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O’Brien won’t abandon the Pats during the playoffs

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In 2005, the Patriots were working toward their third Super Bowl win in four years.  Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was named the new coach at Notre Dame.  But Weis didn’t bail on the Pats; instead, he split time between Foxborough and South Bend, laying the foundation for his new job while properly wrapping up his old one.

With current Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien poised to become the new head coach at Penn State, Pats fans are wondering whether O’Brien will abandon the team as he launches the biggest reclamation project in college football.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, O’Brien will follow the Weis approach, remaining with the Patriots while also getting started on his next challenge.

That’s good news for the Patriots, who won that third Super Bowl while Weis was otherwise distracted — even if the end result this time around could be another televised shouting match between O’Brien and quarterback Tom Brady.

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  1. bangitfootball says: Jan 6, 2012 7:44 AM

    Listen good for O’brien to step up and try and help this program and those kids. The only thing hes got in his favor is the school knows his recruiting is ruined for this year and probably the next 2 or 3 and hell be there a while with no pressure on him. Right now that program is toxic.

  2. clivus63 says: Jan 6, 2012 7:59 AM

    That fact is that as soon as those kids get back on the playing field, things will get better.
    O’Brien is going to Penn State in 2012, not Berlin in 1946.

  3. lockoftheweak says: Jan 6, 2012 8:07 AM

    Feels like a perfect fit.

  4. test2402 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:12 AM

    Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Tim Tebow prays for you.

  5. blizzard01 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:13 AM

    wow- compared to the Pats, Penn State looks good?

  6. uziele says: Jan 6, 2012 8:38 AM

    Yeah… because if I were a recruit, there is no way I’d want to play for the guy who just Coordinated the most prolific Patriot’s offense ever…

    And Penn State isn’t Miami recruiting against all those other schools within a 100 mile radius. There is nothing within 250 miles of Penn State and there is no in-state rival to compete against as far as combined quality of program and facilities are concerned.

    I mean if you’re a QB recruit coming out next year do you want to work with the guy who coached Tom Brady into his best year ever or the guy who coached Tim Tebow? If I’m a recruit I know who I want to be more like.

  7. realitypolice says: Jan 6, 2012 8:48 AM

    bangitfootball says:
    Jan 6, 2012 7:44 AM
    Listen good for O’brien to step up and try and help this program and those kids. The only thing hes got in his favor is the school knows his recruiting is ruined for this year and probably the next 2 or 3 and hell be there a while with no pressure on him. Right now that program is toxic.
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    Everything you say is true. But you have to keep in mind that if everything was hunky dory at Penn State and Joe Paterno was simply retiring at the end of a pretty good season, there is no way O’brien is even getting a sniff at that job.

    So you take the good with the bad. He gets an opportunity much sooner than he would have otherwise, but it’s obviously going to be rough for awhile.

  8. theandy59 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:54 AM

    Why does the NFL continue to allow coaches to interview for other positions while the season is still going on?! I know that Penn State is a college job, but the NFL could easily insert language into the standard contracts of coaches to preclude them from entertaining job interviews/offers until after the conclusion of the Super Bowl. I’m so sick and tired of this crap…how does O’Brien give 100% to his role in New England when he now has to spend time preparing for Penn State? By definition, it’s impossible. You can’t give 100% of your commitment to two different institutions at the same time, so the end result is that the Patriots will suffer.

  9. mikebinrookline says: Jan 6, 2012 9:14 AM

    blizzard01 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:13 AM

    wow- compared to the Pats, Penn State looks good?

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    Wow are you are a moron or what? Do you have any idea what the differences are between being a coordinator and running your own program? Any clue???

  10. sj39 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:25 AM

    theandy59, lets hope so.

  11. j0esixpack says: Jan 6, 2012 9:25 AM

    I still think Eric Mangini would have been the better choice for Penn State.

    They’re in this mess because coaches refused to blow the whistle on each other.

    Everyone knows that Mangini has no such qualms.

