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Bill O’Brien will interview with Penn State Thursday

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Perhaps Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien will wind up coaching at Penn State next year after all.

O’Brien will interview for the head coaching position on Thursday, according to NFL.com.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network writes that the “potential to strike a deal is very real.”  ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that O’Brien would meet with Penn State this week and looked like the frontrunner for the job.

That could be O’Brien’s way of telling any interested NFL teams that they should speak up if they want to interview with him. (The Chiefs?) After reports surfaced last week that O’Brien was all but the next Penn State coach, his agent came out publicly to say O’Brien’s dream was still to lead an NFL team.

In the meantime, O’Brien set up an interview with the Jaguars. La Canfora believes that interview is unlikely at this point because O’Brien is likely to take the Penn State job.

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29 Responses to “Bill O’Brien will interview with Penn State Thursday”
  1. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 4, 2012 10:39 PM

    Between Bathroom Ben living in western PA and Sandusky hanging out in the showers of Happy Valley, it’s probably best not to use the facilities west of Philadelphia in the sexual assault capital of America, Pennsylvania.

  2. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 4, 2012 10:39 PM

    Fingers crossed and sweet dreams that they hire him before the Pats divisional playoff game and I don’t have to watch this guy squander another post season Brady year with predictable ineffective playcalling.

  3. frankvzappa says: Jan 4, 2012 10:39 PM

    for the love of god, do people have to hire every single person that works with Bill Belichick for the littlest while just to hope some genius rubs off on the guy they are swiping and bringing to their program?

  4. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 4, 2012 10:41 PM

    Man, who the heck would take a college job over a NFL position?

  5. dutchman1350 says: Jan 4, 2012 10:45 PM

    and on Friday Jon Gruden will be named coach.

  6. cunninglinguist69 says: Jan 4, 2012 10:51 PM

    Those videos of O’Brien yelling at Brady two weeks ago and flipping out on the entire Pats defense last Sunday have gotten him a lot of play!

  7. wadecounty93 says: Jan 4, 2012 10:54 PM

    Moore and Flynn over Sanchez.

  8. cunninglinguist69 says: Jan 4, 2012 10:55 PM

    Having said that, I’d like to see him stay with the Pats if he could be even one -half that assertive with Belicheck on draft day!

  9. friznitz5 says: Jan 4, 2012 10:59 PM

    The potential to strike a deal is “very real” but he hasn’t interviewed. Funny, here I thought people usually interviewed before they got offered jobs.

  10. profootballwalk says: Jan 4, 2012 11:05 PM

    I’d rather be a college coach, where you can rebuild every year. No draft position, no salary cap.

  11. geniusfan says: Jan 4, 2012 11:13 PM

    O’Brien is a pretty good playcaller. He does have the bad habit of completely abandoning the run if the Patriots trail at all if it was by three scored I’d get it but he won’t call running plays even if the Pats trail by a touchdown.

    Also he pretty much made the screen game extinct in Foxboro. Not sure what kind of a head coach he’ll make although no Belichick disciples have even tasted moderate success whether it be in college (Charlie Weis) of the pros (Mangini, Crennel, Mcdaniels) so I’d be weary if I was Penn State.

  12. drgfri says: Jan 4, 2012 11:25 PM

    Roethlisberger seems like the best kind of personality for that job

  13. nflwatcher says: Jan 4, 2012 11:34 PM

    As a Patriots fan I hopes he chooses NFL over college if its offered. I hate the idea of Penn State recruiting demands interfering with a possible Patriot SB run.

    p.s I know you’re all saying 1 and done 3 years in a row.

  14. boilerup1869 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:38 PM

    I’d say anyone who doesn’t run any local children’s charities has a shot at this job.

  15. dycenyne says: Jan 5, 2012 12:04 AM

    If this jackass is using this as a crutch to another job I hope he fails miserably and gets fired after a year….

  16. ezg1 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:19 AM

    Replacing Jo Pa, attempting to re-energize the program devastated by the Sandusky scandal ain’t going to be a walk in the park. The job doesn’t seem to be gathering a lot of interest and the hierarchy at happy valley appears a little anxious to fill the position, so I certainly hope O’Brien gets a huge contract for several years, because one way or the other its probably his last.

