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Bill O’Brien returns to the New England Patriots as OC

Bill O’Brien returns to the New England Patriots as OC

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill O’Brien will return The patriots After agreeing to a deal to become New England’s next offensive coordinator on Tuesday, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Low.

O’Brien, 53, spent the past two seasons as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator. Alabamanow he’s back where his NFL career began in 2007 as an assistant coach.

During that first season in New England, O’Brien quickly rose to become the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator on Bill Belichick’s coaching staff, a role he spent three years (2009-11) before moving on to head coaching. Penn State (2012-13) and along with this Houston Texans (2014-20).

A native of Massachusetts, O’Brien will be charged with improving a Patriots offense that dipped significantly in most key areas in 2022, including:

• Red zone efficiency: 11th (39 TDs in 63 carries) to 32nd (19 TDs in 45 carries)

• Third down: 10th (43.5%) 27th (34.8%)

• First relegations: tied-9. (362) to 28. (288)

• Kicks: 8. (for 28,241 meters) to 19. (for 41,279 meters)

• Touchdowns scored: 48 and 31

Belichick did not name an official Patriots offensive coordinator in 2022, instead relying on Matt Patricia as the primary play caller, despite Patricia’s NFL-leading defensive background.

Belichick also oversaw the streamlining of the offense — changing the blocking terminology for offensive linemen — one of his goals was to make more big plays down the field.

But the desired results have never materialized, with the nationalists, notoriously tight-lipped about their intentions, publicly announced on January 12 that they would be interviewing for an offensive coordinator.

The Patriots spoke with O’Brien, current New England tight ends coach Nick Caley, Minnesota Vikings Coach Keenan McCardell, Arizona Cardinals Assistant Coach Shawn Jefferson and Oregon Head Coach/Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator Adrian Klemm.

After landing at Alabama, where he worked closely with quarterback Bryce Young, O’Brien spent time with the Patriots’ current quarterback. Mac Jones — a Crimson Tide alum — running the team’s offense.

With O’Brien back in the NFL, Saban will be looking for his sixth different offensive coordinator in the last eight seasons. The previous five – Steve Sarkisian, Mike Locksley, Brian Daboll, Lane Kiffin and O’Brien – are NFL head coaches/offensive coordinators or Power 5 coaches.

Saban is also looking for a defensive coordinator after Pete Golding left for the same position Be a lady at the beginning of this month. The last time Saban brought in two new coordinators in the same year was after the Crimson Tide’s 2017 national championship season.



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