About the past week or so, Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien’s name has been brought up as a possible candidate for NFL head coaching positions that may be opening up, or already have been opened up.
This is nothing new, as his name was brought up last offseason. However, this year, there’s a lot more credibility to the rumors because last week O’Brien went to the Penn State administration and had the buyout clause in his contract significantly lowered, making a transition to the NFL a little bit smoother–and cheaper.
One of rumored openings that has had the interest of O’Brien is that of the Houston Texans. After not coming anywhere near their expectations this season, they fired head coach Gary Kubiak, thus creating quite the intriguing opening. The Texans are still a team loaded with talent.
Now, Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network is reporting that there is a lot of weight to the speculation that O’Brien may be making a move to the Lone Star State, because they reportedly have an interview set up some time in the very near future:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 26, 2013
With a high draft pick coming up this May, coupled with O’Brien’s knack for developing top-notch signal callers, this may indeed be a perfect match.