New England Patriots: Bill O'Brien Named Offensive Coordinator

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 11, 2011

The New England Patriots have named Bill O'Brien the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Friday. 

O'Brien has been the team's offensive play-caller for the past two years after Josh McDaniels left for Denver. Despite having a rough 2009 season, in which many questioned his play-calling, this past year's offense was stellar.

In 2009, the Patriots averaged a total of 397.3 yards per game, good enough for third overall; however, they only put up an average of 26.7 points. During the offseason, many criticized O'Brien and his play-calling as predictable or just not good enough. 

After the team's mediocre offense in '09, it was the league's best in 2010. 

New England averaged 32.4 points per game and scored at least 30 points in the each of the last eight games of the regular season. 

As expected, O'Brien was promoted to full-time duties of the offensive coordinator.

In other coaching news, Matt Patricia has been named safeties coach, Patrick Graham was named linebackers coach and Brian Flores will serve as a defensive assistant. 

NOTE: This article was first seen at PatriotsPlus.net.

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