Patriots Bring Back Bill O'Brien as OC
NFL Conference Championship - In a move that pretty much everybody expected, the Patriots will bring back former offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to fill that role once more. O'Brien was offensive coordinator in New England from 2009-2011 although he didn't officially have the title until 2011. Then he left for head coaching jobs with Penn State and then the Houston Texans before spending the last couple seasons as offensive coordinator for Alabama.
As you might imagine, O'Brien's past results differ based on whether he had Tom Brady as his quarterback or not. The Patriots ranked in the top three for offensive DVOA in each year from 2009 through 2011. O'Brien's Houston teams ranked anywhere from 30th (2016) to 13th (2020) in offensive DVOA, but he didn't exactly have the best quarterbacks except during the period where he had Deshaun Watson healthy.
No matter what, this has to be seen as a positive for the Patriots to have an actual offensive coordinator instead of a defensive coach moonlighting. One assumes Matt Patricia will be reassigned elsewhere in the organization.