Speculation continues to circulate on Bill O’Brien potentially returning to the New England Patriots.
The Patriots are starting the search for a new offensive coordinator after finishing the 2022 season 26th in total offense. They could turn to O’Brien, who spent the last two seasons at Alabama.
According to Tom E. Curran Of NBC Sports Boston, O’Brien is the team’s “primary target”.
“There is unanimity on all sides that O’Brien is the best person for the job,” Curren wrote.
New England posted a top-10 offense in each of O’Brien’s five seasons with the team from 2007–2011. However, Bill Belichick fans are tired of hiring former employees instead of fresh voices.
The question is whether the interest is mutual. Boston Sports JournalGreg Bedard said O’Brien is not “gung-ho” Because of some uncertainty about their responsibilities and autonomy regarding the job.
Unless the Pats also bring him back this offseason, O’Brien won’t have Tom Brady this time around. He would have to help develop Mac Jones, who earned 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his second season.