It was announced that former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was signed on as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the New England Patriots last week. After a 8-9 season and one of the worst offensive showings as a team, this was a step in the right direction.
O’Brien was apart of the New England staff before during the Brady years. He spent five seasons with the Pats and contributed to division titles and conference championships.
“I am looking forward to working with Bill again,” said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. “He is an outstanding coach and an asset to our staff.”
This past season, O’Brien was up in Alabama as the offensive coordinator. And now it makes sense for the Patriots to sign him. The Matt Patricia and Joe Judge duo wasn’t working, both coaches are defensive minded. O’Brien on the other hand knows how to call the right plays, form the right personnel, and put points on the board.
Mac Jones was without much help this past season. And it didn’t help that the fast start Zappe Bailey had as a backup made it worse. However, the play calling wasn’t the only reason the Patriots struggled offensively. But this is a step into a good direction.
The Patriots still lack a good offensive line and good receivers. It’s still unclear how much say O’Brien has in drafting guys and trade talks. Nonetheless, this was the right move.