Bill O’Brien back with Patriots as Tom Brady speculation percolates

Bill O’Brien back with Patriots as Tom Brady speculation percolates

Invoice O’Brien is returning to the Northeast.

The previous Patriots assistant coach has been named New England’s offensive coordinator, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Low reported Tuesday. O’Brien, who most just lately served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, will work with former Crimson Tide signal-caller Mac Jones, who sputtered this season below the Patriots’ senior soccer advisor, Matt Patricia.

O’Brien beforehand served because the Patriots’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2011, when he labored with the crew’s then-quarterback, Tom Brady. O’Brien’s final NFL cease was with the Houston Texans, the place he was the top coach for six-and-a-half seasons earlier than his ouster in October 2020.

Invoice O’Brien earlier than Alabama’s Cotton Bowl recreation on Dec. 31, 2021.Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures

Invoice O’Brien, previously the Texans coach, shakes arms with Invoice Belichick after a 2017 preseason recreation.Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures

With hypothesis about O’Brien’s New England homecoming mounting for months previous to his official return, rumors started swirling {that a} sure Tremendous Bowl champ — who has 20 years value of historical past with the Patriots — “has an curiosity” in his former coordinator.

Throughout an look final week on 98.5 The Sports activities Hub, The Boston Globe’s Chris Gasper floated the concept wherever O’Brien landed, Brady — an impending free agent — may probably comply with.

“It looks like Brady actually has an curiosity in Invoice O’Brien as somebody that makes it simpler for him,” Gasper mentioned, based on “(The Buccaneers) had been sniffing round Invoice O’Brien as a result of they thought it could give him a greater likelihood with Brady. I feel these groups suppose in the event that they get Invoice O’Brien, possibly they’ll get Brady, too. That it ups their probabilities.”

Invoice O’Brien and Tom Brady in 2019.Getty Pictures

The 45-year-old Brady spent the previous three seasons in Tampa Bay following 20 years with the Patriots, with whom he received six Tremendous Bowls. The 2022 season was marred with skilled and private pitfalls for Brady, who was not solely eradicated within the wild-card spherical of the playoffs however noticed his 13-year marriage to Gisele Bündchen finish in October.

Although groups such because the Las Vegas Raiders and Tennessee Titans have been rumored to be within the combine for Brady’s companies if he decides to go away the Buccaneers, the seven-time world champion mentioned Monday on his SiriusXM podcast, “Let’s Go!” that he has not made a concrete choice about his subsequent steps.

“If I knew what I used to be going to f–king do, I’d have already f–king executed it,” Brady informed host Jim Grey. “I’m taking it a day at a time.”

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