Bill O’Brien has been the OC and QBs coach for Nick Saban’s Alabama program each of the past two seasons. Now, O’Brien could be looking at a return to the NFL following the conclusion of the 2022 season.

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, O’Brien is a “strong option” to return to the New England Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick. Frustrations about the Patriots’ offense under play-caller Matt Patricia and QBs coach Joe Judge has been evident all season, so it is likely Belichick makes a move in the offseason.

O’Brien coached Alabama’s offense to an SEC Championship and CFP national championship appearance in the 2021 season as Bryce Young captured the Heisman Trophy. The 2022 season did not go as well for the Crimson Tide, and it would not be surprising to see O’Brien depart or Saban decide to make a move in the offseason.

Prior to joining the Alabama staff, O’Brien was the head coach of the Houston Texans from 2014 until a midseason firing in 2020. He coached Penn State from 2012-13, helping guide the Nittany Lions into the post-Joe Paterno era.