. game and 488.3 yards per match – both top-10 in the country.

O’Brien was the head coach of the Houston Texans from 2014-20, going 52-48 and winning four AFC South titles. He led the Texans to three consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history and back-to-back AFC South division championships. He also served as Houston’s general manager later in his tenure and was fired as both coach and general manager of the Texans after an 0–4 start to the 2020 season.

The former NFL head coach also led Penn State to a 15-9 record after the school faced unprecedented sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, showing his commitment to leading a program and reshaping that success for an NFL head coaching job.

O’Brien is finally back in the NFL, where it all started in New England. This time, he will be tasked with reviving the Patriots offense and helping change the recent narrative that Belichick is on the decline.

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