Alabama Football Play Caller left after two years and returned to the NFL

The New England Patriots are hiring Bill O’Brien to be the franchise’s offensive coordinator, according to a report by Adam Schefter and Chris Low on Monday morning. Alabama’s two-year offensive coordinator gets an opportunity to work with the former Crimson Tide quarterback MacJones and support a struggling offense and franchise that missed the playoffs this season.

O’Brien, 53, was the Patriots’ offensive coordinator under head coach Bill Belichick from 2007 to 2011. Penn State hired O’Brien as the head coach of the Nittany Lions, where he remained from 2012 to 2013 before returning to the NFL with the Houston Texans (2014 to 2020) as head coach for the first time.

O’Brien has been the Patriots’ “primary target” for weeks. according to a report by NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran. New England published a transparent statement last week It detailed the upcoming search and a schedule for interviewing candidates, but did not identify potential targets.

O’Brien, who is leaving for the NFL, is leaving Saban with two vacant coordinator positions Peter Golding was was announced as the new defensive coordinator at Ole Miss last week. Current Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby was mentioned to be a potential frontrunner for Alabama left for its opening with O’Brien.

Since the end of the NFL regular season, almost all of the smoke surrounding O’Brien’s potential move has revolved around the Patriots and his relationship with Belichick. O’Brien has been tied to several other positions in the NFL, but New England seems to be the franchise with its sights Set on Alabama’s game caller.

O’Brien has spent the last two seasons with the Crimson Tide helping Bryce Young win the Heisman during the 2021 campaign. Before Alabama defeated Kansas in the Sugar Bowl O’Brien said he had no contact with the Patriots since He visited New England in the spring of last year.

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“It’s kind of a season where things come up and things come up,” O’Brien said at the time. “I haven’t spoken to anyone in New England since probably last April, when I stopped by and saw these guys when I was up there. I wish them all the best for their final games, as many games they have left, but we are very focused on the game and focused on coaching this team to the best of our ability.”