Texans tap Penn State's O'Brien for head coaching job

Texans tap Penn State's O'Brien for head coaching job
January 1, 2014, 5:15 am
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Would Art Briles be a good fit for the Redskins?

One potential Redskins head coach is off the market.

According to multiple media reports, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has come to an agreement to coach the Houston Texans. O’Brien was the offensive coordinator for the Patriots before going to Penn State two years ago.

O’Brien was considered to be a hot coaching candidate thanks to the job he did in restoring the Nittany Lions program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. However, there are some drawbacks. The buyout of his Penn State contract reportedly carries a price tag of nearly $7 million. In addition, Bill Belichick’s assistants such as Romeo Crenell, Eric Mangini, and Josh McDaniels have not fared well on their on as NFL head coaches.

It is not known if the Redskins were interested on O’Brien’s services or if there had been any contact between the two parties. Regardless, there is now one fewer quality candidate on the market. The number of teams looking for head coaches is now reduced to five.