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Mac Jones is reportedly ‘very’ excited to work with Bill O’Brien

O'Brien has reportedly agreed to return to New England.

Mac Jones
Mac Jones warming up prior to a Patriots game in Jan. 2023. AP Photo/Joshua Bessex

The Celtics lost to the Magic 113-98 on Monday, snapping the team’s nine game winning streak. Boston will play again tonight, facing the Heat in Miami at 7:30 p.m.

The Bruins will also be in action tonight for a matchup with the Canadiens in Montreal at 7 p.m.

And the Patriots made news on Tuesday with the reported hiring of Bill O’Brien as the team’s new offensive coordinator.

Mac Jones and Bill O’Brien: The Patriots’ reported decision to bring back former Alabama assistant Bill O’Brien to be the team’s new offensive coordinator already seems to be meeting with approval.

According to MassLive Patriots reporter Mark Daniels, a “source close to [Mac] Jones” said that the New England quarterback is “very” excited about the prospect of working with O’Brien.

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Jones has said in the past that he’s a fan of “tough coaching,” a trait which O’Brien has never lacked.

“Another source close to the Patriots quarterback told MassLive that Jones ‘is looking forward to working with coach O’Brien,'” wrote Daniels.

The two briefly overlapped at Alabama (where O’Brien coached for the last two seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator). O’Brien credited Jones for helping him learn the college powerhouse’s playbook, which occurred prior to Jones being selected in the 2021 Draft by the Patriots..

Trivia: Bill O’Brien took over as Texans coach in 2014 and led the team to a 9-7 record. Who was his primary quarterback that season in Houston (he started 12 games).

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He played for nine different NFL teams during his career.

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Mikaela Shiffrin makes history: Shiffrin won her 83rd career World Cup race at the Kronplatz giant slalom event on Tuesday in Italy. Shiffrin passed fellow American Lindsey Vonn in the process, making her the most successful women’s skier in World Cup history. Next up is the all-gender record, held by former men’s racer Ingemar Stenmark (86 wins).

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On this day: In 1937, the Bruins tied the New York Americans 6-6 in a thriller at the Boston Garden.

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The game began slowly, with neither team scoring in the first period. In the second, New York stormed to a 4-0 lead in what appeared to be an unassailable margin.

Yet the Bruins put together an incredible rally in the third, scoring six goals, including the tying goal via Hall of Famer Hooley Smith with 12 seconds left in regulation.

1937 Bruins

Daily highlight: Kylian Mbappe became the first player in PSG history to score five goals in a competitive game, helping the French team to a 7-0 win over Pays de Cassel in the Coupe de France round of 32 on Monday.

Trivia answer: Ryan Fitzpatrick

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