Bill O’Brien Added to the Texans Shortlist of Head Coach Candidates
Candidates I know on McNair’s list: Lovie Smith, David Shaw, Bill O’Brien, Ken Whisenhunt. He’s using same search firm as in 2006.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 9, 2013
According to John McClain from the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans have added Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien to their head coaching candidates. O’Brien was hired in 2012 to take over head coaching duties for the Nittany Lions after the infamous scandal that hit the football program and forced Joe Paterno to retire.
O’Brien garnered the coach of the year awards in 2012 with the Bear Bryant, Big Ten, Maxwell and AT&T-ESPN Coach of the Year award after leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record to finish the season. He received all of his NFL coaching experience with the New England Patriots from 2007-2011, when he held the positions of wide receiver and quarterback coach and his final season he was the offensive coordinator in 2011.
In 2013, O’Brien interviewed for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles head coaching vacancy, but he then decided to return to Penn State citing his commitment to the players at Penn State.
Our good friend at Sports Radio 610, Will Grubb, posted an article: Why the Texans Should Hire Bill O’Brien.