The talk of the week as far as the NFL head coaching carousel is concerned has been the rumors that Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien has some vast interest in taking over the vacant slot for the Houston Texans. Reportedly, the interest was mutual as well.
Now, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, things may be heating up even that much more, as the two are reportedly inching closer and closer to a deal:
Bill O’Brien & Texans intensify talks they hope will make him next coach in Houston, per sources. ESPN link soon from myself & @AdamSchefter
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) December 28, 2013
O’Brien would be taking over for Gary Kubiak, who was fired from Houston just a few weeks ago as the team has struggled through a disappointing 2013 campaign, after there were Super Bowl expectations before the season.
After what O’Brien has done at Penn State, you could certainly see why the Texans would want the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator to head up their attempt at a turnaround.
The coach took over Penn State right before they were hit with harsh sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, yet was able to keep the team relevant on the field and on the recruiting trail.