New England Patriots: Why Patriots Won't Miss Bill O'Brien in the Future

MichaelContributor IIFebruary 1, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback coach Bill O'Brien (C) talks to (L-R) Brian Hoyer #8, head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots in the third quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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For the past decade, the New England Patriots have been offensive juggernauts.

Posting record after record, claiming three Super Bowl victories in four years and becoming one of the most dominant franchises around the league, the Patriots can certainly share the credit around the locker room.

From their recent success this decade, teams, players and fans around the NFL have learned to cheer New England.

The key players keep getting older, Tom Brady, the offensive line, Wes Welker, etc., yet New England is in contention year after year. How is that?

Is it the offensive coordinators New England has had that are the keys to their offensive success?

The answer is simply no.

For the past ten seasons, New England has employed three different offensive coordinators, Charlie Weis, Josh McDaniels and Bill O'Brien.

Once Charlie Weis hit the road to claim his spoils, the offense of New England seemed to be in question.

Then came Josh McDaniels.

Throughout the McDaniels era, Brady put up record-setting statistics, and New England continued to put fear in the eyes of the NFL.

But, yet again, the success allowed opportunities for this offensive-minded wizard, and before the city of Foxborough knew it, he was gone.

Brady continued to get older and, with his grotesque knee injury in 2008, the future of the offense seemed to be fading into mediocrity.

Now, Bill O'Brien has been in charge of the offense for a few years and the Patriots seem to be progressing rather than regressing.

Clearly, the success comes from the offensive players and most importantly Tom Brady.

Every play fans can hear Brady audible at the line of scrimmage, changing the play due to the defensive alignment.

Tom Brady is the one who calls the shots on the field. There have been three coordinators in Brady's time as a Patriot and his game play has always been the highest in the league.

No matter who takes charge of the offense, as long as Brady is at the helm, New England will be lethal.

Coach Belichick knows how to prepare and those preparation skills have rubbed off on Brady.

Bill O'Brien went on to bigger and better things. He will try to resurrect a horrific situation at Penn State and become a respected college coach.

But, as I said before, as long as Tom Brady is leading New England's offense down the field, it doesn't matter who the offensive coordinator is.

We all know who it really is.