The news about the future plans of Penn Sate head coach Bill O’Brien continues to fly in. The latest is a report from NFL.com that states the Houston Texans have arranged an interview with O’Brien. NFL insider Ian Rapoport made the report on NFL Network’s “Around the League Live” on Thursday. Since the end of the season, O’Brien’s name has been mentioned as one of the top coaching candidates for several of the expected NFL openings.
A report nearly two weeks ago noted that Houston had already contacted O’Brien about the head coaching vacancy. News broke earlier in the week that O’Brien’s buyout to leave Penn State for another job has been lowered.
Though O’Brien has yet to comment on his future, it’s no secret that the Nittany Lions’ head coach has drawn the interest of several NFL teams. After leading Penn State to an eight-win season a year ago, O’Brien was rumored to be close to taking the then-vacant job with the Philadelphia Eagles.
O’Brien has an impressive resume that includes experience as an assistant coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. His NFL experience came when he was an offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick, one of the top coaches in the league, with the New England Patriots. Of course, O’Brien now has two full seasons of successful head coaching experience to add to his resume.
In two seasons at Penn State, O’Brien has overcome difficult circumstances to guide the Nittany Lions to 15 wins. He’s also shown an ability to recruit top talent and develop quarterbacks. Former walk-on Matt McGloin and true freshman Christian Hackenberg were both successful in their first seasons under O’Brien.
According to the latest report, the interview is scheduled for sometime after Christmas, and may have already taken place. Rapport stated that former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is also high on the Texans list and has already interviewed for the opening.
The fact that O’Brien is interviewing doesn’t mean anything yet, but it does suggest that there’s interest on both sides. This is obviously a continuing story, so check back with VBR for the latest news on O’Brien’s decision.
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