Discussion: Who Should be the Next Patriots Offensive Coordinator?

Derek Havens
January 06, 2012 at 01:30pm ET

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Last night ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien had agreed to become the coach at Penn State.

The official announcement will be soon, but the Pats offensive mind will be on the move. O’Brien is in the last year of his contract as New England’s offensive coordinator and was believed to be in Pennsylvania interviewing for the position on Thursday.

This does mean the Patriots will be looking for someone new to fill the position. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the possibility of Andy Reid coming to the Pats if he was fired in Philadelphia, but this was pure speculation on my part; although there are several possibilities.

Starting with Patriots offensive assistant Brian Ferentz, who could definitely in the mix. While Ferentz could be an option, he is probably a few years away from an ideal choice and thus would not likely be named coordinator right away. Nevertheless, he should be considered for the position.

I have seen Josh McDaniels name brought up, and while that is a legitimate candidate, he is still under contract with the St. Louis Rams. So Patriots fans should keep an eye on St. Louis. If Jeff Fisher is hired as the new Head Coach, which many think it will, a Josh McDaniels return is favorable.

Pat Hill, former Fresno State Head Coach, is currently unemployed and a close friend of Bill Belichick. Hill could be someone to keep an eye on in the coming weeks. Hill could be a valuable asset for New England’s coaching staff.

While there are many possible scenarios, I am curious to see how the situation plays out. Good news for Patriots fans, however, O’Brien will remain the offensive coordinator through the playoffs.

Who would you like to see fill the Patriots offensive coordinator position? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

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