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Bill O’Brien: Patriots’ offense is focused on moving forward, fresh start, clean slate

Mike Florio and Chris Simms break down how much Bill O’Brien will be able to turn the Patriots offense around next season with Mac Jones.

The 2022 season was ugly for the Patriots’ offense. Bill O’Brien has been hired so the Patriots can put that ugliness behind them.

O’Brien, who is beginning his second stint as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, told reporters today that the theme for the offense is “move forward,” according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

O’Brien said everyone has a “fresh start, a clean slate.”

When asked specifically about quarterback Mac Jones, O’Brien said they’ve just started working together and it would be crazy for him to pretend he knows what the offense is going to look like this season. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has declined to say even that Jones will be the starter over Bailey Zappe this year, although Jones has started every game he’s been healthy for in his two years in New England.

The Patriots surely need a fresh start after last season. If O’Brien can make that happen, he’ll have accomplished what he was brought in to do.