The Patriots interviewed Bill O’Brien for his or her offensive coordinator emptiness on Thursday, in accordance with the NFL Network. O’Brien has lengthy been thought of a heavy favourite for the job. O’Brien joined the Patriots in 2007 as an offensive assistant and was promoted to offensive play-caller two years later earlier than incomes the offensive coordinator title in his last season of 2011.
O’Brien left New England in Feb. 2012 to develop into the top coach at Penn State and later of the Houston Texans. In Houston, O’Brien received 4 division titles in seven years earlier than getting fired in Oct. 2020. The 53-year-old has in depth expertise teaching quarterbacks and coordinating offenses throughout the NFL and school ranks.
O’Brien just lately concluded his second season because the offensive coordinator at Alabama. In his first yr, quarterback Bryce Young received the Heisman Trophy whereas main the Crimson Tide to the nationwide championship recreation. Last season, Alabama averaged 41.4 factors per recreation underneath O’Brien, the fourth-most in main school soccer.
According to NBC Sports Boston, O’Brien has been the “primary target,” of the Patriots’ teaching search and the unanimous favourite amongst possession and head coach Bill Belichick, who has been conducting the interviews. O’Brien additionally has expertise with Pats quarterback Mac Jones, with whom he crossed paths when Jones was leaving the University of Alabama in 2021 as he arrived.
It’s unclear what new roles Patriots offensive play-caller Matt Patricia and quarterbacks coach Joe Judge would have, if any, underneath O’Brien. Under their management final season, the Patriots averaged 18.1 offensive factors per recreation, a bottom-10 mark throughout the league, and completed with the franchise’s worst offense since 1995 by DVOA.
The different candidates who’ve reportedly interviewed or will interview are tight ends coach Nick Caley, Vikings extensive receivers coach Keenan McCardell, University of Oregon affiliate head coach/offensive line coach Adrian Klemm and Cardinals affiliate head coach/extensive receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.