A flurry of NFL head coaches will be fired in the coming days. The answer for the teams that pull the trigger on their head coach to the question, “Who is looking for a new coach?” will be, “We Are.”
Per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and Chip Kelly from Oregon will not be the only college coaches that are on the short lists for open jobs. Another name to watch will be Penn State Nitany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien. In fact, Mortensen says that O’Brien “may be on more short lists” than Kelly.
Mortensen also added:
“However, sources say teams that have gauged his interest have been informed by a third party representative that when O’Brien accepted the task of being the late Joe Paterno’s successor, he was told by school officials that the Jerry Sandusky scandal was a criminal matter, not an NCAA concern. That proved to be bad information as Penn State was dealt a four-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions as part of its penalties.”
O’Brien joined Penn State after a successful stint in the NFL with the New England Patriots as a coordinator.
When O’Brien got to Penn State, he was facing a series of serious NCAA sanctions and a roster that saw many of it’s top players transfer after the NCAA brought down he hammer.
Instead of putting up a lame season, O’Brien rallied the troops and put together an incredible season. O’Brien did such a good job with the Nittany Lions that he was named the Maxwell Club Coach of the Year.
NFL teams will be looking to add young, fiery coaches this offseason and O’Brien could be just what the doctor ordered for one of the franchises that will find themselves with an opening.