  12. cgalaxy says: Jan 6, 2012 9:35 AM

    uziele says:
    Jan 6, 2012 8:38 AM
    Yeah… because if I were a recruit, there is no way I’d want to play for the guy who just Coordinated the most prolific Patriot’s offense ever…

    And Penn State isn’t Miami recruiting against all those other schools within a 100 mile radius. There is nothing within 250 miles of Penn State and there is no in-state rival to compete against as far as combined quality of program and facilities are concerned.

    I mean if you’re a QB recruit coming out next year do you want to work with the guy who coached Tom Brady into his best year ever or the guy who coached Tim Tebow? If I’m a recruit I know who I want to be more like.

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    Weis also developed Brady, but then look at how well his two starting QBs at Notre Dame have done in the pros. Brady Quinn is a backup to Tim Tebow, and Jimmy Clausen is a backup to Cam Newton (another guy from a non-traditional college offense). Weis’ two QBs were busts, and I’m sure Meyer and Co. will make the O’Brien-to-Weis comparison when talking to recruits. Meyer also had Alex Smith, who isn’t a pro-bowler but at least he’s a starter, which can’t be said for Quinn or Clausen.

    That’s not to say that O’Brien’s QBs will flop like Weis’ QBs, obviously, but it seems important to note.

  13. dmartin17 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:39 AM

    @ theandy59 Bill didn’t have to let him go interview. He granted him permission.

  14. uziele says: Jan 6, 2012 9:50 AM

    I keep reading “Why does the NFL allow this?”: If I’m not mistaken I think it’s up to the teams. The Patriots could have denied Penn State’s request to interview O’brien. They didn’t. Probably because it’s the Bye week, that offense is a pretty well oiled machine, they’re going to be playing either the Bengals or the Broncos, and I’m sure they had assurances that, like the Weis year, O’brien wouldn’t start until after the playoffs/Super Bowl.

  15. rc33 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:02 AM

    “Have you ever showered with Menudo?”

    “No”

    “Then welcome to Happy Valley, my man!”

  16. bozosforall says: Jan 6, 2012 10:07 AM

    j0esixpack says:
    Jan 6, 2012 9:25 AM
    I still think Eric Mangini would have been the better choice for Penn State.

    They’re in this mess because coaches refused to blow the whistle on each other.

    Everyone knows that Mangini has no such qualms.

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    Cry us a river, loser Pats fan.

    Letting O’Brien interview this week won’t make much difference anyway regarding his being distracted, since the Pats will go one-and-done again anyway.

  17. portnoychunk says: Jan 6, 2012 10:39 AM

    bozosforall says: Jan 6, 2012 10:07 AM

    Cry us a river, loser Pats fan.

    Letting O’Brien interview this week won’t make much difference anyway regarding his being distracted, since the Pats will go one-and-done again anyway.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I guess it’s better that than not making the playoffs and having your players fight and bicker in the locker room. Right? Right? How many years has it been now???

  18. buttercheck says: Jan 6, 2012 10:40 AM

    What better recruitment tool could you have then shaking some young kids hand with a super bowl ring on your finger?

  19. rc33 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:14 AM

    I guess it’s better that than not making the playoffs and having your players fight and bicker in the locker room. Right? Right? How many years has it been now???

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    Not a chance.
    Not making the playoffs and being a miserable human being is better.

  20. nfl1818 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:30 AM

    O’Brien went from obscurity (except for Pats fans who complained about his calls) to Penn State in 1 year. What has he done ? What does PS see ? What’s his resume ? No one is discussing this surge out of nowhere. Most guys on the interview circuit have at least been mentioned historically as up and comers.

  21. j0esixpack says: Jan 6, 2012 11:53 AM

    bozosforall says: Cry us a river, loser Pats fan.

    bozosforall NFL knowledge speaks for itself

    This is the same guy who didn’t know that Belichick drafted Brady, Light, Branch, Hernandez, Gronkowski, Green-Ellis and the entire offensive line of the Patriots.

    (and he proceeded to call the guy who actually had the facts straight a “moron”.)

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/05/patriots-start-three-new-defenders-including-a-wide-receiver/

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