Bill Belichick had plenty to the blame for the New England Patriots’ disappointing season in 2022.
Following Josh McDaniels’ departure to the Las Vegas Raiders, the legendary coach refused to name offensive and defensive coordinators, had multiple guys calling plays, and the team’s offense was a disaster from start to finish.
Belichick claimed that he didn’t need to define the roles, but his unorthodox ways and stubbornness wound up holding the team back more often than not.
At least he learned from his mistakes and quickly addressed that issue in the offseason, bringing Bill O’Brien back from Alabama to become the team’s new offensive coordinator.
Now, the Pats have brought another familiar face to the staff, hiring Will Lawing, who was O’Brien’s tight ends coach with the Houston Texans and in Alabama.
Notably, Lawing will most likely replace current TE coach Nick Caley, who’s recently interviewed with the Texans to serve as offensive coordinator on DeMeco Ryans’ coaching staff.
The #Patriots are adding Will Lawing to their offensive coaching staff, per @MikeReiss.
Lawning has worked with OC Bill O'Brien during his time with the #Texans and at Alabama. He coached tight ends in Houston.
A potential replacement for Nick Caley. pic.twitter.com/mVsWvU8pOj
— Mike Kadlick (@mikekadlick) February 3, 2023
The Patriots have always favored continuity, so there’s no wonder why they bring in a guy of O’Brien’s confidence to pick up the slack.
O’Brien’s tenure in charge of the Texans sure left plenty to be desired, but the team’s offense was running and gunning more often than not.
Of course, Mac Jones is no Deshaun Watson, and he may not be as good as they expected him to be, but there’s no way their offense could be any worse this season, especially now that Matt Patricia will no longer be in charge of play-calling.NEXT: Patriots Owner Comments On A Final Tom Brady Task