Patriots announce Bill O’Brien is back as offensive coordinator/QBs coach

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A Patriots move that was long expected has now become official.

New England announced on Thursday morning that Bill O’Brien has been hired as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“I am looking forward to working with Bill again,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “He is an outstanding coach and an asset to our staff.”

O’Brien served in the same role as Patriots offensive coordinator and QBs coach in 2011. He previously was the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2009-2010. He was also the club’s receivers coach in 2008 and a coaching assistant in 2007.

O’Brien has spent the last two seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator and QBs coach. He has a preexisting relationship with Mac Jones, with O’Brien crediting the quarterback for his help in learning the Crimson Tide’s scheme as Jones was preparing for the 2021 draft.

Jones is reportedly “very” excited about working with O’Brien.

New England’s announcement makes no mention of Joe Judge, who served as the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2022. Matt Patricia is also not mentioned and his future with the organization is in question after he served as the offensive play-caller in 2022.

O’Brien compiled a 52-48 record as the Texans head coach from 2014-2020. Houston was 2-4 in the postseason in his tenure.

19 responses to “Patriots announce Bill O’Brien is back as offensive coordinator/QBs coach

  1. Read the Herald article this morning about the clown show that was the Patriots offensive coaching last year and you’ll understand why those two bozos are not mentioned in the announcement. They should never coach again in this league.

  2. The AFC East could be historically good next year. This is a very good hire; if the Pats offense improves they’ll be a tough out. That D is already one of the top in the league.

    Imagine if Rodgers goes to the Jets, and Tua stays healthy all year. The division games will be great, but it’s anyone’s guess as to who comes out on top in the end.

  3. Very impressive that Mac was learning NE’s playbook in 2021 and teaching O’Brien Bama’s playbook.

    Should bode well, certainly better than the slog that was 2022’s offense.

  4. No excuses now for Mac Jones. He either takes a huge step forward, or he’s reached his ceiling already, and we’re gonna find out which it is in the first half of next season

  5. There is no way to go but up. I think the offense will now be at least adequate; and with their defense they should win three or four games more than this year.

  6. bozobiden says:
    January 26, 2023 at 11:01 am
    No excuses now for Mac Jones. He either takes a huge step forward, or he’s reached his ceiling already, and we’re gonna find out which it is in the first half of next season

    If I understand that Herald article correctly… Joe Judge who had the QB coach role was quietly reassigned to a different role early on in the season.

    So basically Mac Jones never actually had a QB coach for most of the year. An internal hit job setting him up for failure. Breathtaking incompetence.

  7. BoB was, and still is in certain circles, blamed for the disaster in the desert that the Texans have become. Subsequent events should have put most of the blame on a incompetent and disfunctional organization and on the unfortunate power that the sexual predator D.Watson had on them.As noted by other commenters on this and other articles, the record he still managed to achieve amid the mess was impressive. I hope he gets another HC gig in the future. For now he needs to get the most out of Jones.

  8. Too bad they dont have a GM, coach or QB. This irrelevant loser team’s Superbowl is not getting swept by the jets.

    Irrelevant joke team for decades and decades to come.

  9. The Patricia-Experiment is over. 2023 is looking up already. In reality there are still many needs, though. O-line and special teams coaches. Recievers. Hopefully we don’t lose too many veterans on the D, let alone RBs room. I’m also hoping BoB is going to be around more than one year. A new OC, four years in a row, will ruin a QB.

  10. I hope Pats fans are ready for running the ball for no gain the first 3 downs then throwing it 3 yards short of the sticks on 3rd down.

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