Posted December 15, 2013

Report: Penn State’s Bill O’Brien drawing plenty of NFL interest

Bill O'Brien, Coaching Carousel, NFL, Penn State Nittany Lions
Bill O'Brien was last in the NFL as the Patriots' offensive coordinator before leaving for Penn State. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Bill O’Brien was last in the NFL as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator before leaving for Penn State. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

It’s not enough that colleges have to watch out for other colleges when it comes to poaching coaches, but the ultimate trump card of the NFL is always lying in wait as well. Bill O’Brien resisted suitors from the league in the off-season a year ago, but it looks like they’ll be back in full force to try to pry him away from Penn State once again. Per Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, O’Brien has already been approached by both the Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings.

From LaCanfora:

O’Brien struggled with the decision last year and ultimately felt he owed it to his players to stay at Happy Valley for a second season, but relations between him and the school frayed some when the school was subjected to more post-Sandusky sanctions than expected, and he also has had three staff members depart recently. His buyout is less financially restrictive than in past years, and, furthermore, there could be litigation over his buyout as well, if the situation escalates, given the penalties the program faced.

As in any season, there are plenty of bad NFL teams. The Texans have already fired Gary Kubiak, the Vikings are likely to part ways with Leslie Frazier, the Washington job could open up, and the Falcons are in the midst of a nightmare season as well under Mike Smith.

O’Brien was hired at Penn State under more than difficult circumstances. With heavy sanctions as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, O’Brien led PSU to eight wins and earned Bear Bryant Coach of the Year. In year two, Penn State went 7-5 with freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg, and it was announced some of the scholarship restrictions would be reduced. If O’Brien were to depart for the NFL — with the Texas job now open as well — the coaching carousel would get a lot more exhilarating.

23 comments
x72
x72

Penn St  should have got the death penalty. Paterno's "chilling" with Sadam right about now.

rskins09
rskins09

Not as big a jump in salary - college  VS NFL now .. Don't look for as many college coach's  jumping ship as ten years  ago ..O'Brien  isn't going anywhere ..

Cool
Cool

Classy move SI.. Mr Rickman writes this piece of fluff over the weekend, going as far as to call O'Brien a Penn St alumni, and when people call him out on it on his misinformation, you edit the piece and delete the comments.  lol

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Has there ever been a more over-hyped moron than this guy?

dandogwood
dandogwood

why all the Billy O hype?? Guy is average always has been average.

JayKerosetz
JayKerosetz

BOB will eventually jump to the NFL, but only when the right situation comes about.   Houston and Minnesota are not it.    With a stud at QB for the next 2-3 years, scholarship sanctions reduced, Bowl eligibility likely to be reestablished next year, and top national recruits starting to look at Penn State again I think BOB is not going anywhere for the next 4 years unless Belichick croaks and the Patriots job opens up before then.

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

As a PSU Alumnus I would like him to stay with PSU.  His players love him (from all reports) and he has done amazing work there so far.  

There would be something like a $16 million dollar buyout needed for him to leave at this point, so a team would really have to want him.


NFL coaching is a much harder life than college - in terms of hours.  I would think he has at least 10 years of security at PSU because of what he accepted and has done so far.  You don't get that for the typical NFL team (other than maybe the Steelers).

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

It would be nice if this guy stayed at Penn State for the next 30+ years like Joe Pa, except for the scandal.  But that type of loyalty to a school rarely exists, if at all, any more.  These days, it is more money, more prestige, more power, and screw the kids, the players and the fans.  Welcome to greed is good, circa 21st century style.

jihadistjohn
jihadistjohn

@Armando_Steeler interest from the NFL means he's good???...i don't get it...he's never gone on the road and beaten a football school

floorme1955
floorme1955

It would be nice to see a coach step up and show he is a leader to his players and his university-- 

Last year Obrian finagled a sizable increase in salary, the article made him sound like a man with great CHARACTER-- He was not-- maybe this is the year he can be that guy he really wasn't last year-- 

BigBubba
BigBubba

I really hope that O'Brien stays in PSU for the long term.  At some point though, it gets awfully tiresome for the university to keep going through the same merry go round each year.  O'Brien either has to commit or not.  He either wants to stay in PSU with the warts and all, or leave to pursue the money.  He has to be clear.  He owes it to his collegiate players, families, and university.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Bill O'Brien is an average football coach period. why all the hype??? Brady made the guy. same as Brady made fat Weis and elf  Josh McDaniels.  O'brien never did one thing till Brady got involved in Billy's meager career.  watch.

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

BILL...if it's the right promotion ..TAKE IT...slappy valley will find another Jerry

Ryan1
Ryan1

@floorme1955 


well he took the deal under one circumstance and then circumstances drastically changed - that wasn't O'Brien's fault.


They are talking about uncertainty at UT, but PSU doesn't have a permanent president either and no idea how long Dave Joyner will stay either. 


O'Brien owes PSU nothing

Ryan1
Ryan1

@dandogwood 


PSU got hit with crippling sanctions and O'Brien has provided two solid seasons. Had their players not made a few mistakes last year, they are a one loss team to Ohio State.


This guy took Matt McGloin from the coaching carousel in college - and now he is an NFL starting QB - that says a lot about him. 


He has done far better in college than Weis did. 

jihadistjohn
jihadistjohn

@Armando_Steeler dude, we've been over this before...that roster is still loaded...95% of america would love to have their players