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Report: Patriots hire Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to run offense

Former Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien is returning to the NFL.

According to ESPN, the Alabama offensive coordinator is set to take the same job with the New England Patriots. O’Brien has been the Crimson Tide’s play-caller for the past two seasons after he was fired from the Texans in October of 2020.

This will be O’Brien’s second stint with the Patriots. He worked as an assistant with the team from 2007-11 and worked his way up from offensive analyst to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2011 before he went to be the head coach at Penn State.