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John McClain reports on ProFootballTalk Live the Texans want to talk to Penn State HC Bill O'Brien.

Bill O’Brien, head coach, Penn State -- The former New England assistant under Bill Belichick has done a solid job under difficult circumstances.

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The dude who turned around Penn State? I don't watch much of the Nittany Lions but any guy who turns that program around after what happened to it has got to have some coaching skill. He's pretty young too, 45 or something?
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Good. He's the guy I've lobbied for all along. IMO, the job he's done at Penn State is more impressive than what Shaw has done at Stanford.
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Also having a background in offense can't hurt. I'd rather have him than most of these retreads that we keep hearing about.
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Who knows, maybe he could be the first coach under the Belichick coaching tree to be sucfesfull as a head coach in the NFL.
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I know next to nothing about O'Brien, but he commands mad respect around coaching circles in the NFL and colleges.
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Also having a background in offense can't hurt. I'd rather have him than most of these retreads that we keep hearing about.


What did you think of the PSU offense that could not convert third downs? Were you impressed with the ONE third down converstion vs Syracuse or TWO for the whole game vs Eastern Michigan?

What idd you think of OB's great play calling when he went for it on 4 and 7 from his own 30 in the first drive of the season vs Syracuse? He later said he thought it was first down. I guess he thought it was 1 and 7.
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What did you think of the PSU offense that could not convert third downs? Were you impressed with the ONE third down converstion vs Syracuse or TWO for the whole game vs Eastern Michigan?

What idd you think of OB's great play calling when he went for it on 4 and 7 from his own 30 in the first drive of the season vs Syracuse? He later said he thought it was first down. I guess he thought it was 1 and 7.
We get it... you must be that small vocal minority that wants OBrien gone from psu
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Good. He's the guy I've lobbied for all along. IMO, the job he's done at Penn State is more impressive than what Shaw has done at Stanford.
I don't know. They both have done great considering.
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I don't know. They both have done great considering.
I'm not bashing Shaw. I just don't think his job was as hard as people make it out to be. Harbaugh rebuilt that program and Harbaugh stocked it. Then he left. Shaw has been charged with maintaining, which he has done. All of those studs that are NFL prospects right now weren't recruited by Shaw though.

O'Brien was handed a program that had just taken the biggest sanctions since SMU and has been *bowl eligible* both years. His team went 7-5 in a "power" conference this year despite having just 65 scholarship players. Not to mention a lot of their best upperclassmen transferred to avoid the sanctions. Many of those scholarship players are walk-ons who were awarded scholarships because they were available. He also took a former walk-on, Matt McGloin, and turned him into the Raiders current starting QB. Also, his true freshman QB this year looks like a future All-American. Going 15-9 under the circumstances is pretty darn impressive.

*They have a bowl ban because of sanctions so did not go to a bowl despite being eligible.
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He's done a great job at Penn St.

The NCAA should have shut down that program.

What happened there was the definition of the NCAA's belove lack of insitutional control sentence,that they love to use before they lower the boom on the SMU/TCU/Arkansas Pine-Bluffs of the world.
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Good. He's the guy I've lobbied for all along. IMO, the job he's done at Penn State is more impressive than what Shaw has done at Stanford.
Bortles beat O'Brien.
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Bortles beat O'Brien.
Thank you for adding relevance to this thread. The boys were starting to get off topic....
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Thank you for adding relevance to this thread. The boys were starting to get off topic....
Actually the purposes of that post was to see how easy it would be to yank your chain from a several hundred miles away using only a computer keyboard. It was pretty darn easy.
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I would fully be on board with a Bill O'Brien hire. I think what he has done at Penn State has been extremely impressive. I like his pedigree and think he would shake things up here in a way that would get us results. Also, I think JJ Watt would love to play for him which is important in keeping him here long term. I agree with the other poster who has Shaw/O'Brien>>>>>>>>>>Lovie Smith/Whisenhunt.
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Good. He's the guy I've lobbied for all along. IMO, the job he's done at Penn State is more impressive than what Shaw has done at Stanford.


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The dude who turned around Penn State? I don't watch much of the Nittany Lions but any guy who turns that program around after what happened to it has got to have some coaching skill. He's pretty young too, 45 or something?


He did not turn around Penn State. 7-5 is hardly a turn around for a great program.

Have you ever seen a PSU game with Obrien as coach? I doubt it. He is a very average at best coach. He makes tons of mistakes.
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For where this franchise is at, O'Brien is a great candidate to interview.
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For where this franchise is at, O'Brien is a great candidate to interview.
This. I would be behind this hire if it happened.
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I'm starting to like this guy!
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