Bill O’Brien Returns To New England

January 24th, 2023

“On to the next one, Jason.”

Former Texans head coach and former Tom Brady offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien is no longer a candidate to run the Bucs offense. He’s headed back to New England.

This bums Joe out because not only is BOB a good coach, given his past dealings with Brady, Joe thought BOB would have been able to lure Brady back to the Bucs for 2023.

BOB was Joe’s first choice for offensive coordinator as a result. And it seems the Bucs at least at one time thought the same. The Bucs, if failed offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich left the team last year, reportedly had an agreement with BOB to come to Tampa offensive coordinator.

Welp. Have to move on. Has Jim Caldwell been contacted?

62 Responses to “Bill O’Brien Returns To New England”

  1. Ed Says:

    Eagles and Bengals are where you will find offensive coaches, those teams are very successful and running and throwing the ball. Grab some of their talent and make a deal that if they bring back a good offense to Tampa, then they will be rewarded with an HC job when Bowles is let go.

  2. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Todd Monken, please and thank you.

  3. DungyDance Says:

    Bummed about that as well, but not surprised. For a premier OC, lots of teams are on the upswing. We are not.

  4. Knucknbuc Says:

    I’m good time to get a young offensive mind then an old retread that was a decent nfl hc, flamed out then went to Albania with 95% better talent then the teams they faced. @joe why would you think Bowles is making this oc decision based on Brady? Bowels would be even dumber if he did that. Base his very important oc pick on a 45 year old free agent qb? Lol dumb.

  5. YucsBall Says:

    I’ll be fine with Monken. Not sure who else is a better option at this point.

  6. Ugotrobbed Says:

    Seems as though the organization is moving in slow motion (just like their offense was last year), with setting up some interviews! Puzzling, but we ARE talking Bucs here.

  7. Mord Says:

    Is anyone else feeling like the Bucs should have been interviewing some of the available people already?

  8. NEfan Says:

    But Bill, why not Tampa??? “F NO, with that LOSER HC! Do you think I want my legacy tarnished like Tom? No effing way!”

  9. Bucs56 Says:

    Brady touring private Miami school yesterday. He is going to miami if they want him and are willing to publicly give up on Tua for health. If not. See where his son jack goes next year. Ny and maybe jets possibility. Mass prep school and new england in play. But he is not moving too far from all the kids. Why tampa still has a shot.

  10. Cobraboy Says:


  11. zzbuc Says:


    I would love to have Monken back, but to be honest with you, why would he be in a team with so many free agents, no qb, and 60mm over the cap? He has better options out there for sure

  12. JN Says:

    wont matter… remember who the head coach is?

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Mord Says:
    January 24th, 2023 at 9:51 am
    Is anyone else feeling like the Bucs should have been interviewing some of the available people already?”

    I’m guessing they are targeting a coach on a playoff team.

  14. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Glazers are moving as fast as they could to grab on OC but with Bowles as HC, all candidates are kind of hesitant. Fire Bowles and all of them wants to go here.

  15. gbobucsfan Says:

    No name young OC on line 1.

  16. Jack Clark Says:

    Todd Bowels need to man up and fix the offense. Why was he given the head coaching job if he can’t do that??? If all that scaredy cat wants to do is fix the defense then he needs to go back to being a defensive coordinator somewhere else

    -Frustrated Bucs Fan

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    The fastest way to a HC job is the OC on a team with the HC on the hot seat.

    Ask Dirk Koetter.

  18. SKBucsFan Says:

    We don’t need a old OC who still believes in the power of the ol Statue of Liberty play.

  19. Jack Clark Says:

    And why do you guys like Todd Monken so much???? Let me guess, you give him the credit for running Dirk Koetter’s offense but predictably you people refuse to give super bowl winning offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich credit for running Bruce Arians offense. What Top 10 offenses has Todd Monken led without Dirk Koetter? None??? 😂 Of course not, you people’s obvious bias is sickening

  20. KC Buc Says:

    How quickly we will go back to the days of getting the last picks of the litter….I feel like we aren’t getting any top desired candidates unless there’s some unofficial handshake deal that Todd will be HC for at least the next 2 years. Otherwise we will get desperate washed-up has-beens or a high risk high reward unknown young coach. Though to be fair, that risky young coach approach could be the best way to find the next great offensive mind…

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    Cobraboy … ‘The fastest way to a HC job is the OC on a team with the HC on the hot seat.’

