Penn State coach Bill O’Brien is emerging as a candidate for the Houston Texans’ head coaching vacancy.
Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network today that the Texans and O’Brien have agreed to an interview that will happen “in the very near future.”
O’Brien may have led his players to believe that he’s sticking around at Penn State, but coaches jump ship after committing to stay put all the time. It wouldn’t be surprising to see O’Brien jump at the chance to become an NFL head coach, and he has apparently at least jumped at the chance to interview to become an NFL head coach.
After taking over a Penn State program that appeared to be on the verge of collapse following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, O’Brien has done solid work, going 8-4 in his first year and 7-5 in his second. Most of O’Brien’s coaching experience is at the college level, but he does have five years of experience in the NFL, having served on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England from 2007 to 2011.