By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New England Patriots have made it official. The team has hired Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator.
This has been speculated for some time since the end of the season. O’Brien returns to the Patriots with this move.
He previously was on Bill Belichick’s staff from 2007 through 2011. O’Brien was the Patriots offensive coordinator in 2011 before leaving to become the Penn State Nittany Lions head coach in 2012.
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O’Brien gives the Patriots a veteran voice to tutor quarterback Mac Jones. The young quarterback had a disaster season last season under the play calling of former head coach and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
The Patriots did not have an offensive coordinator last year. Patricia, who came back to the Patriots following a stint as the Detroit Lions head coach, called the majority of the plays last season.
Former New York Giants head coach Joe Judge also may have called some plays, too.
Jones got frustrated with the play calling and his play was not that good with Patricia and Judge calling the plays.
The 24-year-old regressed last year. Jones, the former Heisman Trophy candidate at Alabama before O’Brien at the school, appeared in 14 games.
He started all 14 games. Jones went 6-8 in those games.
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He went 288 of 442 for 2,997 yards. Jones had 14 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.
O’Brien hopes to improve Jones to be a regular 300-yard passer. He only achieved that twice last season.
Jones had 321 passing yards in a Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He had a season-high 382 yards in a Week 12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
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