Ohio State football fans aren't in love with Bill O'Brien hire

There has been a lot of mixed reaction by Ohio State football fans and others to the Buckeyes hire of Bill O'Brien as offensive coordinator.
Dec 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill
Dec 17, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State football has made a lot of flashy moves this offseason in the transfer portal, as well as keeping some of their high-profile players from declaring for the NFL draft.

But few expected the move made by Ryan Day on Thursday as the Ohio State football head coach is giving up play-calling duties for Bill O'Brien, previously of the New England Patriots. O'Brien was also the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions and Houston Texans.

O'Brien spent last season in New England, which was a disaster. Before that, O'Brien was the offensive coordinator at Alabama where he coached Bryce Young. There have been some good moments in O'Brien's career such as the early days with DeShaun Watson, but there has been plenty of bad too. He's actually the only offensive coordinator in New England not to win a Super Bowl with Tom Brady. Alabama football fans also weren't bothered at all when he left the team last offseason.

In terms of Buckeye fans, the reaction was tepid to say the least.

There's a mix of media reactions, but some in the media didn't approve of the move at all such as Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports.

Of course, the message boards didn't approve either as the X account Message Board Geniuses pointed out with some takes from Ohio State football fans who clearly think this is a mistake.

Ryan Day was supposed to be an offensive guru. I thought that's why he was hired in the first place, so turning over the offense to Bill O'Brien is interesting. Maybe O'Brien will actually run the football because that was something Day couldn't be trusted to do. It seems like he's getting desperate and this will either be an incredible success or a miserable failure.


It doesn't seem like there will be any middle ground, just like people either love the hire or hate it.