Here’s “primary target” for offensive coordinator

It’s looking more and more like Bill O’Brien will be the next offensive coordinator for the Patriots.

O’Brien was launched as the likely successor to Matt Patricia before New England’s season even ended. And while some reports have cast some doubt on the possibility of O’Brien leaving Alabama to rejoin the Patriots, he has remained the heavy favorite to lead the Patriots’ offense in 2023.

On Monday afternoon, NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran offered perhaps the most definitive report to date linking O’Brien to the Patriots. He also broke down some potential roadblocks, indicating that Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft are on the same page.

Here’s an excerpt:

The primary target is former Patriots OC, former Penn State and Texans head coach, former Alabama OC Bill O’Brien. There is unanimity on all sides that O’Brien is the best person for the job and – while there are other meritorious candidates – the familiarity that ownership and Mac Jones have with O’Brien and O’Brien’s willingness to return means that it would be upset. if he doesn’t get the job.

A tender aspect of O’Brien’s return is what happens to Judge and Patricia. Are they still part of the offensive coaching staff? How will they provoke with O’Brien if they aren’t reassigned to new roles? O’Brien coached along with Patricia during his time here. He definitely has a relationship with Judge. There is bound to be some friendship, so it will have to be handled diplomatically so that there are no hard feelings.

Don’t be surprised if things get really hot on the Patriots-O’Brien front in the next few days.

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