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Bill O’Brien to the New England Patriots is becoming a real possibility

Bill O'Brien on the sideline for Alabama versus Florida in 2021
Kim Klement - USA Today Sports

Bill O’Brien to the New England Patriots is becoming a real possibility.

Reports have surfaced on the Las Vegas Raiders finalizing the deal to make Josh McDaniels its new head coach.

As the Patriot Way heads to Sin City, reporters such as ESPN’s Adam Schefter have linked O’Brien to New England.

RELATED: Could Bill O’Brien be heading back to New England with Bill Belichick?

He served under Belichick as an offensive assistant from 2007 to 2011. O’Brien coached wide receivers, quarterbacks and served as offensive coordinator at the time. He implemented the double tight end set (12 personnel) with the Patriots, and it allowed Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to flourish. If it hires O’Brien, the Patriots may see good production from Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.

Coaches that worked under Nick Saban at Alabama for a year or two get hired for new jobs quickly. O’Brien did some good things in 2021 with what he had as the Crimson Tide’s offensive play-caller. His return to the National Football League is looking highly possible.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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