The New England Patriots have reunited with former head coach Bill O’Brien, hiring him as the team’s new offensive coordinator, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
O’Brien spent five seasons as the head coach of the Houston Texans before being fired during the 2020 season. He had a 52-48 record in his time with the Texans, leading the team to four playoff appearances and two division titles.
The Patriots had been searching for an offensive coordinator since Josh McDaniels left to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. O’Brien will now be reunited with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who he worked under as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2011.
O’Brien is a familiar face in New England, having been part of the Patriots’ staff for five seasons. During his time with the team, the Patriots won three Super Bowls and made four appearances in the AFC Championship game. He also worked closely with Tom Brady, who was the team’s starting quarterback during O’Brien’s tenure.
The Patriots are hoping that O’Brien can help the team get back to its winning ways after a disappointing 2020 season. O’Brien brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team and his familiarity with the Patriots’ system should help the team get back on track.
O’Brien’s hiring is a homecoming of sorts for the Patriots, who have seen many of their former coaches and players return to the team in recent years. O’Brien’s return should help the team continue to build on its successful past and hopefully lead to more championships in the future.