Report: Bill O'Brien To Return As Patriots Offensive Coordinator

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FOXBORO, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Patriots will hire Bill O'Brien as their next offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Low.

While the team has not confirmed the hire, the Patriots did release a statement earlier this month that the team was looking for a new offensive coordinator after not having an official one in the 2022-23 season. O'Brien, who serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Alabama, was widely considered one of the favorites to land the new job.

O'Brien began his coaching career with New England in 2007 as an assistant and eventually became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2009. He eventually left the Patriots in 2012 to coach for Penn State and made the jump to the NFL in 2014 as the head coach for the Houston Texans, where he coached for six years before the team fired him.

In his time at Alabama, O'Brien did not coach Patriots quarterback and former Crimson Tide player Mac Jones, but Jones did work with O'Brien before heading to the draft to help familiarize him with Alabama's playbook.

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O'Brien will now take charge of a Patriots offense that struggled in 2022 with Matt Patricia, who previously coached as a defensive coordinator, calling the plays on offense. The Patriots' offense ranked last in the NFL in red zone efficiency and was in the bottom half of the league in overall scoring.

WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.

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