Report: Bill O’Brien is the primary target for Patriots OC

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The Patriots put out a surprise announcement that they would begin interviewing candidates for offensive coordinator this week.

One of the names who is expected to interview is no surprise.

According to Tom E. Curran of NBCSportsBoston.com, Bill O’Brien is the primary target to be the team’s next OC.

O’Brien worked for the Patriots from 2007-2011, the last season as the club’s offensive coordinator. He was then with Penn State for two years before spending 2014-2020 as the Texans’ head coach.

He’s been Alabama’s offensive coordinator for the last two years.

Curran reports that there is “unanimity on all sides that O’Brien is the best person for the job.” Quarterback Mac Jones and team owner Robert Kraft are familiar with O’Brien and O’Brien is also willing to return. With those factors, Curran notes it would be an upset if O’Brien didn’t get the job.

If and when O’Brien is hired, the Patriots will have to figure out how Matt Patricia and Joe Judge fit in with the staff going forward.

21 responses to “Report: Bill O’Brien is the primary target for Patriots OC

  1. Let’s not forget though that Tom Brady is nothing but a nice little system QB with a little arm who proved this season that he is just a product of his team. Nothing more than that. Not the GOAt not even close.

  2. This move if true also tells me they roll with Mac Jones in 2023. Makes sense. You play your third year QB on his rookie deal and then you make decisions about him when you have to decide if you’re picking up the 5th year option.

  3. They need to do something to try and keep up with Buffalo, Miami, and the Jets. Acknowledging that the offense needs significant improvement is a good start. Signing Carr might be another good move.

  4. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 16, 2023 at 5:40 pm
    This move if true also tells me they roll with Mac Jones in 2023

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    Is O’Brien going to somehow give Mac some arm strength?

  5. Judge is actually a good ST coach, and Cam Accord should be jailed for his horrendous performance there, so that’s an easy fix.

    They oughta yeet Matt Patricia into the sun, keep him as far away from the football field as humanly possible.

  6. Mac Jones absolutely hated Patricia to the point it was very visible and palpable. And also understandable since Patricia’s playbook consisted of screen pass, run up the middle, screen pass, run up the middle, screen pass, run up the middle, and repeat.

  7. Very simple: Fire Cam Achord and put Judge back to where he belongs and make Patricia the full time OL coach.

    My guess is the carrot for O’Brien is to be BBs successor in about 3-4 seasons.

    Get out the checkbook, Bob, because you paid Patricia nothing last year.

  8. O’Brien is good at kicking butt, he will whip Mac into shape or at least determine if he is a bust or not.

  9. O’Brien did a fantastic job at Penn State after the Paterno nightmare …Patriots post Brady is not a good situation

  10. Alabama Football: Bill O’Brien may pass on New England

    “The Patriots have more problems than needing a new Offensive Coordinator. Giardi also pointed out the New England organization understands it must come up with at least one game-changing addition at wide receiver. The need may become a clear two, if the Pats’ top wide receiver, Jakobi Meyers leaves the team through free agency.”

    “But there may be a stumbling block in Foxboro. Danny Jaillet of Patriots Wire reports Bill O’Brien MAY NOT WANT TO WORK FOR BILL BELICHICK AGAIN. According to Jaillet, what could prove to be a deal-breaker is O’Brien wants more autonomy than Belichick is willing to give.”

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    Having told you all for long time : no one wants to be under Belichick’s thumb, players or coaches.

  11. touchback6 says:
    January 16, 2023 at 7:22 pm
    Very simple: Fire Cam Achord and put Judge back to where he belongs and make Patricia the full time OL coach.

    My guess is the carrot for O’Brien is to be BBs successor in about 3-4 seasons.
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    Your guess is wrong. Jerod Mayo is the next HC of the New England Patriots.

  12. The same O’Brien that was in new England from 07 to 2011 when they didn’t win anything ? That O’Brien 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  13. Angel Valle says:
    January 17, 2023 at 8:43 pm
    The same O’Brien that was in new England from 07 to 2011 when they didn’t win anything ? That O’Brien 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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    Josh was the OC from 2007-08. BOB was the OC for only one season (2011). The offense was really good that year.

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