Bill O'Brien rumors: Vikings, Texans interested in Penn State coach
The former New England assistant coach and current Penn State coach is prepared to return to the NFL, according to a report.
The NFL assistant coach took over the Penn State job in 2012 following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He took over for legendary head coach Joe Paterno and coached the team to a 8-4 record in his first season. In his first year as a head coach at any level, O'Brien was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year and was named the national coach of the year by ESPN, as well as earning the Paul Bryant College Coach of the Year award.
O'Brien was hired, however, before the NCAA's imposed strict sanctions upon the program, including the loss of 40 scholarships over a four-year period as well as a four-year postseason ban. It is believed that, because of these and further sanctions later imposed upon the program, O'Brien's relationship with Penn State has deteriorated and he is prepared and willing to return to the NFL and this time as a head coach.
The Philadelphia Eagles were interested in O'Brien last season to replace Andy Reid, but he decided to return to Penn State for at least one more season.
Reportedly, the Houston Texans have already contacted O'Brien about the possibility of replacing Gary Kubiak. The Minnesota Vikings have apparently reached out in an bid to gauge possible candidates to replace current coach Leslie Frazier. The Washington Redskins are also a possibility, given O'Brien's extensive experience coaching offense in the NFL and his success while on Bill Belichick's staff with the Patriots.
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