Is Bill O’Brien the right choice for the Patriots offensive coordinator job?



The former assistant is now back in New England to lead the offense.

Former assistant Bill O’Brien is expected to return to the Patriots as the next offensive coordinator. Globe staff photo/Jim Davis

On Tuesday morning, Bill O’Brien was hired as the Patriots’ next offensive coordinator, replacing two assistant coaches, Matt Patricia and Joe Judge, who were never officially named to the position.

The news comes after weeks of interviews with potential candidates, including current New England coach Nick Caley and Arizona wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.

The team was searching for a new offensive director after struggling through its first season without Josh McDaniels as coordinator since 2011.

O’Brien, who was the team’s offensive assistant from 2007 to 2010 and the team’s offensive coordinator in 2011, officially interviewed on Jan. 19.

After his time in New England, O’Brien served briefly as the head coach at Penn State and then as the head coach of the Houston Texans.

O’Brien won four AFC South titles in Houston but was released in 2020. He spent the last two years as the offensive coordinator at Alabama, where he worked with Mack Jones as the quarterback last season.

The question now is, can O’Brien unlock Jones’ potential? The Patriots finished with the 17th best offense last year, after Jones finished sixth the year before as a rookie.

Can O’Brien turn things around for the Patriots, or should Belichick go to someone else for the job? Share your thoughts below.

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