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Patriots hire Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator

1/24/2023 1:02:30 PM
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The Patriots have landed their “primary target” for offensive coordinator, Chris Mason of Masslive reports.

After a rudderless season for Mac Jones and company, the Bill Belichick has hired old friend Bill O’Brien as his new offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The former Texans coach spent 2007-2011 in New England, rising from a general offensive assistant to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He’s also been the head coach at Penn State and was most recently calling plays for Nick Saban At Alabama.

O’Brien fills a desperate need on Belichick’s offensive staff. In 2022, the Patriots tried to piece things together with Matt Patricia as play-caller and Joe Judge at quarterbacks coach. The results weren’t good. Mac Jones regressed and the offense took a step back in every meaningful category; it was a far cry from 2021 with Josh McDaniels at the helm.

O’Brien should be a fascinating fit as the Patriots look to get Jones back on track. After a Week 13 loss to the Bills that saw Jones blow up at the sideline, the quarterback expressed a desire for tougher coaching.

“It’s accountability. It starts with me. I think I want to be coached harder,” Jones said.

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