As soon as the NFL regular season ends, it starts an open season on coaches. Teams who had disappointing years fire current coaches and start searching for the next person who could lead the franchise to the promised land. The Houston Texans fired former head coach Gary Kubiak weeks ago, giving themselves ample time to look for a replacement. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Texans are “closing in on a deal” with current Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien.
The news around Penn State and O’Brien has been swirling ever since the Nittany Lions ended their 2013 season with an upset-victory over the Wisconsin Badgers.
O’Brien was linked to several NFL jobs after his first year at Penn State and actually interviewed with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. However, the coach decided to be loyal to the school and his recruits and came back for his second season. Now, the talk of him leaving for the NFL seems to be more of a reality that it was last year.
It’s never been a secret that O’Brien ultimately wanted to land a head coaching job in the NFL. He spent time there as an assistant with the New England Patriots and has successfully ran an NFL-style offense during his two seasons with the Nittany Lions.
It was reported on Saturday that O’Brien and the Texans were close to reaching a deal. More news on Sunday revealed that Houston would have a new coach in place by Tuesday. O’Brien is thought to be at the top of the list for several teams, meaning that the Texans may want to act quickly if they want to land him.
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