Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter over at ESPN are reporting that current Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien is in talks to take over in the same capacity with the Houston Texans. O’Brien, who just wrapped up his second season in Happy Valley, has long been considered a top head coaching candidate in the NFL. If O’Brien and the Texans work out a deal, he will have finished his two-year tenure with Penn State at 15-9, which is an amazing feat considering that the program was in complete shambles following the whole Jerry Sandusky scandal.
O’Brien began his coaching career with Brown of the Ivy League back in 1993 as a tight end coach before moving over to the defensive side in 1994. He spent eight seasons at Georgia Tech in a variety of roles before moving on to Maryland and Duke from 2004-2006 and eventually graduating to the NFL ranks.
He spent four seasons as a positional coach with the New England Patriots before taking over as their offensive coordinator and primary play caller in 2011. The Tom Brady-led offense finished the 2011 season No. 2 in scoring and No. 3 in total yards. It was in this that O’Brien received tremendous play in both the college and professional ranks before ultimately deciding to take over a sanctioned Penn State program.
If hired, O’Brien will replace Gary Kubiak, who was fired by the Texans earlier this month after an 11-game losing streak. Houston currently sits with the worst record in the NFL and will possess the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL draft.