Earlier on Saturday news began to trickle out the Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien was closer to an agreement with the Houston Texans then we all previously thought. But while the coach has indeed interviewed with the team and both sides seem interested in joining forces, the Texans aren’t ending their coaching search.
A sources war is brewing between ESPN and CBS Sports as the previous is reporting that contract talks between O’Brien and the Texans will intensify in the next few days while Jason La Canfora from CBS is reporting that the Texans are not done looking for a coach and plan on continuing to interview candidates before making a final decision on O’Brien.
It would make sense for the Texans to hold off on hiring O’Brien as they have time before the market for him heats up. The other team closely mentioned with O’Brien have been the Minnesota Vikings who still haven’t fired current head coach Leslie Frazier. Once the Vikings fire Frazier, the Texans might want to close a deal with O’Brien sooner rather than later, but for the time being they can continue to window shop before circling back to O’Brien.
There’s also the possibility that Houston is closer to an agreement with the Penn State coach than we all think, but there’s no logical reason for the Texans to rush into hiring someone when no one else in the NFL has fired their coach yet.