The New England Patriots don’t waste any time.
Just hours after rumors surfaced about the possibility of the organization moving on from Matt Patricia, the team has hired their newest offensive coordinator.
Bill O’Brien was back in the building yesterday for a second interview and now joins the staff, formalizing long-held plans. This is a good day for Mac Jones. https://t.co/uOUN5Z60D5
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 24, 2023
Bill O’Brien will rejoin the Patriots after a nearly ten-year absence from the team.
O’Brien began his NFL coaching career as a member of the Patriots’ staff, where he began as the offensive assistant before being promoted to offensive coordinator.
After the success that he had with the Patriots, many teams requested to interview O’Brien for head coaching roles, including Penn State and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He ultimately went to Penn State, coaching the team in the wake of the Joe Paterno scandal.
O’Brien found great success with Penn State, winning the Coach of the Year award in his first season with the team.
Even though he was able to be successful at the NCAA level, the NFL came calling once again, and O’Brien accepted the head coaching job for the Houston Texans, a team that he coached for six seasons.
O’Brien followed that up with a two-year stint at the University of Alabama, where he had the opportunity to coach Mac Jones, and will have another opportunity to coach Jones again in 2023.
The Patriots’ offense has struggled as of late.
With the hiring of O’Brien, the organization is committing to Jones, considering that he was their first-round draft pick just two years ago.
Will O’Brien be able to help bring this offense back to their former glory?