The Houston Texans front office stated that they were not going to waste much time in finding a head coach to fill their current vacancy. Many pundits had suggested that a hire could come as soon as 48 hours after the end of the 2013 regular season, and they were correct. As many expected, the Houston Texans agreed to a deal with former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien according to ESPN and other sources.
O’Brien landed the job at Penn State amid the sexual abuse scandal which rocked the University and tarnished the legendary image of head coach Joe Paterno. Despite being stripped of bowl eligibility, several scholarships and transfers prior to the start of the 2012 season, O’Brien won Big-10 coach of the year honors in a year many thought he would be lucky to win two or three games.
Houston made it clear that they wanted a coaching hire with NFL experience and O’Brien has that on his resume. From 2007 to 2011 he was an offensive assistant with the New England Patriots.
In a very interesting read from pennlive.com this morning, it appears that O’Brien was growing increasingly frustrated with the situation in Happy Valley.
O’Brien inherits a team that lost 12 straight games to finish the season and allowed 30 or more points defensively in five games. There is some talent on both sides of the ball but the first order of business will be to find a quarterback, and he just happens to have the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to do that with.