    Thank you Cobra; agree totally. And yes, Todd Bowles is definitely on the hot seat. Glazers have shown repeatedly that they have about a 2-year patience window.

    And BTW, Bill Belicheck is 70 years old. Bill O’Brien just became the HC-in-waiting. And no, New England isn’t better than the Bucs. They have many of the same issues. Including that BOTH finished the season with an 8-9 record.

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    Still wondering though what young, up-and-coming top OC will be willing to leave his current post for the SAME JOB with the Bucs. If we want to ‘go young’, we’ll have to take a chance.

  23. ocala Says:

    I can not imagine a top tier OC candidate would go to the Bucs knowing that the head coach will most likely be fired after next year.

  24. Goatfarmer Says:

    I say Monken….then I remember…..the Bowels of Toad.

    His team will remind you of the Lovie Smith Buccaneers of 2014, only with better players. The next Bucs OC will be like the last ugly fat girl at the bar at closing time. A move of desperation.

  25. NEfan Says:

    DR, no better than the Bucs? Did Bucs play Bill’s twice, Miami twice, Jets twice not exactly the same division talent. The D was far better than the Bucs. O about the same except they have no name receivers and a great running game.

  26. Costa Rica John Says:

    It won’t matter who is the offensive coordinator if the players give the same effort next season.

  27. gbobucsfan Says:

    Why in the world would Monken leave his current situation for Tampa? He has the shiniest and nicest toys, year after year, in GA. Not happening.

  28. YucsBall Says:

    gbobucsfan Says:
    January 24th, 2023 at 10:43 am
    Why in the world would Monken leave his current situation for Tampa? He has the shiniest and nicest toys, year after year, in GA. Not happening.

    They pay more in the NFL dummy

  29. NEfan Says:

    Costa Rica@ EXACTLY!!!

  30. Allbuccedup Says:

    Doesn’t matter you need a QB for a decent offense we don’t have one.

  31. Rand Says:

    I don’t blame O’Brien for going back to NE. Whether people agree or not the Bucs are in rebuild mode.

  32. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Wes Welker

  33. Rand Says:

    Prime Time

  34. ElioT Says:

    You mean he didn’t want to work for a lame duck HC on a team with the worst cap situation in the NFL? – shocker.

  35. ElioT Says:


    Todd Monken makes $2.01M/year at UGA which is ~$1M more than the NFL average.


  36. doug Says:

    brian johnson from the eagles

  37. Bucs56 Says:

    Obrien wanted to go back to New england.. His family staid in Houston for medical reasons for his son. Believe they love Boston hospitals and he wants to be there. And the owners like him. Bucs needed to get Obrien last year if they wanted him.

    Monken only makes sense if they want Mayfield

  38. sasquatch Says:


  39. BuxfaninTX Says:

    Brian Johnson from AC/DC 🤣

    What about Joe Brady?

  40. Bucfan Says:

    With Bowles returning, really does not matter who the O/C is. They will be lucky to win 6 games next year!

  41. geno711 Says:

    NE looks like a bad team for years to come. Not sure why O’Brien went there unless he was promised the head coaching job in a couple of years. Very few teams would do that though.

    What is NE record since Brady left? Under 500.

    Some idiots want to look at last year only. Well New England has resembled wads since Brady left. No way O’Brien makes them good next year.

  42. ClwJB Says:

    I like Jim Caldwell, proven NFL winner at Indy and had a winning record with Detroit

    Bowles replacement in house….or maybe let’s him really just focus on the D with a competent OC in place

  43. geno711 Says:

    Wads definition:

    A lump or bundle of a soft material, used for padding, stuffing, or wiping!

