The Patriots’ offensive coordinator search is over. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday morning that the team is hiring current Alabama offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien, and naming him offensive coordinator.
O’Brien is the first person to officially hold the OC title in New England since Josh McDaniels left last January. Matt Patricia called plays without the OC title this past season, and the Patriots’ offensive rank dropped from sixth in 2021 to 17th.
Throughout the process, O’Brien was considered to be and reported to be the favorite for the job. His past ties to New England, both in terms of coaching and growing up in Andover, Mass., highlighted those discussions.