Even before Josh McDaniels was officially hired as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, Bill O’Brien was already being floated as a logical successor as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator. After all, O’Brien already has experience working in New England – he stepped into the job the first time McDaniels left to be the head coach of the Denver Broncos back in 2009. However, there’s one key fact stopping O’Brien from boarding a place to Boston as soon as McDaniels’ hire was announced.
He already has a job.
After getting fired as the head coach of the Houston Texans during the 2020 season, O’Brien took a job working for Nick Saban as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. In his first year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s averaged 40 points per game and first-year starting quarterback Bryce Young won the Heisman Trophy.
Now, O’Brien’s experience at Alabama is actually part of what makes him an attractive candidate for the Patriots. He already has a working relationship with quarterback Mac Jones. Although their time together was brief and O’Brien never officially coached jones, Jones reporteldy helped teach O’Brien the Alabama playbook after he took the job in the spring of 2021. O’Brien would also be able to add more modern college concepts to the Patriots offense.
However, for all of that to happen, O’Brien has to want to leave Alabama. Speaking to the media on National Signing Day on Wednesday, Saban was asked if he believes O’Brien will take that jump.
A look at the Patriots' options to potentially replace Josh McDaniels
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