  44. Patrickbucs Says:

    AFC East was way, way overrated. Bucs we bad this year, so we’re the Patriots.

  45. Tony Says:

    Cartman Beavis or Butthead for OC. They’d do better.

  46. Bucs since 76 Says:

    The only way Monken comes is that he feels it would be a stepping stone to an head coaching job in the NFL. However, he must be assured that Bowles won’t handcuff him.

  47. Tye Says:

    Mord Says:
    “Is anyone else feeling like the Bucs should have been interviewing some of the available people already?”

    Maybe they have been calling around since Leftwich firing and EVERYONE keeps declining because NONE wants to work for Bowles… He WON’T last past next season!

    I can see the Bucs FORCED to promote someone to OC from their staff!

  48. Dooley Says:

    LMAO the Monken request to join this team are hilarious it’s almost like some of you weren’t Bucs fans from 2016-18 and/or are afflicted w/a recency bias and totally forgot Monken calling plays, DK taking command of play calling away, sucking at it then giving it back to Monken right before they both got canned in 2018. BA came in, took mostly the same personnel and set franchise records even with a QB that threw 30 INTs. Monken joins one of the most talented collegiate teams in all the NCAA and now all of a sudden has a football savant that Bucs fans want back in the building? Our run game was crap for all of Koetter-Monkens’ tenure as well.

  49. BrianBucs Says:

    Let’s face it – the Bucs are not exactly an attractive destination for an established or experienced OC right now.
    Bucs may have to promote from within

  50. NEfan Says:

    Bucs record since Bowles under 500 and dropping.

  51. Hodad Says:

    Brian Johnson Eagles QB coach, he’s done a good job with Hurts. At 35 years old he’s a rising star. What makes him a good fit is he was Trask’s QB coach at Fl from 18, to 19, and was Trask’s O.C. his senior year in 2020 when Trask had his great season.

  52. Mark2001 Says:

    Just another brick in the wall.

  53. Mark2001 Says:

    Why would he have come here? To stake his future with the marble statue? At best dome college coach coordinator or promoted position coach. Todd is over his head…Byron was…why not another over their head coach?

  54. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOL, Did anyone REALLY believe Bill O’Brien was gonna come to Tampa ?
    For one thing, Bowles is not the most secure coach, one more bad year and he is gone.
    Plus, honestly, we are not that good a team anymore, even WITH Tom Brady. Just imagine what next year is gonna be like w/o Tom Brady.
    Frank Reich in my opinion would be a good choice, because he may be desperate enough to come here.

  55. unbelievable Says:

    The Eagles QB coach is the guy who made Trask successful in college right?

    So if we’re rolling with Trask… hire him to be our new OC. I mean look what he’s done with Hurts at the pro level…

  56. Glenn Williams Says:


  57. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Bucs are radioactive thanks to Bowles already being on the hot seat. Glazers should force a decision from Brady. If Brady leaves then have a fire sale starting with the coaching staff and start fresh with a quality offensive minded HC. Bowles leading this team is a waste of time and talent. Also, why hasn’t the special team coach been fired yet?

  58. NEfan Says:

    Pels, unlike last season when Glazers held Brady hostage, Brady holds the cards now. The only leverage Glazers have is to let him go, as hard as Bowesl has tried to kill Brady’s rep, he still puts fans in the seats. It’s all about the Benjamin’s

  59. mg Says:

    The return of the “Tea Pot”.
    The man can steam.

  60. Frank Pillow Says:

    It’s Jim Bob Cooter time…you know it to be true.

  61. McBucky Says:

    No vision.
    No swagger.
    No aggression.
    These were and are the Bucs.
    The Arians to Bowles experiment is a total failure. A bust for the ages.
    Unless the Bucs get a solid head coach with vision, you can kiss next year goodbye.

  62. Gamblers Anonymous Says:

    Jack Clark he has actually ran one of the best offenses in all of football and won two National champions at UGA. That said, Tampa is about to be dumpster fire for a few years. No way he would take less money for lateral move to an NFL team full of coaches that will all be gone in 2-3 years if not less.