Bill O’Brien has interviewed for the vacant offensive coordinator position with the New England Patriots where he is considered a top candidate.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the news that the interview happened on Thursday.

For the past 2 seasons, O’Brien has served as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator at Alabama. From 2007 to 2011, O’Brien was on Belichick’s staff with the New England Patriots.

Alabama with O’Brien calling plays finished with the nation’s No. 4 scoring offense, tied with Georgia at 41.1 points per game. The Tide also finished 11th in yards per game, averaging 477.2 yards per contest.

Speculation about O’Brien’s return to the NFL has persisted for weeks, as he’s been mentioned as a possible play-caller with the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.