  17. oilers101 says: Jan 5, 2012 12:38 AM

    i will like to see what he does at penetrate state LOL

  18. romangabriel says: Jan 5, 2012 1:28 AM

    Perv State is weary, and desperate…

  19. CKL says: Jan 5, 2012 1:36 AM

    Patskrieg dot com says:
    Jan 4, 2012 10:39 PM
    Fingers crossed and sweet dreams that they hire him before the Pats divisional playoff game and I don’t have to watch this guy squander another post season Brady year with predictable ineffective playcalling.
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    #1-He wouldn’t be leaving until after any playoff run unless he’s a complete jackwagon. I’m guessing you haven’t been a Pats fan for long or you’d remember how it went with Weis taking the ND job.

    #2-Their problems in that game were mostly execution. Most problems with plays are execution and not playcalling.

    I am also sick of the Pats breaking these guys in, bringing them up through the ranks and losing them just as they are settling in. Thank goodness for Pep Johnson and Scar.

  20. gimmeabruschi says: Jan 5, 2012 2:29 AM

    The sooner this stiff is gone, the better.

  21. dabrownsrule says: Jan 5, 2012 3:03 AM

    That could be O’Brien’s way of telling any interested NFL teams that they should speak up if they want to interview with him.

    Because we all know how well former Belichick assistants do when given a chance to be HMFIC.

  22. crazimitch says: Jan 5, 2012 3:11 AM

    Hey ‘geniusfan’, do you know anything about the history of football?
    Former coaches of Bill Belichick
    1-Nick Saban
    2-Jim Schwartz
    3-Kirk Ferentz
    4-Al Groh(college, not Jets job)
    5-Pat Hill
    Plus
    The Falcons, Jets, and Ravens GM’s all worked for Bill.

    Oh and Calgary Stampeders Head Coach worked for Bill too and he won a Grey Cup.

    Dude quit watching sportscenter and playing Fantasy and Watch The Game!

  23. ezra954 says: Jan 5, 2012 6:59 AM

    Hello Miami wake up atleast interview the guy

  24. richm2256 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:14 AM

    La Canfora believes that interview is unlikely at this point because O’Brien is likely to take the Penn State job.

    ———————————————————
    So he’s a sure bet to take a job he hasn’t even interviewed for, is that about it????

    How many Head Coaches has Penn State hired the past week anyway, I’ve lost track.

    By the way, I’d like to thank Bill O’Brien for flying all over the country to interview for jobs while his team is entering the playoffs.

    Why wait until AFTER the playoffs, right? I mean, it’s not like it’s a distraction or anythng.

  25. firstand4ever says: Jan 5, 2012 8:40 AM

    Truth be told, Belichick has had alot of quality football coaches and talent evaluators work with and for him. A coaches success is all based on the talent they end up with.

    It all comes down to talent. Bill Belichick is a defensive genius. His defense is horrible. Similar to Brian Billick being an offensive genius who was a record breaking offensive coordinator before going to Baltimore.

  26. brutus9448 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:01 AM

    since all the belicheat coordinators have done so well once they leave NE. great job penn state.

  27. brutus9448 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:02 AM

    he better find a job. you don’t get into a shouting match no the sideline with the chosen one brady and think you still have a job once the season ends.

  28. hotep999 says: Jan 5, 2012 10:22 AM

    Wow! Maybe I should also apply. My not-so-secret offensive strategy, option 1: TE’s, option 2: Wes Welker.

    Bill Belichick has drafted multiple TE’s all 12 years he has coached looking for the combination he found in the 2010 draft. I don’t think Bill O’Brien was in all 12 war rooms? Good luck Penn State.

  29. patsfiend says: Jan 5, 2012 11:40 AM

    Can’t stand playoff distractions, which is what this has become. O’Brien seems destined to leave New England. I would say to let Brady just call ‘em at the line, Grogan-style, but he’s probably only call about 10 runs (5 of them QB sneaks) a game. We’d have our first 6000 yard passer, though.

    Rooting for the Bungles this weekend, since the Broncos are hopeless. Here we go Bungles, here we go!

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