Nov 16, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O

Penn State’s Bill O’Brien approached by Texans and Vikings


The Houston Texans need a head coach after releasing Gary Kubiak. Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is now looking for a new head coach, and has stated that he will specifically look for someone with NFL experience and head coaching experience.

“We would like someone who has had head coaching experience, but has also had NFL experience,” McNair said. “It’s a combination of those two things would be the ideal situation and there are people who meet those conditions.”

McNair is considering Penn State’s Bill O’Brien for the job reportedly.

From Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:

Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, who came close to taking the Eagles job a year ago and was approached by several other teams, is ready to return to professional football, according to pro and college sources, and has already been approached by the Texans and Vikings.

O’Brien struggled with the decision last year and ultimately felt he owed it to his players to stay at Happy Valley for a second season, but relations between him and the school frayed some when the school was subjected to more post-Sandusky sanctions than expected, and he also has had three staff members depart recently. His buyout is less financially restrictive than in past years, and, furthermore, there could be litigation over his buyout as well, if the situation escalates, given the penalties the program faced.

O’Brien has experience as head coach of Penn State obviously, but he was with the New England Patriots organization from 2007 to 2011. He even worked as offensive coordinator.

What might be more interesting is that the Vikings, who currently have head coach Leslie Frazier, are looking into O’Brien as well.

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