According to a report on ESPN.com by NFL insider Chris Mortensen, Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans are currently working on a deal to make him the next coach in Houston. It was reported earlier this week that O’Brien had agreed to interview with the Texans after the Christmas holiday.
According to Mortensen’s report, OBrien met with Houston officials at his home in Cape Cod earlier this week.
O’Brien has been a hot coaching name among NFL teams ever since he took over at Penn State and led the Nittany Lions to an eight-win season last year amidst difficult circumstances. O’Brien reportedly turned down offers after last season and chose to remain in Happy Valley after bringing in several top recruits, including quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
Shortly after this past season, which saw O’Brien led Penn State to seven win, the talk surrounding the head coach’s future plans heated it. Houston and the Minnesota Vikings were among the teams who showed early interest in Penn State’s front man.
After spending time in different assistant coach roles at Brown, Georgia Tech, Duke and Maryland, O’Brien spent time as an offensive coach under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots from 2007-2012. In two years with the Nittany Lions, he’s gained the reputation of being a great quarterback coach. Under his guidance, former walk-on Matt McGloin was the top passer in the Big Ten in 2012. This season, Hackenberg had a great year and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
O’Brien’s offense that he installed at Penn State is a features a pro-style passing attack that will transfer well to the NFL.
Of course, this is an ongoing situation. Check back with VBR for the latest Penn State and Bill O’Brien news.
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