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Penn State coach Bill O’Brien agees to interview with Houston Texans

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Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien is taking the first step to evaluating his options for 2014.

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rappaport, O’Brien has agreed to interview with the Texans about the vacant head coaching position. Not surprisingly, O’Brien is being considered one of the top candidates for the job.

The O’Brien-to-NFL theme seems to be picking up steam every day with a number of NFL coaching jobs now available, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk does not seem to think it is an automatic given that he leaves Penn State. O’Brien has the mentality needed by an NFL coach and he has the experience to make the move after two years as a head coach of a notable program through unprecedented sanctions. If he can handle the situation he has dealt with in State College, whatever challenges that would await in the NFL would likely seem like nothing by comparison.

The buyout clause is certainly not the deterring factor it may have once been, and O’Brien has certainly earned an opportunity to explore all of his options. O’Brien has said before that the highest level of the profession of a football coach is in the NFL, and his statements have hinted that it would be something he would be interested in pursuing.

Does he leave Penn State now? Who knows. It is not likely O’Brien will leave Penn State for just any job in the NFL, but the Houston job is an interesting fit with a young quarterback in Case Keenum on the roster (if O’Brien can make Matt McGloin an NFL starter, what could he do with Keenum?) and a team that should be ready to make a quick turnaround in 2014 after a disappointing 2013 season.

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11 Responses to “Penn State coach Bill O’Brien agees to interview with Houston Texans”
  1. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 26, 2013 8:02 PM

    If he wants to coach in the NFL, then good for him and he should do it. He can’t keep interviewing for NFL jobs for two years and have any credibility telling a recruit he will be there in four years. He needs to stay or make a move aad stop keeping PSU in limbo for his and everyone elses sake.

  2. remyje says: Dec 26, 2013 8:14 PM

    Don’t care about Penn State at all but this guy is a hypocrite… But hey it sounded good at the time

  3. jimbo75025 says: Dec 26, 2013 8:34 PM

    I am far from a PSU fan and certainly respect a coaches right to do what is best for he and his family, but this guy really needs to pee or get off the pot.

    The doublespeak some of these coaches do never ceases to amaze me. Deny deny deny until a dead period and you can no longer talk to recruits (after probably leading them to believe you were staying) and then decide to accept an interview that was talked about weeks ago.

    While no doubt the situation at PSU was bad, I am not truly sold on this guy-still an average record in a very down Big 10 and displayed some very poor clock management.

  4. eidolon21 says: Dec 26, 2013 8:46 PM

    this guy said big ben wanted to be traded
    Ben said “BS”
    I dont see any quotes
    from OB More BS

  5. lbijake says: Dec 26, 2013 8:57 PM

    This could be a win-win situation. OB polished the resume to get a NFL job. Penn State had a coach to get them through the worst times and OB did. He would leave with Penn State on the upswing. Penn State picks up $6 plus million and surely has the recruits, fan base, money and facilities to get a top flight coach who would be in it for the long haul.

    As the saying goes, when life hands you lemons make lemon ade and find someone who was handed potatoes and made Vodka.

  6. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 26, 2013 10:20 PM

    Bill O Brien will rhythmically slap PSU

  7. canetic says: Dec 27, 2013 12:06 AM

    I don’t know why any NFL team would want this guy when there are at least five better former NFL coaches out there. Didn’t the Texans already interview Lovie Smith? This guy is going to be a better NFL coach than him (or Wade Phillips)? The Texans need to win now, not five years from now. They need an experienced coach.

  8. manik56 says: Dec 27, 2013 1:07 AM

    He has a better QB at Penn St. This cannot be good for recruiting.

  9. harbourimages says: Dec 27, 2013 9:27 AM

    Fire Shanahan and get this guy to the Redskins. RGIII needs to be coached by the guy who coached Tom Brady. If only….

  10. gripless says: Dec 27, 2013 10:16 AM

    As each of these postings are printed O’Brian becomes less of a leader. What a bum to go ask these kids to “buy in” to the unfair hardships levied against this program. To leave when you get a better option is pretty shallow, short sighted and compromises many of the messages you taught these kids.

    Jump on your ship and sail away as you are not that good anyway. Defense has been regressive, clock management sucks and, most importantly, we need someone committed to rebuild the long term not secure a better contract.

    Disappointed in brother Bill and he won’t have the success or resources he thinks he has in the NFL.

    Hell, he could be on his ass in 3 years with the NFL but almost a lifer at PSU if he plays things right. Something is does not know how to manage, like a game clock.

  11. corvusrex96 says: Dec 27, 2013 4:22 PM

    O’Brien says please stay and use your eligibility at PSU then less than 2 years since he took the job he is interviewing for the NFL . Smh

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