Bill O'Brien returns to New England Patriots as OC

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill O’Brien will go back to the New England Patriots after consenting to an offer Tuesday to become their next offending organizer, sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Low.

O’Brien, 53, who invested the previous 2 seasons as the offending organizer under Nick Saban at Alabama, now is back to where his NFL profession started in 2007 as a training assistant.

In that initially stint in New England, O’Brien rapidly increased through the ranks on Bill Belichick’s personnel to quarterbacks coach and offending organizer, investing 3 years (2009-11) because function prior to leaving for head-coaching positions with Penn State (2012-13) and the Houston Texans (2014-20).

A Massachusetts native, O’Brien will be charged with enhancing a Patriots offense that dipped significantly in many essential locations in 2022, consisting of:

• Red zone effectiveness: 11th (39 TDs in 63 journeys) to 32nd (19 TDs in 45 journeys)

• Third-down effectiveness: 10th (43.5%) to 27th (34.8%)

• First downs: connected for ninth (362) to 28th (288)

• Sacks permitted: 8th (28 for 241 lawns) to 19th (41 for 279 lawns)

• Touchdowns scored: 48 to 31

Belichick didn’t call a main offending organizer for the Patriots in 2022, leaning on Matt Patricia as the main playcaller in spite of Patricia’s primarily protective background in his NFL profession.

Belichick likewise supervised a streamlining of the offense — altering the obstructing terms for offending linemen — in which among his objectives was to produce more huge plays down the field.

But the preferred outcomes never ever concerned fulfillment, causing the Patriots, who are infamously tight-lipped about their objectives, openly revealing on Jan. 12 that they would be talking to for an offending organizer.

In addition to O’Brien, the Patriots likewise spoke to present New England tight ends coach Nick Caley, Minnesota Vikings pass receivers coach Keenan McCardell, Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach Shawn Jefferson and Oregon associate head coach/offensive line/run-game organizer Adrian Klemm about the task.

Upon landing at Alabama, where he worked carefully with quarterback Bryce Young, O’Brien had actually likewise hung out with present Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, who assisted O’Brien discover the Tide offense in the months following Jones’ last season with Alabama.

With O’Brien headed back to the NFL, Saban will be trying to find his 6th various offending organizer in the previous 8 seasons. The previous 5 — Steve Sarkisian, Mike Locksley, Brian Daboll, Lane Kiffin and O’Brien — are all now either NFL head coaches or offending planners or Power 5 head coaches.

Saban likewise is looking for a protective organizer after Pete Golding left for the exact same position at Ole Miss previously this month. The last time Saban generated 2 brand-new planners in the exact same year wanted the Crimson Tide’s 2017 championship game season.

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