ESPN is reporting Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien is the “overwhelming favorite” to become the next head coach of the Houston Texans.
Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN reported:
“O’Brien met with the Texans this week after Christmas at his home in Cape Cod, resulting in intensified discussions they hope will culminate with a finalized contract, the sources said.”
The ESPN duo also reported:
“Until anything is final, the Texans have scheduled other interviews with candidates such as Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. They also are known to have interviewed former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and interim coach Wade Phillips.”
If the Texans are able to sign O’Brien to a contract as the next head coach, they will have made a very good move that I believe could get the Texans out of their funk of the 2013 season.
Remember, this team did win two consecutive AFC South championships before this season, and for that alone, it proves this team does have some talented players.
Sure, the Texans have lost their past 13 games this season, with a 2-13 record, but all of that will be forgotten following Sunday’s season finale. A 14th straight loss guarantees the Texans the No. 1 overall draft choice, so if they are able to sign O’Brien, who worked wonders at Penn State, they will have a lot to look forward to this offseason.
Gary Kubiak was fired from the Texans earlier this month and since then Wade Phillips has taken over as the interim head coach.
Now we must wait to see if all the details of a contract can be worked out, and if they do, than the Texans will have done a great job in their search for a head coach.