Report: Bill Belichick Had Concern With Notable Coaching Prospect
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When Josh McDaniels stepped down as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots to take on the Raiders' job,
Many fans speculated that the position would be quickly filled by Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien -
A former Bill Belichick disciple.
But apparently Belichick was reluctant to bring O'Brien back into the fold.
According to Albert Breuer of Sports Illustrated, Belichick was concerned that O'Brien would only be ready to stay for a year.
Before taking a head coaching job elsewhere.
"And the concern for Belichick, I'm told, may be just a one-year fix as a replacement for O'Brien McDaniels," Breuer wrote.
"And thus it was never a serious discussion with (Alabama coach Nick) Saban."
O'Brien was a Patriots assistant from 2007 to 2011, leaving New England in 2012 to become head coach at Penn State.
If anyone knows his tendencies, he is Belichick.
Bill O'Brien spent two years with the Nittany Lions before taking the Houston Texans head coaching job in 2014.
After leading the team from embarrassment to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, he went 15–9 in his two seasons, earning a reputation as a program rebuilder.
O'Brien found early success in Houston, winning five seasons in his first six years with four AFC South titles and two playoff victories.
But after being appointed general manager of the team in 2020,
O'Brien made several head-scratching decisions. He was fired when the team started 0-4.
O'Brien however got back on his feet by joining the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2021
and helped lead them to a historic season that saw quarterback Bryce Young win the Heisman Trophy.