Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is among those affiliated with the organization to support the hiring of Bill O’Brien as offensive coordinator.
Gronkowski actually had the best season of his career when O’Brien was the Patriots’ offensive coordinator in 2011. He recorded 90 receptions for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns. It was the season that put him on the map and also helped O’Brien’s coaching stock, as he left New England for Penn State the following season.
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gronkowski appeared up and adams show on wednesday and explained why O’Brien was the best person for the job.
“I love Bill O’Brien. I loved playing for him. I love the energy he brings to the table,” Gronkowski said. “…his football knowledge is through the roof, and I believe he is definitely going to restore the Patriots faithful on the offensive side of the ball.
“He’s going to put his players in the best position possible to play, and he’s going to come up with some creative ideas. And I think they’ll definitely do a lot as an offense under coach Bill O’Brien.” Going to improve. That’s what the Patriots had to get. They had to bring in Bill O’Brien. … I hope they paid head coach money for him, because they certainly had to.
“His football knowledge is through the roof… I think [the Patriots] There is definitely going to be a lot of improvement as an offense under Bill O’Brien.
— Up And Adams (@UpAndAdamsShow) January 25, 2023
It’s worth noting that tight ends were a big part of the Patriots offense when O’Brien was in town. That type of offense could be helpful to a Patriots team that is starting to rush the position.
Jonnu Smith struggled with the team, recording just 55 catches for 539 yards and one touchdown over two seasons with New England. Meanwhile, Hunter Henry had a successful 2021 campaign, but 2022 saw his numbers drop.