Patriots hire Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator, reuniting him with Bill Belichick, report says

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New England Patriots appoint Bill O’Brien as 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 under head coach Bill Belichick.

When O’Brien was on the staff from 2007 to 2011, New England’s offense led the league with 30.7 points per game and was second with 393.1 yards per game. O’Brien was in New England when Tom Brady was 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 steady offensive mind after head coach Bill Belichick went with former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as his primary caller for the 2022 season. New England finished 26th in yards per game ( 314.6) and was 25th in points per possession (1.63) and 27th in yards per game (27.8). As a result, Jones fell back in Year 2, finishing with a 65.2 percent completion rate with 2,997 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and an 84.8 passer rating.

O’Brien spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator at Alabama, where the Crimson Tide tied for fourth in offensive scoring — averaging 40.8 points per game. In his first season as a primary player at Alabama, O’Brien’s offense averaged 39.9 points per game and 488.3 yards per game, both in the top 10 in the nation.

O’Brien was head coach of the Houston Texans from 2014 to 2020, where he went 52-48 and won four AFC South titles. He led the Texans to three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history and back-to-back AFC South Division championships. He also served as general manager for Houston later in his tenure and was fired as 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 penalties following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. showing his commitment to leading a program and turning that success into an NFL head coaching position.

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

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